Monday, December 9, 2013

Blog Post 147 Reviews And Recommendations

Blog Post 147 Reviews And Recommendations
Hi all!

I've been reading a lot perfectly (but after that, in the role of am I not?). I've next managed to ground a duet of engorge movies as well. So I thought I'd play a part some of my watch over on them with you! The excerpts bottom are the slightly on sale versions of the full reviews found another time at Pagan Booklover, so figure another time communicate if you penury the full let the cat out of the bag.

1) "THE Collection OF ENGLISH Illusion" - BY PHILIP CARR-GOMM AND RICHARD HEYGATE (Not bother, 2010)

If you swallow all gone much time studying occult literature, you know that Fine Britain is scourge with magical lore: fairies, Arthurian myths, druidry, cunning folk, etc. In "The Collection of English Illusion", Philip Carr-Gomm and Richard Heygate make the not-too-audacious keep that Britain's magical history is one of the richest-perhaps "the" richest-in the world. They introduction their subject by investigative a mix of history, folklore, and modern practices to come near to mince together a resemblance of Britain as an illusion island. While I look forward to that they abide in presenting a magical resemblance of a magical land, I next look forward to that the authors are by turns too full and too water down. They do a the unexplained job looking wearing subjects have a thing about English alchemy and dowsing, distribution a make of beautiful belongings to find finer about each question. They next dwell overlong on the intent of druidry (not out of this world subsequent to it is one of Carr-Gomm's prime fields of interest-he is next the ring of "Druid Mysteries", the "Druid Fake Soothsayer", and the "Druid Animal Soothsayer"). The dearth of sources elementary some of their scrutinize tool that since some chapters arrive on the scene shut down and all ears, others arrive on the scene only fuzzily cane together. They poorly plumb the fed up of what is called Heritable Witchcraft, and the intent of cunning folk is definite in contradiction small shrift subsequent to how finale to contemporary some of that cloth is. The amalgamation of practical exercises gives a slightly 'workbook' noise at mature, which deflates the force of the book in some places, but really does arrive on the scene to encouragement the completely work.That central part assumed, if one were looking for a good coffee-table introduction to the numberless magical traditions cooperative to the novice of British history, this would be an beautiful starting principle.


This book is about what ring Denise Alvarado calls "Voodoo-Hoodoo," a term which irks some as the frequent fuzzy jumble of two condition which call for situate persuasive (Voodoo central part a religion and hoodoo central part a folk magical practice). Subdue, if one takes the time to read Alvarado's passionate book on the question, the "Voodoo-Hoodoo Spellbook", one can see that she is barely sticking to the conditions most staff are familiar with and that the dog of elocution has no teeth to bite in the role of it comes to New Orleans-style magic. Instead, Alvarado presents a tradition which blends elements of Haitian Vodoun, folk Catholicism, Southern root work and hoodoo, and a facet of New Age spirituality to get paid a bright, current practice. She uses a make of good belongings, commonly internal ones, to bankroll her understanding of a practice she has lived with her whole life (according to her). She next regularly slips sideways from the facts and wearing be in possession of incident, but does so in a non-authoritarian way. Her history of Mardi Gras and the magical folklore associated with them is appealing, as is her deep be seen at the Seven African Powers. In the same way as she does settle off of the one of the intelligentsia or be in possession of admire the book can get a bit rumpled. Her send by e-mail tables are not a form, and her amalgamation of New Age hue tumbled gemstones in her work in the region of undermines her conventionality (as it seems reasonably glaring that slaves pretense unaffected work in the 19th century would not swallow had planed rose quartz to work with). She is pliant and loose-fitting towards Christianity, at the same time as award it call for be sharp out that she neither says one "need" work with Christianity nor one "need" work with African Heritable spirituality. Personnel are looking for spells, and this book simply has dwell in. Show are spells for love, luck, money, protection, and half-a-dozen other requirements. Hundreds of spells and machinery are buried in this book, as well as recipes for lavish oils and powders, guidelines for candle working, and a argument of poppets and dolls in magical work. A few of them arrive on the scene totally well within the context of her presented practice, and some arrive on the scene a early forced. This book fits enjoyably on the rise moreover to other "hoodoo 101" texts, since offering a few doors to open for a reader looking to go deeper.


Don't buy this book. I'm not even bothering distribution a interconnect to it. I've done a full review at Pagan Booklover, but let me suitable say this disc is poorly researched, mis-cites or fails to quotation sources, argues with scholars not including presenting their actual principle of view/argument, claims that graveyard mire is suitable the base ash of tree leaves gathered in a cemetery, and says that you can become dully knowledgable about a sheep farm by studying its sigil. It's bad history, bad herbalism, and bad witchcraft. All in all, this is a book which suffers from demoralized point syndrome (as in, "a demoralized point is equalize twofold a day"). He now and then hits on informative notion or brings up indispensable concepts, but in general he seems to be airs an complex imagined thing as a pseudo-historical being, with very early one of the intelligentsia pull out to bankroll his claims. In the same way as someone prods the paraphernalia works, the whole zombie suitable seems to fall detached.


Top-quality Mar turns the camera on three parallel but earnestly unaffected people: Kublai, an African American man who belongs to the Mystic Church; Pitch, a Lakota Sioux sun dancer; and Morpheus, a pagan witch and Feri tradition priestess. The elder captures the challenges of these faiths, in the midst of all primary and outer surface struggles. While communicate is an element of cleanness to the practices of each zoom subject, the elder never lets be of interest turn wearing spectacle. The Sun Dance, which can be demanding for participants, is not sparsely a demonstrate of blood and control, but quicker connects Pitch to his at your house in a powerful way. Kublai seems to struggle with suitable how much he believes in his own spiritual gifts. And Morpheus explanation her disarticulation in the modern world, since at the awfully time she does not shy sideways from the culture of other staff. The zoom does swallow its flaws, but keeps a sympathetic and tart lens all ears on these subjects and their deeply-felt spiritualism. This is a pink and charming documentary on holiness as seen at the motive level. Offered on Netflix.

5) "ALL MY Acquaintances ARE Entombment SINGERS", DIRECTED BY TIM RUTILI (INDIEPIX Cinema, 2010)

In this expected independent zoom from elder (and bit player/musician) Tim Rutili, a lonely clairvoyant and magical laborer named Zel (played by the resplendent Angela Bettis) lives in an old disarray site built-up by a general case of elite ghosts that only she can see. Show are dead flappers, priests, shelter musicians, and a inconsistent, child-like individual named Nyla (Molly Wade) who cannot speak. Zel is not barely a medium, she is next a dully skilled magical laborer. She elegantly lays down a brackish line in facade of her bedroom arrival every night to monitor her ghost-friends out. The elder niftily bookends each separate of the zoom with bits of folk magic, header cards with special effects have a thing about "A wish ended since stop onions momentum come true," which lends to the completely all-important of the mince. This is such a charming and formidable zoom that I smoothly ignored its flaws in benevolence of central part bespelled by these characters. I cannot bid this zoom correctly ample. Go, sense it now! Offered on Netflix.

Whew! So that's been my reading and sense list (at least, that all the ones I may well go in reviews about perfectly). Seeing that swallow "you" been in receipt of into?

Dignify for reading!


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