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Dark Moon Mysteries: Wisdom, Power, and Magic of the Shadow World Paperback – July 8, 2015
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This is one of the rare books on magic written in a concise manner rather than with intentional vagueness or a cryptic tone. I imagine this is due, in part, to Roderick's theory that the darker side of the psyche should be explored rather than hidden. With plenty of documentation and references to back up his work, Roderick fuses ideas from witchcraft with Jungian psychology to show how embracing the dark aspects of oneself leads to spiritual enlightenment. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Timothy Roderick has been a Wiccan high-priest and Craft leader for over 30 years. He is an award-winning author of books on earth-based spirituality and fantasy fiction. Timothy’s background as a psychotherapist and his studies in mythology, folklore, and shamanism inform his writings. His titles include Wicca: A Year and A Day, Dark Moon Mysteries, The Once Unknown Familiar, and others. For more information, visit Timothyroderick.com.
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This an excellent process to ready oneself in order to truly be open to helping others on the path of Spirit. This exploration is necessary and helps us work toward "getting over ourselves" by acknowledging ALL of ourselves, the Dark and the Light. The many exercises suggested, such as making a mask create gateways by which the process can flow through us. Because we are human it is not always enough to just think about things...we must DO something while we are thinking to make the experience more real, and subconsciously those exercises become a commitment to see the process through...
I was going to say ....to the end..however, the truth is, this is a process that can and should be done over and over again, full on, or in smaller bites!
Of course anyone, on any path can find a benefit. Personally, over the last 10-12 years I committed to the process over 9 month periods of time each. Each time I learned more and more about myself, and the 3rd time.... it was truly life changing!
While Timothy Roderick does follow Wiccan principles such as the Rede ("Harm none"), this is a far cry from the usual light-and-faerie-dust fare of many Wicca books out these days. He uses Jungian archetypes, psychology, and historical mythology (with liberal quotes from the master of mythological studies, Joseph Campbell) to delve into the shadow self of the psyche and bring about healing and acceptance of this darker side of one's human nature. This does not mean that he is condoning evil or negativity...but is merely showing the reader how to get to the shadow self and work with it to help deal with negativity instead of supressing it.
The format is a step-by-step process in which the reader is introduced to an aspect of the shadow self through a guided meditation with a fairy tale for an example, then rituals are given for each new moon to further enforce what has been learned. Later in the book, more advanced workings are introduced.
Timothy's writing style is easy to follow and very straightforward while still being lyrical and very intelligent at the same time. One won't find white light workings here, but as we are reminded in this book, everyone has a dark side and balance is not achieved without working with it as well.