Out of the Shadows: An Exploration of Dark Paganism and Magick


Reclaiming the word darkness from its evil associations, this book explores the aspects, imagery, and spirituality of darkness.
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Reclaiming the word darkness from its evil associations, this book explores the aspects, imagery, and spirituality of darkness.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588208019
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Part I Darkness
Dark Paganism 7
A Need for Balance 10
In Defense of Lightside Paganism 11
Darksiders 15
The Gothic Subculture 16
The Vampiric Subcultures 21
BDSM Subculture 30
Commonalities among Darksiders 32
"Lost Souls" 33
Darkside Survival Guide 35
Understanding Darkness 39
Aspects of Darkness 40
Imagery and Archetypes 44
The Night 55
Evil 58
The Shadow 61
A Brief Background 62
What is the Shadow? 63
The Power of the Shadow 64
Collective Shadow 66
Confronting the Shadow 69
Individuation: Becoming Whole 78
Taking It Too Far 81
On "Demons" and "Evil Spirits" 83
Protecting Ourselves 86
The Enemy Within 88
Power and Darkness 91
Ethics and the Three-Fold Law 95
Dualism and Polarity 99
Gender vs. Polarity 102
Blood, Pain, and Sacrifice 105
Blood 106
Pain 107
Sacrifice 115
Dark Spirituality 119
A Model of Spirituality 119
What Makes a Path Dark? 127
Dark Paganism 133
Taoism 134
Satanism 138
Satanism vs. Dark Paganism 142
"Dark" Deities 145
Deity as Warrior or Hunter 149
Deity of Wisdom/Magic 151
Deity of Death/The Underworld 153
Deity of Virility/Sexuality 157
Deity as Destroyer/Chaos 161
Deity of Darkness or Related to Darkness 162
Deity as Trickster/Malicious Deities 164
Part II Magic
The Nature of Magic 171
Law of Action 172
Limitations of Magic 174
Psychological Factors of Magic 175
Emanations 178
Essence of Being 183
The Structure of Magic 191
Step 1 Establishing a Receptive State of Consciousness 196
Meditation/Visualization 197
Ritualized Movement 199
Music/Sound 201
Physical Cues 201
Mind-altering Substances 202
Step 2 Raising Energy 205
Step 3 Directing Energy 210
Step 4 Grounding and Centering 211
Applying the Principles 213
Chaos Magic and Eclecticism 217
Basic Sex Magic 221
Characteristics of the Practitioner 227
Patience 227
Confidence 228
Skepticism 229
Desire 230
A Word of Warning 233
Am I going Insane? 234
Dealing with Depression 235
Mystical Experience or Psychosis? 236
Possessions and Hauntings 239
What will Others Think? 241
A Final Word 242
Appendix A Invoking/Banishing Pentagrams 245
Invoking Pentagram 246
Banishing Pentagram 247
Appendix B Hauntings and Possessions Revisited 249
Bibliography 255
Table of Figures 257
Index 259
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2002


    a resource for today on a timeless misunderstanding of those in life who found comfort in the dark.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2002

    Well done!

    I was very please with this book! The author constantly emphasizes balance and the need to practice what one studies. The chapter on the Shadow was phenomenal and a must read for ANYONE involved in any aspect of the 'occult' including Pagan religions. That alone is worth the price of the book, but over all the author tackles the challenging subjects of both 'darkness' and magic quite well and I hope more follows.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2001


    It¿s about time someone had the guts to write a book on this! I can't say I agree with everything but the author offers much insight into darkness and magick and I enjoyed his wit. Definitely a book any serious practitioner should have in his or her library! I hope more books follow!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2001

    Read before you speak!

    Just skimming the book, it can be judged as one of the most, if not THE MOST, controversail book on paganism to be released! This book covers all the aspects of paganism that have been ignored or declining from public knowledge do to the struggle to make pagan paths acknowledged and accepted as religions by the government and the mass media. This book is a challenge to personal belief and the growing stereotype of pagans today who have become what the author calls, 'fluffy bunnies.' Recommended to any person following a pagan path, but particularly those on the Wiccan path.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2001

    Don't be quick to judge..

    I need to start right out with a simple warning that this book is bound to get some very harsh reviews since I have gone against the grain to get my point across. Many Pagans will be uncomfortable with my association of darkness with forms of Paganism and this alone is an example of why this book needed to be written. Remember that darkness does not necessarily mean evil, especially in the eyes of a Pagan. This book does not seek to overpower 'light' with 'darkness' but to encourage balance. To foster such balance I have written an exploration into the 'darker' aspects of Paganism and spirituality. Some of it you may agree with and some of it you may not. With all the 'same old stuff' flooding the market I offer you fresh material that will challenge you to rethink your view of paganism - not to change your view, but to open your mind and encourage you to think why you believe what you do. This may strengthen your current beliefs or may help lead you to a more solid foundation; either way my goals have been met. The second half of the book brings magick back to reality by breaking down the science and art behind the energies at work. I don't offer you spells, I offer you a glimpse into how those spells work and what you need to design your own spells and rituals, or improve upon and personalize existing ones. Keep in mind this book is an exploration. I delve into many topics as deeply as I can but most chapters would require a book of their own to give the material justice. I encourage you to send me your feedback - good or bad - so that I can use it for direction in future books which will begin to fill in the gaps. Read it with an open mind and I think you will enjoy the book and discover a new way of approaching aspects of paganism and magick. If you decide to attack me simply because you are afraid of what non-Pagans may think then feel free to go back to bending over backwards to please everyone but yourself. Been there¿ done that... learned.

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