SSOTBME Revised - an essay on magic Paperback – 1 Apr 2002
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A classic... -- Li Greiner in Gnosis,
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, from his website
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
Great, funny, a Grimoire disguised as an essay... -- Fireclown's Basic Booklist from the Internet
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, from his website
From the Publisher
First the facts, then some opinions.
SSOTBME was originally commissioned as an essay for a semi-academic collection of essays on comparative religion. That project never happened, but the material was expanded into a small book published by the author in 1974.
The book was an immediate success with a new wave of practicing magicians in the UK, including Pete Carroll, Ray Sherwin and other members of what was to become the Chaos Magic movement. Further editions were printed including a German, two Polish and a US edition.
This new edition, published in 2002, is considerably revised, expanded and brought right up to date
There's much food for thought here, whether you're just starting in on magic or consider yourself an old hand. If you've got friends,lovers, bosses, etc. wondering what all this weird stuff is about and you want to steer them towards an intelligent intro to magic - look no further than S.S.O.T.B.M.E..See all Product Description
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For myself, I'm not quite convinced of the value of the RAMS "compass" presented here, but it's interesting enough. The problem (recognised) in such tools is that they are too approximate. This is a faint quibble. Overall, I'd happily suggest you buy it.
(a) a pre-existing fan of Ramsey Dukes
(b) have been directed to this book by a concerned friend or relative
and therefore need no extra-curricula encouragement to buy this book
if you the reader do not fall into these categories, then please consider buying this.
This book is quite extraordinary. It requires reading from start to finish, during that period, you, the reader will experience something peculiar. When you try and go back into the book to find out exactly where or when that happened, you will be unsuccessful. This book is the encapsulated version of the magic shop in the cul-de-sac that vanishes before your second visit. It describes something indescribable without ever articulating it. It presents you with a series of concise, philosophical essays that inculcate a powerful impression...in an entirely different sense modality from that utilised in the reading!
The book itself is a well crafted piece of magic.
Buy it, it's about ten pounds (about three pints and a bus fare)...and will get you further than that
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