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Modern Magick: Eleven Lessons in the High Magickal Arts

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  854 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Modern Magick is the most popular, most complete, step-by-step instruction manual on how to do real magick that has ever been published. Already over 100,000 people are using it.
Author Donald Michael Kraig wrote this after teaching the information in classes for ten years. It is refined, tested, and easy to understand. It is filled with exercises, techniques, and rituals
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Paperback, Second Edition, 600 pages
Published September 8th 2002 by Llewellyn Publications (first published January 1st 1988)
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Chris
Nov 16, 2007 Chris rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: initiates
DMK does a decent job of laying out a survey of the basic theory of the "High Magickal Arts". Be careful, though, much of his information is incorrect, and his pronunciations for the Hebrew is abysmal.

However, this is an excellent starter and resource book. It lays out several important rituals in a (relatively) straightforward and easy-to-understand manner.

DMK tends to give you the theory (most of it borrowed, and badly) for each chapter, then tags a useful ritual at the end.

This book rides som
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Deb
A solid textbook for ceremonial magick with an extensive annotated bibliography for further study. Donald Michael Craig gives not just the words of the rituals, but how to perform them -- what to visualize, gestures, tools, a daily practice.

I'll be rereading and continuing with further studies, but I am very happy with where the book has allowed me to accomplish thus far.
Neueziel
This is the go to book for anyone with a genuine interest in the real occult. Kraig is very down to earth, dispels a lot of myths and superstitions surrounding the occult and is very factual..given the subject. The book is split up into lessons but it has a wealth of information and experience if you're simply curious.
Dave/Maggie Bean
This review will be of interest only to Christians -- especially complacent, lukewarm, "Sunday Morning" Christians.

I'm not here to proselytize, but rather to clean my own house. My hard-shell, *sola scriptura* Protestantism notwithstanding, I must concede that many of my unsaved atheist friends are, in practice, more decent and upstanding than many of my co-religionists. Despite the fact that they don't profess my faith (and thusly can't be expected to practice it), they often observe the Golde
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Bad Tim
somebody recommended this book after i specifically said i wasn't interested in something that relied on judeo-christian concepts.

this book is exclusively about working with the kabalah, with small amounts of eastern philosophy that are generally taken out of context and are only cursorily explored, and one patronizing section on earth-based magic.

kraig's writing style is redundant and dogmatic. he attempts to prove everything from reincarnation to the existence of the jewish god using logical
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Vincent
I enjoyed the introductory nature of this book, as well as it's 'survey' approach to magick in general. However, I think the true value in the book is its implied structure for learning (doing) the Great Work. It's very much a 'First Year' sort of course, and one that admirably accomplishes what it sets out to do. Sure, there are other 'systems' or areas of interest that an aspiring mage could (and should) explore, but the 12 lessons provided here should be enough to ease the mage onto the path.
Constantinos Nterziotis
This is one of the best books for Ceremonial magick. It is very challenging with step by step excercises, simplyfing -as much as possible- the esoteric practices of Golden Dawn. The readerd should stay focused and try to perform the rituals with much willpower.
David
Jul 14, 2008 David added it
Shelves: back-shelf
I couldn't put this book down. I fell in love with this overly simplified foray into high magick. It gives you a clear course on where to start and how long to spend training on given techniques. Will you come out of it on top of the world, with the power to put your enemies on their knees? Well, no. But will you come away with a deep seated sense of understanding the mysteries of the universe? I'm betting "no" again. However, you can feel free to hang as much personal meaning on completing this ...more
Kevin
Though I do not agree with a lot of the ways that Kraig approaches the material, he has greater shoulders than his that he is standing on and this work is a phenomenal introduction to the magickal arts. I can give no more credit to any other single work for getting me up, off my butt in the early years and getting me doing actual practical magickal work.

I recommend this book very highly for anyone looking to get into a routine of daily practical magick.
Erisson
Jul 30, 2008 Erisson added it
Shelves: occult
I read this a LONG time ago (16 or 18 years), and it was really the first occult/new age book I picked up. I remember enjoying it, but I also remember it being a bit more structure than I was comfortable with. But there were techniques in it I've internalized, and it was an effective introduction to the whole arena.
Eishexe
The first book on Ceremonial Magick I ever picked up. It's a great practical primer, filled with exercises and practices the practitioner can immediately begin performing. Don't be surprised if it takes you a few years to work through this one the way it's meant to be done.
T.J. Perkins
Nov 28, 2010 T.J. Perkins rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pagans, Wiccans & anyone looking for the truth
Recommended to T.J. by: My High Priestess Gwen
This book is direct and to-the-point. I loved it! I've implemented many of the techniques and found them to be most useful and they actually worked! Modern Magick covers everything a new magician would need, and it's great for the modern Witch also.
Layo
This book really got me motivated when I was a beginner, but later when I had a handle on the Hebrew alphabet I wanted to bonk the guy. There are several techniques in the book I've never tried and am not likely to.
Jalice
Sep 10, 2011 Jalice marked it as to-read
It takes itself a bit too seriously. But it was very interesting. I didn't finish it because I had to return it, but I will finish it if I can ever get my hands on it again. :)
Aaron Meyer
One of those foundational books that one gets a hold of for Ceremonial Magick. Still a useful book.
Marianne Staveley
Jan 19, 2010 Marianne Staveley is currently reading it
I started reading this book a couple years ago. Must get around to finishing it one of these days...
Carvedwood
Not terribly useful for my needs, really, but a very interesting read.
Brian Lambert
Still scan from time to time. Easy explanations, well written.
Joshua
Jun 22, 2012 Joshua added it
This is the book I keep coming back to.
Carolina Dean

Decent overview of ceremonial magic.
Stacy Curro
Interesting if you're a Wiccan.
Anita
May 06, 2009 Anita rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any serious student of the occult
Very comprehensive, clear, informative. No fooling around. An important book.
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