First and foremost, happy new year!
Secondly, my apologies for waiting so long to write a new post, although, I doubt that anybody is really keeping track. It does, however, offer me a great opportunity to address the frequency of how often I will post. I’ve purposely avoided to set any kind of schedule as to which I shall share my content, and it will most likely, over time, be sporadic at best. However, at the very least, I’m aiming for at least a couple of new posts a month. I’ve got a few planned, and I do have some things in my archives and notes that I might revise and publish on this platform through the coming year(s).
Anyhow, the 12 Days of Christmas (aka “Omen Days”) have mostly been spent reading, watching season 2 of Preacher, some superhero movies, and perhaps one of the most interesting/best/coolest movies of 2018, namely Mandy.
I’d like to take a moment to disclose my reading list, henceforth lovingly referred to as The Desert (reading) Sessions, as well as add some commentary.
The Desert (reading) Sessions
Presented in (almost) chronological order in which they were read by yours truly.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
This is of course a classic that I’ve been meaning to read for year, and boy am I glad I finally decided it was time! Because it did not disappoint. I wish I had read this much sooner, but in a way, it couldn’t have happen at a better time. It’s a genuinely inspiring story, with many deep lessons and it offers some great insight, about following your heart and your dreams. Your true desires. Your “True Will” as Crowley would have put it. It also teaches you alchemy. Real alchemy. This is a contender for my top 10 favourite books of all time. Time will tell, but the story is one that has stuck in my mind.
Folio Society has an exquisite hardcover edition that will elevate the reading experience if you have the funds to spare. Well worth price if you ask me,
Dune by Frank Herbert
Another classic, and an old favourite of mine, and one that’s literally on my top 10 list. I can’t recommend this enough, as it might possibly be the best sci-fi novel ever, and also because it transcends the genre and subsequently has become a timeless story that has yet to be captured with live action (but I have hopes that they’ll one day manage to do it justice).
Once again, although I already owned two other editions of this book, I opted for the utterly breathtakingly gorgeous hard bound Folio Society published one.
Entering the Desert by Craig Williams
So, while I was still in the middle of Dune, this paperback desert grimoire showed up, and in ways it stands in stark contrast to the sublime talismanic bindings of the two previous books discussed. However, it also goes to show how a paperback edition of an occult release could and should look like. If every publisher took as much care in the presentation and design of their paperbacks as Anathema Publishing then I think this whole niche market would flourish, as I surely would splurge on even more strange tomes as this. Anyway, I’m digressing… This was a much quicker read than I had anticipated and I found myself plowing through the text in just two days. Now, I’ll surely have to go back and study it more, as there really is a lot in between the lines here. And although I might not agree with every notion and idea presented here, it still offered some insight and has inspired me to pursue some more creative occultism and to hopefully one day be able to explore and share some of my own take on magick sometime in the future. However, this book might not be for everyone, and I’m still on the fence if this really fits into my path, as this clearly is leaning towards a more Left Hand and sorcerous approach. Yet, I am of the belief that any which path you choose, if applied correctly, will end up in the same place regardless.
I’ve already started on the connected book Cult of Golgotha by the same author, which at the time of writing this is still available in a couple of hardback editions over at the publisher’s website: https://www.anathemapublishing.com/
Now, lastly, from one kind of reading to another:
The Year Ahead Spread
I did my Year Ahead Spread for 2019, and it suggests a strange journey to come.
January starts with The Magician, and so far I would say that that is indeed the archetype I’ve decided to embody this month. It does lead into The Hierophant for February and The Hanged Man in March and continuing on with the Chariot in April, which to me suggests a sort of gathering of momentum, that turns into The Sun and The Universe respectively. July is all about the Wheel of Fortune spinning a yarn that might very well do all it can to trip me up in the form of The Tower in August, something I’m not exactly looking forward too, but at least I have a heads up, right? The Last four months came up as The Empress, The Fool, The Emperor ending with Strength in December, so seems like there is some good news after all.
I’m still taking in the information laid out in the circle, and I will take it to heart, and use it as a map, still with the knowledge of “the map is not the territory” held clearly in mind. The sleeper must awaken indeed. I can’t sleep forever, can I?
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Lots of reviews and articles to come my fellow travellers.