The Power of Circles
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He explains the system as it was before Regardie book in a much more informative way. This is not to decry Regardie, whose books are very informative and useful, but when Regardie published "The Golden Dawn" he was not aware of much of the inner teachings and so his work was missing the all important inner details which turn dry ritual into living magical experience. Greer adds to the corpus of knowledge by restoring the original middle pillar exercise and discussing the greater middle pillar which does not appear elsewhere in print to my knowledge and so far has only been circululated in restricted documents.
Greer also goes into the magical philosophy and how it evolved from the earlier hermetic and renessance traditions. I cannot rate this book highly enough or recommend a better book for an aspiring seeker.
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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Clear and lucid description of the golden dawn system with a few rarer gems, I would definitely recommend this to any beginner because from this someone would have a foundation to... Read morePublished 23 months ago by A student
With many books I've read, I'm left with a sense of "what have I gained from this." But, John Michael Greer is a name I will never forget. Read morePublished on 29 Aug. 2013 by Mohammed Ali