Over the last thousand years there have been several distinct streams of Western magical practice. Running parallel are the grimoires, which focus on preparation and complex procedures to produce effective communication and interaction with spiritual beings, and the Books of Secrets, full of simple techniques using easily available ingredients. Both of these traditions have influenced many of the more recent magical traditions and practices that have developed in recent centuries. However, until recently the importance of the early Book of Secrets tradition has been largely ignored. Here magician David Rankine explains the rich, magical history behind these books.
Until nearly the end of the Twentieth Century, most neuroscientists believed that once a human brain was formed in childhood, it would remain pretty much the same throughout its life. in the 1980s, however, scientists changed their minds about brain change. We now know that the brain not only can rewire itself very quickly, it can also grow new cells. What does this have to do with Magick? Philip H. Farber, author of Brain Magick: Exercises in Meta-Magick and Invocation, explains.
Llewellyn is the worldwide leader in publishing and distributing the widest range of occult and New Age information. Simply put, nobody produces more material for this community than Llewellyn. Llewellyn has continually strived to publish books for all levels of students, from the beginner to the advanced. To that end, Llewellyn is proud to distribute intermediate and advanced occult and magick books from the Golden Hoard Press, featuring exclusive illustrated, hardcover editions of important grimoires and rare esoteric texts. From Enochian Magick to Feng Shui, Donald Michael Kraig discusses the first Golden Hoard Books that represent the start of this powerful relationship.
Most magicians have a routine they follow prior to casting a spell: creating a ritual space, casting a circle, and consulting a Book of Shadows. From where do these practices come? David Rankine, co-author of The Veritable Key of Solomon, discusses how the Key of Solomon helped shape ritual as we know it today.