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.