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Vs.: A Collection of Essays on Duality and Conflict in Magick, Mythology and Paganism [Kindle Edition]

Jon Hanna , Michael Howard , Payam Nabarz , Rachel Donaldson , Magin Rose , Emily Carding , Katie Gerrard , Vikki Bramshaw , Melissa Harrington , Kim Huggens
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Vs. - A collection of essays on duality and conflict in magick, mythology and paganism
Edited by Kim Huggens

"Relationship cannot be created without duality: we are divided for love's sake, for the chance of union..."

Vs. is a unique collection of twenty-one essays exploring the dynamic and wide-ranging nature of duality in magic, paganism and folklore, from polarity to paradox to opposition to friction to union. The essays by magicians, witches, folklorists, sorcerors, Norse and vodou practitioners, weave together diverse threads of wisdom, knowledge, experience and inspiration into a tapestry of fallen angels, heroes, gods, goddesses, fairies, lwa, dreams, myths and stories. The significance of the interplay between two disparate or similar powers is explored through the relationship of divine twins, siblings, lovers and enemies in a variety of different pantheons and tales, from Cain and Abel to Lilith and Eve, from Shiva & Shakti to Inanna and Dumuzi, from Perseus and Andromeda to Ares and Hephastus. The union of divine and mortal is another powerful theme explored in this book, both through the hieros gamos (sacred marriage) and the maryaj (Vodou spirit marriage) where a person weds one of the lwa. Vs. also explores the theme of self and other, as experienced both in ritual techniques for trance and dreaming, and in social commentaries on the diversity of beliefs within the modern esoteric revival such as Wicca, Sorcery and Neopaganism. Vs. covers a span of thousands of years, from ancient writings such as those of Plato and Gnosticism to the modern works of twentieth century magicians such as Austin Osman Spare and Dion Fortune. From the wisdom of the Emerald Tablet to the tales of the Mabinogion, Vs. challenges you in numerous ways to accept diversity and strive for the union of perfection.

"I am the voice whose sound is manifold and the word whose appearance is multiple. " Thunder, Perfect Mind, 3rd century CE

Introduction by Kim Huggens
Cover Art: ‘Polarity’ by Emily Carding

The Tale of the Twins by Trystn M. Branwynn
Gods of Light and Darkness by Michael Howard
Toads and Diamonds by Chrissy Derbyshire
Constellations by Payam Nabarz
Vodou Maryaj by Sophia Fisher
Recognition of the Divine by Ellie Horne
The Divine Human by Rachel Donaldson
A Lantern to the Cave by Guy Gaunt
Sun and Moon by Emily Carding
Sir Gawain And the Green Knight by Katherine Sutherland
The Momentum of Polarity by Gareth Gerrard
Marassa Dossou-Dosa by Kim Huggens
Brothers at Arms by Magin Rose
Riders upon Swift Horses by Karen F. Pierce
The Scorpion & the Bridal Bed by Vikki Bramshaw
Inanna and Ereshkigal by Sophie Nusslé
Are Freyja and Frigga the Same Goddess? by Katie Gerrard
Hidden Children of The Great M/Other by Melissa Harrington
Polarity Magick by Diane M. Champigny
Exoteric Neopaganism by Jon Hanna
Coniunctio by Frater Jonathan Carfax
Of the Nature of the Soul by Plato

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  • File Size: 2230 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Avalonia (February 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007BF8NOM
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Darkness and the Light + So Much More May 3, 2012
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Lightness and Darkness, Good and Evil, Male and Female our universe is filled with opposites. Opposites create a duality and opposition. Most people try to focus on one or the other. There is a constant effort for most of us to be all good to stay on the side of the light. Some spiritual systems embrace only the masculine or the feminin. True spirituality however, must find a way to embrace both. True power comes from the energy that is produced when both of them are united rather then seperate. Both the left hand and the right hand must work in conjunction.

Avalonia publications has put together a compilation of essays that embrace this concept of duality. There is a vast specturum of spiritualities that re represented that it is virtually impossibe to summarize al of them. Several essay did grab my attention above all the others in this excellent collection. Michael Howard gives the read a taste of Robert Cochrane's Witch craft and gives us a different perspective on the Devil, Lilith and Cain. I will not blow the details but Lucifer is not a bad guy, after all he rules this planet and his redemption is dependent on our redemption. Lilith refuses to submit and is said to have seduced Adam numerous times. Cain built the first cities. You got to read his essay.

I am an avid fan of Middle Eastern Mythology the fact that thre were 3 essay on Inanna/ Ishtar thrilled me to death, especially when one of the authors had been to Iraq on a mission to help the people. Inanna/ Ishtar herself embodies duality. She is the queen of the Earth and the Heavens. She is a goodess of love and fertility yet she is also a goddes of war and destruction. Inanna is both the harlot and virgin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Revelation July 16, 2013
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A great revelation for the pagan. The essays are eclectic and well written, each with a very specific point to make. A definite reread for me. Fans of Sorita D 'Este and the like will enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great February 23, 2013
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Useful collection of essays from varied traditions and perspectives. I would put it on my required reading list for my coven.
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