A weekly post updated every Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and where I am with them in addition to what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list. Title links go to Goodreads to make it easier for interested parties to add any books that might strike their fancy. I attempt to use the covers for the edition I’m reading, and I’ll mention if this is not the case. If you have a Goodreads account feel free to friend me! I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.
Books Currently Reading: 4
Change from Last Week: 0
Title: The Mystical Qabalah
Author: Dion Fortune
Date Added: August 13, 2012
Date Started: Unknown
I finished the part of the book initially written by Fortune, and while I was on the fence with whether I’d continue into the Subjective Pathworking section, I’m glad I did. In many ways it’s more engaging than the book proper. There are other reasons I’m happy I continued. I came upon something extremely meta that I never would’ve known about had I not.
Fortune in this latter section strives to explain the concept of Astral Light, and I immediately thought of two other ideas, one bleeding from the other, with the source concept very well known in popular culture:
“It is held to extend like a tenuous yet viscid atmosphere throughout the entire cosmos, interpenetrating all dense substance, and acting as the medium for the transmission of subtle forces.”
I read that and thought, “…wait, that sounds a hell of a lot like the Force.” *letting the geek flag fly* “And wait again…the Lifestream from FFVII is inspired by the Force…and this book is about the Holy Sephiroth, omg holy meta, Batman, wheels within wheels.” Do I think Squeenix delved that deeply into this concept? Probably not, but I do believe they did some preliminary research, nor is it farfetched that they’d use philosophies from the Qabalah, as it’s quite commonly if not knowingly utilized through the fantasy and sci-fi genre. It’s one of those theologies that’s prevalent in the zeitgeist, though it’s not necessarily named. I’m pretty sure GRRM is using it to with his followers of R’hllor, the Red God, in the ideas of light and darkness, as there aren’t two trees, but rather the tree and the shadow it casts.
Title: The Mabinogion Tetralogy
Author: Evangeline Walton
Date Added: August 24, 2014
Date Started: July 31, 2016
I read more, but only a little bit. Apparently, I didn’t put any reading on my to do list so I didn’t do any (except for what I can from my phone) since Saturday. Wtf. I’ve remedied it, but I’m a bit annoyed since I really like this and the one below.