Posted by: Nyxks | July 10, 2007

Ritual Magic of the Golden Dawn

Ritual Magic of the Golden Dawn
by Francis King (Editor) © 2007
Destiny Books
ISBN 0-89281-617-1
288 pages including appendices
Paperback
$14.95 (U.S.)
Reviewed by: Mike Gleason

First and foremost, a warning. If you are only marginally interested in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn; if Ceremonial (Ritual) Magic is strictly theoretical in your way of thinking; if you feel that “magic” books should be filled with spells, rituals and correspondence charts, save your money – this book is NOT for you.

This book is a supplement to the Golden Dawn system of magic. It consists of the Flying Rolls, most of which have never before been published. These were side lectures dealing with various aspects of magical-alchemical tradition. As such, unless you are working the Golden Dawn system of magic, or wish to do so, this book will hold minimal interest for you. That is not to say that it is not valuable. A great deal of Ceremonial/Ritual magic which is performed today finds its inspiration in the techniques developed by the Golden Dawn and its offshoots. These documents are of interest both from a historical perspective and from a magical perspective

However, since many of the Flying Rolls printed in this volume (not all of them are – some few have been previously printed and even fewer have vanished without a trace) are elaborations of, and refer to, lectures which form the bulk of the specific teachings of the Golden Dawn and its derived offshoots., they will be of greatest interest and value to those with access to these lectures.

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