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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 198 pages
  • Publisher: University Books (1967)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006BR76I
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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I have takeen the time to go over a large portion of the book, and see little to no origonal work.
WEC
For those who are truly passionate about traditional western magic (i.e., the grimoire tradition), Francis Barrett’s classic “The Magus” is absolutely indispensable!
L. Pedersen
By far, this book is the best I have ever seen on any sort of occult, metaphysical, and parasycology.
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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 1998
Format: Paperback
Many people have written very dispariging remarks about The Magus, or Celestial Intelligencer [first published in 1801]. They probley write such knowagable insights about another auther as well - the Most Honored Counsellor to King Charles the Fifth, and a Judge of the Prerogative Court...Henry Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim. Agrippa lived around 500 years ago, and he wrote a book that is still having an impact today - 'The Three Books of Occult Philosophy'. It is the standard by which all other magical tomes are judged, and The Magus is no exception. The fact that Barrett basterdized the 'Three Books' is well known. But keep in mind, the 'Three Books' had long since fell into obscurity (300 years old by Barretts reconing) and there were no other tomes of any worth (save perhaps Johann Weyer's 'De praestigiis daemonum'). Also keep in mind the timeframe Barrett was living in (1801): 25 years after the American Revolution, 11 years after the first French Revolution, 2 years after George Washingtons death, the Marquis de Sade was still alive then, and Napolion was comming into power. Barrett did an outstanding job, concidering. His book stated the 'modern day magic movement' and directly influenced Eliphas Levi, Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers, Aleister Crowley, and so-on. Its impact was enormass, regardless of the glaring inconcistances (and errors) in the text, tables, and with the glyphs. Its history alone make it a book to be respected and admired. Sincerly, Shawn W. Ooten
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62 of 77 people found the following review helpful By D. Boyer on April 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
Francis Barrett plagarized 100% of this book from Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy, so there is some good information present, but none of it is original. (well, maybe some of the interesting illustrations) So if you're interested in the full story, seek out Agrippa (though do not buy Kessinger's version. For some reason they only include the first book, but still call it "Three Books of Occult Philosophy". Buy Llewellyn's--it's a beautiful production.)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. M. Peters on March 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
I can confidently place Francis Barrett's The Magus along with the greatest of all magical/occult books in mainstream press: Dictionary of Angels by Gustav Davidson, Three Books of Occult Philosophy by Agrippa, Black Magic by AE Waite, and Aleister Crowley's 777. For those that are hardcore occultists or even those who are merely curious, this book has alot to offer everyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Pedersen on March 16, 2014
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First of all, please forgive me for this review being somewhat lengthy, but a work such as the present title deserves nothing less and so I hope you will indulge me.

For those who are truly passionate about traditional western magic (i.e., the grimoire tradition), Francis Barrett’s classic “The Magus” is absolutely indispensable! Ever since its publication by Lackington, Allen in London, in 1801, this work has had a massive impact on the occult community and it is one of the most influential pieces of literature within its field. It inspired, among others, the famous French occultist and author, Eliphas Levi (Alphonse Louis Constant, 1810-1875), as well as the founders of one of the most famous of all esoteric societies known today, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.

Barrett’s purpose in compiling “The Magus” was to present a “complete” handbook of occultism (with a strong emphasis on magic) that would make readily available a collection of the most important teachings of occult/magical theory & philosophy along with the mechanics – as well as examples – of practical application. And in my humble yet honest opinion, he most certainly succeeded in doing exactly that!

Regrettably, however, “The Magus” has undergone a lot of unfavorable publicity over the past several years; this typically at the hands of unqualified individuals, falling under such a title due to the fact of obviously never actually having read the book they are so eager to cast aside.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "arfca" on October 31, 2000
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This book is chock full of interesting takes on the Bible and God as well as practical ways for affecting reality through spiritually charged knoweldge and their items. Barrett like Esuebius pulls together a lot of older information that, again, puts one in a p[osition to better consider reality and your p[lace in it with God. A must read for seekers, intelligencers, and psychonauts; or just someone normal who wants to change their mind.
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17 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 7, 2004
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Let's clear up a few misconceptions, by turning to a reliable authorty, as far as most modern occultists would be concerned:

Israel Regardie, in an essay from his book 'Foundations of Practical Magic,' (no doubt soon to be reprinted) described Barrett's MAGUS as 'a hotch potch of superstitious nonsense, blended with some basic magical information..the student (of serious magic) could do far worse than acquire a copy...'

Besides, it contains, for your shelf, a copy of Pietro d'Abanos' to put next to your greater and lesser Keys of KIng Solomon.

So, follow the mighty Mr. Regardie's lead ( and if you don't know Mr. Regardie enough either to admire him or despise him, no serious magician could consider you a serious student of modern western magic), and get a copy.
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