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This book is a milestone in Western magical practice. Often erroneously called a forgery, it is in fact six separate books in one, the first two being by Agrippa (1486-1535). One of them, Of Magical Ceremonies, is Agrippa's clearest step-by-step formulation of how to perform an evocation, much more openly expressed than in his Three Books of Occult Philosophy. In addition ...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Ibis Press (first published June 1559)
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Joseph F.
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
A tedious, sanctimonious, pompous, confusing collection of short books on ceremonial magic. The Heptameron was slightly better than Agrippa's 4th book. The Isagoge started off okay, but quickly devolved into tired old Christian demonology. The two books on geomancy were fine for interpretations, but useless for casting. I suppose an experienced magician could make heads and tails out of this book, but for someone who is interested in the history of the occult, I would rather read a book by an ac ...more
Phil
May 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a blown up (- as in enlarged) facsimile of one of the Turner editions. A classic text and in constant reference here, hence the high rating.
Lissa Notreallywolf
Agrippa, Cornelius. Of Occult Philosophy Book 4 Magical Ceremonies edited and translated by Robert Tuner, 1655. Reprinted: Gillette, New Jersey: Heptangle Books, 1985. I had to check the edition.
This is a pretentious little volume, by an “arts press.” It is full of misspellings, type-setting errors beyond what would be period spellings. The type face is of note-Jenson Old style which is an American recut of William Morris’s Golden. The redwork on the title page also recalls Morris, and all this
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Jediraven
I find it very strange that every time I think I'm going to read a book on magick it ends up being full of Christian references. Ugh. Give me something older.
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Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim (most often referred to by the Latinate appellation Cornelius Agrippa, sometimes Anglicized as Henry Cornelius Agrippa) was an occult writer, theologian, astrologer, and alchemist. His writings on magic and occult philosophy were a significant influence on the later work of Giordano Bruno and John Dee, and thus came to underpin much of the Western esoteric ...more
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