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  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S. (May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567183131
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567183139
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,220,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Michael Greer (Western Maryland) has been a student of occult traditions and the unexplained for more than thirty years. A Freemason, a student of geomancy and sacred geometry, and a widely read blogger, he is also the author of numerous books, including Monsters, The New Encyclopedia of the Occult and Secrets of the Lost Symbol, and currently serves as the Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA), a contemporary school of Druid nature spirituality. Greer has contributed articles to Renaissance Magazine, Golden Dawn Journal, Mezlim, New Moon Rising, Gnosis, and Alexandria.

 


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paolo Sammut VINE VOICE on 29 Oct. 2003
Format: Paperback
This is an absolutely first rate book. Greer discusses modern ritual magic from the golden dawn tradition in what is probably the most succinct and informatory book on the subject ever. He covers the major rituals and does what practically no other author does in explaining the why things are done as they are.
He explains the system as it was before Regardie book in a much more informative way. This is not to decry Regardie, whose books are very informative and useful, but when Regardie published "The Golden Dawn" he was not aware of much of the inner teachings and so his work was missing the all important inner details which turn dry ritual into living magical experience. Greer adds to the corpus of knowledge by restoring the original middle pillar exercise and discussing the greater middle pillar which does not appear elsewhere in print to my knowledge and so far has only been circululated in restricted documents.
Greer also goes into the magical philosophy and how it evolved from the earlier hermetic and renessance traditions. I cannot rate this book highly enough or recommend a better book for an aspiring seeker.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Sept. 1998
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Dr. Israel Regardie's greatest literary legacy, _The Golden Dawn_ (also known as _The Complete Golden Dawn System of Magick_), has cast an often-imposing shadow over the heads of those who would seek the illumination high magick can bring.
Known for being at the very least dense and in some cases positively perplexing, Regardie's presentation of the techniques and once-secret papers of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn has still managed to stand the test of time as the definitive collection of the Order's work.
One might describe this volume as sort of an "Israel Regardie Lite," but the distinction would not be one of dismissal or derision. Instead, what Mr. Greer has accomplished is rather remarkable in the field Kabbalistic magery. He has managed to create a work which distills the Golden Dawn tradition down to its absolute essentials without losing a single drop of its majesty, beauty and effectiveness in the process.
In clear prose, with careful exposition given in each chapter, Greer leads the would-be Initiate through the heart of the Golden Dawn system. All of the basics and the vast majority of the advanced systems are represented, with Greer's commentary acting as the clear voice of an Adept leading the reader toward greater pathways of understanding.
I will not, tempting as it is, say this is "The Only Golden Dawn Book You'll Ever Need!" or similar, quote-worthy hyperbole. Every student will eventually want to delve into certain subjects in greater detail, and there is only so much information one volume by one author can hold.
But Greer has given us a rare and unusual gift: a clearly-written primer on high magick that doesn't talk down the reader or oversimplify to the point of losing essential material. _Circles of Power_ should appeal to anyone with a interest in the magical legacy and work of the Golden Dawn.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Jun. 1999
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I have one complaint with this book, and that is John Michael Greer's approach to the explination of the rituals he highlights in his book. They combine discussion with the steps, which I found more confusing than perhaps spliting each ritual into steps and then discussion of the steps. But this is hardly more than a gripe when you look at the way Greer has opened up magic in a real way. He doesn't hold back, letting people know what magic is really about and encouraging those who are truly interested in magical studies to dive in for themselves. Also, when supplemented with Paths of Wisdom, his book on the magical cabala, the full complexities of the Golden Dawn system becomes very accessible.
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