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Arbatel: Concerning the Magic of Ancients Hardcover – July 17, 2009
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Arbatel, which first appeared in 1575, is often quoted and reprinted, both praised and condemned, its impact on western esoteric philosophy has been called "overwhelming." It's magic is full of wonder and free from the sinister elements usually associated with texts on the subject. But it is about more than magic; filled with gnomic wisdom, it urges us to help our neighbors, be positive and grateful, and use time wisely. Above all, it teaches us to pay attention, looking for the wondrous and miraculous.
About the Author
Joseph Peterson has translated many esoteric and religious sourceworks. He has amassed a large collection of copies of rare and occult tracts for comparative research from the British Library and other institutions, which he shares on his award-winning Web sites www.avesta.org and www.esotericarchives.com. Peterson's published works include The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses, John Dee'sFive Books of Mystery, and The Lesser Key of Solomon.
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Turner’s translation of the Arbatel has been available in English for as long as I can remember. While his book is sufficient for working with the Arbatel, there are quite a few things distinguishing Peterson’s version from Turner’s that makes it worth buying Peterson’s text. Five things in particular that I really appreciate are the grammatical corrections, facsimile of the Latin text, the more complete history of the grimoire, the layout, and Joseph’s footnotes.
Beyond those five things I can also attest to the grimoire itself and tell you that it has impacted and empower my life in numerous ways. It’s worth the price many times over.