Egregores – Book Review
After reading it, it was hard to have a homogeneous opinion about Egregores: The Occult Entities That Watch Over Human Destiny, by Mark Stavish, but thinking a little about it, the first thing it occurs to me is that I have to congratulate the author for such a brave proposal and for writing it.
It is not easy to write the first book about a topic, it can even be hard to come across something nobody has written about, and considering the amount of work that had to be done to finish this one, a respectable research that is not only interesting but also easy to understand for anyone, I couldn’t find a more proper starting point for this review.
Egregores proved to be an absorbing reading I really enjoyed. Being the pioneer book that deals with the topic, I’m surprised that it didn’t confuse me that much. There were some doubts, of course, but that lead to further questions and that are the result of my interest, which I’m sure will be shared by those who grab a copy of this book.
Stavish did a great job explaining how an Egregore comes to be and how it can affect daily live and those who are involved with them. Several chapters deal with cases that are easy to recognize along with others that, despite are an exception to this rule, help to understand more about these creatures and their behavior.
It is strange to be aware of a new kind of entity such as this one, one may even say intimidating, but the author also provides several testimonies about people how broke free from the influences of negative Egregores and offers different approaches and points of view on destroying the influence these beings could cast on us, which shines a light of hope on those who may need it.
This will make you see everything in a different light, in a way that makes you rethink to what extent the effect of our energy can be reached as living beings and as those who, at this moment, dominate this planet. It is worth reconsidering the direction in which our thoughts go.
Mark Stavish uses a style that doesn’t make it hard to follow his ideas. Despite one could have a little background on history and the occult in order to get the most of this reading, it is not mandatory at all, and the most general ideas, along with a couple of specific concepts, come naturally to the reader. The fact that this is a short book encourages the reader both to go at their own pace and not to pause in reading, resulting in a fairly comfortable reading.
I cannot say I do not have my doubts and that there are certain aspects of this creature that seem to have an explanation on psychology and maybe psychiatry, but I also think this is one of those cases where science and belief have a common ground. To have a better idea of what is happening and what this is all about, both sides have something to offer.
The desire to continue learning about this topic and read more from this author is implicit. This may not be the most interesting subject for some, but Egregores proved to be full of surprises and a lot of information that one couldn’t have found anywhere else; did I mention that this is the only book published so far about it? We certainly need more.
Egregores: The Occult Entities That Watch Over Human Destiny
Print Length: 160 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions (July 10, 2018)
Publication Date: July 10, 2018
About the Author
Mark Stavish is a respected authority on Western spiritual traditions. The author of 26 books, published in 7 languages, including The Path of Alchemy and Kabbalah for Health and Wellness, he is the founder and director of the Institute for Hermetic Studies and the Louis Claude de St. Martin Fund. He has appeared on radio shows, television, and in major print media, including Coast to Coast AM, the History Channel, BBC, and the New York Times. The author of the blog VOXHERMES, he lives in Wyoming, Pennsylvania.
About the Reviewer
Bader Saab is a digital journalist and self-published writer; a solitary, eclectic Wiccan interested in the darker side of magic and divination; a gothic guy who tries to educate whenever he can. He hopes some day to succeed in one of them.