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Ritual Magic Workbook: A Practical Course of Self-initiation [Paperback]

Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser; illustrated edition edition (1 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578630452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578630455
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 17.6 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 994,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A detailed course of instruction for readers who want to practice ceremonial magic without joining a working group. The author takes the reader through a 12-month training course in magic, drawing on her years of experience to all the important aspects of ritual magic.

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The amount of time and effort put into each month is a matter for you to decide, but remember this, work is reflective, too little effort will show few results. Read the first page
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By Weaver
I am a long-time student of esotericism. I worked through this book at home, alone, carefully following the book, step by step. I built the temple in imagination in my bedroom. The whole journey happened in imagination for me. It worked very well and I was more than happy with the progress I made.
So if you have a room to yourself for an hour or so a day, that's all you need. It takes commitment to work through it to the end and I found it carried a momentum of its own. I looked forward to my pathworking sessions.
I would confidently recommend any book by this author, and especially this book.
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not for everyone... 26 May 1999
By A Customer
This book is a great book for anyone who wants to explore ritual magick, but doesn't know where to start. However, creating the temple and gathering the supplies necessary to follow this book to the letter would take a huge amount of money and time. I think the best thing I got out of it was the costume ideas. I decided that most of the costumes would be great for mystery plays at any ceremony, regardless of tradition.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why buy? Get it for free. 7 Sep 2012
You can download this from the Net --- and I'm assuming legally, otherwise they'd have taken it off. Just Google the author's name.

The stars don't constitute a personal review opinion, as I haven't read to book, although I'm sure it's good.
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4 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intresting and new. 31 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Good i love the book but i would like to know if you do really need the temple because it takes up to much room in my bedroom.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ritual Magic Workbook 18 April 2000
By Edane - Published on Amazon.com
This is indeed an excellent _workbook_, but to get the full value you do need to not only do the work but read all of the books required for each chapter. And therein lies a challenge because nearly half of them are out of print. Information given in the required books is _not_ repeated in the workbook so if you do not have the listed texts you are going to barely skim the surface of her lessons. The book requires around 68 other books to be read and studied to get the full value of the course. That said and full warning of it now given, it is an excellent introduction to Ritual Magic. Two of the required books are out in revised editions with new titles; Alan Richardson's Mystical Kabllah is to be found in his Magical Gateways and J. H. Brennan's Experimental Magic is now Magick for Beginners. Be prepared to haunt used book sources and do a lot of serious study and practice. You get out of this what you put into it.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A collection of great tools for WORKING with rituals 21 Sep 2003
By chrstphr - Published on Amazon.com
I take exception to much of the previous review ("Housewife's Magic"). It's important to read the title and understand that it's a workbook, and the word "work" describes the intent of the book very well. The central theme here is preparation for magic, by working. The cleaning, the building, the readings, the attention to the details of the magical implements ... they all serve the purpose of focusing energy/concentration and achieving the discipline needed to effect change through will. You've utterly missed the point if you think these are just a bunch of mundane details and are unimportant. They're the meat of the book, they ARE the real magic, and the heart of the discipline being taught here. The "followers of other magical paths" can bypass all that and skip to the sensation-seeking, but why bother with a book like this if you believe it's only the rituals themselves that matter?
I enjoyed it for the detail about the making of the implements and the temple. So it's practical, as described, but a fuller self-initiation requires several other books and thus the suggested readings at the ends of each chapter.
If you want to put your hands to meditative use so you are well-grounded for further explorations, then this is a marvelous introductory book.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you only bought one book on magic, buy this book! 19 Sep 1999
By John Barbiero - Published on Amazon.com
Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki's "Ritual Magic Workbook" is a must have for beginners and experts alike. Dolores is the Director of Studies of a modern day Mystery School teaching the wisdom of the Western Mysteries. Her rich practical knowledge and insight are made available here for the student who for whatever reason chooses not to undertake the formal tuition of a Mystery School. The beginner can expect to be taken through an in-depth one year curriculum consisting of personal spiritual development and invaluable insight into the construction of a personal temple. The creation of a magical temple is invaluable to the work of a ceremonial magician. In such a temple, the aspirant may expect to be challenged to grow and stimulated to unfold the magical and spiritual potential that lies within. Dolores also points out that one day this temple will no longer be necessary for it will have become "the Temple not made by hands" the total internalization of the physical temple into the subtle bodies of the intiate. The expert may expect further insights from a recognized authority in the esoteric community. One of the many innovations offered by the author is the use of the "Temple Floor Cloth" for those practioners unable to set aside a room for a Temple. The "Temple Floor Cloth" can be set down for the ritual and taken up so that the room can be returned to more mundane use. The author gives practical advice on creative visualization and means of raising power from the Qabalistic tradition to the tradition of the Craft. How to behave in temple and what initiation truly means are fully explained. Readers may work as solo practioners or follow her suggested guidelines towards forming a ritual group that may one day work as a Lodge of the Mysteries. A rich course of study is presented along with a suggested reading list for future study. Rituals to consecrate and seal the Temple on the various subtle levels are given as well as how to align your Temple to three traditions of your personal choice. Seasonal rituals take the practioner through the magical year and much variety is given so that the practioner can experience the various paths of the egyptian, the greek, the craft etc. How to make and use talismans is clearly explained. If you only read one book on the occult and the Western Mysteries, read this book. It will ground you in the all important foundations that will allow you to practice safely and effectively. Expect to be changed for the better!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it and keep it. 15 Nov 2008
By W. Paul Blakey - Published on Amazon.com
I have the original version of the book printed in 1986, so I'm not sure if the newer version is exactly the same or not. However, what I want to say is, if you have the book and some aspects of it don't connect with you, or you can't think how to implement all of the suggestions in the book, don't despair. Keep the book and every so often, when drawn to do so, dip back into it and see which sections attract you. Ritual magic is not something that is easy to understand and in my personal experience, timing is everything. As I say, I bought the book in the 1980s and it is only now, 22 years later that I can say that I am beginning to understand the importance of the information in the book.

A valuable reference tool for anyone interested in ritual magic.

Written by a true master.
25 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Housewife's Magic 28 Jan 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki is obviously a skilled and knowledgeable master of her craft. Her teachings are useful and comprehensive and I am sure many readers will find this book most inspiring.
However, I did not find what I was looking for when I bought the book mainly because of it's title. It describes rituals for the classic post Golden Dawn way only. Witchcraft of the more domestic sort could also be ritualized using this book, but that's pretty much it. Followers of all other magical paths, such as Thelema, Chaos Magic, Grimoiric Magic and wilder sorts of witchcraft will find this book restrictive and conservative to the point of being hardly usable. According to it, their magic can't possibly work anyway, though it most definitely does.
Another grudge I have with this book is that it does not clearly distinguish between more and less important lessons. Endless pages are spent detailing mundane topics such as how to physically clean a ritual room and giving very specific instructions on the construction of less important ritual tools such as candleholders. I missed a lot of "This is but a suggestion and being stuck here shouldn't stop you from going on with the important part." sentences.
Rituals are rather shallow and never go beyond the intensity of an average Holy Mass - which is understandable as this book is an introduction. They are also lengthy and invocations use to be so long they can hardly be learned by heart and spoken "deep from the heart". It seems the rituals in this book do not aim to cause much of the change Ashcroft-Nowicki knows magic is, but rather form a ritual base for the spiritualist quasi-religion she teaches. Which is not everything ritual magic can be - not at all, folks.
If I was as bound to my path as Ashcroft-Nowicki is to hers, I'd have given this book one star. If I followed the same path she does, I'd have given it four.
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