The Book Of Ceremonial Magicby Arthur Edward Waite
The Book of Ceremonial Magic, written by the distinguished occult scholar Arthur Edward Waite, offers readers an analytical and critical account of the major magical rituals known in the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries. With chapters on the preparation of rituals, the hierarchy of spirits and demons, and the art of conjuration, this book is a necessary component of any occultist's bookshelf.
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A strange old book written by one of the master occultists long since departed. Some very strange bits of advice to practioners of magic. The previous reviewer was wrong about the book being diabolic, though certainly there are incantations to summon evil Spirits, the focus of the book is on Magic in general. A great book to read and study.
I found that Waites book was a complete waste of time. First, he purposely wrote the book to be unusable. That in it self is good. As many ppl today may get some wacked out ideas. I had read several of his books in the past, but nothing like this. He (Waite) explains how he left the Golden Dawn to practice black magick. And a pact with God, come on. The book clearly outlines many Magickal Grimoires that one could obtain; should one wish. But overall, yes, the book is highly Christian based; as with all magickal grimoires from 300 years ago into the early 1900 century. One needs to look past this though, and obtain valuable information when needed. As stated before, this book is a waste of time. You are better off buying something from D.M. Kraig, if you are seriously wanting to pursue magick.
I read this book many years ago--when I began my metaphysic studies. This book is an excellent reference for what NOT to do magickally! You don't get the point until the end when Mr. Waite tells you 'the truth is not found in these rites' (paraphrase). He's right, of course. MG Holbrook
Waite himself is not the best messenger for the content of the book. However, as a quick reference work I find it to be well laid out and not veiled by cryptic conveyences. It is true that the contents are based within the Semitic religious tradtion, but remember not all magical thought is Wiccan. Waite falls in line with Rosecrucians, just like Crowley.