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3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, but this edition is corrupted, October 14, 2007
This review is from: The Tree of Life: An Illustrated Study in Magic (Paperback)
This book is an absolutely brilliant introduction to the study of white magic or theurgy but the Cicero's have unfortunately corrupted it with their editing and with illustrations not even found in the original
edition. If you want a real edition, get a second revised edition published by Weiser books, from 1971 or the same thing, just paperback, published by Weiser in 1991, tenth printing. Many books published after Regardie's death are corrupted, virtually all the editions put out by Lllewyn are corrupted (but not the one's published before his death in 1984).

It is wrong to associate Regardie with Crowley, he was an apprentice of the man at one time but he eventually broke off his relationship from him when he took a turn for the worse (at one point Regardie calls some of Crowley's new writing "deplorable"). He praises Crowley's early work, such as the original Equinox (notes on the Kabbalah)and Magick (I've never seen it in print). If you want to know why Regardie left the Golden Dawn read his "What You should know about the Golden Dawn" and also read the uncorrupted version of the Tree of Life.
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Initial post: Feb 29, 2012 5:55:41 PM PST
GW Alumna says:
The Ciceros' editing is gilding the lily. They have only added crap to Regardi's work.

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 3:51:48 PM PST
Are the added illustrations helpful? Do they elucidate points that might be difficult to understand otherwise? If so, then I wouldn't say the book has been corrupted, only enhanced. For someone who has dabbled in magic in the past, but is interested in serious study of the Golden Dawn system, I might find these diagrams elucidate some of the text.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2013 4:05:06 AM PDT
I disagree. Circeros it appears has changed not a single word except to what the modern magicians intone and the modern reader would be helped tremendously by the illustrations. I found this version to be superior, not infeiror.

people are strange. That's all I can say.

To modern readers I would still have a dictionary handy for reading this book though, you're going to need it. But it is refreshing to learn so many new words.
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