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The Dark Archetype deals with all of those things that we Americans are taught to ignore, to sweep under the rug, to not think about; in other words, the things we keep in the dark: death, anger, fear, illness, and yes even sex. The Dark Archetype explores these concerns by focusing on the magick and mystery of goddesses such as Kali, Hekate, and Lilith; and gods such as Set, Loki, Dionysos, and Shiva-deities who have not been given their due because of their less-than-desirable sides. Denise Dumars and Lori Nyx ...
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Overview

The Dark Archetype deals with all of those things that we Americans are taught to ignore, to sweep under the rug, to not think about; in other words, the things we keep in the dark: death, anger, fear, illness, and yes even sex. The Dark Archetype explores these concerns by focusing on the magick and mystery of goddesses such as Kali, Hekate, and Lilith; and gods such as Set, Loki, Dionysos, and Shiva-deities who have not been given their due because of their less-than-desirable sides. Denise Dumars and Lori Nyx guide you through the world of darkness, unleashing the history and myth associated with each archetype.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564146939
  • Publisher: Career Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/16/2003
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Who's Afraid of the Dark? 7
Part 1 Working With the Dark Archetypes II
What Is the Dark Archetype? 13
How Is the Dark Archetype Accessed? 15
Part 2 Femmes Fatales: The Dark Goddesses 21
Baba Yaga: The Witch-Cult in Eastern Europe 23
The Black Virgin: She Is Black Because She Is Goddess 27
Coatlicue: Mommy Dearest 32
Hekate: Curse Not the Darkness 37
Hel: Feelin' Hella Good 42
Kali: Fire, Walk With Me 46
Lilith: They Call Me "Demon Lil" 50
Medusa: You Want Your Face to Freeze Like That? 57
Oya: A Mighty Wind 61
Part 3 Bad Boys, Bad Boys, Whatcha Godda Do? The Dark Gods 67
Anubis: The Soul Conductor 69
Dionysos: I'm in a Frenzy! 74
The Grim Reaper: He Kindly Stopped for Me 79
Loki: And for My Next Trick 84
Lucifer: Just Call Me Angel of the Morning 91
Set: The Original Green-Eyed Monster 96
Shiva: The Sensuous Yogi 102
Tezcatlipoca: Smoke and Mirrors 106
Volos: Even the Man Who Is Pure of Heart 111
Part 4 Rituals, Spells, Talismans, and Correspondences 117
To Protect and Serve: An Anubis Talisman 119
Party Like It's 1599: Baba Yaga's "Hen" Party 124
The Black Virgin: A Novena 128
Coatlicue: An Aztec Fertility Charm 133
Dionysos: En Vino Est Veritas 140
The Ritual of the Reaper: Spend a Day With Death 146
Hekate: Went Down to the Crossroads 152
Prepare to Unleash Hel, or at Least Her Talisman 158
Sacrifice Your Broken Heart to Kali 163
Lilith: The Rite of Self-Seduction 168
Loki: Hide in Plain Sight, or, The Rite of "Low-Key" 171
Lucifer: This Little Light of Mine, I'm Gonna Let It Shine! 178
Medusan Magick: The Gorgoneion 182
Oya: The Falling (Ivory) Tower 185
Piercing the Veil of Set 192
The Ritual of Shiva, Lord of the Lingam: Astral Sex 196
Tezcatlipoca: Mirror, Mirror: Divining the Truth 200
Volos: Embracing Your Inner Werewolf 204
References 209
Index 215
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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    Exploring the Power of Darkness

    THE DARK ARCHETYPE is a fascinating and fun-filled book dealing with a very serious subject. Authors Denise Dumars and Lori Nyx bring a sense of light-hearted humor and warmth to a topic that many of us tend to avoid or ignore -- the 'shadow side of the divine.' Written with a refreshingly conversational tone throughout, THE DARK ARCHETYPE takes you on a tour through many of the darkest characters known to mythology, such as: Anubis, Baba Yaga, The Black Virgin, Coatlicue, Dionysos, The Grim Reaper, Hekate, Hel, Kali, Lilith, Loki, Lucifer, Medusa, Oya, Set, Shiva, Tezcatlipoca, and Volos. I love the way each character is described through stories and thought-provoking questions, and am amazed to begin to feel a sense of closeness and compassion develop for some of these 'bad boys' and girls! I appreciate the warnings which are issued at various points in this book, since the subject matter clearly indicates that protection be firmly in place. THE DARK ARCHETYPES can help you begin to understand your own dark side, and improve your connection with things you may have been avoiding, such as death and transformation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2003

    Fun and Dark at the same time (?)

    Can a book about dark gods and goddesses be fun to read and 'dark' at the same time. This one almost does it. In fact for the most part the author pretty much acomplishes that. The dark stuff was a lot lighter than I expected, though I liked the practical and specific rituals part. There is a lot of humor in this book as well as detailed information about the archetypes explored. The book lacks pictures of each god which I missed and some of the writing is a little uneven, but for the most part I highly recommend it.

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