Friday, February 3, 2012

Random book from the stacks: The Shining Paths by Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki

The book that jumped out at me today is The Shining Paths by Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki. The subtitle(s) give a great description of what the book contains. It is 'An experiential journey through the Tree of Life. A unique collection of magical pathworking based on the thirty-two paths of the Qabalistic Tree of Life.' I have had the pleasure of meeting Dolores and attended two of her workshops. She is truly one of the last great adepts of her generation. This book highlights one of her major strong points which is creating Pathworkings. The only thing better than reading and experiencing the pathworkings she creates is actually having her there in person as a guide. The pathworkings contained in this text lead across the 22 paths between the Sephiroth and then 11 pathworkings conerning the Sephiroth themselves.

The information in this text regarding Daath alone is worth the price of the book. Daath is presented as Sephiroth in its own right, which while being true is not always taught. At least it is not taught until the student has advanced enough and has grasp of the fundamentals. Daath is a crossroads, a gateway to other dimensions. It is a said to be a higher version of Yesod, which is the sphere of illusion. I am in agreement with the author in that since it is a higher sphere, the higher the illusion.
That is but one of the actually 33 pathworkings contained within this wonderful book.

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