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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S. (30 Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073870234X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738702346
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 358,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tanya Blackiston on 16 Nov 2003
Format: Paperback
I was doing some research into sacred symbols for use in areas of my life which needed a bit of oomph added to them, and so bought this book thinking it to be a good place to start. But this book only shows line drawings of symbols from different civilisations and era's, without the all important meanings and powers. Needless to say, I sent the book directly back to Amazon!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard Ellicott on 3 Mar 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is absolutly terrible

Many of the symbols are incorrect, it is badly researched and basicly just contains a symbol a name, that's it.

For example it even has a couple of symbols from the goetia but just the symbol bit, not the seal, honestly i dunnno why i brought this I must've been drunk because for a subject like this the internet is a far better resource, especially since the meaning of many symbols is often subjective and ambiguous.

Sorry for the short review but this book deserves no less, another victim of my annual bookshelf genocide, in the bin it goes.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Good resource. Not just rehashed material. 18 Jun 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I've always enjoyed Buckland's writing, but when I first heard about this book, I started to wonder if I'd get just a rehash of some of the same books on symbols I already own. Not the case, not at all.
This book contains quite a few areas I haven't seen in my other books: Australian Aborigine, Buddhist, Freemasonry, Hindu, Islam, Rosicrucian, Shinto, Sikh, and Travelers. It also contains what are often considered "standard" categories for the practicing witch or magician: alchemy, ancient Egypt, astrology, Ceremonial Magic, magical alphabets, Voudoun, and Witchcraft.

For those of you who hate fluffy books, I'm glad to say that this one isn't. It's concise, with a good bibliography at the end, and a large percentage of the books he lists are pre-1980 and are not all from his publisher, so he's done his homework.
A good addition for the library!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
covers a lot of cultures 21 Feb 2005
By merrymousies - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent introduction to ancient symbols from across many cultures: egyptian, aborigine, buddhist, celtic, greek, native American, chinese, roman, etc. I emphasize that this is an introduction to these since you could find whole books on the symbolism of each ofthese cultures. The section on celtic ones for example is only 5 pages long and rather skimpy as are the others but at least you can get your feet wet and then seek other books where you want to gain more depth. The images throughout the book are hand drawn but seem to be pretty well done. Throughout each chapter there are short stories/information relating to why certain symbols were used, roles of men and women in society, beliefs that the culture carried and that are expressed in the symbols. Overall a good book - having good breadth, just a little short on depth. I think the title is a little misleading since this is more about ancient cultural symbols (which I was looking for) and less about magic which the subtitle infers. I think this is a god starting point for further research.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Very Good Book!! 23 Oct 2007
By Serenity Tsukino - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent, well written, easy to understand and browse, thoroughly enjoyable book. i gave it 4 stars because there weren't very many omens covered, but if you want this book for things like magical alphabets or ancient scripts or sybols and their meanings, id definitely suggest it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
INTERESTING! 31 Dec 2012
By s - Published on
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I bought this book based on the previous ratings and was not disappointed. I read the book in 1 afternoon. I haven't studied some basic history since college. Great illustrations! My only two issues were the coverage of Christianity...I found it brief and he made a lot of assumptions based on 2 sources. And I wasn't all that impressed with the author citing his previous works in the bibliography, seemed very self-promoting.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not Much Depth 8 Feb 2014
By Zalmorion the Fantastic - Published on
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This is a real disappointment. Lots of symbols hand-drawn accompanied by VERY little textual analysis, interpretation, or explanation--IF ANY AT ALL. I expected a scholar and practitioner magic to present symbols with some depth and intelligence. Instead, this book is like an unfinished notebook.

Not recommended. This will NOT teach you anything ABOUT the symbols. It will only present them.

If you want to read impeccable scholarship on arcane and esoteric occult subjects, try any of John Michael Greer's books. He's an expert. Buckland . . . not so much.
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