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An excellent instruction in Golden Dawn-style magick.,
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This review is from: Circles of Power: Ritual Magic in the Western Tradition (Paperback)
Dr. Israel Regardie's greatest literary legacy, _The Golden Dawn_ (also known as _The Complete Golden Dawn System of Magick_), has cast an often-imposing shadow over the heads of those who would seek the illumination high magick can bring.
Known for being at the very least dense and in some cases positively perplexing, Regardie's presentation of the techniques and once-secret papers of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn has still managed to stand the test of time as the definitive collection of the Order's work.
One might describe this volume as sort of an "Israel Regardie Lite," but the distinction would not be one of dismissal or derision. Instead, what Mr. Greer has accomplished is rather remarkable in the field Kabbalistic magery. He has managed to create a work which distills the Golden Dawn tradition down to its absolute essentials without losing a single drop of its majesty, beauty and effectiveness in the process.
In clear prose, with careful exposition given in each chapter, Greer leads the would-be Initiate through the heart of the Golden Dawn system. All of the basics and the vast majority of the advanced systems are represented, with Greer's commentary acting as the clear voice of an Adept leading the reader toward greater pathways of understanding.
I will not, tempting as it is, say this is "The Only Golden Dawn Book You'll Ever Need!" or similar, quote-worthy hyperbole. Every student will eventually want to delve into certain subjects in greater detail, and there is only so much information one volume by one author can hold.
But Greer has given us a rare and unusual gift: a clearly-written primer on high magick that doesn't talk down the reader or oversimplify to the point of losing essential material. _Circles of Power_ should appeal to anyone with a interest in the magical legacy and work of the Golden Dawn.
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