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The Secret Life of a Satanist: The Authorized Biography of Anton Lavey: The Authorised Biography of Anton Lavey
The Secret Life of a Satanist: The Authorized Biography of Anton Lavey: The Authorised Biography of Anton Lavey
by Blanche Barton
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Rarity!, 3 Nov 2013
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There are very few entertaining - or even readable, autobiographies by occultists. I can only really think of a couple that I have read that I would recommend (Maybe 'Meetings With Remarkable Men' and 'Confessions of Aleister Crowley' are two worth checking out). It seems that whilst the practice of magick can be exciting very often the same cannot be said of the people who practice it!

'The Secret Life of a Satanist' is without doubt a refreshing exception for it tells the story of a man who really cared little about what the world thought of him - he just got on living his life the way that he thought was right for him. As a result he had a story to tell and irrespective of what you thought about his brand of Satanism (which personally I failed to find the slightest bit offensive) his character and persona shone through and touched everyone he associated with. Sure, like all magickians, he made a few enemies along the way but that is invariably the way for any one who carves their own niche through life!

This book is a great read and offers a wonderful example to us all that life is meant to be lived and not spent pontificating ..... having said which I shall now shut up and shove off! Recommended!


Universal
Universal
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Highly Crafted Performance, 3 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Universal (Audio CD)
As this live performance shows Anathema are, visually speaking, not the most entertaining band in the world - though the lead singer, Vincent Cavanagh, has undoubtedly a powerful stage presence - one that carries this performance along admirably.

However, on 'Universal' the band's stripped down presence enables the sheer power and magnificence of their music to shine through. There are no clever visual effects, on-stage pyrotechnics on display here - just a simple and majestic display of raw, emotive power. This prog rock without the pretentiousness or bloated egocentricity usually associated with the genre.

Anathema are such an under-rated band its heart-aching for a fan to understand why they are not mentioned with the same regard as Pink Floyd or Yes. Maybe its because they do not conform to any set ideas of what rock music should be about. I saw as many musical references in this performance to The Cure and Echo and the Bunnymen as any tired old 70s prog rockers in my ageing vinyl collection.

All in all the setting for Universal was wonderful, the audience was so appreciative and the music so elevating that this is a DVD that should be classed as essential viewing. Its the only band I have ever watched who have played two different versions of the same song in one concert and for them each to sound equally good!


Creative Visualization For Dummies
Creative Visualization For Dummies
by Robin Nixon
Edition: Paperback
Price: 15.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Distillation of Creative Visulalisation Techniques, 3 Nov 2013
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If you ever thought that the secret to getting what you want in life is simply to imagine it then by the end of some 400 pages of instruction in this book your preconceptions will be well and truly dashed!

I have practised creative visualisation for a couple of decades and whilst it can bring tangible, long-term benefits and effects these are often difficult to predict. As the book shows, this is not an exact science but is one that is based upon one's own internal psychological profile - the primary one being your sub-conscious belief system and whether its orientation is in accordance with your aims. Very often they are not and so you need to get this sorted out in order for techniques such as visualisation and affirmations to work successfully.

I did not learn a great deal that was new to me from this book - which is not to say it is a poor book, its just that I have read a lot of other, related material.

Nevertheless, if you are new to the subject then 'Creative Visualisation for Dummies' offers a very expansive look at every facet of this fascinating subject. I would say though that newcomers to the subject should not expect fast, nor immediate, results after following the exercises contained within its pages. Like so many other spiritual disciplines it requires hard work and effort before the results start to come to you but there is probably no better book on the market today than this one to guide you through.

By the end of your probationary period you will find that by using the advice outlined in its pages you will find many areas of your life have notably improved - even though you may still be some way away from realising your initial visualisation goals.

It is still worth the time, money and effort to achieve this much though!


FULL SPECTRUM FLOOR STANDING NATURAL SAD LIGHT THERAPY LAMP
FULL SPECTRUM FLOOR STANDING NATURAL SAD LIGHT THERAPY LAMP

4.0 out of 5 stars After a few months of use...., 3 Nov 2013
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Reviews of products tend to be a little more useful once the item has been in use for sometime so I thought I would add my take on this lamp after some five months use.

Due to the limitations of natural light in my office I have used this light every day at my desk. I have found that this creates a better light for long-term computer work than many of the more traditional types that I have used.

In fact the softness of this lamp tends to offset the glare of the computer monitor and has resulted in less eyestrain than I might normally expect.

As others have mentioned the construction of this item is neither simple nor particularly stable. I also found the same to be true but the tall, free-standing lamp has not failed me in this regard during the time that I have used it - though that said I have not had to move it around very much.

So then, would I buy another of these natural light lamps?

The answer is that after my experience with it so far I would definitely say yes. After a lot of use the bulb is still going strong and I have not yet had to replace it but when it does I shall not hesitate to get it replaced. All in all it was a very good buy and I look forward to seeing its therapy effects during this coming dark winter months. So far they have been quite notable.


Rednock School
Rednock School
by Barbara Skal
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.75

3.0 out of 5 stars Memories of a Chaotic Time!, 1 Nov 2013
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Way back in 1971 when the pupils of Dursley Modern School and Dursley Grammar School were brought together under one educational experiment the chaos and confusion was palpable during those early months. Darn it - the school buildings had not even been completed with large parts of the school being little more than a muddy construction site!

Today, the school is quite a different place from the chaotic mess that we had to cope with and David Evans has done a good job in charting its progress and development over the decades. There are some great early photos of the early pioneers at Rednock - some great teachers and some not so good ones who contributed to the atmosphere and character of the place.

I would have liked to have seen a greater emphasis in the book placed upon some of the clubs and societies that really gave the school its name back in the 1970s and 1980s. These were often the cement (no pun intended) that held the school together at a time when even the lights and heating could be turned off at a moments notice due to the impact of the coalminers and railway workers strikes of the early 1970s.

A good trip down memory lane and a well-presented tribute to the hard work of those earlier Rednock teachers who were set on making the experiment work.


Standing Isis - EGYPTIAN FIGURES AND STATUES
Standing Isis - EGYPTIAN FIGURES AND STATUES
Offered by ShopCuscus
Price: 17.10

3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Bad Figurine - Just a Little Gaudy!, 31 Oct 2013
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Whilst generally quite an attractive statuette it is a little small for my liking and the colours are a little too striking or vibrant. There is a sense of Isis being somewhat overly sexualised in this representation of her but it is quite weighty and does lend an air of some quality. Well packaged and very fast delivery from supplier!


Magic of the Northgate
Magic of the Northgate
by Josephine McCarthy
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.86

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4.0 out of 5 stars Yet another winning contribution from a master of Magick!, 31 Oct 2013
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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!


Coloured Bronze Egyptian Horus Bird Ornament
Coloured Bronze Egyptian Horus Bird Ornament

5.0 out of 5 stars Top Quality Item!, 31 Oct 2013
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The images used to promote this product on Amazon fail to do justice to just how lovely this statuette is in real life. It could have ended up looking and feeling quite tacky but little old Horus is a quality product that has brought a great deal of please and life to our house.

For the price it is excellent value and very attractive as well as being beautifully produced and well packaged!


Birmingham-Bristol Portrait of a Famous Midland Route Part 2: Cheltenham to Bristol and Bath: Cheltenham to Bristol and Bath Pt.2
Birmingham-Bristol Portrait of a Famous Midland Route Part 2: Cheltenham to Bristol and Bath: Cheltenham to Bristol and Bath Pt.2
by Stephen Mourton
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars So lifelike you can almost smell the smoke and grease!, 31 Oct 2013
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Railway books tend to be fairly dry and mundane affairs suitable only for anoraks and insomniacs! I should know - I own a few of them!

However, there is something about 'Birmingham-Bristol Portrait of a Famous Midland Route' that sets it above most other publications of its type. I think it is the sheer quality of the photographic material and the insightful commentaries that go with it. I have studied the railways of this part of the world for several years and yet still found that this book brought many surprises and insights.

All in all the slightly larger size of this book over similar titles really did justice to the fine photography which made it such an immersive read for me - though having said that I have found all of Stephen Mourtons railway books to have this quality about them.

Thoroughly recommended and a great record of an important railway route through the Midlands to the South-West!


Killers on the Moor
Killers on the Moor
by Mike Freebury
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking and Heartwarming at the Same Time!, 31 Oct 2013
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It is very easy for experts in 'alternative' or 'leading-edge' subjects to get so lost in their chosen field that they fail to communicate their ideas an insights to their audience. 'Killers on the Moor' is a wonderful example of how it IS possible to write a book on such a challenging subject as animal mutilations and still convey the sense of mystery and wonder that surrounds it - without boring the reader senseless along the way!

Here, Mike Freely has written an account of his animal mutilation research that engages the reader and rips along like a good crime novel. What is clearly presented here, however, is clear evidence that the Dartmoor deaths that he investigated are NOT the result of criminal acts - no matter how bizarre or wicked. Indeed the phenomenon that he reveals first hand to the reader goes far beyond anything one could imagine from sitting on the sofa in the living room watching Ancient Aliens or UFO Files on the TV. This book is simply too deep down, scary, moving and dirty for national television! Reading it enables you to actually see in your minds eye the dawn mist creeping across the landscape as well as experience the utter fatigue of the investigators as they carry out yet another all-night vigil in one of the most remote areas of the United Kingdom.

Their conclusions? Well, you will have to read the book for yourself to find out but I can assure you that this is not a phenomenon that in any way conforms to anything either human or remotely 'normal'.

Highly recommended read!


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