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The Book of Ceremonial Magic

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2011 Reprint of 1911 Edition. Arthur Edward Waite (1857-1942) was a scholarly mystic who wrote extensively on occult and esoteric matters, and was the co-creator of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck. As his biographer, R.A. Gilbert described him, "Waite's name has survived because he was the first to attempt a systematic study of the history of western occultism - viewed as a spi ...more
Unknown Binding, 336 pages
Published 1997 by Barnes & Noble Books (first published 1911)
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Aaron Meyer
Anybody who is 35 years or older and got into the occult early on probably has read this book, considering it was one of the few books you could actually find with somewhat ease. Considering the time it was a good book to have as an introduction but A.E. Waite was notorious for leaving critical stuff out of what he put into his books. So nowadays be happy we have so many original source material so readily available and don't have to rely upon this. I give it three stars mainly for the nostalgia ...more
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Peter J.
Good information as always by Waite yet very slow and dry reading. I got bored and quit at maybe 50%. I love how Waite gloats that he manipulated all of the goetic ceremonies at critical points to "protect fools from their folly."
Ed Chen
I read this book when I was in 4th grade, and visiting Thailand. It was the only English language book at my cousin's place. It scared the shit out of me and probably affected me in deep and weird ways.
Rosa Jamali
The charts and wheels here are fantastic , it takes you to the past!Quite inspiring!
George
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