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The Magus: A Complete System of Occult Philosophy

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First published in 1801, this book mirrored the era's fascination with the supernatural, containing medieval and occult knowledge. Notable in the text are the author's illustrations, derived from ancient and medieval magical texts, and rare translations of cabalistic and occult lore.
Paperback, 432 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Weiser Books (first published January 1st 1967)
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Chris Feldman
Aug 01, 2009 Chris Feldman rated it it was amazing
Basically a rip-off of Agrippa, but interesting nonetheless.
Moshe Fine
May 10, 2014 Moshe Fine rated it it was amazing
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.
Erik Akre
Aug 05, 2016 Erik Akre rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: serious students of occult history
Shelves: wicca
This might be the most bizarre and random book I have ever read. I read it without any context for its turn-of-the-eighteenth century information, and it blew me away with its strange correspondences, wild numerology, archaic astrology, and twisted suggestions for ritual and spellcraft.

As a student of Wicca, I looked for links between Barrett's writings and current Wiccan practice, and I do feel there are plenty. I am left with wonder at how his own experience in the occult eventually fed into w
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
Nov 27, 2007 Bob Schweiger rated it it was amazing
This book is hard to read and definately not for everyone. It contains valuable information for those seeking out old world knowledge.
Kirk Bullough
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.

Aaron Meyer
Jan 10, 2014 Aaron Meyer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: occult
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.
John Wight
A great compendium of occult philosophy, going over topics such as natural magic, talismanic magic, alchemy, evokation, etc.
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