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Published in 1935, this straddles the territory between popular and serious fiction or an attempt at it at least It is best given its rating as the former because this is not great literature but rather a fascinating insight into the sexual attitudes of a long gone era.Put to one side the casual racism and sexism and the very binary view of what it is to be a man and a woman and enjoy a romantic adventure, albeit one built on the somewhat simple sub Lawrentian and post Freudian theories of its occultist psychologist author.There is an erotic charge in at least the first third of the book and, although the romance does not quite ring true, it contains nuggets of well observed psychology some of which applies today as much to the 1930s But it is the down at heel soldier Murchison who interests most.This is a picture of a thirty something who has been given a taste of life as a berserker soldier in the Great War and been disappointed ever since, finding not a land fit for heroes but submission to harsh economic reality and a culture of sexual repression.This is the sort of man who would have swelled the ranks of national socialism if he had been born a German but he is born a Briton instead and so into a very different set of class, emotional and sexual constraints The characters of Murchison, his slightly effeminate and manipulative boss Alick Brangwyn and the confused and passive half sister Ursula Brangwyn create a sexual dynamic offset against The Winged Bull reveals hidden worlds of ritual magic without the slightest hint of pretension It is also a decent suspense story In spite of this, the novel is deeply flawed Sadly, the narrative style is far from polished The author simply tells her story rather than showing it to us through action and dial This was a romance novel that touched on some esoteric lore I had expected rather esoteric lore and less romance novel However, the story was charming, and the characters were wonderful I especially liked the Yorkshire man main character, and the scenes in the Welsh countryside I think insofar as I was expecting weirdness, perhaps Robert Anton Wilson s fantastic novels have spoiled me But this was a good read, if a tad anachronistic with regard to speech patterns and attitud Way too much emphasis on the romance, but I still enjoyed reading it Not so much the plot, but the almost arcane style and language I snagged myself a beautiful 1970 s hardback of this and will be pleased to add it to my collection None of her fiction has beat the Sea Priestess so far for me. A Wise Magician Wants To Free His Sister From An Obscene And Dangerous Ritual He Summons The Ancient Cult Of The Winged Bull To Infiltrate The Black Mass In Which She Faces The Ordeal Which Will Be Literally Worse Than Death Magical Practices And Esoteric Laws Are Described In Dramatic Form Lover, The Sea Priestess, Moon Magic And The Secrets Of Dr Taverner, As Well As Several Non Fiction Studies Of The Occult. [Reading] ➻ Muerte en Hamburgo (Jan Fabel, ➱ Craig Russell – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk The Sea Priestess [Download] ➾ Jazz Age Stories ➹ F. Scott Fitzgerald – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Moon Magic And The Secrets Of Dr Taverner !!> Read ➸ Much Obliged, Jeeves ➻ Author P.G. Wodehouse – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk As Well As Several Non Fiction Studies Of The Occult. The very beginning scenes at the British Museum are probably the best part of the whole book, sadly After that, there is never again as much mythologising, if one should use such a word, again The so called rituals propposed get talked about but not many get performed and while the book is free of much spiritualist jargon, it s a bit light on anyting else A kind of love story, with I tried but I only got through a third of the book before giving up I was confused and couldn t get a handle on what was going on I have too many books in my TBR stash to persevere This book simply wasn t for me. Amazing thriller mystery embedded with occult truths Warning This book contains a heavy dose of racism, nationalism and is definately part of the time it is set in The n word appears in a very racist portrait of the enemy s butler Germans are characterized as sheep She set the book in the gap between the Great World Wars, and presumably the attitudes were prevalent in England at the time, complete with Italian restauranteers providing comic relief My favorite line in the book is about the Welsh Do anything for you if they like you and anything to you if they don t 175 So historical context aside, and the use of a heavy duty metaphorical clothespin, the book details the redemption of Ted Muchison, an out of work WWI soldier who is discovered by his old CO bellowing for Pan outside the British Museum Colonel Brangwyn has his own problem in the form of his half sister or step sister, Ursula They been experimenting with magic rituals and her magical mate, Fouldes, shifted loyalties to the dark side The novel is heavily romantic, dealing with the tumultuous relation ship between Ursula and Ted, and the machinations of Fouldes and his handler, Astley All of these people seem to have temples in the basement, although they use them for differing aspects of the pagan gods They also appear to be wealthy, but Astley a I described this book to my girlfriend as like a YA novel, but for people who are older and sad I like the plot, which my instincts tell me was invented or less in the act of writing the book the whole business about Murchison maybe becoming a car bandit shows up out of nowhere, I like that the adorable sheepdog completely runs away with the plot for like forty pages toward the end, and I m really really well disposed toward any book wherein the climax of the action or less ends up with the villains just being kind of embarrassed that the Evil Sex Ritual they ve been working for three hundred pages to bring off with lots of hypnotism, daring abduction attempts in the Black Country of Wales, double agents, etc gets interrupted, so they call a cab for the hero and heroine and grumble about how they d rather not see them for a few days Reading this novel is kind of like reading Chris Claremont s X Men comics crossed with The House with a The Winged Bull: Occult Fiction


About the Author: Dion Fortune

Doreen Valiente.Of her non fiction works on magical subjects, the best remembered of her books are The Cosmic Doctrine, meant to be a summation of her basic teachings on mysticism The Mystical Qabalah, an introduction to Hermetic Qabalah and Psychic Self Defence, a manual on how to protect oneself from psychic attacks Though some of her writings may seem dated to contemporary readers, they have the virtue of lucidity and avoid the deliberate obscurity that characterised many of her forerunners and contemporaries.


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