The Secret Teachings of All Ages. The review must be at least 50 characters long. Then we get to part four, where we learn what rituals we must participate in to become a real magician. Gregory Peters rated it liked it Jul 19, Refresh and try again. Kvitorm rated it it was amazing Dec 28, Atlantis and the Atlanteans.
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Not really. But I have to give Dr. Flowers some respect for borrowing his format from Anton LaVey. The first of his four parts, A History of Hermetic Magic, makes the reader feel he is doing the smart thing by participating in a respectable tradition with deep, historical roots. Flowers mentions Greeks, Egyptians, and Jews, making the case that one can remain within the Judeo-Christian tradition while dabbling in Hermetic Magic.
They reveal something about the universal nature of human myth and magic, which is basically that thought forms have an energy that can be used to manipulate reality. The various gods and goddesses of different traditions are really just interchangeable masks worn by the final, true reality whatever that may be. Part III, Praxis, reviews the tools a willing magician might use to stimulate his own imagination, and reinforces the lessons of the previous two sections.
Then we get to part four, where we learn what rituals we must participate in to become a real magician. I was a little taken aback by all the talk of inviting Mithras to dinner and becoming his servant, because the prior sections had made it sound like Mithras was one of several gods who would be serving you. I could not see any way to synthesize what Flowers was teaching with any kind of Abrahamic spirituality.
Then there were the elements of Gnosticism that he just got wrong. In the index, he even refers to IAO as another name for Yahweh, rather than a subordinate of the demiurge which, to be clear, might be Yahweh. Any discussion of actual gnosis, or the philosophy of the Greeks, Egyptians, or Hebrews, gets brushed aside so we can talk about symbolism. In short, while it is fun for me to learn things, I am not interested enough to actually perform any of the complicated rituals in this book. Nor do I recommend them to anyone.
The theory is studied and explained in immense detail before the presentation of essential and powerful workings. The reader who grasps this book has grasped a full comprehension of the root of all Western magical systems. This is one of the keys to occult power. Dec 03, Valenfore Alestreneon rated it it was amazing Stephen Edred Flowers is one of those most notable writers on the subject of Magik and Occultism around.
This book really gives a good understanding of the background and history of Magik. Aug 06, Judith rated it really liked it Reading this in small sections so that I can "digest" it as fully as possible.
Hermetic Magic: The Postmodern Magical Papyrus of Abaris
Hermetic Magic: The Postmodern Papyrus of Abaris