- Series: Llewellyn's High Magick
- Paperback: 600 pages
- Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0875423248
- ISBN-13: 978-0875423241
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 156 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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The book does falter in some places, though. For instance, it is often repetitious. While this is often a good thing, repetition being the basis of memorization and learning, it can bog the work down, especially when the author repeats such simple concepts as the pronunciation of "ch" (he never writes a word with "ch" in it without explaining that its pronounced like the Scottish word "loch").
Another area that I didn't particularly like was his explanation of alchemy. The author doesn't go into practical alchemy at all, such as the creation and use of herbal tonics or elixers, etc... Instead, he only discusses speculative or spiritual alchemy, and in these cases it is almost always in its aspects as sexual magic. While I have no opposition to the practice of sexual magic, I think that other areas of alchemy could have been discussed from a historical view at the very least.
These two small flaws aside, the book is very very good. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the subject, from neophyte to expert. While many of the exercises and lessons are challenging, going through them whether for the first time or the fiftieth seems well worth the effort.
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.