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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.

A New Zombie Series I am Reading

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2016 by Keona-Mlh aka Beauty by LTL

So we where at BAM  (Books A Million) and they have this ginormous bargain section. I mean like freaking big, we spent 2 hours in that section and loaded up on a box of books and three bags lol. Just a few hundred dollars short then when we came in. But come in, when nice thick books are like 3 bucks, you buy them bitches!

So the series I got, was mainly because of the titles. They are written by Jonathan Maberry and they are a different type of zombie books. You see them from those who have survived first night, and you take a look into the lives of the people who are surviving. There is no just kill zombies and die. This is more personal and it is really good. So the books have really cute names and it is in a series of four of them.

Rot and Ruin

Dust and Decay

Flesh and Bone

Fire and Ash

All I can say is reading the back of the last book this shit is going to go down, you hear me. I will keep you updated and will write a review after each one. That way you can get a feel for the story. It does involve a group of 15 year old kids, but nothing like the kids in our world who just do nothing with their lives. These kids work to kill zombies to get ratios once they turn 15.

And we thought we had it hard.

Temple of Lilith by Anne O’Connell

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2016 by Keona-Mlh aka Beauty by LTL

I finally set down to read this book by Anne O’Connell, and all I can say is it contains Demon porn, tentacle sex and fucking any and everything human and otherwise.

The beginning starts off as it did with my my first marriage. Me wanting to beat the shit out of my husband for the littlest of thing. Now if we had to do renovation to make it through our marriage, he would be dead and I would be in jail, but I digress…

So this couple is working on renovating their home to help with their marriage and build trust. I n the midst the husband finds a room that has been walled up, so he decides to open it. At this point in the story I would have moved out and filed for divorce. We all know that if a room is walled up, ain’t shit good coming from it. Cumming lol…

But in this instance you are pleasantly surprise with what is behind door number 1…

So to skip and give you something to hold on to, there is a nice amount of Demon on human sex, a man getting his ass deeply banged, and just a nice group orgy. Did I say tentacle porn, like the nice description of a Demons dick…I mean wow.

This is my kind of reading. Kylie is just hitting her perverted thoughts as I fully live in mine. Like wow, man I need to redo my Temple.

This is one to keep next to the bed, just in case you want to slide to the bathroom , or to your own Temple. Now my only question is, where the hell is the rest! Let’s get this party rolling!

 

Wortcunning for Daemonolatry by S. Connolly

Posted in Occult, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 23, 2016 by Keona-Mlh aka Beauty by LTL

20160323_090622It has taken me forever to get this review up but it is finally up so here we go…

This book is for those who have a love of gardening and a flair for alchemy. If you don’t like either, then leave this book to those who do.

So we have moved past the introduction and into the first chapter which is Working with Plants. It gives you the basic guidelines in how not to harm the plants when picking them, dealing with poisonous plants and the normal warnings. Now for me personally, I am allergic to 23 varieties of grass, 20 types of trees and life itself (recently), so yeah I have to severely modify what I can do and live through my mother who I am giving this book to when she starts her garden in a couple weeks.

Next is the Herbalist’s Tool & Pantry, it gives you a rundown of items that you need to purchase and store separate from your regular kitchen tools. The preparation for harvesting the plants are written in great detail and laid out easily in front of you.

Making Oils/Oleums Philtres, and the Teas, Elixirs, and Tinctures chapters are basically your meat and potatoes, in understanding how to make what you need without burning yourself or screwing up or even killing yourself. It states throughout the book not to drink poisonous mixes, so if you do and die, well you were warned dumb ass. Now my favorite method in this section is the salves and sprays, as this will be how I will do a lot of my mixes. Having that quick Daemonic spray for workings will be very handy in the upcoming months.

In Preparing Herbal Mixtures for Incense chapter, you can get down and dirty by hand-making your incense. I am lazy so I will be buying mine. Though I will charge them like I normally do.

In the Other Preparations chapter, you have the uses for bath salts, soaps and candle uses. This will be a good one to keep in the self. Having bath salts is perfect for when you want to purify before a ritual.

Plant Reference section, is pretty explanatory. It gives a very generous list (14 pp.) of magickal plants and what they can be used for. The same for the Bases section and Miscellany Magickal Recipes and Random Daemons.

The next three chapters are my favorite: Cursing Recipes, Death Daemonic Recipes and Divination Recipes. Ahhh, the love I have for these three keeps me warm at night.

The next few chapters Magickal Inks, Dukante Hierarchy Recipes, Goetic Hierarchy Recipes, and Grimoirium Verum Recipes gives you more than enough hands on experience to keep you busy for a few months trying them out.

Rituals sections are always a win/win in my book with, any Occult read I pick up. There are nine healthy rituals, love the number, that will keep you busy and build your energy up when working with charging your mixtures.

The second to last section, The Magickal Gardener, I skimmed through. I kill plants you heard me, not on purpose, but because I am so absolutely horrible in Gardening that Satan and Eury told me to take a seat. No lie, I suck ass at gardening, but my mother has a green thumb and can grow anything. This has all types of tips and hints in growing your garden so it is good to take heed and take notes.

Last section is a list of resources to grow your magickal library so you can have a basement like mines; that literally has books on tables, shelves, chairs, the washer and dryer and every square inch of floor. Actually if I could float, I would be able to go into my basement. Seriously, a lot of books.

This book is a wealth of information, filled with recipes, rituals, formulas, and tried and true favorites that I love. So get online, order a few few friends and enjoy your summer trying out some of the philtres and tinctures. Try not to cut a finger, blow up your alchemy set up, or poison you neighbor (well unless, you know). Enjoy the read and have fun. I know I am.