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The Last Pagan, by Adrian Murdoch

By Mike Gleason | July 17, 2009 | Leave a comment

The Last Pagan: Julian the Apostate and the Death of the Ancient World, by Adrian Murdoch
Inner Traditions, 9781594772269456, 260 pp., 2008

Who was the last pagan emperor of Rome? When did he die? What did his contemporaries, and those who lived after him, think of him? These are all very basic questions. And they are ones that Mr. Murdoch (a fellow of the Royal Historical Society) answers in this enlightening and, more importantly, easily readable book. This is history told as biography, and relies less on dates and places and more on perceptions and actions – both those of the subject and those who wrote about him. Continue reading


The Secret History of Western Sexual Mysticism, by Arthur Versluis

By Mike Gleason | July 13, 2009 | Leave a comment

The Secret History of Western Sexual Mysticism: Sacred Practices and Spiritual Marriage, by Arthur Versluis
Destiny Books, 9781594772122, 167 pp., 2008

This book addresses a topic which is often overlooked (or else looked at as an embarrassing part of the mystical tradition) here in the Western world. This book looks at both the Pagan and Christian mystic traditions in many of their manifestations, with an emphasis of the Christian side. There is a tendency, fortunately avoided by Professor Versluis, to perceive movements such as “Paganism” and “Christianity” as monolithic movements having only one face. That was not, and is not, the case. There have always existed multiple approaches to the mystical experience.

This book concentrates on the sexual mysticism in the Christian tradition, which is probably less understood than its associated Pagan counterparts. Continue reading


The Book of Enoch the Prophet, translated by R. H. Charles

By Gesigewigu's | May 20, 2009 | Leave a comment

The Book of Enoch the Prophet, translated by R. H. CharlesThe Book of Enoch the Prophet, translated by R. H. Charles
Weiser Books, 1578632595, 140 pp., 2003

The 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. Continue reading


The Great Shift, edited by Martine Vallée

By Gesigewigu's | February 12, 2009 | Leave a comment

The Great Shift: Co-Creating a New World for 2012 and Beyond, edited by Martine Vallée
Weiser Books, 9781578634576, 255 pp., 2009

“No doubt, there is a shift going on, not only in ourselves but in every country and in every culture. It’s huge and it is everywhere.”

With this shift occurring Vallée collected the works in this book “To help you better understand and face these changes that every human being is feeling.”

Collected in this work are several well known channels in the New Age community, and some well known entities as well. The book features Lee Carroll channelling Kryon, Tom Kenyon channelling Mary Magdalen and The Hathors (13 members of the species known as Hathors whom were invited into our universe ten and a half million years ago in order to help keep balance, and whom the Egyptian Goddess is based upon) and lastly Patricia Cori channelling The High Council of Sirius. A veritable collection of the who’s who in the New Age community and those entities that are influencing humanity’s development, but only for the better, as they work against Continue reading


Jesus the Wicked Priest, by Marvin Vining

By Gesigewigu's | January 3, 2009 | Leave a comment

Jesus the Wicked Priest, by Marvin Vining Jesus the Wicked Priest: How Christianity Was Born of an Essene Schism, by Marvin Vining
Bear & Company, 9781591430810, 243 pp (with indexes), 2008

The Dead Sea Scrolls, a collection of writings from the Jewish scribal sect known as the Essenes, are often dated by experts as being produced between 350 BCE and 70 CE, and are generally read as having no connection to or mention of Jesus or early Christianity. Continue reading


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