I read this simple and concise book a few years ago when I was just stepping out into this wierd and wonderful world of magic. Along with it's sister books "The Magician" and Apprenticed to Magic" it set me on a path that, much as I have questioned at times (as Mr Butler would no doubt advoctate), I have rarely looked back from. If you want a long list of incantations and symbols that will at best fail to work or at worst blow your head off 'cause you didn't know what you were doing there are plenty of booksout there for you to abuse. But f you want an insight into the true nature of the magical path, with it's highs lows, and frankly hard work you can do no better than read this or any of Mr Butlers other books. Even as a beginner with a few years experience behind me I find this book an invaluable reference and can only recomend it to anyone. Here's to republishing the rest Mr Butlers books.