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The Atum-Re Revival |
Author: Melusine Draco [a Witchvox Sponsor]
Publisher: Axis Mundi Books (John Hunt Publishing)
Category: MB&S Level: All
The Story Behind …
The Atum-Re Revival by Melusine Draco
Every book has a story behind the story of how it came to be written. It may be about a life-long passion, a personal journey, the need to share an experience or knowledge. It may have been fermenting in the brain for years, or sprung fully formed from a blinding epiphany. Whether it be fact or fiction, sometimes the story behind the story is almost as interesting as the published book itself …
The Atum-Re Revival: Ancient Egyptian Wisdom for the Modern World by Melusine Draco
When ignotus press ceased publishing in 2013 it meant that these books on the Egyptian Mystery Tradition– Liber Ǣgyptius, the Egyptian Book of Days and the Egyptian Bok of Nights - were no longer available in print. The interest in the religion and spirituality of the Egyptians, however, is always with us as people begin to realise that it is possible to follow this ancient belief in the 21st century, so it was decided to revamp these publications to demonstrate that what is the oldest recorded belief system in the world (having just entered its sixth millennia) , can still teach us how to live in both earthly and cosmic harmony. But first, I needed to put things into some sort of perspective …
The modern, abstract cover design instead of traditional artwork immediately suggests that The Atum-Re Revival : Ancient Egyptian Wisdom for the Modern World is going to offer a different approach to ancient Egypt. As one Axis Mundi reader said: “A really well written, interesting and knowledgeable book; having quite an interest in the Egyptian Mystery Tradition, I found this to be an extremely solid and informative text. I have studied a little Egyptian magic, but this book is fascinating and goes much further than anything I have previously read.”
And since an authentic calendar underpins all established religion, I decided to incorporate The Egyptian Book of Days into the text because this had been compiled from various authentic Greek and Demotic Magical Papyri lodged in the British Museum, the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, the Staarliche Museum in Berlin and the Rijksmuseum in Leiden; the Sallier Papyrus IV and The Cairo Calendar currently lodged in the British and Cairo Museums. The calendar lists the names of the deities whose anniversaries take place on every day of the year including special spells (prayers) that were devised for the protection on certain ‘unlucky’ days. Every day was considered to have some magical significance, which caused it to be ‘good, bad, or partly good and partly bad’. By consulting these lists of lucky and unlucky days, each individual could protect himself and his family against the danger of the day.
It was also necessary to explain just how much ancient Egyptian customs and philosophy have influenced Western European culture and metaphysics right up to the 21st century; which is all part of the teaching that is reflected within the Temple of Khem and the modern approach to the Egyptian Mysteries. As an Initiate of the Khemetic Mysteries and Principal of the Temple of Khem I believe that by viewing the Egyptian Mystery Tradition as a continuing and expanding faith, with its own temple calendar, established history and ‘futuristic’ thinking, it is possible to see that this very ancient wisdom has a very positive place in the modern world. See: www.templeofkhem.com for more information.
An interest in the magic, religion and spirituality of the ancient Egyptians continues to increase steadily as people begin to realise that it is possible to follow this ancient tradition in the 21st century. The Egyptian religion is the oldest recorded belief system in the world, having just entered its sixth millennium - and it still can still teach us how to live today in both earthly and cosmic harmony.
"A really well written, interesting and knowledgeable book. Having quite an interest in the Egyptian Mystery Tradition, I found this to be an extremely solid and informative text. Well structured, and excellent detail, it does a really good job of explaining a very complex and complicated subject in a reader friendly and accessible way. I like how the author explores the connections and aspects of the Egyptian Mysteries in other belief/mystery systems such as the Kabbalah and Extraterrestrial life. I also like the practical advice, the exercises and the Invocations. There is much here to appeal to anyone at all interested in the Egyptian Mysteries." Krystina Kellingley
"I really like this. Another great book from Melusine. I have studied a little Egyptian magic, but this book is fascinating and goes much further than anything I have previously read. Well written and honest is doesn’t pretend to be the original Egyptian magic, but a modern take on it, based as far as possible on ancient magical principles. This is my favourite approach to magic. I would certainly buy it. Educational but accessible there is plenty in the book for the magical practitioner, but also it is a good grounding for those about to embark on an Egyptian Mysteries based pathway. As usual, there are lots of exercises and tips included." Maria Moloney
"I found this book easy to read and the language easy to follow despite it not following the usual trend of popular Egyptomania. For anyone interested in following the beliefs and magical practices of ancient Egypt, it makes more sense than other books I've read. It enables the ‘lay person’ to understand the religion and the differences between the many dynasties and deities. Much better than anything else I've read." Martha Grey Temple of Khem
Author's Notes: Mélusine Draco originally trained in the magical arts of traditional British Old Craft with Bob and Mériém Clay-Egerton. She has been a magical and spiritual instructor for over 20 years with Arcanum and the Temple of Khem, and writer of numerous popular books on traditional witchcraft and ritual magic. Further details of her highly individualistic teaching methods and writing can be found at melusinedracoattempleofkhem.blogspot.com/ or www.covenofthescales.com
Her Traditional Witchcraft series is published by Moon Books, an imprint of John Hunt Publishing: Traditional Witchcraft for Urban Living, Traditional Witchcraft for the Seashore Traditional Witchcraft for Fields and Hedgerows and Traditional Witchcraft for Woods and Forests. The Dictionary of Mystery & Magic, and By Spellbook & Candle: Cursing, Hexing, Bottling & Binding are now available from Amazon.
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