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Book of Abramelin: A New Translation [Hardcover]

Abraham von Worms
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  • Hardcover: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Ibis Press; 1st American Hardcover Ed edition (30 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089254127X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892541270
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.1 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"The Book of Abramelin" is the first modern translation of this magical work since Mathers' original translation over 100 years ago. Not only is the language updated, but Georg Dehn, the compiler and editor, has sourced his work from all extant manuscripts, whereas Mathers used just one. The result is a stunning new translation, which has already set the occult world abuzz. It includes voluminous important material left out of Mathers' work, including an entire Part 2 filled with magical recipes, important distinctions in the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel ritual and complete word squares that had been left half-completed by Mathers. In light of this, it is an essential work for any serious practising magician or student of occult history. In essence, the book presents two quests and two different conclusions. The first is Abraham's tale of finding the mage, Abramelin and learning from him the secrets of Magick.

The second is Dehn's quest, both mundane and spiritual: how he was drawn to the work and to follow in Abraham's footsteps, both exoteric, in travelling to the Middle East in search of the original hermitage, and esoteric, as his studies bring about personal transformation and incredibly synchronistic events. Abraham von Worms, long thought to be a pseudonymous figure, is nearly conclusively proved to be the well-known 14th century Jewish scholar, Rabbi Jacob ben Moses ha Levi Moellin, more commonly known as MaHaRIL. Some material attributed to him is still used in synagogues today.


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very special book indeed. 8 Feb 2009
Format:Hardcover
George Dehn and Steven Guth have done a great job on this new and much more complete translation of the Abramelin work. The magical squares are complete and in the right order for the first time and the text is clear and easy to read. There is also a fourth chapter.This version is much better than the S.L.Mathers one.In the new translation the operation take 18 months not 6 as in the Mathers version.

The Abramelin operation is a real and genuine method for absolute self transformation being the true knowledge and conversation of your holy guardian Angel.The ritual is very powerful and to be done with absolute sincerity,Do not start it unless you can complete the sacred work.

If you are a Magician or interested in the occult you should have this Brilliant book it will fill you with wonder,treat the work with respect and it open unto you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb key text and expanded translation ! 14 Nov 2009
By Ogmios
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A superb new translation of a key text that has been so influential in western occultism. The author goes back to a different original manuscript - the German ones. The Mathers version was working from a French version copied from the German ones this author uses. This book also includes and extra book of mixed qaballa spells which the Mathers version omits. These spells are based mainly on excerpts from the Torah. In addition many of the magical squares have been corrected/updated. The great suspicion about this book is that owning it can wreak havoc as the magical squares get loose from the book. Very cleverly the author presents the names for each squares in such a way that the book only contains a few squares, which I thought was a nice touch.

The appendices are superb as well, the author documents his trip to Egypt to try and track down the Hermitage of Abramelin and finds some good evidence for the existance of the site. He also demonstrates how the list of spirts in Bardons Practice of Magical Evocation were derived from the list of Abramelin demons.

I highly recommend this text to anyone interested in Western Occultism and the Abramelin operation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than an update, this is almost a different book... 7 Jan 2007
By M. Stone - Published on Amazon.com
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First let me say that I have, as many students have done, poured over the Mathers edition of "Sacred Magic" and for the better part of my life, took for granted that I was well versed in the Art of Abramelin, planning only to wait until my kids were grown to see it through to completion. It was well I waited, as the translation of the original German texts show where the French version Mathers worked with, was lacking in more than a few places.

The underpinnings remain the same. The ultimate goal of Abramelin's Art is to gain direct conversation with your Holy Guardian Angel. There is also the book Abraham writes to his son, as an explanation of how the Treasure and the Art came into his hands. Anyone familiar with the Mathers version will also recognize the last book. It consists of magical squares that produce sundry effects by way of the spirits that are bound to them.

If it sounds like too much is the same to bother purchasing this book, let me counter by listing the things that are different.

* There is a fourth book, in addition to the three Mathers translated from the French edition. This book deals with what Abraham calls the "mixed kabbalah". It is in effect a formulary of folk cures, charms, and nostrums that are not to be found at all in the Mathers edition.

* Instead of six months, the operation detailed here, is a much more complex 18 months.

* The squares from the final book that mesmerize so many students are completely different in the original German, than they are in the manuscript Mathers had worked from. Instead of 242, mostly incomplete squares, the German manuscripts show 251 squares, and every single one of them is completely filled in. That is to say, the Mathers version gave not only an incomplete list of squares, but out of the ones that are listed, two thirds are not completely filled in. What lines in the squares are filled in, you quickly discover, are misspelled, out of order, and almost wholly in disagreement with the original sources the present author uses.

In addition to the above, the author goes to great lengths retracing the steps of Abraham, making a case for his historcal reality, as well as the hermatage of Abramelin the "old father" himself.

In all, I am very pleased with this addition to my library. If you are familiar with the original Mathers translation, you owe it to yourself to take a second journey with Abraham to Egypt, and look anew at the teachings of Abramelin the Mage.

This Art takes a loftier place in Western Tradition than most tomes of its time and kind. Rather than idols, pentacles, and babarous names, the Operation draws its power from the exercist being virtuous. That is, god-like power is granted on the condition of piety. It is important to note that there is an 18 month initiation involving fasting, prayer, study of the Holy Books, and doing good deeds, culminating in a union between the prospecive Magi and the Divine, completing both in the process.

This is just one example of the Western Tradition aspiring to lofty spiritual goals, usually thought of as Eastern in nature. Another good book along that same line is a book discussing the art of Mandala Meditations in the west, also edited and compiled by mathers. "The Grimoire of Armadel "
46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity. 9 May 2008
By Zadzaczadlin - Published on Amazon.com
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The book of Abramelin is a highly important and original book of magic, which describes a process for getting in touch with one's Holy Guardian angel. It was rediscovered and published for the first time by Macgregor Mathers, a co-founder of the Golden Dawn. It obsessed Aleister Crowley, who was unable to carry through the ritual it describes. Mathers only had a French exemplar of the text. More reliable German versions were discovered and published by Dehn in 1995/2001, in German. This is the English translation of that work.
Dehn has based his text on several manuscripts which were unknown to Mathers. But this is not a critical text, as no manuscript readings are reported by Dehn, and we do not know how he weighed the different readings, or how he decided which reading was correct.
A completely new feature of the present edition is the inclusion of "Book Two", a collection of medieval magical recipes. The original manuscripts contain a total of 160 recipes, but Dehn only includes 36 representative examples in this edition.
"Book Four" contains the famous magical squares. It is here that Dehn's textual methods are most obscure and disappointing, as many of the problems posed by the squares remain unresolved. As an example, the first word of square 1\8 should read "EKDILUN", and we can arrive at this corrected reading quite easily by approaching the squares as though they were Sudoku puzzles. But Dehn does not correct any of the squares in this way, and he remains silent as to which manuscript his chosen reading came from. Many other squares can be resolved logically by the Sudoku method. Other squares, such as 4\1 or 4\6 can only be resolved up to a certain point, after which we need to choose a reading from one or other of the manuscripts, which Dehn, as mentioned, does not report.
In conclusion, we can say that Mathers did a commendable job considering the paucity of his sources; while Dehn, despite his many manuscripts, has let us down.
The Ibis Press has made a sterling effort with this book: the type-setting and binding and over-all design are top-notch. Bravo!
32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cornerstone For Your Library 29 Dec 2006
By Mark Stavish, The Institute for Hermetic Studies - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
"The Book of Abramelin - A New Translation" by Dehn and Guth may very well be the finest contribution to modern esotericism in a generation.

Those familiar with the Mathers translation will find stunning new material in this edition, as well as practical advice not present in the French manuscript used by Mathers. In addition to corrections, stating that the Operation used to achieve "Knowledge and Conversation" with one's Holy Guardian Angel, takes place over an 18th month period and not 6 as previously believed, there is an entire chapter on magical operations that students of German folk magic or "brauche" (aka Pow-wow) will find of interest in that they have found their way into the now famous "Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses" once popular among the Pennsylvania Germans and their magical arts. The author clearly defines that distinctions between calssical kabbalah, 'mixed-kabbalah,' and the 'Sacred Magic' as he is presenting it.

All of the magical squares are filled in, unlike the Mathers edition, wherein only parts of the squares were known, and extensive biographical information on the author of "The Book of Abramelin," and the travels of its current translators rounds out the book making it not only a highly practical manual of self-initiation, but also contemporary and living, instead of a historical curiosity.

The similarities between the author's period (15th Century) and our own in many respects also has a strange appeal in bridging the centuries and making "The Book of Abramelin" very appropriate, albeit needed, for our times. Oddly, students of the Golden Dawn will walk away with an even greater respect for Mathers work as they will have a better understanding of the tremendous contribution he made and the limited resources he worked with.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for your Occult Library 6 Feb 2011
By William S. Lloyd - Published on Amazon.com
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All the reviews I read on this were absolutely correct. This new translation is superb and complete. For any serious student of the occult I cannot recommend this edition enough. Do not be fooled into thinking this is anything like the Goetia: Lesser Key of Solomon, it is NOT. This is the true source material and not to be toyed with. A fanastic read even if you are not a practicing esoteric technician.
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, The Abramelin Text Revisited 4 Jan 2007
By Richard Deveno - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I first read the Abramelin text when I was 14. For me the most fascinating part was when the author describes others he has known that practiced magic. The author writes in such a style that you really begin to feel as if you can see into some small portion of his mind ... it feels as if a "real" individual is talking to you. This is rare in most occult works from the period. Mather's translation left a strong impression on me and I'm amazed that it's taken this long for an individual to revisit the text ... but it's heartwarming to see it revisited so well and with such personal warmth. The text truly comes alive under Mr. Dehn's scholarship. When the original author of the Abramelin text describes the use of magic squares, he also describes their limitations and how he himself made use of them and to what effects. You get an intimate feel for how the author's mind works and to me this is probably the most valuable thing that this new translation provides.
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