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Techniques of Graeco-Egyptian Magic Hardcover – 2014
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About the Author
Stephen Skinner began his career as a Geography lecturer and magazine publisher, but his long term interests have always been Western magic and feng shui.
During the 1970s he was the driving force behind Askin Publishers, producing a number of classic magical works by Cornelius Agrippa, Paracelsus, Austin Osman Spare, Aleister Crowley, and others. During the 1970s he co-wrote many books with Francis King, including the still popular Techniques of High Magic. Also with Francis King he wrote Nostradamus. His interest in prophecy stimulated by this book, he went on to write the best selling Millennium Prophecies.
Stephen is credited with bringing the art of Feng Shui to the West, and in 1976 he wrote the Living Earth Manual of Feng Shui, which was the first English book on feng shui in the 20th century.
Stephen has written more than 35 books, which have been published worldwide in 28 different languages. These books have had introductions by such diverse people as Colin Wilson, HRH Charles Prince of Wales, and Jimmy Choo, shoe designer to the stars.
Stephen lives in Singapore. Stephen is the first Westerner to be awarded the title of Grand Master of Feng Shui by the International Feng Shui Association.
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In “Techniques of Graeco-Egyptian Magic” (TGEM), Stephen Skinner pieces these fragments together and makes sense and order of an otherwise bewildering and complicated collection. The reader begins to better understand not just the spells and conjurations themselves but also how and why the PGM was used by magicians of old. In addition, 61 tables are provided which categorize the papyri so the reader can finally find and cross reference the PGM (including the Demotic texts) in a way never before possible.
In the Acknowledgments, Skinner states that the TGEM is an “amplification” of one third of his doctoral thesis “on the transmission of magical methods and implements from the Graeco-Egyptian world to the grimoires” [From his website.] My own personal interest is in the history and development of magic from antiquity to the Renaissance and after reading TGEM I hope the remaining two thirds will one day be published.
I also have read Ritners Mechanics of Egyptian Magical Practice. Dr Skinner mentions Ritner favorably, and that book is a good companion to this one.
Another good companion book is Algis Udavnys 'Theurgy as philosophical rite of rebirth.' Enjoy!
but my favorite part is where it arrived 3 days earlier than expected :-)
While Skinner does not provide us with a cook-book approach to classical magic, he does provide us with something better – insight into the mind set of the period in which these methods arose, a clear understanding of how these ideas survived across the centuries and into other magical systems, and a nearly definitive education in classical culture, a training necessary to effectively work many of the methods presented in the papyrus. This is a book to be studied and absorbed, as well as referenced again and again particularly since language is so critical to understanding 'hermetic magic' – and it is here the Skinner excels. His tabulation of the various spells and charms, extensive commentary on the various nomina magica informs the reader and aspiring magus of who they are dealing with and what they can expect from the metaphysical side of things.
As an side note, it is wonderful to see this apparent surge in the theory and practice of these source works of Classical Hermeticism. Several years ago Dr. Joseph Lisiewski mentioned to me how he had spoken with Dr. Betz regarding his work, and Betz was both completely unaware that Flowers had published a book using his translation, and thrilled that someone was trying to work the material in a modern and practical fashion. Thus, the ancients were not just to be studied, but to be learned from as well.