This book takes you on a path of inner exploration with rituals, symbolic meanings, the psyche and magic. While it is a book aimed at a Wiccan or Pagan audience it is useful for those on the Left Hand Path who are looking for a guide to understanding the dark side of the psyche. The dark side of the psyche holds secrets that could help you to reach personal enlightenment, and for a full understanding of magic it should be explored. This book and the exercises within helps the reader to understand the shadow self and to use it in a beneficial way.
Through this book you will be guided on Jungian analysis, focusing on the works of Joseph Campbell, allowing you to use ancient mythology as a basis for understanding the subconscious. This book also focuses on the archetypes of the Sage and Crone, who are seen as the wise and older and darker aspects of spirituality. In focusing on these figures, you can allow yourself to explore the darker side of your psyche.
There are journal exercises, guided meditations and craft projects to help you to connect to your inner spirit. Dark Moon Mysteries is an interesting book for those that are new to spirituality who want to understand that we as humans, have a dark side, and we can use it in a spiritual way for self empowerment.
A Quote from the author, Timothy Roderick, states: “The journey into the dark can help you to reconstruct and complete your power as a human being, as a mixture of both positive and negative, constructive and destructive, active and passive power…The real work of journeying into the dark involves looking inward and discovering your own voice, your own guidance, and your own power.”
One of my favorite documentaries of all time is the Occult Experience. Produced in 1989, it shows an array of people involved in occult activities. Among these are Anton LaVey, leader of the Church of Satan from his earlier “Satanis” production, and Michael Aquino and his wife, Lilith, both leaders of the Temple of Set. I like that Satanism was included in this documentary with a straightforward angle, actually getting interviews with the people involved in Satanism and Witchcraft.
This documentary also explores witchcraft with Selena Fox doing an outdoor ritual with her coven. Then they move on to the path of Alexandrian Witchcraft, with a special appearance by the King of the Witches, Alex Sanders in a revealing skyclad ritual. The path of Dianic Wicca is also explored with Z Budapest, a feminist witch. These paths are discussed showing what it is like for a solitary practitioner or in a group setting, for one who belongs to a coven.
In combination with all of this the fantasy artist H R Geiger’s work is discussed with the artist himself. It’s a short documentary packed with information about how Occultism thrived during that era. It’s definitely worth a watch just to see what occultists do. This is a delightful documentary! Below is a preview of this wonderful documentary. Unfortunately this item is only available as a VHS at Amazon. Hopefully someday they will reissue it as a DVD.
A Concise History of Witchcraft, Demonology, Astrology, and Other Mystical Practices Throughout the Ages
By Richard Cavendish TarcherPerigee; 40th Revised ed. edition (January 1, 1983) Pages: 373 ISBN-10: 0399500359 | ISBN-13: 978-0399500350
The Black Arts By Richard Cavendish catalogs the practices and beliefs found within black magic. It covers summoning and ceremonial magic, Devil Worship and the Black Mass, charms spells and talismans, and other branches of the occult, like alchemy, numerology, astrology and the Tarot. Magicians and occult figures from the past to the present [circa 1950’s] are reviewed, along with descriptions of some of the popular Grimories of magic.
Along with this he delves into the philosophy of past and present magic workers, giving insightful interpretations of their work. This makes a great beginner’s book as it outlines the various branches of the occult, but with a darker flavor.
One reviewer stated: “The Black Arts By Richard Cavendish focuses a lot on Western Esoteric Art. I still have the book in my Library/Den. It is well worth purchasing for the knowledge within, as with most Esoteric Books, those drawn to this area, are explorers, wanting to expand ones consciousness. It has been on my book shelf for over 35 years. Always enjoy coming back to read/study the House of Cavendish, “Black Arts.”
From the introduction by Richard Cavendish: “In occultism the serpent is a symbol of wisdom, and for centuries magicians have devoted themselves to the search for the forbidden fruit which would bring fulfillment of the serpent’s promise. Carried to its furthest extreme, the black magician’s ambition is to wield supreme power over the entire universe, to make himself a god.”