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Postmodern Magic: The Art of Magic in the Information Age

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Fresh ideas for the modern mage lie at the heart of this thought-provoking guide to magic theory. Approaching magical practice from an information paradigm, Patrick Dunn provides a unique and contemporary perspective on an ancient practice. Dunn teaches all about symbol systems, magical artifacts, sigils, spirits, elementals, languages, and magical journeys, and explains t ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published June 8th 2005 by Llewellyn Publications (first published June 1st 2005)
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Most of this book is not what I would call "postmodern." The "information paradigm," the semiotic web, the interpretation of magic as symbol manipulation, and the exercises for creating one's own symbol system are significant and make this book worth reading.

However, the rest of the book doesn't differ much from other introductory magical texts in that the author presents "the way it should be done according to me" without explaining why or even connecting it back to the original thesis. Althou
This is an excellent book. If you are looking for an empowering book on magic, I would highly recommend it. I have read quite a few books on magic over the years and I always got hung up on symbols. Either I didn't have the required supplies or the suggested working didn't feel right for some reason. The result was that I didn't get much work done. Dunn's semiotic web paradigm teaches you to create your own symbol system and removes those barriers. I tend to always have the supplies I need becau ...more
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I love Dunn's approach to explaining so many aspects of magic. His ideas on symbolism and the symbiotic web are well worth the read and have made me think.
A very useful book with interesting techniques and experiments. I only gave it a four because it is a little on the dry side.
Still reading this one. Some really great information so far.
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