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The Necromantic Ritual Book
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Psychologically speaking, I think this book is really about personifying death, and then carefully utilizing that personification to better comprehend and accept death. The meditations/rituals increase in complexity and "effectiveness", but no real special tools are required for the simpler meditations (usually stuff like some candles and jasmine incense or oil, and a place to perform).
As with any sort of ritual in the occult scene, one should be careful of what they're doing so as to avoid unfavorable results. I don't mean invisible spirits/demons (as some believe), but psychological side-affects. IMO, you should just always be careful of knowing your expectations and goals of a ceremony, and not to get too obsessed with it. But like driving a car, the benefits far outweigh the risks once you know what you're doing.
Anyway, the book is also very visually appealing, with its ingrained silvery writing on the outside black covers, deep violet on the inside of the covers, and "gothy" lettering. However, the tiny writing in the gothic-looking font does make a little difficult to physically read. When I bought the book, the cashier and I were trying hard to read the listed price on the back! I admire the effort for aesthetic appeal, but not at the complete expense of practicality. (This moves my vote from 4 stars to 3)
Still, I think it's a unique book of intriguing practices, whatever your religion. We all know that we're going to die someday, and we've all feared death at one time or another, so I think that one could get a lot out of this little book.
Get a decent, trustworthy book to start with. If you understand Latin, a very good one would be "Forbidden Rites: A Necromancer's Manual of the Fifteenth Century" by Richard Kieckhefer, then from there, you will know some authentic sources to further your knowledge.
Sleep beside a corpse in a cemetary in total darkness... and so-called "death enegy".... and even on page 45, "... grasp rge athame firmly, and with one thrust, pierce the corpse's heart and leave the blade in place. Do not remove it until the next morning".
Up to you to decide whether you think this book is real stuff. To me, this book is ridiculous.
It also has some odd requirements; for instance: I for one, never much used astrological timing with my rituals, but they're very much needed here, as is access to either bones or some other "biomatter" materials, access to some Mausoleums or a very large, secluded graveyard, neither of which is a problem if you're in the Philippines, but in America where these things are becoming a bit pricier and or hard to come by. Basically, it is a great read if you can get by the font, very useful if you have access to the materials mentioned (and a couple others I either forgot or omitted), but is in itself an eye-opening read.
Sidenote: I was absolutely DROOLING over the golem-making operations, as I love this form of powerful ritual magick and have been dying for good instructions on a "sculpted" golem.
I'm a little on the fence about this book, but I have a strong feeling that I'll make use of it in the very near future. I think however, that Wendell could have done a much better job. Oh well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is beautiful and I consider it a piece of art in and of itself. The gilding and font are wonderful. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Charles M.
review on it and offer some perhaps guidance for those whom do not know the way and need a point in the right direction. Read morePublished on January 27, 2014 by Waffles
I'm writing this review in response to some of the other reviewers and some other opinions I have seen elsewhere on the internet. Read morePublished on August 31, 2012 by human
A few years ago I told a buddy of mine that I wanted to start studying the occult. His reply was ( it's just stuff gothic kids write up in their rooms). Read morePublished on May 21, 2012 by ACustomer
OR however that spells in latin. Well done book and I'm familiar with Leilah through her site at Westgate Necromantic. I have some of her other works and even some of her art. Read morePublished on May 11, 2010 by S. Banzhaf
This book is very good about explaining the peaceful aspect of death, and quite honestly quite informative. This book is not full of magic white or black, just peaceful rituals.Published on March 3, 2010 by Laura Houser
If nothing else, this is definatly the "darkest" book in my library. It is an interesting look into Necromantic practice, the whole nine yards. Read morePublished on March 6, 2008 by Ravencadwell