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The Complete Magician's Tables Hardcover – 2006
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About the Author
Stephen Skinner began his career as a Geography lecturer and magazine publisher, but his long term interests have always been Western magic and feng shui.
During the 1970s he was the driving force behind Askin Publishers, producing a number of classic magical works by Cornelius Agrippa, Paracelsus, Austin Osman Spare, Aleister Crowley, and others. During the 1970s he co-wrote many books with Francis King, including the still popular Techniques of High Magic. Also with Francis King he wrote Nostradamus. His interest in prophecy stimulated by this book, he went on to write the best selling Millennium Prophecies.
Stephen is credited with bringing the art of Feng Shui to the West, and in 1976 he wrote the Living Earth Manual of Feng Shui, which was the first English book on feng shui in the 20th century.
Stephen has written more than 35 books, which have been published worldwide in 28 different languages. These books have had introductions by such diverse people as Colin Wilson, HRH Charles Prince of Wales, and Jimmy Choo, shoe designer to the stars.
Stephen lives in Singapore. Stephen is the first Westerner to be awarded the title of Grand Master of Feng Shui by the International Feng Shui Association.
Top Customer Reviews
The book is laid out in logical, alphabetically arranged tables for just about every subject a magickian needs. The correspondences are based on the '32 Path' layout used in 777, but the resemblance to that work ends there. The author has done an incredible amount of research so you won't have to. Just look up the subject and you will find a treasure-trove of useful information.
You may not know it, but you need this resource. You won't be sorry you bought it !
The kabbalah also gets its due, with the lesser known Luriatic diagram receiving recognition for it's "intellectual" layout in comparison to the more "popular" style laid out by Mathers for the Golden Dawn. Skinner provides compelling reasons for why the Luriatic version seems more "correct". Sephirah and path numbers are, of course, also provided where correspondences to them occur.
All in all, this book will be used by practitioners for years to come and will make a handy addition to any occult library.
In fact, this book, combined with the first three volumes of the 'Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magick' series, are all books that I have found highly informative AND useful.
I also give this book 'The Complete Magician's Tables' my highest recommendation, thus, the five stars of this review ...
Drawing from numerous sources Skinner provides data in a clear, concise fashion. Useful for all traditions as well as for the experimentalist who is blazing a trail through new territory, this work stands head and shoulders above similar titles in its completion and in its presentation.
No longer a slave to the old and inefficient 4/5/7/12/32/32+2 motif made popular by Crowley's 777, the magician who elects to use Skinner's work will find his information quickly and easily. The tables are laid out in a thoughtful manner; using them is simplicity itself!
If you're familiar with 777 or other tomes of correspondence then you'll find this work a delight to work with for its ease and its expansion on themes left untreated by others. If you're a novice to ceremonial magick and the hermetic cabala then this is probably the best reference book to have on your shelf.
The numerous tables are organized according to 26 categories as follows: 1] Angels - Biblical, Apocryphal and Gnostic; 2] Buddhism; 3] Christianity; 4] Dr John Dee's Angels; 5] Emblems and Alchemy; 6] Feng Shui, Chinese Taoism and Taoist Magic; 7] Geomancy; 8] Heavens - Zodiac, Planets, Houses, Decans, Mansions, Constellations; 9] Islam; 10] Judaism; 11] Kabbalah; 12] Letters, Alphabets and Numerical Values; 13] Magic of the Grimoires - Angels, Demons and Spirits; 14] Natural Magic - Animals, Plants, Stones, Herbs and Perfumes; 15] Orders, Grades and Officers; 16] Pagan Pantheons; 17] Questing and Chivalry; 18] Rainbow Colour Scales; 19] Sacred Geometry; 20] Tarot; 21] Uniform Timeline - Magicians, Kabbalists, Astrologers, Alchemists; 22] Vedic and Hindu; 23] Wheel of the Year, Seasons, Months and Hours; 24] X-Reference to Greek Isopsephy; 25] Y Jing or I Ching; and 26] Zones of the Mind, Body and Soul.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I feel like kind of a dick giving so few stars to a book that so much work went into....but at the end of the day, this book was useless to me. Read morePublished 16 days ago by ThatDude1
It is a must have for every magicians library! Excellent sourcebook. Thorough, current and well researched.Published 14 months ago by momboom1987
Very very over rated material. Hard to follow. Could use a simple cross reference in the back. My eyes glaze over every time I look at it; And people rave about it on FB. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Bill
The book, at no fault of the seller so please do not misunderstand this review, wasn't what I had expected exactly. Read morePublished 17 months ago by T
Books like this take a lot of knowledge and hard work to compile. However they should be used as a means of "whetting one's appetite" for doing one's own research. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Walter R. Williams