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The Book of Ceremonial Magic: Including the Rites and Mysteries of Goetic Theurgy, Sorcery, and Infernal Necromancy Hardcover – 1969


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bell Pub. Co (1969)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517129396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517129395
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 15.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,748,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 May 1998
Format: Paperback
This book, which is actually a revised and expanded version of the Book of Black Magic and Pacts, is a valuable beginners' guide to European magick systems of the middle ages. This book comes in two parts. The first part is Waite's analysis of various books, along with some excerpts. The second part is a complete grimorie, a synthesis of all the other grimories he analyzes in part one. For a person who is just getting started in magick, this is an invaluable book and SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ESSENTIAL BASIC READING. The big problem I have with this book is Waite's attitude. Waite considers all of this material hogwash, devilish garbage. In his review of The Book Of The Sacred Magick of Abramelin The Mage, he slams the translator, Mathers, by stating, "no doubt the translator will continue to regard (Abramelin) as a work of great 'importance' from the occult standpoint, and its existance in English as 'a real benefit' to students. I leave it to him." This same haughty attitude pervades the entire of the first part, and the comments are boring. It's like reading instructions for a microwave where the instructions insult the reader for buying the microwave!! If the reader can get around this, then the book becomes quite a bit more valuable as a resource.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Jun. 1998
Format: Paperback
This book's primary value is as a survey of the methods of medieval Western Ceremonial Magic. It consists mainly of excerpts from the better known renaissance grimoires, accompanied by commentary from the author. The material is deliberately incomplete, and Waite's style is verbose, pompous and quite tedious at times. To these flaws must be added his scornful attitude toward his subject matter. Although at times, one does wonder why he bothered to write it in the first place, as a starting point for the study of the Western Esoteric tradition, it is a very valuable survery. A plus for content, D for style.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 May 1999
Format: Paperback
It contains: The supreme rulers of the hours of the day and night, invocations of evil spirits, rituals of black magic, initial rites and ceremonies, descending hierarchies, mysteries of Goëtic theurgy, government of evil spirits, infernal invocation according to the grand grimoire, concerning works of hatred and destruction, and infernal necromancy. All this and then some mixed with illustrations, drawings and sigils. To those of you who are in possession of Morbid Angel's "Covenant" the cover shows pages 124 and 125 in this book - check it out!
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