Book of Spells

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Wordsworth Editions, 1995 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 587 pages
First published in 1911 as "The Book of Ceremonial Magic," Arthur Edward Waite's classic work explains the rites, mysteries and secret traditions of Witchcraft, Sorcery and 'Infernal Necromancy', and also explores Theurgy, the White Magic which invokes beneficent spirits. Presented in two parts, the first 'contains an analytical and critical account of the chief magical rituals known to the writer'; the second 'forms a complete Grimoire of Black magic'.

With illustrations and diagrams throughout, the author's mission, 'to permit the rituals of White and Black Magic to speak for themselves', is brilliantly accomplished in this extraordinary text.

 

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Contents

CHAPTER I
139
ConCERNING THE ExtERNAL PREPARAtion of The OPERATOR
147
i
184
CHAPTER IV
195
ConceRNING THE RITE of Conjuration FRoM THE LEME
220
CHAPTER V
236
THE MYSTERIES OF INFERNAL EVOCATION ACCORD
243
1
254
ConceRNING VENEREAL ExPERIMENTs
299
ConceRNING THE ExPERIMENT of Invisibility
306
ConceRNING THE Vision of SPIRITs IN THE
313
ConcerNING THE THREE RINGs
321
CONCERNING THE MYSTERY OF THE SANCTUM REG
322
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About the author (1995)

Arthur Edward Waite was born on October 2, 1857 in Brooklyn, New York. He was a poet and scholarly mystic who wrote extensively on occult and esoteric matters, and was the co-creator of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck. Waite joined the Outer Order of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in January 1891 after being introduced by E.W. Berridge. In 1899 he entered the Second order of the Golden Dawn. He became a Freemason in 1901, and entered the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia in 1902. In 1903 Waite founded the Independent and Rectified Order R. R. et A. C. Waite was a prolific author and many of his works were well received in academic circles. He wrote occult texts on subjects including divination, esotericism, Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, and ceremonial magic, Kabbalism and alchemy; he also translated and reissued several important mystical and alchemical works. His works on the Holy Grail, influenced by his friendship with Arthur Machen, were particularly notable. A number of his volumes remain in print, including The Book of Ceremonial Magic (1911), The Holy Kabbalah (1929), A New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry (1921), and his edited translation of Eliphas Levi's 1896 Transcendental Magic, its Doctrine and Ritual (1910), having seen reprints in recent years. Waite also wrote two allegorical fantasy novels, Prince Starbeam (1889) and The Quest of the Golden Stairs (1893).

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