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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; Rev Exp edition (September 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738715786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738715780
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Donald Michael Kraig graduated from UCLA with a degree in philosophy. He also studied public speaking and music (traditional and experimental) on the university level. After a decade of personal study and practice, he began ten years of teaching courses in the Southern California area on such topics as Kabalah, Tarot, Magic, Tantra, and Psychic Development. He was a member of many spiritual and magical groups and was an initiated Tantric.

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Very Good book for beginners.
The Kindle version of this book is very good with one exception.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Frater Adservio on November 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book has been something of a modern classic for years. Several generations of magicians have grown up with this book, and it does its job quite well. Like its earlier incarnations, this edition is a quality primer on the basic topics that any aspiring magician needs to know, from theory to ritual and history. The new edition adds new material and personal insights from the author as well as nice graphics and illustrations. For fans of the older book, you'll be happy to know that nothing was excised or removed; only new material has been added.

The book itself is quite large and it feels like holding an actual textbook. The lesson format, chapter quizzes and bibliographies reinforce that impression and aid learning.

A student who completes the entire course will have a solid grounding in magical practice and be able to go on to study more advanced topics safely and competently.

However, I must say, the book doesn't give much meat when it comes to the process of elemental initiations as practiced in the Golden Dawn. I recommend augmenting this course with Kabbalah, Magic & the Great Work of Self Transformation: A Complete Course to get the full experience of Golden Dawn-style elemental initiations and spiritual development.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Brother MOLOCH 969 on March 17, 2011
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It was 1988 (if memory serves me correctly) when I found Don's original MM (Modern Magick) sitting on the shelf at a bookstore. Prior to buying it, I had purchased well over a dozen books on CM (Ceremonial Magic) because I wanted to be able to conjure & summon Spirits like every Novice wants to do. I had several grimoires, one of Manley P. Hall's books, Waite's heavy tome on kabbalah, Mather's work on QBL, Crowley's books, Regardie's the Golden Dawn, and a few others. The problem with these books is that they were written for individuals who are past the Novice stage. Enter Modern Magick...

I took a sabbatical from work during the Summer of 1988 while school (re: college) was out so I could spend time studying Occultism. I began to read MM and as I did so, many things became understandable to me. When I say it was like the Rosetta Stone for me, I'm not joking. I rapidly read through MM then re-read it slower so I could digest it better. Essentially MM is laid out to take you from Novice to less-than-Initiate-but-more-than-Novice status. It does this by explaining rudimentary concepts such as the various personal rituals like the Lesser & Greater Rituals of the Pentagram & Hexagrams, the Watchtower Ceremony, and others. It even includes one of Don's own designs on banishment of fears.

The work went along well & I spent much time devoted to this work as well as Bardon's Initiation Into Hermetics as I tried to push myself to the stage where I could summon & control not only Elemental forces but also Spirits from grimoires. This worked well for me but the difference between me & thee is the work I did. Many who read such books as these end up just reading them & wishing they could do things. The key is to put into practice what you read in them!
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Codrut Popescu on December 20, 2010
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I am new to magick (less than 2 years) and I have been looking for a practical method to follow. I have been researching the books of Aleister Crowley, Franz Bardon, Agrippa, books on Chaos Magick and many others and I have a large collection now of books on magick and this is the best one to follow for the magician who has a typical busy life, which is specific to our times. With no exaggeration, if you buy only one book on western magick ever, this is the one to buy. Of course, a magician has to study more than this, and every one will end up with a huge collection of books in the library. But, if you want a glimpse of what western magick is, this is the book to have. You can start with this book and build slowly with others. This will probably take years anyway. The author encourages and recommends other books in the lecture but the material contained within is self contained.
You will also need a good tarot deck, if you cannot find the Builders of the Adytum deck, or the Golden Dawn deck, you can do as well with the Rider Waite deck (which is the most well known). The rest of the paraphernalia used by a magician can be hand crafted by yourself.
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39 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
Wth each edition of the books Donald M. Kraig puts out on Modern Magick it gets better and better. I can't tell you how many times I had to replace the 1st and 2nd edition of Modern Magick due to the books being stolen or just fell apart due to my constant reading of the books. I know this new edition will fall apart on me eventually like the others before it did. He is very descriptive; moreover, his subjects are very organized. This is one of the few books that I recommend to the novice and the advanced. I also like the fact that he is not cryptic or sophomoric. In fact he is very intelligent and this book shows that he is a seasoned Magician I have been a practioner of magick for more than 20 years now; therefore, I know Mr. Kraig knows what he is writting about. In fact Modern Magick is his magnum opus and like a fine wine it gets better with age. I wish I had this book when I first started out with Magick it would have made things a lot clearer and help me to appreciate what my teachers were showing me. In fact I see him as a golden author and this is coming from a Crowley fan. This book on Ceremonial Magick has been inspirational to this Wtch and Ceremonial Magician. A million praises for Modern Magick!
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