Monday, June 29, 2020
This book is a compilation of multiple sub-subjects ranging from the psychic arts to ethics, to the afterlife. It is a strictly theosophical introductory guide with a fairly long bibliographic inclusion and a half dozen entries regarding major figures of theosophy at that time.
The mystic lore itself is mostly beginner material but it would be hard to find a work better suited to those interested in, but not yet part of, theosophical lore.
Saturday, June 20, 2020
This intermediate work is presumably the final creation series title I will edit; it is a combination of basic Epicurean philosophy, basic life story of the philosopher himself, and criticisms by him of his critics as well as theirs of him. It's well written, and at times humorous, Epicurus calling one of his rivals a "mollusk" comes to mind as being particularly funny against the backdrop of antiquity.
The philosophy is of course fleshed out somewhat here, being described for that critical and analytical purpose; the basic premise of living a simple life and avoiding fear of mortality is the basic twofold point of the path of Epicurus.
Here is another creation series work, one which I finished a week ago but which got caught up in Amazons' massively slow processing system. It is partly linguistic but unlike the last two titles is mostly about religious history and how the various spiritual systems that would contribute to Judeochristianity co-evolved and borrowed imagery and words and ideas from one another. It references, especially, Egypt and Babylon the most and speaks of some of the smaller local tribes of the Levant region.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
This short work is yet another creation series entry; essentially in part supplementary to Anwyl's "Celtic Religion" in the same set. It is partially linguistic in nature and traces the development of post-christian British Isle spiritual systems and folklore (especially in the Arthurian sense) from prior religious figures; namely, deities of various sorts.
The origin stories of both Britain and Ireland are also explored in some detail, and the work is, as a whole, quite well made.