"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 profusely illustrated with original art by Oberon and friends, as well as many woodcuts from medieval and alchemical manuscripts--plus charts, tables, and diagrams. It also contains: Biographies of famous Wizards in history and legend; 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.
To those who study the occult, in particular, Witchcraft, the name of Oberon Zell-Ravenheart is internationally-known and respected. He is a genuine Wizard, and he has written this book for any person wishing to become one. Perhaps, as some have written, Oberon Zell-Ravenheart is the real Albus Dumbledore to aspiring Harry Potters!
In addition to his own writings in this collection, he also presents other writers who add some highly thoughtful insights. Such as Raymond Buckland among others.
The illustrations and photographs which accompany the text are among the finest found anywhere, and are a helpful boon to those wanting to see what they are reading about. Biographies of many famous Wizards of history and legend appear in the book. Detailed descriptions of magickal tools with information for making them appears in this book. Additional information includes rites and rituals for special occasions, a bestiary of mythical creatures, a detailed and educational discussion on the laws of magick, myths, and lore of the stars and constellations. This book is full of instructions!
As a handbook and guide for becoming a Wizard, this is as near perfect and honest a book as one will find today. New Page Books has done a great service to the paranormal and occult community readers by publishing this worthwhile reference book.
Oberon Zell-Ravenheart has written a classic on Wizardry. This is his masterpiece. One of the American pioneers of Paganism in the United States, his lifetime of learning and information is shared with readers from all walks of life. He started in 1968 with the publication of his award-winning journal, Green Egg, and is often considered by readers as one of their favorite Pagan writers. The lessons in this fine book are accurate, honest, and entertaining.
If you want to become a Wizard, this is the book to start with, and learn from. This Grimoire is must-have reading for readers interested in true magick. The information given on ghosts will hold the reader spellbound, as will all information in this reference book!
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About the Author
Oberon Zell-Ravenheart is a renowned wizard and elder in the worldwide magickal community. In 1962, he co-founded a Pagan church with a futuristic vision, and has been involved in the founding of several other major groups.
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Course One: Wizardry
Class I: Concerning Wizards
A wizard can turn fear into joy, frustration to fulfillment.
A wizard can turn the time-bound into the timeless.
A wizard can carry you beyond limitations into the boundless.
— Deepak Chopra (The Way of the Wizard)
1. Introduction: What is a Wizard?
In the 16th and 17th centuries — the height of popularity of the village magician — it applied to a high magician but also to various popular magicians, who were known by other names as well: cunning men, cunning women, charmers, blessers, sorcerers, conjurers and witches. After 1825, Wizard became almost exclusively synonymous with Witch, but this usage died out during the 20th century. Modern Witches do not use the term.
— Rosemary Guiley (Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft, p. 389)
Here is how the word "Wizard" is defined in the dictionary:
IZARD — FROM ANGLO-SAXON WYSARD (m.), "wise one." A usually solitary practitioner of magick and repository of arcane knowledge. A lore-master. 1. a sage. 2. a magician; conjurer; sorcerer. 3. a person exceptionally gifted or clever at a specified activity (as in "computer wizard"). Usually — but not necessarily — a specifically masculine term. Wizards have also been referred to as "Natural Philosophers."
In traditional tribal cultures we find shamans, or medicine men and women, who are both gifted and learned in talents and skills of augury (foretelling the future), herbalism, hypnosis, psychic work, and sorcery. They are the village teachers, magicians, spirit guides, healers, and midwives. Among some of the Celtic tribes of Western Europe, such shamans were known as Wicce — an Anglo-Saxon word meaning "shaper" — from which comes our present term "Witch." In Renaissance days, men practicing "witchcraft" were more often called "Wizards." The term Wizard first appeared in the 15 century, and was used for both wise men and wise women. In the 20 century, most people only knew of Wizards from stories and fairy-tales. The most famous of these were J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, featuring Gandalf the Wizard, and Mary Stewart's The Crystal Cave (and other books), about Merlin. Indeed, during those years, many people forgot that Wizards had ever really existed at all! But a few of us still remained, although largely in remote areas hidden from public view.
In the ways that Guiley noted, Wizards in recent centuries seem to have served pretty much as male counterparts of the village Witch as she is commonly described by modern practitioners of the Craft: A magickal shaper of reality; a Shaman of pre-Christian European tradition. In Medieval and Renaissance times, Witches specialized in herbalism and midwifery, and were mostly women. Modern Witches may be both men and women, and their workings today are directed primarily towards healing, both of people and the Earth.
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Virtually every village or town in Britain and Europe had at least one wizard, who usually was respected and feared by the local folk. The wizard specialized in a variety of magical services, such as fortune-telling; finding missing persons and objects; finding hidden treasure; curing illnesses in people and animals; interpreting dreams; detecting theft; exorcising ghosts and fairies; casting spells; breaking the spells of witches and fairies; making amulets (charms); and making love philtres (potions). Because he was deemed the diviner of the guilty in crimes, the word of the wizard often carried great weight in a village or town.
— Guiley, p. 389
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Lesson 2: My Life as a Wizard
Now, I have lived about as rurally as it's possible to get, having spent eight years (1977–85) living in a 5,600-acre homesteading community in the Misty Mountains of Northern California. My lifemate, Morning Glory, and I moved into a completely undeveloped wilderness, where we built our own houses and barns, developed our springs, planted gardens and orchards, dug a pond, raised livestock — all without electricity, telephones, television, or even radio.
During that time, I served my community in the traditional capacity of rural Wizard, pretty much as Rosemary Guiley described above. I created and conducted rituals of all kinds, from individual divinations (readings), initiations, handfastings (marriages), baby blessings, healings, house-blessings, protections and exorcisms — to large seasonal rituals for the entire community of about a hundred families, and even larger public events in the nearby town of Ukiah. I also taught in the little community school, and mentored a number of the kids as they grew up.
But our real Work from 1979-'84 was raising unicorns. And when we traveled around the country exhibiting our living unicorns, our natural scene was Renaissance Faires, where my appropriately costumed persona ("character") was that of Wizard (as Morning Glory was an Enchantress). When we did interviews for TV, magazines, and newspapers that were not associated with the Faires, we presented ourselves as "Naturalists," which seemed pretty much the mundane equivalent.
What was it that drew me to Wizardry as a way of life, and encouraged me to choose a title that hardly anyone used in these modern times? Simply put, it's the mythology of it all! My favorite mythological references come from fantasy and science fiction literature, as well as classical mythology. Such authors as J.R.R. Tolkien, Mary Stewart, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Ursula leGuin, Peter Beagle, and T.H. White have deeply infused my concept of what a Wizard is with their depictions of the likes of Merlin and Gandalf, with whom I immediately identified upon reading those tales.
But for me, the greatest appeal of both the historical and mythological Wizards with whom I identify, is that they were engaged in shaping the greater paradigm ("model") of the society around them. Wizards, let's face it, are natural-born meddlers! Alchemists, inventors, king-makers, prophets, seers, spell-casters, loremasters, teachers, initiators, magicians, visionaries — Wizards are perpetually engaged in world-transformation, trying to make the world a better place for everyone. This is the "Great Work." Wizards do not think small! And Wizards know that the best way to predict the future is to create it. So, in the tradition of all the Wizards who have gone before me, my wizardly "Great Work" has been that of transforming and guiding the society in which I find myself into a new phase of social, cultural, and conceptual evolution. Virtually everything I have done in my life has been towards this end — including this Grimoire.
Lesson 3: Between the Worlds of Magick and Mundane
Wizards have also impressed with their intense belief in several levels of reality — that of the ordinary world, the extraordinary world of fairies, elves and other spirit entities, the hierarchy of the angels, and the realm of the higher being. Many Wizards have attempted to rise above Earthly concerns and focus on the spiritual worlds, forging links between the world of the living and that of the dead. Angels and the fairy folk are also believed to be the allies of various Wizards. Communication with beings from other dimensions has been taken seriously, and studied in depth.
— Anton & Mina Adams (The World of Wizards, p. 7)
One of the most basic understandings of Wizardry is that we live not just in a Universe, but in a Multiverse of many worlds. Now, a "world" is not merely the same thing as a planet (though planets are also referred to as worlds — especially those that may be inhabited). A world can be any realm or state of existence that we may inhabit or even imagine. We may speak geographically of the Old World (usually meaning Europe) or the New World (the Americas). Or we may divide societies into those of the Western World (Western Europe, North America, and Australia) or the Eastern World (Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Asia). Politically, nations today are seen as belonging to the Free World, the Communist World (which used to be much bigger, during the Cold War), or the Third World. We may even talk historically of the Ancient World, or the Modern World — or even the World of Tomorrow!
But there is also the World of Music, the World of Art, and the Wide World of Sports. There is the World of Science, the World of Computers, and the Animal World. There are literary worlds — such as the World of Middle-Earth, or the World of Harry Potter. And there are the Worlds of the Imagination, the Worlds of Myth, the Worlds of Dreams, the Worlds of Magick ... It is these worlds in particular that are frequented and inhabited by Wizards, Witches, magicians, and other magickal folk — as well as elves, dragons, unicorns, faeries, gods, and spirits. This Grimoire you are holding will be your guidebook to the Worlds of Magick.
The wonderful Harry Potter books of J.K. Rowling present a mythos (that is, a foundation story) that says: "Beyond the borders of the mundane ("Muggle," as she calls it) world, there is another world — a world full of magick, and magickal people. This is a world of very different rules and principles, where Imagination, Hope, Dreams, and Love have real power to change and transform." And the thing is — as everyone who reads these books secretly hopes and suspects — this is true! This is my world; and if you wish to make it so, it can be yours.
I used the word "mundane" just now, to distinguish the ordinary, everyday, so-called "normal" world from the World of Magick. We call that world "Mundania" — and the people who live only in that world and know no other, we sometimes call mundanes or mundys. These words are not intended to be taken as insults, nor should they be used in that way. It is only a way of acknowledging that there are, indeed, different worlds.
There is no single name for the World of Magick. It has been called many names by many peoples. Mostly, magickal folk just refer to specific places — such as a particular magickal gathering- place, sanctuary, retreat center, forest, mountain, canyon, stone circle, and so on. Such places are often said to be "between the worlds." Therefore, magickal folks — such as Wizards, Witches, and Shamans — are also known as "Walkers Between the Worlds." For we are at home in any world, and frequently travel between them in the pursuit of our Work and Mission.
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Our universe is embedded in an infinitely larger and more complex structure called the multiverse, which as a good approximation can be regarded as an ever-multiplying mass of parallel universes. Every time there is an event at the quantum level — a radioactive atom decaying, for example, or a particle of light impinging on your retina — the universe is supposed to "split" or differentiate into different universes.
— Roger Highfield (The Science of Harry Potter, pp. 18–19)
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3. Glossary: "Wizards and Witches and Mages — oh my!"
Now would probably be a good time to explain some of the different kinds of magickal folks. These terms can be confusing to the unfamiliar, so here is a brief little Glossary. (Also, one essential companion to this Grimoire must be a good dictionary!) An important thing to understand here is that these categories are not mutually exclusive, and any given individual may embody a number of them ... indeed, a capable Wizard may be known by most of these terms! The primary distinction between "Wizards" and "Sorcerers" is around the issue of service: Wizards desire above all else to be of service; Sorcerers desire above all else to be served. Wizards (like Gandalf) bend all their efforts and magick towards making the world a better place — for everyone, and for all future generations. Sorcerers (like Sauron and Saruman) bend all their efforts and magick towards the singular goal of ruling the world — conquering, subduing, controlling and even enslaving everyone else.
Obviously, these desires and goals are diametrically opposed. Fortunately for all of us, the very nature of these distinctions supports the ultimate good, as Wizards cooperate and work with others, while Sorcerers are in ultimate competition (especially with each other), cannot trust anyone, cannot be trusted by anyone, and in general do not play well with others. As Gandalf said to Saruman, "There is only one Lord of the Rings, and he does not share power!"
Wizard: This is from the Anglo-Saxon wysard: "wise one." A Wizard is a lore-master, especially of arcane (that is, lost or secret) knowledge (hence popular usage such as "computer wizard"). A Wizard is also a magickal practitioner; however, the word is rarely used today to describe a practitioner of Wicca (or Witchcraft) — or a member of any particular faith. Indeed, most (but not all) Wizards tend to be solitary, though they may belong to a Wizardly Council or Order. The most famous Wizard of history was Merlin. While the vast majority of Wizards throughout history have been men, there have been a few women Wizards as well — such as Mary the Jewess and Hypatia of Alexandria.
Vizier: This title comes from Arabic, meaning, "bearer of burdens," and was given to the chief minister and adviser under the King. The most famous Vizier of ancient Egypt was Imhotep (yes, the "Mummy"), who was the Vizier of Pharaoh Djoser, and the world's first known Wizard. The title often became synonymous with "Court Wizard," especially when a Vizier was also renowned for his Wizardry — such as Imhotep or Merlin.
MMage: This term is often used as a synonym for "Wizard," especially in a complimentary sense. A Mage may also be called a Magus, which means a master of the magickal arts. The ancient Magi (like the "Three Wise Men" in the Bible) were Zoroastrian Priests originating in Media and Persia (now Iran). The Persian word magu is the root of the word magic. This term became magos in Greek, and later magus in Latin; eventually coming to be used for wise and powerful magicians of any sort.
Sage: A Sage is an elderly person of sound judgment, who has achieved wisdom through reflection and experience. The term is used for a savant, an expert, a scholar, and a learned philosopher or teacher, such as Lao-Tzu or Socrates. Sagacity means wisdom, and wise counsel is called "sage advice." Although Sages are usually considered to be men, Saga was a common Latin term for a Sorceress in the Middle Ages, and some wise women today identify themselves as Sages.
Mystic: A Mystic (from Greek mystai, meaning someone who has been initiated into secret Mysteries) is a person whose profound spiritual or "otherworldly" experiences have given them a deep intuitive comprehension or vision of hidden truths and awareness. Such experiences are usually indescribable, and therefore beyond rational human understanding and explanation.
Druid: The Druids were the priest class, the highly trained, intellectual elite of the Celtic tribes. They included both men and women.
Bard: In ancient Celtic tradition, Bards were part of the Orders that were headed by the Druids. Bards were the poets, musicians, and singers of the epic songs and tales that conveyed the history and lore of the people. At a time when very little was written down, a Bard was expected to memorize enormous amounts of poetry, songs, and stories.
Magician: Simply, any practitioner of the magickal arts. There are performance Magicians who create seemingly "impossible" illusions and feats with sleight-of-hand ("prestidigitation") and special effects. And there are Ceremonial Magicians who create elaborate rituals designed to alter and transform the consciousness of themselves and others.
Alchemist:Alchemy was the forerunner of modern chemistry, blending Egyptian metallurgy was with Greek philosophy and Middle Eastern mysticism. The goals of Alchemists were the discovery of the "Philosopher's Stone" that would transform "base metals" into gold; and the "Elixir of Life" that would heal all ills and allow one to live forever.
Sorcerer/Sorceress:Sorcery implies some sort of supernatural power over people and their affairs. People who wield such magickal charm or influence are called Sorcerers (or Sorceresses in the case of women). This term has a generally negative connotation, implying evil or "black" magick. The most famous Sorceress of legend was Circe (SUR- see). In Homer's Odyssey, she turned Odysseus' men into pigs.
Enchantress/Enchanter: Unlike sorcery, enchantment has very positive connotations. Enchantresses are "bewitching," fascinating, charming, sexy women whose magick brings delight and pleasure to others. The word is often used as a compliment for particularly attractive and charismatic Witches and Gypsies. A man who embodies those characteristics may be known as an Enchanter, though this term is rarely used for men.(Continues…)
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Table of Contents
Foreword by Raymond Buckland,
Prologue: A Wizardly Soliloquy,
The Calling by Jesse Wolf Hardin,
COURSE ONE: WIZARDRY,
Class I: Concerning Wizards,
Class II: Becoming a Wizard,
Class III: Foundations of Magick,
Class IV: Magickal Arts,
Class V: Magickal Talents,
Class VI: Perchance to Dream,
Class VII: Patterns of Magick,
COURSE TWO: NATURE,
Class I: Natural Mysteries,
Class II: The Soul of Nature,
Class III: The Elements,
Class IV: Back to Nature,
Class V: Adventures in Nature,
Class VI: Your Magickal Garden,
COURSE THREE: PRACTICE,
Class I: Ethics of Magick,
Class II: Tools of Magick,
Class III: Your Wizardly Regalia,
Class IV: Your Sanctum Sanctorum,
Class V: The Magickal World,
Class VI: Correspondences,
Class VII: Signs & Symbols,
COURSE FOUR: RITES,
Class I: Practical Magick,
Class II: Ritual Spaces,
Class III: About Rituals,
Class IV: Conducting a Ritual,
Class V: Magickal Times,
Class VI: The Wheel of the Year,
Class VII: Spellcraft,
COURSE FIVE: SPECTRUM-Part 1,
Class I: Meditation (Aqua),
Class II: Healing (Blue),
Class III: Wortcunning (Green),
Class IV: Divination (Yellow),
Class V: Conjury (Orange),
Class VI: Alchemy (Red),
COURSE SIX: SPECTRUM — Part 2,
Class I: Beast Mastery (Brown),
Class II: Cosmology (Violet),
Class III: Mathemagicks (Clear),
Class IV: Ceremonial Magick (White),
Class V: Lore Mastery (Grey),
Class VI: The Dark Arts (Black),
COURSE SEVEN: LORE,
Class I: The Other Worlds,
Class II: Gods of All the Nations,
Class III: The Others,
Class IV: The Magickal Bestiary,
Class V: Wizards of History,
Class VI: Modern Wizards,
A. History of Magick Time-Line,
B. The Wizard's Library,
C. Credits & References,
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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
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.
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!
A good book, and very thorough on a verity of topics overall. A really interesting introduction to magic and paganism. This book took me some time to read it throughout considering how thick it is and how the pages are set up. It has a little bit of history which as a general whole seems accurate, it has good ideas and techniques of to practice, information on certain matters, and more.The book is set up to start with some bare bones basics and work its way up from there. Because of how the chapters are set-up they are very child and teen friendly at not being confusing or intermediating any readers. Sometimes though the book seems to wander a little to much toward the line between fact and fantasy. The Book seems to draw a little to much on popular books on wizardry at the time, and uses a few to many references to Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and other fictional works, however I don¿t think it detracts much from my view on this book.
TONS of information here. The book is informative and funny all at the same time. I haven't tried to read it cover to cover, but it is an excellent reference guide.
Good book definitely geared toward early teens so adults will probably find some of the stuff rather annoying but it is still definitely full of TONS of useful information that adults should still read. His history and science is impeccable there was only factual inaccuracy that I saw and a couple of spelling errors that were probably just typos or printing errors. My biggest problem was that his comments on Satanism were completely off base "Satanism is the darkest of the dark arts, and has nothing whatsoever to do with Wizardry or Witchcraft. Satanic 'ethics' are entirely self-serving and manipulative, and most Satanists will routinely lie about their intentions, actions, and objectives to gain control of others whom they consider as cattle. Do NOT trust such people!" 1 There are indeed satanic witches, just like there are Qabbalistic magicians its two sides of the same coin. We don't own the word witch. This particular inaccuracy reminded me of Silver Ravenwolf's list of what witches do or do not do. 2 Satanists in general either worship themselves as god (Laveyan Satanists/ Church of Satan) and view that as long as you don't hurt others do whatever the hell you like or they view that Satan is the good guy and Yahweh is the bad guy (Traditional/Theistic/Luciferian Satanists) (they site that no god that loved you and was good would take away pleasure). I therefore highly object to furthering any misinformation particularly that on a religion that is already misunderstood enough. Keeping that particular thing in mind I do highly recommend his book but as with any book question everything you are told even this.
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.
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!!
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'.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.