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The Tree of Life: An Illustrated Study in Magic

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Israel Regardie wrote "The Tree of Life, " a book many consider his magnum opus, " "in 1932. It has continued to sell for decades. And no wonder. Up until the time this book was published, very little information about true high magic was available to the public.
In this book, Regardie reveals the secrets of real magic. He begins with an explanation of what magic is and, j
Paperback, 544 pages
Published December 8th 2000 by Llewellyn Publications (first published November 30th 1931)
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One of the first books I ever read dealing with the practical side of ritual practice and construction. It proved to be a highly influential and important read for me.

I should preface, the early version of the work, before the Ciscero's got a hold of Regardie's materials. I've seen what they've done with his other writings, but not this. I am thankful for that fact.

There is a treasure house of information that can be gleamed from this work, though the language and style will make you work for
Written in a delightfully anachronistic style, specifically the plodding & oververbose brand of English that prompted George Orwell to write a hate rant around the same time period. Within these chapters you'll find lots of phrases like "the adept may find himself swirling in the empyrean, not unlike a spirit himself in appearance", or "this practice is not altogether without efficacy". Lots of description by negation of the opposite - kind of quaint really, I'm a sucker for such charms.

Ayam Abraxas
Regardie's interpretation of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life and the practice of ritual magick. Pairs well practically with Dion Fortune's book, and the Golden Dawn.
Aug 30, 2007 Nicole rated it 4 of 5 stars
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A must-read for new adepts.
Reading this now. Regardie is more accessible and easier to understand than Crowley. He was his secretary and has really organized the systems for us. Pure Golden Dawn stuff.
First let me start off by saying that I consider myself a spiritual atheist and I have a strong interest in the occult. I practice no rituals and worship nothing.

This was really my first reading of an occult book that was easy to read and comprehend and while there are many points in this book that I can very well agree upon and that have certainly changed my view on life in general overall I was disappointed in many other ways. It seems so odd to me that a religion such as this that is put down
Dec 30, 2013 Däv rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: If you think Crowley is old hat... read his secretary
a good beginner's guide to practical theurgy... if you don't forget to checkout the bibliography
very o.k. but plays up to theosophy- and very weak dated ideas on yoga.
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have to read this one several times... in life
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Israel Regardie (born Francis Israel Regudy) was considered by many to be the last living Adept of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. At an early age, Regardie worked as Aleister Crowley's personal secretary. In addition to his extensive writings, Regardie practiced as a chiropractor and as a neo-Reichian therapist. He taught psychiatry at the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and contribute ...more
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