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Book of Spells (Wordsworth Reference) (Wordsworth Collection) (original 1898; edition 1997)

by Arthur Edward Waite

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Title:Book of Spells (Wordsworth Reference) (Wordsworth Collection)
Authors:Arthur Edward Waite
Info:Wordsworth Editions Ltd (1997), Paperback, 384 pages
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Tags:mythology, occult

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The Book of Black Magic by Arthur Edward Waite (1898)



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A much underappreciated classic of psychology and tradition connected to the ancient world. ( )
  JayLivernois | Aug 3, 2016 |
First published in 1911 as The Book of Ceremonial Magic, this classic work explains the rites, mysteries and secret traditions of Witchcraft, Sorcery, and "Infernal Necromancy", and also explores Theurgy, the White Magic which invokes beneficent spirits. Presented in two parts, the first 'contains an analytical and critical account of the chief magical rituals known to the writer'; the second 'forms a complete Grimoire of Black Magic'. With illustrations and diagrams throughout, the author's mission, 'to permit the rituals of White and Black Magic to speak for themselves', is brilliantly accomplished in this extraordinary text. ( )
  mrsdanaalbasha | Mar 12, 2016 |
Arthur Edward Waite writes The Book of Ceremonial Magic as a newer and more accurate edition of his previous title The Book of Black Magic and of Pacts, written in 1898. As most ancient texts on magical literature are rare and hard to come by, it becomes very difficult for modern scholars to ascertain an accurate knowledge of ancient spells and rituals. Waite responds to this lack of accessible literature and approaches this text as a methodical and systematic account of magical procedures of the past. He remains faithful to the original sources before making any conclusions by way of his thorough research methods.
Part I provides the reader with essential passages from leading magical texts from the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries. Part II is a more systematically organized version of these ancient texts, adapted by A.E. Waite to the ways of the modern academic. This volume remains one of the best sources of magical procedure, touching on such topics as gods, costume, and the planets and their relation to the supernatural. Although disapproving of the application of magic and the black arts in his introduction, Waite nonetheless defends those victims persecuted throughout history because of their participation in these superstitious beliefs. He also speaks positively about astrology and alchemy, noting them as more important categories of the magical arts. Through this volume, the contemporary reader can finally begin to understand the beliefs in the black arts that were so deeply rooted in our civilization's past.
  Bugs2Bunny | Aug 27, 2010 |
This waite's "Book of ceremonial magic, and of Pacts" in the cheapest edition I could find. ( )
  tredara | Mar 7, 2010 |
Scott's, unreviewed ( )
  ShawnMarie | Sep 1, 2009 |
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Published under various titles:
The Book of Black Magic and Pacts (1898, 1971)
The Book of Ceremonial Magic (1911, 1961)
The Book of Black Magic and Ceremonial Magic (1973)
The Book of Black Magic (1989)
The Wordsworth Book of Spells (1995)
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The Secret Tradition in Goetia, including the rites and mysteries of Goetic therugy, sorcery and infernal necromancy. Completely illustrated with the original magical figures. Partial Contents: Antiquity of Magical Rituals; Rituals of Transcendental Magic; Composite Rituals; Key of Solomon; Lesser Key of Solomon; Rituals of Black Magic; Complete Grimoire; Preparation of the Operator; Initial Rites and Ceremonies; Descending Hierarchy; Mysteries of Goetic Theurgy; Mystery of the Sanctum Regnum; Method of Honorius.

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