Review by Mike Gleason
Raising Hell: Subversive Spirituality, Insurrectionist Witchcraft & Black Magic by Kali Black © 2009
The author has an unorthodox view of Black Magic (if that isn’t an oxymoron) when compared to standard views. She sees Black Magic as encompassing most, if not all, forms of rebellion. She is not hesitant about sharing her opinions (ranging from anti-consumerism to the vegan life-style). But, while sharing these opinions, she is adamant about informing the reader that “Your mileage may vary.”
She sees things in a very different light than I do. But that is what makes life interesting.
While I most assuredly do not agree with everything she has to say, I have to admire both her courage in stating her position, and her ability to present her ideas without alienating her readers.
While I found a few minor editing errors (unfortunately common-place in today’s publishing markets), there was no misunderstanding what she meant. Her views and experiences may be uniquely her own, and her comparisons have some readers scratching their heads, but she has no difficulty making them abundantly clear and comprehensible. At the end of the book you may not find yourself nodding in agreement (I know I didn’t) but you will have a clear understanding of her approach to life and magick.
I honestly feel that, assuming you are generally well-grounded in reality, you can benefit from this book. It will make you question your perceptions (and hers, as well), and make you think about what you “know” and why and how you know it. That is a valuable thing in today’s world. Agree or disagree with Ms. Black’s approach, you should find yourself more comfortable with your own decisions.