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on 16 March 2011
Josephine McCarthy's `The Initiate' is one of the very few books on Magick in the past 50 years which is completely original, eminently practical, and totally refreshing. I wish I'd known about the Void when I was in my nobbut-a-lad stage. I wish I'd had her take on angels, deities, demons, ancestors, faeries and inner contacts. I'd have been a helluva holy guru by now, believe you me!
Her practical methods, her descriptions about how to enter and exit from the innerworlds, are all described in simple, flowing lucid prose. She doesn't use obscurity and pretend it's profundity; she has great learning which is worn very lightly. And best of all she describes her own experiences, so that you can feel in your bones that she's not just another of the Outer Plane Ineptii making it all up as she goes along.
If this had been given to me as a bolshy teen I'd have thought: 'Good grief, this is brilliant!'. Now that I'm entering the decade which makes me somewhat venerable I finding myself intoning instead: 'Blimey, she knows her stuff.'
`The Initiate' is in a different class to anything I've read, I've learned an awful lot.