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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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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; Revised, Expanded ed. edition (September 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738715786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738715780
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.3 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book has been something of a modern classic for years. Several generations of magicians have grown up with this book, and it does its job quite well. Like its earlier incarnations, this edition is a quality primer on the basic topics that any aspiring magician needs to know, from theory to ritual and history. The new edition adds new material and personal insights from the author as well as nice graphics and illustrations. For fans of the older book, you'll be happy to know that nothing was excised or removed; only new material has been added.

The book itself is quite large and it feels like holding an actual textbook. The lesson format, chapter quizzes and bibliographies reinforce that impression and aid learning.

A student who completes the entire course will have a solid grounding in magical practice and be able to go on to study more advanced topics safely and competently.

However, I must say, the book doesn't give much meat when it comes to the process of elemental initiations as practiced in the Golden Dawn. I recommend augmenting this course with Kabbalah, Magic & the Great Work of Self Transformation: A Complete Course to get the full experience of Golden Dawn-style elemental initiations and spiritual development.
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It was 1988 (if memory serves me correctly) when I found Don's original MM (Modern Magick) sitting on the shelf at a bookstore. Prior to buying it, I had purchased well over a dozen books on CM (Ceremonial Magic) because I wanted to be able to conjure & summon Spirits like every Novice wants to do. I had several grimoires, one of Manley P. Hall's books, Waite's heavy tome on kabbalah, Mather's work on QBL, Crowley's books, Regardie's the Golden Dawn, and a few others. The problem with these books is that they were written for individuals who are past the Novice stage. Enter Modern Magick...

I took a sabbatical from work during the Summer of 1988 while school (re: college) was out so I could spend time studying Occultism. I began to read MM and as I did so, many things became understandable to me. When I say it was like the Rosetta Stone for me, I'm not joking. I rapidly read through MM then re-read it slower so I could digest it better. Essentially MM is laid out to take you from Novice to less-than-Initiate-but-more-than-Novice status. It does this by explaining rudimentary concepts such as the various personal rituals like the Lesser & Greater Rituals of the Pentagram & Hexagrams, the Watchtower Ceremony, and others. It even includes one of Don's own designs on banishment of fears.

The work went along well & I spent much time devoted to this work as well as Bardon's Initiation Into Hermetics as I tried to push myself to the stage where I could summon & control not only Elemental forces but also Spirits from grimoires. This worked well for me but the difference between me & thee is the work I did. Many who read such books as these end up just reading them & wishing they could do things. The key is to put into practice what you read in them!
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I erased my old review to give a better one based on my experience. i would recommend this to a beginner. but a beginner that wants to learn ceremonial magic. this isint a book of spells. u will not learn how to do spells if thats what u want. it has rituals that require a very long time to perform learn and understand and they are not easy. the author says u can perform these in 15 mins, to me that is to short for a beginner. to get in a relaxing mode alone takes 10 mins, the first ritual is four steps. dont try them all at once. break them down until u get it one at a time. also the book only gives u a outline of modern magic, there will be many questions not being answered and u will have to do a lot of researching. it gives u all the steps for performing the rituals in full but u wont prob know why u are doing them. at least i didnt. it took me a good couple of months to fully understand the good use behind the banishing ritual. im completly new to it. i would say study this book along with "kabbalisitc handbook for the practicing magician". it would save u lots of trouble. it would give u more in depth of ur magic work in every ritual u do. i would only recommenced this to a beginner.
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The first edition of Modern Magick was my introduction to Ceremonial Magick in 1987. The book was clear, concise, and easily accessible. It offered instructions that made the Golden Dawn system approachable, practicable, and enjoyable. Now the third edition is out and the text has been significantly expanded and enhanced, much to my delight.

This newest edition of Modern Magick goes further than either of the previous two by offering greater explanation of existent material and by giving a decent nod and introduction to chaos magick. That the author was willing to expand his work, include a new chapter on a popular, modern form of magick, and go back and explain things in greater detail only shows that he is willing to learn, grow, and practice what he preaches throughout the tome. Kudos to Donald Michal Kraig for being a magician who actually puts theory into practice and reflects his inner transformation in his work!

The text can be used by any group working with ceremonial magick in the Golden Dawn vein. It is primarily a working manual with an emphasis on practice. All of the attendant theory given is there to support and supplement the given rituals; there is not a single shred of superfluous information in the book. The book is great for the beginner and may be used safely by an individual. The adept will find value in the author's unique interpretation of the various rituals and the inclusion of work that is outside the normal Golden Dawn system but which supplements the tradition.

This is a great book not only for ceremonial magicians but for root workers, practitioners of Voudo and Santeria, Wiccans of all traditions, as well as alchemists, esoteric masons, and Rosicrucians of all stripes.

I never thought that the classic, introductory text to ceremonial magick could ever be improved. I am glad to see that Donald Michael Kraig has proved me wrong!

This book is a MUST HAVE!
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