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2.0 out of 5 stars Heavy stuff......, 28 Jan 2009
This review is from: The Golden Dawn: An Account of the Teachings, Rites and Ceremonies of the Order of the Golden Dawn (Llewellyn's Golden Dawn series) (Paperback)
....both the book itself and the contents.

It's incredibly wordy and much of it has (as reviewer Steven Allen points out) been rejected by modern magicians. If you ever manage to read it all you're either very dedicated, or you have too much time on your hands. If you actually use it all.....well, get a life!

The mystically and magically inclined Victorians didn't have our numerous resources. For them the Golden Dawn must have seemed like a mysterious and exciting portal, beckoning them into a secret world. Learning the Hebrew alphabet probably sounded like the first step into the Great Unknown.

But now we have the Net. We have a vast selection of (not always good) books. We have (hopefully) discovered more effective ways of spending our magical time than indulging in the GD's antiquated and verbose rituals.

If you really feel attracted to this system, try Liam Christopher or John Michael Greer. They have streamlined it for modern usage. Christopher uses Regardie as a text book, but you don't have to. You can easily dispense with Regardie's padding.

Two stars for historical interest, but if you really want to step into the 21st century, try Jason Augustus Newcombe or Philip H Farber.
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