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Pearls of Wisdom: Gems From the Journal Black Pearl Paperback – August 30, 2013
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JAMES A. ESHELMAN has been a writer and teacher of metaphysical subjects for over 40 years. Chancellor of College of Thelema and Prolocutor General of Temple of Thelema, he edited and contributed to Black Pearl for its entire six-year run. He lives in Los Angeles, California, with actress Marion DeSio.
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It contained article based on Crowley's Thelemic philosophy as revealed to him by Aiwass while staying in Cairo. Many of the articles are accessible for the neophyte and newbie as well as article geared toward the more advanced practitioner. This book is a compendium of articles taken from that period. The article are informative and enlightening and I plan on reading more of Eshelman's works.
The article inform the reader on the basics of philosophy regarding Thelema, instructions and history on how to perform rituals, Kabballah , sex magic. Tarot and personal anecdote .
This is a great book for both beginner and advanced. I will advice the newbie to Ceremonial magic to also read Modern Magic by Donald Michael Kraig. The more advanced can use this book as a launching pad into higher spirituality as it reveals thing never before revealed.
If you have any interest at all in the subjects of Thelema, ceremonial magic, or the western mystical tradition, you owe it to yourself to read this book. I've been studying these subjects for well over two decades and yet the clear explanations and humorously honest personal anecdotes of this anthology have, chapter by chapter, given me new and exciting ways to view everything covered. If for nothing else, the introductory material in "What is Thelema?" is perhaps the best, clearest, most insightful writing I've ever seen on the subject.
Eshelman is truly a treasure. A great deal of his writing is available for free online but, if this is the quality of what he has in him to put down on paper, I hope he continues filling up my bookshelf for a long long time.
The subjects are varying and far reaching. This is the product of a life dedicated to walking the Path of initiation. My especial favorite is "One Bird in Flight!" Well Done James,well done!
Paul A. Clark, Steward of the Fraternity of the Hidden LightThe Hermetic Qabalah
-Simplicity, the book is really easy to read.
-Content, the book is quite large.
It's always great to balance out you're thelemic perspective with other people's personal thoughts and opinions.
It's nice to have something other to read than Crowley.
You'll also find quite a few golden nuggets of wisdom here and there.
As author of PEARLS OF WISDOM, I want to give my own view of the work. As you will suspect, I have my biases. Nonetheless, the review is honest and personal, not ad copy: It's how I feel about the book. Perhaps this will be of interest to you.
PEARLS OF WISDOM is an anthology of 42 articles plus three "Introduction to Thelema" chapters. The original versions of the 42 articles were published in one of College of Thelema's periodicals, either In the Continuum or (mostly) Black Pearl. A few others were intended for Black Pearl, but never made it to print.
As a consumer, I love anthologies - collections of shorter pieces, broadly related thematically, that I can pick up and read in smaller blocks of time - that I can read straight through, or dip in and out according to interest, and eventually use as a reference. Some of my favorite books have followed this model, so I was excited to write one.
As an author, my greatest joy in this work was the chance to take writings from a particularly creative, productive period and revisit them a decade or more later. With time-ripened perspective, I knew I could do better. This isn't just a reprint volume: It took me about a year to rework the material (and to write the three new lead-in chapters introducing Thelema).
I hope you enjoy this type of book as well. Anthologies can be a lot of fun. Like a buffet, they keep interest lively: always something a little different on the next page. I feel good about the contents. If you are interested in the subject matter, I think you will find it valuable and enjoyable.
As for physical construction, this is our first paperback. This allowed us to bring the price down by almost half. But it isn't a paperback that's going to fall apart easily: It's library quality, with sewn signatures for binding and low acid (so-called "acid-free") paper. Having read all the way through the finished product, I know that the binding is strong.
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