"The book that put the magic back in magic" Gerald Suster, author of Hitler and the Age of Horus, John Dee, Crowley's Apprentice etc
"A classic" Li Grainer in Gnosis magazine
"This book made me realize I was a magician, not insane. Or at least both a magician, and insane. Great, funny, a Grimoire disguised as an essay, ... as well as the best book to give to people if you want them to think you are smart and goofy, as opposed to stupid and psychotic. Find it. Buy it. Read it blind drunk the first time, maybe the second time too..." 'Fireclown's basic booklist' from the Internet.
Anyone considering beginning, continuing, or terminating an interest in magic(k) should ... read this book several times over. -- Pete Carroll, author of Liber Null Psychonaut etc
As well as a deep look into magical theory the book also teaches you how to be a Magician. -- Barry Walker, White Dragon magazine, Beltane 2002
Quite simply the best introduction to magic I've ever read... Rightly hailed as one of the ur-texts of Chaos Magic. -- Phil Hine, author Prime Chaos, Condensed Chaos etc.
First published in 1974, SSOTBME immediately established itself as a seminal text of the magical revival. A thinking person's guide to the unthinkable that ran to a second UK edition, a German edition, two Polish editions and a US edition. The book became an essential text for the Chaos Magic current, which it partly inspired. At the other end of the magical spectrum, it was a significant influence upon the later New Age movement through its clear exposition of the extent to which our world is shaped by our beliefs. Long since out of print, SSOTBME has now been brought right up to date and enlarged with additional commentary to over150 pages by Ramsey Dukes. The difference, and the relationship, between science, art, religion and magic. The nature of magical theory - with examples from alchemy, astrology, ritual magic, Feng Shui, tarot reading and other systems of divination. A discussion of the role of sacrifice, of demons, of cyber-animism and initiation. A concise and comprehensive survey of every aspect of modern magic and its place in our world. It's a new, definitive magical grimoire for the 21st century.
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