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Learning Ritual Magic "Learning Ritual Magic" is a training manual for anyone serious about improving their magic based on the western mystery traditions, including tarot, ritual magic, Qabalah, and astrology. "What you get out of [magic] can be measured precisely by what you are willing to put into it- and time is the essential ingredient in successful magical training," the authors write. And just as no one expects t... Full description

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94 of 96 people found the following review helpful
EXTREMELY INTENSIVE PRACTICAL WORK, incredibly valuable! 27 April 2006
By Michael Herman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It is an incredibly in-depth and extensive introduction to practical magic, and is an invaluable tool to help develop the skills of meditation, concentration, observation, imagination, visualization, memory, and will power. Also, it is an excellent introduciton to tarot cards, Qabalah,number symbolism, the theory of the five elements (water-earth-fire-air-spirit) and an incredibly vast range of esoteric/occult philosophy... all of which intertwine and overlap, and mix in with the practical work. I am absolutely amazed at how much substance and depth has been packed into every chapter.

encountering magic can be difficult without a starting point or guide- the subtitle of this book says it all, it is a way for people to start on their own. Each chapter is organized in a very clear and straightforward stye, and each chapter is a lesson that you work on over two weeks (or more, if you have time constraints). The lessons develop on eachother, so the book takes about 9 months to finish... getting through it and doing all the exercises is, in itself, a great way to develop your willpower!

The rituals taught in this book are the Qabalistic Cross, the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, and the Middle Pillar exercise. These are rituals are all from the Golden Dawn tradition, and are basically meditation and visualzation exercises intended to develop your inner faculties. While the rituals are excellent, i find the real value of this book is the tarot exercises and work with the Tree of Life... while these are essential and fundamental aspects of occult philosophy/practice, it can be difficult to find an entry point into learning about them. The exercises in the book guide you through incredible exercises that provide an incredible practical way of learning about the tarot, Qabalah, number symbolism, and much more. there is also great emphasis on learning about your psyche and increasing body awareness.

I had also considered buying Kraig's "modern magick", and Newcombe's "21st Century hermetics", but decided against them when i compared them against this book. i am extremely happy with the decision! compared against the other two this book seems far more practical, and more likely to provide an intensive/thorough experience for people who want to develop their inner abilities.

I'm half way through this book now, and though i like to wait until i'm totally finished, i felt i should put up a review to help people who may be considering buying this book or others like it. i can gaurantee that the reason other people have not reviewed it yet is because it is a book you need to work with over a long period of time. this might scare people off, but ultimately what you get out of anything is proportional to the effort and time you put into it... i look back over the parts i have read again and again, and astonished that the book always reveals deeper layers of meaning with every read. definitely one of the best purchases of my life...
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Cultivating the Mind of the Magician 28 Oct. 2011
By Andrew Watt - Published on Amazon.com
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In other books of magic, the teaching begins with elaborate memorization and the learning of rituals. Greer, King, and Vaughn take a slightly different approach: Instead of providing their reader with spells and magical rituals (though there are some), they choose to provide the student of magic with a series of training exercises that the beginning magician should perform in order to be a more effective magician.

The difference is profound. As Jason Miller wrote in The Sorcerer's Secrets: Strategies in Practical Magick, "First comes the working, and then comes the work." Yet one can perform all the magical rituals in all the books in the world, and still not be able to magic one's way out of a paper bag. As Greer, et al demonstrate, magic is about changing consciousness. That means relying on what they call the five-finger exercises: for meditation, for entering into stillness, for cultivating mindset, for understanding the Tree of Life, and more. One cannot become a rockstar songwriter-guitarist without practicing guitar and learning the fundamentals of rhythm, melody and lyric poetry; one cannot become a rockstar magician without practicing magic, but also practicing the underlying qualities that make a magician effective.

This book is hard work -- hence my rating of four stars, not five. This book will NOT make the reader a better magician. It will providing you with a series of training exercises that will make you a magician... if you do them.

The book makes use of reading exercises for which one can read from Dion Fortune's Mystical Qabalah, Israel Regardie's The Tree of Life: An Illustrated Study in Magic; though there are other other writers to choose from; it's also important to have a Tarot deck... I used the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck, and it's useful to have a very simple deck from the very first day one works with this book.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Great Way to Get Your Feet Wet 16 Jan. 2008
By Michael Gorsuch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I highly recommend this book to those interested in exploring the Western Mystery Tradition. The authors start you out immediately with practical work that builds on itself. On top of that, you have mandatory reading from other occult works. After a few weeks, you will know if you are cut out for it and if you want to continue.

For me, it helped me build a daily routine in which I dedicated myself to the work. After four months, I felt competent to begin working on the Cicero's Self-Initiation into the Golden Dawn Tradition without stumbling over the beginning exercises.

All in all, from personal experience, this is a great way to get started in your studies and practice.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Highly Recommended Introduction Curriculum to the Hermetic Qabalah 26 Jan. 2013
By JNO-LVX - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This work is an excellent introduction to the Hermetic Qabalah. It does an excellent job balancing theory and practice. It also is a "sober" work of western esotericism. The author does a good job of steering clear of the myths and musings that other authors perpetuate as "tradition" which unfortunately usually does not go past 1888. He makes no allusions where things seem and are arbitrarily attributed and then pushes the student to find the meanings within your own self. A highly recommended work for the student looking to start the path of the Western Mysteries as well as for those who like to look back and see things differently.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Phenonmenal Read!! 10 Jan. 2013
By SilverDaniels - Published on Amazon.com
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I am completely enthralled with John Michael Greer and his perspective on all things metaphysical. I find his direct and informative approach to magic refreshing and particulary inspiring. When so many books on the market are overwhelmingly concerned with magickal "how-to", Greer goes a bit deeper into the "why-to". The missing link in many magickal books today is developement of the magickal practitioner, and Learning Ritual Magic provides an in depth training course to do just that.
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