Journal of the Western Mystery Tradition
No. 14, Vol. 2. Vernal Equinox 2008
Seven Stars: Mystical Poetry, Michaela Sefler. InnerCircle Publishing; Selah, WA, 2007. 184 pages. $25.00 USD.
review by J. S. Kupperman
Sefler’s book of inspirational poetry, Seven Stars, is much like
her previous works. Sefler’s mystical aspirations and experiences
are here laid bare before the reader. Seven Stars contains over 170 poems,
each kept to a single page. Fans of Sefler’s poetry will be happy
to see that she has retained the poetic and visual style of pervious collections
such as Through the Ages.
As with previous books, Sefler’s current work will be inspiring and uplifting to many of its readers. The work draws upon numerous mystical traditions, making especial reference to Qabalah, though these are of course interpreted through the author’s own mystical point of view and a certain amount of romanticism. This may disappoint some readers looking for something coming from a more traditional orientation.
Overall, Seven Stars is an interesting and insightful look into the
mystical life of its author. The poetry can be beautiful and insightful
while simultaneously being nearly opaque, as though one needs the correct
mystical experience to gain entrance. Those looking for poetry more directly
inspired by the sources of the Western mystery traditions may wish to
look elsewhere. However those looking for poetry of an inspirational and
spiritual nature will find Seven Stars both enlightening and fulfilling.