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Magic of the Northgate [Kindle Edition]

McCarthy Josephine
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Book Description

Magic of the North Gate is a focussed look at magic that involves the body, the land, the living and the dead. Written for magicians/occultists, pagans, priests and priestesses, this book looks in depth at the techniques, contacts, methods and ritual actions that can be undertaken when approaching Earth Magic. Working with land spirits and faery beings, building shrines, living in a magical home, working with the magical elements, connecting with ancient deities, working with ancestral burials, understanding and living with resident ghosts, weaving power, plus learning how to connect and work with storms, are just some of the magical mysteries contained within the North Gate.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 999 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Mandrake; 1 edition (8 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ESK9DII
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #297,299 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have been teaching and writing on occult/ Western Mystery themes in the USA and UK for the last two decades and have been involved in magic/occult for 35years. I was birthed out of the cooking pot of the magical city of Bradford complete with its ritual lodges, Theosophical Society, Golden Dawn Temple and strange population.
In the past I have been, among other things, a classical ballet dancer, coach and choreographer, college teacher, stand up poet, arts officer, exorcist, occultist, waitress, cleaner, gardener, director of a federal parrot rescue, Indian Rez bar tender, prep cook in an Haitian/Cuban cafe/bar and tree planter/forestry worker for the Salish And Kootani tribal forestry division in Montana. I now live back in the UK in a wee Dartmoor village and spend my time writing, painting and freaking out the locals.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Having read Josepione McCarthy's other books on Magick I was left wondering if she had anything new to say on the subject of Magick. As it turns out she does.

In many senses she has clearly established her writing and presentation style as a writer on the occult and so there are no surprises here - however, it is her personal insights and sheer depth of knowledge of Magick that is so astounding - book after book.

Where things go right in her Magickal operations she recalls her experiences with humility - when they go wrong she is equally magnanimous and equally prepared to reveal her mistakes. This depth of honesty and integrity is SO refreshing as indeed is her sometimes unorthodox methodology. This has rarely been equaled by many other practicing female occultists other than perhaps Dion Fortune and Murry Hope. Certainly the men with their love of pomp and ceremony, ritual and self-aggrandisationment (move over Golden Dawn, Rosicruscians and Freemasons!) sure ain't gonna understand Jospehine McCarthys grounded and very leveled headed approach to Magick but if you find traditional Magickal theory and practice to be too dry limiting and academic then I thoroughly recommend that you give Josephine McCarthys work a look at.

I am certainly very glad that I did for I have learned so much about Magick as a result. Great stuff!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning guide to the realms of magic 28 Sept. 2013
By Paolo Sammut VINE VOICE
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"Magic of the North gate" is in my opinion Josephine McCarthy's best book yet. It describes the magical world starting with ones body and arching out into wider and wider realms, the home, the environment etc. It shows how one, as a magician, can step out of the training circles and lodge-rooms and work with the vibrant magical world which is out there, interacting with its powers, principalities and currents. Perhaps more importantly it shows you the impact this type of work will have on your body as you work with these powers and show you how to avoid blowing yourself up.

This really is a book which magicians have been needing for a long time. Here we won't see the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram or Middle Pillar repeated (as practically every other book does). Instead we see how a world-class magician has lived and worked for many years and is sharing the knowledge learned from hard experience. I really feel that from such a respected magician it is important to pay attention to this sort of material since in many ways this much of this has never really been disseminated before, making it one of the final genuine mysteries which needed to be revealed.

The book is broken into the following chapters each of which focus on a different magical realm.

The first chapter "The body and magic" is in my view the most important chapter within the book. As far as I know all this information is new and has hardly been discussed in print before, which is odd since this chapter directly relates to the effects magical work has upon our bodies. This is vital, keeps us healthy and stops us going bonkers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Magic 25 April 2014
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Very interesting and unusual slant by a practicing and highly experienced expert on the subject of Magic. I am a wiccan and not a trained Magician but all of McCarthys books strike an inner chord and her style is refreshing and down to earth. Her advice is wise and should you wish to follow a similar path pay attention to what she says!!!
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