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Interesting, but too much "made easy"
on February 26, 1999
I'm a student of an esoterical order, and I have quite some knoledge about Magick and Summoning technics. Although this is an interesting book, with a really nice definition of the Art, it takes this Art too lightly in my point of view. There are some necessary warnings made in the book, but there is a lot of confusion in the classification of the entities. Some evil spirits (Powerfull Demons) like Bael(for example), are considerated as quite friendly entities with the beautiful classification of "goetic entities". I wondered if the author is aware of the real nature and wiseness of this kind of Spirits, and how they can create ilusions in one's mind. The Conjuration of the Seven written by classical authors like Levi and Papus has a sentence, "In name of Gabriel, may Adonay order upon you and send you away Bael" (I'm translating literally from french), wich should be considered... this entitie, for example, is one of the Seven main Demons, the Dark ray of the Moon, the Negative force, oposite of Gabriel the Inteligence of the Moon. There are some other demons that figure in some left hand path gromoires, like the Grimorum Verum, that are also presented as goetic... I agree with the author that this entities can be summoned and we can work with them. But I can't disagree most about the method recomended by the author. I think, the advertisements made in all the Magick Books, and by the Masters of the Art are being ignored in this book. Have ever the author read the Lemegeton?! I mean, maybe it wasn't a bad idea to read it again.Project astrally near a Demon?!? Enter, in His own realm and summon Him?!... I pass,thank's! If the summoning of the last 50 entities can be done by you, than summon Mettraton, Raphael, Michael, etc., in the first place... but to have results, better than the astral technic in the book, the operator should prepare himself in the classical way, although it is hard it is tested by time, and to be sincere, I have my serious doubts that a Divine Entitie as Mettraton, appears with that made easy, prepareless rituals, I have my serious doubts. Solomon the King, and others prepare the students about the difficulty of ordering a demon to manifestate, and here that is exposed like if it was calling a dog witth a bone... May the author forgive my words, but there are allready REAL efective methods to work with summoning, leggated by the Masters of the Magical Art, to be changed into a "naíf" magical point of view.