The Angel Almanac: An Inspirational Guide to Healing & Harmony + cd, by Angela McGerr
Quadrille, 9781844006403, 255 pp., 2008
Unlike a standard almanac, this one doesn’t cover a specific year. There is information for each day of the week and for the eight “solar festivals” of the year, but there is nothing specifically for Tuesday October 21, 2008, for example. There is information on Tuesday, and correlations for each day of the year (from 1940 to 2013, with tables for each day of the week), but nothing which specifically ties the two together.
The author links angelology and Ascensionism. As these are both area which form only minor parts of my own experience and training I found myself learning more than I anticipated, although there were some parts I had trouble with. For some reason, although Ms. McGerr acknowledges that there are four (classical) elements, she only lists three guardians of the elements – earth and air are combined under the guardianship of Ariel.
On the accompanying CD, Ms. McGerr’s voice is pleasant and comforting. The single discordant aspect, for me, is the total separation of speaking parts and musical interludes. I have found that a low-key musical background with a vocal overlay is more conducive to meditative states, since they operate on separate yet complimentary levels.
Ms McGerr asserts that each individual person has five guardian angels – one assigned to the individual, one assigned to the day of the week on which he/she is born, a zodiacal angel, and elemental angel (determined by your zodiacal sign), and one of the 72 star (Quinary) angels. In another section, just four pages further on, appears the statement “…one of your six guardian angels.” Not having read any of the author’s previous work, I’m not sure about this apparent discrepancy.
Part Two of this book includes information about each of the angels associated with a day of the week (and separate tables to help you determine the day [as opposed to the date] of your birth). It then moves on to the Zodiacal and the Quinary (Star) angels. There is also a short section to introduce the concept of Ascensionism, as well as sections regarding sacred geometry (including the Cabalistic Tree of Life) and the Malachim Angel alphabet.
I am sure I would have gotten more benefit if I had more familiarity with the subjects covered before I read the book. Even so, I found it informative and well-written. The accompanying CD was equally well-done, even given my previously noted preference.
If angelology and Ascensionism are among your interests you will enjoy this work, I am sure. If, on the other hand, you are looking for introductory data, this is a good place to start, as it is not overwhelming, but easy to read and absorb.
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Mike Gleason (1951-2012) dedicated his time to sharing his knowledge and opinions with others, and spent years reviewing books for the Pagan, Wiccan, Witch and magickal communities.