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This book is as voluminous as its title, and no matter what type of magic you practice, or even if you just study it, it is an indispensable book with a wealth of useful intelligence on all Eastern and Western forms of magic. Bill Whitcomb also graciously provides contact information for areas that are not covered. Any serious student of magic can appreciate the expense of research time, and this book will help minimize the research, thereby allowing more time for your workings. The Magician's Companion is going to be a well-worn volume on my shelf.

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If you have been involved with the practice of magic for some time, chances are you have lots of books on a variety of subjects: books on Enochian, astrology, the Qabalah, the chakras, the runes, and many more. If you're just starting out in magic, you may feel daunted at the number of books you think you may eventually want to study and buy.

Now you can have the greatest compendium of virtually every major magical system in the world in just one book, The Magician's Companion by Bill Whitcomb. This is the ultimate reference for all magicians. Whether you are a Wiccan, Witch, Thelemite, ceremonial magician, or follow any other tradition, you are going to find that The Magician's Companion is a must.

This book is more than just the leading sourcebook on spiritual systems from around the planet. As the world goes further into the Information Age, it is now more vital than ever to understand the symbols of the shaman, the magician, the mystic, and the alchemist, for in these symbols can be seen the shape of the mind and soul of humanity.

With this understanding comes tolerance and the world of the future. Take the next step toward creating your future by getting The Magician's Companion today.
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Product Details

  • Series: Llewellyn's Sourcebook
  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; 2nd edition (September 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875428681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875428680
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By OAKSHAMAN VINE VOICE on October 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
The author's knowlege is truly encyclopedic and extremely impressive. This thick tome is the equivalent of a doctorate in metaphysics. That is because it is not merely a reference work (though it is probably the best single volume reference on symbolism and correspondence), but it is truly intended to be a self study course. In the "How to Use this Book" section he makes it clear that he is a serious practitioner with a first-hand knowlege of what such studies take (i.e. Meditation, Intense Intellectual Study, Centering, and Grounding.) The reading list for further study is both first rate, and surprisingly eclectic (varied, and not what you'd ordinariy expect.)

You can find all of this information in other sources such as the hermetic, cabalistic, and alchemical source works, but it will take you years. Whitcomb has sumarised everything in amazingly clear tables, lists, and diagrams without trivialising anything. He even shows the cross correspondenses between various systems and cultures (Egyptian, Greek, Tibetan, Native American, Hebrew, Chinese, etc.)

My only criticism is that there is not a leather bound hard cover edition for my permanent library- I know I'll have my own copy custom bound at the first opportunity.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Neshamah on October 14, 2004
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Mr.Whitcomb has done an excellent job of putting together a resource you will use over and over again. The book is oversized, so you can write your own notes in the margins. Not a day goes by that I don't pick up this book and look up the correspondences of a planet, or information on one of the 28 Lunar Mansions of Chinese Astrology. No kidding, this book is fantastic and you will definitely get a lot of usage out of it. Yes, there are a couple of errors in these almost 600 pages -- but what book of this type doesn't have an error or two? Finding them will help you grow and learn, so it might be that Mr.Whitcomb has done you a favor. But, as I said, there are only a couple -- don't wear yourself out trying to find them. ENJOY !!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By SpookyT on December 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
As a general reference, this book is a handy tool for the beginner or intermediate user. A couple of glaring oversights and errors have made it impossible for me to recommend this volume as a fully reliable resource. For instance, the Greek alphabet table is missing a letter, and one of the diagrams is incorrect. Those are the only two errors I've caught, and they are not major, but it renders the rest of the contents questionable, so that I feel the need to cross reference every entry. I still use the volume, but I don't entirely trust it. As the saying goes: "How can you be trusted in the big things if you can't be trusted with the small ones?" But the book can still serve as a convenient one-stop shop for very general inquiries. Just be sure to verify the information before applying it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nicq MacDonald on October 24, 2001
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If you're interested in meditation, the occult, or symbolic systems in general, pick up this compendium of useful information. It includes charts and articles summarizing different symbolic structures used in magical and mystical traditions from around the world, from Tantric Buddhism and Hebrew Qabalah to Sufism and Hopi shamanic traditions, and much, much more, from overviews of alchemy to occult alphabets. In addition to all this, there is also an excellent recommended course of study in the book, directing students of magick to some of the best titles for further information on the systems in the book, as well as applying them in one's practical work.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Samuel E. Burns on January 28, 2004
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This book should be of great use to anyone with an interest in occult sciences and philosophies, whether a magician or not: it contains a truly massive amount of information! While not organized in the manner of a "traditional" encyclopedia, it does indeed cover that kind of a wide range of material. There's everything in this book from a discussion of general theories of magick through various "views of reality" to a listing of what stones have what symbolic asociations, just as examples. The full range of subjects is too wide to discuss here!
However, don't expect a "how-to" or introductory text, that isn't what this was intended to be. Much of the material seems to me to be written from the assumption that the reader would have at least a passing familiarity with the general subject matter, from some perspective. Still, it will be a wonderful jumping-off point even for a beginner, as it will give you something to start from in any search for more information. I highly recommend this book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Diana on February 22, 2000
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I've found this book to be a really good reference book. Whitcomb includes ethics without preaching and he covers many traditions without appearing scattered. However, this book is not for the fluffy pretend witch or the teenager who thinks this stuff is cool. There are many books for those folks. Instead, this is for those who are serious practitioners. Whitcomb does not tackle this subject tentatively. For example, he includes a bibliography on the ritual use of hallucinogens (albeit with the proper disclaimers). On the down side, I have also found typos and errors. A revised edition is a great idea. But, all in all....a must have reference!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ixus on September 3, 2002
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The book covers a wide variety occult names, symbols, diagrams, alphabets, etc. The book contains both western occult and also eastern occult symbols. This is great book to be kept for reference especially if you are studying magick. Consider this an encyclopedia of the occult. I find this book very useful when you need to look up certain things.
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