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Techniques of High Magic: A Manual of Self-initiation Paperback – 26 Mar 1981


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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New edition edition (26 Mar 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722152566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722152560
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,829,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 22 Dec 2003
Format: Paperback
I couldn't quite give this book full marks,but i definitely recommend it. First the good points, The basic underlying principles of magic, Individual and detailed chapters on the following divination methods TAROT,I CHING,GEOMANTIC DIVINATION(excellent practical instructions), Making your magical weapons, Chapters on making,using talismans and Astral Projection(3 separate methods are given),others on invocation and evocation(not perfect but ok) and one on self initiation for the lone worker. My main criticism of the book is the lack of a chapter on the QABALLAH. As this is at the heart of the western magical tradition ,the omission is strange. It would have been more complete with chapters on a brief history of western magic, and introductions to alchemy,astrology as well. However the book is worth it for the tarot,i ching,talismans,geomantic divination,astral projection,and meaning of magic chapters. RECOMMENDED
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Feb 2003
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Now a classic in the field of practical texts, "Techniques" gives detailed instruction in the performance of a range of magical skills and rituals. Proceeding from a discussion of what magic is, it introduces the fundamentals of setting up and purifying a basic temple and describes the finer points of pentagram and hexagram rituals and the Rose Cross Ritual, all of which are extensively used in many workings.
The process of creating your own elemental weapons is also laid out for you, various forms of divination are outlined (although you would need more detailed texts to be able to do them justice) and the construction and charging of talismans is explained.
Whilst not a complete manual for the absolute beginner, it certainly rates as a very useful handbook of basic reminders for a practitioner who already has some knowledge and experience, and provides enough material for you to experiment safely for yourself. It's very much a hands-on "how to" book which draws together many of the essentials of magical working in a compact form without waffle or "padding." A useful "instruction book" in the art of Ceremonial magic.
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I bought this book many years ago and though it does have limitations it is a superb launching pad, giving the seeker a great deal of information, useful in its own right, but informing about how to follow on, if necessary. I've noted on blogs people asking advice about books on many of the subjects dealt with here in detail, clearly unable to afford time nor money to wade through the masses of literature available these days. Furthermore the explanations are easy to follow unlike some texts that are deliberately abstruse.

Of course it is limited by size and what it can present but it's an excellent start.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
A Classic for Beginners 10 Sep 2000
By Mark Stavish, The Institute for Hermetic Studies - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Techniques of High Magic - A Handbook of Divination, Alchemy, and the Evocation of Spirits" has been around for a quarter of a century placing it in the category of a 'classic' in its own time. In an increasingly fickle market where many beginners books come and go, "Techniques of High Magic" has managed to hold its own. While the authors present little material that is original, most of it coming from the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, they do organize it in an easy to understand, orderly, and usable manner. The shortened rituals they present for the consecration of the four principle Elemental Tools alone is worth the price. Chapters on astral projection, divination, the tarot, and evocation round out the text.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
My view on this book. 26 Oct 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Well...I think it borrows alittle too much from the Golden Dawn traditions, and the consecrating your elemental weapons section is alittle too Judeo-Christian centered for my tastes. However I must say that it still remains one of the classic texts, and a fairly decent introduction for those wishing to practice magic. The tarot and divination sections are excellant, which is primarily why I rate this as high as I do. If you simply wish to be a ritual magician and don't care about differing traditions then go ahead and buy the book. I would suggest however the purchase of additional books, and possibly look up information on the web, to round out the studys.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An all-in-one magick book 9 July 2011
By Topaz - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a must have book for the practicing magician. It is very simple and to the point. It lacks nothing. But Some of the pronounciations are not correct. Example: Yod Nun Resh Yod, should not be pronouced as spelt. And Daat should not be pronounced as Da-art.However; this book gives the best info on why to do the rituals and their purposes. The illustrations and references are very helpful. If you need a first book on magick or to add to your collection of info, this is your book.
Good starter book 12 July 2014
By Matt Dare - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the books that peaked my interest at age 16. Good starter book.
Amazing 25 Mar 2013
By Jan - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a book that I have always wanted to read, and missed my chance at the bookstore. Thanks for parting with your copy!
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