Finalist for the Foreword Book of the Year prize (Popular culture) also finalist in Popular Culture for the 2009 USA Book News Best Books Award (Popular Culture) Seize this opportunity to look more deeply into the narrative themes, symbols and mythic elements encountered in the Harry Potter books. Drawing from diverse spiritual and scholarly sources, The Seekers Guide to Harry Potter offers seekers of all kinds an open-minded guide to the rich layers of meaning and symbolism we encounter in all seven of the novels. The Seekers Guide doesnt try to read J.K. Rowlings mind to understand the symbolism she may or may not have meant, but reads the symbols as they appear, revealing the layers of meaning as they are traditionally held. Drawing from anthropology, ritual, theology and psychology, this book offers fans of any or no spiritual faith a deeper sense of the magic and meaning in the Harry Potter novels and in their own lives.
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elegant and sophisticated. .... I like the modern classics of Tolkien and C S Lewis, and stories of heroes down the ages, Dr Trevarthen has demonstrated that these books are for anyone and everyone who values the life of the imagination. ~ Patricia Murphy, De Numine
Trevarthen takes us on a trip through the intricate labyrinth of Harry Potterâ€™s many journeys, identifying the symbols, the mythic imagery, the many traditional images that Rowling draws upon. .....A very lively account of Harry Potter by someone who genuinely understands the importance of childrenâ€™s fiction. ~ Graham Dunstan Martin, Network Review
In this book Geo Trevarthen unpacks some of the huge depth of meaning in J K Rowling's incredible creation. Her exploration of the spiritual foundations, symbols, archetypes and mythic elements encountered in these magical stories is enthralling in itself, and you'll find yourself drawn into a deeper sense of magic and meaning, both in the novels and in your own life.~ Cygnus Review
Dr. Geo Trevarthen has produced what I have to call a magical work -- scholarly but not boring, spiritual but not restricting, enlightening without being stuffy; in short, a rewarding read for anyone who may have wondered what was behind the Harry Potter phenomenon and why it reaches so deeply into our core beings. I urge you to shout, "Accio The Seeker's Guide to Harry Potter" ... I guarantee you a mind and heart opening experience awaits. ~ Roy Bauer, DD, CSC, Founder and Director: The Circle of the Sacred Earth
Written with fluency and vigour, this represents a very interesting and unusual way of relating J. K. Rowling's work to wider issues concerning the nature of magic, the lived imagination and the experience of alternative states of consciousness. This is a really remarkable achievement: a book which tells us lots of perceptive things about the Harry Potter stories, but also about the nature of magic itself. ~ Ronald J Hutton, Professor of History at the University of Bristol
A compassionate and enchanting commentary by an experienced shaman and seeker. Geo Trevarthen's 'Seeker's Guide to Harry Potter' unlocks the door to the rich alchemical material in Harry Potter, not for its own sake, but for the wealth of wisdom hidden beneath its surface, wisdom that can help us magically transform our lives, and the life of the world. ~ Dr Neil Douglas-Klotz, Author of \"The Sufi Book of Lifeâ€ and \"The Hidden Gospel: Decoding the Spiritual Message of the Aramaic Jesus\"
The Harry Potter stories awaken the inner magician in all of us. It is no wonder -- there is real "Magick" woven into every masterfully crafted plot and character. If you are ready "The Seeker's Guide to Harry Potter" can be your Platform 9 3/4 to a new world of spiritual discovery. ~ Lon Milo DuQuette, Author of \"The Magick of Aleister Crowley\" and \"Enochian Vision Magick\"
The Seeker's Guide is aptly named. The questing reader will find an extraordinary range of insights into the deeper meanings and thematic substrata of the Harry Potter books that illuminate the magnitude of JK Rowling's achievement in responding to the spiritual void of our times. The underlying message is our alchemical capacity for transformative action, the triumph of love over fear and death, the transcendence of petty concerns and limiting beliefs. The author brilliantly illuminates the ambiguities of the human situation depicted in the novels as well as our ultimate ability to reconcile the polarities in our lives. ~ David Lorimer, Scientific & Medical Network