10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2008
I had misgivings in buying this book after reading "Shaping Formless Fire" by the same author. Again it is a series of articles written for various magic journals over a period of years. But I was very pleasantly surprised. Whereas "Shaping Formless Fire" was very basic, this book is quite advanced by comparison. And it coheres very well considering the variety of topics it covers. There are no rituals given or much in how to create them. Mace just throws out opinions, anecdotes, and commentary left and right. You will almost certainly find something with which you will vehemently disagree. But isn't that what a good book is all about?
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2009
... is the real deal. Unlike so many modern books on magic that seem to be written by those who learned to make an outline in college but really have nothing original to say about magic, Stephen Mace's books are illuminated by his own experience. He is direct, forthright and clear in his writing, and he helps make Austin Spare's works, which are the very opposite (at least to us), understandable. We highly recommend this and all his books. They are to the point and not packed with filler. And, for us, much of what he writes is confirmation of things we had come to realize on our own. Such independent confirmation is very valuable for the scientific side of our magic. See if you come to the same conclusion.
the silver elves
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2007
TAKING POWER: CLAIMING OUR DIVINITY THROUGH MAGICK tells how to harness and manipulate psychic energy so it becomes a controllable force. Symbolic orientation is not a part of this structured guide, so all types of New Age practitioners will find TAKING POWER an essential pick, blending works of Austin Osman Sparev and Aleister Crowley and going a step further in analyzing the grounding forces of reality itself.
Diane C. Donovan