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Published June 26th 2012
With mounting evidence to suggest that Egyptian deities have opened a Stargate in our very own South Brisbane, Ecclectica Esoteric Bookstore and Curiosities is undoubtedly the destination of choice right now for those wishing to celebrate the enduring magic of ancient Egyptian civilisation.
The old Egyptian deities - arriving in style as always.
A growing number of experts* agree that 2012 events such as the arrival in Brisbane of 2800 year-old Egyptian priest Nesperennub, the discovery of 3500 year-old fragments of the Egyptian Book of The Dead deep in the storehouse of the Queensland Museum, and the freakish time-accelerations which have caused many to doubt the accuracy of their calendars are all classic indicators that a traditional Egyptian-style Stargate has recently commenced operation in the area. Readers alarmed by the astonishing speed with which April became June this year will doubtless be relieved to hear that the cause is in all likelihood attributable to nothing more sinister than an interdimensional portal fashioned by ancient gods and goddesses, and not the result of hallucinogenic substances in the water supply, mutant mad cow disease, or rampant full-time employment as many had previously feared.
Egyptian gods - not as scary as their business apparel makes them seem.
Even more welcome to bewildered Brisneylanders will be the news that Ecclectica Esoteric Bookstore and Curiosities is committed to transforming what might otherwise amount to little more than a series of annoying temporal inconveniences into an opportunity for cross-cultural exchange. Ecclectica's shelves are now stocked with literature concerning the various transdimensional celebrities expected to arrive in coming months, and with a wide variety of artefacts designed to brighten the home and make such esteemed universal guests feel instantly welcome.
Make your weary interdimensional guests feel right at home
Osiris may be known to Egyptologists as a "vegetation God", but this work by Thom F.Cavalli is definitely not for those prepared to let spiritual grass grow beneath their feet. In focussing the perspectives of Jungian psychology on the primordial archetype of the resurrected god, Cavalli unites some of our most ancient beliefs with some of our most modern, thus equipping the reader with a wealth of conversation topics during dinner parties with visiting divinities.
Embodying Osiris by Thom F. Cavalli Ph.D. - published by Quest
As a symbol of self-renewal, Osiris is a figure worthy of emulation in many ways. However, few could honestly claim to envy his position as Lord of the Afterlife—a thankless role requiring not only extended time away from home and family, but a minimum of 5000 years' on-the-job experience. Readers departing the shadowy realms of the Duat for greener pastures above ground will therefore welcome the advice contained in the handy Inner Guide to Egypt by Alan Richardson and B. Walker-John.
The Inner Guide to Egypt by Alan Richardson and B. Walker-John - published by Llewellyn
The fearsome Anubis may forbid anyone whose heart weighs more than an ostrich feather to enter the paradisical realm of Aaru, but has never been recorded as setting a weight limit on the wallets of those whose souls he is summoned to judge. There seems no reason, therefore, not to view the presence in town of the Egyptian pantheon as an opportunity for financial as well as spiritual enrichment. Those seeking advice from some of the most respected names in the wish-fulfilment business, but who have thus far struggled to obtain quality face-time with these outrageously-popular superbeings, will no doubt come to view Claudia R. Dillaire's practical guide to Egyptian Prosperity Magic as a first godsend among many.
Egpytian Prosperity Magic by Claudia R. Dillaire - published by Llewellyn
And what better way to continually refresh your fond memories of exhilarating Egyptian encounters than with images visible to both physical and spiritual eyes, such as these gorgeous creations by Foundation Rock?
Those whose budgets can't yet stretch to accommodate Horus' entire body, however, can take heart from knowing that his left eye alone has proven an adequate focal point for devotees throughout forty centuries. Though simple, the example pictured below still contains all the rockstar power of the gaze with which the hawk-headed avenger once stared down Set, the god of darkness himself.
And where better to store this and other important magical items than under the graceful wings of Isis? With millenia of experience guarding the astral and physical universes from the depradations of such interdimensional ne'er-do-wells as Apep, Bringer of Chaos and Ammit the Devourer, Isis is surely a superbly-qualified security guard for your prized possessions.
Isis - one yummy mummy you don't want to mess with...
The old Egyptian deities may well be eternal, but with a fan-base spread across multiple aeons and galaxies, their time-distorting junket through Brisneyland must surely end soon enough. It's therefore comforting to consider that when our pandimensional pals at last close the South Brisbane Stargate softly behind them, Ecclectica Esoteric Bookstore and Curiosities will remain very much open six terrestrial days a week, and will continue to delight visitors with a richly-varied literary and ornamental treasure trove of which the Egyptian esoterica depicted here forms but a small part.
Throughout 2012, an increasing number of experiential treasures may also be found at Ecclectica, as the inimitable Andrea Wilkes herself begins to host witchcraft workshops and meditation circles in the cosy space at the rear of the store. These 6-8 week journeys into the ancient traditions of practical magic will bring a graceful complementary energy to a space which already hosts the gentle healing work of respected Tarot and psychic readers Teena, Hannah, Kathleen, Belinda and Penny. To find out more, simply call the number below during Ecclectica's opening hours, or better still, pay a personal visit soon to 163 Boundary Street, West End.
Ecclectica - a worthwhile journey, however you're travelling.