E. M. Hodge

Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (12 of 13)
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Anniversary: Nov. 6
Birthday: June 23
In My Own Words:
Most people eschew labels because they think of themselves as individuals. Labels are how we define one another, though. As such, there are several labels that I've chosen. I consider myself to be equal parts atheist, skeptic, stoic, utilitarian, categorical imperativist, agnostic, secular humanist and libertarian. I have been described as a scholar of life, though it may be noted I've also been d… Read more

There are many. First and foremost is Mathematics. My mathematical studies have consumed over a decade of my life and will likely consume the rest of it. Second is chess. Though I am a low-rated amateur with no hope of attaining mastery, chess is my … Read more


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The Golden Dawn: The Original Account of the Teach&hellip by Israel Regardie
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
When it comes to the subject of ritual magic and the occult, I would be hard-pressed to think of another book that one should buy. True, it contains information that can be found in a dozen other books, both older and newer than this one. What matters is the presentation. The most important achievement of the Order of the Golden Dawn was to create a working system of magical training. By reading this book and performing the exercises it prescribes with regularity and detail, the occult student embarks on the voyage of "becoming more than human". The study program in this book is intended to train the mind to be capable of working magick, not just provide a series of rituals that… Read more
Druidry by Philip Shallcrass
Druidry by Philip Shallcrass
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Lukewarm Reaction, March 19 2003
I have mixed feelings about this work because of its strange combination. While I feel it to be a fairly good background on some of the basics, with sound folklore and scholarly background, my problems with this book stem from the fact that all of the ritual practices follow the four element ritual spread common to Wicca, when there is next to no evidence to support that this is what the druids actually did. Thankfully, the author does not imply that these practices are authentic, and even informs the reader that he will be borrowing from several sources. Still, many readers who cannot make the same connection on their own are going to believe that this is true and authentic practice of the… Read more
Druidcraft: The Magic of Wicca & Druidry by Philip Carr-Gomm
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Its Been Done..., March 19 2003
If you've read "In the Grove of the Druids" by Philip Carr-Gomm and Ronald Hutton, then you probably know of the established links between Ross Nichols and Gerald Gardner, the fathers of modern Druidry and Witchcraft respectively. In that book, two very respected authors reveal to the world that the modern incarnation of Wicca is, in fact, a combination of the two separate religious and magical styles: Druidry and Witchcraft. So, if Druidry and Witchcraft have already been combined to form modern Wicca, why combine the systems again? If you wish to combine the systems of Druidry and Witchcraft without reading through tome after tome of Celtic Wiccan fluff, read about the two… Read more