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Dark Moon Rising: Pagan Bdsm & the Ordeal Path Paperback – July 17, 2009
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Instead the contributors discuss frankly their perspectives on reasons for engaging in pagan BDSM, their own experiences, and rituals incorporating pagan spirituality and pain play and restraint. There is a level of honesty here which I think is missing from other books about pagan spirituality, a willingness to engage in confrontation with the animalistic desires all humans have, and which for some manifest as sexual desires to dominate or to be dominated, to give or to receive pain. Although it would be unfair to dismiss all that is bright, light, or joyful as shallow and unimportant, it can easily become superficial without also acknowledging the importance of those aspects of spirituality that really grapple with the truths that the world is often painful and nature requires death, without trying to erase these truths or encourage people to divorce themselves from experiencing them fully. For some, the way into a profound awareness and acceptance of these truths is through willingly accepting pain, restriction, and service to another. If you are one of these, this book is one of only a very few offerings that actually address this perspective.
The rituals included in the book were a nice touch that can give people some good ideas for rituals that they can use. I felt like I could take most of those rituals, and with a few personal touches, incorporate them into my own practice.
With that said, I do want to emphasize that this book focuses on spirituality based approach to BDSM. Practical magical applications, beyond personal transformation magic, aren't explored in depth. This isn't a bad thing, just part of an on-going trend in BDSM/occult books that is focused on that particular venue, as opposed to other venues.
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for inspiration and also spirituality in how they approach BDSM. Raven is an excellent writer who will make you feel as if you're chatting with him.
The mental health industry and religious reformers would have us believe many ancient spiritual practices are no longer appropriate for modern spiritual needs. Yet countless people seek union with the Divine through body modification, BDSM play/work, and difficult and exhausting physical tasks. There is a strong connection between the exertion of the body and altered states yet the use of these techniques are looked down upon by many people as inappropriate and abusive.
Raven Kaldera presents an array of experiences involving the sacred use of the body, mind, and soul as conduits of transformation. The rituals themselves are not the focus of the book as much as the compassionate exploration of how and why many of us are called to worship in this way.
It's pretty obvious that Raven and fellow essayists have quite a bit of experience. The various BDSM and fetish techniques utilized cover a pretty decent range of possibilities, and many of them are not for the (relatively) faint of heart. You may find yourself squicked; I am in no way, shape or form a fan of *anything* that pierces the skin (even hypodermic needles) and I found myself literally covering pictures of hook suspensions. Still, this is what works for others, and despite the not-my-kink factor, I found even the personally squick-worthy parts to be valuable additions. Regardless of what your particular tastes are, there are some great ideas that can be adapted to just about any consensual kink in a ritual context.
Much of the material seems to be oriented towards spirituality and service to the Divine, though there are some practical magical techniques as well. The concept of god-slavery is covered in decent detail here, and both it and the concept of service in general are presented not as unhealthy obsessions, but as spiritual dedication.Read more ›
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When one hears the words like pain, submission, ropes or any other similar word normally one would tend to cringe. Read morePublished 13 months ago by S. Cranow
Horrible evil book, I had to read it for a class and it made me feel sick. I am pagan and believe in the reid: harm none, do what you will. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Justarius
"Dark Moon Rising" is primarily about the growth of BDSM within the pagan community. The main focus of the book is on the use of S/M as part of pagan rituals, undergoing... Read morePublished 23 months ago by bansheexcat
The various authors that contributed to the book offered wonderful insight into the understanding of and use of ordeal experiences in relation to BDSM. Read morePublished on February 9, 2013 by slaveblueraven
A work that should sit upon the shelf of any Pyschologist who is working with persons of an alternative faith with extreme personal practices for reaching an altered state of... Read morePublished on September 10, 2012 by Arwythur
For many BDSM is more than sex and pleasure, it is deeply Spiritual. As a sub myself I can attest to that there is something religious in surrendering to another person. Read morePublished on January 31, 2011 by Anja Rebekka Schultze
The best book by Raven Kaldera that I've read so far, although I wish he had gone into more detail on the subject of energy work. Read morePublished on January 18, 2011 by Andrew
Raven's grasp of the nuances of the spiritual aspect of the path is exceptional. The Ordeal path is one which is traveled alone,for many. Read morePublished on May 25, 2009 by Corey J. Polesel
any pagan who walks the path of a dark deity will love this book. It deals with the spiritual side of BDSM and how it relates to our pagan path of working through expirence with... Read morePublished on July 29, 2008 by M. Morley