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Letters: What are the best books of correspondence?

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Spiral Nature Letters, Mailbox background by RaSeLaSeD - Il Penguino, with additional work by PsycheThis question came to in from Richard Phantastica of Phantastica Bricolage:

I was wondering about a general magical ref text… specific emphasis on symbolism (alchemical, hermetic, qabbalistic, etc.) Any recommendations? I was looking at The Complete Magician’s Tables by Stephen Skinner and The Magician’s Companion by Bill Whitcomb. Any idea regarding those? Feedback would be most appreciated!

I’ve not read The Magician’s Companion, so I can’t comment on that, but it really depends on what you’re after as there are several books which might be suitable. Continue reading

Poll: Do you make new year’s resolutions?

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Polling station, photo by Stuart Boreham

Polling station, photo by Stuart Boreham

January’s poll asks, Do you make new year’s resolutions?

Do you make new year's resolutions?

  • Sometimes. I am this year. (33%, 17 Votes)
  • Nope, never. (31%, 16 Votes)
  • Occasionally, but not this year. (29%, 15 Votes)
  • Yes, always. (8%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 52

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And if you do, do you have trouble keeping them?

Greatest Hits: Best of Spiral Nature 2014

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Gnosis, photo by Raymond Salvatore HarmonWe’ve had a fantastic year, and it’s all to you — our supporters and readers.

Earlier in the week we posted our nine most popular reviews from 2014, and now we’ll share the list of our 11 most popular articles from 2014.

Click on the title link to take you to the full article to revisit articles you’ve forgotten, meant to read, or maybe haven’t seen yet if you’re newer to the site. (Welcome!)

Happy holidays!

True Detective: A flat circle in Chapel Perilous
By Ian Cat Vincent

The show gave its viewers a remarkable version of the Chapel Perilous, the brutal forced initiation of a seeker – Rust Cohle in this case – who has to undergo a harrowing ordeal, which they can only emerge from by facing literally everything they fear before reaching enlightenment. Continue reading

Greatest Hits: 9 popular reviews from 2014

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William Blake's Sexual Path to Spiritual Vision, by Marsha Keith Schuchard

We’ve had a fantastic year so far, and it’s all to you — our supporters and readers.

In the spirit of the holidays, I decided to put together a list of our seven most popular reviews from 2014. As you’ve no doubt noticed, while we focus on alternative spirituality and practical magick, we review books from a range of beliefs and practices, and this list is no different.

Click on the title link to take you to the full reviews. Maybe you’ll find your next gift idea, or something to spend that gift card on.

Happy holidays!

Avalon, by Heather Dale
Reviewed by Brendan Myers

Dale’s voice is gentle and inviting, yet deliberate and strong, like a warm fire in a comfortable home while a storm blows outside.

The High Magic of Talismans and Amulets, by Claude Lecouteux
Reviewed by Freeman Presson

The summary of the talismanic art is broad, drawing on more sources than just Agrippa and The Picatrix.

William Blake’s Sexual Path to Spiritual Vision, by Marsha Keith Schuchard
Reviewed by Gesigewigu’s

If you’re a William Blake fan, or even just curious about the subtle mystical sexual undercurrents in Christian Europe at the time, this is a great book for you. Continue reading

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