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Magick for Beginners: The Power to Change Your World (For Beginners (Llewellyn's)) Paperback – April 8, 1998


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Product Details

  • Series: For Beginners (Llewellyn's)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; 1st edition (April 8, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567180868
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567180862
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

In one book, J.H. Brennan has encapsulated an introduction to both low and high magick. He focuses mainly on the methods of the Golden Dawn (the most well known contemporary magical organization), but he also incorporates elements from sources such as the I Ching and practices such as dowsing. While there are other practical primers on magick available, none tackles the stickier concepts such as Brennan's revelation that the astral realm is not just influenced by imagination but is imagination. Brennan links magick to the mundane world in terms accessible to the novice and with demonstrations such as materializing a $100 bill to illustrate the fundamentals of magick. --Brian Patterson

About the Author

J. H. Brennan (Ireland) is the acclaimed author of over 90 books, both fiction and non-fiction, including Forbidden Truth, The Alien’s Handbook, and The Spy’s Handbook (all published by Faber & Faber), Death: The Great Mystery of Life (Carroll & Graf), Martian Genesis and The Atlantis Enigma (both published by Dell), The Magical I Ching and Time Travel (both published by Llewellyn), and the popular Book of Wizardry (Llewellyn) under the alias Cornelius Rumstuckle. His works have appeared in more than fifty countries in Europe, Asia, North and South America, and Australia.

Brennan is best known for his young adult fiction series, Herbie Brennan’s Faerie Wars (Bloomsbury) with combined sales exceeding 7.5 million. The creator of several role-playing books, his solo fantasy gamebook series GrailQuest (Dell) has sold over 6.5 million copies.

He resides in County Carlow, Ireland with his wife and ten cats.



Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Cassandra Barnes on August 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
J. H. Brennan has written more than 50 books and has lectured internationally. His latest book, Magick for Beginners: The Power to Change Your World, is an easy to understand introduction to using magic. It isn't about pulling rabbits out of hats or other sleight-of-hand tricks. Brennan defines magic as "a collection of techniques, dating back at least 70,000 years, aimed at manipulating the human imagination in order to produce physical, psychological, or spiritual results."
He emphasizes that there's more than one system of magic. Because his training was Qabalistically based, the techniques he describes include many elements from the Quabalah.
Auto-suggestion and imagination play a huge role in the success of magic. Human imagination is also described as "astral" and the astral world is as real as the physical world. Practicing magic brings one into contact with the astral plane, and sometimes with astral entities. For this reason, Brennan starts with basic safeguards that all magicians need to learn before doing anything else.

He then describes in great detail how and why magic works. He begins with "low magic," which includes instructions on how to produce a [$$$] bill. Low magic also includes divination, auras, chakras, and dowsing. Many of the low magic techniques are relatively easy to master and there are thousands of magicians practicing them.
Brennan then discusses "high magic." High magic requires far more work and dedication, but the rewards are enormous. It enables practitioners to "link [themselves] to the power and knowledge of the Universal Forces that underlie all reality." He includes instructions for rituals, pathworking, and conjuration. Brennan finishes the high magic section with instructions for making oneself "invisible.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 1998
Format: Paperback
I just got done reading this book. I think it explains a LOT about magick and the way it's performed. However, "Magick for Beginners" is not a good title. I think a better title would be "The Science of Magick". It's put together with a lot of examples and a lot of the authors own personality. I would definately recommend this book to others that were on the path to spirituality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 16, 1999
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I had to buy this book in secret c_c because my parents don't allow it... I found it to be very well written, and the instructions for each working were exact. I haven't bought any other related books yet, but I will... that is, if they're written by the same author as this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 1999
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H.P Brennan takes the reader away from the mundanaity of this the material world; into a world of color and imagination. The book begins with the basics of low magick, and moves on to the more "mysterious" realm of High Magick. The book shows those would be magicians in it for the thrill of conjuring spirits, from the deepest realms of the abyss, and cursing their enemies, that magick is a way of truely improving one's self holistically. Brennan shows how all would benefit by letting go and embracing a more imaginative and intellectual lifestyle. Even the highest of adepts could take something away from this "beginners manual". Trust me I have read hundreds of books on the subject in hand. ;þ
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By Conrad Hoss on November 22, 2014
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This is hard for me to review. I read it once and will probably read it several more times and reference it, so my views will change. I am a fan of JH Brennan from his work on Grailquest. So my expectations were high because Grailquest was truly a spell for a young reader. Ultimately his fiction is better. However this book does contain recipes for actual spells. So it is not a bait and switch book- it delivers as promised.

The book is probably not as simple as advertised but is certainly not a mystery like the classical magic books; Brennan tends to recount anecdotal evidence to prove the existence of supernatural phenomena and tends to be defensive against critics. That is a shame to invest so much writing in that because skeptics don't read magic books. He seems to go off on tangents as he writes about ghosts and leprechauns.

I'm pretty sure if he had another chance to write a magic book in 2015, he would write it differently than this 1998 version.

Brennan spends a lot of time going over reasons why magic works: quantum physics, brain and consciousness, willpower, and imagination. Any skeptic would destroy his evidence, but again, those who are interested in magic have no care for the naysayers.

It is disappointing that the props he suggests cost so much money since beginners are a bit obsessed with getting the "right" quartz or sword, when as he reveals that advanced mages don't need props.

For those of you who are on the fence, Brennan's pitch is that magick is your imagination and that you could set into motion your focused energy to make things happen. He is open-minded and you could change the exact spells as long as you have emotional connections to the revisions.

I'm curious if there are any fans of this book who actually followed every spell recipe and did the relaxation exercises.
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By Paul Aguirre on November 25, 2013
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Great book I recommend this book all its techniques and spells worked for me every time :) very good book
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