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The Magicians of the Golden Dawn: A Documentary History of a Magical Order, 1887-1923
3.82
Howe’s documentary study of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn is the standard scholarly history of the order. The book charts the entire history o...more
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Oct 30, 2011
 
Crowley's Apprentice: The Life and Ideas of Israel Regardie (American)
4.21
Suster’s (1951–2001) biography of Aleister Crowley (1875–1947) is presently the largest and most complete biography of Israel Regardie (1907–1985). Th...more
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Mar 14, 2012
 
21st Century Mage: Bring the Divine Down to Earth
3.87
This book is essentially a lengthy postscript to one of the most important texts in the modern Hermetic corpus: The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abrame...more
Nov 11, 2011
Nov 01, 2011
 
Light in Extension
4.33
While this book was, as Godwin takes great pains to point out in the introduction, not intended for a scholarly audience (who it would undoubtedly dis...more
Nov 02, 2011
Nov 01, 2011
 
The Western Esoteric Traditions: A Historical Introduction
3.80
This book serves as a perfect example of how to introduce Western Esotericism by means of charting its origins in the ancient Hellenic world and vario...more
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Oct 29, 2011
 
Magic in the Middle Ages (Canto)
3.89
In this volume Kieckhefer presents a clear and concise description of Medieval magic which, by means of illustrations throughout from exemplars of per...more
Nov 11, 2011
Oct 30, 2011
 
Hermetica: The Greek Corpus Hermeticum and the Latin Asclepius in a New English Translation, with Notes and Introduction
4.38
Copenhaver's introduction to the Hermetic corpus approaches the historical origins of Hermetism and Hermeticism from, seemingly, all angles—at once di...more
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Oct 29, 2011
 
The Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age (Routledge Classics)
4.10
In this followup to her paradigm changing, Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition, Frances Yates explores the influences such disparate themes as t...more
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Oct 29, 2011
 
Eight Philosophers of the Italian Renaissance
3.71
In this survey of Renaissance philosophy, Kristeller presents biographies and descriptions of the systems of thought of Francesco Petrarca (1304-1374)...more
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Oct 29, 2011
 
New Age Religion and Western Culture: Esotericism in the Mirror of Secular Thought
4.59
Hanegraaff's doctoral dissertation explores the phenomenon of New Age religiosity in terms of the greater field of Western esotericism and examines it...more
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Oct 29, 2011
 
Access to W Esotericism
4.47
This review concerns the first half of the book:

Antoine Faivre's “Approaches to Western Esoteric Currents” is composed of two sections. The first, “Me...more
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Oct 29, 2011
 
Modern Esoteric Spirituality (World Spirituality: An Encyclopedic History of the Religious Quest, Volume 21)
3.78
This volume is a collection of fourteen essays comprising a historiographical survey of Western esotericism from Hellenistic and Medieval sources to m...more
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Oct 29, 2011
 
The Golden Tread: The Ageless Wisdom of the Western Mystery Traditions
4.03
In The Golden Thread, Godwin presents a scholarly, but eminently emic overview of Western Esotericism's history. He begins by defining the study in te...more
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Oct 29, 2011
 
Giordano Bruno & Hermetic Tradition
4.34
As far as discipline defining monographs go, it is hard to think of a better example than Frances Yates' Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition. Wh...more
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Oct 29, 2011
 
Sword Of Wisdom: MacGregor Mathers and the Golden Dawn
3.31
Out of all the biographies of esoteric figures that I've read thus far, this is the worst. While it is nominally a biography of Mathers, there is far...more
May 22, 2012
May 19, 2012
 
The Place of Enchantment: British Occultism and the Culture of the Modern
4.29
In this book, Owen provides one of the richest scholarly accounts of fin-de-siècle occultism available in print today. She begins by charting the move...more
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Oct 30, 2011
 
Magic in the Ancient World
4.12
Graf's book provided somewhat of a general overview of magic in antiquity, but it seemed maddeningly brief when dealing with those practices more clos...more
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May 24, 2012
 
Spiritual and Demonic Magic
4.00
In this landmark study, D.P. Walker of the Warburg Institute, single-handedly initiated the etic, academic study of Western esotericism, by exploring...more
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Oct 29, 2011
 
Life of Pythagoras
3.78
This sometimes meandering but always interesting biography of Pythagoras is incredibly telling not only as to the origins of Pythagoreanism, but also...more
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Apr 25, 2012
 
Iamblichus and the Theory of the Vehicle of the Soul
4.75
Finamore's book is one of the closest argued classical theses that I've encountered in some time and is absolutely essential reading for any scholars...more
May 22, 2012
Apr 25, 2012
 
Gods, Men and Ghosts: The Best Supernatural Fiction of Lord Dunsany
4.23
While the haunting illustrations by Sime would alone give this volume a five star rating, the selection of Dunsany stories contained therein doubles t...more
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Oct 31, 2011
 
Women of the Golden Dawn: Rebels and Priestesses: Maud Gonne, Moina Bergson Mathers, Annie Horniman, Florence Farr
4.25
This book, being a biography of four women, does a great job of tying together their life stories against the backdrop of the Golden Dawn's tumultuous...more
May 06, 2012
Apr 29, 2012
 
The Theology of Arithmetic
4.40
An excellent translation (indeed, the only English translation) of an exceedingly interesting set of notes on Neopythagorean arithmology. The explicat...more
Apr 25, 2012
Apr 25, 2012
 
Astral Projection, Ritual Magic And Alchemy: Golden Dawn Material
4.39
This collection of (nearly) all of the so-called "Flying Rolls" of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn is an invaluable resource for anyone conducti...more
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Apr 29, 2012
 
Iamblichus, the Exhortation to Philosophy: Including the Letters of Iamblichus and Proclus' Commentary on the Chaldean Oracles
3.86
In providing an exhortation as to why one ought to practice Platonic philosophy (and, when Iamblichus says "philosophy," he means "philosophy qua theu...more
Apr 29, 2012
Apr 25, 2012
 
Iamblichus' de Mysteriis: A Manifesto of the Miraculous
5.00
One of the more interesting secondary analyses of Iamblichus' De Mysteriis that I've read. Although I was approaching this strictly out of interest in...more
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May 23, 2012
 
Magic and Magicians in the Greco-Roman World
4.20
Dickie's book is probably the best general survey of early through late antique magic currently available. It's a bit light on theurgy, but the overal...more
Jun 08, 2013
Jun 08, 2013
 
De Anima
4.50
Like every other book I've had the pleasure to read from the SBL, the edition of De Anima is the new standard. It has absolutely everything that a sch...more
May 22, 2012
Apr 25, 2012
 
The Enneads
3.99
As far as content goes, not much can be said about the Enneads that hasn't been said before. Second only in importance to the Platonic corpus in terms...more
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Mar 23, 2012
 
The Widow's Son (Historical Illuminatus Chronicles 2)
4.02
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Nov 01, 2011
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