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The Magus has proved to be the most sought after set of books on magic and alchemy ever published. There is very good reason for this. These books are powerful, and were considered so dangerous that for many years, rare copies could only be found in certain libraries, locked away from the general public and from those who would use (or misuse) its power. The original set o ...more
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Chris Feldman
Basically a rip-off of Agrippa, but interesting nonetheless.
Full disclosure: I have only skimmed this book. I feel I must write a superficial review here as two of the three present say nothing about the book itself.

This is a 19th century text drawing from various sources (including, and perhaps primarily, but not only Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy). It is part manual, part overview for the Victorian occultist and covers various topics such as "Natural Magic," "Alchymy," "Cabalistic Magic," and "Magnetism."
Bob Schweiger
This book is hard to read and definately not for everyone. It contains valuable information for those seeking out old world knowledge.
Moshe Fine
Apparently stabbing a horse with an iron nail or sword or whatever will bind nearby witches. Nifty.
Also, I bet you had no idea how useful menstrual blood could be. That shit is like the duct tape of magic. Works in applications ranging from bears to cornfields.
Also also, I very much enjoyed the advice given to those who want to make a philosopher's stone (the book presumes that gold is a major motivation here), part of which is that one should not desire too much gold. Delightful.
Aaron Meyer
Is a hodgepodge of material. For the time it came out though it was huge because access to some of the volumes which it took from were extremely difficult to come by. Of course now that has completely changed and its sources are readily available. Unfortunately that leaves this volume in the dust heap so to speak, worthless other than it being a curiosity of the times.
I read this book because I read on the internet that Joseph Smith's family owned a copy of this book. It contains a picture of a medallion that Joseph Smith had on him when he died.

Anyway the book is about Christian folk magic. It doesn't hold up against the advances in science since the book was written. Its pretty boring as well. I did buy me a Jupiter Medallion. I use it as a key chain.

John Wight
A great compendium of occult philosophy, going over topics such as natural magic, talismanic magic, alchemy, evokation, etc.
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