Dark moon Mysteries, A journey into the Shadow Self
- By Timothy Roderick
- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; Reprint edition (July 8, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0738747211 | ISBN-13: 978-0738747217
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.”
Learn about Pagan Paths
Llewellyn Publications; 37808th edition (July 8, 2002)
ISBN-10: 0738702226 | ISBN-13: 978-0738702223
Learn more about the world of Paganism Paganism an Introduction to Earth-Centered Religions, that will not only teach you the common rites and rituals, it also explores what Pagans are like; how the Pagan sacred year is arranged, and this book will also provide an overview of the various branches of Paganism that exist today.
Provided to you are histories of Pagan groups, exercises to practice, answers on what Pagans practice, meditations for your spirituality and ideas on how you can incorporate Paganism into your own personal practice.
As one reviewer stated: “To their credit, though, the authors have crafted a very different kind of book, one of great spiritual depth that could be of genuine and lasting service to anyone who is interested in sorting out the whats and whys of belief. Early on, they outline the “big tent” of Paganism that shelters a dozen or more passageways (Wicca, Druidism, Shamanism, Santeria, etc.), comparing it to Christianity and its popular denominations”
If you want to study Paganism in more detail, Paganism an Introduction to Earth-Centered Religions will give you a good start. It is a useful book for those that want to learn about Paganism as a whole. Highly rated!
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)
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.”