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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Utred of Bebbanburg

The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Stories, #1)The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Made famous by the Netflix series of the same name. This great work of historical tells the story of England before it became the England as we know it today. Back in the day like in the 700's or 800's the Island of England had been divided into kingdoms, among them were Northumbria, mercia, East Anglia and finally Wessex. These were mostly Saxon kingdoms. The Danes during this time period were coming over for two purposes one for conquest and rading and other times to do business. If they were coming for conquest they put a dragon head on their prow to pacify the land spirits.
The story starts out with the Danes just arriving at Bebbanburg. Bebbanburg is a fortress set high on a hill overlooking the sea and it is almost impossible to conquer. The Danes at this point are greatly feared. Utred is the warlord of Bebbanburg, and he sends his oldest son and some warriors to check it out. The oldest son gets killed in battle and his head delivered to Utred. This leaves Osbert as the next their in line. Immediately he is baptized by father Beocca and given a new name, utred.
This idyllic scenario does not last long. The Danes attack Eofric and warlords are called in to fight.In the ensuing battle utred of Bebbanburg is killed and his son captured by Ragnar the fearless. First Utred is a slave but then becomes an adopted son. Living among the Danish Viking young Utred picks up their ways and almost becomes like them. The kingdom's one by one Get overthrown by the Danes. Whilst growing up under Ragnar , the fearless, Utred is bullied by Sven . Sven is the son of a rival warlord. Sven bullying tactics cost him an eye and this sets the stage for vendetta.
The turning point in the story happens when Khirtan, father of Sven massacred Ragnars family. Left to his own devices Utred hires himself out to different warlords and finally ends up in Wessex, the Last Kingdom. From there it is fighting Alfreds wars and commanding his growing Navy. Plenty of intrigue.

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

The Apocolypse of the Witch

Apocalyptic WitchcraftApocalyptic Witchcraft by Peter Grey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Impassioned is the call for nature. This is no spellbook or pie in the sky philosophy. Rather it is a call for Magical action to defend nature. Right now corpoarate greed is shrinking our forests, polluting our water, and wiping out animal life.this is not the time to shrink into our own little fantasy world it is time for action and that is what the path of the witch is about.

Corporate greed is taking over nature and it also taking over our mind. They tell us what we should be dreaming and thinking about. We have to take back nature and we must reclaim our mind. The Shabbat takes place in dreams and it occurs in the physical realm. Both must be protected.

Witchcraft is the set of relations between menstrual blood, the moon and nature. The Sabbat has been sanitized to make it more palatable but this only serves the interests of the enemy. Neon pagans gorge themselves on THe fluffiness. The sabbat and the wild hunt were savage bloody affairs. Time to stop living in denial. Witches pray to the goddess and her consort the devil. The devil was recourse for the powerless peasant against thr corrupt church and the tyrannical rich.

The wolf is the hunter, the one who balances the population by killing off the weak stragglers. The hunt initiates men into male mysteries with rituals and donning the wolf skins. This book is a call to the witch from the depths of the forest.

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

The Brtherhood of Saturn

The Fraternitas Saturni   Or Brotherhood Of Saturn: An Introduction To Its History, Philosophy And RitualsThe Fraternitas Saturni Or Brotherhood Of Saturn: An Introduction To Its History, Philosophy And Rituals by Stephen E. Flowers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Brother Hood of Saturn came into being during 1926, right after World War I. They are still around in some form today,or at least they are using to names and teaching. It was founded by Gregor Gregorious. After a meeting with Aleister Crowley, Master Gregorious accepted Crowley’s proclamation that the age of Aquarius was upon them. He accepted several of Crowley’s teachings but did not buy into Crowley being a prophet or a leader.

The Brother Hood of Saturn had several influences whose ideology helped birth several occult movements. Based on a Masonic structure, as many were Masons they were also able to borrow from the Golden Dawn, Crowley’s groups, Theosophy, Adonism and FOGC.

Having taken root in Germany, many were trying to find a magical system in which connected German people to the folkish spirit. It is said that there was the Brotherhood of Saturn going back to ancient times. Of course in this study I did not find many references to the Norse deities.

The Fraternity of Saturn in fact is very Luciferian and very gnostic. By Luciferian it is meant that Lucifer was meant by god to teach us and guide us. He is the planetary ruler under god. Or he is rebelling against god by giving us this knowledge. Gnostics believe that an evil god created this world as a material prison to entrap souls of light. The savior has the job of freeing us.

The object of the brotherhood was to advance themselves and their lodge spiritually. They had an ideology of strengthening themselves. Their ideology was informed ny Nietzchs. Saturn was their main planet of influence and its influence to the Earth was mediated by the moon. Saturn had a higher mode and a lower mode so to speak. The higher order was Lucifer who was a teacher and enlightenervof mankind. The lower emanation would be Satan. Satan is the opposer and rather reckless and rebellious. Their egregor was GOTOS. They had up to 33 degrees in their system. 29 through 33 being reserved for high level leadership.

Too bad the book was not longer, I really enjoyed it. The book has a compliment of rituals, appendices on the movement and their influences. There is a good deal of talk about Tantra. For those serious ones this is a book to be enjoyed.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Masks of Nyarlathotep

The Nyarlathotep Book: The Crawling ChaosThe Nyarlathotep Book: The Crawling Chaos by Daemon Barzai
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nyalatherotep is the psycho pomp of the gods in HP Lovecrafts mythos. He is the messenger or go between for mankind and the gods. Often times he comes to Earth amassing followers to help his fellow gods. At times he is a messenger for Dagon, Yog Sogut and Cthulhu. His most famous role was the man in black who presided over witches sabbats. He was also the Black pharoah of Egypt. If you see him manifested in this planet he will usually be cloaked in a robe covering his face. He moves around via tentacles.

Now just so we are clear, HP Lovecraft was a fiction writer and supposedly all his characters are fictitious as well. The Necronomican was a fictitious grimoire that is referenced through out Lovecrafts work. Back in the 70's someone generated a Necronomicon. Since then Chaos magicians have been working with this current and working with the deities. This book is geared towards gnosis and obtaining information from the gods. This is not a spellbook.

This book is about Nyaratherotep and his 999 masks. This book focus on several of them. There is a brief description as to what function the mask serves. Then the reader is given invocations and meditations to work with.

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Beauty and the Beast Retold

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It is not Fere's lucky day to be hunting in the forests , close to the boarder of the fae kingdom of Prythia. Killing a faery thinking it was a wolf, Feyre now has to leave her father and two sisters behind and live in the kingdom of Prythia or face a certain death. With her family well cared for Feyre lives with Tamil and Lucien in the spring court. Many times she tries to leave or go d out what is happening to her family while at the same time she begins to develop a deepening g relationship with the ferry world and the faeries.
What follows here is a massive retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Like the original, Get father lost an important shipment of merchandise and is now destitute. But instead of the father going on a journey and giving up his daughter, it is the daughter who makes the mistake. Like the original , a prince is cursed to look like a beast until someone loves him. This time the Prince is fae and she is human. The curse permanent affixed an animal face to everyone in the Spring Court. The evil queen amarantha has usurped the realm, distorted the magic and cursed everyone else. Amarantha has plans for the humans as well. Like the original take Feyre returns home, her father's fortune returned. But she loves him and that should break the curse.
Her return sparks a clash with Amarantha. Feyre must pass three challenges to break the curse.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Beware of Black Eyed Children

Black Eyed Children: Revised 2nd EditionBlack Eyed Children: Revised 2nd Edition by David Weatherly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You are coming home after along days work and you are about to leave your car to go into your house. You look through your window and you see two children standing there. Definitely something strange about those kids. They are wearing goodies or mismatched old clothes, and for kids aged 10 to 12 they sure do give you the heebie jeebies. You ask them some questions and they don't respond. Let us in they say. They keep on insisting. These kids are making you super uncomfortable. It is like part of your mind wants to lock your car door and drive away, yet these children have some kind of hypnotic hold on you. Feeling creeped out you look at them a little closer. Long arms that hang down to their sides, their skin is pale and maybe even pasty, but most of all it is their eyes. Their eyes are jet black. Now your freaked out and you scrounge the car for your cellphone so you can call for help. As you begin to dial you notice something else, they have disappeared into thin air.
Stories like this are becoming more common place, more people are seeing these black eyed children. Brian Bethel a journalist was the first to write about his story in the 1990s. Since then the reported sighting of Black Eyed Children have skyrocketed. Encounters with these children leaves on traumatized. Bad dreams, paranoia and overall discomfort are left in their wake. Sometimes even bad luck follows. These kids have left behind and awful bad smell. People who have encountered them feel an evil presence like something predatorial. Yet they must ask your permission to come inside and they will not get to break in and attack you. Who or what are these kids?
Speculation runs the gamut from the extraterrestrial hybrids meant to take over the planet all the way down to being men in black, hungry ghosts from Japan and China to even being vampires. These children could be offshoots of other creatures like fairies, succubi, djinn, the angel of death and demons.
David Weatherly has done a bang em up job of researching this urban legend. He has collected stories of various encounters and he has researched modern and past connections to this phenomenon. You may not be entirely convinced but always check your doors before leaving.

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Monday, July 9, 2018

How to Deal with Psychopaths

Dangerous Personalities: An FBI Profiler Shows You How to Identify and Protect Yourself from Harmful PeopleDangerous Personalities: An FBI Profiler Shows You How to Identify and Protect Yourself from Harmful People by Joe Navarro
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

They are everywhere, people with dangerous personality types, they are our spouses, children , parents, co workers, charming strangers and dangerous psychopaths. Many of these individuals with a dangerous personality fly below the radar and do not brook trouble with law enforcement but they can still be dangerous and they can still hurt us. These personality types steal, abuse and even kill.

Criminal profiler, Joe Navarro, has written a book that will help you stay safe. In this book 4 personality types are discussed. The first personality is Narcissistic personality. These types display self importance beyond position. Often time they have a unrealistic and grandiose sense of who they are. The world centers on them. They are above everything and rules do not apply to them. They can be very bullying. Narcissistic people focus a lot on their grooming. People are objects for them to use and they are very selfish and controlling.

The next dangerous type is the Emotionally Unstable Personality. This type makes the people sorrounding them very defensive. Relationships with this type are a roller coaster making their partner feel a decrease in happiness and confidence. Unstable people have no clue as to the consequences of their behavior. The oscillate between being a ruler and a victim. Dealing with this type is very draining. They remember past wrongs to use against someone for later. Very insecure with a very low frustration point.

Paranoid people think that someone is after them. They tend to think that there is a conspiracy to keep them down. Paranoid types try to insulate their family from the outside world feeling that outside world has dangerous ideas. These people tend to Need more personal space and they oft time show no tenderness. This type tends to be argumentative and they will often time dress in military or some other agressive outfit.

The predator is perhaps the most dangerous of all. In this category you have con men, murderers, pedophiles and violent criminals. These people have no conscience and feel no remorse for their acts. To predators following the rules is a sign of weakness and they enjoy duping people who are weaker then them. Predators can come off as being charming or as being cold and callous.

The book is not designed to make you a mental health technician who can make diagnoses but rather it gives a guideline so you can identify that something is dangerous and you can take measures to protect yourself. Sometimes people will have symptoms of multiple disorders . The final chapter gives guideline on how to protect yourself.

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