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4.0 out of 5 stars Good beginner's primer., 17 July 2014
This review is from: Liber Aegyptius: Book of Egyptian Magic: 1 (Paperback)
At least this author has a sensible, modern attitude to magic and I can't dislike a book that warns readers to take into account the "great deal of silliness, gullibility and wishful thinking that abounds in New Age occultism" when exploring the modern Egyptian tradition.

After a potted version of Egyptian history Draco divides the Egyptian pantheon into three Paths : the (Stellar) Primitive Path(unfortunate choice of name) "closely aligned to the raw natural energy that comes from the bowels of the Earth"; the (Solar) Heliopolitan Path, which offers "a more mystical/meditational approach" and the (Lunar) Hermoplitan Path, which is "purely devotional".

By aligning themselves to which ever path appeals to their needs and emotions the practitioner is offered a list of appropriate neters to incorporate into their magical activities.

There are suggestions for rituals here, and quite a bit of magical history, but in general the author implies that you should use your own imagination and intelligence. A correspondence course (The Temple of Khem) is mentioned for those who might like to take things further, but the associated web page doesn't offer much explanation of what you can expect. This is a pity, because if you are interested in a modern version of this tradition at least Liber Aegyptius doesn't make any attempt to link the Egypt with Wicca, or shamanism or dilute it by offering some other New Age variation on the theme.

I've deleted a star because the production values of this book are simply abysmal. The volume fell apart very rapidly. I know Ignotus is (was) a private operation, but there are plenty of (inexpensive paperback) self-published books on my shelves that are very attractively printed and bound and can be read and re-read without having to embalm them in magic tape in order to keep the pages in the right order.
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