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Lilith Dark Feminine Archetype by Temple of Ascending Flame

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 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.

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Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 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 Reviews with tags , , , , , , on December 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.

Hecate: Death, Transition and Spiritual Mastery 2nd Ed by Jade Sol Luna

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , on June 2, 2017 by Keona-Mlh aka Beauty by LTL

How I was going to review. I just chuck that. So  I will just be me, it is what it is. Let’s begin.

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OK so this was interesting, but it took me like 4 to 5 years to read it again, or pick it back up I shall say. It is so heavy on Greek version of Christianity that I had to stop myself from laughing, and yelling at the book. Seriously I talked to myself way more than I normally do. I have never known Hecate to be so firmly implanted into Abrahamic roles, that I would say this is 60% sickening, 20% pondering and 20% spot on useful information. So to read it again, and continue on I had to just grin and bare it. I did pull out some very useful information, mainly on workings that I can use and make actually occult instead of having it based in “light good, dark bad” shit.

Let’s just say I picked the book up because it was purple, it had Hecate on the cover and I was like yes! So sue me lol. The book is divided into 14 chapters though they are not named, and you may not know when you have crossed over. The first 5 chapters have subdivisions within. So let’s see which ones I will highlight.

Hecate.

It starts off with a beautiful portrait of her (pg 10) that gives the normal background of this Goddess. So get your BOS out and get ready to take some notes, as it has some decent information in it.

The Spiritual Purpose (pg 28) is where I was scratching my head. Just the whole “Zeus (the Christian Father, Ruler of Heaven)” and how Zeus gave Hecate suffering to deal with and him and the other gods abandoned her and she had to deal with it all alone and she became sad and depressed, I am like the fuck is wrong with you? I just kept it moving.

In the Wheel of Hecate (pg 41) I pulled the 6 shadow’s of Hecate’s wheel. I didn’t keep the “6 (7)” sins attached like he did, because I don’t follow that shit.  In doing so I added the Seven veils (pg 43) to the 6 shadows and made something very intriguing for me to work on later this month.

The next section is Death, and if you know me then you know how excited I got. So what I pulled to work with is Hecate/Baphomet and Thanatos/Hecate ( and I am working with both the Gods now so it is only fitting); and a skull meditation. The Seven Caeliums I read and I took the titles and then created my own system and changed the titles lol., which is what I do 97% of the time when using another magician;s work (unless it is dire that I keep it original). I was disappointed in this section as he eluded to those who do black magick in the past will have karma coming back at them because black magick is bad.

I also find it laughable that Wicca was originally the Latin Vicanus/Vicani that means one who works with Hecate/Diana/Bacchus instead of Catholicism. Like that is the fucking definition he gave of Wicca. And how if you work with more than one God you are doing a disservice to yourself and will not be able to fully obtain that next level. BULLSHIT.  Again we have the dark is bad light is good shit he keeps spewing in this book, and how Lucifer is unnatural light, but when he is combined with Hecate he is fine. Also Baphomet has to deal with suffering, bear the “infinite suffering”. I have no clue where the fuck people get this shit from, but it will never cease to amaze me.

Hecate’s form.

Now these 15 descriptions were actually very beautiful and I wrote them all down, well the bones of it so I can do my own connecting to her in these forms and see what my experiences are.

Hecate Worship (pg 125) have a lot of invocation and chants and hymns, in which maybe a couple I found useful but not many.

I find the birth cart kind of funny, having the mark of Lucierfia as an aspect of Hecate after calling Lucifer himself unnatural light, only when he is with Hecate is he good enough and changed into the feminine.

The Hecate Overview (pg 208) was pretty decent. If you have never worked with her, or have done so minimally, then this will be a good place to load up your BOS. Some good info to pull out and jog your memory, more myths and “historical” information about her and her life.

I think this book is good for those who are scared of the dark, and believe in the more Christianize version of occult. Wiccans would love this book, fluffy bunnies and those types. But for us who have are big girl and boy drawers on, this book has a few pages to hit up for some new ritual constructs and that is about all. I would borrow this book, I wouldn’t buy it.

Unfortunately when I saw this book I saw part 2 and brought that, and I regret it now that I am reading it lol. But hey, every book has its place in sharing information and the second one ain’t that bad, well in comparison to the first one. Although I am still reading it.

 

Frenemies by Ace Reign (Music)

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2016 by Keona-Mlh aka Beauty by LTL

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Frenemies is the second EP release for DC lyricist Ace Reign. With this release you get a good 14 tracks with 46 minutes and 28 seconds of some damn good music. And we all know, I really don’t like a lot of music nowadays, so this is some good shit. So let’s get into it shall we.

Now, hopefully you have had the pleasure of hearing her first Mix Tape When it Reigns it Pours. If not I advise you to go ahead and click on that link and see what you been missing. What I can say about Ace Reign is that the amount of growth from When it Reigns…  to Frenemies is just phenomenal. You can tell that as she grew as an artist she solidified her lyrics, her flow is brilliant and her voice brings a kind of unique sound that automatically sets her apart from the rest. She is more than a diamond in the rough.What you have is a female lyricist that can hold her weight with the males, while knocking these other females out the water. It isn’t the same old bullshit that you hear from every rapper, but lyrics that you can actually understand and vibe out to. You can connect with her and her music without compromising on the beats. Again that is rare.

Just to share a few of my favorites on Frenemies:

Motives, 3:29, This song has beats that resonate throughout the body, it gets you feeling cocky, have you feeling like you the shit. It is my favorite song on this EP. The flow is smooth just like the lyrics. Definitely a song you need to be playing as loud as possible.

Take it there, 3:59, This song is the one where you will have it on repeat, have you thinking about that first time, that first love and the feelings that you had, or still have. It’s one of those love songs that isn’t to mushy, it’s romanticized but doesn’t feel like you have to listen to something manly afterward. It is a great balance.

Popping all these bottles, 2:48, This is a club banger that will be easily added to any clubs rotation. It pulls you out your seat, gets you on the floor especially with lines like “pop that pussy she disturbs the peace”.

Closer, 3:33, This song is the epitome of smooth music, another one that gets your body moving. You can hear the playfulness in this track, the flirtatious vibe, while the chorus will have you singing it throughout the day.

Your Crew, 3:12, This song will basically have you ready to hit someone’s ass that be talking shit lol. I do have to admit that it is very catchy with “fuck your crew, each and everyone of dem”.

Trapped in my mind, 3:43, Is a song that will have you reflecting on things in your life, especially with lines like “cut the grass to reveal them snakes”. It makes me want to put it in a few playlists I already have.

Enough, 3:44, Is that breakup song that you can relate to , because we all been a fool once for some dick head, but unlike other breakup songs, this one isn’t whiny like shit. Just expressing your feelings in a way that won’t annoy you.

Don’t feel my pain, 2:53, This song gives off Eminem like vibes with the the way the beats come in and the flow of the track. It has good lyrics, an ominous vibe of greatness, making this song a force to be reckon with.

All said and done, I have 8 tracks that are my favorite, and 6 tracks that I can still listen to all the time. It is rare to have an artist whose entire album you can listen to. Throughout the whole album, the flow of the music, the quality of the vocals, and the chorus makes this second release from Ace Reign a precursor to the rest of her career. Hell, if I can love more than half the tracks on an album, then hell you have a hit with me. Check it  out here…Frenemies.

 

Dust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 13, 2016 by Keona-Mlh aka Beauty by LTL

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This ends in a tear jerker. Ugh! But it is an amazing story so far.

You have 5 parts. 80 chapters. Epilogue and the next chapter of the third book. All in 519+ pages. I mean this thing is massive and I have to stop myself from forgetting about all my duties to just sit and read the book till the end.

In part 1, you have Tom, Benny, Nix, Liliah and Chong moving out of Mountainside and into the Rot and Ruin. Part 2 you are introduced into an asshole of a character, and a few anomalies that make them all rethink what is going on. It is kind of unsettling, but there has to be an answer to them all. Part 3, it all goes to hell. The part is broken up, people are missing, new characters arrive, loyalties are tested, and people’s true feelings come out. Got to admit, I was like “you dumb son of a bitch”. I caught myself putting the book down because I was just so upset lol. I love books like that. Part 4 you start to realize how connected some of these people are and much of a bunch of dicks they are. People always have a real fucked up since of right and wrong, kind of how some people think today.It seems that the more deadly you are, the more the world should bow down to their needs. Just bullshit. Part 5 had me in tears, and had me laughing and cheering at the same time.

I  just cannot wait to start the third book, which I will do tomorrow. But so far, I wish these books where made into a movie, because that other zombie shit, is nonsense and quite annoying.

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 5, 2016 by Keona-Mlh aka Beauty by LTL

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This is the first of four books in this zombie series I am reading. Now normally I steer clear of these types of books, because I think it is an annoying topic. I mean I don’t even watch the Walking Dead, because the zombie thing just has no appeal for me. I purchased this series because it was in the bargain section at Books-A-Million. I mean at 3 bucks a book, it ain’t bad. And they are very thick. 458 pages. 55 chapters. Epilogue. 3 sections. The next chapter in the second book. Loved it.

But in Rot and Ruin was a book that looks more into the lives of the people who are surviving after First Night. The main characters are Tom, his little brother Benny, Nix, Chong and Morgie and The Lost Girl. You have bounty hunters, you have carpeted horses, and cadaverine; Gameland and the Hungry Forest.

What I like about this book is the raw emotion that is written, and what you can imagine what people would do in this type of situation. It brings some tears up, yeah, I get teary eyed. But it is incredibly sad and it just lets you know how people will really do anything for power, which is what we see now.

I know that this book should give people the idea of how to live off the grid. Because if this was to happen, a lot of people are lunch, dinner and dessert lol.

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