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Monday, October 27, 2008

Sacred Paths for Modern Men by Dagonet Dewr

Sacred Paths for Modern Men: A Wake Up Call from Your 12 Archetypes by Dagonet Dewr. Woodbury, Minnesota: Llewellyn Publications, 2007. ISBN: 978-0-7387-1252-9

I was going to try and write four quickie nonfiction entries, but a couple of them (not this one so much, but some that are to follow) kind of got away from me. I find it difficult to stop short on these kinds of more serious books. So I'm going to post them individually.

This first one continues in the tradition of Iron Men, which I reviewed almost a year ago. However, this book takes the specific viewpoint of a modern pagan, someone who believes “Magick,” and witchcraft as a religion. Each section of the book includes a ritual, liturgy—if you will—for embracing some stage in a man's sacred and emotional development.

The 12 archetypes that the book describes are the divine child, the lover, the warrior, the trickster, the green man, the guide, the craftsman, the magician, the destroyer, the king, the healer, and the sacrificed one.

Even if you aren't a pagan, professing or otherwise, the wisdom of these archetypes can speak to you. If you are sympatico with the “Mankind Project,” interested in exploring the “Divine Masculine,” or if you appreciated Iron John, you will probably find much of interest here as well.

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