Hermes Beckons

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About the author:

John Caris has been a college teacher for thirty-six years, thirty-three of them at City College of San Francisco, where he taught Humanities and English. He has published five books: Spenser Blake's Secret;Hermes Beckons, A Tale of Alchemy and Magic";Foundation for a New Consciousness: An Essay on Art, Science, and Meditation; Reality Inspector, a novel set in San Francisco involving a world championship chess match and computer hacking at the Federal Reserve Bank; and Dancing Magicians, a battle of psychic minds surfing cyber space the power of the creative imagination.

He hosts a website Ye Olde Consciousness Shoppe: 21st Century Insights-Writings and Images at

Hermes Beckons

Authored by John F. Caris

A Tale of Alchemy and Magic

Ralph Garland, a semi-retired magician recovering from a serious illness, embarks on a quest to discover the secrets hidden in Hermes’ craft. His research branches into diverse religious traditions, including the Neolithic goddess religion. He journeys beyond the veil and initiates a response from the spirit realm. A series of strange experiences occur as he progresses in his alchemical studies and finally emerges through the portal of mysteries as conventionality disintegrates. In fear of losing his mind he opens his heart to his friend and love Shasta Garland, who is writing a new novel in her on-going detective series, one that will apply the theme of magic. She supports him in the healing process, and her nurturing strengthens his resolve to attain his mystical aspirations. Together the couple evolve toward a spiritual healing and bonding. With his assistant Rafe Courbet Ralph stages an Alchemical Light Show to convey important alchemical ideas. Magic and psi realm is linked together.

Hermes Beckons is a novel of ideas: thought-provoking and unsettling.

Praise for Hermes Beckons, A Tale of Alchemy and Magic

“For a playful romp in a fictional setting, this is a good one.”– The Linking Ring
“The book [is] fascinating reading. Caris is a gifted writer.” –Magicol
“Caris is extremely knowledgeable not only about the supernatural, but also the world of magical entertainment.” –Oracle Magic Magazine
Hermes Beckons [is] a deep book, and I have some magic friends who would look forward to reading it a second time.” –M-U-M

Publication Date:
0960732020 / 9780960732029
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.5" x 8.5"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Occult & Supernatural

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