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2005 Library:
Holland's Grimoire of Magickal Correspondences
by Eileen Holland

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Home of the Gods
by Hugh Fox

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Secret Societies Of The Middle Ages
by Thomas Keightley

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Secrets of the Magical Grimoires
by Aaron Leitch

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Pronoia Is The Antidote For Paranoia
by Rob Brezsny

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Sorcerer's Stone: A Beginner's Guide to Alchemy
by Dennis William Hauck

Interview

Sacred Mushroom of Visions
edited by Ralph Metzner

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Ghosthunting Illinois
by John B. Kachuba

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Uriel
by Richard Webster

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Fall Lineup from Ghost House Books
Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters AND The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits
by Rosemary Ellen Guiley

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Llewellyn Almanacs published by Llewellyn Publications
Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife
by Mary Roach

Interview   Published within the last six months.

The Mystic Christ
by Ethan Walker

Interview

The Fog
by Rob MacGregor and Bruce Gernon

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head AND How Parvati Won the Heart of Shiva
by Harish Johari and Vatsala Sperling

Official Ghostvillage.com review

House of Spirits and Whispers
by Annie Wilder

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Well Worn Path
By Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Mysteries of Mithras
by Payam Nabarz

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Spiritualism & Clairvoyance for Beginners
by Elizabeth Owens

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Advancing The Witches' Craft
by Lord Foxglove

Interview   Published within the last six months.

The Book of Hindu Imagery
by Eva Rudy Jansen

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Attunements For Day and Night, Rolfing in Motion, and Ritual Drumming
From Destiny Recordings

Ghostvillage.com audio review   Published within the last six months.

Forbidden History
Edited by J. Douglas Kenyon

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Postmodern Magic
by Patrick Dunn

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Encyclopedia of Haunted Places
Edited by Jeff Belanger

Interview   Published within the last six months.

The Hand from A to Z
by Judith Hipskind Collins

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Offering To Isis
by M. Isidora Forrest

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Advancing The Witches' Craft
by Lord Foxglove

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The Temple Of Shamanic Witchcraft
by Christopher Penczak

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Women of the Golden Dawn
by Mary K. Greer

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Abrahadabra: Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thelemic Magick
by Rodney Orpheus

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Holy Books of Thelema
by Aleister Crowley

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Atlantis AND Lemuria and Atlantis
by Shirley Andrews

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Douglas De Long interview by Lee Prosser
Interview

Kitchen Witch's Guide to Brews and Potions
by Patricia Telesco

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Trespassing Time
by Barbara J. Baldwin, Jerri Garretson, Linda Madl, and Sheri L. McGathy

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Book of the Law
by Aleister Crowley

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Awakening Kundalini For Health, Energy, and Consciousness, Sounds of the Chakras, and Sacred Sounds of Santeria
Ghostvillage.com audio review

Beyond Reincarnation
by Joe H. Slate, Ph.D.

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Taking Up The Runes
by Diana Paxson

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Coyote Wisdom
by Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona, M.D., Ph.D.

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Mystery of Reincarnation
by J. Allan Danelek

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Art of the Pendulum
by Cassandra Eason

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Ancient Healing Techniques
by Douglas De Long

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Healing Herbs and Health Foods of the Zodiac
by Ada Muir

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Autumn Equinox
by Ellen Dugan

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The Serpent Myths of Ancient Egypt
by William Ricketts Cooper

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Speak with the Dead
by Konstantinos

Official Ghostvillage.com review

The Gospel of Thomas
by Jean-Yves Leloup

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Exploring The Northern Tradition
by Galina Krasskova

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The Discovery of the Nag Hammadi Texts
by Jean Doresse

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New Chakra Healing
by Cyndi Dale

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Possible Fatal
by Joanie Thurston with Wally Johnston

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Magickal Mermaids And Water Creatures
by D. J. Conway

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Gnostic Philosophy
by Tobias Churton

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Correllian Wicca
by Rev. Donald Lewis

Official Ghostvillage.com review

The Book of Ordinary Oracles
by Lon Milo DuQuette

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A Witch's Notebook
by Silver RavenWolf

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The Golden Builders
by Tobias Churton

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Gabriel
by Richard Webster

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Shamanic Wisdom in the Pyramid Texts
by Jeremy Naydler

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Buckland's Book of Spirit Communications
by Raymond Buckland

Official Ghostvillage.com review

The Drummer's Path
by Sule Greg Wilson

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Encyclopedia of Natural Magic
by John Michael Greer

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Weird Illinois
by Troy Taylor

Interview   Published within the last six months.

Cathedral of the Black Madonna
by Jean Markale

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Pyramid of Fire: The Lost Aztec Codex
by John Major Jenkins and Martin Matz

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The Druids: Celtic Priests of Nature
by Jean Markale

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Communicating With the Dead
by Jeff Belanger

Interview   Published within the last six months.

Geomancy: A Method for Divination
by Franz Hartmann

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Queen of the Night
by Sharynne MacLeod NicMhacha

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The Archidoxes of Magic
by Paracelsus

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Hara: The Vital Center of Man
by Karlfried Graf Durckheim

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Being A Pagan
by Ellen Evert Hopman and Lawrence Bond

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Witch on the Go
by Cal Garrison

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The Rosicrucians
by Christopher McIntosh

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Occult Investigator
by Bob Johnson

Official Ghostvillage.com review

The Celestial Key to the Vedas
by B. G. Sidharth

Official Ghostvillage.com review

The Secret Teachings of Plants
by Stephen Harrod Buhner

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High Magick
by Frater U.:D.:

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The Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy
by Henry Cornelius Agrippa

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A Wiccan Formulary and Herbal
by A. J. Drew

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Keys to the Kingdom
by Migene Gonzalez-Wippler

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The Pagan Dream of the Renaissance
by Joscelyn Godwin

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The Myths and Gods of India
by Alain Danilou

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Magic Of The Celtic Gods And Goddesses
by Carl McColman and Kathryn Hinds

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People Who Don't Know They're Dead
by Gary Leon Hill

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Kaili's Odiyya, Kali, and Eternally Bad (three reviews)
Official Ghostvillage.com review

Gnosis of the Cosmic Christ
by Tau Malachi

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Pregnant Darkness
by Monika Wikman

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Cape Encounters
by Dan Gordon and Gary Joseph

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Bushman Shaman
by Bradford Keeney

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The Arcana of Freemasonry
by Albert Churchward

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Shiva: The Wild God of Power and Ecstasy
by Wolf-Dieter Storl

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Buckland's Book of Saxon Witchcraft
by Raymond Buckland

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Custodians of Truth
by Tim Wallace-Murphy and Marilyn Hopkins

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Kabbalah 365
by Gershon Winkler - author interview

Interview   Published within the last six months.

A Druid's Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year
by Ellen Evert Hopman

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Mastering Astral Projection
by Robert Bruce and Brian Mercer

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John Dee: 1527-1608
by Charlotte Fell Smith

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Magic Mushrooms in Religion and Alchemy
by Clark Heinrich

Official Ghostvillage.com review

The Magical and Ritual Use of Herbs
by Richard Alan Miller

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Gothic Ghost Stories by A. S. Mott; Ghost Stories of London by Edrick Thay; Victorian Ghost Storiesby Jo-Anne Christensen
Official Ghostvillage.com review

Witchcraft Medicine
by Claudia Muller-Ebeling, Christian Ratsch, and Wolf-Dieter Storl

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Ritual Magic of the Golden Dawn edited
by Francis King

Official Ghostvillage.com review

The Magick Toolbox
by Carl Neal

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Solitary Wiccan's Bible
by Gavin and Yvonne Frost

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Irish Witchcraft from an Irish Witch
by Lora O'Brien

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Magical Uses For Magnets
by Draja Mickaharic

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San Diego Paranormal: The City's Most Haunted
Interview   Published within the last six months.

Alchemy of the Soul
by Martin Lowenthal

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Candle Magic for Beginners
by Richard Webster

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Kabbalistic Healing
by Jason Shulman

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Haunted Battlefields
by Dan Asfar AND Haunted Cemeteries
by Edrick Thay

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Yoga: Anytime, Anywhere
by Carol Blackman and Elise Browning Miller

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The Gospel Of Philip
by Jean-Yves Leloup

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Becoming Psychic
by Stephen Kierulff and Stanley Krippner

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Amulets: Sacred Charms of Power and Protection
by Sheila Paine

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Which Witch Is Which?
by Patricia Telesco

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.





February 28, 2005

Kabbalah 365: Daily Fruit from the Tree of LifeKabbalah 365: Daily Fruit from the Tree of Life
By Gershon Winkler
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (August 2004)
Pages: 373 - Price: $16.95

Interview by Jeff Belanger - info@ghostvillage.com
Ghostvillage.com author interview

Rabbi Gershon Winkler is the author of a dozen books on Jewish folklore, theology, and mysticism. He's the co-founder of the Walking Stick Foundation, a non-profit group based in northwestern New Mexico, devoted to recovering aboriginal, earth-honoring spirituality. He's a renowned scholar and has been called a "stand-up theologian" by the Tallahassee Democrat -- you'll realize it's a title that fits if you ever get the pleasure to speak with him. Ghostvillage.com interviewed Rabbi Winkler about his latest book, Kabbalah 365: Daily Fruit from the Tree of Life.

You were born the son and grandson of very religious rabbis in Denmark. What made you change course and explore the shamanic and more esoteric roots of Judaism?

Gershon Winkler: Read my book: Travels with the Evil Inclination -- it's all in there. That's why I wrote it. So people won't keep asking me this question. At the tail end of the story, I end up moving to the wilderness where my Judaic learning and practice became re-inspired and re-shaped by the experience of living with no neighbors other than trees, rocks, mountains, and skunks. After a while, you begin to realize that God is nondenominational and Creation is replete with mystery camouflaged by foliage and striped stink bombs whose pastime is rummaging through your cabin while you're bathing below the clifftop in an icy rushing creek with biodegradable soap that smells worse. At that point, you begin to re-examine all those ancient and early-medieval writings about the magic of animals, the mystery of plants, the wonders of rock spirits, and how you can't truly commune with the Creator unless you also do so in the language of birds and hill tops.

Why did you form the Walking Stick Foundation?

Gershon Winkler: I wanted very much to share this sorely-neglected body of Jewish wisdom that's gone underground over centuries of censorship and oppression by cultures that hosted my exiled, scattered people. I felt it was time to come out of our closet, just as it is time for Wiccans to come out, and Native Americans who, only in the last three decades, have been allowed to restore their primal ways.

Today the term "Kabbalah" is being thrown around quite a bit -- from Hollywood celebrity t-shirts to New Agers who incorporate some of its principles along with many other traditions. What does Kabbalah mean to you?

Gershon Winkler: Gosh, I sure can use some of that dough from those celebrity folks, but I am not willing to commercialize this very ancient and sacred mystery wisdom. Kabbalah is a Hebraic word that literally translates as: "A Receiving." This implies so much the opposite of what some so-called Kabbalah programs propagate, a particular "system" or some kind of mystical science etched in stone. On the contrary, you are then not receiving but feeding. Receiving means just that, being so open to the magic of the ordinary experiences of being in life, in your body, in your environment, the earth. The teachings are as varied as they are old, varying with each "school," each inspired by an experience or several experiences of being here on this wondrous planet, emanating from being open to receive the gifts of wisdom and depth of Beingness that is available to us all if we leave our ears on and our eyes open. Being visually or audio impaired is no excuse either. Several of our greatest Kabbalists were blind. We never referred to them that way, though; we instead called them "saggei n'ho'ra," which is Aramaic for "Perceiver of the River," referring to the mysterious River of Light, or Fire, referred to often in the Kabbalah. Kabbalah dares us to step beyond the known into the often intimidating realm of the unknown, to see into the unseen, to hear in the flap of a raven's wings the communication of the raven's spirit. Kabbalah is the act of being open to possibility, to the realization that nothing is what it seems, and everything is more than it is cracked up to be. Every aboriginal spiritual tradition has this body of wisdom, this way of being, and we just happen to give it this name Kabbalah.

Kabbalah 365 is full of 365 great nuggets for living life. Words of wisdom from wise old sages -- some who passed away many centuries ago. What was your biggest challenge in compiling this collection?

Gershon Winkler: Locating hundreds of such teachings with which I'd been familiar from studying many years ago or from oral traditions in which I'd been marinated over the decades. I could have finished the book in a day or two had I simply left out the sources. But it felt extremely important to me to include the sources since most of these teachings would be otherwise met with skepticism by people unfamiliar with the more aboriginal language of Judaism, which would be most people, Jews and non-Jews alike. They would be reading something like, the spirits of animals communicate through the sounds that animals make, or each of the four directions has an animal assigned to it, as well as a color akin to those of the Native Americans, and a spirit as well -- and the response would surely be something like "He's disguising Native American stuff as Jewish." This is something I am often accused of, until I take out the old Hebrew or Aramaic Jewish texts and actually show the sources. This is what I do in the book and it took a lot of re-examining and going to special Jewish libraries to re-examine old manuscripts or microfilms thereof.

I noticed a very strong nature theme running through a lot of your collection. Do you think modern Judaism is getting too far removed from nature?

Gershon Winkler: Yes, and that is why I wrote this book as well as my earlier book Magic of the Ordinary: Recovering the Shamanic in Judaism. I wanted to remind my people of their original roots in earth-based spirituality, and how that got swept from under them by the tides of tragic historical circumstances. We are a land people. Over 240 instructions in our Torah had to do with the earth and with animal care. We were once twelve unique tribes, each with a particular animal, plant, or earth totem. And, as both books demonstrate, our ancestors were obsessed with the magic of the earth, the stars, the planets, the animals, and no less the spirits of each; they saw the earth and the planets not as some dead weight floating in space but as living organisms. The 11th-century Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (Maimonides), for example, wrote nonchalantly how the divine consciousness of the stars and planets are greater than that of the human and a little lower than that of the angels. And he wasn't even considered a Kabbalist.

What is your favorite day from your book?

Gershon Winkler: Day 366. My second favorite is Day 298, a teaching from that rationalist rabbi mentioned before, Moshe ben Maimon, who wrote: "The primary source of confusion in our search for the meaning of the universe as a whole, or even of its parts, is rooted in our mistaken assumption that all of existence is for our sake alone." I really believe this, that so much of our turmoil, inner and outer, is a result of our glib assumptions that we know anything about this world. We have lost our sense of wonder. These teachings remind us of that. We think in absolutes. The fact is, there are no absolutes. And of this, my friend, I am absolutely certain.



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