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Out of the Shadows: An Exploration of Dark Paganism and Magick (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Mai 2001

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Reclaiming the word darkness from its evil associations, this book explores the aspects, imagery, and spirituality of darkness.

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John J. Coughlin has been involved in one aspect of the occult or another since 1984. In that time he has worked with several groups, although he primarily prefers to walk a solitary, eclectic path. Currently, John is Editor/Webmaster of the NYC Pagan Resource Guide and has created many other web-based projects for Pagans, Goths, and other specialized groups on Waning Moon's website. A relatively reclusive author in occult circles, John's other public books include Out of the Shadows: An Exploration of Dark Paganism and Magick, Liber Yog-Sothoth, and A Cthulhian Grimoire of Dream Work. His written work extends onto the Internet in his ongoing and heavily-researched study of the history and evolution of Wiccan ethics. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Von Ein Kunde am 3. Mai 2003
Format: Taschenbuch
...somebody had the guts to write a book on the "shadow"-side of paganism...or life-paths in general.
I can't tell you how fed up I am with the current "fluffy-bunny"-disease which seems to "flood" the wiccan/pagan scene. The author does a good and sensitive job to outline that to be a dark-sider does not necessarily imply one is an "evil person". In contrast he shows that to follow the extreme white and light path can also be dangerous for the individual and that what we should be striving for is the balance between the two. This idea of "balance" is nothing new on the new-age-market but nonetheless what is so special about Coughlin's book is the perspective out of which it is written. Between the lines you can almost sense the author's dedication to the shadowy realms and he does not shy away from topics many Wiccans/Pagans and outsiders are trying to evade. The book is divided into two parts, the first dealing with what is darkness all about, what it means to walk the dark-path and which type of people you might meet "in the scene" (gothic, vampyre, LARPs. BDSM...). The second part describes the mechanics behind magic, the way it works (or not). But: this book does not contain any ritual or collection of how-to-recipees - the reader is expected to become creative him/herself, creativity in fact being one of the main features of a dark-sider.
So, all in all I think Coughlin has done a great job.... I do hope, that another volume of his work will follow soon.
And what I hope even more is, that every Pagan/Wiccan reads this book with an open-mind to re-evaluate his/her own belief-system.
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It is a sad truth that during the last few decades many in the Neo-Pagan movement have drifted away from the idea of balance and the forces of nature just being and have fallen back in the Judeo-Christian-Islamic trap of light and darkness being equated with good and evil.
The author offers us a chance to look within ourselves and learn to accept the "darker" parts. He has a balanced outlook that acceptance does not necessarily mean over indulging or giving oneself totally over to these darker portions, rather that the acceptance and harnessing thereof can and does lead to personal empowerment.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Awesome! A must Read! 3. November 2002
Von Shepen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I learned about the existence of this book just as I was desparing that there were no good intermediate or advanced pagan books out there. "Out of the Shadows" was everything I was looking for and more. As someone who has long been attracted to dieties with darker, less nurturing aspects like Sekhmet, Kali, and Coyote, I agree that this book was much needed in presenting paganism without the "good vs. bad" dualism. The left hand path is often misunderstood, and I think this book is a wonderful introduction to it. It is a very psychological, thought provoking view. One will find no pre-made spells or rituals here; Coughlin explores the philosophy and mechanics of magic to help you understand why they work. -Quite a liberating thing!
It is also a joy to read; I really enjoyed the conversational style of writing that Coughlin used. He defines and clarifies several aspects of dark spirituality/goth subculture that I would not normally have read about, such as Vampirism and Satanism. He also goes into depth about subjects that would never see the light of day in other books: blood, pain, insanity, sex magic, curses, and drugs. Always there, though, is a reminder of the need for balance and responsibility. The final chapter on haunting was superb; it made sense of the hauntings that I have experienced and caused me to see them in a new way. This book tops my list of favorite pagan books; I reccomend it to everyone who can handle the subject matter and wants a full course meal in magic.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Dark Paganism from Out of the Shadows 21. Mai 2005
Von Jaratura G. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
In Out of The Shadows, author John J. Coughlin trys to

rebuild the balance 'Light Paganism' has created. He

gives an easy and understandable description of what

the Darkness and 'Dark Paganism' actually are. Though

the focus of this book is 'Dark Paganism', the author in

no way tries to deny or degrade Light Paganism. In

fact, Coughlin actually describes it's benefits and

necessities in modern paganism.

In his explanation of the Darkness, Coughlin gives

information on "dark siders" including the Gothic and

Vampiric Sub-Culture. He gives a clear and understandable explanation of "The Shadow" in psychological terms, as well as symbols, images, and archetypes associated with darkness. I found the section on dark deities to be especially interesting,

where Coughlin offers information on specific deities

from various pantheons including Celtic,Egyptian,

Greek, and Hindu.

Part Two is an explanation of the nature and structure of magick. This section explains how and why magick works as well as it's limitations and psychological factors. Coughlin takes you through each step of the

spellcasting process by describing what and how to conduct ritual. This section also contains information on psychic abilities, chaos magick, and sex magick.

Out of The Shadows is really two books in one.

It is and exploration of Dark Paganism, but it is also

a guide to magick. Because so many books are focused

on Light Paganism, this text is truly ground breaking.

This book does an excellent job of providing the

seeker with the proper tools to explore yourself. It's

goal is to suggest, if not test, you to personalize

your belief system. You will learn the truth about the Darkness and Dark Paganism. It was an excellent read and I'd

highly recommend it to all Pagans.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent book that will get you thinking 20. September 2004
Von Taylor Ellwood - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
What I like about this book is the author's upfront honesty. this is a book about magickal theory and exploring your dark side. The author never sets out to do a book that's focused on practice. He wants you to critically think and explore the concepts that he touches on, but in a manner that I believe gives a lot of respect to the reader.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent exploration of an all too often taboo subject 15. September 2005
Von Joe McGinnis - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Like the title and introduction of the book says, this is an exploration of dark paganism, magic, and also other darksiders in general. Written by a man whose personal aesthetics have been interwoven into his personal spirituality, he has a unique perspective.

There are numerous topics explored in this book, and the author rightly says in the introduction that each could have filled several chapters or even a whole book! It's an introduction and primer, and highly recommended to all Pagans and Wiccans to gain a deeper and more balanced understanding.
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It's best to also keep in mind that while the issue of balance within earth-based pagan paths, especially Wicca, is emphasized; the book is about Dark Paganism. To paraphrase the author, balance does not always mean equal. Such is the case with this book. Beyond challenging us to personalize our paths and to bring back balance, the book's focus is to prime the reader on the darker side.

Personally I found the best parts of this book to be the chapter on the Shadow, the exploring of emanations such as "auras" (free of New Age influence), a pagan/nature-based look at ghosts and a refreshing take on possessions and hauntings. But the best is saved for the second half, the chapters on magic theory. By far the best I've seen, it's both powerful and simple.

Run a search on the author: his website has a preview to the book. Also, if you liked the book and want to go a little further the website has more beyond the pages! Including: essays by several authors, a list of recommended books (very excellent if a bit short in this reviewers not-too-humble opinion), and links to other resources.

I hope that this review has helped those it can, and I wish all you seekers a pleasant day.
11 von 12 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen A refreshing change 10. Oktober 2001
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I admit I expected the author to have an attitude that would put me off so I was very surprised to find the book so well presented. I very much enjoyed the author's wit and clear discourse on the topics.

I especially liked how the author stressed the importance of balance but that each of us can find our OWN balance based on our personal taste. As the author says, balance is not necessarily equality or neutrality. Each path can find balance within itself.

The second section on magic was also very informative and useful as well. Unlike most books, instead of listing spells and rituals, the author explains what makes them work so that we can design our own or tweak existing ones to work better for us.

This book is strongly recommended for ANYONE who is either attracted to the concepts of "darkness" or who are pagan and want a more well-balanced approach to their spirituality. The author has some related articles on darkpagan.com for those interested.

I wish there were more books like this!! You could tell the author really had a passion for his work.
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