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on 16 March 1999
A clear and concise book explaining the root principles of magic in everyday terms. Filled with fascinating philosophies it was one of Regardies favourite works (and one of the first I read). Now reprinted it is an excellent source for both beginner and experienced magician alike. This is not a book containing set out rituals, but rather as its title suggests, a study in magic. It incorporates many systems and discusses them well. Subjects include yoga, qaballah, egyptian magic, the astral light, Divinity, training of the magician, the will, invocation and many more. A must for every occult library.
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on 5 June 2001
Not only does this book give a broad coverage of all things 'magickal' it also provides clear intelligible explanation of all these aspects in a manner which will facilitate their practical usage and a real and steadily progressive development.
The one partial exception here is the moderately veiled chapter on alchemy. Yet even here he offers the keys.
Though an old book, by modern standards, this will be an excellent addition to any occult library.
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on 25 May 2007
I have shelves groaning under the weight of erudite tomes on magick and psychology - Crowley, Jung et al. - but this book really is superb in every way. I can't explain why I never read Regardie before - I guess I thought he was just Crowley's poodle. How wrong can a fool be. No more words - just buy it.
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on 20 July 1999
Regardie's Tree of Life is invalueable to the student of both Qabalah and magic, introducing us to the methods employed by Aleister Crowley, the Golden Dawn and the Goetia. Regardie has extensively studied rituals of the Ancient Egyptians and Greeks and outlines simple formulas for performing the most complex rituals founded upon ancient knowledge. Also outlines the Augoeides working.
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on 1 June 2007
For the serious student this book is more than just a leasurely read. This is not just bedtime reading. This is part of a journey. I bought it with the aim to study the Tree of Life. It is the elements of a new life! I have not looked back!

I did not just buy it to read it but to study it. Expect to have your horizons broadened and your old wineskins changed! It is powerful and transforming.

Thank you for your hard work.

Len

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on 29 June 2010
An excellent book to have as a guide to understanding metaphysical concepts in more depth. It is clear and concise and should be used as a study book and I would recommend that it be read / studied in conjunction with Dion Fortune's book - The Circuit of Fortune.
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on 8 October 2013
A great book covering many of the different aspects of magick. Difficult to understand in places as uses archaic language and lots of unfamiliar terms. This is not a book for the fainthearted, but with perseverance a treasure trove of information that will be indispensable to anyone's spiritual journey and provides a solid intellectual foundation for much of the field... It really helps you understand the metaphysics and theory of Magick. I bought this as a first dip into this world and was not put off, but a bit confused at times. I would recommend reading this in conjunction with a more practical book such as Kraig
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on 22 October 2003
Isreal Regardies master work on the tree of life. It does not suffer from the addition of new material from his students either. A must have for anyone who is serious about studting the tree of life.
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on 19 April 1999
A book that does not seem to be among the first-mentioned classics of the genre, and I cannot imagine why. Syncretic presentations of magical philosophy and practice are numerous, borrowing from sources such as this, but this book has the unmistakably organic flow and seamlessness of form and substance that mark a deeply considered and eloquent utterance with the ring of mastery. Not a book in quite the modern style or tone, but in a literate, though unostentatious idiom, that does justice to the matter, and serves as an admirable introduction to the Art for such as would as soon not be spoon-fed with more or less predigested material. As an introduction to this subject likely ought to, it leans rather more to the theoretical and expository than to the practical, but makes the point as well and convincingly as I have ever seen that in this endeavor, "practical" exercise undertaken without a deeper understanding of its meaning, is of limited value. And certainly the book is not all as forbidding as the above might suggest, but a well-flowing and engaging volume. Very recommended to whoever welcomes an intellectually and spiritually rewarding challenge.
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on 11 November 2013
Reading this book, I was waiting for the indepth analysis of the tree of life and the different sephiroth etc. It didn't come .....! The book is a great study of magic traditions, but for me it didn't fulfil on the tree of life
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