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Part I - Theory: / establishes the foundation of physical existence as explained through the elements / the secret of the Tetragrammaton / the YOD-HE-VAU-HE / Karma, the Law of Cause and Effect / the significance of the physical, astral and spiritual planes / opening the door to initiation without the aid of a teacher.Part II - Practice: (divided into 10 progressive steps) ...more
Paperback, 356 pages
Published June 1st 2001 by Merkur Publishing, Inc (first published 1962)
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Mihai Felseghi
This book is the best thing that ever happened to me. To understand the real value of this book you have to first grasp the real meaning of the word MAGIC, if you expect to see an old white-bearded dude blowing fireballs than you totally miss the whole point. Magic is about self-transformation, expanding one's consciousness until reaching UNITY or whatever you may call it. If you are expecting fast and easy results than magic is not for you, in spiritual development there are no such things as " ...more
Lindu Pindu
It's what it says; an initiation. So, a good introduction for those of us not knowing where to start with research into hermeticism and inner alchemy. There's lots of practical advice in the book- what exercises to perform so as to understand and control your own mind, which is what all this is about. Some are very useful for everyday life, some go beyond what I need. The first steps in the book tie in great with what I'm reading about archetypes and shadow work.
James Ariola
Mar 12, 2009 James Ariola rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: for anyone that want to challenge their mind
Probably a good starting point for anyone who like to learn Hermetic magic. Although I can say is I'm on Chapter 1 'Thought Observance' and I'm still reading the theories. Probably one of the rarest book in the Philippines. When I went on National Bookstore Cubao there are 2 copies!! Fuck I was lucky to get one of these gold.
Bill
Many of the exercises given in this book are useful. However, the attitude towards becoming a "magician" offered in this book is blown way out of proportion. I find it hard to believe that Franz Bardon ever did the work that he describes; if he did, where did find the time to write the book?
Cloud
"According to the universal laws, the magician will form his own point of view about the universe which henceforth will be his true religion."
Quintal
The original title in German is "the way to the true adept" (der Weg zum wahren Adepten).
The last degree in this book is "union with God".
Steven
I know that this book is highly commended by lots of people but personally I found it dry, uninspiring and not very believable. Comments like 'Becoming invisible is easy for a magician' and 'by filling a room full of Akasha you can fill the room with sick people who will instantly be healed' a little fancyful. Also I dislike the way he constantly promotes his other books and states that there's never been anything as important as his book ever published. I'd say he's got a bit of an Ego problem. ...more
Pradip Pillai
A surpirse for practical magic
Maritza
Good info but the book is published in PDF for online still glad I purchased it for my Kindle.
Timothy
Oct 20, 2009 Timothy rated it 5 of 5 stars
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This is a beautiful book that deals with man & the forces within man that we must come to control. This book is not for everyone but it is a book that outlines the Initiate on how to come to control these forces within self.
Christina
Oct 31, 2008 Christina is currently reading it
so far it is like stumbling upon an old dusty treasure buried deep beneath the rubble of a burnt down temple....feeling responsible to spread it but wanting to hoard it all at the same time ( "the precious"?)fascinating stuff
Köksal Kök
Hermesçi Bilimlere Giriş

Orjinal isim: Initiation Into Hermetics
Franz Bardon, 1956.

Mitra Yayınları/ Ezoterik Klasikler Dizisi, 2008. 292 s.

Bülent kısa kitapları da tamamlayıcı-pratik bilgi olabilir..
Lex Talionis
Jan 09, 2008 Lex Talionis rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those just starting on the Hermetic path
Lucid prose, decent for beginners, but bogged down with far too much dogmatic bullshit. A fair place to start getting an understanding of Hermetic Magick, but don't rely on this book alone.
Isaac
For those who enjoy the power of imagination...

This is one of the best books I have ever read.
Barry
I have to re read this one....too much for me the first time I tried it
Lachesis
Most probably the best magickal initiation training.
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Vonley7
Very, very deep. I loved it.
Mkalae
A great starting place.
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Franz Bardon (1909–1958) was a Czech stage magician and teacher of Hermetics. He is best known for his three volumes on Hermetic magic: Initiation Into Hermetics, The Practice of Magical Evocation, and The Key to the True Quabbalah.

An additional fourth work attributed to him by the title of Frabato the Magician, supposed by many of his students to be a disguised autobiography. Though the book list
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“The entire universe can be compared to a clockwork with wheels that engage with each other and which are interdependent with each other.” 0 likes
“It is of course quite a different matter when a seeker, no longer satisfied with materialism or dogma and yearning for spiritual nourishment, asks an initiate for advice and enlightenment. In such an instance the initiate is duty bound to enlighten the seeker in accordance with his perceptive faculties. The magician should spare neither time nor effort to communicate his spiritual treasures to the seeker and lead him towards the light.” 0 likes
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