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Angel Magic: The Ancient Art of Summoning and Communicating with Angelic Beings (World Religion and Magic Series) Paperback – December 8, 1998
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A long-held belief is that a magician can harness the power of spiritual beings to control the physical world: Angel Magic is the manifestation of this belief, and here enjoys many specifics. From how to conjure occult beings to understanding basic Angel Magic principles, this culls information from many sources to provide a history and a range of insights into the practices of early magicians. -- Midwest Book Review
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Geoffrey James is a full-time author and consultant on computer industry issues. He is and adjunct faculty member at Boston University and teaches management courses at the UC Santa Cruz and the University of Washington. Mr. James resides on the East Coast.
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Far worse, I found that some of the historical sections seemed to be fundamentally wrong and suggested that the author had not done sufficient research on larger topics to move beyond hype relating to Druidic magic and the like (which to him seems to be nothing more than a large lump of European pagan magic). This error is compounded by placing fairy magic firmly within a Judeo-Christian context (rather than a Christianized context which would have been more accurate).
In line with these problems, I tend to be extremely skeptical of Mr James' conclusions relating to the age of various rituals and I don't see anything approximating a proper analysis of them in the book. I think that it is generally accepted that some elements of the rituals in various grimoires do go far back, but until proper analysis is done, one does not know what those elements were. On the whole, I suspect that A. E. Waite was fundamentally better qualified to give an opinion than Mr James.
Nonetheless, I did enjoy the biography of Dr Dee, and the brief summaries of the Golden Dawn, and the discussion of his experience watching an angelic conjuration, but on the whole, this means that the book does not live up to the author's intentions in my view, and I would thus recommend it *only* for these sections (which make up less than half the book).
I think that almost everybody worth his salt would be able to give more information in 25 pages than this book contains in 224. Like almost any New Age bubbles it could gives you a good idea of the concept of "infinite nothingness" but not much else. If you are searching for that, men I tell you: you are at (one of the numerous) good places! But if you are looking to practice angel magic, (I guess you do) you will not achieve that goal by purchasing that book. No Way! Now as I hate to finish anything on the negative side, l take this opportunity to recommand to all seekers some of the best books on the Magical Arts.
1) "Initiation into Hermetics" by Franz Bardon (the best ever).
If you have the money to buy only one book on the Magical
Art, make this one your choice.
2) "The Book of Solomon's Magick" by Carroll 'Poke' Runyon.
(The best PRACTICAL book on Solomonic Magic ever written).
Solomonic Magic revised into a coherent system. FINALLY!
Waiting for a second (Hardcover) edition.
3) "The Lesser Key of Solomon" (Joseph H. Peterson).(This one
is more scholarly than practical. In fact, it is probably the best scholarly work on the subject presently on the market. Seals of the spirits are sometimes clearly different and from a more reliable source than those issued from the too much popular MS 2731). Very good Job. Kudos!
4) "The practice of Magical evocation" by franz Bardon (once again 'The Great Bardon'). Another one to buy. Absolutely!
5) "The Ritual Magic Manual" by David Griffin. All the G.D. rituals. Absolutely complete, easy to follow and superb! If you want to first be initiated and then after deeply practice the G.D. ritual corpus, this book is your Nirvana.
6) "Visual Magick" by Jan Fries. A very very good book by an independant seeker and great magician. Focus on individual practices, sigilization, shamanism).Very great stuff for those (like me) who prefer an independant way to practice magic. In fact, everything by Jan Fries is great.
7) "Magick in Theory and Practice" (but yes Crowley is arrogant)
8) "Initiation to magic" by Julius Evola (not easy to follow but
9) "Taoist Master Chuang" by M. Saso (for those who loves the
Eastern paths, as I do and dont identified themselves to "Winnie the Pooh").
Good "REAL" Magic to all!