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Daimonic Reality: A Field Guide to the Otherworld Hardcover – 1 Feb 2003

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  • Hardcover: 329 pages
  • Publisher: Pine Winds Press (Feb. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0937663093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0937663097
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.9 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 302,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Blue Angel is a boutique independent publishing house with a strong following of fans around the globe. Founded as a specialist bookstore and art gallery in 1997, in 2001 Blue Angel evolved into a publishing company with its first oracle decks, books, and CDs.


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Format: Paperback
This is truly one of the best books ever written on what might actually be going on with UFOs, fairies, and anomolous events of all kinds. Patrick Harpur has written a profound study of a reality most of us have never imagined, and perhaps would prefer to ignore. With vast erudition, cutting intelligence, and great good humor, he explores all the possibilities--scientific, psychological, philosophical--of what that world of Daimonic Reality might be, and how it interrupts our narrow, earthbound sensibilities. And then, in a burst of glory, he frees the reader from the very need to find "rational explanations" for daimonic events. I reread this book regularly and often, and I urge anyone open-minded enough to wonder about the nature of our world to pick it up immediately.
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"Daimonic Reality" is a difficult book to review. It had an almost "daimonic" effect on me: paradoxical, Trickster-like, annoyingly incomprehensible - yet, somehow profound. I saw the book years ago on Amazon, but was misled by the subtitle into thinking that it was just another compilation of fairy encounters or monster lore. At the time, I couldn't care less. Recently, another Amazon reviewer noticed that I had belatedly struck up an interest in matters crypto-zoological and Fortean, and recommended Harpur's book as an advanced course. Of course, I understand what Harpur is saying, but I can't *relate* to his paradoxical, subjectivist and poetic form of spirituality. I'm apparently too little of a poet, and my favourite field guide to the Otherworld remains John Michael Greer's "Monsters"...

Patrick Harpur's spiritual vision is based on Neo-Platonism, Hermeticism and Jungianism. W B Yeats is frequently referenced. "Daimonic Reality" is an attempt to come to terms with fairies, UFO-s, lake monsters, ghosts and other paranormal entities. Who are they? Where do they come from? And what on earth do they want? Harpur believes that paranormal creatures are "daimons". They are temporary, personalized manifestations of an impersonal reality that could be called the World Soul, the collective unconscious or Imagination (in Coleridge's sense). Daimons are real, but not *literally* real. Rather, they are "daimonically" or metaphorically real. Daimons are both physical and spiritual, which explains why UFO-s, Bigfoot or fairies sometimes leave "physical" evidence, while nevertheless remaining highly elusive. Sometimes, daimons work through people, possessing them and forcing them to carry out paradoxical, seemingly meaningless actions, including hoaxes.
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Format: Hardcover
Not since reading Lyall Watson 30 years ago have I had such a paradigm-shifting and enjoyable read. My take on "occult phenomena" had been to honour the experience and try not to get sidetracked into theories and explanations as they are all either scientific blind alleys (Ghosts and UFOs contravene the laws of physics so therefore they do not exist regardless of your life-changing experience of them)or else wacko new-agey self-contradictory baloney about Atlantis and angels and The Akashic Record. By his own admission,Patrick Harpur does expound a grand theory of all occult phenomena but not a dogmatic one. His exploration fully honours the mischievous, shifting, dreamlike but nontheless powerful reality of all sorts of phenomena from the Loch Ness Monster to bogus social workers. Of course it raises as many questions as answers and I think that is rather the point - that we cannot pin these things down and they must remain phenomenological but that we ignore them and their messages at our peril....
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Format: Paperback
Patrick Harpur poetically captures the splendors and horrors of the paranormal spectrum in this fantastic book. With humor and wit, he continues the exploration into the underlying mechanism of these seemingly unrelated yet disturbingly similar events. As creepy and insightful as Ted Holiday, as world view shifting as Charles Fort, but uniquely beautiful and celebratory, Daimonic Reality is definitely a required field guide for the researcher of Fortean events who wishes to be enlightened and mystified.
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