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Dark Moon Rising: Pagan Bdsm & the Ordeal Path Paperback – July 17, 2009
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Pain have been a method by which shamans and magicians have altered their consciousness and done magick for many thousands of years Kaldera teaches new generations to walk the ordeal path. But more than just pain magick the book is about how to incorporate dominance and submission into a Pagan lifestyle. It contains ideas for rituals, ideas for roles of power dynamic, like magician and magickal object, master and apprentice or priest and servant. The book is filled with philosophy and and explains how you can not just make BDSM magickal, but make it a part of your Pagan practice.
Off course this book is not for everyone, but for those of us who are both Pagan and BDSMers it is a blessing as it teaches how to combine the two. I think also allot of shamans or people who are generally interested in using pain as a magickal tool can have allot of use of this book, also it do hold allot of philosophy and ideas which would speak to any Pagan, but for the most part this is a guide for those who want to combine BDSM and Paganism.
Now the focus of this book is more those that are in a 24/7 BDSM relationship, there is not allot of just kinky spells and sex magick in here, there are some but not allot, however this would also work well for those which are not 24/7 but only takes on the roles of Dominance and submission for pleasure and/or rituals. Dark Moon Rising is just a treasure trove of information.
This book is probably on my top 20 list of favorite occult books ever. I can not praise it enough. If you have any interest at all in either Paganism or BDSM then I think you would like this book and if you are interested in both and you will love it. However the BDSM part is rather big so if you are hostile to BDSM then this is not the book for you, also I would call this a sort of advanced book, this is probably not a good choice for someone's first book on Pagan subjects, but for those who have been practicing Paganism for a while it is brilliant. I truly recommend it. Also there exists a small handful of other occult BDSM books, but Dark Moon Rising is by far the best I have seen so far.
Using BDSM tactics for spiritual growth will leave some wondering . Many CHristians feel that BDSM belonmgs to the realm of "Fifty Shades of Grey" Many neo pagans are very uncomfortable with inflicting pain and forcing submission . Yet on the the other hand there are people that feel a strong need to live that lifestyle.
In rituals is is the submissive who build the energy and it is the top who guides the energy. The top or master can use the pain to help the submissive reach a gnosis or certain state of mind . THe top also acts as a guide for the submissive taking him to the underworld and back. Pain can also be a helpful catharsis to relieve traumatic events.
Raven Kaldera himself a transgendered individual is quite knowledgeable about dwelling in those in between states. This book here which is the first I have read from him represents an excellent book. He has done his research and produced a top rate product. Raven describes the BDSM thoroughly and and all the interrelated magicals parts that could come along with it. I liked the techniques for charging user specific and purpose specific tools. There ar also seasonal rituals which use BDSM. Raven also discusses the top or dominants obligation towards the submissive and that that the dom is him or herself a slave or the gods meant to do their work.
Several other authors have written pieces and essays that add to the flavor of this book. Galina Krasskova tells how she was selected by ODin to be her bride. AUthor Jennifer Hunter tells of how she was seraching for a dominant pagan man and how the search continues. Joshua Raven's slave also writes severl essays.
This book is well reseached with plenty of reference to older cultures using pain for spirtual transcendeance. Flogging, hook suspencion, bondage, different pairing are discussed in detail.No review could capture all the details of this book..