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Initiation into Hermetics Hardcover – March 11, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1885928061 ISBN-10: 1885928068 Edition: 1St Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 357 pages
  • Publisher: Merkur Publishing, Inc.; 1St Edition edition (March 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885928068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885928061
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #551,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

This new edition has been retranslated from the original German text. Numerous language and text flaws have been corrected and we feel that it will give the aspiring student a clear understanding of the Bardon material. Initiation into Hermetics is the first volume of the true Holy Mysteries which up until the 1950s were not revealed the public at large.

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Franz Bardon is considered by many as the greatest adept of the 20th century. A tireless worker for the light, he survived Hitler's concentration camps but died a victim of Communist persecution in 1958. He left behind him four legendary books which have become acknowledged classics of occult literature.

Initiation into Hermetics is the first and most important of Bardon's works and is rightly regarded as the cornerstone of his entire opus. In contrast to other books on the subject of magic, Bardon focuses his attention on the practical training necessary for all true magical attainment. Using the four elements of fire, water, air and earth as a foundation, Bardon teaches the student how to master these universal forces in the three worlds of body, soul and spirit. The author leads the student step by step through exercises providing detailed training in the entire arcanum of magic, from basic techniques in thought control and imagination to advanced teachings in astral travel, the use of talismans and magic mirrors, and much more. No other writer has ever developed such a clear, concise and practical program of magical development.

Merkur Publishing is pleased to announce the new American edition of this Hermetic classic work in an entirely new translation.

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One progresses along the path of magic at one's own pace finding light along the way.
J. Mouracadeh
The exercises it recommends are very specific and very concrete, and there are clear and measurable criteria for their correct completion.
Jim Curry
For another thing, the exercises, even the initial ones, will take immense work to master.

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198 of 211 people found the following review helpful By Sunfell on March 2, 2001
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Had I done so, I would not have had to wade through all the new-age waffle that pretends to be magickal training today. And I'd have more money. But with that said, this book isn't for the casual dabbler or the wannabe wizard. This is a serious, PhD- level book for the Seeker on the Path who, like me, has passed through the many stages and levels of insight on their way to Mastery. It is beautiful in its dense Germanic imperative simplicity, and just getting through a chapter and getting it into your psychic marrow may take weeks or months. But the results will be well worth it, as the 'Ah-Ha!' light within your soul gradually brightens, and your world will never be the same again.
This isn't for the timid, or the doubtful, or the casual dabbler. It won't blow up in your face like Crowley's stuff does, but it definitely will blow your mind if you are not ready to accept the responsibility that the exercises and techniques in this book will impart to you. I'd say that if you're under the age of 35, maybe you should wait to get this, because you should have some living under your belt to truly comprehend its impact on your life.
This book should be the keystone of any Gnostic, Hermetic, Kabalastic, or Rosicrucian practitioner of the Western Mysteries library. Mr. Bardon has given the student magus a great gift. Use it with wisdom and care.
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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
With all the praises this book has been getting, let me make this clear: THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR EVERYBODY. And don't think that this is the only magic-book you'll ever need. Wrong. This book containts a complete initiation system which is a true description of the first Tarot Card. But this course can take a lifetime to amster if not many lifetimes for many people. You won't become a magus overnight.
I disagree with the person who said that you shouldn't read ahead until you complete a step; nor that by doing so, you will finish the book in 2 years. It is safe to read ahead; it will also take many, many years to master the whole course. This is THE book for serious magic. But be warned: it's only for the most disciplined, most determined students. Also, don't neglect to study the writings of other adepts.
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107 of 113 people found the following review helpful By Laura De Giorgio TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is loaded from cover to cover with practical mind-training exercises - from developing the power of one's imagination, to training different senses and perfecting the ability to use them individually or in conjunction with each other; to working with the elements; transfering one's consciousness; generating and projecting energy; and much more. By the time you're done going thoroughly through all the exercises in this book and practicing them until you master them - your ability to use the power of your mind will increase beyond your wildest dreams - and you will have many interesting experiences along the way.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By douglas Dern on July 3, 2009
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I have read over 500 books on Magick. This is the best one ever.You really don't need anything else but this book. Honestly, this is Crowley on steroids. This is the most complete workable system on Magick there is. There are 10 steps. I became more initiated more by step 3 then 24 years in the OTO or the Golden Dawn. It teaches mastery of the elements. The elements are in everything in the universe. Master of the elements and mastery of the astral plane will lead to real magical power. If you follow the exercises in this book you will become a mystic and magician of the highest degree. You will not need a magical lodge as a teaching tool. You will learn to detach from the physical world and master the astral world and learn to control your mind.This book teaches how to use a magic mirror that is esential to evocational magic. You will learn to creat elements, elementries, charge poweful taiismans, come face to face with god. You will learn to raise the dead and cure disease. You will learn to astral travel and make yourself invisable. This book is all of that and more. And it is not a bunch of new age grabble. It is practial step by step techinque. Buy it. Study it and study it then master it. you will need no other system or book on magic, except maybe Bardons other books.
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67 of 74 people found the following review helpful By J. Mouracadeh on April 18, 2006
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There are a number of ways of reading this book. Philosophically, magically and on a practical level. Having bought it in 1979 I had to wait for the internet to be able to discuss the various aspects of this book with other people who have read it particularly since some aspects of it are not easy for the neophyte and one could not find Bardon readers round the corner. I started my own discussion group and a few months later a real professional group was set up so I dropped mine.Discussion groups also offered the opportunity to clarify some of its more obscure points while as it encouraged those who were more advanced along the path to write books on the matters discussed in the IIH in order to explain teh more obscure areas and adress readers questions. Thus the involvement in IIH can be total for the seeker. One progresses along the path of magic at one's own pace finding light along the way.

On a personnal basis, this book opened the gates of all religions. I realised but more importantly understood the basis of all religions as a result. There is an emphasis on the Jewish Kaballah but only as a base. By understanding the true meaning of religion and the world beyond this book has a direct philosophical influence. By teaching the art of magic, this book opens up possibilities for the seeker. And, by providing practical steps for the development of one magic's powers on a physical, mental and psychic level, one develops into a new human beeing.

With this understanding and the accompanying mastery and development one becomes a much better Jew Christian or whatever religion one is brought up in because one then perceives the religion from above as the real ray of light and not from below as some sort of dogma to be accepted.

Through this book, your heart enters in the world of religion and magic. Highly reccomended even if you are just a passive reader and not an active achiever on the path of magic.
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