by Von Braschler
Llewellyn, 2002 $14.95 US
Review by Daven
Many may be fooled, as I was, by the title of this book, thinking that it may be about when the perfect time to cast spells is. They may be expecting charts with the planetary hours, the phases of the moon and other such timing issues. But those kinds of assumptions will get you in trouble with this book.
This book deals with the concept that there is no time, or that all times are now. It explores the familiar concepts of how time is elastic, where it can be stretched and compressed, and how to do so.
There are many stories the author shares of his personal experiences with this practice. He shares stories of how he was able to help his cat and how he was able to be in two places at once as well as many other illustrative stories.
Had the author stuck to the topic of time, this would have been a short book. Instead the author goes into Astral Projection, multiple universes, remote viewing and other esoteric principals relating to time and space. All this is discussed at length along with things like the multiple bodies of the soul and the chakras. About the only thing that isn’t covered is quantum physics.
Now, what exactly these esoteric subjects have to do with time I have no clue. There are occasions when time touches on things like astral projection, but these subjects take up half the book or more. I think that this book would have been better titled as “The proof that time and space don’t really exist”.
I find it comforting to have a lot of personal theories that I have held for a long time discussed and explored in this book. There were times when I honestly thought that I was nuts for holding the beliefs that are laid out in this book. Especially since I couldn’t prove any of my claims, I simply stayed quiet about it. For this reason alone, I appreciate reading this book.
However, this book, while it is a good book to explore this specific area of study, is not really good for the beginner or the new student. It has nothing to do with Wicca or with magick. Llewellyn’s catalog lists it as a self-improvement text, and it can certainly be used as such, but I do think it’s a bit esoteric for most. It would be a good companion text for those who wish to learn more in their studies of OOBE or Transcendental Meditation. The concepts in this book would not be that out of place.
I’m giving this book 3 1/2 stars out of 5 overall. I think it is good and of use to many who are looking for confirmation of the concepts discussed. I DO NOT recommend this book under any circumstances for the beginner, as it will confuse the issue more often than not for them, which will necessitate the teacher going back and spending more time to teach them the correct way. Basically if a beginner starts with this book, it would be as though they were taking Chemistry 301 before taking basic Physical Science.
But I’m glad I have this book now. This is just one of many “Wicca 301” books that are available now, and I feel this is one of the better ones. Where “Journeys Out of the Body” leaves off, this book picks up and continues with this section of this discipline.