The tools of magick—wands, chalices, robes, altars, pentacles and more—can be daunting to an aspiring magician. If you read some books such as those involved with Solomonic magick or Enochian magick, these are just the beginning tools. If all you want to do is perform a few spells or begin to move along on your magickal path, that's a lot of stuff to find or make. Some of the things that are required for more advanced, specialized, or group work can be expensive (banners, triangles of the art, rings) and rare (a lion-skin belt).
When I started with magick I was eager to obtain all of the appropriate tools. I sewed my own robe. I built an altar. I bought an expensive dagger to be my
More than 40 years ago, a book came out called The Complete Magick Curriculum of the Secret Order G.'. B.'. G.'. by someone named Louis T. Culling. I purchased my copy from Gilbert's, a bookstore just east of Vine on Hollywood Blvd. Israel Regardie used to hang out there near the occult books and listen to the silly things some people would say. (The store closed several years ago.) And when I saw the book I have to say I was surprised. This "complete" book was under 130 pages and included some very large photos. Regardie's book, The Golden Dawn, was five times the size of this book. How could Culling's book be "complete?"
My suspicions were correct. That slim book had what, to me,