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5.0 out of 5 stars A New Standard Reference, October 12, 2006
This review is from: Secrets of the Magickal Grimoires: The Classical Texts of Magick Deciphered (Paperback)
Every so often a book turn up that fits the "must have" category for students of magick. Secrets of the Magickal Grimoirs is one of them, in a class with Regardie's The Golden Dawn, Craig's Modern Magick, and Crowley's Magick in Theory and Practice. "Secrets" trumps all three on "academic defensability", in that it keeps no secrets - very extensive source materials are accurately cited in the footnotes.

This is not the usual re-hash of widely published materials, with original fantasy and speculation added - Secrets is the result of a major research project supported by a small community of serious occult scholars working to improve their understanding of Mideval magick. Secrets of the Magickal Grimoirs presents the current "state of the art" in these studies in plain language, organized so that a complete beginner will learn everything necessary to understand the more technical chapters. Obscure language is kept to a minimum and new terms are explained clearly. "Secrets" is one of those rare books that is equally useful whether your interest is purely academic, or 100% practical.

If you are interested in the historical origins, early social context, and development of magick as we know it today, you will find it here. If you are interested in the working principles of magick which bridge theory to practice, that's here as well: Leitch wastes no time arguing whether or not the magick might actally work, he goes directly to how and why it works, from both psychological, meatphysical, theological, and nuts-and-bolts practical perspectives.

But most importantly, Secrets of the Magickal Grimoirs is the only "operators manual" for actually using such classics as the Greater and Lesser Keys of Solomon, the Legemeton, etc. "Secrets" provides an accurate historical context for understanding where these works came from, explains their obscure terminology, and unravels their riddles by supplying the missing links - everything the original users were expected to "already know". Before "Secrets", most working magicians could mine the old grimiors for useful material to incoroprate in their own work. After "Secrets", most working magicians can actually use the old grimoirs as their authors intended.

Secrets of the Magickal Grimiors is fully supported by an active online mailing list and archive. The Solomonic list community provides a friendly venue for discussion and questions on any topic related to "Solomonic magick", and many of the participants are working magicians who are actually using the material. Visit check Yahoo! Groups for the word "solomonic", and you're in.

My only criticism of this book, is that it does not include the actual grimoirs. But if you are reading this review, that should be no problem: They are in the public domain and can be downloaded from online archives (including the files section of the Solomonic list pages).

If this book is not on your shelf, fill the gap! Even if you never make practical use of the how-to material, this book is certain to expand your understanding of the meaning, and context, of real magick in both the Mideval and the modern world.
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Initial post: Jan 2, 2011 4:21:34 AM PST
Now that's what I call a review! Excellent. Thank you.

Posted on Jul 16, 2011 9:32:13 PM PDT
Arturo Royal says:
It's spelled grimoirEs, with an "E" before the "S". Otherwise a really great review. Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2012 6:32:49 PM PDT
Your typos are funny. "Meatphysical." Ha! Yes, I know I'm childish. Thank you for the review. It's perfect.
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