Posted by: Nyxks | February 11, 2008

Mysteries of the Bridechamber

Mysteries of the Bridechamber
by Victoria LePage © 2007
Inner Traditions
ISBN 978-1594477193-4
418 pages
$19.95 (U.S.)
Reviewed by: Mike Gleason

I thought I knew what I was getting into with this book. I was wrong. I expected a basic exploration of First Century Palestinian religions, and found myself dealing with genetic modification, Qabalah, and the Nephilim (Sons of God) with mortal women.

Although I was slightly familiar with Gnosticism and a fairly large amount of Gnostic literature I rapidly found myself re-evaluating what I thought I knew of the origins and derivation of Gnostic thought. I also found myself exploring the realms of early Christianity in more depth than I had anticipated. I was pleasantly surprised at the even-handed presentation of topics which have been subject to a certain level of mysterical thought through the centuries.

There are aspects of this work which are sure to offend almost everyone, from the assertion that Jesus and Mary Magdelene were (at the very least) physical lovers to the assertion that their relationship was on a higher plane; from the assertion that modern Judaism (rabbinical) was only one of the forms of Judaism vying for dominance in 1st century Israel.

On the other hand, and assuming the reader is possessed of an open mind, the potential exists for opening vast new perspectives – some of which will seem blindingly obvious in hindsight and some of which will creep up on the reader. For this reason, if for no other, this book needs to be read by anyone concerned with the transmission of initiatory power (of whatever religious persuasion). Do not allow yourself to be put off by the obvious Judeo-Christian basis of this book. There is much of value and much of it is accessible with only a modi***** of effort.

Having said that, I must also caution the reader that the gulf between intellectual knowledge and practical use of that knowledge and practical use of that knowledge is, or can be, a deep abyss. It may take a great deal of effort to go from “understanding” something to “knowing” something. The first is intellectual and the latter is visceral.

This was one of those books I get every year which, while not one I specifically requested for review, ends up being one I am glad landed in my mailbox. Take the time to read this book. Then take time to think about what you have read, and allow its ideas to germinate and grow within.

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