The Magician Within: Accessing the Shaman in the Male Psyche

Robert Moore, Author, Douglas Gillette, With William Morrow & Company $23 (304p) ISBN 978-0-688-09594-9
Drawing on Jungian psychology, theology and folklore, Moore, who teaches at the Chicago Theological Seminary, and pastoral counselor Gillette, coauthors of The King Within and The Warrior Within , advise men on how to nurture the powerful, generative and healing aspect of their natures called the Magician. Along the way men will meet the Trickster, whose manipulative, detached and destructive capacities represent the Magician in his ``shadow'' or negative form. Through meditation and self-reflection, men can transform the Trickster's negative energy into life-affirming, shamanistic power, according to the authors. Of the book's four parts, the first three examine the archetypes and shadow forms of the male psyche, while the fourth provides a blueprint for individuals hoping to explore the Magician and Trickster figures in their inner lives. This otherwise thoughtful self-help book is marred by psychological jargon and a reliance on spiritualism and rituals as techniques. Photos. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 03/29/1993
Release date: 04/01/1993
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