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S. L. MacGregor Mathers
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2 Jan 2000 Dover Occult
Fifteenth-century document provides instructions — for the period's professional magicians and sorcerers — for evoking good and evil spirits, divining rare metals and treasures, warding off evil magic, healing illnesses, and more.

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  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; 2nd Facsimile edition edition (2 Jan 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486232115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486232119
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 13.9 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage--originally published in 1900, translated by Samuel Mathers from a 15th-century French document--was purportedly written by Abraham for his son Lamech. Within this volume are three books.

The first book is Abraham's autobiography in which he speaks to his son. The second book is an explanation of the purification rituals necessary to bring the magician's personal demon under his control. And the third book details what feats can be accomplished once the practitioner is able to use a form of magic controlled and directed through sigils of magic words written on a grid.

Anyone with an interest in the occult will find this an interesting, though perhaps impractical, guide for exploring mystic arts.

British magician and eccentric SAMUEL LIDDELL MACGREGOR MATHERS (1854-1918) also wrote The Key of Solomon the King (Clavicula Salomonis) and The Kabbalah Unveiled. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a complete book. 3 Aug 2007
Its suprising to see so many here praising this version of Abramelins rite since it is not only uncomplete but Mathers also deliberatly skipped certain parts he considerd to dangerous for others to know about. In Mathers version of the rite it takes about 6-8 months to finnish it but the original takes about 18 months to finnish. This is just one example of many of how Mathers and Crowley thrue the use of Golden Dawn led astray people from the true path of magic and led the way to the new age way of magic.

Fortunatly there are others who also translate old books and take it much more seriously. So if you want the complete version of this book I would suggest you buy this one instead "The Book of Abramelin by Abraham Von Worms" "ISBN-10: 089254127X".
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A look at the magical past 13 Dec 1998
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This work was central to both the Golden Dawn and Crowley's A.'.A.'., in many ways it is out dated. What worked in the Middle Ages or Victorian England may not work for us in the world today. For people interested in finding a framework to create their own approach, this is an excellent source for structure.
The system presented here marks one of the major changes in the post-Christian European magical tradition, moving it from a simple level of sorcery and placing it on par with Yoga as a means for spiritual progress. Not for the light-hearted occultnik, it is an extensive set of workings.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is IT 3 Feb 2003
This is IT.
The most potent system for spiritual evolution available to the western mind. Its potency lies in its simplicity. Weather the concepts are regarded as subjective or objective this six month ritual works.
It concerns a long period of focusing the Will and Imagination to culminate in the divine union with your "Holy Gaurdian Angel". Please be warned, this book is NOT for beginners. Failure in completion of the ritual successfuly can results in devastating consequenses, with macrocosmic tidal waves. I highly recommend reading as many books as you can lay your hands on before even going near "Abramelin" but especially Dion Fortunes "Mystical Qabbalah" followed by Israel Regardies "Tree of Life", these books read and understood with give a very solid grounding to build upon. Please, please look before you leap.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I give this book a fantastic rating. The first part of the book reveales a truely captivating tale of the Mage's quest for true magick. However the magical squares revealed in the second part, as Crowley said, have a tendency to get loose and they do things on their own that you will not like. The squares deal with the dark powers, and thus are extremley dangerous to the novice and expert. This is in all a form of an EXORCIST'S HANDBOOK, as the squares can affect small children, those who are emotionally vunerable, and animals, even if gazed upon for a moment. Crowley said in his book, Magic Without Tears, "that it is foolish to have this book, unless one is going to go through the whole six months purification ritual."
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage is one of the most important grimoires in occult literature and anyone familiar with the works of Aleister Crowley will be aware of its significance to Thelema and Magick. Originally written in Hebrew in 1458 by Abraham and addressed to his son Lamech, it was translated from a French manuscript by none other than the founder of the Golden Dawn, S. L. Macgregor Mathers. The volume is divided into three books describing the process of the sacred magic whereby six months of intense purifications, prayer and devotion are undertaken. Once the aspirant has attained to the Knowledge and Conversation of his/her Holy Guardian Angel (the higher self), only then can the angels and infernal spirits be evoked and the talismans used to produce the desired results.
Mathers believed in the malevolent forces to such an extent that he advised caution 'against the dangerous automatic nature of certain of the Magical Squares of the Third Book; for, if left carelessly about, they are very liable to obsess sensitive persons, children and animals'. He also went as far as to say that even owning the book could bring about serious disturbances and even harm to the individual. Crowley says in his 'Confessions' that 'the demons connected with Abra-Melin do not wait to be evoked, they come unsought'. I can't confirm this, but I can't deny it either, and for some who are not serious students of the occult and believe it to be just 'harmless twaddle', it can lead to very real unspeakable torment and therefore it should not be underestimated. This is dark and dangerous stuff indeed!
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 9 Jun 1999
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After the Key of Solomon,this book is the best grimoire ever published.I must warn any apprentice that the magic squares in this book are extremely powerful.Abramelin`s system is true and it`s nothing to fool with
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Book 16 Aug 1998
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This book is about a system of magic apparently started during anciant times. It has some roots in Kabbalah and some in Egyption magic. The book is devised into three parts. The first is a narrative of Abraham's journey and studies under Abramelin. The second part tells what one must do before doing the magic itself and also tells how to use the magical symbols in the third book, which contains thw individual spells.
I have also written reviews of: The Seven Lamps of Architecture, The Ten Books of Architecture
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