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5.0 out of 5 stars Sound and sane
I've read Melville's books on Alchemy, Angels and Faeries, all of which I can recommend, and this one is also excellent. Melville is a traditionalist with a sound esoteric and metaphysical grounding. He also has a pleasingly light touch and wry, but not inappropriate, sense of humour. What always comes across in his writings is his profound reverence for sacred tradition...
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1.0 out of 5 stars poorly researched
Having read this book front to back. I found it a complete disappointment. The research done for this book is superficial, and nothing written here can be of any genuine help during a psychic attack. It is clear that the author has no true knowledge of the occult, AND IT SHOWS. The book as been written in the format and style of a Harry Potter book. with fancy...
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1.0 out of 5 stars poorly researched, 2 May 2013
This review is from: The Magic Shield: A Manual of Defense Against the Dark Arts (Quarto Book) (Hardcover)
Having read this book front to back. I found it a complete disappointment. The research done for this book is superficial, and nothing written here can be of any genuine help during a psychic attack. It is clear that the author has no true knowledge of the occult, AND IT SHOWS. The book as been written in the format and style of a Harry Potter book. with fancy illustrations and paper and VERY LITTLE TEXT amongst stereotypical pictures of angels and demons. The first part of the book describes (with great generalizations and approximations) the different types of black magic, a research that looks like it was done by reading the first paragraphs of wikipedia. Some of the information is also completely wrong and based on Bram Stoker's book, a work of fiction. The author's advice is to steer clear of such occult groups...thanks a lot, but what if it is too late for someone?

The second part of the book is about the "magic shield". A complete waste of time. Some of the advice given is also DANGEROUS for people under psychic attack, showing the author's utter ignorance on the subject, demonstrating no true occult knowledge. This is someone who has read a few books and written a high school paper on psychic protection and found a publisher, no more. The advice given ranges from cleaning your house, playing classical music, doing yoga, drinking herbal teas, meditating (it is dangerous to open up psychically even more during an attack), burning incense, using salt and essential oils. Then the author loosely describes how to make amulets, whose efficacy is dubious at best. The methods given to make such talismans are also incomplete. The author recommends fasting as a method of protection. DO NOT FAST IF YOU ARE BEING ATTACKED, IT IS DANGEROUS!!!!!! Fasting opens you up even more! Fasting is good when you are NOT under attack, but extremely dangerous when you are being attacked. Every true occult student knows this, it is psychic protection 101.

The end of this book is another let down. It describes the formula for a Catholic exorcism (also generalized), which is useless unless you are a priest, in which case you know it already and if you are not a priest there is little point in using it as it requires consecrated hands to perform it.

If you want to learn how to protect yourself during an attack, this book will make things worse. This is a book that leads the customer to believe that it is mainly for cure, not prevention. Only discussing prevention shows no true knowledge of how psychic attack works. (The prevention described here is lacking in true content as well).

There are other books written by Initiates and authors with a true working knowledge of the occult that offer genuine advice that has been tested and worked successfully in such situations. Don't waste your money on this book. It's misleading
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sound and sane, 5 Feb 2013
This review is from: The Magic Shield: A Manual of Defense Against the Dark Arts (Quarto Book) (Hardcover)
I've read Melville's books on Alchemy, Angels and Faeries, all of which I can recommend, and this one is also excellent. Melville is a traditionalist with a sound esoteric and metaphysical grounding. He also has a pleasingly light touch and wry, but not inappropriate, sense of humour. What always comes across in his writings is his profound reverence for sacred tradition and the mysteries of life.

In this book his approach is neither dogmatic nor scare-mongering. His chapter on voodoo is concisely informative and shows respect for what he clearly sees as a genuine religion. He pays due respect to other religious traditions, while avoiding bias and dogmatism. Anybody who has read his book on alchemy will have recognised his respect for Islam and Rosicrucianism, while his books on angels and faeries reveal a sensitive and gentle approach to spiritual beings.

This book is about the DARK ARTS, so of course it focuses on the darkest areas of the occult. It only demonises the diabolical, while pointing out, for example, that most Satanists are just in it for the kicks and that the occasional scares over ritual abuse usually have very little basis in fact.

As for self-defence, Melville is at pains to point out that occult attacks are very rare and that most symptoms can be, indeed should be, attributed to other causes where possible. At all times his advice is sane, balanced and trustworthy. He makes it clear that the best defence is one's own well-being and provides useful tips for achieving and maintaining a strong aura.

In conclusion, this book neither exaggerates nor debunks the Dark Arts. It takes its subject seriously, is clearly well-researched (check out the bibliography) and is engagingly written. The approach is straightforward and grounded in a universalist esoteric tradition. I can highly recommend it to anyone interested in the subject.
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