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The Book of Solomon's Magick Paperback – September 15, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0965488112 ISBN-10: 096548811X Edition: 1St Edition

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Church of the Hermetic Science Inc; 1St Edition edition (September 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096548811X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965488112
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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. . . What makes this (book) remarkable is that the theoretical part (the first half) is easy to read and understand (more or less), due partly to Runyon's mastery of his topic and partly to his folksy, down-home style. . . He takes a hugely complex subject and actually makes it interesting and comprehensible. The second half goes on to outline the rituals and describe in detail the 72 spirits of Solomon and illustrate their sigils. . . -- Ed Buryn, author-artist : The William Blake Tarot

It is rare that we see such an explicit, and well-written guidebook for a subject matter that's been secret for thousands of years. This book is a must read for anyone interested in the supernatural. I give it my highest recommendation. -- Geoffrey James, author: Angel Magic and The Enochian Magick of Doctor John Dee

The Book of Solomon's Magick commences with a personal narrative by Runyon of his involvement in magick, including an initiatory near-death experience . . . The bulk of the book, however, is the clearest exposition I have ever seen of the modern meaning of ritual magick, the complex system of spirits invoked, and the practical set-up of a magickal temple. . . -- Robert S. Ellwood, Univ. of S. Calif.

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Get the DVD'S to go with the book and you will have your own Academy Of Magick right in your own home.
Abigail
If you are an academic approaching the study of Solomons magick from a psychological or Anthropological perspective, then you really need this book.
adepss
I found this book to have a friendly narrative telling of personal experience and accumilated knowledge through practice of this art.
Teresa Grubman

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71 of 76 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 9, 2001
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For those of us who spend a great deal of our time with our noses stuck in volumes of quaint and curious lore, this one is a real eye-opener (and without question...a must have). The first thing aspiring magicians are taught, (or should be taught), is that Magick is an art. Unfortunately, it is also the first thing most of them forget. In this marvelous book Mr. Runyon reveals himself to be not merely a theoretical expert, but a true artist - a master of the "art" of Magick. The Book of Solomon's Magick reads pleasantly, as if the author and you were sitting up late in front of a fireplace telling stories. It's easy to forget, however, that these tales of angels and demons are real (or as real as anything that affects our consciousness). The practice of Magick takes knowledge, skill, imagination, emotional stability, and a profound sense of humor. It is obvious from reading The Book of Solomon's Magick that Mr. Runyon possesses all these qualities plus one that, sadly, too few people today enjoy...the heart of a true romantic.--- LON MILO DUQUETTE, author of "The Magick of Thelema" and "My Life With The Spirits"
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66 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Asbestos on March 25, 2003
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In the simplest of terms, Solomon's Magick fills in the blanks. As practitioner of Golden Dawn methods and as one who has a great respect for Franz Bardon's system, I must say that I've always been just a tad confused. G.D. methods assume too much. The practitioner is left wondering if that's all there is to magick. Bardon's methods are great, but take FOREVER--and the assumptions in his book regarding how long it should take a person to reach certain states are more than a little overly optimistic. Runyon presents a in clear terms what the others are missing--even aside from accessing the spirits of the Goetia. On top of it--it's easy. Don't get me wrong...the work must be done, but once done the work really pays off. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that this book outlines one of the most workable methods of magickal development on the market. On top of that, Runyon never suggests that a person can achieve these things with no work or with no study...just the opposite in fact.
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88 of 103 people found the following review helpful By M. Stone VINE VOICE on April 29, 2005
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Let me start by saying, I suspect this will not be a popular review. For some reason the Goetia is one of these subjects that fosters a "fan boy" vibration for any author that writes on the subject. Anyone who produces a book on this material will have no end of reviews stating "This is the real thing!", "Best book of its kind!" and similar phrases of praise, completely devoid of specific or helpful information about the book's content. Never the less, this book makes some glaring errors, and what sort of magickian would I be if I didn't point them out to the novice?

First some of the attributions require the author to change the order of the entities involved. That is to say, the author actually over-rules Solomon, and "corrects" the order in which the spirits are laid out. Since they don't fall in line with his own beliefs, they MUST be out of order. Obviously!

Further, the author follows in the mistakes of Crowley, The Golden Dawn, The Aurum Solis, and Samuel Mathers in attempting to create attributions for the primary 72 djinn of Solomon's work, that have some flavor of symmetry. (please note that almost all of these sources disagree with each other, as well as the author of this book, as I will show later.)

The fact is, Solomon gave the proper attributions by way of their office, and the metal that their seal would be made of. Anyone with even a passing knowledge of the Western Tradition would be able to pick this out, but I will explain in detail, for the benefit of the novice reader.

Let's have a brief look at how Solomon laid these spirits out, and what his intentions were:

*** Spirits associated with the Sun are called KINGS. There are 9 of these in the text.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Brad Ashlock on April 21, 2002
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If you want to be a full-fledged Goetic magician, this is definately a MUST. If you are ecclectic and like to steal ideas and mix them up, I would also recommend this tome which is well researched, logical, and still very original. It doesn't matter one bit if this author is inventing or re-discovering using facial optical distortions in a mirror; if it works for you go for it. It is.....bizarre. Just to experiment, simply turn out your lights, light a candle to illuminate your face from below and squint into a mirror. This psychological /optical illusion works without the occult paraphenalia, but with it and the right mind set, it can be a most potent operation.
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 2001
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Overall, I feel this is a decent book. The Angelic Invocations required before one goes onto the Evocations are beautiful. But, even with that you start with the LIRP as presented in the author's stylized way. The way he presents two parts of the ritual really bug me...because it appears to me he may have "re-discovered" too little, or hasn't bothered to study the ritual properly. I will quote some of his directions:
"Because these are Earth Pentagrams they must be visualized in bright, neon green"1
Then it directs you to the endnote:
"This is bound to confuse and upset some 'authorities' and their students who insist that Earth Pentagrams should be visualized in an astral electric blue color...The G.D. color scales are NOT what we see on the astral, they are what we project and impose in order to accomplish our purpose. You are creating Earth Pentagram, not skrying one that's already there--so, don't make 'blue' water Pentagrams for the Earth Quadrant. Make 'um green."
He gives some true statements about the projection of color. However, he seems unaware of the reasons behind using a blue pentagram in the ritual. Water has nothing to do with the usage of the pentagram in this ritual. Very little research will show that the reason it is blue(not green, which would be the flashing color of Fire seen on Michael)is that the pentagram is a symbol of Geburah. Geburah is related to martian influence and color is red...opposite the tree is Geburah(which is blue). One purpose of the ritual is to create a balanced space, so with the fiery symbol of Geburah we balance it with the color of Gedulah. This is the reasoning behind the blue pentagram. My other major dislike of this book is the six-pointed star he uses...
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