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4.25  ·  Rating details ·  292 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Qabalah, Qliphoth and Goetic Magic is a unique practical introduction to magic. The main thread of the book is the exploration of the Qliphoth and the dark mysteries which have for so long been a repressed part of western esotericism. Instead of ignoring and denying the dark side, the author reveals, step by step, how man can get to know his Shadow and, through this, reach ...more
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Published 2009 by Ouroboros Produktion (first published 2004)
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Pieter-Jan Beyul
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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One of the best and most elucidating explorations of the Qliphoth, and I dare say the Qabalah.

Where other books on this (Jewish) mystical system treat the Qliphoth in a stepmotherly fashion, if it's even mentioned, here we get a clarifying discussion on the topic.
It's not really a monograph on the Qliphoth as Karlsson also covers the Goetic magical system, arguing for its relation with the world of the Qliphoth.

The cosmologies and -gonies in the Qabalistic tradition are all expounded upon, as we
Christopher Sheline
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
A simple look into the Qabalah and the mysterious Qliphoth, but then springkled with the usual "I shall become a god" left hand bullshit. It comes to the point to where it feels like a goth kid's diary.
Nicely written though.
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is incredible. I learned so much about all three of the topics from it. The only complaints I have are that the Goetic section left a bit to be desired and the book kind of just ends (there is so much more that could be said... if the book were 10k pages, ha!). If you're interested in the topics in the title and how they all fit historically and esoterically into the Western occult tradition, could not recommend a book more. Also, has much value for practical application, though, maybe ...more
Aaron Meyer
Nov 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Fascinating work. Probably the most comprehensive writing I have come across as of yet dealing with the qliphoth in all its aspects. Was disappointed that he only went one pathworking for Qliphotic Tunnels (#22 between Lilith and Gamaliel, Thantifaxath Tunnel) but said that you could get the rest from Dragon Rogue as one of their initiates. He closes the book with tieing in the Goetic with the Qliphoth and giving some actual instances of working in the Goetic system. Well worth getting and readi ...more
Jul 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Brett C
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This is the best explanation of the Qabalah/Kabbalah in my opinion. This is the third book I've read on this subject and the author here takes it further. The explanations are great and go into better details on Qabalah, its origins, the Sephiroth (pl., Sephora - sing.), and the Tree of Life. Something new to me was the Qlipha (sing., qliphoth - pl.). Again the author does a fantastic job explaining exactly what are the Qliphoth and the demonic side of Qabalah. I found very fascinating The Ten Q ...more
Robert M.
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'd say this is one of the more important books in my collection! I started reading the Ebook and ordered the published work once I understood how important it is; I had been looking for this for years without knowing it existed. Finally, an explication of the Qabalah and beyond, that makes sense... ...more
Camilo Quintero
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Aporta conocimientos escenciales sobre la gnosis qliphotica, la demonología regente del árbol de la muerte, aproximaciones rituales con las energías del mismo muy sencillas y efectivas. Su aporte filosófico sobre el problema de "El Mal" o la dualidad que este representa en el quehacer mágico y también en la vida común. ...more
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
it is an alright introduction, but i would have like that more attention was given to the Tunnels of Set and experiences of them and also more on the Goetia would be good - what is in there is interesting too, but too much only gets briefly touched upon -I think an expanded version of this book would be most ideal
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A valuable work on Goetic practice for modern readers who may find some more ancient texts a bit tedious to read. A scholarly approach with clear writing style that I found easy to navigate. Expanded my view of Qabalah more than I expected.
Royal Blue Sicarii
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very powerful book with advanced practices, definitely not for a Neophyte and recommend patience and annual re-reading for better understanding during practice.
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Livro completo, oferece diversas interpretações a respeito de temas muito relevantes e vale a pena ler até para os aversos ao assunto.
Apr 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Not bad intro to the subjects discussed but the paywalling of information behind their initiatic order and general skimping of information in certain sections leaves much to be desired...
Gaze Santos
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was a veritable treasure trove of information on the Qlippoth and the Sitra Achra.
Written in a very accessible manner, especially when compared to"The Nightside of Eden" which was also written on the same topic.

The first third of the book introduces the concept of philosophical evil approached from the lens of Judaism. It offers a few different origin stories of the concept of evil as told by various Kabbalists. But make no mistake, this is not Madonna's Kabbalah. In fact, the second
Nicolas Tomaz
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book! The Brazilian edition is packed with illustrations and a very careful design project. And the contents are also great! The book shines light on the nature of the Kaballah and points such as the difference between the terms Kaballah, Cabala and Qabalah. It is a great source of insight on the left hand path, and I would definitely recommend it to any one that is interested in occultism. Great read!
Äsruþr Cyneaþsson
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An excellent work from the founder of the Dragon Rouge.

Karlsson covers aspects of the left-hand path, the nature of 'good' and 'evil' and their role in Judiac Qabbalistic mysticism. The end result is an essential text for those seeking an approach to the left-hand path other than those of atheistic Satanism. Karlsson's approach relies strongly upon the essential role of the qliphotic shells and the value that these hold for the magus able to work with these. Karlosson also provides an detailed a
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a fabulous introduction to qabalah and its magical perception, as well as instructing the vision of the Qliphoth and how Goetia has influenced history.

Of course, no spells or decrees are included here to invoke or evoke any kind of spirit. This book is just an introduction that Karlsson offers from a neutral position.

The good thing about this book is that the reader is free to choose which path to follow and is not forced to perform certain rituals.

Choose this book if you want to cl
Jordan Fitzgerald
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A very comprehensive book on the Qlippoth as well as a thorough disposition on the nature and philosophy of evil. This is a must have for any student of hermetic kabbalah. It explains Isaac de Lurias ideas on the history of the Qlippoth. Such ideas are: how Daath became a fallen sephirot and the abyss was created (this was Lucifers sephirot before and made sense how he was closest to the throne of god before the fall, how the qlippoth came to be from the sephirot of gevurah, and the previous evi ...more
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very interesting! Gives some insight into the basics of Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism as well as the darker counterparts, the shadows of the sephiroth known as the qliphoth. It also delves into magic and invocations. Something for the one who is interested in being introduced to the darker paths of spirituality. Also very easy to read. Great book!
Joe Crow
Sep 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Some interesting info, but very repetitive. Mr. Karlsen could have stood some serious editing here. The basic overview of varying Qabalic views on the nature and purpose of evil was educational, and the presentation of the schema for the Qlippoth was interesting, if a trifle under-sourced.
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
E' uno di quei libri che può cambiarti la vita, da leggere con cautela. ...more
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¡Por fin, la edición oficial en español de mano del autor y con material y arte extras! Un clásico imperdible.
Paulie Barber
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great info and helpful
Kara Karasu
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Thomas Karlsson (born 1972) is a Swedish occultist and an esoteric author. In 1989, he and six other magicians founded Dragon Rouge, a Left-Hand Path initiatory organization and a Draconian Tradition Order, led by Karlsson.[1] As a book author he concentrates on occult, philosophy and paranormal topics. The Dragon Rouge website cites Carlos Castaneda, Julius Evola and Kenneth Grant as some of the ...more

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“On the Samael Qlipha, the magician makes a pact with the dark forces and realizes the invitation of Friedrich Neitzsche to re-evaluate old values. Insanity becomes wisdom; death becomes life. Samael is the 'Poison of God.' Here is where illusions are poisoned, and all categories and conceptions are deconstructed until nothing is left. The dark side of the astral plane could be compared to a chalice filled with poison or an intoxicating fluid. While Gamaliel is the chalice, Samael is the elixir and the following lower Qlipha, A'arab Zaraq, is where the magician experiences the effect.” 2 likes
“The appellation of the path as Draconian also indicates its direction; the light esotericism leads to a unity with male gods of the light, like Yahweh or Marduk. The dark esotericism, on the other hand, leads out towards primordial dragon entities such as Leviathan, Tehom or Tiamat, who existed long before the gods of light and who exist in the infinity beyond the divine light. To the initiated adept on the Qliphotic path, the darkness of infinity is a hidden light, so infinitely brighter than the light of the gods that it is thus perceived as darkness.” 0 likes
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