MY BOOKS








HOW IT CAME TO BE:

  The Witch Within is based on a series of dreams that I had. They at first seemed unrelated, but gradually merged into a story that I felt compelled to write. I was greatly influenced by a book called The Secret History of the Czech Lands, which describes the fascinating long-lost lore of my ancestors, as well as Bohemian legends. The landscape and tales of South Bohemia, particularly mountain Kleť also inspired the story, as I'm fascinated with that area's mystique. Another significant inspiration flourished from studying the Elder Futhark Runes and Sacred Geometry, which I further explore in the stand-alone sequel, The Goddess Within.




HOW IT CAME TO BE:

  Both the Witch Within and the Goddess Within were inspired by ancient European mythology, pagan philosophy, Wicca, runes, sacred geometry and feminine mystique. However, in this book, I also explore the themes of multidimensional traveling and dealing with one’s shadow aspects.




HOW IT CAME TO BE:

 I had been working on this novel for ten years and I can't even remember how many versions I wrote before I finally decided to let it go. It's partly based on my childhood, partly a fantasy inspired by the fictional heroes I admired when I was a teenage girl, dreaming of a knight that would come and rescue me. And just like the main character in the book, I still try to find that knight within me and learn from him. Manifested is about becoming the hero of your life and about listening to your heart's calling, no matter how strongly your reason may object to it.




HOW IT CAME TO BE:

This novel was partly based on my channelled conversation with angel Gabriel who helps me with my writing and esoteric studies.




HOW IT CAME TO BE:

  I have been fascinated with François Villon and the story of his life since I was fifteen years old, as that’s when I first read his biography written by the Czech author Jarmila Loukotková. From then on, I became obsessed with Villon’s remarkable personality and wanted to learn more about his poetry. I was intrigued by the fact that he rebelled against the law yet always managed to outsmart it, which meant he must have been a very compelling, charismatic man. I also wanted to know how he managed to keep his zest for life and that delightfully crude sense of humour despite all his misfortunes. Ultimately, though, I was curious about why such a brilliant poet became a criminal. I sensed that the answer lay in one of his verses: Necessity makes people vile just as hunger drives wolves from the wild. However, Villon was not just a victim of the cruel times he was born into, on the contrary, he inspired people with his creative and emotional freedom in the crazy, harsh world that could have easily broken him.

I studied various translations of Villon’s poems, researched everything that was known about him, and slowly developed my own opinion of the times in his life that remain shrouded in mystery. I also visited the places that Villon frequented, which helped me absorb the special, medieval atmosphere that is still there despite the fact that the places have changed significantly over time. I can’t remember how many versions of this story I wrote until I finally felt ready to complete it.

In the end, I decided to split the book into five parts. One is told from Villon’s point of view, but the others from the perspectives of the people whose lives he touched the most. Although Villon remains the key character throughout the novel and Paris the silent witness to his convoluted journeys, each of the other characters reveals a different side of the poet’s soul. I chose this approach because I have always found the people around Villon intriguing and I think that sometimes, especially in the case of such complicated personalities, we see the hero best through the eyes of others. 





HOW IT CAME TO BE:

  Ten years ago, when I became fascinated with sacred geometry and its connection to everything in the world, one of my more critical friends asked me: But how does it relate to practical life? This book is an answer to her question. I decided to create a simple guide to magical symbols by focusing on the basic geometrical shapes they derived from.





HOW IT CAME TO BE:

  The novel is inspired by Prague’s legends and history, and explores the secrets of the Tarot, Tree of Life, and Merkaba. Each chapter is symbolically and archetypically aligned with one of the Major Arcana trumps. It all began with a dream in which I ambled across an unfamiliar looking Prague, watching as buildings were being torn down. I felt a strong bond with one of the houses and begged the workers not to demolish it, claiming that it was my home. After I woke up, I researched some old paintings and photographs, wondering whether I would find the street I dreamt about. Finally, I did. It was the Narrow Lane, located in the old Jewish Town, also called Josefov or the Fifth District, in Prague.

From that point on, I had similar and even more vivid dreams of places, which I later found on old maps and paintings. It all seemed to be linked to a Prague before its fatal renovation, which happened between the years 1896 and 1903 and mainly affected the Jewish Town. I found this an interesting historical period, when the old ways met the new, and technical developments were taking over the world. I felt inspired to write a novel set at the turn of the century in Prague, but didn’t quite have a story.
Around that time, I began to have even more intense and regular dreams about a Prague which looked more beautiful and colourful than the one I knew. It was a fantasy version of the city. I found it curious, since according to legend, Prague is a threshold to other realms. In fact, Prague’s local name Praha is derived from the word práh, which translates as threshold.

Gustav Meyrink, a visionary author who described Prague’s renovation in his novel Golem, wrote that he felt as though the city truly was a threshold to other realms. He also spoke about a group called ‘Seven Brothers’ which supposedly established towns on inter-dimensional thresholds, and that the members came from Allahabad, India. Allahabad used to be called Prayaga or Prayag, which bears a definite similarity to Praha or Prague, and means meeting place or place of the confluences in Hindi. The city was built on a convolution of three rivers, but who knows whether there was a deeper meaning to that title.

In regard to the legend, Meyrink also mentioned a mysterious Masonic lodge, the Sat Bhai. Curiously, the name translates to ‘seven brothers’ in Hindi, and in one of their texts, Prague is referred to as Pryaya. Before I began writing a story inspired by the above-mentioned dreams and legends, I studied various philosophies on spirit travel or the threshold passing. I also delved into teachings such as the Kabbalah and Sacred Geometry, and became intrigued by the idea of the Merkaba - the divine chariot or throne from Ezekiel’s vision in the Bible, also called the light body.

One day, my spirit guide Gabriel suggested that I based the text on the Tarot’s Major Arcana. He considered the trumps to be the secret keys to the Merkaba, and said that their symbolism was naturally present in most stories anyway. I was intrigued, and divided the novel into twenty-two chapters, based on the Tarot archetypes, starting with zero, the Fool. It seemed so natural and fitting in every way, that I simply couldn’t resist the idea of including it.
As I began to write with the Tarot’s Major Arcana symbolism in mind, I came to understand the correlations between the Merkaba, the Tarot, and the Tree of Life. This book therefore blends fiction with research and contemplation on these esoteric themes, which remain utterly fascinating to me.