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Thracian Magic: past & present
Thracian Magic: past & present
by Georgi Mishev
Edition: Paperback
Price: $25.12
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Info packed, January 23, 2014
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I am not finished reading this book, but I am impressed with the amount of information Mishev packed inside of it. The only issue I have with the book is not the author's fault. This would be the English translation work. The text is awkward in places and it requires one to reread those passages. Having done such research myself, I can say that what Mishev has put together is no small amount of work. He has truly done some 'heavy lifting' here.


Qabalah, Qliphoth and Goetic Magic
Qabalah, Qliphoth and Goetic Magic
by Thomas Karlsson
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, January 23, 2014
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I won't go into a longwinded review. The best I can say is that this book is thorough and gives great philosophical analyses on the subject of "evil". The only bit that disappointed me was towards the end that only gave a rehash of the Goetia for praxis in the Solomonic line. I was hoping for more. Despite that, this book will (IMO) give a new comer to the Qliphoth a good education. One complaint that I heard from others is that the book is "dry". In the author's defense, I can't see how solid philosophical material can be made 'juicy'. One just has to wade through it.


Wapallopen Luzerne County: A forgotten Pennsylvania Dutch enclave
Wapallopen Luzerne County: A forgotten Pennsylvania Dutch enclave
by C. R. Bilardi
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Wapwallopen, January 23, 2014
Having been a longtime resident of Luzerne County and a volunteer for a local historical society, this little book captures the main points of interest that can be found in the Wapwallopen Historical Society's own book on the area. That publication, unfortunately, is now long out of print.


Charms and Cures in the tradition of Pennsylvania Dutch PowWow
Charms and Cures in the tradition of Pennsylvania Dutch PowWow
Price: $5.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice little beginner book, April 15, 2013
The author is, admittedly, a friend of mine. In 2010 he produced an excellent (but unfortunately now out of print) monograph on the subject of Pennsylvania Dutch Powwowing. It was very practical and to-the-point for those who wanted to get their hands dirty. In that same spirit Chapman has now produced this Kindle version of many of his earlier essays on Powwowing.

Chapman's language is very straight-forward and down-to-earth, making the instructions for powwowing easily accessible to those who have never attempted working this form of folk healing and magic. He lightly covers the areas of history and theory, enough to satisfy those who are curious.

For well under the price of $10, one can't go wrong.


Sybil Leek: Out of the Shadows
Sybil Leek: Out of the Shadows
by Christine Jones
Edition: Paperback

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great piece of modern witchcraft history, September 6, 2010
"Sybil Leek, Out of the Shadows" is a great little book for those who have an abiding interest in the history of modern Witchcraft, and specifically an interest in Sybil Leek. Sybil was one of my "invisible" mentors when I was a teenager -- that is, I looked up to her and her teachings through the medium of her books and various articles. Unfortunately, I never did get to meet her. Over the years I have collected various bits and pieces of "Leekiana" as a result of that early imprinting. Anyone who shares that experience will love this book.

For witches and magicians trained in complex forms of angelic invocation, the section on Archangels will appear overly simplified at first; however, this is the beauty of what Sybil taught -- her methods were quite simple. I learned this to be true many years ago after having met friends of Sybil Leek.

This book also does a little demythologizing of Mrs Leek in that it presents a "warts and all" view of her life, making her humanity quite apparent. For those practitioners of magic and witchcraft, especially in the early years of the 1950's - 1980's, a public witch became the equivalent of a "superstar" and placed on a pedestal. This was very true for Sybil Leek, who was once called "the Fifth Beetle". Of course, Sybil massaged that image, as she was a very good businesswoman.

The book has some minor flaws, such as various typos. But, these are easily overlooked by those who shall value the rare content. While reading this book, one almost feels as if Sybil Leek is in the same room, telling her story through the medium of Christine Jones, who in her own right is an amazing elder in the practice of Wicca and witchcraft.


Freemasonry: Rituals, Symbols & History of the Secret Society
Freemasonry: Rituals, Symbols & History of the Secret Society
by Mark Stavish
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Well Crafted Book, March 4, 2008
I have read Freemasonry: Rituals, Symbols, & History of the Secret Society, and speaking as a Mason this is one of the best non-sensational books on the market dealing with the esoteric underpinnings of the Craft.

Regarding the complaints of a previous poster, he never tells us whether he is a Mason himself. Having read this book cover-to-cover, I cannot recall one instance that substantiates the negatives hurled at Mr. Stavish's book. There are no real foundations to them, from what I can tell.

Freemasonry is a helping book. It is designed for use as if it were a distance-learner's class text book. The exercises have been designed to maximize the readers comprehension and application of the materials therein.

Regarding the complaint of dream notation -- symbols affect one's inner life, and Masonry is about the inner life of the Initiate. Masonry is symbolic.

One of the main problems with contemporary Masonry is that it has degenerated into a social club, and an aging one at that. Local Masonic lodges are rife with uninspiring fund raisers such as spaghetti dinners, badly done ritual, and little more of substance than the reading of minutes and light-weight presentations in lodge meetings.

Masonic authors such as Stavish are trying to resurrect the esoteric core of the Craft, to revivify a dying brotherhood by reconnecting it to its life-roots.

Rest assured, there are copious amounts of footnotes, a bibliography, and all of the other tools necessary for a student to pursue further Masonic studies.
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Kabbalah for Health & Wellness
Kabbalah for Health & Wellness
by Mark Stavish
Edition: Paperback
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An infinitely practical vade mecum for Kabbalistic healing work, March 3, 2007
Kabbalah for Health & Wellness

From the Foreward by Colleen Deatsman:

"Mark Stavish is a fine teacher and an excellent writer. He breathes new life into the dry pages of ancient wisdom and finds ways to frame the antiquated in such a way that it is instantly useful to practitioners in the twenty-first century."

This is an excellent book for those who want to pursue a healing way based solidly upon Western Kabbalistic methods. As Deatsman writes, Stavish takes otherwise dry, obscure archaic theories and writings and lifts them out of the realm of the obtuse.

The healing methods presented in this book are very down to earth and come with enough detailed explanations so that the would-be practitioner will know why s/he is to do a certain thing, or not. However, the explanations, thankfully, do not run into overkill, that would otherwise make one's eyes glaze over.

Kabbalah is not a simple subject. And somehow Stavish finds a way of making this body of complex material accessible to the average person. That's an effort which cannot be sneezed at, as anyone who has tried to tackle the material of the Zohar can attest. What's more, taking such raw Kabbalistic material and trying to find practical ways in which to apply it is rather difficult without a scholar/mage at one's elbow.

Consider this work as the next best thing to having a well seasoned adept at your side.

All of Mark Stavish's writings are imbued with a sense of humility, compassion, and service to his fellow man (and woman!). It is rare to see all of these traits combined with genuine scholarly aptitude and a clear, unobtuse writing style.


The Path of Alchemy: Energetic Healing & the World of Natural Magic (Pathways to Enlightenment)
The Path of Alchemy: Energetic Healing & the World of Natural Magic (Pathways to Enlightenment)
by Mark Stavish
Edition: Paperback
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Future Classic, November 27, 2006
The Path of Alchemy - Energetic Healing and the World of Natural Magic by Mark Stavish is simply the finest book on practical alchemy that I have ever read. While focusing on introductory material and plant work, or spagyrics, it has enough meaty stuff for everyone. There is a fascinating discussion of the role of homeopathy in alchemy; extensive meditations and practices to link laboratory work (Labora) with inner work (Ora); initiation and the Tree of Life via alchemy; and some good background material on alchemy in the 20th Century. However, even the appendices are juicy in their description of the Tarot and the Alchemical process; the famed Longevity Tea of the Comte de St-Germain, similar to the confirmed recipe found in the long out of print, and very valuable biography on St. Germain by Jean Overton Fuller, and a fascinating description of the Flamel Path, of Nicholas and Pernelle Flamel, made famous in the first Harry Potter book, "The Sorcerer's Stone". If you are going to read just one book on alchemy this year, or ever, I suggest "The Path of Alchemy".

P.S. Speaking as someone with next to no background in the Art, Mark Stavish has delivered a user friendly manual that renders the most obscure and complex material in plain language. However, this does not imply that the work is simplistic. As the Alchemists say, it requires both prayer and labor, "ora et labora".


The Highgate Vampire: The Infernal World of the Undead Unearthed at London's Highgate Cemetery and Environs
The Highgate Vampire: The Infernal World of the Undead Unearthed at London's Highgate Cemetery and Environs
by Sean Manchester
Edition: Hardcover
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange and entertaining, November 23, 2004
This is a truely strange and entertaining work. There are aspects of Manchester's writing style that will seem to be a "rip off" of various lines and themes from various horror films, but overall the book is informative of the work of a modern-day vampire hunter. If you're wondering if Manchester is dead (!) serious about his work as an exorcist and vampire slayer, he definitely is. BTW--if any reader wishes to purchase this book without having to remortgage the farm, go to Amazon.com's UK site, where you can get it for under $38.00 (£19.99). No need to put up with State-side price gouging.


HexCraft: Dutch Country Magick (Llewellyn's Practical Magick Series)
HexCraft: Dutch Country Magick (Llewellyn's Practical Magick Series)
by Silver Ravenwolf
Edition: Paperback
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49 of 59 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's OK, but your money is better spent elsewhere..., October 27, 2002
The title of this review ought to say it all. Silver Ravenwolf (i.e., Jenine Trayer)has, in her own way, attempted to tackle the subject of Pow-Wow and hexerei. She does the practice a grave injustice with her incessant wiccanizing. "Ravenwolf" has had timerity to wiccanize such elements as the biblical Psalms and traditional Christian prayers, throwing in for good measure New Agey concepts such as chakras, etc.
In spite of her having been taught by a Pow-Wow, Preston Zerbe, she displays little respect for the art. For those who don't have their heads in the sand, it is a well know fact that the wiccan religion (as practiced today) is a mere 50 or 60 years old (and that's being generous).
Through out the text Trayer makes stellar comments where she laments that Pow-Wows no longer acknowledge or utilise the "Rede" or "Law of Three". These are thoroughly modern concepts only found in wicca. Within the book she attempts to show Pow-Wow as merely a Christian cover for American witchcraft. Now, hexerei is witchcraft. Witchcraft is a practice, not a religion. As a practice, it can be worked within any religious context. However, Trayer wants everyone to believe that Pow-Wow is "actually" a bastardized form of Wicca (which she obviously believes predates Pow-Wow and other traditional magical practices).
While witchcraft can be worked within any religious context, Trayer does Pow-Wow a disservice by trying to make it so generic that it will fit anyone's fancy or fantasy, thereby removing it from its cultural roots. "In the name of God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost" is 'corrected' by Trayer as "In the names of Maiden, Mother and Crone". Prayers to Isis find their way in the text, too.
New Age wiccan writers such as Trayer are jeopardizing the survival of true traditional witchcraft practices such as hexerei with their lousy 'scholarship' and historical revisionism. Witchcraft is, indeed, pre-Christian in the sense that *every* art of civilization predates Christ. Witchcraft is as much a skill or art as fire-making, cooking, blacksmithing, basket-weaving, etc. Just because house building, for example, predates the advent of Jesus doesn't make it a "pagan" craft. Thowing out, minimizing, or tokenizing the Christianity within Pow-Wow subtracts form the cultural organic whole of the practice instead of adding to it. Llewellyn Publications and its authors are quite guilty of this manner of cultural rape. It's too bad there can't be laws against this manner of reprehensible 'scholarship' and its publishers.
For a truely decent book on Pow-Wow see Karl Herr's book *Hex and Spellwork*. Also, get a copy of Lee Gandee's *Strange Experience: an autobiography of a hexenmeister*. These texts, plus the traditional Pow-Wow books *Long Lost Friend*, *Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses*, and *Albertus Magnus Egyptian Secrets* are invaluable to the study.
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