The Tree of Life: An Illustrated Study in Magic

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Llewellyn Worldwide, 2000 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 513 pages
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Israel Regardie wrote The Tree of Life, a book many consider his magnum opus, in 1932. It has continued to sell for decades. And no wonder. Up until the time this book was published, very little information about true high magic was available to the public.

In this book, Regardie reveals the secrets of real magic. He begins with an explanation of what magic is and, just as importantly, what magic is not. He explains that it is a spiritual study and practice which, along with forms of yoga, forms the two branches of the tree that is mysticism. Magic is not being a medium or a psychic. Then he explains the tools of the magician, what they mean, and how to use them. He explains the techniques of evocation and invocation, skrying, and astral travel. He shows how the Qabalah unites everything. He even gives a description of the secrets of sexual magick. All of this is in a clear, lucid writing style. This book is simply a must for anyone who is, or aspires to be, a real magician.

Although Chic and Sandra Tabatha Cicero were friends of Regardie and are Senior Adepts of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, what changes could they have made to this classic book? Well, they did change the spelling from British style to American. And they did change his transliterations of Hebrew into the more popular style he used in his later books. But nothing vital was changed or removed. Everything else they added was complementary to the text that was there. And what incredible additions they are! Extensive annotations throughout every chapter; over 100 illustrations; more descriptive contents pages; a glossary, a bibliography and an index. They've even added a biographical note on Regardie and the importance of this book to him and to the occult world.

This book contains some of the finest occult writing that has ever been produced. And with the new material by the Ciceros, it becomes a must-have for any magician!


 

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Contents

Mysticism Magic and Yoga
3
Negligence to Enter into Communion with Reality
4
A Possible Cause of this Disruption
7
The Real Nature of Genius
8
Its Root is a Spiritual Experience
11
Magic as the Key to Creativity
14
Definitions of Both Systems
17
Theurgists are the Light of the World
19
Employment in Formation of Body of Light
222
Educating the Subtle Body
223
Ritual and Assistance
224
Visions
225
How to Check Them Scientifically
227
Precautionary Measures
229
Egyptian Plans of the Astral
230
The Magical Pylons
231

Eliphas Levi and the Heavenly Man
22
In Defense of the Magical Art
27
Man is a Child of the Gods and to Them Must He Aspire for Union
29
Has No Relation to Witchcraft
31
Bases of the Magical Philosophy
32
The Tree of Life of the Qabalists
35
The Qabalah
39
Relation of Egyptian Magic and the Qabalah
41
The Nature of Number and the Significance of Symbols
43
Outline of Magical Theory of the Universe
45
Tetragrammaton and the Four Worlds
49
Levis Magical Dogma
60
Spiritual Hierarchies in Space
61
Theurgy as a Conceived by Iamblichus
65
The Astral Light
71
How it is Conceived by Modern Science
72
The Spacetime Continuum
74
Two Aspects are Observed in that Light
77
The Moon and Mana
81
Amentet and the Tuat
82
The Use of the Divine Astral and how the World may be Transformed
87
Man the Microcosm
93
In What Way the Magicians Conceive of the Magical Hierarchies and the Human Constitution
95
A Minutum Mundum
96
The Mystical Sacrifice of the Ego
102
The Ascent of the Ladder of Jacob to the Summit in God
110
The Gods
115
Divine is Comprehended under Many Hypostases and Guises
116
The Implication of the Animal Masks
140
Theory and Practice
145
Magical Correspondences Tools and Techniques
147
How This Has Been Misunderstood
148
Magic is a Mnemonic Process
150
Signs and Sigils
151
Perfumes
153
True Meaning of Magical Circle
157
Names of God
159
Circle Restrains Hostile Influences
160
The Altar and the Lamp
162
Wand
163
Wand Symbolizes Will its Preparation and Consecration
164
Imagination and its Essential Formative Nature
167
Fawcetts Hypothesis
170
Loyolas Spiritual Exercises
172
How to Develop the Imagination for Magical Work
173
The Tattvas of the Hindus
174
The Training of the Will
179
A Magical Method of Increasing this Power
180
A Threefold Vow
181
Pranaynma an Excellent Adjuvant
189
Objections to WillDevelopment
190
What Causes Success in the Operations of Ceremonial?
191
Instance of Gross Failure
193
Reason Provided by Barrett
194
The Vibration of Godnames and Words of Power
201
Vibration of Godnames is Associated with Evocation of Magical Forces States Blavatsky
202
How to Pronounce the Magical Names?
205
Barbarous Names of Evocation
207
Examples of South American Egyptian and Enochian Words
208
Mode of Qabalistic Analysis
211
Technical Employment of the Barbarous Words
212
Dancing and Music
213
Necessity and Effect of Circumambulation
217
Skrying and Astral Projection
221
How Death is Conquered and Immortality While in the Body Assured
238
Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram
239
Will and Imagination to Form the Star of Fire
241
The DogGuardian
247
The Assumption of Godforms
253
How this Technique Proceeds
255
Egyptian Deities
257
Masperos Triumphant Address
258
Invocation of Ra the SunGod
259
Iamblichus
260
The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage
263
The Holy Guardians Angel
265
Genius and the Angels Mode of Manifestation
266
The Book of Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage
267
Full Directions in this Ancient Technique
269
The Steps Necessary
270
The Vision and the Perfume
276
The Invocation of the Holy Guardian Angel
279
Grimoires and Magical Evocation
291
A Rationale of the Rites of Ceremonial Evocation Introduction to Bride before the Mystical Marriage
293
The Building of the Pyramids
295
Its Correlation with Modern Psychological Research
296
The Magical Systemn of the Key of Solomon the King
299
Uniting the Egyptian Method in Practice with the Qabalistic One
301
The Goetia
308
The Book of the Angel Ratziel
314
Why Amateur Visions go Wrong
317
The Tracing of Parallels between Yoga and Magic
318
How Essentially They are Identical
324
Initiation and Group Ritual
329
Fundamentals of this Branch of Magical Ceremony
330
Commemoration
333
Third Degree of Masonic Fraternity
334
Fragments of Initiating Ritual in Egyptian Book of the Dead
337
Milarepa and Marpa
339
A Splendid Ritual in the Bacchae of Euripides
340
Necessity for Personal Work
341
An Ibis and the Uraeus Serpent
343
Theurgy Versus Spiritualism and Black Magic
349
Magical Theories Concerning Death
350
What Happens when Body Dies
351
Qliphotic Obsession
352
Why Mediums Resort to Fraud
353
How a Sincere Medium May Utilize the Magical Technique
355
What is Black Magic
356
Necromancy and Vanity
360
How to Employ Pentagram and Rosecross Symbols
361
Angelic Guardians of the Pylons
363
The Eucharist
364
Porphyry on Rising on the Planes
365
The Road to Ain Soph
366
Alchemy and the Mass of the Holy Ghost
369
A Secret Method of Working
370
Tetragrammaton and Alchemical Symbolism
371
The Elixir of Life and Talismanic Consecration
374
Prayers Hymns and Invocations
381
Several Examples of Each Type of Invocation from Egyptian Qabalistic Rosicrucian Gnostic Greek Enochian and Poetic Sources
382
Books Recommended for Study
421
Sources For Illustrations
423
Glossary
433
Bibliography
487
Index
495
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About the author (2000)

Francis I. Regardie, born in London, England, November 17, 1907; died in Sedona, Arizona, March 10, 1985.  Came to the United States in August 1921, educated in Washington D.C. and studied art in school in Washington and Philadelphia.  Returned to Europe in 1928 at the invitation of Aleister Crowley to work as his secretary and study with him.  Returned to London as secretary to Thomas Burke 1932-34, and during that time wrote A Garden of Pomegranatesand The Tree of Life.

In 1934 he was invited to join the Order of the Golden Dawn, Stella Matutina Temple, during which time he wrote The Middle Pillarand The Art of True Healing, and did the basic work for The Philosopher's Stone.

Returning to the United States in 1937 he entered Chiropractic College in New York, Graduating in 1941, and published The Golden Dawn.  Served in the U.S. Army 1942-1945, and then moved to Los Angeles where he opened a chiropractic practice and taught psychiatry.  Upon retirement in 1981, he moved to Sedona.

During his lifetime, he studied psychoanalysis with Dr. E. Clegg and Dr. J. L. Bendit, and later studied psychotherapy under Dr. Nandor Fodor.  His training encompassed Freudian, Jungian and Reichian methods.

Both Chic and Tabatha are Chief Adepts of the Golden Dawn as re-established by Israel Regardie. The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, of which Chic is the G.H. Imperator, and Tabatha is the G.H. Cancellaria, is an international Order with Temples in several countries. The Ciceros have written numerous books on the Golden Dawn, Tarot, and Magic, including Self-Initiation into the Golden Dawn Tradition, The Essential Golden Dawn, Tarot Talismans, and updates, annotations and introductions to classic Israel Regardie texts such as The Philosopher's Stone, The Middle Pillar and A Garden of Pomegranates.

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Both Chic and Tabatha are Chief Adepts of the Golden Dawn as re-established by Israel Regardie. The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, of which Chic is the G.H. Imperator, and Tabatha is the G.H. Cancellaria, is an international Order with Temples in several countries. The Ciceros have written numerous books on the Golden Dawn, Tarot, and Magic, including Self-Initiation into the Golden Dawn Tradition, The Essential Golden Dawn, Tarot Talismans, and updates, annotations and introductions to classic Israel Regardie texts such as The Philosopher's Stone, The Middle Pillar and A Garden of Pomegranates.

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