- Paperback: 372 pages
- Publisher: New Page Books; 1 edition (February 4, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1564147118
- ISBN-13: 978-1564147110
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 134 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Publisher
With contributions and additional material from Raymond Buckland, Raven Grimassi, Patricia Telesco, Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart, and other illustrious members of The Grey Council, here is the book Merlin would have given a young Arthur...if only it had existed. This essential handbook contains everything an aspiring Wizard needs to know. It is profusely illustrated with original art by Oberon and friends, as well as many woodcuts from medieval and alchemical manuscriptsplus charts, tables, and diagrams. It also contains: Biographies of famous Wizards in history and legend; Descriptions of magickal tools and regalia (with full instructions for making them); spells and workings for a better life; rites and rituals for special occasions; a bestiary of mythical creatures; systems of divination; the Laws of Magick; myths and stories of gods and heroes; lore and legends of the stars and constellations; instructions for performing amazing illusions, special effects,! and many other wonders of the magickal multiverse.
To those who study the occult, in particular, Witchcraft, the name of Oberon Zell-Ravenheart is internationally-known and respected. He is a genuine Wizard, and he has written this book for any person wishing to become one. Perhaps, as some have written, Oberon Zell-Ravenheart is the real Albus Dumbledore to aspiring Harry Potters!
In addition to his own writings in this collection, he also presents other writers who add some highly thoughtful insights. Such as Raymond Buckland among others.
The illustrations and photographs which accompany the text are among the finest found anywhere, and are a helpful boon to those wanting to see what they are reading about. Biographies of many famous Wizards of history and legend appear in the book. Detailed descriptions of magickal tools with information for making them appears in this book. Additional information includes rites and rituals for special occasions, a bestiary of mythical creatures, a detailed and educational discussion on the laws of magick, myths, and lore of the stars and constellations. This book is full of instructions!
As a handbook and guide for becoming a Wizard, this is as near perfect and honest a book as one will find today. New Page Books has done a great service to the paranormal and occult community readers by publishing this worthwhile reference book.
Oberon Zell-Ravenheart has written a classic on Wizardry. This is his masterpiece. One of the American pioneers of Paganism in the United States, his lifetime of learning and information is shared with readers from all walks of life. He started in 1968 with the publication of his award-winning journal, Green Egg, and is often considered by readers as one of their favorite Pagan writers. The lessons in this fine book are accurate, honest, and entertaining.
If you want to become a Wizard, this is the book to start with, and learn from. This Grimoire is must-have reading for readers interested in true magick. The information given on ghosts will hold the reader spellbound, as will all information in this reference book!
Highly recommended. Congratulations to the author for writing a classic, and congratulations to the New Page Books for publishing it for readers.
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I would not take all of the information at face value and as it is written for a specific audience it can still be used with some modification to teach and use as a valuable reference and learning device. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone studying witchcraft, magic, and the like, especially those just curious or beginning. Being an eclectic practitioner and adherent I don't incorporate everything I read into my spiritual study and practice but by far this book broadly covers a depth of many areas it is more useful and intriguing than not.
There have been quite a few people who have bashed Oberon Zell-Ravenheart and his whole Grey School but you know as I have been reading one of his required textbooks for the Apprentice Wizard, I am finding his suggestions rather clever and enlightened. He does have a few minor issues in some of the historical factoid back grounding of various topics but his work is geared at the YA crowd and it is easy to overlook what appears to be a gloss over. He provides enough info to whet a newbie's appetite to learn and ferret out the particulars.
I have been actively studying magick and the occult for over twenty years and I have an extensive knowledge of a variety of traditions and I have read hundreds of texts within most of the occult genres and subgenres so I consider myself to an authority on the validity of texts in the field. I give this text my seal of approval because it is written in a way that inspires a new student to further their own study. It doesn't tell as much as it shows which is a remarkable achievement with an introductory text to magick and occult studies.
I am actually enjoying Ravenheart's textbook and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a great primer into the realm of occult literature. The author provides some great practical exercises to further develop one's metaphysical and psychic self. He has been practicing since the 1960s, which is impressive and he does have a wealth of wisdom to share.
For those who complained about the Harry Potter references, I really did not find any of these references detracting and the real world of magick is never compared to the fictional world of magick represented in Harry Potter. Any and all works to references of wizardly fictions in this text are to add a bit of spice and are used as a way to connect the material with the reader and it makes the reading fun. You can't go wrong to buy this book and absorb its contents and I am sure you will find yourself enjoying the experience no matter what your level, tradition or back ground. Ravenheart is a joy to read.
Originally I had given this book a 3 star review, although after reading it further I am upping my review to 4 stars.
On a positive note, the book does cover a wide list of magickal subjects, and would be a great start for those who don't know much of anything on magick. But if you are experienced, I doubt you will gain much from this book.