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Nov 16, 2007

DMK does a decent job of laying out a survey of the basic theory of the "High Magickal Arts". Be careful, though, much of his information is incorrect, and his pronunciations for the Hebrew is abysmal.

However, this is an excellent starter and resource book. It lays out several important rituals in a (relatively) straightforward and easy-to-understand manner.

DMK tends to give you the theory (most of it borrowed, and badly) for each chapter, then tags a useful ritual at the end.

This book rides DMK does a decent job of laying out a survey of the basic theory of the "High Magickal Arts". Be careful, though, much of his information is incorrect, and his pronunciations for the Hebrew is abysmal.

However, this is an excellent starter and resource book. It lays out several important rituals in a (relatively) straightforward and easy-to-understand manner.

DMK tends to give you the theory (most of it borrowed, and badly) for each chapter, then tags a useful ritual at the end.

This book rides somewhere in between the neo-pagan fluff that is flooding the market and the masturbatory gibberish of Crowley.

If you prefer primary psycho-philosophical sources, go to Wilhelm Reich, C. G. Jung, Freud, Plotinus, Heraclitus.

if you prefer esoterica, go to Regardie, Dion Fortune, Crowley, Westcott, Mathers, Phil Hine, and Peter Carroll.

That being said, this book is excellent to learn several of the basic rituals passed from the Golden Dawn and O.T.O. ...more
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Mar 29, 2008

somebody recommended this book after i specifically said i wasn't interested in something that relied on judeo-christian concepts.

this book is exclusively about working with the kabalah, with small amounts of eastern philosophy that are generally taken out of context and are only cursorily explored, and one patronizing section on earth-based magic.

kraig's writing style is redundant and dogmatic. he attempts to prove everything from reincarnation to the existence of the jewish god using logical somebody recommended this book after i specifically said i wasn't interested in something that relied on judeo-christian concepts.

this book is exclusively about working with the kabalah, with small amounts of eastern philosophy that are generally taken out of context and are only cursorily explored, and one patronizing section on earth-based magic.

kraig's writing style is redundant and dogmatic. he attempts to prove everything from reincarnation to the existence of the jewish god using logical fallacies and providing no back-up research for his claims, and perpetuates bad scholarship such as the 'aryan invasion' theory of the orignins of hinduism. the text digresses into long, irrelevent asides that amount to nothing more than rants, and while he consistently stresses the personal nature of magical work, the few personal anecdotes he provides are vague and don't enlighten the lessons. he also digresses into cutting criticisms of other authors without identifying the works he's lambasting or justifying his opinions.

i stuck with the book mainly because of its promise to reveal secrets of the tarot and its sparse references to eastern philosophy. the tarot was never explained outside of its golden dawn application to the tree of life, and eastern philosophy was only applied in the chapter on sex magic; despite frequent peripheral references to both topics.

this book is only useful to someone who is strongly interested in kabalistic ritual and has the patience to wade thru a pedantic and opinionated text.

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Jul 28, 2015

Some people have called Donald Michael Kraigs Modern Magick a classic, but we think that is rather like calling some object that is fifty years old an antique. Time, and readers, will determine if it is really a classic of occult lore or not. It is, however, a good study course in ceremonial magic, particularly if you like to use the Kabbalah in your workings.
While we didnt agree with everything he said in the book, we found more often than not that we had independently arrived at the same Some people have called Donald Michael Kraig’s Modern Magick a classic, but we think that is rather like calling some object that is fifty years old an antique. Time, and readers, will determine if it is really a classic of occult lore or not. It is, however, a good study course in ceremonial magic, particularly if you like to use the Kabbalah in your workings.
While we didn’t agree with everything he said in the book, we found more often than not that we had independently arrived at the same conclusions on numerous magical issues. And even more than that, we learned a number of things that we were able to incorporate into our own magical lives and efforts. What more could you want from a book than that?

The Silver Elves authors of Faerie Unfolding.
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Jun 28, 2012

This is the go to book for anyone with a genuine interest in the real occult. Kraig is very down to earth, dispels a lot of myths and superstitions surrounding the occult and is very factual..given the subject. The book is split up into lessons but it has a wealth of information and experience if you're simply curious.
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Mar 18, 2012

Anyone interested in High Magick would do themselves well by picking up this book. D.M. Kraig states throughout the book that one of the main intentions of the book is to enable the reader to pick up any other book on Magick and/or the Occult and be able to make sense of it, and lo, I am now able to do just that. Ever pick up 777 by A. Crowley and think 'what the hell?', well this book will help to lift the veil on that and other such difficult concepts for the uninitiated. I'm really glad I Anyone interested in High Magick would do themselves well by picking up this book. D.M. Kraig states throughout the book that one of the main intentions of the book is to enable the reader to pick up any other book on Magick and/or the Occult and be able to make sense of it, and lo, I am now able to do just that. Ever pick up 777 by A. Crowley and think 'what the hell?', well this book will help to lift the veil on that and other such difficult concepts for the uninitiated. I'm really glad I came by this book, I will be reading plenty more on the subject, but I cannot think of a better place to start than with this book. If you have any interest at all in ceremonial magick, then I would recommend this book. ...more
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Sep 09, 2016

A friend bought this for me because he loves it and wants me to read it. I'm reading this with another friend and doing the lessons.

The first day we read the 4 forwards, the 2 prefaces, and the introduction. They were generally good. I disagree with the Ciceros about the definition of religion that they use when they talk about the difference between magick and religion. The relationship between magick and religion is complex and I don't have the time or space to discuss it here.

I was not A friend bought this for me because he loves it and wants me to read it. I'm reading this with another friend and doing the lessons.

The first day we read the 4 forwards, the 2 prefaces, and the introduction. They were generally good. I disagree with the Ciceros about the definition of religion that they use when they talk about the difference between magick and religion. The relationship between magick and religion is complex and I don't have the time or space to discuss it here.

I was not familiar with Lon Milo DuQuette, and now I want to read his book "Low Magick-- It's All in Your Head... You Just Have No Idea How Big Your Head Is".

I can tell that this is going to have a lot more Kabbalah in it than I prefer. But that is one of the reasons I have never been into Ceremonial magick.

The second day we read the first lesson. The author recommends doing one lesson per month. Lesson 1: keep a dream diary; keep a ritual dairy; get a Golden Dawn compatible Tarot Deck; Relaxation Ritual (I would call this an exercise not a ritual); define magick; Tarot Contemplation Ritual (once again not really a ritual); a lot of stuff about Tarot; the difference between "fortunetelling" and "divination" (He recommends saying that you are doing "psychological counseling" p28 in places where divination is illegal. Do not do this. It is called practicing psychiatry without a license, and more illegal than divination. Where I live the Tarot readers all say that they are doing readings for "entertainment only" because anything else is illegal. But you can say that you are offering "life coaching", so far that does not seem to be a regulated industry.); a Split Hexagram Tarot Spread; Introduction to the LBRP; Tools and altar for the LBRP (I disagree with the tools and associations); "Tau" Robe (basic ritual robe); How to draw a Banishing Earth pentagram; review questions; Bibliography.

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Aug 05, 2012

A solid textbook for ceremonial magick with an extensive annotated bibliography for further study. Donald Michael Craig gives not just the words of the rituals, but how to perform them -- what to visualize, gestures, tools, a daily practice.

I'll be rereading and continuing with further studies, but I am very happy with where the book has allowed me to accomplish thus far.
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Jan 23, 2010

The first book on Ceremonial Magick I ever picked up. It's a great practical primer, filled with exercises and practices the practitioner can immediately begin performing. Don't be surprised if it takes you a few years to work through this one the way it's meant to be done.
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Jun 15, 2017

One of the better books Llewellyn has ever published. A very good introduction to ceremonial magick. Start here and then branch out to Crowley, Mathers, and the rest.
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Jan 02, 2019

This book has it all! If you're interested in kabbalistic pathworking and ritual magick, that is. But it covers a lot more with parts on dreams, the tarot, meditation, symbolism, the astral plane and talismans. The interesting thing about this book is the way it's built up. It's divided into 12 lessons with exercises, and after each lesson it gives you a test and a list of books on the subjects you've just read about. It let's you start at the very beginning and it triggers you to read more than This book has it all! If you're interested in kabbalistic pathworking and ritual magick, that is. But it covers a lot more with parts on dreams, the tarot, meditation, symbolism, the astral plane and talismans. The interesting thing about this book is the way it's built up. It's divided into 12 lessons with exercises, and after each lesson it gives you a test and a list of books on the subjects you've just read about. It let's you start at the very beginning and it triggers you to read more than just this book, by giving you the necessary information and encouraging you to dig deeper into a subject. The book has made me found my true path and the way my magick evolved with this book is amazing! It made me so hungry for more information and it even made me start lessons in Hebrew. I really recommend it to everyone, whether you're just starting out or are already an expert on ritual magick! ...more
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Mar 02, 2018

This is a book on Medieval Kabbalah and Theurgia. I enjoyed it and found it to be very interesting and enlightening. It's not for everyone due to the fact that you have to really step outside of some of your comfort zones. It has very interesting stories and I learned a lot about what karma, new thought and energy work.
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Nov 01, 2019

The first book on High Magick I read at age 11. This book covers the whole shebang from the basic curriculum of the Golden Dawn System & the Kabballah to Talismatic Magick to summoning to visible appearance to elemental Magick to all the Sex Magick you'll ever really need to know & be able to expand on yourself.
Excellent book that's worth reading.
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Feb 01, 2018

If your interests lie within the Golden Dawn order, It's a most read for you. As other said this book relied on judeo-christian concepts , but I recommend it to starters because Practices are well sorted and simplified.
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May 03, 2018

Well written and far more understandable than most Magick books.
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Feb 03, 2012

This review will be of interest only to Christians -- especially complacent, lukewarm, "Sunday Morning" Christians.

I'm not here to proselytize, but rather to clean my own house. My hard-shell, *sola scriptura* Protestantism notwithstanding, I must concede that many of my unsaved atheist friends are, in practice, more decent and upstanding than many of my co-religionists. Despite the fact that they don't profess my faith (and thusly can't be expected to practice it), they often observe the This review will be of interest only to Christians -- especially complacent, lukewarm, "Sunday Morning" Christians.

I'm not here to proselytize, but rather to clean my own house. My hard-shell, *sola scriptura* Protestantism notwithstanding, I must concede that many of my unsaved atheist friends are, in practice, more decent and upstanding than many of my co-religionists. Despite the fact that they don't profess my faith (and thusly can't be expected to practice it), they often observe the Golden Rule and the guidelines laid out in the Epistle of James more scrupulously than their putative spiritual "betters"; syncrestist, synthesist, Hegelian "Americhristians."

("Yeah, God's omniscient and all that, Bob; but even the omniscient can't know everything, right? I mean, God doesn't have a Master's from Duke, does he? *Unter vier Augen,* he's awful at economics and sociology, too. Doesn't he understand that putting myself first *is* the best way of loving my neighbor? Really, I'm crazy about Jesus for the salvation bit, but ya gotta remember; he was living long before Adam Smith figured it all out. And what about Mammon's side of the story?...")

The unbelievers to whom I refer don't *need* this lecture or this book (at which they'd undoubtedly scoff). Whether Randian or Socratist; "Live-and-Let-Live-ian" or "Mill-Moth" (Sorry -- that was nasty of me), they're culturally aware. Although I consider occultism dangerous, while they consider it superstitious horse-puckey; they're savvy enough to spot propaganda and to resent any religious/spiritual message (whether Christian or New Age) intended to bypass their conscious minds or subvert their convictions.

Not so my Megachurcher "brethren," who've subordinated not only their own spiritual well-being, but their children's as well, to the fanatical pursuit of the American Nightmare. While you, me buckos, were chasing the trapezoid and the eye in the triangle, your progeny were basking in the glow of pentagrams, hexagrams, and the colours of the four elements.

Enough snarky, Southern, fundamentalist finger-pointing at our "Prosperity Gospeler" brethren -- for now. Read this title -- if you can get away from the office long enough to do so. (You won't go to hell any faster, I promise. ) When you've finished it, have a closer look at the symbolism in your kids' favorite movies, cartoons, and video games, and draw your own conclusions.

Just lookin' out for ya, babydolls...
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Mar 20, 2012

Certainly not what I was looking for, even if according to reviews and recommendations it was the best.

Simply not acceptable, with no clear answers to most beginner's questions. I feel silly after getting through it, and started to respect Wicca, Paganism, witchcraft, sorcery, hodoo and shamanism much more.

This book is mostly Kabbala based, some kind of Kabbala based - discarding the other version of it as something lesser. Who is right? Not for me to decide.

Making robes, taking poses one has Certainly not what I was looking for, even if according to reviews and recommendations it was the best.

Simply not acceptable, with no clear answers to most beginner's questions. I feel silly after getting through it, and started to respect Wicca, Paganism, witchcraft, sorcery, hodoo and shamanism much more.

This book is mostly Kabbala based, some kind of Kabbala based - discarding the other version of it as something lesser. Who is right? Not for me to decide.

Making robes, taking poses one has no health to take, praying... You know, if one is praying, completely different prayers usually have no place, and who don't, will not do this too, for the same reason. Getting almost naked in the desert, or big roaring flames of fireplace, or at least in front of grill or barbecue... Hello? What about the middle of the winter with none of the above, a little bit closer to real life of the most folks? Same for making place for rituals, with altar and chair and walking place around this without knocking anything out. Have you seen recently the size of majority of places where common people live? Spreading long-sleeved arms around the candle flames is plain fire hazard in cramped environment. Learning Tarot, some of the Tarot versions. Why not any other method of divination? Make life as complicated as possible with no explanations? Diaries of rituals, dream diaries... It it is good for you, OK. For many others "I will have happy dreams (or dream of unicorns)" together with black tourmaline would be better. I would also prefer books without rape, genitals' symbolism, sex magic, tampons and diapers in my face, if I have a choice. Wordy and boring.

Well, another money, time and hopes wasted. The positive thinking tells us: "Oh, so what..."

Oh, so what... Another day, another book. Hopefully better. ...more
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Jan 21, 2014

It was well made... a torture to read but well done. For a beginner who likes to be told their ethics and have them highly Judeo-Christian, this is the book for you. I read almost all of it, because I wanted to learn but boy was it painful. I learned a lot more about the Kabbalah than I knew before and have a introduction into ceremonial magic now.
I give this book 3 stars because it was really well done, the man can teach, whether I prefer what he is teaching is no matter, he can teach it. But It was well made... a torture to read but well done. For a beginner who likes to be told their ethics and have them highly Judeo-Christian, this is the book for you. I read almost all of it, because I wanted to learn but boy was it painful. I learned a lot more about the Kabbalah than I knew before and have a introduction into ceremonial magic now.
I give this book 3 stars because it was really well done, the man can teach, whether I prefer what he is teaching is no matter, he can teach it. But I really have to say one thing... please, I'm an adult, similar to the author in age and I have LONG AGO formed my ethics and I didn't read your book to have you tell me them, or rather preach and nag them at me. I had a discussion with him once before this book was published on casting mirror spells and now I totally understand why he argued the way he did.
Other than that, this is a wonderful book... ...more
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Oct 11, 2014

A course on Kabalistic Ceremonial Magick. I found it badly organized and, therefore, difficult to navigate. Much of the information would be better given as endnotes or in appendixes allowing the student to stay focused on the essentials while studying. The reader could then choose to discover the author's theories and anecdotes if they want to and not be confused or distracted by unnecessary information when so much information is already given. I also found it strange that defense against A course on Kabalistic Ceremonial Magick. I found it badly organized and, therefore, difficult to navigate. Much of the information would be better given as endnotes or in appendixes allowing the student to stay focused on the essentials while studying. The reader could then choose to discover the author's theories and anecdotes if they want to and not be confused or distracted by unnecessary information when so much information is already given. I also found it strange that defense against psychic attack is taught and the student is instructed to practice it near the beginning of the course. In an introduction to ceremonial magic, I felt this brought a kind of paranoia to learning about energy, symbolism, ritual, dream awareness, and focusing intent. I felt this course was more intellectual than magical, missing the heart in magic. ...more
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Feb 08, 2017

Don was a great man and a fantastic author, he appeared on my podcast and we had a great interview . This is a Foundational book . As a little added thing , Don and Scott Cunningham were roommates when Scott got the Greenlight for this book .
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Feb 22, 2008

I couldn't put this book down. I fell in love with this overly simplified foray into high magick. It gives you a clear course on where to start and how long to spend training on given techniques. Will you come out of it on top of the world, with the power to put your enemies on their knees? Well, no. But will you come away with a deep seated sense of understanding the mysteries of the universe? I'm betting "no" again. However, you can feel free to hang as much personal meaning on completing this I couldn't put this book down. I fell in love with this overly simplified foray into high magick. It gives you a clear course on where to start and how long to spend training on given techniques. Will you come out of it on top of the world, with the power to put your enemies on their knees? Well, no. But will you come away with a deep seated sense of understanding the mysteries of the universe? I'm betting "no" again. However, you can feel free to hang as much personal meaning on completing this course as you want. Will it be worth more than the cover cost? You'll have to let me know. ...more
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May 31, 2015

Kraig's book is thoroughly researched, well written, and meticulous in its detail. Well, at least the first third of it is.

I couldn't finish the book, but it's not his fault. The practice of High Magic just isn't for me. But guess what? If Kraig hadn't done such a great job of getting across the essence of the subject I might have had to read the entire thing to realize it.

This one is so exhaustive that, even though I'm not going to work the exercises, it goes in my collection as a topical Kraig's book is thoroughly researched, well written, and meticulous in its detail. Well, at least the first third of it is.

I couldn't finish the book, but it's not his fault. The practice of High Magic just isn't for me. But guess what? If Kraig hadn't done such a great job of getting across the essence of the subject I might have had to read the entire thing to realize it.

This one is so exhaustive that, even though I'm not going to work the exercises, it goes in my collection as a topical reference book. ...more
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Mar 27, 2012

Though I do not agree with a lot of the ways that Kraig approaches the material, he has greater shoulders than his that he is standing on and this work is a phenomenal introduction to the magickal arts. I can give no more credit to any other single work for getting me up, off my butt in the early years and getting me doing actual practical magickal work.

I recommend this book very highly for anyone looking to get into a routine of daily practical magick.
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Sep 10, 2014

This thick thing read like a text book and I just don't want to spend a lot of my time reading something dry and hierarchal. Pass. Don't get me wrong there was tons of information but I wasn't genuinely impressed. If I need something specific I'll just use the index to locate the subject of question.
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Jul 30, 2008

I read this a LONG time ago (16 or 18 years), and it was really the first occult/new age book I picked up. I remember enjoying it, but I also remember it being a bit more structure than I was comfortable with. But there were techniques in it I've internalized, and it was an effective introduction to the whole arena.
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Aug 08, 2010

This book is direct and to-the-point. I loved it! I've implemented many of the techniques and found them to be most useful and they actually worked! Modern Magick covers everything a new magician would need, and it's great for the modern Witch also.

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