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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
Jan 16, 2012 Lindu Pindu rated it 3 of 5 stars
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.
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?
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.