Abraxas, Issue One, Autumn Equinox 2009, edited by Robert Ansell and Christina Oakley Harrington
Fulgur, 128 pp., 2009
Abraxas isn’t just “An International Journal of Esoteric Studies”, this first issue is also an art book. At 290mm x 232mm it’s a large quarto, beautifully bound, and printed on high quality paper, including a handtipped sheet. Richly coloured paintings are beautifully reproduced, along with many lovely illustrations in monochrome. And then there’s the text.
This first issue focuses largely on witchcraft, and while I can’t detail every essay that appears, I would like to highlight several that I felt stood out in this already exceptional collection.
Stephen Grasso’s piece “Skip Witches, Hop Toads”, illuminates Continue reading
The Transparent Tarot, by Emily Carding
Schiffer Books, 9780764330032, 280 pp., 72 cards, 2008
Emily Carding provides a rather extensive book with her tarot deck, I felt I would cover them together. It’s nice to see a deck that’s published without the dreaded “little white book”. The Transparent Tarot comes with a book that’s nearly three hundred pages long, a book that’s appreciated even as a seasoned tarot reader, and would be invaluable if this deck happened to be someone’s first.
Carding explores the cards Continue reading
Mithras Reader: An academic and religious journal of Greek, Roman, and Persian Studies, Volume 1, edited by Payam Nabarz
Twin Serpents Ltd., 9781905524099, 2006
This book, the first in an ongoing series, is divided into three sections. The first section in composed of academic papers. The second is filled with Mithraic-based art work and the final section is devoted to articles by modern practitioners. As such, there is a unifying theme, even while there are divergent views.
The series is dedicated to all the religions of the classical world in their varying aspects. Obviously, however, there is a bias towards Continue reading
Spiral Nature's New Logo
SpiralNature.com is an occult resource dedicated to occult philosophy and metaphysics, alternative spiritualities, and practical magick.
Since its inception in 2000, SpiralNature.com has retained the same look and feel. (To see past versions of the site, check out SpiralNature.com on the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.) It was quite dated in terms of its look and its functionality.
This is the first time in SpiralNature.com’s eight year history it’s received a make-over – indeed, a complete restructuring.
Along with the new design and new logo comes better navigation and new ways explore to SN’s archives. Clicking on the items in the menu on the left shows you everything Continue reading
Our Gods Wear Spandex: The Secret History of Comic Book Heroes, by Christopher Knowles, illustrated by Joseph Michael Lisner
Weiser Books, 1578634067, 233 pp. (incl. bibliography and index), 2007
Much of the early praise makes reference to Joseph Campbell and this influence is indeed clear. Our Gods Wear Spandex takes a look at classical mythology (ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman in particular) and draws comparisons between comic characters and themes, starting with the earliest comics and moving right through to contemporary comics.
Observing the genealogy of myths, Knowles writes: Continue reading