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99, 250pp, illustrated (From Mandrake Speaks No 238) Wormwood Star is a book that I have been waiting for, for a long, long time. Much has been written of Marjorie Cameron s soul mate Jack Parsons who predeceased her in an explosion that burned with as bright a glamour as his life did. However within magickal history the onus tends to be on men, with women being reduced to consorts and footnotes, so there has been little parallel focus on Majorie This book changes things and as happened with Rosaleen Norton in The Witch of Kings Cross we now have a definitive guide to this fascinating woman. Marjorie Cameron was the proverbial outsider artist who lived a truly magickal life. She danced to her own rhythm and moved to its beat through 50 s 60 s and 70 s California, crossing paths with defining figures of the music film and art scene of the time. She worked and socialised with iconic personages such as Maya Deren, Kenneth Anger, Bobby Beausoleil and Denis Hopper and the book is an interesting social commentary as much as a riveting biography. The Magickal Life of Majorie Cameron is well written with an intriguing use of language that includes words such as minxy and jive and the most incredible description of Anais Nin in The Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome , looking like a Dadaist astronaut , which kept me amused and entertained. However despite the easy flow of language and events I did not find this book a light read. Cameron's life was problematic and sometimes painful .She was an intense woman who never fully recovered from the death of Parsons and she encountered many difficulties resulting from the uncompromising attitude with which she lived her life. Cameron s views about art, race and sexuality were evolved beyond her time and it must have been impossible to hold onto those attitudes as she did, and live an easy life. When I finished the book I realised that here was a woman who experienced life fully, on her own terms. Wormwood Star describes a magickal woman and artist not as a tragedy, as is all too tritely easy to do to those who have been allotted the role of a magickal partner, but as a true Babalon. A woman and creative being in her own right who rather than change to the dictates of oppressive society became a defining part of a changing one.