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A Tale of Alchemy and Magic|
Hermes Beckons, A Tale of Alchemy and Magic
Author: John Caris
Publisher: Westgate House
Category: mystic occult Level: All
Description of story: Ralph Garland, a semi-retired magician recovering from a serious illness, embarks on a quest to discover the secrets hidden in Hermes’ craft. His research branches into diverse religious traditions, including the Neolithic goddess religion. He journeys beyond the veil and initiates a response from the spirit realm. Many strange experiences occur as he progresses in his alchemical studies and finally emerges through the portal of mysteries as conventionality disintegrates. In fear of losing his mind he opens his heart to his friend and love Shasta Garland, who is writing a new novel in her on-going detective series, one that will apply the theme of magic. She supports him in the healing process, and her nurturing strengthens his resolve to attain his mystical aspirations by producing a magical presentation of alchemy: The Alchemical Light Show. Together the couple evolve toward a spiritual healing and bonding.
Hermes Beckons is a novel of ideas—thought-provoking and unsettling.
Chapters 1 and 2 are online for your reading pleasure.
Reviews: Praise for Hermes Beckons
“For a playful romp in a fictional setting, this is a good one.”—The Linking Ring
“It's a book for a person who likes the broad use of our written language; who relishes the challenges of philosophical questions; and who appreciates the way the pattern in the fabric of life continues past his own eyes and touches many other spots of color and design.
“Hermes Beckons [is] a deep book, and I have some magic friends who would look forward to reading it a second time.” —M-U-M
“Caris is extremely knowledgeable not only about the supernatural, but also the world of magical entertainment. . . . we found the book interesting and intriguing.” —Oracle Magic Magazine
“Those who do feel akin to his outlook will find the book fascinating reading. Caris is a gifted writer and knows how to make words better than pictures.”—Magicol
Author's Notes: John Caris has been a college teacher for thirty-six years, thirty-three of them at City College of San Francisco, where he taught Humanities and English. He has published three books: Hermes Beckons, A Tale of Alchemy and Magic, is his most recent publication. His earlier books are Foundation for a New Consciousness, An Essay on Art, Science, and Meditation, and Reality Inspector, a novel set in San Francisco involving a world championship chess match and computer hacking at the Federal Reserve bank. He is now working on a new novel.
Where To Buy: send check or money order payable in US dollars to John Caris, 56 Westgate Drive, San Francisco, CA 94127 or visit Ye Olde Consciousness Shoppe (http://westgatehouse.com) to order through PayPal. Please add $3.00 for shipping by media mail in the US. Please inquire about shipping costs outside the US.
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