The Necromantic Ritual Book

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ISBN-13: 978-0944087039
ISBN-10: 0944087035
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"The NECROMANTIC RITUAL BOOK is not for everybody, neither for the faint of heart, nor the merely wicked..." -- Green Egg Magazine

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Leilah Wendell is the world's foremost recognized researcher of Death personifications and encounters. Author of ten books and scores of articles on the subject, she is also a fine artist, published poet and proprietor of The Westgate Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana, the first and only gallery devoted exclusively to Necromantic Art & Literature and dedicated to the Angel of Death. Born in New York and best known for her ground-breaking title Our Name is Melancholy- The Complete Books of Azrael, and over twentyfive years of research and documentation via The Azrael Project, she currently resides in New Orleans, LA. in what is commonly referred to as "The House of Death".
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 50 pages
  • Publisher: Westgate Pr (January 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0944087035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944087039
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Bill M. on September 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
In this book, the author talks a little bit about the "Angel of Death", how he is sometimes manifested as "death energy", and includes 5 or 6 solitary rituals for tuning into and understanding this energy. Well, that's at least metaphysically speaking, and I take the talk about "Azrael" with a grain of salt.
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.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 19, 2002
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A unique book for those wanting to learn the art of Necromancy. Having studied Palo Mayombe in Mexico, I did not find Ms. Wendell's instructions out of the ordinary. It is common in the initiations of Palo to sleep with the corpse which has been chosen for the cauldron, or at least sleep in the same room. In Africa, there are some tribes who keep parts of their ancestors in their dwellings in order to communicate with them. This book is not for the beginner or the curious, but for those who feel a real connection to the world of death and spirits. I feel there were many, many practices left out, that is why I only gave four stars, and since she went this far, why not add the rest. Death is indeed a very mysterious and misunderstood being in much of modern culture, and although I would not want to find myself waking up with a cadaver, even of my own family, but I respect this work for its unique insight. Don't miss it! The section on golem-making was good but lacking some in the ritual of bringing it to life; for experienced magicians, this would not be a problem.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By oneinthedark on March 27, 2002
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This book is not about Necromancy, it is a book about Necromantic practices. It's a book intended to "align one's soul with the Death Energy". Simply put: To get to know Death better. I will not practice the rituals in this book, because I am not comfortable with kissing or sleeping with a dead person. It does have an interesting section on Ritual Sculpting. It provides the elements to bring to life a sculpture, but it requires parts of a dead body. The only thing I really liked about the book is that it has a "Sorcerer's Handbook" atmosphere that surrounds it. In short, I am glad to add this book to my unique library.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joe Cummings on April 6, 2002
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Somehow I just don't see myself breaking into a crypt to spend the night sleeping with a rotting corpse in order to attune myself with the "death energy". I did a 30 days in county jail once & I'm not too keen on the idea of going back just to connect myself to this "death energy". Not to mention, the smell can't be all that great. Phoohey! I don't quite see the point in ritual golem construction either. BTW, don't believe the guy who says he's got an army of golems doing his house work, he's full of it, they don't do anything.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "xiaotingtong1234567" on October 25, 2002
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I must admit that this book provided some amusement... You don't need a high IQ rating to know what's going on...
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.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By "simon160664" on April 29, 2001
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The author state in the book that she would not be held responsible if you get arrested by the police.
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mephistopheles D. Grimm on November 9, 2009
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Honestly, I was a little surprised by the very short read that this book is, I've been a practicing Pagan occultist for a little over seven years now and never have I come by such a skinny little thing; I downed it in less than one afternoon, fifty pages. Although, the actual rituals and meditations, in my opinion would take some time to do (which is a good thing, as a resting period between rituals is always advisable). I ordered it in conjunction with another book and it got here first, which pleasantly surprised me. I think the only downfall of this book is that it does not go into very much detail.

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.
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