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4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Magical Imagination, 12 July 2013
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This review is from: Magical Imagination: The Keys to Magic (Paperback)
Magical Imagination: The Keys to Magic By Nick Farrell

Magical Imagination offers greater insights into the techniques of imagination in magic which Farrell previously examined in his book, Magical Pathworking: Techniques of Active Imagination. In Magical Imagination, Farrell draws on his own experiences as a magician and teacher within the Golden Dawn and the use of these techniques to build up a strong and reliable magical practice for the individual. The book looks at the continued use of pathworkings from a multitude of perspectives and functions. Farrell's skills as an author are really brought to fruition in this text as he manages to successfully draw the reader into the right mind-frame in which to engage with the material presented.

Magical Imagination takes a more contemporary view of pathworking as a form of magic rather than the psychological experimentations of Farrell's earlier work. The industry is already heavily populated with so-called "self-help" books and New Age techniques and so it can be difficult for occultists to find material they can actively work with. Reading the book I'm fascinated with the layers of self-discovery presented before the reader and find myself highly enthused with the material presented here. The book is really well formatted presenting areas of personal space to be explored in one's own "Inner Kingdom", following on to mapping out safe techniques that can be developed for clairvoyance and astral projection (though the book stays on topic and provides only a peripheral idea of rising in the spirit vision or astral projection. More time is spent towards the latter half exploring the creation of Inner Temples and working with inner plane contacts. The author is highly skilled in this area with case studies on hand to illustrate from personal experience what an individual might encounter along the way offering sage advice.

Holding so much promise I must confess I did fear that the book might result in being a re-hash of what was in Magical Pathworking; and yes there are some aspects of Magical Pathworking skill in Magical Imagination, however, I found that Farrell wove his various elements quite successfully into a very effective and yet approachable book. While one might notice some common themes in Nick Farrell's writing the author is always a delight to read and explore the various tropes of the work presented.

Upon reflection, I'm compelled to recommend this book to anyone seeking, either to begin their magical path or to develop it on a personal or indeed a group level. Regardless of one's background there is much on offer within this book for the sincere student of the Western Mysteries. Everything from the clear writing style, to the formatting and presentation of the techniques is accessible to the reader and having bought by fair share of books with guided meditations and pathworkings on offer over the years this is by far not an easy feat to achieve.

Magical Imagination: The Keys to Magic is published by Skylight Press (July, 2013). The book is available from various retail outlets such as Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk or direct from the Skylight Press website
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book of its Kind!, 14 July 2013
This review is from: Magical Imagination: The Keys to Magic (Paperback)
I was fortunate to read this book in completed manuscript form and happily contributed a short summary for the good folk at Skylight Press:

"Even if you think you know all about visualisation, pathworking and the magical key of imagination - even if you teach the subjects - this book will astound you. Nick Farrell explores magical imagination with depth and discernment, revealing principles and methods that will enrich and transform your magical and spiritual practice. Quite simply, this book is the best of its kind and extends the magical use of imagination to new heights and insights. It is an essential book for all magicians, Pagans and anyone who works with the inner realms."

Looking again at the book, I see no reason to alter this glowing recommendation. Nick has produced what will become the modern standard on this topic. Some of the chapter headings alone show why:

Modern Magical Imagination Techniques
Using Magical Imagination to Change your Psyche
Building You Own Inner Kingdom
Imagination as a Mystical Tool
Imagination as a Magical Tool
Objective Pathworking
Gates to the Inner Kingdoms

This is heady stuff indeed! And Nick does not disappoint. Every single one of these chapters fulfils the promise of its title. This subject - the willed use of creative imagination within a magical framework to produce personal and spiritual results - is obviously an area of expertise for Nick. There is a lot of hard-won practical wisdom hidden within the instructions and suggestions, comments that appear simple and easy, but anyone with experience would recognise as stemming from an adept in the field. For example:

The visualisation movement flounders because while can explain success, it has a greater difficultly explaining why it does not always work. There are many things that can prevent a visualisation having a full effect. This is mostly because when the new image is planted within your Inner Kingdom it immediately has to fit within the frame work of what is already there. Those things which fall short of the status quo are swiftly destroyed. This happens because you are your Inner Kingdom is the sum total of your past visualisations. If you do not believe in success you have effectively crippled yourself from making new visualisations. The new visualisation is like a seed cast on stony ground and dies before its results can manifest.

This simple paragraph, so seemingly easily stated, is the result of many years of hard work and observation. It reproduces several important keys to success in magic that will lodge into the reader's mind and influence her later spiritual and magical work to great effect. And the book is full of such gems. :)

Nick's writing is honed and clear, solid in foundation, and as we said draws upon years of experience and experimentation in the magical realms. He has sorted the wheat from the chaff for the reader and the result is a condensation of extremely real and practical material. Armchair magicians will nod suavely, agreeing with each well-presented point of theory and recounting of experience - so much so they will start to look like the famous Drinking Bird. Anyone with a spiritual practice however will soon be taking notes, thinking furiously how to use the wisdom and material generously offered. It is that sort of book.

The starting point for this book was Nick's earlier Magical Pathworking, but he has re-written and expanded the material so much it is really a new work. In fact, this is one of the things I appreciate most about Nick's writing: he is honest in the way the great Dion Fortune was. He acknowledges where he has come from, where he is at, mistakes that have been made and distinguishes between explorations and tradition. This new book is substantially more magical and mystical than the older one, though it incorporates the personal and psychological insights and practices of the former to ensure the magical instruction is at all times real and effective.

Overall, as I said previously this is an essential book for all magicians, Pagans and anyone who works with the inner realms. Congratulations to Nick, Skylight Press and all who helped in its creation, gestation and birth.
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