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Magical Knowledge III: Contacts of the Adepts
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 February 2013
I never thought a single book could contain an entire library. I never thought a single book could contain the actual workload, the depth of practical guidance that easily fills an entire lifetime as a magical adept. With the final part of Josephine McCarthy's Magical Knowledge trilogy, however, this is exactly what you are holding in your hands.

For the traditional ritual magician the first two books of this liminal series opened gateways to a completely new type of magical technique and powerful practice. Step by step the ritual magician could learn how to move beyond the narrow confines of the magical circle and to engage with spiritual beings directly, stripped free of superficial structure and man-made overlays. Personally they taught me more than all of my magical practice during more of a decade before. Most of all, the first two books in the Magical Knowledge series taught me to rediscover and use my magical senses as the most powerful tools life or divinity had ever offered me.

Having said this, I cannot see a way you will be able to successfully work with or personally benefit from the third volume of the series without going deep and spending a substantial amount of time with the first two volumes in advance. I guess, it would be like pushing a baby into a wetsuit and pulling them 200 feet under the sea - without allowing them time to grow up first, to get to know the cold waters, to learn how to dive, to hold your breath, to appreciate the tides and to encounter all the beings that live in them.

Here are a few places `Contact of the Adepts' will take you to as you embark on its many journeys:
- It will allow you to travel into the secret cave in the middle of the earth from where all volcanic power emerges and where it flows back into one.
- It will take you down into the Abyss where you will encounter the dwellings of many powerful beings sealed away by angels and ancestors.
- It will allow you to walk alongside the wondrous Metatron-Cube through a long stretched desert while power is veiled into shape as it flows downwards into Malkuth.
- It will help you climb the Jacob's ladder and into the spheres of planetary beings where fate is formed and souls are beginning their journeys into life.
- It will put you at the threshold of the Abyss and show you the invisible bridge that is the angel Metatron - over which you can walk and pass into the mists of the Archon and the Aeon beyond.

Basically each place of the many this book will take you to traditionally is veiled in secrecy for good reasons: These are the places adepts used to visit for centuries in silence without leaving tracks; and now the doors are open. (...)

You can find my full review of the book here: [...]
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 3 October 2012
I have read all of Ms McCarthy's other books so more or less knew what to expect and was certainly not dissapointed. It's so exciting to read a book that is like nothing else you have ever read before. There is so much rubbish out there, the same topics simply chewed up and spat out over and over again by different authors but they are all saying the same thing. This book is so different. From first page to last it is magical journey up and down the Abyss and an awakening to the highest angelic energies and to the deepest, darkest forces of the Underworld. Reading the visions in this book I knew with a gut wrenching certainty that they had come from somewhere beyond this world, that this author is speaking through the soul rather than the mind and that each and every word had touched a deep magic within me. Take all the other magical books off your bookshelf this is the only author you need.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A well written book, as are all the others by this author in the series. Easy to get into and really written from the heart,the subject is huge and is tackled with a great no nonsense style. It cuts through all the tripe that has been written time and again about the "Other side" It is aimed at "seekers of the truth" and is something that the world of esotorica has needed for a long time. It is most helpful to seekers travelling this road alone and should be considered a modern masterpeice. I admit it, I'm impressed. A satisfying read. Highly recommended
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 October 2012
This final book of Ms. McCarthy's trilogy is another pearl. With her usual down to earth approach, she takes the practitioner through a series of enriching and challenging experiences that will transform her/him.
Another most valuable point in this book is the definition of Initiate: a magician who has worked her/his way through the process of learning with hard work, self sacrifice and dedication. Plain and simple. And, above all, honest.
In brief, with Ms.McCarthy you can't go wrong.
Highly suggested.
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