Yes, I’ve finally gotten around to writing a book review. Go me.
There are many things I could say about this book, mainly because there are many things about this book which make it a very skillful and well-executed work of art done by a very talented individual. Below I will explain why.
What truly makes a poet is one’s ability to bring forth imagery and, above all else, emotions with words. Phillipus does this and more, by utilizing his knowledge of ancient poetry styles coupled with his talent for words. His poetry runs the full gamut from humor to drama and many others in-between, using many different styles. If you want devotional hymns, prayerful contemplation, or oratory presentation, this book satisfies all those and more. Phillipus has a take on syncretic polytheism that is built on much knowledge, authority and divine inspiration.
Not only do you get great poetry throughout this book, you also get some never-before-seen translations of ancient text, as well as some in-depth historical and mythological background. Your brain gets entertained, inspired and fed all in one amazing book.
Five enthusiastic chewmarks* out of five.
*Some people have stars, some have pawprints, I choose chewmarks because, as a Canine-centered person, canids tend to chew the things they most enjoy!
This is a fine book written by a very talented individual. I had been planning on doing a review of my own of this–and still intend on doing so–which I will cross-post here and at Amazon. In the meantime, check out the review yourself, and you can grab your own copy here.
This post is mostly a collection of links and curiosities relating to this holiday season.
Mentioned by a few other sources, but this link directly from my German husband: Goat-Headed Christmas Cheer: Run Kris Kringle, Krampus Is Coming! This article gets into the tradition’s pagan roots a bit:
Depending on who you believe, Krampus is very old indeed. Some say the tradition stems back to the pre-Christian era, and that the Krampus known and feared by Austrians today is a version of an ancient god incorporated into Christian holidays.
Spiegel.de is becoming one of my favorite international news sources, and especially their Europe’s Weird Ways section makes for particularly interesting reading. Take, for example, the article on the Greek ‘Kallikantzaroi’ and their ancient pagan roots. There’s also Italy’s Christmas Witch, delivering presents on a broomstick. Somehow Kiki’s Delivery Service comes to mind.
And finally, Winter Solstice has arrived! Whatever your ‘reason for the season’ may be, I hope everyone reading this has a great holiday.
Oct. 1, 2008 — A team of scientists led by renowned French marine archaeologist Franck Goddio recently announced that they have found a bowl, dating to between the late 2nd century B.C. and the early 1st century A.D., that, according to an expert epigrapher, could be engraved with the world’s first known reference to Christ.
If the word “Christ” refers to the Biblical Jesus Christ, as is speculated, then the discovery may provide evidence that Christianity and paganism at times intertwined in the ancient world.
There are some postmodern magicians and occultists out who work with fictional sources, some might find the above link useful in their studies. It’s certainly interesting at least from an educational perspective, and of course for any plain old gamer geeks reading this (I’d count as more of the former though, than the latter).
Getting high is information gathering, staying high is the result of transmuting information into living experience.
~Antero Alli, Angel Tech
This quote is oh, so true on so many levels. It’s one of the reasons why I have such an intense bibliophilia, and an intense love of gathering information in general. The sort of high I get when I discover something new, and then apply that sort of information, is in a way how I connect closely to Thoth/Djehuty, my Teacher and my Guide. A gnosis of word and thought and, blossoming from that, desire.
I think I’ll start making posts of inspirational quotes, or just ones I happen to dig.