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Taromancer (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Alex Sumner
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TAROMANCER is the new story from Alex Sumner, author of "The Magus," and features the adventures of Miranda Tilly Warren, Professional Tarot Reader.

Disenchanted and disillusioned with her career as a fortune teller, Miranda meets a crazy old man one night, and is plunged into a spiritual quest - with the twenty two trumps of the Tarot as her companions.

More than just a novel, this is a tale of Divination, Theurgy, Ceremonial Magick, esoteric Christianity, the Qabalah... and how to care for your coal black short-haired cat.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 5471 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 285 pages
  • Editeur : Bihutys Books (29 décembre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00H3QP298
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good novel! 7 février 2014
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Easy to read, telling a pleasant story with an attaching character, this story is an initiatic path that will take the reader within the mysteries of modern Western occultism. For those who already know them, the perspective is somewhat refreshing; for those who don't, they will discover a magical world.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Taromancer, by Alex Sumner: Review 18 décembre 2013
Par Oliver St. John - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
This is a very entertaining, joyful and quite often hilarious read, especially for those that have an interest in the Western Hermetic Tradition. The book will enthral those new to the occult subject as much as it will delight those with a vested interest in it. I found the story to be full of surprises, indeed, by the time I read beyond chapter 5 it had turned out to be quite unlike anything I had imagined. Sumner seems to have made the book serve several purposes at once; while it works well as the witty tale of a reluctant fortuneteller, trying to find her way - with increasing desperation - through the vulgarity and self-obsessed nonsense of 'spiritual well-being' professionals, it is also a veritable grimoire, a completely workable system of Initiation. (I prefer to avoid use of the oxymoron, "self-initiation", since that term completely excludes one or two vital components in the operation.) It could also be regarded as an instruction manual in the art of Tarot divination. I can guarantee that no other book on Tarot divination or Initiation will give you as many laughs!

As a system of Initiation, it seems complete, and to his credit Sumner has avoided the vanity of deliberate 'blinds' and the like. Although the method and its terminology, steeped as it is in the Judaeo-Christian tradition, might be a little unpalatable to some of those that prefer their gods to wear darker clothing, there are some real (and very useful) 'secrets' disclosed here. For example, I suspect that very few people are aware that the systematic working of the paths of the Hermetic Tree from Aleph to Tav - in descending order, following the way called the Lightning Flash, the way that actually works! - is to culminate in the creation of an astral double, 'Golem', or, put in other terms, a resurrected Ka. Without keys like this, so-called 'pathworkings' are fairly useless. I should also mention that Sumner's explanation of the Dweller on the Threshold - something that must be encountered and dealt with by anyone that dares to cross the hazardous bridge from theory into practice - is the clearest and best that I have ever read. If only I could have read this book 20 years ago...

Towards the end of the story there is a very amusing exposé concerning the television production company that taromancer Miranda Warren's friend Tansie intends to use as a lever to fame and fortune as a TV psychic. Anyone that has any experience of the way that television production works will know there is no exaggeration here - it is difficult to parody a business where lying and deception are built in, by default. Perhaps I am cynical - one of the more sensitive elements of this novel is to show that professionals, busily engaged in the business of making profit from mass delusion, are nonetheless fragile, vulnerable human beings.

Those who simply want to read a good story, and that have no interest in the Hermetic tradition whatsoever, might find the details of the masonic-style Initiation ceremony (fictional for the most part, I would imagine) and the 3-week operation of the 22 paths (completely workable) are a little too, well, detailed. On the other hand, for readers such as myself, that are already consigned to eternal damnation for presuming to interpret scriptures in the light of knowledge as opposed to blind faith, all the detail of the working is more grist to the mill.

About me: I have written several books on the occult, including The Ending of the Words - Magical Philosophy of Aleister Crowley, which is available from Amazon as a perfect bound paperback as well as Kindle. See also, Hermetic Qabalah, and Ritual Magick - The Rites and Ceremonies of Hermetic Light.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A spoonful of sugar really does make the medicine go down... 16 décembre 2013
Par Anna Meadows - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Sometimes I think the last g-d thing I want to do is read another how-to book on magick. Seriously. 12+ years in Pagandom and boxes and boxes of books. However, I'm swimming strongly into the current of a new magickal focus and so it's back to poring-through-heavy-tomes time. Of course that can be hugely fun and rewarding. But when it's ceremonial magick, the tomes do get so very heavy...

That's the "medicine." The "spoonful of sugar" is this book, and books like it, which are really effective how-to manuals framed in a fictional context. The fictional context entertains and engages and also provides an opportunity via the characters to talk about what someone might actually feel during rituals, and what effects those might have on one's life. As the author, Alex Sumner, says in a recent blog, "I’ve tended to notice that I’ve actually learnt more from occult writers when the write of their own personal experiences, or publish memoirs based on their magical records, rather than sententious how-to books." He's right about that. I've noticed it, too. And a fictional frame serves in the same way a memoir does.

From this book I have learned how to do several rituals, actually, including a three-week theurgic ritual that I actually will do when its season comes around for it (details of performance and timing in the book.) I was intellectually familiar with most of the components of these rituals and have practiced some of them on their own, but I lacked how to stack them together. I also got inspired to do something similar starting on Christmas Day and continuing for twelve nights.

While I am a Pagan woman, I am not allergic to esoteric Christianity; in fact, I'd describe myself on good terms with Yeheshuah of Nazareth. That's good, because this book is about theurgical practice using the concepts of esoteric Christianity. If any form of Christianity makes you itch, take an antihistamine and read the book anyway. Even if you cannot bring yourself to work the rites as described in the book, just read it to get a good sense of how initiatory rites work (or are supposed to work), and how such rites can flow.

I would have liked perhaps just a tiny bit more internal conflict from the main character, who is supposed to be an initiated Witch, as she pondered undergoing these esoteric Christian rites, and how she might have reconciled them with her initiatory vows; also whether these rites would inspire her to back to practice of her Craft. I also would like to know more about what happens to her and hope to see her in a future offering.

Sumner is really quite generous with this book. It's a lot of valuable information at a very token price. If he'd written this as a non-fiction "how-to" and given it a portentous title, he could have charged real bucks for it. I appreciate this gift and want to thank Sumner for doing it.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 An Intriguing Read 26 septembre 2014
Par Monique Snyman - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
I’ve had Taromancer by Alex Sumner on my reading list for quite some time, not because I didn’t want to read it, I just never got around to the book until now (life can sometimes throw you a curve-ball, and Sumner’s protagonist can back me up on that one). That being said, I have to apologise for not reviewing it sooner, because I know a lot of readers intrigued by the occult would want to get their hands on it. And they should. It’s an intriguing book that revolves around Miranda Tilly Warren, Professional Tarot Reader, psychic, initiated witch, and all around cool gal, who reluctantly embarks on a spiritual quest after she’s become discontent with the way her life’s been. It might not sound like much from the get-go, but considering that this is a “How-To-Guide” into the occult in fiction form, I must admit that the journey kept me glued to my seat from beginning to end, and I grew fond of Miranda as a character.

Taromancer is not without its faults, but the errors will not hinder the pace of reading or the experience one bit. To be fair, I’m almost certain that the errors I picked up along the way has already been fixed, seeing as I had an ARC and I didn’t review it when I was supposed to (I apologise … again).

I quite enjoyed the rituals and the terminology that Sumner use, and although the descriptions felt a little long-winded at times, they were necessary and remarkably informative for those who like to sneak a peek behind the veil.

I really think that those who are intrigued by stories with detailed esoteric practices woven into a fun plot will enjoy Taromancer. I know I did.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 It's okay 3 janvier 2014
Par Jo Fontana - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I was expecting something more from this book. It is okay, but I'll not likely read it anytime soon if ever again.
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