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The Magus: A Complete System of Occult Philosophy; Book One and Two

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The Magus has proved to be the most sought after set of books on magic and alchemy ever published. There is very good reason for this. These books ... Show synopsis

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sanicharaya

A good resource, too abstract for the novice

by sanicharaya on Nov 19, 2009

I purchased this book based on subject matter and topic description alone. When reading reviews on this, it described the contents of the book to contain many things I am actively in study of or at least, find very interesting. While subject matter itself is very interesting, this book is intended for a readers with specific interests and quite possibly, a goal. Much of the information falls within commonly accepted and contemporary themes of Hermetic knowledge. Astrology, Qaballah, Magic & Theurgy. Much of the book is devoted to a study of Solomon's Seals, which I find particularly interesting. I have used this book to enrich understanding of planetary talismans as well as the Angelic hierarchy described by Solomon himself. The images and old drawings of the seals and talismans are definitely worth having around, again, if one is aware of these within practice or a interesting body of knowledge. I wouldn't recommend this book just based on the description of the contents. Someone who is interested in fundamentals of Alchemy, Astrology, Hermetic thought, would do well to start with more specifics books. I thinks this is an excellent reference for one who already has the vocabulary and understanding to decode what Barrett is using. As well, the language and rhetoric is from a different time and a different understanding. It is somewhat difficult, to fully mesh this book in, with contemporary understanding of similar knowledge. Have fun!

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