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The Golden Dawn: The Original Account of the Teachings, Rites & Ceremonies of the Hermetic Order
The Golden Dawn: The Original Account of the Teachings, Rites & Ceremonies of the Hermetic Order
by Israel Regardie
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 27.55
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be the First Book You Buy!, June 19 2004
When it comes to the subject of ritual magic and the occult, I would be hard-pressed to think of another book that one should buy. True, it contains information that can be found in a dozen other books, both older and newer than this one. What matters is the presentation. The most important achievement of the Order of the Golden Dawn was to create a working system of magical training. By reading this book and performing the exercises it prescribes with regularity and detail, the occult student embarks on the voyage of "becoming more than human". The study program in this book is intended to train the mind to be capable of working magick, not just provide a series of rituals that are fun and entertaining. Aleister Crowley said that magic isn't just a tool to be picked up and put down according to necessity and desire, its a change of lifestyle that necessitates a complete transformation in behaviour and thought. This book is, in my opinion, the first step towards doing just that. If you are interested in becoming a practicing magus, buy this book, practice the rituals inside with regularity and you won't be sorry.

Druidry
Druidry
by Philip Shallcrass
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Lukewarm Reaction, March 19 2003
This review is from: Druidry (Paperback)
I have mixed feelings about this work because of its strange combination. While I feel it to be a fairly good background on some of the basics, with sound folklore and scholarly background, my problems with this book stem from the fact that all of the ritual practices follow the four element ritual spread common to Wicca, when there is next to no evidence to support that this is what the druids actually did. Thankfully, the author does not imply that these practices are authentic, and even informs the reader that he will be borrowing from several sources. Still, many readers who cannot make the same connection on their own are going to believe that this is true and authentic practice of the Celtic Druids. A more scholarly work, such as "The Druids" by Peter Berresford Ellis, would shed some light on what is known about the Druids, and what is simply inferred.

Druidcraft: The Magic of Wicca & Druidry
Druidcraft: The Magic of Wicca & Druidry
by Philip Carr-Gomm
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Its Been Done..., March 19 2003
If you've read "In the Grove of the Druids" by Philip Carr-Gomm and Ronald Hutton, then you probably know of the established links between Ross Nichols and Gerald Gardner, the fathers of modern Druidry and Witchcraft respectively. In that book, two very respected authors reveal to the world that the modern incarnation of Wicca is, in fact, a combination of the two separate religious and magical styles: Druidry and Witchcraft. So, if Druidry and Witchcraft have already been combined to form modern Wicca, why combine the systems again? If you wish to combine the systems of Druidry and Witchcraft without reading through tome after tome of Celtic Wiccan fluff, read about the two separate systems and combine them yourself. This book is just a watered-down time-saver.

Exploring Celtic Druidism
Exploring Celtic Druidism
by Sirona Knight
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.96
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wiccanized "Druidry" From Unreliable Sources, March 3 2003
This work, "Exploring Celtic Druidism", is yet another misleading book which attempts to pawn off Wiccan practices as being authentic Celtic religious practice. What little the modern world does know about the ancient Druids verifies that what is laid out in this book is not true. In this work, the author explains many practices commensurate with modern Wicca, such as the casting of circle, the use of pentacles and athames, etc... While magically sound and of value to practitioners of Wicca, it is a grievous fallacy to call these practices "Druidism". Furthermore, the old "Gwyddonic Order", from which most of this information is taken, has been exposed as a group of dabbling, erroneous control[lers](note: the modern Gwyddonic Order, which takes its name and little else from the now defunct order of the same name, practices a hybrid of several magical and religious styles). Anyone seriously interested in pursuing Celtic Druid Reconstructionalism should steer clear of this book and look at other works such as "The Druids" by Peter Berresford Ellis, "The Druids" by Jean Markale or "The Druids" by Stuart Piggott.

Kybalion Hermetic Philosphy
Kybalion Hermetic Philosphy
by Three Initiates
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Applicable to Any Religious or Spiritual Tradition, Feb. 27 2003
I first picked up a copy of the Kybalion about 10 years ago from a friend of mine who was deeply into Hermetic study. She recommended it to me as a sort of primer for Hermetic and Occult studies. It was a small book, and I wasn't extremely impressed by what I figured would be a very simple read. I was completely mistaken. This book changed my views on religion, spirituality and magic forever.
The book is an in depth, but well-summarized description of the 7 principles of Hermetics, along with some scientific and spiritual evidence to support those principles. As with all Hermetic works, it is extremely ecclectic and borrows from many sources from modern mysticism to ancient Iamblichan Theurgy. The book is light (if not completely devoid of) specific magical practices, but the background information it gives is priceless.
A further note: long ago I gave up Hermetics as a magical or spiritual path, turning instead to a more earth-based Celtic Shamanism. Despite this, I still refer back to the Kybalion because, in my opinion, the principles it contains can be applied to any religious, spiritual or magical tradition. A definite must buy!

Druid Animal Oracle
Druid Animal Oracle
by Philip Carr-gomm
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Concept, Feb. 5 2003
This review is from: Druid Animal Oracle (Hardcover)
I greatly enjoyed this book, from both a scholarly and a magical perspective. Philip Carr-Gomm, one of the formost authority on Druidism/Druidry today, uses knowledge of Celtic myth and superstition to create an oracular deck which is both beautiful and interesting. Besides having fascinating cards, the deck is very simple to use and should be of particular interest to anyone who has immersed themselves into the Celtic mindset (an essential tool to those of the Celtic Druid path). With proper attunement, the deck works very well and is streamlined to a very particular taste. The only thing keeping be from giving this work 5 stars is its lack of accompanying story. The imagery is beautiful, and the system precise, but I think that the explanation and readability of the book portion could use work.

The Song of Taliesin: Tales from King Arthur's Bard
The Song of Taliesin: Tales from King Arthur's Bard
by John Matthews
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 22.79
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excelsior!, Feb. 5 2003
John Matthews is a poet and a scholar. In this translation, Mr. Matthews successfully invokes the spirit of the bard, taking these ancient Welsh tales and turning them into a readable, intelligable and excellent writing. The Song of Taliesin is so skillfully done, I recommend it to beginners, middlers and experts alike. Seek this book out if you have any interest in Celtic myth or culture.

The Mabinogion
The Mabinogion
by Lady Charlotte E. Guest
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 3.32
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3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult Read, Feb. 5 2003
This review is from: The Mabinogion (Paperback)
This review is 100% opinion. While the mythology and legends inside are interesting, full of great characters and contain wisdom and understanding of the Celtic mindset, I felt that the storytelling itself was very poorly done. This may be a result of the translation, I haven't read another version yet to compare, or it may be a result of the writing itself. In either case, I couldn't immerse myself fully into the stories. They didn't "carry me away" as it were.

Druid Magic: The Practice of Celtic Wisdom
Druid Magic: The Practice of Celtic Wisdom
by Maya Magee Sutton
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.12
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Enough, Feb. 5 2003
I was, by turns, very interested and very disappointed in this book. The information inside is accurate, intelligent and well-written, but what it lacks is depth and solidity. What I mean by this is that most of the subjects were merely skimmed over and not really explored to their fullest extent. The book was also very "fluffy", by which I mean it was very new age and PC rather than revealing some of the grittier, dirtier truths of the Druid path. Most of the rather abhorrent and barbaric practices of the ancient Druids aren't even touched upon, instead it seems as if they are purposefully ignored. I gave the book three stars because it does have some interesting tidbits of information that can be used by a student. I wouldn't recommend this book as a beginning primer because some of the conecpts require a certain pre-familiarization. I also wouldn't wholly recommend this book to an expert, because they are probably already quite familiar with what the book has to say. I would say this book is perfect for the middle student who has a good grasp of the basics of Celtic wisdom and is ready to go deeper.

Three Books of Occult Philosophy
Three Books of Occult Philosophy
by Henry C. Agrippa
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 36.33
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Feelings, Feb. 4 2003
As a long-time student of magick and the occult, I have been on the lookout for this book for a very long time. Having read over excerpts downloaded from the internet, as well as material covered in other books of similar theme, I was rather amazed at how difficult of a read this book was. Its centuries old syntax and grammar make for an work that is like sojourning through the Bible. The information within, however, is solid, and extremely so. It is, indeed, one of the foundation works on the study of magick and the occult. It can be neatly used as a reference, but I wouldn't recommend actually sitting down and reading it.

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