Review: Rediscover the Magick of the Gods and Goddesses: Revealing the Mysteries of Theurgy by Jean-Louis de Biasi
by Jean-Louis de Biasi
Publishers: Llewellyn Publications
Published: July 8th, 2014
The philosophical roots of much of Wicca and Paganism, as well as Western ceremonial magick, come from ancient Egypt. In this thoroughly researched book, the Grand Master of the Aurum Solis shares the history and evolution of the theurgic tradition--including the origins of Hermeticism in Egypt and the Mediterranean world, the birthplace of the theurgic tradition--and how-to instructions for discovering the presence of the divine in the world.
Providing a seven-step system of exercises and rituals to help the reader achieve higher levels of consciousness, Jean-Louis de Biasi also includes tips and techniques for working with sacred texts, information about the five temples of the human being, The Great Work, the three cosmic rituals, and the real planetary days. A valuable resource for those interested in the history and practices of the Western Mystery Tradition.
Thanks to Llewellyn and Netgalley for allowing me to read this early in exchange for an honest review.
I will admit that I'm still working through the last few chapters of this one, and have been reading it for about a month now. This is heavy reading and I would be taking even longer to read and absorb the information if I had time, but Netgalley only hosts galleys for a certain length of time.
I'll probably go back through and read this again. It has a lot of information, history, exercises and rituals. I haven't tried any of the rituals, but rather decided to read through the first time and get a feel for everything and then if I'm ready go back and do the rituals. This isn't a simple spell/ritual book that you can do on the fly. It has serious undertones, so as long as you're serious about High Magick then you'll be fine. The author writes in a way that makes everything easier to understand, although it's still mind boggling to me because this is my first book about High Magick and it's structure is vastly different from the Magick that I practice normally.
I feel as if I should say more on this book, but in reality that's the best I can sum it up. This reads more like a textbook for Theurgy, which isn't a bad thing, it's just heavy reading material that will take time to process. If you're looking for a program to get into High Magick then this is it. Excellent read.