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Alchemically Stoned by P.D. Newman

Today I would like to introduce you to a very special book: “Alchemically stoned” – The Psychedelic Secret of Freemasonry. Its author is P.D. Newman, who is himself a Master Mason and a 32° Mason from North Mississippi. Now, you have probably heard rumors of all kinds regarding Masonic secrets. And if you are a Mason yourself you know what the Masonic secret really means. But – psychedelic secret, that sounds new. Well, Brother Newman starts from one of the very important symbols used in Freemasonry worldwide, the sprig of Acacia. And he lets us know that this tree contains DMT. Taking it from there this book tells us about the vast usage of entheogens – plant entheogens as opposed to artificial drugs – within spirituality. It is a fascinating story that P.D. Newman takes us on, from Count Cagliostro’s Memphis-Misraim rite through the Mysteries of Eleusis, from the Rosicrucians to the masonically inspired orders of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Brother Newman speaks about those substances with a certain authority: he has studied and where legally possible also practiced the use of entheogens and their roles in different cultures, religions and indigenous societies.

This book is an exciting tour through the history of Masonry up to our days on a subject that I also admit was completely new to me. But when you know what for example certain kinds of frankincense used in churches and religious rite can have by opening your consciousness, it seems obvious that a clearly defined use of those substances triggers new spiritual experiences, and this also in masonry. And this gives indeed a completely new meaning to the symbol of the Acacia.

This book opens new territory, is very well written and could be a perfect gift for any Mason who is spiritually interested and may have already so many books about the Craft – there is a chance that this subject is also new to him.

And as author P.D. Newman puts it himself in the first chapter of this book: The reader is therefore asked to maintain an open – if skeptical – mind.

Very interesting read indeed – go and get it!

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Two Books by Gwendolyn Womack

Today I would like to present to you two books by the same author, Gwendolyn Womack. Gwendolyn is American, born in Texas and currently resides in Los Angeles. Her life has brought her places, among others she also lived in Japan for some time. The two...

Liz Worth – Going beyond the Little White Book

Going beyond the Little White Book is the title of a book by Liz Worth, published through Lulu a little less than a year ago. The subtitle tells you more clearly what Liz wants to tell us: A contemporary Guide to Tarot. The little white book that is mentioned in the...

Virgil – The Spirit of Magic

“The Spirit of Magic” was published in May 2017 by Falcon Books Publishing. Its author goes by the pseudonym of Virgil, and as a subtitle he gives us “Rediscovering the Heart of our Sacred Art”. Virgil, who seems to live in America, has come across occultism quite...

Ray del Sole – The Path of the Mystic

This book by Falcon Books Publishing was issued in 2016 and is called "The Path of the Mystic", authored by Ray del Sole, also a writer using a pseudonym. He lives in Germany, near Frankfurt, works as a Naturopath for Psychotherapy and as a Spiritual healer and is an...

The Book of Gates – A Magical Translation

When I get a new book written by Josephine McCarthy in my hands, I must admit that I am a bit positively biased. I have enjoyed everything that she published so far. And when I opened the Book of Gates for the first time I knew that this would just be another addition...

Craig Weightman – A Journey in Stone

This smallish book with its 200 pages by British Author Craig Weightman, and published by Lewis Masonic, is another book that wants to help the reader in his or her path of personal development by using many of the symbols that Masonry suggests, but it is aimed more...

Alan Richardson – The Lightbearer

The Lightbearer is set in 1944, during the Allied invasion of Normandy, its protagonist is Michael Horsett, member of the 101st airborne division. He is parachuted into France then occupied by the Nazis before D-Day in order to illuminate the dropping zone. What so...

Peter Mark Adams – The Game of Saturn

The Game of Saturn Decoding the Sola-Busca tarocchi by Peter Mark Adams Scarlet Imprint www.scarletimprint.com A large hardbound, heavy book, printed and bound in a wonderfully bibliophile way, on thick paper that has a perfect touch when you hold it. Having heard...

Julian Vayne – Getting Higher

Getting Higher The Manual of Psychedelic Ceremony by Julian Vayne Psychedelic Press, ISBN 978-0-9928088-7-7 www.psychedelicpress.co.uk I admit that I personally have very little experience with the use of psychedelic drugs. So at first I asked myself if I would be the...