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Magical Knowledge Book II - The Initiate [Large Print] [Paperback]

Josephine McCarthy
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21 Mar 2011
Preparing the practitioner for the challenges of deeper more powerful magic Breaking out of the age old restraints of secrecy & oaths, Magical Knowledge leads the reader through the techniques, issues and beings that the Initiate can expect to encounter. This second book in a series of three, guides and advises, informs and introduces the serious magician to rarely discussed areas of visionary and ritual magic. The information presented in this book flows from the deep roots of true magic, and as such can be applied to any particular path or magical method; the reader is introduced to the structure and inner contacts behind the various schools of magic that exist today. Magic can only truly blossom if the boundaries are challenged, and to do that, the magician needs to understand the dynamics of power and the inner worlds. This book aims to guide the magican along that path. Contents: Accessing the inner worlds: making contacts without the use of temples, rituals and patterns/Practical methods for working with angelic beings/ Working with deities: pitfalls and approaches/ Working with Ancestors/ Accessing and Working Within the Faery Realm/ Polarization: magical dynamics of work and partnerships/The physical implications of practicing magic/Inner landscapes of the people and the land/Magical protection: working methods/Sigils and seals: what they are, how they work and what to do with them/ Inner World Parasites/Removing ghosts and other unwelcome guests/How to deal with simple magical/psychic attacks/Dismantling Hermetic or Kabbalistic curses/ Short Tour of the Tree of Life without Kabbalah/The Structure of the Abyss without Kabbalah/The inner structure of magical lodges & groups/The Ritual Overlaying and Patterning of the Sacred Isle of Britain/ Working with Sleepers/Death and Birth/Using Tarot as a working tool/ Working methods for leading group visions/workings/The Inner Aspects of Consecration Josephine McCarthy is a seasoned occultist and writer living in the wilds of the Dartmoor National Park in the UK. Josephine has taught and led various Western Mystery groups throughout the USA and UK for many years, and has written a variety of magical non-fiction and fiction. Her previous books include The Exorcists Handbook and The Work of the Hierophant.

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  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Mandrake; Large type edition edition (21 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906958068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906958060
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 368,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been teaching and writing on occult/ Western Mystery themes in the USA and UK for the last two decades and have been involved in magic/occult for 35years. I was birthed out of the cooking pot of the magical city of Bradford complete with its ritual lodges, Theosophical Society, Golden Dawn Temple and strange population.
In the past I have been, among other things, a classical ballet dancer, coach and choreographer, college teacher, stand up poet, arts officer, exorcist, occultist, waitress, cleaner, gardener, director of a federal parrot rescue, Indian Rez bar tender, prep cook in an Haitian/Cuban cafe/bar and tree planter/forestry worker for the Salish And Kootani tribal forestry division in Montana. I now live back in the UK in a wee Dartmoor village and spend my time writing, painting and freaking out the locals.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last! 16 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback
Josephine McCarthy's `The Initiate' is one of the very few books on Magick in the past 50 years which is completely original, eminently practical, and totally refreshing. I wish I'd known about the Void when I was in my nobbut-a-lad stage. I wish I'd had her take on angels, deities, demons, ancestors, faeries and inner contacts. I'd have been a helluva holy guru by now, believe you me!
Her practical methods, her descriptions about how to enter and exit from the innerworlds, are all described in simple, flowing lucid prose. She doesn't use obscurity and pretend it's profundity; she has great learning which is worn very lightly. And best of all she describes her own experiences, so that you can feel in your bones that she's not just another of the Outer Plane Ineptii making it all up as she goes along.
If this had been given to me as a bolshy teen I'd have thought: 'Good grief, this is brilliant!'. Now that I'm entering the decade which makes me somewhat venerable I finding myself intoning instead: 'Blimey, she knows her stuff.'
`The Initiate' is in a different class to anything I've read, I've learned an awful lot.

Alan Richardson
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5.0 out of 5 stars She did it again 7 Sep 2012
By Lex
Format:Paperback
If you thought Magical Knowledge Book I Foundations/ The Lone Practitioner was a treasure chest that would keep you busy for a lifetime, well... here's another one. Joking apart, once again Ms.McCarthy shares an enormous quantity of knowledge in a really down to earth way, answering many of the questions the first volume and its practice will cause to arise.
The author knows her stuff, no doubt about it, and apart from redefining (or--better--defining) once and for all what visionary magic and its purpose are, she guides the serious practitioner along a real, practical life changing path with confidence and clarity. This is a series of books that can alter and revolutionize even the most skilled and experienced magician's approach to the art.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the armchair magicians 14 May 2012
Format:Paperback
Great book which will not impress those who think magic is all Key of Solomon and a literal adherence to a mythic Golden Dawn tradition that never was. McCarthy's book is at the bleeding edge of magic in a way that terrifies the snot out of those who look to some grade pooh-bah to confer some title on them before they do a battery of rituals that they don't understand.
There is nothing light or fluffy about the techniques here, but anyone who is serious about magic in any tradition needs to read and understand them. I say serious about magic because people often think they are and have no idea what it is like to actually live a system.
This sort of approach is mostly inner work, which makes it more useful to those who cannot get into a group or do not want to deal with the glass egos, which swell in the presence of the lightest of magic.
When you read this, and other books in this series, you can't help feel that the majority of modern magicians are just waiting their time and would be better off reading Harry Potter novels. The very people who talk the loudest about magic are clearly not doing it.
These books forced me to change some notions I had about my own (Golden Dawn) tradition and start looking at it with new eyes. That is not to say I agree with those who think it is all dead. It just needs the sort of work that McCathy shows in this book. McCarthy is blunt, funny and above all real.
You are reading a book from someone who does not muck about and gets to the source of things. As a result she has earned a place as a highly respected magician who has therefore annoyed some of the more pretentious in the esoteric community. It seems that the best in this game are usually going to hack people off.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Ogmios
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This book is a compendium written by an obviously advanced Occultist who is interested in many things. Here you will find information which is hard to find in other books.

The author discusses Sleepers in the land, Astral Parasites, Exorcism, Working with Ancestors, Notes on workings with Signs, Seals and Sigils, notes upon Angelic work etc. Packed full of interesting and unusual information you will not find in a bulk standard book and for this reason is highly recommended. Its written in a generalist way so its not a book tied into one tradition maybe other than the western mystery tradition plus other things of interest.

Whilst the book is written in a friendly style, I found the odd use of expletives here and there in the book rather brought the whole tone of the book down - perhaps this authors writes like she speaks (some authors tend to) but it does help in the book in that the high philosophy being discussed doesn't come across too snooty. But for this reason - it lost a star !

The author has obviously been involved in many occult groups and has witnessed some of the fall outs which do occur and hence it contains good information for those getting into things for the first time and old hands which have new things to learn.

Very interesting read, recommended and would like to see more from this author.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 14 May 2012
By A. Richardson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've been reading books on magick for nearly 50 years now. There are only a handful of writers that I enjoy, or trust, or would go back to. Josephine McCarthy is one of them. Her books are original, and don't go anywhere near the old, dead, Golden Dawn stuff. She has the ability to create within me, as I read, what I can only call the "bloody hell!" moments, when my jaw drops slightly as I realise I'm learning something new, and quite wonderful. There are only three other writers around now who can do that to me.
I've never met her, am not part of her group, don't belong to any of her forums, but I have enormous admiration for what she writes. So to the reviewer calling him or herself Mettawave I would only say: "You don't know what you're talking about sonny. As a magician, she is out of your league."
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most powerful book on magic I read. I read a lot. 5 Jun 2011
By Fra.Acher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
(...) At this point many magicians give up their magical career. Because after all it has failed to provide the sense of meaning, fulfillment and inner direction they had hoped for. Or they read this book. (...) This book is not about acquiring basic magical skills, experience and practice. This book assumes you have done all your homework already. Homework during elementary, grammar school and college that is. It basically is that black car waiting in front of the gate of your university, engine humming, when you come out, final degree in your hand. It is what you have waited for all these years. And what rarely happens in real life. Well, consider yourself lucky - this time it does. It's right in front of you - 336 pages humming just like that engine, cover open, waiting for you to jump in. But boy, you better know how to ride it! (...)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best book(s) on magic I've read so far 14 May 2012
By MonaLeFay - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have read many books on magic but the Magical Knowledge books are the first that really appealed to me in a much deeper way because they show you a different and refreshing side on how magic can be used & worked with. Very important for me - it was inspiring to actually start doing something (for a greater good) & also made me research history, cultures etc. Magic became more 'personal' to me, not sure how to describe it better..an interesting & life-changing read from an authoress that writes in a down-to-earth & really funny way.
13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the armchair magicians 14 May 2012
By Mr. Nicholas Farrell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Great book which will not impress those who think magic is all Key of Solomon and a literal adherence to a mythic Golden Dawn tradition that never was. McCarthy's book is at the bleeding edge of magic in a way that terrifies the snot out of those who look to some grade pooh-bah to confer some title on them before they do a battery of rituals that they don't understand.
There is nothing light or fluffy about the techniques here, but anyone who is serious about magic in any tradition needs to read and understand them. I say serious about magic because people often think they are and have no idea what it is like to actually live a system.
This sort of approach is mostly inner work, which makes it more useful to those who cannot get into a group or do not want to deal with the glass egos, which swell in the presence of the lightest of magic.
When you read this, and other books in this series, you can't help feel that the majority of modern magicians are just waiting their time and would be better off reading Harry Potter novels. The very people who talk the loudest about magic are clearly not doing it.
These books forced me to change some notions I had about my own (Golden Dawn) tradition and start looking at it with new eyes. That is not to say I agree with those who think it is all dead. It just needs the sort of work that McCathy shows in this book. McCarthy is blunt, funny and above all real.
You are reading a book from someone who does not muck about and gets to the source of things. As a result she has earned a place as a highly respected magician who has therefore annoyed some of the more pretentious in the esoteric community. It seems that the best in this game are usually going to hack people off.
Nick Farrell Author of King over the Water and Making Talismans
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars knowledge with joy 21 May 2013
By neobella - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
after reading few books on magic topics i almost gave up any system. not to mention few were boring enough to put them away.
but this series books of magical knowledge gave me a hope. i enjoyed the writting style and every detail in the book. very down to earth and honest work.
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