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How much of this do you want to know. Do you want to be fixed so that you can walk off into the sunshine, or do you want to know it all so that you can take an active part in your own path and learn to be of service?

Josephine McCarthy, The Last Scabbard

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The library fell silent from its usual magical chatter as if all the books waited with bated breath to see

Josephine McCarthy, The Last Scabbard

The Last Scabbard

The librarian John Griogair Bell reviews The Last Scabbard by Josephine McCarthy.

Josephine McCarthy The Last Scabbard

Josephine McCarthy is the author of a number of non-fiction esoteric volumes and is one of the people behind Quareia, an online school which presumably follows a similar curriculum to her three-part Magical Knowledge book series, but this is a fictional story set primarily around two periods, the founding of the first temples of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and the present day, with a few bits of action set in other periods. The common thread is provided by the ancient artefacts involved which include the sword Caliburn, also known as Excalibur, and the Stone of Scone, also called Stone of Destiny, and the so-called scabbard.

Without a doubt the Golden Dawn gets short shrift again, this time as a group of foolish men who perform a ritual beyond themselves which creates a problem that ripples through time. Interesting there’s only one woman of the Golden Dawn mentioned, and then not even by name; perhaps this is a useful conceit since the foolishness of the ritual choice is posited as gender specific. But, really, can’t the Golden Dawn get a break? Canonically, the order didn’t last long, but like the Roman Empire, it continued in various forms long past its supposed demise; and I personally always come back to Mark K Greer’s The Women of the Golden Dawn with the overall impression that our spiritual Aunts of the Golden Dawn were very much involved in the order’s founding, successful operation and broad pervasive legacy.

Have you ever seen pictures of the Stone of Scone, whether you believe the images are of the actual stone or a replica? It’s giant. It weighs over 300 pounds as it appears today. So, I think you’ll understand when I choked a bit on the notion in this book that the main character held the stone for any extended period of time, let alone lifted it at all. Further, the main character, a trained specialist from the British Museum, finds herself in possession of the apparently authentic and original stone, one of the most famous objects in the history of the UK, and then proceeds to leave it in a hotel room, unattended or guarded, for hours while out for a walk. Seriously? Nope. Not even slightly believable. Denied.

The emotional life of the characters in this story could easily inspire a drinking game. If you want a game guaranteed to get you trashed by the end, then drink any time a character blushes or raises their eyebrows, without any other emotional content conveyed.

However, I’m a sucker for fictional accounts of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, which may also be of interest you. And, if you enjoy historical fantasy, such as The Mists of Avalon, then you might enjoy this tale, if you can avoid stumbling on some of the rough spots.
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The Fourth Annual Occult Conference in Glastonbury, UK on Mar 23rd

The Fourth Annual Occult Conference will be held in Glastonbury, UK on Mar 23rd.

Fourth Annual Occult Conference 2013 Glastonbury UK

THE FOURTH ANNUAL OCCULT CONFERENCE
23rd March 2013 12pm-5pm
George and Pilgrims Hotel
Glastonbury

This year’s Occult Conference is going to be like no other! We’ve changed the format beyond recognition, instead of talks and lectures this year we have interactive panels! This gives the audience the opportunity to ask questions and get answers! We have chosen panels of very diverse speakers, from different traditions, from different walks of life, with different opinions and ways of doing things so we’re sure the audience will be in for a very interesting and informative time. The first panel is themed around general esoteric and occult matters. The confirmed speakers on this panel are
David Rankine
Josephine McCarthy
Julian Vayne
Peter Grey

The second panel is themed around the art of divination. Questions answered about all areas of fortune telling.

Divination panel
Confirmed speakers
David Cypher
Kim Huggens
Paolo Fragale
Simon Bastian

The Great Big Occult Quiz
The afternoon offers the great big Occult quiz presented by the Notorious Grim Rita and the Glamazon Ms Kantelya Fortune. The quiz is centered on all things occult and we have some fantastic prizes on offer! The winning team will receive a free weekend stay at the Covenstead Witchcraft themed Bed and Breakfast courtesy of its glorious owner. This establishment is like no other and displays a huge collection of occult antiques, books galore and its very own ghostly residents! Runners up will receive Occult themed hampers, vouchers and other marvellous prizes! Get your study guides out!

The Day Market
Confirmed Stall holders are
Midian Books
DKHL
The Watchers
Scarlet Imprint
Stuart Littlejohn Art
The Fragrant Temple
Witchcraft Ltd
The Perfume Garden

The Kantelya Ball 7pm-11:30pm
after the conference has finished Ms Katelya Fortune will present the “Kantelya Ball” the Occult Conferences very own after party. A chance to mingle, wind down and have a little boogie! Drinks served at the bar until closing time! Music and mayhem! The dress code for the Ball is Fabulous! So get your glad rags on and enjoy! Ticket holders have FREE ENTRY! [via]