I’ve been receiving lots of wonderful feedback on the new edition of Modern Magick. I’m grateful for all feedback.
I’d like to mention one review that appeared in one of my favorite e-zines, “Hermetic Virtues.” It appears in their latest issue (Volume 4 #4) along with articles on Westcott’s previously unpublished versions of the Enochian Tablets by Sandra Tabatha Cicero, an article by Nick Farrell called “There is No Part of Me Which is Not Part of the Gods,” as well as several other articles. I highly recommend all the issues of this informative and beautiful journal. Informed occultists might order back issues and get a subscription for future issues.
In his review of Modern Magick, Samuel Scarborough writes:
When I started getting into Ceremonial Magic in the early 1990’s there were very few “good” books on ceremonial magic to be found. I started working with some of the basics like Regardie’s The Golden Dawn, Agrippa’s Three Books of Occult Philosophy, and Barrett’s The Magus, among others, but I seemed to be missing pieces of the puzzle I was trying to learn. Things like the Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram I grasped and practiced daily, but my ritual work progressed slowly beyond that, and then I stumbled upon a copy of Modern Magick: Eleven Lessons in the High Magickal Arts by Donald Michael Kraig. To say that things took a dramatic turn after reading and working through that book would be an understatement.
Over the years I have heard many similar stories to my own fledgling journey into magic…
And he concludes:
The earlier editions of Modern Magick have been a great influence on a whole generation of magicians seeking instruction in the arts of high magic. This new edition will be an influence on another generation of students seeking to learn ceremonial magic! Modern Magick: Twelve Lessons in the High Magickal Arts will take its place amongst the luminaries of ceremonial magic like Agrippa’s Three Books of Occult Philosophy or even The Greater Key of Solomon. Here is a book that every student, regardless of whether they are just starting out or have been practicing for 20 years, should have, read, study, and work with as they are sure to learn something about the Art and Science of Magic as well as themselves as they work through the lessons and material as presented by a master teacher.
Well…uh…golly gee! I thank Mr. Scarborough very much for his very generous and extremely kind words. I just hope that people will find my book useful on their spiritual and magickal paths. I am very honored to add that the first printing is about 85% sold and, I hope, it will be going into a second printing soon. This edition came out during the darkest time of the economic recession, and I am deeply grateful to all those who decided that it was worth it. I certainly believe it is.
One of my goals for this year is to finish another book on a somewhat surprisingly different topic (although I have hinted about it to many people). I’ll be talking about it more in the coming months. I hope Llewellyn will consider publishing it, although it seems to cross between two areas, Eastern and Western traditions. Again, thanks to everyone for their support.