The Magician's Companion: A Practical & Encyclopedic Guide to Magical & Religious Symbolism

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Llewellyn Worldwide, 1993 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 577 pages
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The Magician's Companion by Bill Whitcomb is the most complete collection of practical information on magical systems from around the world you can add to your magical techniques.

It begins with a complete introduction to magic, from definitions to a program of study so you can use the many systems described in the book. There are 91 systems described, including:

·The four worlds of the Hopi
·The Hindu Tattwas
·The Chinese Five Elements
·The Chakras
·The eight Chinese trigrams
·The Qabalistic Tree of Life
·Astrology
·The meridians of acupuncture
·Geomantic symbols
·The druid tree alphabet
·The Enochian system
·The Runes
·The color scales
·The hexagrams of the I Ching
·The 72 names of God

There is so much more in this book. You'll also learn the techniques of working with:

·Alchemy
·Magical Alphabets
·Deities from numerous pantheons
·Telesmatic images
·Magic squares and sigils
·Attributions for gems and minerals

This just scratches the surface of what has been acclaimed as one of the greatest research tools ever for magicians of all type.

The magical knowledge of our ancestors comprises an intricate and elegant technology of the mind and imagination. The Magician's Companion makes the ancient systems accessible, understandable, and useful to modern magicians by categorizing and cross-referencing the major magical symbol systems. In fact, as a cross-reference, it is simply beyond compare.

The Magician's Companion is the single source with the most complete information on Eastern and Western magical systems ever published. Students of mysticism, mythology, symbolic art, literature, and even cryptography will find The Magician's Companion of infinite value. This book is a must.
 

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I was very interested to see that the dedication on page 6 was inverted in the online book preview. I am also curious as to the interpretation of the ciphers and inherent mistake(s). Is the mistake merely accidental or is there some deeper meaning behind placing a secondary symbol for "u" in the word "without" (as the dedication is written in coded english) in order to provide some clue as to the strange spelling of the third last word "buk"? What is the buk if not a pun on book? Also I can't find any reference for the last word, the one we (by we I mean those who are able to translate the relatively simple code) are meant to remember. Does anyone know what "Shabash" means or represents? I must admit that I can only guess as to the author of the dedication's name by elimination of the only letters that aren't used in the code. I like to think that Zelos or Xelos wrote it rather than Qelos or perhaps more appropriately Jelos Velos. A great brainteaser for those who like to exercise their minds and I especially like the otherworldy authority it infers. Mystery it seems is alive and well for those who can be bothered to read into things that may have no seemingly practical purpose other than entertainment and its refreshing to find that apparently magicians have a sense of humour albeit hard to extract without some degree of partisan effort. As for the rest of the dense material I fear it most likely to scare off any but the most dedicated of researchers and or adepts.  

Contents

Magic and Science
3
The Assumptions of the Magical World View
11
How to Use This Book
19
Suggestive Works
53
Use of Hallucinogens
55
Model 1The One
61
Model 3Trinities
69
Model 5
81
Model 22
209
Model 24The Runes
229
Model 28
237
Magical Alphabets
361
Deities
399
Telesmatic Images
421
Literal Qabalah
429
Talismans
449

Model 6The Realms of Existence of Tibetan Buddhism
97
Model 8
137
Model 9The Nine Taoist Psychic Centers
151
Model 12The Signs of the Zodiac
169
Model 14The Chinese Acupuncture Meridians
179
Model 20The Druidic Tree Alphabet
191
Model 21EnochianThe Secret Language of the Angels
197
Frequently Encountered Magical Herbs and Plants
467
Incenses and Perfumes
473
A DICTIONARY OF ESOTERIC TERMINOLOGY
483
ContactsGroups Periodicals and Publishers
557
A Bibliography of Principal Sources
571
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About the author (1993)

Bill Whitcomb is in his early 40s and has been fascinated by magic, symbols, and language since childhood.  He is active in exploring the limits of consciousness and human potential and has plans for several more books in these areas.  He also writes fiction and is an enthusiast of surrealism and fantastic literature.  Bill presently resides in Oregon where he works as a technical writer.

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