Avalonia Books is proud to announce that BOTH SIDES OF HEAVEN will be released as our “coming of age” title on the 25th of June.   This book is the 21st title to join our growing catalogue.bothsidesofheaven


BOTH SIDES OF HEAVEN
Edited by Sorita d’Este

Look up towards the heavens and open your mind to the infinite, for it is there that you will see the colourful multifaceted world of winged messengers – Gods, Angels, Fallen Angels and Demons.

BOTH SIDES OF HEAVEN is a collection of 18 essays by some of the foremost modern esoteric writers, occult scholars and magicians. In their personal contributions they share their experiences, research and unique insights into the spiritual realms of the mysterious beings who have played such an important and inspirational role in human spiritual history.

From the nature of the daimons of the Graeco-Roman world, the Zoroastrian Ahuras and Daevas, the seductive Lilith and mighty Lucifer, through to the Fallen Angels of the Bible and the Book of Enoch, and their children the Nephilim, we find that these powerful beings are harbingers of change.

In this anthology their magical natures are explored through the works of Renaissance magicians such as Dr John Dee and Edward Kelley, Dr Thomas Rudd and more recently Madeline Montalban, as well as in that of the experiences of the contributors themselves. The ceremonies and conjurations of grimoires such as the Key of Solomon, Goetia and Grimorium Verum are considered, as well as adaptations thereof and simpler, personal encounters.

When you look at Both Sides of Heaven seeking wisdom and knowledge from the wings of ethereal messengers, you will see legions of angels and demons, archangels, fallen angels, old gods and even a few faeries and green butterflies. And maybe, they will be looking back at you too.

Contents:
A Host of Winged Messengers – Sorita d’Este
Fallen Angels and Legends of the Fall – Rufus Harrington
On the Wings of Rebirth – Katherine Sutherland
The Myth of the Fallen Ones – Michael Howard
The Enochians – Aaron Leitch
Madeline Montalban, Elemental and Fallen Angels – Julia Phillips
Azazel & Shemyaza – Diana Allam
Thirteen Unicycles in the Woods – Adele Nozedar
The Salvation of the Sidhe – Emily Carding
The Green Butterfly – Dan Harms
The Fallen Angels and the Goetia – David Rankine
Demons & Devils – Maestro Nestor
Grimoires for Pagans – Jake Stratton-Kent
The Thwarting Angels – Stephen Skinner
Loving Lilith – Melissa Harrington
The Face in the Mirror – Charlotte Rodgers
Between Gods and Men – Kim Huggens
Zoroastrian Angels and Demons – Payam Nabarz

BOTH SIDES OF HEAVEN is available for order from Avalonia, as well as from Amazon another good bookstores.

The Book of Fallen Angels

By Michael Howard

Published by Capall Bann, available from online stores such as Amazon.

Review by Nina Lazarus for The Esoteric Book Review

Recently there has been much ado about nothing in some of the Witchcraft circles here in the UK, but that is magical politics for you.  Some people never seem to be able to get enough of it!  However, it did do me a favour, it drew my attention back to the work of the editor of the Cauldron Magazine, Michael Howard.  So I have been reading my way through his books and decided to review some of them as I progress in my quest to understand a bit more about these traditions which are so neglected by the pagan scene.

According to the description The Book of Fallen Angels is in some ways a sequel to the Pillars of of Tubal Cain by Nigel Jackson.  It claims to be a reader-friendly introduction to this area of study and indeed that it is.  It is a challenging book which introduces the reader to the ideas surrounding the fallen angels or Ben Elohim which after falling from grace in God’s Heaven became demons here on Earth, lead by Azazel of Shemyaza (which is sometimes identified with Lucifer, the Fallen Rebel Angel).

In order to understand this book, you need to approach with an open mind.  This is not a book for Pagans who are wannabee witches or magicians, this is for people who are ready to take the plunge into the mysteries of the occult without their feather adorned glitter painted wands.  It is for those interested in the work of the real angels, not the ones which you get in New Age shops which will always be nice to you.  No these are the real angels which have in the past been explored by Angel Magicians and within orders such as that of Madeline Montalban’s The Order of the Morning Star which has recently been talked about more again.

In fact Madeline Montalban’s ideas can be found throughout this book.  For example: “Madeline Montalban taught that feminine vibrations attracted angelic forces.  She believed women could more easily create the force-field through magical power manifested on the material plane than male magicans. ”  She is also quoted on her views on original sin, which apparently she felt was not originally sexual in nature, but that each of us has the capacity to commit something that is unique or private to ourselves.  Saying that “The rich did the ruling, and kept the knowledge to within a small circle of kings and priesthoods, the priests being sworn to the king…”.  Whilst all this is very interesting, it is also filled with fantasy which is difficult to swallow.  The author of course is not responsible for this, just for compiling the information together and weaving it coherently together.

To be honest, it wasn’t quite my cuppa tea, although I am seriously interested in angel magic.  However, I would still recommend it very highly to anyone interested in angel magic and finding out more about the Fallen Angels, as it is without a doubt one of the best introductions on the subject available to date.  Its a great little book and although I found myself disagreeing with some views, I don’t regret reading it at all and won’t be passing it on either, its firmly staying in my collection.

Qabalah

The Book of Enoch

The Book of Watchers

With Introduction by Steven Ashe

Available from www.glastonburybooks.com – Lore of the Fallen Angels

Review by Soror Chamos for the Esoteric Book Review

This is a standard Book of Enoch with a short introduction by the author Steven Ashe.  It is produced as a paperback in quite a large font, making it easy to read.  At a RRP of £7.77 this is a value for money modern edition which will provide a keen student with a readable copy of the book.

For those who are unfamilar with The Book of Enoch, here is the description from Glastonbury Books’ website:

The Book of Enoch, written during the 2nd century B.C.E., is one of the most important non-canonical apocryphal works and probably had a huge influence on early Christian beliefs.
208 pages/size – 6″ x 9″

The Book of Enoch describes the fall of the Watchers who fathered the Nephilim. The fallen angels then went to Enoch to intercede on their behalf with God. The remainder of the book describes Enoch’s visit to Heaven in the form of a vision, and his revelations. The Book of Enoch, written during the second century B.C.E., is one of the most important non-canonical apocryphal works, and probably had a huge influence on early Christian, particularly Gnostic, beliefs. Filled with hallucinatory visions of heaven and hell, angels and devils, Enoch introduced concepts such as fallen angels, the appearance of a Messiah, Resurrection, a Final Judgement, and a Heavenly Kingdom on Earth. Interspersed with this material are quasi-scientific digressions on calendrical systems, geography, cosmology, astronomy, and meteorology.

Dark Archetype 
by Denise Dumars
Career Press

Reviewed by David Rankine

When I first looked at the cover of this book I was ready to cringe and dismiss it as another twee approach to the dark archetypes. Happily I was totally wrong, this is an excellent book. The book covers a wide range of dark deities – Baba Yaga, the Black Virgin, Coatlicue, Hekate, Hel, Kali, Lilith, Medusa, Oya, Anubis, Dionysos, the Grim Reaper, Loki, Lucifer, Set, Shiva, Tezcatlipoca and Volos.
There is a chapter on each of the deities, covering their myths and relevance to modern western society, and then a subsequent chapter for each looking at rituals, spells, talismans and correspondences. I would recommend this book to all pagans, as it serves that important function of making people question and look beneath the surface, and then revel in the power and wisdom that can be found through integrating the entire psyche. Read and enjoy.

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