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Modern Magick: Eleven Lessons in the High Magickal Arts (Llewellyn's High Magick) Paperback – 1988
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I still remember reading the manuscript of Modern Magick. Today, as I look over the second edition of this book, I remember why I was so impressed with it back then and remain impressed now: format and breadth.
The breadth of this book is amazing. It covers so many topics that you will be astounded. From Witchcraft to Kabalah, from reincarnation to astral travel, from charging talismans to pathworking up the Tree of Life, this book has it all. Do you need to know rituals for banishing? They're here. Do you want to learn how to make magical tools? It's in this book. Do you want the secrets for safely calling up spirits from the famous grimoires? You can learn it here, too, along with the secrets of sex magick and Tantric sexuality.
But all of these exercises, rituals, and techniques all of this information is no good unless you can make use of it and understand it. That is an area where this book really excels. Instead of simply throwing out all of the material at once, this book has a progressive format. What you learn in lesson two is based on what you learned in lesson one. What comes is later lessons is based on your study of the previous ones. Because it is progressive, Don doesn't have to waste space by repeating what came earlier. But because you constantly use everything, you can go much deeper into every subject.
If you have a first edition of this book, be sure to get a copy of the second edition. It adds a section on answers to common questions and more informative contents pages. I think you will be excited with it, too. I know of many people who have worn out two or three copies of this book. Entire magical orders use it as their text. Isn't it time for you to begin?
About the Author
Donald Michael Kraig graduated from UCLA with a degree in philosophy. He also studied public speaking and music (traditional and experimental) on the university level. After a decade of personal study and practice, he began ten years of teaching courses in the Southern California area on such topics as Kabalah, Tarot, Magic, Tantra, and Psychic Development. He was a member of many spiritual and magical groups and was an initiated Tantric.
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I'll keep it for my kids though when/if they start studying. It'll be a great primer for them.
Crowley defined Magick as producing physical change by act of will so that turning a tap to produce water is in fact an act of Magick.
There is, of course, a little more to it than that. Back in the nineties there was a book written by, I think, a guy called Bradford on a series of Tibetan yoga exercises to produce a supple body and youthful vigour - and that's all. A whole book on a handful of stretches which this guy Kraig elucidates in just a few pages.
I'm afraid I don't remember much more detail about the book except that it covers a lot of ground for the money.
I am learning that magic is multifaceted, very spiritual and is a very practical tool (or way of life for many) to spiritual development and personal upliftment.
The path suggested by this work is not for the lazy. It requires discipline and commitment. The coursework provided is practical and explanations are as simple as one can expect from a subject matter that can get quite complex. I believe the complexity of the subject matter makes it necessary for one to spend a reasonable amount of time and effort on each lesson, as suggested by the author, in order to master the exercises.
For those who are not interested in the practice of magic, however, this book provides more than a glimpse into the world of the practician. It also reveals that in our daily lives, we all practice and or experience a little bit of magic every day. Just being alive and functioning in a world as complex as ours, is magic at work.
If you want to get the most out of this work, follow the instructions carefully. Do not rush. Take the time to practice the excercises, master them, and savor the results.
If you are completely new to high magick, I'd recommend picking up The Essential Golden Dawn: An Introduction to High Magic or maybe even Self-Initiation Into the Golden Dawn Tradition: A Complete Cirriculum of Study for Both the Solitary Magician and the Working Magical Group (Llewell) (I'd honestly do all 3 if you can afford it) as great supplemental material.
Its ESP RECONMEND FOR A PERSON WHO WANTS TO LEARN AND GET INTO HIGH MAJICK! ITS THE BEST ONE OUT THERE! AND I WOULD HAVE TO SAY THE ONLY ONE OUT THERE THAT COVERS ALL THE BASES! It's a LEARNING GUIDE AND TEXT BOOK but its written so well that its so easy to follow- you cant get lost as long as you follow the passages and don't skip along!