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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Destiny Books; 1 edition (February 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620550830
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620550830
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,267,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Providing a guide for opening two-way conversation with the spirits of daily life as well as direct communication with the Gods, Kenaz Filan and Raven Kaldera explore how to enrich your spiritual path with personal gnosis—asking your Guides for assistance or teachings and receiving a response...Offering practices and principles for seekers and groups, they reveal that the spirits never went silent, we simply forgot how to hear them. Personal gnosis lives in a fun, shifting balance/dance with tradition and structure.” (Branches of Light, June 2013)

Talking to the Spirits is a significant book. As the world changes the modern way of living fails more and more people, many are drawn to the old ways. This entails a new way of looking at the world and coming to an understanding of the Gods, how they communicate with us and how we can communicate with them.” (Robert Black, New Dawn, July 2013)

Talking to the Spirits: Personal Gnosis in Pagan Religion provides a fine survey of pagan spirituality and considers daily life, direct communication with the Gods, and how to ask Guides for assistance or teachings. From developing sensitivity to voices of the Divine to soliciting and understanding spiritual messages and understanding personal gnosis, this is a powerful survey on avoiding theological conflicts between Pagan groups and personal gnosis, and provides principles for seekers and groups alike. A ‘must’ for any new age spirituality holding!” (Midwest Book Review, November 2013)

“I would recommend this book to anyone interested in including more active spirit-work into their personal practice, or even to someone curious about how that might look. I don’t think it can be a stand alone one-stop-shop for all things related to spirit contact, but combined with Diane Paxon’s Trance-Portation2 or even some of Kaldera’s earlier books, it a good foundation for not only working with the spirits, but working with what the spirits give you out in the world.” (Brian Walsh, Spiral Nature, November 2013)

“Filan and Kaldera have once again created an impressive and necessary work for the flourishing spirit-working Pagan community. In these pages you will find an immediate, earthy, social, and accessible way to approach this dangerous and risky alliance with the Spirits. This book touches on personal gnosis, historical gnosis, Neo-Pagan perspectives and sociologies, and discernment of messages in alluringly deepening ways. It also shares responsible and proactive ways of working with gnosis and revelation in groups and community to achieve whole and integrated spirituality with an ear to the ever interesting, ever bizarre Otherworld peopled with Endless Spirits. As a spirit-worker, I personally attest that this book is a must read!” (Gede Parma, Witchcraft priest and teacher and author of Ecstatic Witchcraft and Spirited)

“In recent years there has been a greater desire for deeper connection with the Gods within a polytheistic pagan framework. Talking to the Spirits is a practical manual for such work, particularly for those relying on their own impressions--personal gnosis--to fill in the gaps left by mythology, history, and established religions. In the same way, this book fills a gaping niche in the practitioner’s shelf. It is clear the authors have dealt with a variety of challenges in deeper spirit work as well as found suitable solutions, and the subject matter is covered in an impressively thorough manner.” (Lupa, author of New Paths to Animal Totems and editor of TheGreenWolf.com)

About the Author

Kenaz Filan (Houngan Coquille du Mer) was initiated in Société la Belle Venus in March 2003 after 10 years of solitary service to the lwa. Filan is the author of several books, including The New Orleans Voodoo Handbook, and coauthor with Raven Kaldera of Drawing Down the Spirits. Filan lives in Short Hills, New Jersey. Raven Kaldera is a Northern Tradition Pagan shaman who has been a practicing astrologer since 1984 and a Pagan since 1986. The author of many books, including Moon Phase Astrology, and coauthor of Neolithic Shamanism, Kaldera lives in Hubbardston, Massachusetts.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Harmonyfb on March 12, 2013
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A practical look at how personal gnosis (through intuition, visions, etc) is approached by the religions which fall under the modern Pagan umbrella. I found the quotes from representatives of different faiths to be of particular value, giving a well-rounded sketch of attitudes toward incorporation of personal knowing in community work.

Thoughtful and well-written; I hope to see more interfaith work in this vein.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hannah on June 28, 2013
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I enjoyed the personal quotes from different pagans and the thoughtful insight on personal gnosis. There is some good information on how to weed out true gnosis from ego and a really great chapter on mental illness and how some practitioners deal with both. Full of good recommendations on dealing with personal messages and messages that may be meant for others.
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By Theodoric on October 21, 2014
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The book teaches you the basics about spirit working and even how to communicate with other people about the differences in their personal gnosis and how to speak to people respectfully without disregarding the other persons differences. This book also talks about how one can develop a better relationship with spirits and using divinitory methods to commune and clarify personal messages that were received by the divine. It also talks about delusions and being delusional, which they explain are different from one another.

Overall, this an effective guide to spirit working that can provide you with creating your own way of practice with spirits and gods but also allow you to obtain an understanding about other people who practice it as well. While this book has only two authors, there are many opinions from other pagans around the world listed in the book which provides you not with just the author’s perception, but also that of many other people. Anyone beginning in spirit working or even those who have been for a while, it’s a great book to have on your shelf in my opinion!
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A necessary and timely reflection on individual experience of the gods and their messages to humanity through the lens of experienced religious leaders. Talking to the Spirits should be required reading for anyone who wants to be considered a priest, pastor, rabbi, or minister... regardless of their faith.
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