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By Whitley Strieber, Jonathan Barry

Barry, a training witch, has collaborated with recognized SF and horror author Strieber during this very asymmetric novel. In a feeling the publication is a spokespiece for witchcraftand is finest as suchnot black magic witchcraft, however the historical knowledge of worshipping the earth and the seasons, of dwelling with and respecting nature and the holy in humans and animals. the tale specializes in younger Amanda Walker, who has come to rural Maywell to paintings with Constance Collier on her most up-to-date booklet. yet Constance can be a witch, the non secular chief of a giant coven, and unbeknownst to Amanda she has picked the lady to be her successor. To complicate issues, Amanda's eccentric uncle George, who's taken with examine in resuscitating the useless, has eventually long gone over the sting and is seeking a fit younger lady as his subsequent topic. And Brother Simon Pierce, neighborhood fundamentalist preacher, himself really mad, is decided to implement the Biblical injunction, "Thou shalt no longer undergo a witch to live." The publication is careworn with erratic pacing and common and jarring temper alterations, yet nearly even with its clunky kind, it usually manages to entertain.

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Netzach. 8. Hod. 9. Yesod. 10. Malkuth. The Crown. Spirit. Wisdom. Understanding. Mercy. Might. Harmony. Victory. Fire. Splendour. Water. Foundation. Air. Kingdom. Earth. Ipsissimus Magus Magister Templi Adeptus Exemptus Adeptus Major Adeptus Minor Philosophus Practicus Theoricus Zelator 10° = 1xhx 9° = 2xhx 8°= 3xhx 7°= 4xhx 6° = 5xhx 5° = 6xhx 4° = 7xhx 3° = 8xhx 2° = 9xhx 1° = 1oxhx In the consideration of the grades, I shall not discuss any others than those existing between Zelator and Adeptus Minor.

Degrees of initiation, baptism by water, a mystical meal for the privileged, dramatic plays depicting the life and death of some god or other—these are the familiar incidents of the cults described by our scholars. But the obvious question arises, what spiritual value have such things for us? Do they help our own interior development so that we may solve our personal problems and handle more satisfactorily the rather difficult process of living today? And is this sort of thing what the adepts of old implied by initiation?

And the young men glittering and sparkling angels, and maids, strange seraphic pieces of life and beauty. Boys and girls tumbling in the street, and playing, were moving jewels … I knew not that they were born or should die. But all things abided eternally as they were in their proper places. Eternity was manifest in the Light of the Day, and something infinite behind everything appeared …” And to illustrate the magical attitude towards life and the world when initiation has produced its true result, there is another exalted panegyric by Traherne, which I cannot desist from quoting.

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