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Both Sides of Heaven: Essays on Angels, Fallen Angels and Demons

by Sorita d'Este (Editor)

Other authors: Emily Carding (Contributor), Dan Harms (Contributor), Melissa Harrington (Contributor), Michael Howard (Contributor), Kim Huggens (Contributor)4 more, Aaron Leitch (Contributor), Julia Phillips (Contributor), David Rankine (Contributor), Stephen Skinner (Contributor)

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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. List of Contributions: Introduction - A Host of Winged Messengers - Sorita d'Este (editor) 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 The Face in the Mirror - Charlotte Rodgers Between Gods and Men - Kim Huggens Loving Lilith - Melissa Harrington Zoroastrian Angels and Demons - Payam Nabarz As these essays demonstrate, Angels have been with us for many thousands of years, and their influence continues to be felt as strongly today as it ever was… (more)
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This book consists of a collection of essays dealing with the mythology of angels/demons and traditional methods of summoning said entities. The list of contributors reads as a who's who in the occult world with many respectable names present. But, like most collections, it had the good, the bad, and the ugly. Make no mistake; this book does NOT deal with the contemporary view of angels as feathery-winged guardians who sit on one's shoulder and look after them. On the contrary, the book deals with angels as they are portrayed biblically (and from texts of other Abrahamic religions and pagan beliefs), that is, as not-so-nice creatures who smite people and lay waste to whole civilizations. Demons, according to tradition, are usually even worse, only typically less powerful.

The book includes large amount of angelic/demonic mythology which I was previously unaware. However, after the 12th essay or so some of the mythology gets somewhat repetitive, right down to authors using the same quotes. You can't really fault the authors, as they didn't know what other contributors would include, but the editors should have been more selective over what was covered. There were a couple essays that amounted to nearly the same thesis.

Many of the contributors are practitioners of various forms of goetia and/or methods of theurgy, such as Enochian magick. However, just because you may be a skilled occultist doesn't mean you're also a good writer. One or two of the essays were pretty clunky and a tad painful to read, regardless of the author's obvious extensive knowledge on the subject. That said, some of the essays were fantastic and very eye-opening, such as the ones by Michael Howard, Daniel Harms, and Stephen Skinner. It's too bad these good ones had to be tempered by other mediocre efforts.

Further, many of the essays were far too short. Just as the author seemed to be getting into the meat of a subject he/she would conclude prematurely, I presume due to editorial restraints. This book could easily have been twice the size. If page count is an issue, perhaps the editors should have narrowed down the number of contributors in favor of more in-depth essays? ( )
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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. List of Contributions: Introduction - A Host of Winged Messengers - Sorita d'Este (editor) 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 The Face in the Mirror - Charlotte Rodgers Between Gods and Men - Kim Huggens Loving Lilith - Melissa Harrington Zoroastrian Angels and Demons - Payam Nabarz As these essays demonstrate, Angels have been with us for many thousands of years, and their influence continues to be felt as strongly today as it ever was

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