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5.0 out of 5 stars Voodoo, but not as we know it.
I have wanted this book for 20 years. Was it worth the wait and the answer is yes. Bertiaux has a very dark reputation in the occcult world and yes that is here but also insights into Magick from a point of view that delivers much good too. It describes this as the expanded edition that was meant to include diagrams. But in the reprinting they were left out. Homer Simpson...
Published on 24 Nov. 2007 by M. Geraghty

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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a modern practices or half-baked?
Looking at Michael Bertiaux's Voudon Gnostic Workbook makes me think about the discussions and petty fights between practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine and doctors of Western Medicine. The TCM professional looks at the person as a whole, the western physician looks at the acupuncture points he has to needle to get the results he wants and doesn't care about the...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Voodoo, but not as we know it., 24 Nov. 2007
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M. Geraghty "Celtic Muse" (Ireland) - See all my reviews
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I have wanted this book for 20 years. Was it worth the wait and the answer is yes. Bertiaux has a very dark reputation in the occcult world and yes that is here but also insights into Magick from a point of view that delivers much good too. It describes this as the expanded edition that was meant to include diagrams. But in the reprinting they were left out. Homer Simpson must have been on the job that day. Thankfully they can be downloaded and printed then added to the book. It's a big read with lots to digest but to me a worthy addition to my Occult library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You won't buy magic like this anywhere else, 30 May 2011
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This is no book for a beginner even if you find the 10 lessons of Chapter 1 easy. For a newcomer drawn to the current, Chapter 1 is an easier way of reaching the Spirits in the first instance. But thereafter it is probably aimed at adepts. Beginners will find it extraordinarily hard work (possible but far from easy). It is worth the work, though. Be aware that it is a workbook, not a course in Magick, so you can pick and choose the papers relevant to your needs; also that it bears little resemblance to exoteric Voodoo or Vodou while it does draw on its symbology and basic beliefs. It is as much gnostic as voodoo.

It is a book of generally dark teachings, likely to be dismissed by newcomers for whom the current is unsuitable anyway; and in unwary hands could be dangerous.

The nuisance is the famously missing drawings are still missing. Certain lessons are aided with dawings but as with the Magick Childe editions, they are missing. It surely would have taken little effort for the new publisher to include them as a leaflet or appendix to the text. The drawings are available from the associated web site but an inconvenience to have to retrieve and print out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Illustrations are now in the book as an appendix!, 24 Mar. 2015
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For everyone's information. When this was reprinted, as has been noted repeatedly, the diagrams were left out. I'm sure I checked this myself in a copy in some bookstore. And yes, they were available as an appendix downloadable from the Red Wheel ∕ Weiser site. I have a copy of the Magickal Childe edition, but decided to buy this new one at long last for completeness. To my surprise, the copy I received has this missing appendix at the back. So either we've all missed it, or they've included it in a later print run. Maybe this was the intension all along. It isn't listed as a new edition. I'm sure this will make a lot of people happy, even though not as happy if they'd been inserted into the book where they should have appeared. I don't know, but maybe the illustrations were always a separate document, that never got merged with the main text.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a modern practices or half-baked?, 22 Mar. 2008
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Kalfu (Savannah, Georgia) - See all my reviews
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Looking at Michael Bertiaux's Voudon Gnostic Workbook makes me think about the discussions and petty fights between practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine and doctors of Western Medicine. The TCM professional looks at the person as a whole, the western physician looks at the acupuncture points he has to needle to get the results he wants and doesn't care about the deep underlying mechanisms of Chinese Medicine. No wonder then, that the results of the western physician are not lasting - or need to be supported by additional western practices and drugs!

One of the most quotes African proverbs that springs to mind when looking at Bertiaux is "in the land of the blind, the man with one eye is king". Vodou is not a tradition of spell-casting, conjuring and invocation/evocation. It is a way of life and a practice to achieve alignment with ones destiny by creating health, wealth (not riches) and happiness. Unfortunately Bertiaux does not portrait vodou in this way but makes is a cheap, dark and "powerful" practice to support his chaos-magical practice. But even power is understood differently in vodou then how Bertiaux presents it - the power vodou teaches us is not power over others (or over the Loa) but over our own lives.

I could ramble on more, but I doubt it will change much! Chaos magic will always be chaos magic and once exposed to it, its difficult to change your mind and understand that spirituality could actually be more then a means to an end that can be used at your leisure!
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