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High Magic's Aid Paperback – March, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0963065780 ISBN-10: 0963065785

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Godolphin House (March 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963065785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963065780
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,230,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a book that should be in all Wiccans libraries! The magickal operations are correct and the 'wiccan' operations are also correct(ish) But apart from that, it is a warm, sometimes humorous, sometimes horrifiying story of two brothers fight to reclaim land that once was theirs, with the help of a magician and a witch. It gives alot of good background information on what the craft might have been like way back when...
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Elderbear VINE VOICE on March 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
If you want a guide to Wicca, look elsewhere (Janet and Stewart Farrar, Starhawk, Doreen Valiente, to name a few). Although this was Gerald Gardner's first book on the Craft (published under the pen name Scire), most ritual presented within is ceremonial magic. At this time, much of modern Wicca had not yet been developed (The Charge of the Goddess had not yet taken its current form). Gleaning useful information from this text is a great deal of work--far more complete distillations may be found in the works of the authors named above.
Scire was not a great novelist, either. His prose is OK and his story development is adequate. But this isn't a real page turner. If you want to read occult fiction from this time period, *anything* Dion Fortune wrote is better written than this novel. Contemporary novels, such as Katherine Kurtz' Adept series & Mercedes Lackey's Diana Tregarde tales seem much more palatable for anybody who just wants to entertain themselves with "Witch Novels."
I am, however, deeply grateful for having taken the time and effort to read this book. It is a piece of History. Without Gerald B. Gardner and his antics, it is unlikely that the Craft would be available to the general public today. This book was the prodrome to the popular revival of the Craft. To read it is to partake of History. Because of this--not for its instructional merits, nor for its entertainment value--I give it five stars.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By pixie.ny on April 8, 2013
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This review is for the Kindle edition only. The Kindle edition is riddled with typos. These are very obvious and stupid typos, things like the number 1 appearing instead of the letter l, etc. It is obvious that this edition was not proofread at all, or these errors would have easily been caught before publishing.

Also, it does not work with the Kindle dictionary. When trying to look up a word it gives you the error message that no dictionaries in the book's language were found, even though the book is clearly in English. (For the record, my Kindle dictionary works perfectly fine with all other books, it is only this book that results in this error.)

Save your money until Amazon addresses the issues with this Kindle edition.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Francis on November 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
It's entertaining as a semi-fiction novel, but just the feel of authenticity and the sheer need for knowledge by most, including novices makes this an absoulte MUST HAVE. Those of us compleatly lost and looking for a basis of real ritual answers (and generally finding: You need to know the right people or read and guess what's authentic) is a hopefull hint towards a good ceremorial magical start. Check "The Rebirth Of Witchcraft" by Doreen Valiente (A former high priestess of Gerald's) as a historical reference to this and more of his works.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
High magic's aid was Gardner's first book on witchcraft, and was written when witchcraft was still illegal in England. As a conscequence there was a limit to how much information he could give. Most of the rituals described in the book are ceremonial magic, in fact there are only two witchcraft rites: The first and second degree initiations. Some information is also given on the religion, but not very revealing. High magic's aid is no great litterary work, but for one interested in the origins of modern witchcraft, this is a very interesting work, as it depicts Gardner's thinking at the time.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Magickal Merlin on May 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
I thought this book was OK.I'm not a literay snob,yet this book was lacking.It was kind of fluffy,for young teens.Maybe serious literature was not Gerald Gardner's forte.Yet,he may have been a part of the literati kailyard school anyway.He may have been trying to encourage young readers to explore an enchanting tale,similar to the later J.K.Rowlings' bewitching success .I think Gardner was an amazing occultist, who just dabbled in arthurian literary pursuits and tastes.He may have written this on a lark,to explore a new avenue of creative expression.It's still worth reading.Especially,for the docent Gardnerians around ,who want to pass on his genuine wiccan beliefs and revivalist occult traditions. Then give this witchy narrative adventure a try.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gale wilson on May 9, 2012
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This Book is really informative & full of useful information & a great compliment
to Toward the Wiccan circle & an Introductory & practical Self Study Coures
in Ritual for beginners. Very good to have to understand the Wiccan ways & used to understand it better. This Book helped me with finding my inner magic & I
hope it will help you to.
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