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Sex, Sorcery, and Spirit, by Jason Miller

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Sex, Sorcery, and Spirit, by Jason MillerSex, Sorcery, and Spirit, by Jason MillerSex, Sorcery, and Spirit: The Secrets of Erotic Magic, by Jason Miller New Page Books, 9781601633323, 224 pp., 2014Sex magick can seem like some dark taboo, especially for people who are new to their spirituality. Thanks to its portrayal in the media, it seems like something dangerous and forbidden. Sex, Sorcery, and Spirit: The Secrets of Erotic Magic by Jason Miller works to demystify this ancient practice and bring it to modern practitioners.Sex, Sorcery, and Spirit is a book designed for beginners in the practice of sex magick, but not for people who are beginning their journey into spiritual practice as a whole. The book details many novice practices to get one started using sex magick, however, it does so with the expectation that one already has some basis in some sort of practice already. Read More

A chat with Jason Miller about sex magick

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Jason Miller (Inominandum)Jason Miller (Inominandum) is a sorcerer, author and teacher. I recently had a chance to talk with him about his fourth book, Sex, Sorcery, and Spirit, which recently came out from New Page Books.He's been interviewed quite a bit lately in various podcasts (which I highly recommend checking out), and I wanted to take our talk in a new direction.We chat about sex magick, the dangers of marathon sex sessions, and when it's appropriate to let your partner know that you're a wacky occult sex magician.Sex, Sorcery, and Spirit, by Jason MillerPsyche: For those who haven't yet read Sex, Sorcery, and Spirit, could you tell us what it's about? Jason Miller: The book is about using sex as a tool in magick and spirituality, as opposed to using magick for finding sex, which is good too, but it's a separate thing.Sex is this immensely powerful, primordial experience -- at least good sex. It hits us on all the levels. In my second book, The Sorcerer's Secrets,  I talk about the mental or divine level, the energetic level, and the bodily level. The magick of sex must have been so important to prehistoric man. Physically speaking, this is what results in people. You can divert that into something else. This is the power of creation. It's just natural to want to harness that. And use it for your own evil purposes [he laughs], or to harness that energetically.I think there are very few people who don't feel the energies of the body working during sex. You take somebody who is just an energetic dullard -- doesn't practice yoga, doesn't do tai chi, goes to martial arts and doesn't know what the hell their sensei is saying when they say ki -- just not tapped into that bodily energy at all. I think during sex, even they feel the energy of the head and the way it moves in the belly, and gathers. There's this energetic response to sex that just pumps the volume up on the energy level.On the mental plane, you have this mental explosion: le peitit morte, what the French call "the little death," because it's this ego shattering moment -- at least good ones. Read More

Compassion Conquers All, by Tsem Rinpoche

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Compassion Conquers All, by Tsem RinpocheCompassion Conquers All, by Tsem RinpocheCompassion Conquers All: Teachings of the Eight Versus of Mind Transformation, by Tsem Rinpoche New Page Books, 978-1-60163-354-5, 192 pp. (incl. foreword, appendix, glossary, and author bio), 2014 His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche, an unrealized monk, received the teachings of the Eight Verses of Mind Transformation at the age of 13 from His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama. The teachings are a translation of the Lord Buddha’s teaching on compassion and, when followed, develop the Bodhicitta or compassionate mind, ultimately leading to enlightenment.The text begins with a discussion of motivation and how motivation affects an action and the outcome of any single action. The eight worldly concerns are introduced and discussed and the reader is instructed to memorize these concerns and use them as a reference point to check their motivation in day-to-day life. When working from the eight  worldly concerns, suffering is guaranteed and can only lead to negative states of mind. Read More

Man-Made Monsters, by Dr Bob Curran

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Man-Made Monsters, by Dr Bob CurranMan-Made Monsters: A Field Guide to Golems, Patchwork Solders, Homunculi, and Other Created Creatures, by Dr Bob Curran, illustrated by Ian Daniels New Page Books, 9781601631367, 184 pp. (incl. bibliography and index), 2011Dr Bob Curran is a history teacher with several books to his name, all dealing with fantastic creatures: Vampires, Zombies, Werewolves, and Dark Fairies, among others. His latest is Man-Made Monsters, which explores possible origins for created creatures.Curran begins with the quintessential man-made monster of modern times, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. He looks at possible sources which may have inspired Shelley's story, such as the experiments of Giovanni Aldini, Mr Pass, George Foster, Johann Konrad Dippel, and other stories of reanimation which she may have encountered. Read More

Defense Against the Dark, by Emily Carlin

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Defense Against the Dark, by Emily CarlinDefense Against the Dark: A Field Guide to Protecting Yourself from Predatory Spirits, Energy Vampires, and Malevolent Magick, by Emily Carlin New Page Books, 9781601631701, 223. pp, 2011
“When we lie awake, listening to the sounds of the night, we imagine all the things that could be making those strange sounds”.
Defense Against the Dark aims to introduce the reader to disruptive and occasionally dangerous entities and educate on how to avoid them, engage them, and if need forcibly remove them. The “dark” tends to be a hit-or-miss area with a lot of books in the occult arena. I find almost everything regarding the dark can be categorized into three camps: the Light, the Illusion, and the Fucked. What I mean is a lot of books say if these dark creatures exist just imagine a bubble of purple light (or whatever is in vogue) and you’re completely protected, or that these beings don’t and can’t exist because God/Universe loves us too much, or lastly they exist and are powerful and if you encounter them you’re screwed.Carlin takes a pleasant middle ground, she admits that these beings exist, these beings can harm you, generally they are rare (especially the more dangerous ones) and you can protect yourself but it isn't always easy. Read More

Review: A Wiccan Bible, by A. J. Drew

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A Wiccan Bible: Exploring the Mysteries of the Craft from Birth to Summerland, by A. J. Drew New Page Books, 1564146669, 312 pp., 2003This is the third book I have read by Drew (Wicca Spellcraft for Men and Wicca for Couples being the two previous ones). Even before I opened the covers I was sure that I would be challenged by what was inside. I knew I probably wouldn't agree with all of it (I didn't), but I knew I would find myself doing some serious thinking.This book was abridged, at the request of editors, and will, it is hoped, eventually be enhanced by the publication of a second book. As such, there is a great deal which has been left out of this volume. I look forward to seeing the publication of that information which as left out because of considerations about the length.I have found that  Drew is not given to worrying about what is PC, or what others will think of his writings. At the end of his introduction he states "I do not believe being Wiccan is a matter of birth or hereditary lineage, nor do I believe being Wiccan is a matter of being made or of coven initiation." He leaves no doubt about his beliefs and feelings. Such honesty is refreshing. Read More

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