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While many magical writers begin by taking the reader to another world, a world of wonder, Snell's books begin the magic quest right here in everyday reality - where it is most needed.
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Magical thought is described and contrasted with Science, Art and Religion. The dynamic relationship between them is explained. Modern magic and its role in the 21st century is outlined with respect to practices ranging from ritual magic, through alchemy to New Age therapies.
Specific topics include: secrecy, initiation, sacrifice, cyber-animism, Crowleyanity, morality, pseudo-science, demonology, deity, miracles and divination.
The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage is a 15th-century grimoire describing how an individual retire for six months and encounter the Holy Guardian Angel. Although the instructions may seem quite simple, few have managed to complete this operation. In 1977 the author attempted to adapt the ritual to twentieth century conditions, and his diary is now published by Aeon Books as The Abramelin Diaries.
While the Abramelin Diaries was being edited and published, tthe author made a number of short YouTube videos about his experiences. These created so much interest, that the author has edited the transcriptsto create Thoughts on Abramelin.
"Lionel Snell is, in my opinion, the most lucid, coherent and insightful intellect to emerge from British occultism for some several decades, and in My Years of Magical Thinking he presents his most considered and powerfully reasoned work to date. With an amiable and amusing clarity, aimed at the mainstream rather than at an audience already persuaded to esoteric notions, Snell presents his fascinating models of human cultural development and provides his own convincing answer to that disenchanted modern query, “whatever happened to the Enlightenment?” Crackling with fresh ideas and perspectives, heavy with the sense that a reconsideration of occult concepts might offer solutions to some contemporary dilemmas, My Years of Magical Thinking is a sane and sensible meditation upon a subject that is often dismissed as anything but, as well as a pinnacle of current magical theory. Highly recommended."
They used to call it Satire, they now call it Fake News. The difference is that we have forgotten how to laugh.
A collection of essays exploring post-truth politics, the future of humanity, panarchy, conspiracy theories etc in the context of the current rise of magical thinking.