Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Postmodern Magic: The Art of Magic in the Information Age Kindle Edition
|New from||Used from|
Customers who bought this item also bought
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program)
I'm not going into all the regular jazz (thought-provoking etc.) because I can guess that's all been said since there are several reviews already. This is a handy and enjoyable compilation of modern magical theory. Sometimes the author makes it all sound too easy, and that's a good thing, because the pompous "religion on steroids" drivel that usually passes for magic is so tiresome (and yes, that includes almost the entire corpus of writing on the subject).
Praise being given, there are a couple of philosophical differences between us, but they do not detract from my rating at all. For instance, he has a very entertaining method of "downloading" knowledge of a specific subject that could be done more easily by "downloading" improved memory and comprehension by other means, like NLP or hypnosis. If you are able to quickly memorize important facts of a subject, you can concentrate on the "feel" of applying the information (as in learning a language) while the subconscious has the data that would have been learned by immersion or trial and error if you had the background, and you will have cultivated a few really valuable memory/comprehension skills. But again, this is all about thinking for yourself, and his take may be more easily applied by more people than mine is: that's cool with me.
The other thing I take issue with is his discussion of Remote Viewing - I have no idea where he got his knowledge of the subject, but it certainly did not come from the Ingo Swann/Hal Puthoff group from the Stanford Research Institute that coined the term and discovered the practice of this craft. He describes it to be "difficult", while teachers routinely have people with no prior experience or knowledge do it publicly. There are even videos of Hal doing this with his interviewer on You Tube somewhere. Despite the misnomer that would have the RV teachers' and practitioners' pants in a snit, his version of it is fun to work with.
On the whole though, it's not just a book I'm going to give to my daughter the next time she asks me if magick is real. I am recommending it to several clients and friends as a really enjoyable way to get their feet wet in an alternate way of looking at our relationship to the universe and ourselves. Spending some time with this might just get you thinking that there is more to magick than a bunch of overage hippies dressing in drag, chanting in Latin while waving swords and sticks around, or praying to different re-imagined versions of god for different wishes. This is not old wine in a new bottle, it is a truly refreshing read.
Look for similar items by category
- Books > Mind, Body & Spirit > Earth Based Religions > Witchcraft & Wicca
- Books > Mind, Body & Spirit > Occultism > Magic
- Books > Mind, Body & Spirit > Thought & Practice > New Age
- Books > Religion & Spirituality > New Age > Earth-Based Religions > Magic & Alchemy
- Books > Religion & Spirituality > New Age > Earth-Based Religions > Wicca
- Books > Religion & Spirituality > New Age > Occult
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Religion & Spirituality > New Age