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The Book of Ceremonial Magic
Arthur Edward Waite writes "The Book of Ceremonial Magic" as a newer and more accurate edition of his previous title "The Book of Black Magic and of Pacts," written in 1898. As most ancient texts on magical literature are rare and hard to come by, it becomes very difficult for modern scholars to ascertain an accurate knowledge of ancient spells and rituals. Waite responds ...more
Hardcover, 376 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Cosimo Classics
(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
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...