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My Life With The Spirits: The Adventures of a Modern Magician: A Magical Autobiography Paperback – 1 Jun 1999

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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser (1 Jun. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578631203
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578631209
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 373,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this text, Lon Milo DuQuette takes readers into the sometimes terrifying, sometimes hilarious world of the modern ceremonial magician. Laced with self-effacing humour, his confessions, insights, and profundities contain a body of technical information on magick.


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Lon Milo DuQuette's MY LIFE WITH THE SPIRITS is certainly a remarkable book in several ways: first it is an autobiographical account from that rarest and strangest of humans, a real, live wizard. Second: it is written in such an accessible and friendly style that anyone can enjoy it, and learn from it. Third: Lon does not distort the technical and philosophical requirements of his Art to please a credulous public, nor does he seek to overawe us with his mastery of the subject. Actually I think this book could be very successful in the main-stream spiritual book market (Celestine Prophecy, etc.) if it can break out of its Ceremonial Magick genre confines. It deserves to be widely read as the finest testament yet written on what it is really like to be a Western magician in modern urban America. This is certainly as important as knowing what it is like to be a shaman in a South American Jungle (and we never get that firsthand). This book is a treasure, and the man who wrote it (and lived it) is a National Resource.
Poke Runyon, Editor - The Seventh Ray
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This book is an autobiography. But it differs from most as it is also a teaching tool, with the focus being magic. It is about personal responsibility and personal growth. It is a book of inspiration as well as failure. It's about being human, becoming a holy man and dealing with the divine. It is a book about the student who becomes the teacher. Sounds interesting but confused? Let me back up and explain.
Amongst his many practices, Lon Milo DuQuette is a Qabalahist, one who studies and practices the Qabalah. No, he is not Jewish. Not everyone who studies the Qabalah is Jewish. He is a magician, in the truest sense of the word.
Mr. DuQuette starts out by giving us his background, his youth, and explains how his parents choices of a spiritual path failed to meet his special, personal needs. Born in time to grow up in the 50s and 60s on the West Coast, he had the opportunity to seek out the spiritual path that made the most sense to him, and allowed him to explore it to the fullest.
Mr. Duquette has a way about him, of looking at a situation, in retrospect, and finding the "meat and potatoes" of why he chose a particular path or project, and making it into hash. We all had adventures at that time. Mr. Duquette had some whoppers. And he admits to them and tells us all about them in a most charming way.
That is what makes this book unique. This is not another dry and dull autobiography by some Ceremonial Magician that becomes an ego trip for the magical and famous. This is a real person exploring magic. He has some spectacular successes on his chosen path, and some stupendous flops. We all learn from our mistakes, and Mr. Duquette is not afraid to admit to his share of a few. He never takes anything so seriously that he forgets to laugh.
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I recently attended the 1999 Book Expo America in Los Angeles and was fortunate enough to pick up an advance review copy of Lon Milo DuQuette's MY LIFE WITH THE SPIRITS - The Adventures of a Modern Magician.
Critics have called DuQuette the most entertaining author in the field of ceremonial magick and Western esotericism. His newest offering is an autobiography and is without question worthy of a permanent and honored place in the library of American spiritual literature.
Each chapter is superbly crafted - a magical jewel of spiritual insight, ruthless self-examination and sidesplitting humor. There is nothing like it. I hesitate to invoke the name Mark Twain when talking about an author of the occult but the temptation is nearly irresistible. DuQuette is a master storyteller and spins his tale with disarming ease and homely charm. Parts read like "Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn Conjure Demons."
DuQuette has the artist's ability to see the magick in countless seemingly unmagical events in his life. Most remarkably he appears to be able to bestow that same gift upon anyone who is ready to examine their own Life with the Spirits.
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Far and away, Duquette's best book yet. "My Life with the Spirits" documents this authors incredible and oft times hilarious exploits through the realms of modern ceremonial magick. Duquette takes the air out of much of the pomp and mystery surrounding the occult by allowing us a very personal an intimate view into the often chaotic world of the initiate. By offering us such a candid look into the successes as well as the mishaps encountered upon the Path of his magical career, Duquette opens his heart and bares his soul to us with a self-effacing wit and humor that allows each reader a private glimpse behind the veil of the mysteries.
Extremely accessible and an incredibly easy read. (I couldn't put it down and finished it in about 4 hours). This book will have you belly laughing uncontrollably while simultaneously providing you with practical insights into the methodology and practices of such arcane subjects as Enochian and Goetic Magick, Exorcism, and esoteric transformational psychology.
A "must have" for the modern occultist.
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