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Confessions of a Radical Traditionalist Library Binding – April, 2005

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ÒRefreshingly original, yet genuinely grounded in tradition. He enriches the lives of those who know him and his works.Ó --Rupert Sheldrake, author

ÒForget trepanning. John Michell opened my third eye years ago.Ó --Candida Lycett Green, author Candida Lycett Green Candida Lycett Green

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"Look behind the chaos of our existence and you see order. It is not utopian, fascistical or like any kind of man-made order, but divine and perfect, and it existed before time. Socrates called it the ïheavenly patternÍ which anyone can discover, and once they have found it they can establish it in themselves." John Michell

Product Details

  • Library Binding: 373 pages
  • Publisher: Dominion (April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971204446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971204447
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,608,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a collection of 108 short essays, rarely more than 3 or 4 pages, written by John Michell for the British magazine for young and old fogies, The Oldie. If it seems impossible to believe that an American magazine could have a name like that, then you already have an idea of Michell's iconoclastic and proudly heretical style.

The resulting pieces, "mostly pondering how and when the world went mad," are arranged in general categories, such as People, Phenomena, Sacred Cows, and Apocalypsis; that the number, nine, echoes Porphyry's arrangement of Plotinus' writings is no doubt a coincidence, but one that Michell would appreciate. Topics range from the great (Darwinism, The State, "the agribusiness racket," "the end is nigh-ish" ) to the small ("bogus social workers" "Manx fairies" or "the bohemian myth" ) though truly for Michell there are no small topic, only small ways to view them. Michell's view is always large, and so an essay that begins by observing that there always seem to be several busses going the wrong way while he waits for one going his way eventually winds up with considerations of the Grail legend.

Joscelyn Godwin, himself the author of many valuable contributions to traditional and hermetic studies, contributes an introduction, "A Prophetic Vision," which provides an overview of Michell's entire career. It's no mean task to find a connecting thread in heretical writings that range from sacred geometry to Stonehenge to questioning "Who Wrote Shakespeare;" Godwin does it by locating Michell as a skeptic of modern official "culture," from the viewpoint of both a Platonic elitism as well as the plain-speaking "ordinary man," whether the old-English farmer or the tramps and immigrants of his London neighborhood today.
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'As we know from the Grail traditions, a cosmologically ordered realm, centred on divine law, receives so much good luck or blessings that in the experience of its inhabitants it is an earthly paradise.' That quotation from page 322 may be as close as one can get to a summation of this glorious book.

I have happily enjoyed reading John Michell's short pieces under the `Orthodox Voice' banner in `The Oldie' magazine for years, and now it is a joy to read them as they should be read - `jumbled chronologically but united thematically' by a genius of an editor.

Covering a myriad of topics - ghosts, crop circles, modern art, apocalypse, etc - it is impossible to convey the impression one gets of unfolding revelation conveyed in writing of elegant simplicity. I firmly believe that no person could read this book from cover to cover and not in some way, however faint, experience a permanent change in their perception of the World.

Sadly for our lost civilisation, all the compulsory `great' intellects one is supposed to read - Freud, Darwin, Marx, Wells, Sartre etc up to Richard Dawkins & Stephen Hawking in the present day - have conspired to make the last hundred years or so a mechanistic atheistic nightmare that has wiped out more millions of grown humans and unborn infants than must ever have existed in the previous 1900 years of history, and in the process have created a spiritual barrenness and misery amongst the surviving remainder than can scarcely have seemed feasible to our materially poorer ancestors.
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Essays by John Michell

Selected and Introduced by Joscelyn Godwin

Dominion Press, 2005,

ISBN 0-9712044-4-6

Review by

Colette M. Dowell

I am always pleased to read a book that brings me joy and educates me in some sort of fashion leaving me on a greater note of happiness, and more "in tune" one might say. For those who follow John Michell's writings as well as those of you who are new to him, Confessions of a Radical Traditionalist is a witty anthology of John's great ability to ascertain truths and speak frankly about his observations. Joscelyn Godwin brilliantly introduces John's character with candor conveying his innermost qualities of an ingenious soul. Joscelyn carefully and thematically arranged 108 of John's essays spanning a 10-year period of contributions to The Oldie. John stands out as a Platonist, an innately wise man, and a soft tender person who longs for the return of the "Enchantment of Paradise".

Confessions of a Radical Traditionalist reveals John Michell's insights and how we can benefit from his knowledge. John is a philosopher professing intelligent, spiritual day-to-day techniques to live, love and cope in this modern madness we call society. Among John's greatest teachers you will find Plato, Saints, Gods and Gypsies, closely followed by Daemons, Druggies, Bums and Thieves. John writes of ancient roots grounded in the enchantment and beauty of Paradise; a sacred place where one can live freely, happy and full of love. His faith is such, as to take you back to the times when harmonious minds sat "around" on a four-cornered hearthstone focusing center into the flame, sharing personal thoughts and dwelling within the Cosmos.
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