What I have attempted to achieve with this book is to provide a framework, an exe
This red book of magic has blown me away.
Tara states in her foreword
What I have attempted to achieve with this book is to provide a framework, an exemplar of what can be done, and how. As an old mentor once said to me, I can give you a map, but the map is not the whole territory. This is a map...
And what a map it is. The cartography of the book can (and should be) used as a template for serious practitioners seeking to connect more deeply with any cultural, heritage based godforms.
The first part of the book provides a brief history of 1) Hekate's lineage and 2) the world view of those who first set down her lineage concerning the Otherworld and its denizens. The second part of the book is devoted to Practices. In this part of the book, Tara builds a magical framework from the bones outward for those (new and experienced) who wish to work with Hekate. Tara is also generous1 in providing a wealth of practical exercises in each section that compliments the history and theory behind each subject discussed (ex. the seven Sacred Vowels). There is a lot of theory included in the book, but Tara's style of writing more as a confidant and fellow traveller instead of a university lecturer makes it easier and more enjoyable to read.
However, I cannot (at this time) attest to any of the practical exercises. Like the many other books I use in my practices, I read the book first, and now will go back to begin to use it. I am looking forward to this cycle.
1. Again from the foreword: "I have for a long time been conscious of the difficulty that exists for the newcomer, especially those who may not have access to local (and reputable) occult bookshops, moots and open circles etc." Instead of adding her voice to the bleating chorus of "when the student is ready the teacher will appear" Tara lives up to her vows and freely and gladly gifts the lessons to those who seek them and are willing to put in the hard work of seeking....more