The Wanderer: The Vampyre’s Tale Book 2

The Wanderer: The Vampyre’s Tale Book 2

The Wanderer

By Suzanne Ruthven

Alastor Darvell is not an ordinary vampire. He learned his survival skills at the Krypteia, the equivalent of the Spartan ‘special forces’ and his powerful esoteric knowledge has been bequeathed from a long line of ancient Egyptian magicians – which tend to make him pretty well invincible. Forced against his will to become a vrykolakas – or ‘avenger of the blood’ – Alastor embarks on an endless voyage of discovery, persecution, boredom and loneliness as he searches the world for others of his kind – hoping to find the secret of his release from the cycle of everlasting life. Not only does his story reflect the trials and tribulations of the Old World, he also finds himself embroiled in a contemporary intrigue that runs parallel with his narrative and which threatens to expose him to the unknown dangers of the 21st century. Nevertheless, he has a powerful guardian in the beautiful, but long-dead Egyptian sorceress Amenirdis whose influence reaches out from beyond the grave to protect him. The Wanderer takes Alastor on a new phase of his long and varied existence …

ISBN: 9781788763813

Type: Paperback

Pages: 216

Published: 8 June 2018

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Extract from CRONE!

Earth Mysteries and Magic

The terms ‘gateways’, ‘portals’ and ‘doorways’ speak for themselves, and as a witch’s magical ability develops these psychic ‘gateways’ will begin to open – maybe in one, or even several directions simultaneously. Personal advancement along the Old Craft path depends on an individual’s willingness to pass through or stay put, since these gateways open as a result of personal progress – serving as an indication that the time has come to move on and to climb to the next level.

Sometimes this transition can be difficult and painful but in magical learning everything has a reason (and a price!), so we must never ignore the opportunity, no matter how strange or vague it feels. The price of an Old Craft practitioner’s progress can be exacting but I believe the end result is well worth it; to ignore it will only result in personal loss (in terms of both spiritual and mystical development). In time, the same situation will return and the trial begins all over again. If the opportunity is not taken, it may be many years along the line before it occurs again, in which case there are many years lost in an individual’s progress as it will be akin to starting anew; or it may not occur again in this lifetime.

Gateways or portals can appear in the Circle; during meditation; or in a dream, but we should not be afraid of these blinding flashes of inspiration, as they only appear when the ‘powers that be’ feel that we are ready for them. For an experienced witch it may be a boot in the bustle to suggest they have spent long enough at a particular level and that it is time to take the next step. Not taking the chance on these new openings will be the individual’s loss, since those who have chosen not to pass through these gateways, even after many years of practice, remain at exactly the same level as when they first began. Their magic and understanding has never altered; their progression halted due to their own fear and misunderstanding. They have tried to batter down the door for years without success; the true witch finds that the door swings open at just the lightest touch of a finger when the time is right.

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The Wanderer: The Vampyre’s Tale – Book 2

Alastor Darvell is not an ordinary vampire. He learned his survival skills at the Krypteia, the equivalent of the Spartan ‘special forces’ and his powerful esoteric knowledge has been bequeathed from a long line of ancient Egyptian magicians – which tend to make him pretty well invincible. Forced against his will to become a vrykolakas – or ‘avenger of the blood’ – Alastor embarks on an endless voyage of discovery, persecution, boredom and loneliness as he searches the world for others of his kind – hoping to find the secret of his release from the cycle of everlasting life.

Not only does his story reflect the trials and tribulations of the Old World, he also finds himself embroiled in a contemporary intrigue that runs parallel with his narrative and which threatens to expose him to the unknown dangers of the 21st century. Nevertheless, he has a powerful guardian in the beautiful, but long-dead Egyptian sorceress Amenirdis whose influence reaches out from beyond the grave to protect him. The Wanderer takes Alastor on a new phase of his long and varied existence …

Publishing date to be advised …

Book New & Reviews:

Pan: Dark Lord of the Forest and Horned God of the Witches and Hearth Fire and the Primal Goddess

“As you read this, Pan is opening his strange eyes with those lucid, rectangular pupils which gives him huge peripheral vision. He is observing you very quietly. Look up from the page, look around. He is here, now. Believe what I say! Also be aware that at this same moment there is an Inner Pan within your psyche who yearns to be aware of things from this wider perspective, who aches to take you toward the dark recesses of your mind, and the wild, tangled undergrowth of your unconscious. As you make your own antic path into the Wild Woods in search of the Great Pan, your nape hairs might prickle, you might see things at the new edges of your vision and strange realms will open up. If you have a frisson of fear – you are on the right path. Keep going. There is light and love there too, in abundance.

Melusine Draco’s book is filled with pleasing seeds and roots that she has collected from obscure, musty corners of the mythological and literary forest. Just brooding upon them ensures that they will be planted and grow in your consciousness, often in startling ways. And if you ever find yourself on hilltops in Wiltshire and see an elegantly ageing and once-handsome chappie chanting: Io Pan, Io Pan, Io Pan, Pan Pan! then you’re probably hearing me putting to good use the practical evocations she gives.”

So Alan Richardson, author of Priestess and The Old Sod, biographies of Dion Fortune and Bill Gray and a dozen other esoteric titles wrote about Pan when it was published.  But of course, you can’t have a God without a Goddess, and she needs to be as archaic and primal as he was, is and ever shall be… and as a result the idea that has been festering for some time is about to manifest in Hearth Fire and the Primal Goddess.

Pagan Portal: Pan: Dark Lord of the Forest and Horned God of the Witches by Melusine Draco and published by Moon Books.  ISBN: 978 1 78535 512 7  UK£5.99/US$9.95 – available in e-book and paperback format.

Coven of the Scales: Arcanum

 If we are going to discuss the differences between traditional Craft and contemporary paganism, the first observation will be that in traditional Craft, a witch is born not made.  This is because the ‘witchyness’ of an individual is decided by their natural abilities rather than joining an organised group and progressing through the ranks.  At the same time, it is extremely difficult to give a comprehensive guide to the inner workings of traditional Craft because it is (and has always been) extremely private.

What little is written about traditional Craft will only give a superficial overview of what is meant by traditional witchcraft.  True Craft is experienced through a series of personal revelations under the guidance of a mentor.  This is similar to the Japanese Zen concept of kensho — the number of minor satori-like ‘mini-enlightenments’ that happen over a long period of time.

In truth, practitioners of traditional Craft are less concerned with ritual and dogma, and more focused on energy-raising techniques, which they use to channel or direct spells and charms according to the nature of the working.   Traditional Craft witches do not worship Nature but they are certainly proficient at working in harmony with it … and are highly spiritual beings on this level.  Unlike the majority of modern pagans, however, they accept Nature as being red in tooth and claw and do not seek to impose their will on the natural cycle of the seasons.  They also accept the timeless concept of the hunter and the hunted, and the essential inter-action of male-female energy.

Using proven personal training techniques, ARCANUM encourages magical and spiritual development within the framework of a supportive traditional Craft system.  It will help you to …

  • Understand and distinguish between the genuine and the role-playing
  • Work with the roots and triggers which underlie each magical/mystical experience
  • Practice ‘listening’ skills within Nature and develop the personal ability to empathise with the natural tides.
  • Understand the rational and intelligent basis of magical application
  • Acknowledge and accept your ‘shadow side’
  • Hold fast to the commitment of your spiritual transformation
  • Move on … and allow change and positive growth, both magically and spiritually
  • Maximise your personal capacity for learning – and lead a more fulfilled life within Craft as a result

The monthly lessons are broken down into Tasks and Exercises aimed at broadening the student’s concepts of magical practice and traditional Craft techniques as follows:

Lesson 1:  What is traditional Craft?  A practical definition of the term ‘magic’   Identifying natural ‘witch-power’ and how to use it.  Natural tides and the Craft year.

Lesson 2:  The use of visualisation and pathworking.  The power of the Circle.  Ritual equipment and regalia.  The Magical Journal.

Lesson 3:  Summoning the spirits.  The natural world.  Magical protection.   Psychic cleansing and empowerment. The Pouch and its content.

Lesson 4:  Divination.   Practical candle magic.   Sacred images and power tools.   Amulets and talismans.

Lesson 5:  Claiming the right to the omens.  A question of balance.  Spells and charms.  Natural ability or illusion.

Lesson 6:  Developing the power to call.  Should we be afraid?  Power places and guardians.   Meditation and relaxation.

Lesson 7:  Healing.  Wort-lore.  The parish-pump witch.   Coven life -fact or fantasy?  Maximising your personal capacity for learning

Lesson 8:  Cursing and bottling.  Controlling your ‘shadow’ side.       Understanding the rational and intelligent basis of magical application.  The magical mug.

Lesson 9:  Telling the Maze and crossing the Lethe.  Death — the last journey. Roots and triggers.  Glamouring and mind control. 

Lesson 10:  Rites and ceremony.  Celebration and observance. The need for psycho-drama.  Spiritual transformation.  

Lesson 11:  Walking the Path.  Moving on … allowing for change and positive growth.  Coven or solitary?

Lesson 12:  A general assessment and reflection on the year’s study.  Where do we go from here?

For more information go to: http://www.covenofthescales.com

 

*This beautiful painting of the ‘Triple Hare’ is by Jackie Morris. 

Writer at Work …

 

Sounds better than ‘work in progress’ but there’s lots of new stuff in the pipeline and since being labeled as Moon Books most prolific author, I thought maybe it was time to slow down a bit on that front. Nevertheless, there are several titles in various stages of writing …

  • The Wanderer – the second book in The Vampyre’s Tale series – is currently at the printers and hopefully should be available by the summer.
  • Western Animism: Zen and the Art of Positive Paganism is currently out as a proposal with Moon Books for their Pagan Portals series and awaiting their readers’ reports.
  • By Hemlock, Henbane & Adder’s-tongue: Wort-lore – the Craft of Witches is almost complete at 73,000 words and currently being checked over to see if I’ve missed anything before completing the final chapter for Ignotus Press.
  • The Rosewood Madonna – the fourth book in the Hugo Braithwaite Mysteries – is currently at chapter four as the next spate of crimes hit the world of fine art and antiques.
  • The 13th Sign – the fourth book in the Temple House Archive series – is currently in the plotting stage with the opening chapter done, and should hopefully be completed by the end of the year.

Having several different titles on the go and at different stages of preparation, all at the same time is my way of avoiding the urban myth of writer’s block.  None of the titles contain conflicting subject matter so no risk of confusion creeping into the equation and prevents the brain from stagnating because of the pile of reference books required to keep the plot on the boil.