by Kala Trobe
Llewellyn Publications, 2001
Review by Daven
Invoke the Gods is the companion book to Invoke the Goddess, also by the same author. Now, I have not read the first book at the time this review is being written, however, I have read this one through and I think I was expecting something else.
That does not diminish the information contained in this book. While the pantheons are not covered as in depth as I would like, the Gods that are presented are written on authoritatively and succinctly. I enjoyed reading about the different Gods and continued reading even when I knew that I would not get what I was looking for. It was an enjoyable read.
The basic premise is this is a mythological study of a selection of 5 to 7 gods from either the Hindu, Egyptian or Greek pantheons. The selection criteria for these gods seems to be importance to the over all pantheon, rather than the jobs they held. Instead of choosing Osiris, for example, the author chose Thoth to include due to Thoth’s job (knowledge) being more important than Osiris’ job of being the husband of Isis, genitor of Horus and God of the Dead.
Looking at this book from a Priest’s standpoint, I was expecting a book dealing with the God aspects of Wicca. What I got was a book that deals with mythology, their place in the pantheon of their culture, ways to invoke elements and aspects of their personality into your own consciousness and so on. For working with these individual deities, this is an excellent resource.
I appreciate the way Kala has related these gods to “modern man” and how she describes them. They are described in the Modern Archetypes and in the Tarot Cards so those who have different feelings on these deities can understand exactly the feeling she is trying to generate from these Gods.
My objections are minor. I think that there is a need for more gods to be described and expanded on, but I can understand why it did not happen in this tome. I feel that this is not what I thought I was or it was being presented as, namely a guide for working with the Gods in a Wiccan setting. But then again, it never was advertised as a book for Wiccans.
I DO think that this book could be improved by adding a piece stating how other Gods could be added or worked with in a similar manner. I do think that this book could be improved by dealing with the Celts and some other cultures other than the Hindus and Egyptians. That is a personal qualm, and it in no way affects the book itself.
This is a good book for a practitioner who is trying to explore the male archetype in themselves and find which God-type speaks to them. As a tome of how to summon the Gods and work with them, I think that there is probably some work that needs to be done which could improve this book. It’s a good guidepost, not the road. I give this book 3 stars out of 5 for it’s usefulness.