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The Magician's Reflection: A Complete Guide to Creating Personal Magical Symbols and Systems Paperback – July 8, 1999
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About the Author
Bill Whitcomb is in his early 40s and has been fascinated by magic, symbols, and language since childhood. He is active in exploring the limits of consciousness and human potential and has plans for several more books in these areas. He also writes fiction and is an enthusiast of surrealism and fantastic literature. Bill presently resides in Oregon where he works as a technical writer.
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In many ways this book is like creating your own version of 777. You go through chapters based off of archetypes, plants, rocks, places, numbers, objects, and mythical creatures in order to eventually create your own alphabet used in magic.
I have two complaints about the book, one was it was a little skimpy on the telesmatic images, I could have done with a lot more information on that but that is OK. Secondly, it eventually falls on the Hebrew tree of life. Again not a major problem, but it could have easily done something else without having to fall back on that old stand by of many western traditions.
I recommend this book along with "Stealing the Fire from Heaven" or any book based off of the work of Spare or Spare himself. Anyone wishing to explore a fresh, new way of working magic based off of your personal schemata will find this book a delight.
The Book is divided into three sections. Part 1 deals with magickal symbolism. It includes how to work with the Archetypes, working with the mythos and creating yur own, working with color, numerology, shapes, metals, stones, herbs, trees, and more. The list is extensive and each chapter has exercise to bring the work to a practical personal level of understanding and comprehension.
Part 2 is "Putting it all together" and creating a personal symbolism system that is unique unto you. This is a very powerful form of magickal application that is not taught except in bits and pieces elsewhere! Learn to create your own magickal alphabet. Learn what the different parts of a system are and how to energize them.
The third part is working with the system you have created to do specific works including: naming a magical being, pathworking, astral work, evocation, invocation, etc. Page after page this volume is well-worth owning!
Bill Whitcomb focuses more on archetypes in "Reflection", while "Companion" focused on already-existing magickal systems. This book gives the reader the basic framework for creating their own magickal system through hundreds of archetypes and exercises at the end of each chapter that allow the reader to reflect more on the archetypes covered. The last few chapters of the book guide the reader through the creation of their own magickal system...from rituals to alphabets to invocations and evocations.
While this is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in magickal works, it is also a wonderful guide to archetypes for anyone interested in such fields as psychology and understanding the symbolism of the mind.
The author also demonstrates a knowledge of sources as diverse as Jung, Crowley, and writers more obscure. I bought this and Whitcomb's The Magician's Companion as reference books for writing fiction. I got not only that, but also the distinct impression that a very special kind of working knowledge of the unconscious mind and its inherent power for inner change can reside in the actual USE of symbols. Whitcomb takes material that has for decades been disected by psychology and mythology and shows you how to put it back together and give it life again.