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Thoth, by Lesley Jackson

By Mike Gleason | December 11, 2012 | Leave a comment

Thoth, by Lesley JacksonThoth: The History of the Ancient Egyptian God of Wisdom, by Lesley Jackson
Avalonia Books, 9781905297474, 225 pp., 2012

This is a rather unique book in that it does not attempt to be anything other than an attempt to show how Egyptians through the millennia related to Thoth. It isn’t designed to detail the hymns and rituals associated with Thoth, although they do figure into the account. It isn’t about his priesthood or his temples, although they also enter into the account

There are numerous books which relate how the dynastic families of ancient Egypt related to Thoth, but very few which give any indication how commoners saw their interaction with the God of Wisdom in his various functions of scribe, messenger of the gods, protector, and psychopomp . While the average Egyptian might expect that they would never encounter the majority of their gods, Thoth was their guide in the afterlife, and everyone – no matter how high or low their status – would meet him during their transition between life and afterlife. Continue reading


Graeco-Egyptian Magick, by Tony Mierzwicki

By Jack Faust | October 29, 2012 | 1 comment

Graeco-Egyptian Magick, by Tony MierzwickiGraeco-Egyptian Magick: Everyday Empowerment, by Tony Mierzwicki
Megalithica Books, 1-905713-03-7, 256 pp. (Incl. bibliography, appendixes, and index), 2006

Tony Mierzwicki’s Graeco-Egyptian Magick is an excellent beginner’s guide to the astrological magick found in the Greek Magical Papyri (PGM or Papyri Graecae Magicae as it is referred to in academic circles). It’s clear that this is not the only source text he’s well acquainted with.

Those who practice modernized astrological magick may find this book difficult at first. The astrological sequence of initiatory and practical processes follows the Ptolemaic Order (Luna, Mercury, Venus, Sol, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn) because that was the order most prominently used in Antiquity, particularly by the magicians whose works form the basis of the book. He also includes the Homeric hymns for six of the planets, and all of the Orphic hymns for the seven planets. Continue reading


Creating the Soul Body, by Robert E. Cox

By Gesigewigu's | February 11, 2009 | Leave a comment

Creating the Soul Body: The Sacred Science of Immortality, by Robert E. Cox
Inner Traditions, 9781594772214, 263 pp., 2008

Creating the Soul Body is largely unlike what I expected from the synopsis and title, I expected it to focus on the Soul, and perhaps reincarnation, but instead it takes another route altogether. The immortality in the title refers not to a physical immortality or a spiritual immortality dependant on reincarnation, but a mental/spiritual immortality in the sense of Enlightenment and Oneness with everything, though this notion was largely cast aside in favour of the theories of the knowledge it reveals. This book was also not in the least on the practical side, but a book purely of theory and information, and that made for an interesting read.

This immortality is often expressed in terms of Continue reading


Review: The Anubis Oracle, by Nicki Scully and Linda Star Wolf

By Psyche | January 10, 2009 | 1 comment

The Anubis Oracle: A Journey into the Shamanic Mysteries of Egypt, by Nicki Scully and Linda Star Wolf, illustrated by Kris Waldherr
Bear & Company, 9781591430902, 165 pp., 2008

The Anubis Oracle contains a deck of thirty-five cards and a companion booklet bearing the same name as the kit.

Loosely inspired by Egyptian iconography, the illustrations in the deck are quite sweet with the same serene, soft imagery that helped make Kris Waldherr’s earlier Goddess Tarot Deck so popular. Continue reading


Review: Sacred Sexuality in Ancient Egypt, Ruth Schumann Antelme & Stephane Rossini

By Psyche | October 4, 2004 | Leave a comment

Sacred Sexuality in Ancient Egypt: The Erotic Secrets of the Forbidden Papyri, Ruth Schumann Antelme & Stephane Rossini
Inner Traditions, 0892818638, 1999, 32 pages includes Appendices, Notes, Glossary, Bibliography, and Index

In all honesty, I had not planned to review this book until I was challenged by a reader of my reviews to tackle it. Egyptology is not one of my strong suits, and I’m not particularly interested in reading about sexuality, which made this book a challenge for me.

The author, Ruth Schumann Antelme, is an Egyptologist, a former professor at the Ecole de Louvre, and an emeritus researcher of the CNRS in France (National Center for Scientific Research), and the illustrator, Stephane Rossini, has illustrated other books on the subject of Egyptology. Some of the illustrations have been “restored”, based on other samples.

Some of the images contained within this volume (there are over 150 black-and-white illustrations and 20 color plates) are the ones familiar to the reader on the subject of Egyptian religion. The majority of them, however, are definitely not of the G-rated variety. For those who are used to thinking of the life of Egypt in the sanitized form we learned about in school, there are shocks in store.

As should be obvious to anyone who stops to think about it, a region such as Egypt (which is obviously dependent upon a fertility religion because of the climate) must have included images of fertility and procreation among its religious artwork.

The notes refer to some extremely specialized publication which will be unfamiliar to most readers (as they are to me). This, however, only serves to expand the field of exploration for those interested in continuing their education on this topic.

Where uncertainty exists in regard to the meaning of a given drawing, carving, or other illustration, the author is not hesitant about admitting that uncertainty. Where uncertainty exists about the actual content or form of a given illustration, she points it out.

The appendices include an extremely simplified chronology of ancient Egypt from the Early Dynastic Period (circa 300 B.C.) to the Byzantine domination (circa 400 A.D.); a list of the deities mentioned in the current work; Egyptian place names; some hieroglyphic examples; and a glossary.

I am glad that this book was suggested to me. I wouldn’t have ordered it on my own, but it was a pleasure to read. I probably won’t be reading a lot more on the subject, but that is simply because of my many more pressing interests (although if I take some time off from reviewing, I may change my mind).


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