At the beginning of this very impressive work, there is a transcript of a rather touching email between the two authors. ‘Got to get this book out – for the Goddess’ reads one sentence. I am certain The Goddess would be more than pleased with the efforts of Dr. Vasey and Sue Vincent. Obviously the product of years of study and reflection, here we have a scholarly account of a vision, one transmitted to Dr. Vasey by his inner contact Asteroth. Not that Vincent is in any way in his shadow. Her astute and scholarly account of the Spheres upon the Tree of Life could well be regarded as a reference work in its own right. Vincent has also written other parts of the book herself, edited the manuscript, and produced the illustrations.
We are taken on a fascinating journey of discovery, led by the symbol of the hexagram. Still employed as a hallmark of excellence, this geometric pattern of two interlaced triangles has been used by different faiths throughout history. Eventually being associated primarily with Judaism, the ‘Star of David’ or ‘Seal of Solomon’ has within it a plethora of meanings. The very geometry seems inexhaustible – the cross, circle, and triangle are all within this one design. Most fascinating of all is the revelation that this six-pointed figure has a hidden seventh axis. This mystical number – featuring in the subtitle of the book – is directly connected with that potent constellation, the Pleiades.
In a work centered on magic, one would expect the name of Dion Fortune to feature, but it is gratifying to see the often underrated figure of Franz Bardon also given due credit. The listing of the correspondence between the spheres and metals reflect his involvement with alchemy. Dr. Vasey’s exercise to ‘create reality’ – using the hexagram – is prefaced by a clear explanation of the Rosicrucian concept of ‘reality’ and ‘actuality’, another welcome inclusion.
The ‘Tree of Life’ may help us to focus our lives, harmonizing the polarities therein. Dr. Vasey encourages us to employ our imagination in everyday living as well as esoteric practices. Above all The Mystical Hexagram is intended to be a magical guide, one that is a solid contribution to the genre. Meditation exercises of real worth, extensive appendices, and an exposition of the ritual of The Qabalistic Cross (an important part of the magician’s armory) are included in this always diverting book.
Gordon Strong 20.10.12