Our poll for this month asks if you’d be interested in participating in an online book club, and we’re already kind of getting started with that.
In the forums, we’re reading John DeSalvo‘s first book on Enochian magick, The Lost Art of Enochian Magic: Angels, Invocations, and the Secrets Revealed to Dr. John Dee.
We’re going to work through the book chapter-by-chapter, and share our thoughts and results as we go.
DeSalvo’s book seemed particularly neat, as it includes a CD with recorded Enochian calls, which is a great help for those of us who are iffy on pronunciation, even if there isn’t necessarily an “official” pronunciation for the angelic language.
If you have the book, we’d love for you to join us, or if you’ve an interest in Enochian magick, or have practiced it and want to give your thoughts, we’d welcome that too.
We just started today, so there’s lots of time to get the book and join in.
You can find us in the Magician’s Temple under “Working with Enochian magick.”
I hope to see you there!
Gnostic Healing: Revealing the Hidden Power of God, by Tau Malachi and Siobhan Houston. Llewellyn, 9780738719832, 178 pp. (incl. appendices), 2010
Most of us are familiar with systems of energy healing such as Reiki, or magickal healing of various traditions, but is there a parallel in Christianity? That’s what Gnostic Healing
sets out to teach and explore. Over all I was impressed by this book and the teachings, but several parts of the book left me annoyed. I’ll voice several of my complaints before moving into why I enjoyed this book.“The Sophian lineage has been, up until the last few years, a wholly oral tradition, which probably had its origins around the seventeenth century as part of the ‘Rosicrucian Enlightenment.’” Nowhere in the introduction or the rest of text do the authors offer any proof for what to me is a rather incredulous claim of an unknown oral lineage of spiritual healers surviving for a few hundred years under the radar, and we’ll see later why this is even more unlikely. Personally I think the content of the book is good enough that it doesn’t need a mythic history to give it credibility. Read More
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. Read More
The Book of Enoch the Prophet, translated by R. H. Charles Weiser Books, 1578632595, 140 pp., 2003The Book of Enoch
is a book that was removed from the Bible and the Torah for many reasons. Once it was held as an important book by the founding fathers of the Christian Church, for it detailed events of the Messiah before his coming, as well as expanded upon parts of the Old Testament. The text was lost (or more properly destroyed) in the fourth century when it was deemed heretical, it wasn't until the eighteenth century that the book resurfaced from an Ethiopian source, and a very interesting part of Judeo-Christian scripture was brought back to life. Read More
Encyclopedia of Angels, by Richard Webster Llewellyn Worldwide, 9780738714622, 262 pp., 2009
A few centuries ago this book would have been: a) invaluable; b) impossible to produce; and c) the result of years of painstaking research and writing in the scriptorium of some European monastery.Of course, as an encyclopaedia, the Encyclopedia of Angels
is intended primarily as a reference work and is not meant to be read straight through. Consequently, my review is based on an overview of the work based on a number of entries with which I am familiar.This is an extensive, though by no means comprehensive, listing of angels:
their attributes, works, and assorted facts. The total number of angels in existence, according to some authorities, is in the vicinity of four billion
(!), so a comprehensive listing is quite out of the question. Read More