Book of Spells
First published in 1911 as "The Book of Ceremonial Magic," Arthur Edward Waite's classic work explains the rites, mysteries and secret traditions of Witchcraft, Sorcery and 'Infernal Necromancy', and also explores Theurgy, the White Magic which invokes beneficent spirits. Presented in two parts, the first 'contains an analytical and critical account of the chief magical ri...more
Published September 1st 1995 by Wordsworth Editions Limited
(first published 1911)
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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
Nov 19, 2013 Peter J. rated it 2 of 5 stars · review of another edition
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."
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...moreMore about Arthur Edward Waite...