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Posted on July 13, 2010
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A Note about Definitions and Meaning

My post about definitions could easily also apply to the word models. The word models is used a lot in magic theory. There is the spiritual model, the psychological model, the model for this or the model for that. But I don’t think definitions are really models. I do think models are metaphors that attempt to categorize magic, whereas I think definitions are less about categorization and more about making meaning, or maybe even making connection through meaning. You can’t really have connection if some kind of meaning isn’t involved and definitions are all about meaning, the establishment of it as the way to understand what’s around and within.

A Note about Immanion Press

I’m still involved in Immanion Press. At one point, in the winter, I gave some serious thought to leaving Immanion Press as the managing editor and heading for the hills as it were, but then the divorce happened and I figured that was a big enough change in my life. The purpose of Immanion Press, as it applies to occult books, is to publish the books other publishers won’t touch and/or reprint what’s out of print. And I think we’ve published some great books by some great authors and I hope we continue to.

What isn’t realized, I think, is that for all intents and purposes Immanion Press is volunteer run. I don’t really get paid for doing the editing, layout, or managing of other editors. It’s a lot of work and it’s mostly a labor of love, save on those occasions when it can become a labor of hate.

I won’t be at the Esoteric Book Conference this year representing Immanion Press. Lupa will be there, and you can buy books from the press through her. I have mixed feelings on how much I will represent the esoteric book line in the future, since I no longer do any of the distribution for it, beyond my own books. I’ll still do the managing editor part, but I figure it’s time to focus on myself a bit more, which includes finishing some writing I’ve been working on, so I actually have a justifiable reason to show up at a conference.

Review of Sacred Kink by Lee Harrington

What I most enjoyed about this book was Lee’s efforts to provide detailed information about each path and create a framework for people from multiple belief systems to engage in the incorporation of kink to their spirituality. Lee’s expertise as both a sex educator and spiritual teacher shows through in this book time and time again. He provides excellent examples and also useful definitions for understanding each path. I found a lot in this book that I know I can apply to my own spiritual practices and I think anyone else would find a similar treasure trough.

5 out of 5

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