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Getting started in Magick

To: alt.magick
Subject: Re: Getting started in Magick
Date: 14 May 1997 13:01:39 GMT

In article <>, (MMKoRnNIN1) writes:
>I recently got interested in magick...I dont know exactly how to go about
>"getting started"..Anyone with adivice please E-mail me...Thanks so much!

I always recommend to beginners:
1.) Magick Without Tears  - Crowley
2.) Magick in Theory and Practice  - Crowley
3.) ...and most important of all....  8 Lectures on Yoga  - Crowley

Beginner books written since then are mainly derivative of Crowley.  They
generally lack sufficient mention/explanation of Thelemic ideas such as
DWTW.  Exploring Thelema is IMO very good for a beginner because it helps
to vaccinate against being influenced by Orders and grand poo-bas.
Also, it starts the process of exploring/finding your inner-self.

Item #3 has an excellent set of exercises that help you to master the
basic mental/psychological techniques necessary to doing magick.  I did
them regularly for a year or so and still find myself going back to this
book time and time again.

After you are done with these, buy Donald Michael Kraig's book
_Modern Magick_ (something like that) and start doing the rituals in
there or start doing your own.  (I did my own exclusively for 6 years
before learning a few of the commonly used rituals, for the purpose of
doing groupwork.)

Now you're read to  start with the Qabalah, in this order:
  o  _The Mystical Qabalah_      Dion Fortune
  o  _A Garden of Pomegranates_  Israel Regardie
  o  _Qabalistic Symbolism_      Gareth Knight
  o  _Meditation and Kaballah_   Areyeh Kaplan

- Peggy -

- Peggy -

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