Circles of Power: Ritual Magic in the Western Tradition

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Llewellyn Worldwide, 1997 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 362 pages
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Circles of Power by John Michael Greer clears away the outdated clutter that often obscures the power and beauty of Golden Dawn methodology. Using this accessible book, you will be able to feel for yourself the difference those techniques can make in your life.

Circles of Power takes the Golden Dawn system and, for the first time, removes the links to the lodges. This makes powerful Golden Dawn methods available for anyone. You will learn the nature of ritual magic and the tools used in this philosophy, science, and spiritual path. Then you will learn practical, usable techniques of magic which can be done by anyone, adept or novice, with very powerful results. Included are the secrets of:

- Invoking and banishing
- Middle Pillar exercises
- Consecrating and working with the magical tools
- Making and using talismans
- Invisibility and transformation
- Spiritual development
- The formula of the Equinox

Circles of Power is written in a lucid and entertaining style, revealing previously unknown aspects of the magical rites of the Golden Dawn. You will have a chance to explore dozens of new rituals that have been developed from fragments and core documents of the greatest magical order in the history of the modern Western world.

Circles of Power actually revitalizes Western ceremonial magic by removing the unnecessary rhetoric and obscure jargon. Everything is plainly and simply explained, and all the information you need to begin working within this magical system is presented in a clear and concise manner.

Reading Circles of Power is the next best thing to actually joining a Hermetic lodge. Get your copy today.


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With many books I've read, I'm left with a sense of "what have I gained from this." But, John Michael Greer is a name I will never forget. I can seriously and honestly say: "I am now a different person!" A changed person to whom I was before indulging into this superb, quality written book!
The book is written in a simple manor, packed with quality content compressed adequately.
The first chapters explain the inner working of existence - known to man - and magic.
As you progress, he simplifies the use of magic via the GD system.
The only 'slight,' and I reiterate 'slight' downer is, the tendency of being a little less informative at times, mostly within the rituals outlined.
While Modern Magick is a more refined - easier to understand - step by step instructional book - which is a plus - this book is a more condensed version. The gaps Modern Magick leave, Circles of Power fills! (I advise to read MM first then COP after, but you must read COP.)
We need a 'Circles of Power 2.'
The best book I've read in ages.


The Magical Macrocosm
The Magical Microcosm
The Tools of Ritual Magic
The Practice of Ritual Magic
Cabalistic Cross
Pentagram Greater Ritual of the
Hexagram Lesser Ritual of the
Working Tools
Magical Mirror Ceremony for Consecration of the
Middle Pillar Exercise Greater 168
Invisibility and Transformation
Transformation into Animal Form Ceremony for
Spiritual Development

Hexangle Ritual of the
The Middle Pillar Exercises
Revolutions of the Breath
Opening and Closing
Holy Water Consecration Ritual for 130
Second Degree Ritual of Opening and Closing
Vibration of Adonai haAretz Ceremony of
Vibratorv Formula of the Middle Pillar 166
The Formula of the Equinox
Cabalistic Symbolism

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About the author (1997)

John Michael Greer (Western Maryland) has been a student of occult traditions and the unexplained for more than thirty years. A Freemason, a student of geomancy and sacred geometry, and a widely read blogger, he is also the author of numerous books, including Monsters , The New Encyclopedia of the Occult and Secrets of the Lost Symbol , and currently serves as the Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA), a contemporary school of Druid nature spirituality. Greer has contributed articles to Renaissance Magazine , Golden Dawn Journal , Mezlim , New Moon Rising , Gnosis, and Alexandria .nbsp;

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