on 9 February 2013
Not for everyone. Marcus was very brave to attempt this particularly as he continued to live his normal, everyday life. He certainly puts his money where his mouth is in following the requirements to meet his angel - and succeeds.
This book is written 'journal style' and not always easy to follow, but perserverance pays off and I certainly admire his courage.
As previous reviewers have said - if you are interested in Tarot or Hermeticism and then you will know who Marcus is and a bit about the great work he has done with Tarot Professionals and the whole myriad of books and projects he has on the go. If you look at the Marcus the world sees now and wonder how does he get so much energy, inspiration, drive.... then read this book and you will understand why, you will see that the life he lives and teaches is all from After the Angel.
This book is an account of his ritual diaries during the time he was doing the preparations leading up to the moment of meeting his Holy Guardian Angel. It's not hollywood, its not all gloss and glitter, its not intensely in-depth or incredibly verbose on ritual structure or each bump that happened in the Oratory - it is a very real and practical diary of his own personal account. Its not fiction, this is real life, and anyone who practices magic and keeps a diary will attest to how dry they can be, and how 'brave' Marcus has been to publish details of what was a very vulnerable time in his spiritual journey - I take my hat off to him.
Yes - to get the most out of this account you can't be spoon fed the journey and suddenly have knowledge revealed to you. The reader has to have a brain to read between the lines, yes you have to consider how if you were performing the procedures in our own life, morning and night, changing sheets, abandoning your family for hours each day, becoming so removed from the attachments in your life so that you are only attached to what is important via the Holy Fire, how your mind will panic about losing x or y and having to release, to let go, to surrender and knowing that once the process has begun you can not stop. I can't begin to understand the thoughts Marcus had when he saw the work with the Angel changing his family around him - faith was tested and was rewarded :)
Anyone who has under gone any study of initiatory mystery tradition will understand and relate to these symptoms of reality being far removed, of seeing connections to what you love falling away - mourning as well as rejoicing in their loss, of having faith challenged, of doing the procedure through love, through habit and to keep going when it seems to have a plateau. You have to really trust in the Gods that by offering up all you have to the Work knowing that what will finally stand with you is meant to be. So, if you are a magical person of whatever initiatory tradition, you will read this and know some of what you experience is felt by all, you are not alone... if you are needing some inspiration, then this will do it, if you are challenged by the concept of Angels and their work on this plane, then you really need to read this and decide for yourself if Marcus is inspired or insane.
Its incredible that this account is so 'real' and we can see the products of Marcus' work around us, with the help of his Angel. I would really recommend it for people who are ready to read it and live through the journey with Marcus, and who will realise that the most haunting thing is that we are left with only a snippet of what great works came after the Angel, but then that's not unusual in the world of magick.
Highly recommended :D
(One small recommendation I would make is that the 'info' boxes on the Kindle version of the book need to be reviewed as I could not magnify the small font or read them over 2 pages so missed some of the text. If that could be corrected that would just 'add' to the experience of reading it somewhat. But if you are reading this book, chances are you know what is in the info boxes anyways).