THE EAGLE AND THE ROSE by Rosemary Altea


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 A moving account by renowned English medium Altea of her life, her preternatural gifts, and the meaning that she sees in these for herself and others. From earliest childhood, Altea heard strange voices and saw terrifying faces at night. Lonely and rejected by her unhappily married parents, who often beat her, she was haunted by the fear that she was mad. She grew up in poor health with the one desire to pass as a normal person. Even this was finally denied her when, toward the end of her own disastrous marriage, she came into contact with Spiritualists in 1980 and learned to develop rather than resist her psychic powers. The turning point came in her first encounter with Grey Eagle, her Apache spirit guide. Altea recounts many fascinating stories of contact with the dead that seem to defy ordinary understanding. She explains that in a trance the medium vacates her body so that it can be used by a spiritual entity. The purpose is not only to console the living but also to help the departed, who somehow need to communicate and, in extreme cases, to relive and accept their actual death experience, as in the case of a woman who had been buried alive. Although Altea reproduces many of the stock themes of Spiritualist literature and sometimes lapses into moralizing, her true contribution here is the heroic story of her own ``blossoming'' into life and establishing centers where people can receive spiritual and psychic healings. The author's simplicity and patent sincerity will warm the hearts of readers who reserve judgment on Spiritualist phenomena. (Book-of-the-Month Club featured alternate; Quality Paperback Book Club selection; author tour)

Pub Date: May 19th, 1995
ISBN: 0-446-51969-3
Page count: 320pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 1995


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