By David Michael Cunningham
With Taylor Elwood and Amanda Wagener
Egregore Publishing, 2003, $16.95 US
Review by Erin
I wish I had this book about 10 years ago; I could have avoided a lot of trial and error learning on my part.
It’s not often that a book can make me wish that. This is one. I found the information in this book to be nearly priceless. I’ve been creating and using magickal entities for some time now, I just didn’t call them that. I called them “splinters” or “friends” or “spirits”, from the information I read they fulfilled all the definitions of an entity that you can name.
What more can I say? This book is packed full of a lot of common sense information about creating an entity and about taking care of it once you have it created. The book goes into depth about why you would want to create an entity, how to do so with a minimum of effort, how to keep feeding it so that it continues to work, what to do with it once you decide you don’t need it anymore and a whole lot more.
This isn’t written from the perspective of a person who is giving recipes, it is written by someone who has actually gone into the æthers and worked with all the chaotic energies to make a servitor or an entity to do his bidding. He also has had these backfire on him, die, disappear and work spectacularly, and those adventures are shared in detail. By seeing his mistakes and his triumphs, I was better able to understand how to make my entities work.
The book had a curious side effect on me as well. It caused connections and sparks of inspiration in my mind, pushing my own experience to the limits. I was able to “see” things that I had missed in other cases, make connections between A and 3.1415 without having seen that connection before. It is a very rare book that can do that.
The only quibble I have with this is that the chapters are so short. I understand that David didn’t have a lot of room to go really deeply in depth on some of this material, but he did go into it deeply enough that I was able to follow things. There are times however when I longed to have more information, a further “conversation” if you will.
I would HIGHLY suggest that you get a copy of this book if you want your magickal work to take on a whole new level, and to work well even when you aren’t in a ritual. I know that I was inspired to do more with less energy in my workings.
All in all, I give this book a 5 of 5 stars. Yes, it’s that good. I honestly had to work to find something to critique, and for me that’s saying something.
Originally posted 2009-11-15 03:37:26. Republished by Blog Post Promoter