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About the Author

Nancy Wasserman is an experienced and dedicated occultist who has been practicing the magical system of Aleister Crowley for many years. She has contributed several articles to the O.T.O. publications as well as The Pathworking of Aleister Crowley. She lives in New York City with her husband and editor, James Wasserman.

James Wasserman is a lifelong student of esotericism. His writings include The Mystery Traditions: Secret Symbols and Sacred Art, and Aleister Crowley and the Practice of the Magical Diary. His Chronicle Books edition of The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day features the full-color Papyrus of Ani with integrated English translation. The Templars and the Assassins: The Militia of Heaven has thus far been published in six languages. His controversial The Slaves Shall Serve: Meditations on Liberty defines political freedom as a spiritual value. His newest book is An Illustrated History of the Knights Templar. He is currently editing a series on Western occultism known as The Weiser Concise Guides. You can find him online at www.studio31.com. He lives in New York City with his wife Nancy.
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  • Series: The Weiser Concise Guide Series
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Weiser Books (February 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578633788
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578633784
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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James Wasserman is a lifelong student of religion and spiritual development. His writings and editorial efforts maintain a focus on spirituality, creative mythology, secret societies, history, religion, and politics. He is a passionate advocate of individual liberty. An admirer of the teachings of Aleister Crowley, he has played a key role in numerous seminal publications of the Crowley literary corpus. A book designer by trade, Jim is the owner of Studio 31. He is married with two children.

He has recently provided a window into the creation of his benchmark edition of the Papyrus of Ani--The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day. Please visit the link below for A Treasure of Antiquity Reborn:

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In 2009, he participated in an address to the National Press Club with Brother Akram Elias. The occasion was the publication of Dan Brown's book The Lost Symbol. Jim's portion of the talk may be found on Youtube. In it, he expresses both the truths of esoteric symbolism and the beauty of America's Masonic heritage.

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This book repeats what has been said by Swami Vivekananda in 'Raja Yoga' and by Aleister Crowley in 'Eight Lectures on Yoga' and 'Book 4: Part 1 - Mysticism' and adds nothing new. You can read all these works online (or, better yet, find things out by your own practice) so save the space on your bookshelves and give 'Yoga for Magick' a miss.

Magicians will be eager to read a good book on yoga relevant to their practice. I fell for this appeal and bought the book, but regretted the decision when I started reading. The book on 'yoga for magick' is not "Yoga For Magick"; it is Crowley's "Eight Lectures On Yoga".

As well as the dazzling lack of personal insight or new material, Nancy Wasserman seems to have an no idea of what she wants to accomplish in this book. The introduction and first two chapters talk about the necessity for magicians to cultivate their bodies, and how this can be done by Hatha Yoga. Then we get to the instructions and techniques of... Raja Yoga! There is nothing in this book about strengthening the body, despite the subtitle "Build Mental And Physical Strength For Your Practice". It's really incredible that the author of a book on yoga seems oblivious to the distinction between Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga.

This book has many other flaws as well. For example, she mentions that "certain yoga practices" can cause kundalini to rise up from the Muladhara Chakra. "Yes..." we think, "And those practices are...?" The chapter comes to an abrupt ending here and no further mention is made of kundalini. Her description of pranayama is insufficient to guide even the most basic practice. Likewise her advice for dharana, which consists of a passage lifted directly from "The Equinox", an awful simile to the effect that dharana is concentration, but not the kind of concentration of a computer programmer (What?!) and an even worse simile about the mind being like a receptacle of sand and dharana deepening a certain compartment of it.
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I found the book insightfull and it opened new avenues of thought. It gives good basic background information on yoga in a manner that is easy for the beginer to understand and a good refresher for those who have been practicing both yoga and magic for a while. Allthough the subject matter deals mostly with ceremonial magic, those practicing Wicca or another form can certainly benefit from this book. I recommend this book for anyone who studies occult and wants to improve thier practice.
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I have been a practicing magician for nearly 20 years now and a member of the OTO and AA for almost fifteen of them. I had actually never read this book until this last weekend, when, with a little time to kill, I perused it in a book store. I have to admit that I didn't buy it, but I did think to myself, "I've got to remember to recommend this to the Minervals and First Degrees at my Oasis." Now, first of all, there is no substitute for the actual works of the Logos of the Aeon, Aleister Crowley. None of the primer books even begin to rival his work in either depth or breadth. But I don't think Nancy (nor Jim Wasserman, nor Lon DuQuette, nor Richard Kaczynski, et al.) would pretend to set their works against his. They're simply trying to help people find their way into Crowley's works. This little book does just that.

Israel Regardie, in his "Complete Golden Dawn System of Magic" devotes a section to the minimum work actually necessary for attainment. What I think Nancy's book does so effectively is outline this minimum work within the narrow context of the Thelemic approach to yoga, modified slightly based on the accumulated western yogic tradition in the fifty or sixty years since Crowley published Eight Lectures on Yoga. I noticed that another review dismissed this book as simply being a rehash of Eight Lectures. I do not think that is a fair criticism. The discussion of the Middle Pillar Ritual as well as the presentation of a simple Sun Salutation routine and actual exercises of pratayahara and pranayama make this book quite worthwile in its own right.

If you are an experienced practitioner of hatha or raja yoga, this book is probably not for you. But even experienced magicians who find their yoga skills undeveloped and would like to know where to begin will find this book a helpful introduction. That goes double for beginners of both magical and yoga disciplines.
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This book is excellent and long overdue! Speaking as a yoga practicioner and a ceremonial magician, as well as the owner of a metaphysical wellness center, I recommend this book to anyone and everyone who realizes the importance of disciplining the mind and strenghthening the body while walking the magical path. Nancy Wasserman has done an excellent job of clarifying and expounding other foundational texts on yoga, while offering many valuable new insights. She has presented her information, along with photographs of specific postures, in a manner that the beginner can easily understand and follow. The seasoned magician will also gain a great deal of insight into this often neglected area of magical practice.
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I have practiced Magick and Mysticism for over 15 years. The concise guide series and Nancy Wasserman's contribution to it is invaluable to many students.

This book is for the novice to intermediate Magician. It is a book that will get you started and moving down the Path. Nancy has laid out the basics in a simple, easy to understand style.

The book contains excellent exercises, suggestions, and personal insights. It is up to the individual student to apply these lessons.

Buy the book, practice Yoga
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