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Walking the Twilight Path: A Gothic Book of the Dead Paperback – October 8, 2008
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About the Author
A star on television's Paranormal State, Michelle Belanger wears many creative hats. Other media appearances include the History Channel's Vampire Secrets, Monsterquest, CNN Headline News, HBO's True Bloodlines, Fox, MTV.com, Marvel's AR Morbius #1, and most recently, Monsters and Mysteries in America. The author of over two dozen books on supernatural topics, her Dictionary of Demons is in its sixth printing and has served as a resource for multiple shows, university courses, and books. A talented singer-songwriter, she has performed on CDs with Nox Arcana, URN, and Xyla. Her urban fantasy series debuts with Conspiracy of Angels through Titan Books this October. More information can be found at www.michellebelanger.com.
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This book treats death respectfully without being a "Dark Book of Darketty Darkness", yet treats it natural and with gentle humour without denying its gravity. The book draws heavily on Michelle's personal experience with death and dying, and the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, as well as Egyptian, Greek and Shamanic traditions. The book contains a good selection of thoughtful journal questions to help you think through your connection with death, as well as a very detailed and visual description of what happens as your body decays (it took me a lot of reading to find that out a few years ago, this would have been much easier), and even interesting tidbits like interesting epitaphs of famous people. A thought provoking read, with a lot of good suggestions, rituals, journals and information, highly recommended to anyone who isn't going to shy away from a bit of corpse and death.
The idea of the visualizations where the practicioner's body is destroyed in different ways is interesting, and I have to admire Belanger's creativity there. However it is a very poor idea for a Left Hand Path practicioner of a school of magic such as Ordo Sekhemu to even consider such a ritual, unless they do so in order to overcome such decay and destruction. The meditation wherein one imagines one's face decaying too could have very negative effects on someone with a low self image, such as many teens who may be drawn to this book.
I could also do without Belanger constantly talking about how unique she is for having had near death experiences as a child. Just because you have heart problems does not make you automatically an expert on the Otherworlds. I think that a bit more of a neutral and critical approach would have made this a great deal more readable.
In my opinion, this work would have been much better if you didn't have watered down versions of the Tibetan Book of the Dead next to a "medicine bag" of items from a graveyard. I also personally feel that shamanic initiation should involve some kind of actual risk or challenge, not just a visualization. The destruction of the Heart Scarab at the end of the final rite also worries me from a magical perspective, as that could cause damage to the practicioner if taken to to great an extreme.
In all, I would classify this on the same page as Konstantinos's fluffy dark wicca books. Honestly I regret buying this one new and wish I had waited to read more of it before spending the money.
While I may be partial to Michelle Belanger's works (because I think she is the "real thing"), Walking the Twilight Path really stands out from her other works and also from about every other book which pretends to be informed on this subject. This is a real landmark kind of book in the field of Occult studies, especially of the Darker paths. Right from the start, the book engages you with a very real and very sincere engagement with the land of the Dead, allowing the reader to reach through and connect with the forces beyond them.
What I found most comforting in this book (if the subject of death can be said to be comforting) was that there was no pseudo-Gothic romantic longings or quasi-theorizing on how cool death would be. From each step the reader takes through this book, one engages the land of the dead, the practices of the dead, and the tools with which to engage them, in a very factual, face-to-face, and confidant kind of way: this is real magick for real practitioners who want to really explore worlds beyond their imagination.
I must worn you though, this book works. If you are looking for books more out of a sense of how they affirm your inner Darkness, more because they look cool on your bookshelf next to your books on serial killers and vampires, there are other books out there that look equally cool in many ways.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book really helped me come to grips with the reality of death and dying. I used to be afraid of death, but reading this book helped me realize that what i was afraid of was... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Larame James Pinkston
Pretty clearly this book was a poor knock off of the work of Azrael Project author Leilah Wendell, with touch of the Pagan Book of Living and Dying. Read the originals.Published 13 months ago by EJConroy
Good for the reference library of both new age enthusiasm and anthropologist, great deal of informations on the subject and resources to follow!Published 22 months ago by Malinowski
I really enjoyed and learned much from this book and it turned out to be exactly what I was looking for!!!! WAY TO GO MICHELLE!Published on January 11, 2014 by Kindle Customer
Very interesting book. Full of information. You just don't know whether to believe it all. If you find the occult interesting then you should pick it up.Published on November 30, 2013 by supee1117
I havent had a chance to read all of this book yet, but I realy Like Michelle Belanger as an author.Published on October 2, 2013 by Lauri Shaffer