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Modern Magick: Twelve Lessons in the High Magickal Arts Paperback – September 8, 2010
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
RIP Kraig. This book has it all. Very Golden Dawn/ hermetically based.Published 18 days ago by Amanda Kinney
I was struggling to get started in a Hermetic-based tradition, and this fit the bill perfectly. Well organized and laid out with great introduction and pacing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cris Cottrell
This well written manual guides the solitary practitioner in performing ceremonial magic while supporting individuals pursuing these activities within a lodge environment. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Elisabeth Partaker
It is a good book for its purpose. Some changes from earlier editions I did not prefer though.Published 4 months ago by Millard Arterberry
Always was a favorite of mine- this is a bigger edition that the previous ones I had. Love it.Published 4 months ago by Scott DeRuisseau
Arrived early, no issues at all.
Glad to have book in my collection again
Pompous self-righteous tenor to the writing and a gobbly gook presentation of lessons. Well they are lessons... but there is no obvious structure save for progressive complexity. Read morePublished 5 months ago by WheelerFam