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Book Reviews Perceptions Magazine, February 2016

by: Brent Raynes

Venus Rising: A Concise History of the Second
By Raymond Andrews Keller II,

Headline Books, Inc.
P.O. Box 52
Terra Alta, WV 26764
2016, 312 pages, 8.5 X 11 US $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-882658-31-2
Website: www.headlinebooks.com

Reviewed by Brent Raynes

The author of this sleek and flashy colored covered tome, loaded with pictures, illustrations, and both thoroughly and thoughtfully researched information pertaining to the fictional, mythological, ufological, and historical background regarding Venusian matters and cultural influences, is a scholarly sort with very impressive credentials. His name is Dr. Raymond A. Keller and he is an adjunct professor of Greek and Roman Culture and Civilizations and Greco-Roman Mythology for West Virginia University. Since 1967, he has been writing about UFOs and the paranormal, was the founder and director of California’s Outer Space International Research and Investigations Society (OSIRIS), and has lived and worked in 44 different countries.

Was the great genius of a scientist Dr. Nikola Tesla a Venusian, as some have claimed? What did 18th century Swedish scientist and theologian Emanuel Swedenborg reveal about his alleged communications with Venusians, and the connection that Jesus allegedly had with that planet? From ancient myths and traditions to our modern contactee accounts, Venusian elements and beliefs enter the picture again and again.


Black Freemasonry: From Prince Hall to the Giants of Jazz
By Cecile Revauger

Inner Traditions
One Park Street
Rochester, Vermont 05767
2016, 320 pages, 6 x 9 US $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-62055-487-6
Reviewed by Brent Raynes

Back in the early 18th century, when the first Masonic lodges opened their doors in Paris, membership was extended to men and women, both white and black, but not so here in the United States. In America, there arose an African American Freemasonry separate from that dominated by whites. The author is a respected historian of Freemasonry and a professor at France’s University of Bordeaux.

The author reveals how the origins of the Civil Rights Movement arose from within black Freemasonry and how most of the influential jazz musicians of the 20th century, like Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, W.C. Handy, and Cab Calloway, were black Masons.


Lightworker Relationships: Creating Lasting and Healthy Bonds as an Empath
By Sahvanna Arienta

New Page Books
A division of The Career Press, Inc.
12 Parish Drive
Wayne, NJ 07470
2016, 249 pages, Paperback US $15.99
ISBN: 978-1-63265-025-2
Reviewed by Brent Raynes

The author, an internationally known psychic advisor and spiritual counselor, and the previous author of Lightworker and The Lightworker’s Source, presents here in her latest book, Lightworker Relationships, methods to balance ones human and spiritual experience; how to create healthy boundaries in ones relationships; how to be open to love, why it’s important to do so, how to keep that love connection open, plus much more. A variety of meditational exercises and suggestions, positive affirmations, and a lot of encouraging words and guidance is provided.

Wednesday, May 31, 2023