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The Angel and the Abyss, by J. Daniel Gunther

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The Angel and the Abyss, by J Daniel GuntherThe Angel and the Abyss, by J Daniel GuntherThe Angel and the Abyss: The Inward Journey, Books II and III, by J. Daniel Gunther
Ibis Press, 9780892542116, 399 pp., 2014

In 2009 J. Daniel Gunther published Initiation in the Aeon of the Child, Book I of his Inward Journey series, and it was a great book. (Ed note: See Ges’ earlier review of Initiation in the Aeon of the Child.) Now five years later he releases The Angel and the Abyss, Book II and III of the series, and a more than worthy successor to the original. Continue reading


Tarot Origins: Workshop begins in May

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Tarot spread, by Aquarian InsightTarot Origins is my favourite tarot workshop to teach, because we start right from tarot’s early beginnings, through its history, how it’s been used, the symbolism attached, and how to read the cards.

In this 8 week Tarot Origins workshop series, we’ll look at tarot’s exoteric and esoteric histories: the Dance of Death (not as sinister as it sounds!), the Renaissance, the fin de siecle occult revival, and modern interpretations of the tarot today. We’ll also learn about important figures like Court de Gebelin, Papus, Eliphas Levi, AE Waite, Pamela Colman Smith, Aleister Crowley, Lady Frieda Harris, and more. Continue reading


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


Recipe for Riz Aleister Crowley

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Basmati, photo by cookbookman17

Among other things, Aleister Crowley was famous for his spicy curries. A while ago someone managed to dig up his recipe for “Riz Aleister Crowley” and share it on the Coilhouse blog.

Crowley calls this recipe a “Poem of Spring;” I find this recipe comes out very sweet and is especially wonderful pared with an extra spicy curry.

A few years ago I decided to have a go at it for our Winter Solstice Feast. I’ll be making it again for our Feast this year, so I thought I’d share here for anyone who might interested in trying it out. Continue reading


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