Posted by: Nyxks | November 6, 2007

Gathering the Magic

Gathering the Magic
by Nick Farrell © 2005
Immanon Press
ISBN 978-1-905713-09-7
188 Pages
$21.99 (U.S.)
Reviewed by: Mike Gleason

This is a book which has needed to be written for quite a while. There has been a not-so-slowly evolving awareness that the Piscean attitude towards magic and magical groups has become outdated. I saw it 30 years ago, working at the first Pagan temple I ever joined. At the time it was rank heresy to suggest that, but it was true then, and it is even truer now.

Even if you have no desire to create (or even work in) a magical group of any sort, you should read this book. It is filled with common sense (which really isn’t – common, that is) ideas which “everyone knows” (and that no one thinks to pass along for that very reason). It points out the advantages and disadvantages of various leadership styles; the creation of an egregore (or “group mind”); as well as such nuts and bolts issues as names (and the acronyms they get reduced to), logos, expenses, where to meet, and so on. These are basic items which need to be addressed, and which will affect the groups and the individuals who do, or don’t, work in it.

I could go on and on about particulars in this book, but it can all be summed in a few sentences: If you plan to join an esoteric group, read this book so you are aware of what you may encounter. If you plan to set up an esoteric group, read this book to help you through the process and so that you are aware of the pitfalls along the way. If you know someone who is in such a group, read this book so you can help them deal with things if they ask for it. In short, unless you are living in a cave somewhere with no contact with the esoteric community (how did you get this review, then?), read this book.

There are a few editing glitches, but although they may cause you to go back and re-read a sentence, they won’t derail your understanding of the concepts. And, to be honest, I only noticed them because I was looking for them. Even books produced by the “big name” publishers have them. My major surprise was the small number of them I encountered.

Overall I would have to recommend this book most highly.


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