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The Book of Sacred Names
The Book of Sacred Names
by Jacobus G. Swart
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.62

4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant and serious work, 3 Feb 2014
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This is well researched and useful practical book for anyone interested in using Kabbalistic divine names. It can get a bit heavy on the gematria at times but really it is a book for thinking about and working with. This will be useful to the serious student.


Magic Words: A Dictionary.
Magic Words: A Dictionary.
by Craig Conley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.20

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a book for anyone actually interested in Magic Words, 3 Feb 2014
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Weiser used to be the big name in occult books so i bought this believing that it would be a useful compendium of magic words used in the occult and magic which I could use as reference. In fact most of the words in this book are those used by stage magicians and not at all useful to Weiser's target market. In short it was a complete waste of money for someone like me. Normally I would not be nasty about this because it was not the author's fault however it is clear that the author has put in some occult phrases such as Konx Om Pax (which is given a superficial definition) More detail is given to the name Klptzyxm which apparently was used by an imp in the first series of Superman. Made up magical words from stage magicians sit next to rare and superficially understood real magic words. To give you an example of how bad this gets it actually includes "Make it So" from Star Trek as a magical phrase. Weiser should have known a lot better in letting this one through as it is useless to anyone who is really interested in magic words.
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Microsoft Digital Media Keyboard 3000
Microsoft Digital Media Keyboard 3000
Offered by Twain Fashion Mall

4.0 out of 5 stars Great keyboard, 25 Oct 2013
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Does everything you want, at a reasonable price. Only thing I dont like is that it occasionally opens outlook which I have not got running and then refuses to shut down.


Classic Italian Jewish Cooking: Traditional Recipes and Menus
Classic Italian Jewish Cooking: Traditional Recipes and Menus
by Edda Servi Machlin
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Good cook book, 25 Oct 2013
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Worth having if you are interested in Italian cookery with something different involved. Good background for recipes on Italian Jewish culture too.


Graeco-Egyptian Magick: Everyday Empowerment
Graeco-Egyptian Magick: Everyday Empowerment
by Tony Mierzwicki
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Important book in an groundbreaking field of western magic, 26 July 2013
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The Egyptian Papri provide us with very important authentic magical techniques. The only difficulty is that they are hard to approach from a modern mindset.
The biggest issue, besides having to drown some unfortunate street cat, or endangered species, are the names of power which are a mixture of Coptic, Middle Ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Hebrew. Most of them are pronounced using a form of classic greek.
Graeco-Egyptian Magic - Everyday Empowerment by Tony Meirzwicki provides a way into this really interesting system of magic. Meirzwicki calls the book "intermediate level" and while I would hesitate to call it a book for beginners it has a few things which rule it out for advanced use.
The bulk of the book is taken up with invoking the seven Aions or the seven planets. Meirzwicki gives an interesting opening and closing and then a series of rituals to make a contact with those Gods.
This is an excellent idea and I decided to follow it as an experiment. Meirzwicki provides you with the tools you need to pronounce the barbarous names of power but you have to really work it out for yourself. In the ritual he will give you the word OUKRA and give you the pronunciation in the back (OOK-RA) with the R slightly trilled. It would have been more useful to have the pronunciations in the actual rituals he gives. But hell, an author should not have to do all the work.
The opening rituals is not bad but will take some getting used to if you are from a Wiccan, or even Golden Dawn tradition. It works by invoking the unknown Aion of Aion into your circle. This is extended by using the Greek Vowels to open the six directions of space. The Aion of Aion energy is then divided into two by vibrating two different "male and female" names of power.
There then comes a very long "blasting open the portals" by using the vowel sounds. Four weeks into my experiment I gave up on this and replaced it with supreme pentagrams. I could not make the vowels do much other than give me a sore throat. Meirzwicki's logic I really liked. These were the names given to the Aion of Aions at the quarters.
There then followed some interesting adaptions from the Egyptian Papri to complete the opening. What I found was that the Aeon of Aeon tended to be Thoth energy... in other words Thoth in his guise of the head of the Ogdoas and the creator of all. That worked for me but I didn't think about it until a bit later.
Then you chose the god you want to bring into your life. Meirzwicki uses invocations from the Orphic and Homeric Hymns as general invocations and then spells from the Egyptian Papri to bring the godform in.
There is not much unity between the different godforms. For example, Meirzwicki gives you alternative forms for each of the main godforms which you are expected to visualise. However in some of the godforms he does not give any. This weakened the ritual for Aphrodite considerably.
The other issue was that Meirzwicki appears to have assumed that the targets of the papyri were Greek gods, rather than the more exotic Greco-Egyptian mix. This belief lets him down completely in the "Aries" working because, as he points out, there are few spells connected to Aries in the Papyri.
To get around this problem he uses a love spell which is supposed to bind Aries and bring him to you. Not really something I would want to do.
In fact the Papyri are full of Aries gods forms. The role is taken up by Typhon or Seth and there are numerous spells too him that will get him to show up without having to bind you with love shackles.
In fact the famous "bornless ritual" which is beloved of GD and OTO magicians uses a composite Set- Bes figure to perform an exorcism.
There appears to be an idea that you can use some of these spells and the names associated to them for other purposes. I am not sure that is entirely correct. In the Aries case shackling the god as if he is a love object is not the same thing as invoking him.
I also think that Mierzwicki played down some of the underworld aspects of these godforms and I would have liked to have seen his take on that issue.

This might seem like I am being hyper-critical and I am not. I am still working my way through this book and am having valuable insights. It is also invaluable as I work my way through the Papri to come up with my own system.
There is some very useful material here which can save you hours of internet research. To find out the meanings of some these names you have to do a lot of research to find out what you are invoking. Some of the names are actually lost to time, so you can waste a lot of time chasing dead ends.
What I also find valuable in this book are the examples given from Meirzwicki's workshops of people's actual experiences so you can see the sort of effects the rituals have with others to compare them to your own. I think I will attempt to make this a feature of my own writing on esoteric rituals to provide guidelines.
Anyway I think this book is very important and well worth buying if you are interested in this fascinating field of magic.


The Mysterious Secrets of the HELL FIRE CLUB
The Mysterious Secrets of the HELL FIRE CLUB

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An author's fantasy that adds new age occultism to a historical mystery, 7 July 2013
I take a somewhat dubious view of people who sign themselves off as Grandmaster of a tradition. It implies that they are the top of an organisation which is worthy of the Knights Templar and this book will probably be more about them and their beliefs than their subject matter.
Sadly that is mostly what this book is about. You learn a bit too much about the author and his experiences and little about the club itself. If you are hoping for an understanding of the mysterious Hellfire club founded by Francis Dashwood you are going to be disappointed. Indeed much of the information on the buildings can be found in pamphlets and that which is not, is pretty much a flight of fancy. For example he notes correctly that the font in West Wycombe church has a serpent rising up its stem to attack a dove. He connects this to a letter in which members of the Hell Fire club were expected to go to the church and implies the font was part of the ritual. Yet the serpent of Satan rising up to attack the dove of the holy spirit is fairly bog standard Christian imagery which you would expect to find in a church font. The dove is not, as the author suggests an image of goddess Venus, who was an important part of the Hellfire ritual.
The author himself admits that we know nothing about the rituals of the Hellfire club and anything he can come up with is just a guess. Unfortunately his guess is a mish-mash of new age thought, and half thought out occult and masonic ideas. If you are going to base an esoteric system on the Hellfire Club you should at least attempt to use the systems which were available at the time. You would not see Francis Dashwood talking about Chakras or karma. These ideas did not really enter British esoteric thought until much later in history.
Writing wise the book is all over the place. The author claims that this is because he is taking a mystical approach to his writing. In fact it is just bad and unfocused. An editor would have knocked some sense into this, but I am not sure if it would have saved it.
Sadly there is nothing to suggest that the Hellfire Club was anything other than a fairly standard drinking club from that historical period. Its rituals were probably similar to those of the fraternities still seen in US universities such as the Skull and Bones, and little to do with anything occult. If it did have anything to do with the occult, then it would have been closer to Francis Barrett's the Magus, rather than this vision, which is more Helen Schucman.
I would think that anyone interested in the Hellfire Club, who knows a little about occultism could use studies such as this one The Hellfire Clubs Satanism Societies and come up with something a little better. Sadly this book is one for avoiding.


Temple of the Cosmos: The Ancient Egyptian Experience of the Sacred
Temple of the Cosmos: The Ancient Egyptian Experience of the Sacred
by Jeremy Naydler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vital for anyone interested in a practical approach to Ancient Egyptian belief, 14 Dec 2012
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Temple of the Cosmos by Jeremy Naydler and he hits some rather important points which some neo-pagans might not like much.
The book looks at what the Ancient Egyptian worldview would have actually been and how this could have led to many of religious ideas. What Naydler accidently does is put a spanner in the works of would be neo-pagans who wished to create a modern form of Egyptian worship with their worldview.

If Temple of the Cosmos is to be believed to get a real Egyptian religion you would have to short circuit many of the modes of thinking of modern life. Naydler believes that the world that the Ancient Egyptians had was one where their myth, time and material universe were intertwined. All actions around you were your interaction with the divine myth.
For example when the Ancient Egyptians built a statue to the gods they were not worshiping an idol that they had made. Their mind-set was such that the statue really was the God or Goddess. When they looked up at the sky they saw the eye of Horus looking down on them. Nature mimicked the myth of transmutation and initiation.
This is great stuff. Sometimes the book gets a bit lost in academic verbiage and its point gets missed because Naydler has fallen into saying something that actually sounds more complex than it actually is. Practically we see that there are huge problems for people who want to adopt a way of life or magic which mimics the Ancient Egyptian mind-set. It cannot just be that you like cats and wear tons of Egyptian-style jewellery. You have to be able to apply Egyptian myth to every aspect of your life and not just that which is fluffy. It is one thing to look into the night's sky and see Nut stretched over you, it is quite another to see your boss as Set.
Naydler also makes it clear that much of the real spirituality behind the Ancient Egyptian mind-set was down to the actual movements of nature. The colours of Osiris, for example, become more meaningful when you know the colours of the Nile when it floods.
Where is your Pharaoh now?
The Ancient Egyptians regarded their Kings as important parts of their religion. How can you equate your modern politicians with an incarnate God? It would be difficult to fit David Cameron or Silvio Berlusconi into any scenario where they would be worthwhile let alone divine.
The problem that modern people have is that they have become disconnected from all forms of myth or any gods. In the West, we can blame science for this, but we can also see that the Ancient Greeks had a role in rationalising away much of this mind-set. The Ancient Greeks at the time of Homer certainly still had it. The odyssey is packed full of myth woven into "fact".
There are some important points to note for magicians too. In magic there are a lot of references to the Secret Tradition. What if this tradition was never really secret at all, but a mind-set which was forgotten.
Reading through this book you can see that magical technology reflects some of these ideas. The idea that a priest was not just wearing the mask of a God, but really was that God, is something that many Golden Dawn magicians need to understand. It might be that we can only duplicate the Ancient Egyptian mind-set within our ritual space, but it is there that we should be doing it.
We should be striving to make sure that whatever we are doing in our ritual space is real, we should not just believe it to be true, but know that myth has overcome any form of "reality" as we know it. This is closer to the Ancient Egyptian way and could be one of the forgotten secrets.
Anyway I recommend this book for those who, like me, like to root their magic in Ancient Traditions. But it is also useful for those who want to understand the core of magical methods. Those who think that they have past lives with their cats in Ancient Egypt and put their religion as Ancient Egyptian on the census form might be a little disappointed.
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Drinkable History: Horrifying Authentic Techniques for 3000 Year Old Hard Cider, 1500 Year Old Mead, and 1000 Year Old Ale
Drinkable History: Horrifying Authentic Techniques for 3000 Year Old Hard Cider, 1500 Year Old Mead, and 1000 Year Old Ale
Price: £2.56

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great little book, 27 Nov 2012
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Sadly ended all too soon. Informative and fun and provided me with the recipes that I needed. I can see it would not satisfy a home brewer but if you want to make historically accurate brews this one is good.


WD TV Live Media Player
WD TV Live Media Player
Offered by Digital Components Ltd (dclstore)
Price: £69.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Western Digital, 27 Nov 2012
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On the whole i am not happy. The software is buggy and and requires you to wipe the media player menu everytime to add another video. This would not be a problem but it takes a lot time. The machine is too slow to do much. It does have some advantages over earlier media players that I have owned, but it is not worth the money I paid for it. It would have been better to go for another cheaper machine.
On the plus side the interface is not bad and fairly smooth.


Magical Knowledge Book II - The Initiate
Magical Knowledge Book II - The Initiate
by Josephine McCarthy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the armchair magicians, 14 May 2012
Great book which will not impress those who think magic is all Key of Solomon and a literal adherence to a mythic Golden Dawn tradition that never was. McCarthy's book is at the bleeding edge of magic in a way that terrifies the snot out of those who look to some grade pooh-bah to confer some title on them before they do a battery of rituals that they don't understand.
There is nothing light or fluffy about the techniques here, but anyone who is serious about magic in any tradition needs to read and understand them. I say serious about magic because people often think they are and have no idea what it is like to actually live a system.
This sort of approach is mostly inner work, which makes it more useful to those who cannot get into a group or do not want to deal with the glass egos, which swell in the presence of the lightest of magic.
When you read this, and other books in this series, you can't help feel that the majority of modern magicians are just waiting their time and would be better off reading Harry Potter novels. The very people who talk the loudest about magic are clearly not doing it.
These books forced me to change some notions I had about my own (Golden Dawn) tradition and start looking at it with new eyes. That is not to say I agree with those who think it is all dead. It just needs the sort of work that McCathy shows in this book. McCarthy is blunt, funny and above all real.
You are reading a book from someone who does not muck about and gets to the source of things. As a result she has earned a place as a highly respected magician who has therefore annoyed some of the more pretentious in the esoteric community. It seems that the best in this game are usually going to hack people off.
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