The Magus, a Complete System of Occult Philosophy (Google eBook)

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Cosimo, Inc., Jun 1, 2009 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 430 pages
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Its author is as mysterious as its subject matter. The one appearance of English occultist FRANCIS BARRETT (b. circa 1770) upon the literary scene is this mammoth 1801 work, a complete study of ritual magic, in practice and in its theoretical underpinnings. Drawing on numerous works of the arcane and the occult, this one-of-a-kind book ignited a fervor for magic, in all its forms, in the Europe in the early 19th century, and may have even influenced Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Church. Subtitling his tome Celestial Intelligencer, Barrett promises here to present a "complete system of occult philosophy," containing the "ancient and modern practice of the Cabalistic art," and showing "the wondering effects that may be performed by a Knowledge of the celestial influences, the occult properties of metals, herbs, and stones." Alchemy, talismanic magic, magnetism, ceremonial magic, the conjuration of spirits... Barrett reveals the secrets of all these disciplines, and more. Featuring all the original charts, diagrams, and illustrations, and including Barrett's biographies of famous occultists from Agrippa to Zoroaster, this is a fascinating work of occult and cultural history.
  

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Stunning and profound, this book is not easy to read, due to its literature written in old English and its section on Cabalistic art in Hebrew, but do not let that steer you away from having a read. I recommend this book to anyone who is searching for a higher understanding of our placement in the occult. It contains valuable spiritual knowledge, such as prayers, and a revelation of the degrees and characteristic nature of demons. I found this to be a great aide in understanding the book of Revelations from the bible. A great reference tool for any astrologist, religious studies, and those of you who are into wikka. A marvellous, expansive piece of work, that can only add value to anyones knowledge. 

Contents

BOOK I
1
That some artificial Things Chap XLIV Images of the Twentyeight
16
Chap IX Of the Mixtures of Natural Things
41
Natural Magic defined of Mans his The Secret of the Philosophers Stone
51
Of Amulets Charms and Enchant The comparison of Alchymists
57
XII XIII and XIV teaching the and Efficacy of Numbers in the Construction
102
Of the Four Elements and their sle
108
Of the Properties and wonderful Na Chap XX Of the Number Five and the Scale
114
Four Plates Tables of the Cabala to front
64
The Cabala to front 66
66
of the threefold Kinds of them and their dif
73
Characters of Good and Evil Spirits to front 78
78
The Annoyance of Evil Spiri s Of Magic Pentacles the Manner of constructing
81
How the Cabalisls draw forth the Lamps Wax c
88
Another Way of making Charac Of the Methods of raising Evil Spirits or
99
The Magic Book c to front the Title of Book II Part III
105

Chap V That the Elements are in Stars Scale
136
Of the Composition of Perfumes at are set oyer them
142
The Three other Plates of Magic Tables beginning at that of the Sun Mercury
144
Geomantic Characters to front
158
Magic Seals or Talismans to front
174
Of the Images of Jupiter 160 Chap XLVI The Conclusion of Talismanic
177
PART I
3
Chap X Of the Magical Virtue of the Soul
9
Of the Weapon Salve iz Chap I Of the Cabala c 33
34
The Cabala Holy Sigils of the Names of God to front 41
41
Ophis and Spirit of Antichrist to front 46
46
Of the magical Virtue of Rings 94 Chap XXX When the Planets are most power
49
Of Witchcraft in particular 18 Chap IV Of Divine Emanations and
59
Of Antipathies 35 History of Butlers Universal Medicine
63
A Table of the Magical Names of the Hours
107
A Prayer to be said in the Four Parts of
113
The Conjuration c of Tuesday 119
119
The Conjuration c of Friday 125
125
Translation of Trithemius the Translators
131
Zoroaster the Son of Oramasus 144
141
Hermes surnamed Trismegistus 150
150
How a Mans Mind may be joined Chap XXXII Of the Sun and Moon
153
Apuleius the Plator ic 158
158
Artimedorus of Ephesus 166
166
Albertus Magnus 1
181
John and Isaac Holland
188
John Rudolph Glauber
194
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About the author (2009)

Little is known of Francis Barrett's life and magical interests, although he is reputed to have been connected with Edward Bulwer-Lytton, himself an initiate and occultist. As an explorer of the physical sciences, he made several unsuccessful attempts at balloon flight. His one lasting work, The Magus, will keep his name alive and associated with the history of magic for as long as books on the subject are published with bibliographies.

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