Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard

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With contributions and additional material from Raymond Buckland, Raven Grimassi, Patricia Telesco, Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart, and other illustrious members of The Grey Council, here is the book Merlin would have given a young Arthur...if only it had existed. This essential handbook contains everything an aspiring Wizard needs to know. It is illustrated with original art by Oberon and friends, as well as hundreds of woodcuts from medieval manuscripts and alchemical ...
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With contributions and additional material from Raymond Buckland, Raven Grimassi, Patricia Telesco, Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart, and other illustrious members of The Grey Council, here is the book Merlin would have given a young Arthur...if only it had existed. This essential handbook contains everything an aspiring Wizard needs to know. It is illustrated with original art by Oberon and friends, as well as hundreds of woodcuts from medieval manuscripts and alchemical texts-plus, charts, tables, and diagrams. It also contains:
  • Biographies of famous Wizards in history and legend.
  • Detailed descriptions of magickal tools and regalia (with full instructions for making them).
  • Spells and workings for a better life.
  • Rites and rituals for special occasions.
  • A bestiary of mythical creatures.
  • Systems of divination.
  • The Laws of Magick.
  • Myths and stories of gods and heroes.
  • Lore and legends of the stars and constellations.
  • Instructions for performing amazing illusions, special effects, and many other wonders of the magickal multiverse.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564147110
  • Publisher: Career Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 211,202
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 9.82 (h) x 0.95 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2004

    Missing the Magic

    I have just finished reading the book GRIMOIRE FOR THE APPRENTICE WIZARD by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart and would like to share some of what I found. The book is marketed to the Harry Potter fan. It¿s cover design, title, and references to Harry Potter both on the cover and throughout the entire book clearly indicate this. For example, the on the back cover is ¿Out of the millions of Harry Potter fans worldwide, there are tens of thousands who want to really do the magical things J. K. Rowling writes about. But would-be wizards must rely on information passed down from wizard elders. Is there a Hogwarts anywhere in the real world? A real Albus Dumbledore? Where is the book these aspiring wizards need? Luckily for all these fans, male and female, Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, today¿s foremost genuine wizard, has written this essential handbook.¿ The book is designed to look like a book from the library of Hogwarts too. To me, this is misleading and shameless! Children will want the book thinking they will be flying around on brooms, changing friends into toads, causing books to float around their class- rooms, and this will not occur. The parents will purchase the book thinking that it is somehow related to the Potter series, never realizing that it is teaching the children things that they may not wished their children exposed to for a myriad of different reasons. The material within the book is, well interesting. It covers everything from science, to woodsmanship, from astrology to topology. It tries to be the ¿all-in-one¿ source for just about everything. Some things fit, others just don¿t. In a way, this book reminded me of my Boy Scout Manual. This book is more a guide for Oberon Zell-Ravenheart¿s own eclectic brand of ¿Wizardcraft¿ than anything else. He melds Wicca, Ceremonial Magic, Shamanism, and pieces of other disciplines into one hodgepodge of ritual. (In my opinion, each of these different systems should have been recognized, and given their own sections.) This was done throughout the book, and when he did devote a chapter to a specific system, he mixed pieces of other systems with it. I do not agree with the section on ¿Conjury.¿ Jeff McBride, who wrote much of this section, encourages the ¿student wizard¿ to mix conjury with ritual magick. The student is taught several different effects, including the use of invisible thread, flash paper, dragon¿s breath, and more to accomplish this. To me, this practice tends to blur the line. The author also expresses opinions as fact, and many of these opinions are at odds with modern science. An example of this is his views on ¿dragons.¿ He mixes the term dragons with dinosaurs. And he states that dragons had poor night vision and only hunted during the day, and that they did not climb trees. A child using this ¿information¿ in school might find himself ridiculed. The book is inconsistent in its style as well. The reading level varies anywhere from 4th grade to 12th grade, it makes analogies that would not be understood by today¿s child (i.e. Dick Grayson and Wayne Manor) and the author passes of quotes from fantasy novels as authoritive quotes on the subject. He also takes bits and pieces of religious writing and scripture, form various religions, out of context to support his statements. There is a lot I take issue with in this book, but there are some good points. Zell-Ravenheart has included many tables, charts, and other pieces of information that one would have to look-up in many different books, in this book. He even includes a bestiary, although it looks like an abbreviated version of TSR¿s ¿MONSTER MANUAL¿ for AD&D. One could almost use this as a single sourcebook for information on Magick, provided the person was educated enough to identify the elements for what they really are, and ignore the misinformation that may accompany them.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2006

    Great Text, Wonderful Guide

    Oberon Zell Ravenheart is indeed a master. He has taken his years of study and experimentation and arranged it in a complete course to offer everyone. His methods are tried and true. He has worked with many people in the magickal community to make this book of instruction possible. He helped design a magickal living community in California where his lessons are put to use in the ¿real¿ world. He also raises unicorns as a part of his life. He also sculptures statues that are used in ritual or for decoration. This book is formatted in easy to use and understand lessons. The book describes each color level, out of the 12 listed in the book, and gives lessons to learn in each section. This is the basic level of learning, or the apprentice level, for those interested in pursuing true wizardry at it¿s finest. This book is geared towards the 11-18 year age group but adults will not be disappointed by what is inside. Some lessons are very basic while others are more advanced which will appeal to the adult. If this book is interesting enough to where you want to learn more, check out the Grey School of Wizardry where these lessons are taught. The lessons here are offered online in each corresponding color and class. The Grey School Faculty expand on some of these classes as well. If interested in this book and the Companion volume, check out the FAQ and other sections at greyschool.com. You will not be disappointed in what you find and you may find that the way of the wizard is for you.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2012

    Phenomenal!!!!!!!!

    What a excellent book. It helped me a lot in my magical studies! Its really long so its PACKED with information! A must for beginning or expierienced wizards

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2005

    A real hogwarts

    This book was remarkable. More information then you can process in a year. Very thorough and yet easy to read and easy to understand. Oberon took his book to the next step by making an online wizarding school which is open to all ages and has everything you'll miss in the book. It just takes it so much further than I ever Imaginged. Buy the book (you'd spend more on dinner anyway) and visit the Grey School to experience wizardry revived for all generations in the 21st century!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    Wonderful Wizardry!

    Packed with pictures and vivid descriptions, GRIMOIRE FOR THE APPRENTICE WIZARD succeeds at providing everything a beginning Wizard could wish to know. From magickal beings and tarot readings to healing arts, herbalism, rituals, astral projection, meditation, shapeshifting, alchemy, scrying and ancient lore, GRIMOIRE FOR THE APPRENTICE WIZARD has it all! Author Oberon Zell-Ravenheart clearly knows his stuff, and has a rare gift for sharing his decades of experience with the friendly ease of a true Wizard who knows how much to reveal, and where best to direct attention for one's growth and development. Each section of the book is short and to-the-point, with beautiful black and white illustrations, and an excellent table of contents and index make it simple to look things up when they're most needed. GRIMOIRE FOR THE APPRENTICE WIZARD is sure to delight and enchant a whole new generation of magickal practioners -- I give it my highest recommendation!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    One of the most useful books ever written

    Thinking this book was for 11-17 yo as the Grey school professes was a gross understatement. This book is packed with knowledge gleaned from a wide variety of topics. Part history, part esoteric primer, part Boy Scout survival guide it is an collection of skills and knowledge that our young men and women need to know. And you just might be shocked at what you (as an adult) didn't know. Just as Harry Potter captured the imagination of adult and children alike so will this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2012

    great

    You need to be dedicated to finish this book. if you want magic-themed activities don't get it. It isnt like "poof your a frog!" magic, but more ritual type magic. you will need lots of fabric, cash, some rural or park areas, and DEDICATION!!

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

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    Well worth your purchase

    Being a novice of sorts to things wizardly, I found reading this book an education. It's the type of book I will refer to often when in 'wizard mode'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2005

    Helpful for reference

    The book did include helpful charts and such, tidbits of information here and there, however much of the text is very targeted towards younger readers. If you are experienced in magic, this book will most likely not help you, and if you are new to it, I would not reccomend it to you either, for reason that it does not provide enough direction for an aspiring magician. If you have surpassed the beginners level, and are just looking for an extra book, pick this one up. But other than that, I dont reccomend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2004

    Wonderful for both Pagan and Non-Pagan wizards alike!!

    I find that as a Non-Pagan Magician, magick should not be mistaken or confused religions such as Wicca or Santeria. This book gives on of the most complete references on Magick ever without mixing it up with Religion or Culture. A great Read!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2004

    AWSOME BOOK

    This book is great for well the apprentice wizard. It has great everyday spells and tons of of different types of wizards you can be. I really recomend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2004

    Wonderful for fantasy kids lit reference

    Hi - This book is so jammed full of information and interesting tidbits, and it is put together nicely so you can find things. It is laid out masterfully with borders and tables and charts instead of just an unusable big blob of text. Our kids pick it up and thumb thorugh it all the time, and I have read it cover to cover. There are charts and tables in the book that are very useful and its a really fun read. It may have some things that are a bit on the fanciful side, but they were really fun to read and I certainly am not the only adult Harry Potter fan. I doubt that any middle or high school kids would use this as an ultimate refence for school but Im sure thousands of them are reading all of the interesting background to things that have only been touched on in the HP series. Wonderful job on content and presentation and there are so many chapters to go back to over and over again. Anyplace you open the book is something really interesting for young and old. Worth every penny and will be around the house for a long long time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2004

    Great starter book for young people interested in the Wiccan and Pagan religion

    I have been looking for books to further my knowledge on Wicca/Pagan ways and when I got this book, I was very surprised. It has everything I was looking for, plus more! Great for younger kids who are interested, as it does refer to Harry Potter often, to help explain the more confusing parts, and how its seperated in Courses, Class' and Lessons makes it easier to comprehend. I refer to this book whenever I need to check something. Oberon Zell-Ravenheart is, in my opinion, the best Wizard to produce this Grimoire, for those who know his name and the influence hes had on the Magick Community, would buy this book knowing it will be good! Having 2 sons, he would know how to explain these ways to the youngin's. I highly recommend it to the apprentice Wizard and Witch, for I know you will enjoy it.

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