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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (October 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738713236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738713236
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #781,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michelle Belanger (Ohio) is a popular author best known for her writings on psychic vampirism and the modern vampire subculture. A self-professed energy vampire, she has appeared on the British documentary American Vampires, Peter Anthony Holder’s Soul Call, Coast to Coast, the X-Zone, as well on the History Channel, WE!, and A&E. She has lectured at colleges across the United States and occasionally tours with her Chicago-based dark metal band URN. More information can be found at www.michellebelanger.com and www.twilightpath.com.


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Michelle Belanger is an occult author, energy worker, and self-identified psychic vampire. A magna cum laude graduate of Cleveland's John Carroll University, she is best known as the author of The Psychic Vampire Codex (Weiser 2004). She is also a regular guest on A&E's hit series, "Paranormal State." An expert on the modern vampire subculture, Michelle writes on a wide variety of topics, including energy work, shamanism, and hauntings. In recent years, she has branched out into fiction. Her first novel, "This Heart of Flame" debuts from Stonegarden Press November 2009, and her short stories can be found in anthologies like "The Sweetest Kiss" (Cleis Press, 2009). Belanger's other books include Sacred Hunger (Dark Moon 2005), Psychic Dreamwalking (Weiser, 2006) The Psychic Energy Codex (Weiser 2007), Vampires in Their Own Words (Llewellyn, 2007), Walking the Twilight Path (Llewellyn 2008), Haunting Experiences (Llewellyn 2009) and The Ghost Hunter's Survival Guide (Llewellyn 2009). Michelle resides in NE Ohio and continues to do work in both print and television. She is also a talented musician, and her vocals can be heard on albums like Nox Arcana's "Blood of Angels" and URN's "Dancing with the Demigods."

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I will not go into the minutia of "Walking the Twilight Path".
Paul J. Shumway
Walking the Twilight Path is a guide book for working with this so very misunderstood part of life.
Molly Riker
I highly recommend the book to anyone who is curious about occult subjects.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Gesigewigus on October 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
Death is a subject hidden behind fear and ignorance, and our society at once strives to glorify death and shield use from its truth, but some believe death should be embraced. This book opens the way for readers to walk "The Twilight Path", a path accepting of the truth, nature and inevitability of death. Death is not an end, but a point of transformation, from the moment we are born, we are dying, and transforming, the most profound transformation occurring when you give yourself up to death and the otherside. This book leads you, gradually to begin the Twilight Path, something easily integrated into any spiritual tradition that does not deny life after death, through a sacrifice of yourself, creating Sacred Space for Death in your life, spirit work, and cemetery work, all of it culminating into an initiation death/rebirth ritual.

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.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Raven OrthaeVelve on September 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
As much as I may respect the author for her Psychic Vampire Codex, this did not impress me much at all. It seems like Belanger has been bitten by the Llewellyn Cultural Appropriation and fluff bug, much to my disappointment. While some attention in this work was paid to various different burial traditions, these were then mashed together with little regard to cultural seperation.

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.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Raven Digitalis on September 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
My 'official blurb' below. And I mean every word of it. This book brought me to tears. It's one not to be without, methinks:

Death is a topic not to be avoided, and is one of utmost importance to the serious spiritual seeker. In this profoundly deep necromantic-shamanic tome, death is neither glamorized nor idealized, but looked at in a realistic, intelligent, and spiritual light. Michelle Belanger explores numerous aspects of death and dying, and readers are encouraged to enter the world beyond the veil--and learn from it--at their own pace. Indeed, the realm of death is immaculately intertwined with our own. I can say with certainty that Walking the Twilight Path is an indispensable book for those wishing to advance, actualize, and intensely deepen their spiritual practice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Life Less Lived on February 9, 2010
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Walking the Twilight Path is that special kind of book, that rare kind of book in the Occult world, which opens more doors than it closes. Not that it closes any doors at all, mind you, instead it throws the doors between this world and the next world wide open, while beckoning the magician onward into ever deeper contact, research, and success.

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.
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