The Book of Black Magic
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The Book of Black Magic

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The Secret Tradition in Goetia, including the rites and mysteries of Goetic therugy, sorcery and infernal necromancy. Completely illustrated with the original magical figures. Partial Contents: "Antiquity of Magical Rituals; Rituals of Transcendental Magic; Composite Rituals; Key of Solomon; Lesser Key of Solomon; Rituals of Black Magic; Complete Grimoire; Preparation of t...more
ebook, 328 pages
Published January 15th 1972 by Weiser Books (first published May 31st 1942)
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Kerry-Anne Samuel
Very interesting book if you are interested in calling the Demons for help ;)
Malcolm Forman
An interesting book on the topic. Definitely not for everyone considering the subject matter but I personally believe all sides of a subject deserve equal time. You can't know light without darkness.
This is actually an infamous book. It is,according to his "Confessions", the first occult title that Aliester Crowley read when first learning about magick! He attacked it viciously and even wrote Waite, who recommended some other titles to him. Later the two men would belong to the infamous "Hermetic Order of The Golden Dawn" English magickal order of the late 19th century. Crowley detested Waite. He criticized this book in The Equinox of The Gods....calling it "crapulous!
The authour's research and attention to detail has to be commended, it's interesting for the fact that he manages to debunk, with quite a bit of humour, the philosophy behind black magic while still giving some interesting insights into the history and culture of this subject.

The long tracts of rambling incantations of supposed warlocks is rather hard going, I used it as a aid to getting me to sleep when I had insomnia, worked a treat.

Description: The Book of Ceremonial Magic by Arthur Edward Waite was originally called
The Book of Black Magic and of Pacts. It is an attempt to document various
famous grimoires, explain the history behind them (refuting many of the
legends surrounding them), discuss the theology contained therein (e.g.
raising the question why good angels would be summoned to kill an enemy),
and to synthesize many famous grimoires into one system.

Chapter I: The Antiquity of...more
Jack Lhasa
A true classic of the common sense that should be involved in the study of the Western Mysteries.
Wordy and bizarre (but I think it is the point). Who on earth has time?
Nahallac Nayarb
Morail' quitatarzamarat?!"
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Arthur Edward Waite 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 spiritual tradition rather than as aspects of proto-science or as the...more
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