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Read Books Update

Posted in Book reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on 06/09/2018 by Keona-Mlh aka Beauty by LTL

So far I have read 5 Occult books. Not very happy about that. I am just not happy at that total at all. But I have 6 months to change it around and really knock out my Occult TBR list. So I have read 19 books total out of my Goodreads challenge of 52. I know that I will actually finish all 52 this year, but next year I have a better handle and idea on what I will be reading and keeping on track.

I will be getting audio book finally this year, so I can really get some books in. I really look forward to knocking out some books that I have always wanted to read. I will have reviews up on the following books on my YouTube Channel (Keona Esh). There are two that are already on the channel.

Walking the Twilight Path A Gothic Book of the Dead by Michelle Belanger

Magical States of Consciousness: Pathworking on the Tree of Life by Melita Denning

Karma-Yoga & Bhakti-Yoga by Swami Vivekananda

 

This month I will read 3-5 Occult books. They are the ones I want to knock out the most. Mainly because I told myself I will not buy any more books until I read the ones I have. Which I know is a lie lol. There a few new occult books that have came out that I will get lol. So there goes that promise.

 

 

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Thaumiel; The Dark Divided Ones by S. Ben Qayin

Posted in Book reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 03/11/2018 by Keona-Mlh aka Beauty by LTL

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I got my copy of this book yesterday. I was too excited to open it and begin reading it. And yes I finished it the same day. The cover is very glossy and it has some nice wight to it, 79 pages (85 including the authors info and last words and some blank pages for note taking, well I use them for note taking).

Inside this softback book you have some gorgeous pictures, in depth illustrations, and beautiful symbols. The pictures in this book are in color and you know what, I appreciate that. Black and white is fine and it is classic, but there is nothing like color images assaulting the senses you know.

You have an introduction chapter, eight chapters and a final word chapter separate form the author’s final words. What I really like is that this bad boy is in a series of 11 books. So what you are investing in, is an extremely in depth systematic working of the Tree of Death. I know I live for these types of books, because I get my whole magical life with them. I get put through the ringers and when you you talk about working with Satan and Moloch, you better bring your A game. You need to me mentally, physically and spiritually ready and aware before diving into this series of works. This, in my opinion, is for seasoned magicians who have went through being knocked on their asses a few times. For those who want to take their knowledge and working with the Tree of Death to the next level. This is not for those who think they can conquer everything because they been doing this for 5 years. No, when you go into this with an ego of I know I can conquer everything and not being humble, trust me they know you. They will fuck you up for GP, and you will come out missing a part of your mind. Play around with real work if you want to . This is deep shit.

This book draws from information that you can find in the Keys of Solomon. Which means yes this incorporates Solomon Ceremonial Magick but with a heavy twist, and seasoned with Chaos Magick.

There is this one sentence that stood out to me. It is on pg 40, first paragraph and it says “…I believe that when working the pentacle (point facing north/up…) is implemented to give energy and honor Other Gods…instead [the pentagram is facing downward] directs power to he black magician and honors them as their own free God.” I like this clarification of what the points on the pentagram mean. Everyone has their own way of interpreting it. But going into any working it would be nice to have a found view of the pentagram either point up or horns up.

This book takes you into the void extinguishing your light and replacing it with darkness. Becoming the Black Magician that you are setting out to be with this working. This working requires your blood (so if you can’t stand the site of blood or you get faint, you may just want to skip this book all together), a hefty amount of salt, and the ability for you to remain calm and open when going through these gates.

To get a look at this book and an overview of each chapter, click this link for the video.

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Lilith Dark Feminine Archetype by Temple of Ascending Flame

Posted in Book reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 01/13/2018 by Keona-Mlh aka Beauty by LTL

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I have been looking forward to this book since it was announced. Lilith is, after all my Spiritual Mother. I also contributed to this work, which is on page 17 (shameless plug). I just finished reading it this morning and I loved it all. I will actually go through the rituals during my sign of Scorpio. What better way to work with Lilith then during the time of Scorpio.

So let’s jump right in. This book comes in hardcover and paper book, 162 pages, with the rest being a list of books available which I always love when authors include them. There are 19 essays, rituals, poems, experiences, and guided meditations in this book. They are very wonderful in just reading, Plus you get to get a feel of each practitioner and how they related to the goddess, feel their experience and then try their rituals out for yourself. I will only point out a few of the rituals.

Fire and Lust by Asenath Mason and Rev Bill Duvendack brings you into the world of Lilith and her consort, one of many, Asmodeus (who is my spiritual Father so I was really excited when I was reading this). The invocation of these two will have your creative juices really rolling when you engage in this ritual. It can be done alone or with a partner, and the energy that is amassed and utilized in a productive manner will bring a lot of fruition to those performing it.

The Vase of Lilith by Nemo V, is a ritual that brings or pulls in the energy of Lilith with each offering giving. I actually decided to try a small version of it today. It worked out perfectly!

Invocation of Lilith bu Katie Anderson is a beautiful ritual to connect to that fire deep within, and Lilith helps you to release it. This ritual was very beautiful and so is the picture that she created as well.

Black Moon Lilith by Mike King is an invocation in becoming one with the Goddess and having her show you exactly what is needed to help you grow. When she joins with you, you will never be able to look at the world again in the same light, and that is worth it in itself.

There are a quite a few more rites, rituals both 7 and 5 days, and path workings, and even more with essays of deep knowledge about Lilith, and her mysterious origins. Reading the poems and the experiences that these practitioners have had with Lilith and how they communicate with her, is a feeling that I cannot put into words.

I already do my own workings with Mother, but I can’t wait to give the rituals and path workings in this book a run through. I schedule my workings and so I have enough time to get the materials and can actually have time for them. So this I will be looking forward to towards the Veil becoming thinner.

5 out of 5 as this is a complete grimoire of workings that will keep you busy for a few.

Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews

Posted in Book reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on 01/11/2018 by Keona-Mlh aka Beauty by LTL

I remember I picked this boo up last year, like in September of so and after reading a few pages I sat it back down. I didn’t want to read another A&P book. And my first thought was this is another damn textbook and I am burnt out from school. But I decided to give it another go after asking my boyfriend which yoga book I should read. He choose this one and I figured, hey, why not give it a shot again. I am glad I did.

I only have a year of A&P under my belt and I did find it a little distracting trying to remember all the medical names of the bones and muscles and tendons in the body, and not to mention the terminology for yoga that I am not really familiar with. But that didn’t deter me, I kept on moving forward, flipping back if I needed to see what a word meant.

What I like about this book is that it goes through a pretty in-depth explanation of all the muscles and how they relate to a particular asana. What this book contains is 276 pages, 11 chapters of anatomy and how it relates to the individuals body and the basic principles behind them. Within the 11 chapters 6 of them are divided by asanas (standing, sitting, kneeling, supine, prone and arm support) which makes it easy for me, personally, to figure out which asanas I want to start with and how to divide them up and combine them on certain days of practice.

With the breakdown of how the muscles act with the body I can understand the positions better, being that I am in the medical field and I always want to have good blood flow to the tissues and the rest of my body this was actual a perfect read for me to start my year off with. I will and can be more mindful of how I stretch and what positions I put my body into. Be more cautious of pulling or pushing myself, and understanding it isn’t about touching my forehead to the floor, but more about giving my spine the stretch that it needs. I can also focus more on my breathing when it comes to certain positions and how to really breathe correctly.

I took quite a few notes from this book, and with a couple weeks practice, I will have a very easy , and body friendly yoga practice that I can commit to and not overdo. I have a tendency to overdo things. A lot lol.  I have always wanted to do yoga and this book was the perfect stepping stone for me to start my practice.

I totally recommend this book if you want to understand how the muscles in your body and bones and breathing work with one another in your different asanas.

5 out of 5

Blood Sorcery Bible Volume I: Rituals in Necromancy by Sorceress Cagliastro, The Necromancer

Posted in Book reviews with tags , , , , , , on 12/24/2017 by Keona-Mlh aka Beauty by LTL

I heard about Sorceress Cagliastro from a podcast that you can listen to right here, Episode 196: Sorceress Cagliastro Discusses Blood Sorcery. It is 54 minutes long and it is a very good interview. That is why I grabbed the book and decided to read it. I feel bad because I had this book for years and never read it until a couple of weeks ago.

There are 43 sections in this book, with 170 pages. It gives you more than enough opportunity to pace yourself and read to certain points without you getting lost or forgetting your place. That I like.

In “The Body Divided: Self Vivisection”, pg 49, I agree with her assessment in how she heals people. She calls them a “realignment, removing facades of humble posturing and humility, and creating a state of desire for more living.” It actually makes sense. When we are hurt we want to be healed so we can get back to our normal state. But when we are fine, healthy as much as can be depending on our situation, what are we healing? Nothing. Just wasting energy, but if you focus on tweaking what is already there for an improve state, not redoing the whole thing, than I am all for it. Hell, tomato, tomat-o. Whatever you want to call it, I agree with her and I am all for it.

What grabbed my attention was her “Thirty Sorcery Events and How to Read The”, pg 55. Here she gives you pointers on how to enhance your abilities, raise passion, deal with stress, curse others and inflict harm. She tells you were to draw the blood fro, and how to use it. I will be experimenting with different sites of blood draw. This is the 2nd time I heard about drawing blood from different spots of your body. Out of the 30 events, 14 resonated with me.

Her “Consumption: The Sex of Blood Sorcery”, pg 78, has some of the best ideas regarding sex magic blood collection. I mean think about it, when you are involved in sex magick for a specific purpose you focus your intent on a specific goal that was agrees upon and when you climax that energy is released to do your will. Well how much more powerful would it be if before that moment of climax (or during the orgasm if you can get it), you were able to harness that blood. Just think of the power that is in that moment of time. And when mixed with the other magician that is one hell of an intent that can be used for a similar ritual, or to redo and strengthen the rite that was just done.

“The Danger of ‘Belief Clutter’ and Apologies”, pg 89, is really a good read. This section is aimed at hose who cam from a previous faith and can’t seem to drop the old thinking for the new, expanding upon ideologies that they are now trying to explore.

“Harvesting the Elixir” pg 105 and all the way up to page 121 is full of good information on how to collect the blood, and how to preserve it and all that jazz. This would be where you would really be jotting down ideas and making side bar comments in the book.

Page 138, “4. Use of Location-A Component Creator” gives you 4 “major” ways of how to connect to strengthen your practice. I mean going to a cemetery is a beautiful idea. A way to get in-tune with the other side of life, to experience the raw emotional power of pain and loss, grief and regret. To connect to the many spirits there watching. Just be wise about it.

Now this little section i enjoyed the most out of the others “Take 21 Days”, pp 143-144. This will help you get into the habit of doing a daily practice, in connecting to that energy all the time. Give you daily things that will help broaden your workings, and improve your resolve on this path. Just write down both pages and keep them with you. It is really solid advice.

These 8 sections spoke out to me out of the others, and i would recommend the book on those 8 sections alone. The rest is up to you to read and see what other gems you can pull out of it.

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