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Arcanum: The Complete Guide to Systems of Magick & The Unification of the Metaphysical Universe Paperback – July 11, 2012
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About the Author
Joshua Free first began by receiving personal apprenticeships from his early years and progressing through his entire life, including various Christian Gnostics, Rosicrucians, Freemasons, members of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, O.T.O. Ordo Templi Orientis, A.A. Argentium Astrum among others. He was officially initiated into the Pheryllt Druid tradition at the age of 12 and began leading his own Gnostic Druid organization at 13. Joshua Free is the founder of Mardukite Ministries (2008) and the prolific author of many works including Sumerian Religion, Babylonian Myth & Magic, The Sorcerer's Handbook of Merlyn Stone, The Necronomicon Anunnaki Bible, and many others. In the 1990's he was the youngest initiate of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids in England until he left to independently pursue the origins of the Celtic Druids - resulting in the "Book of Elven-Faerie". Although best known for his work on Sumerians, the Anunnaki and Babylonian Tradition for the "Mardukites", his work on the Dragon Legacy and modern Pheryllt Druid tradition is also paramount. His writing has even been used to introduce the third volume from Douglas Monroe, "The Deepteachings of Merlyn" (published 2011).
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Topics include notable people (Aleister Crowley, Timothy Leary and C.G.Jung, for instance), as well as many styles of magick, including the Golden Dawn system, druidism, Enochian magick, Goetic, tantra and energy work. There are also entries relating to quantum physics. The exciting thing about this book is that entries provide more than just information. Many include practical exercises and rituals a student can apply to their own spiritual evolution. For those who have read the author's Wizardy or the Merlyn Stone books, Arcanum is much like those...only on steroids.
Before buying this book, I remember seeing it described as a self-paced course in the occult, and now I finally understand how this is accomplished. Never have I seen such an endeavor before this. Entries are organized alphabetically and have text written in bold, which is a cue that there are related entries to that which is highlighted. This provides a path for the reader to follow, like a trail of bread crumbs. A person will pick up the book and find a topic of interest, which will lead the reader to search another topic, then another, and another...until, eventually, the reader decides to put it down (or is forced to by the shear weight of it).
While the variety of subjects is impressive, there are a few entries I have tried looking up but are missing. But these have proven to be exceptions, and in all honesty were of little interest, seeking them simply out of pure curiosity. Thus far I have found almost everything I was hoping to find, and much that I wasn't expecting.
This is an awesome book for any student of the occult to possess. The price may seem a bit steep but it is worth it, in my humble opinion. While Arcanum probably won't make a student an expert on any subject on its own, there is much knowledge to absorb and most definitely enough to provide a foundation on all that is covered. A word of warning, however: I have lost much sleep reading this book. Following that trail of bread crumbs has a way to really pull the reader into its vortex of knowledge, and awareness for the passage of time becomes lost too easily while in its grasp. Not recommended reading before bedtime ;)