Specs: Trade Paperback | English | 264 pages | 6 x 9 IN
Pub Date: July 2014
The philosophical roots of much of Wicca and Paganism, as well as Western ceremonial magick, come from ancient Egypt. In this thoroughly researched book, the Grand Master of the Aurum Solis shares the history and evolution of the theurgic tradition—including the origins of Hermeticism in Egypt and the Mediterranean world, the birthplace of the theurgic tradition—and how-to instructions for discovering the presence of the divine in the world.
Providing a seven-step system of exercises and rituals to help the reader achieve higher levels of consciousness, Jean-Louis de Biasi also includes tips and techniques for working with sacred texts, information about the five temples of the human being, The Great Work, the three cosmic rituals, and the real planetary days. A valuable resource for those interested in the history and practices of the Western Mystery Tradition.
by Carl Llewellyn Weschcke
Where to start?
That’s a writer’s challenge whenever asked to contribute a foreword to a new book.
The Magick of the Gods is premised on the antiquity of the Western Esoteric Tradition, and of the Aurum Solis within that tradition. It’s specifically about particular magickal principles and certain techniques with elements specific to the A.S. tradition. It would be easy for someone to say, “Well, just start at the beginning.”
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