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Confused mish mash of Mesopotamian ideologies
on 20 January 2017
Firstly,though reviews should be left to customers,the one put up by the co-author Jackson is at least honest and more to the point a condemnation of his own work penned in ignorance at the time.Much of this book has clearly been written without understanding of even the most basic Angel or Demonology.Critically whoever attempted this drew upon Qabbalistic,Mesopotamian folklore and Biblical material they did not understand.A good example is how the authors were confused regarding the differences between Azael,Azrael and Azazael.Hence they ascribe Azael to the element of Fire which is at odds with all genuine Cabbalistic literature.Inclusion of the supposed Angel Lumiel further illustrates the inclusion of personal ideas;Lumiel was the creation of Howards mentor Madelaine Montalban who found in Biblical writings secrets that were in fact figments of her imagination .Forging her own brand of Luciferianism,Howard later promoted the myth in articles in his magazine. The whole Cain mythos propagated by books headed under the so called Sabbatic Craft movement is in ignorance of modern schorlarly research which shows the whole as forming a set of morals aimed at various communities at that time.Reliant on the Book of Enoch,an extremely complex and fragmented work full of polemic supporting Yahweh and offering an early eschatology there is obvious scope for manipulation in which to construct new ideologies for a modern audience.Michael Howard and others have done exactly that in order to validate a Luciferian strain of belief that never existed in a magical sense.As most drawn to these type of books will be looking for workable magical belief systems,this work is both misleading ,confused and can safely be ignored.