Tags: witch, spell, ritual, sabbat, esbat, worship, magic, rituals, initiation, spells, spellcraft, spellwork, magick Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD. Or consider Harry Potter and his friends at Hogwarts, relying heavily on their wands, brooms, and invisibility cloaks. Movies and novels are filled with magickal rings, swords, staffs, talismans, amulets, wands, goblets, hats, and all manner of knickknacks. But an entire branch of magick uses no material tools, costumes, or physical props at all. In the first edition of True Magick, this was covered briefly under the name hermetic magick. Alas, that name means somewhat different things in different traditions and was not the best word to use in a general book on magick.
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Amber K , book , book review , True Magick , writing I rarely write book reviews. However, once in a while, I come across a book that deserves my attention and gratitude. True Magick is seriously about the practice of real life magic. It is a book that can convince even the non-believers of magic to reconsider their position. How does Amber K achieve this seemingly impossible task? It is the structure, content and extraordinary level of knowledge, delivered in a very well-written prose, that allow her to put the magic k into the magick.
Very few books, even amongst academic texts, nowadays possess a kind of structure that allows the reader to be clearly and gradually led into a topic.
Amber K seems to be a master of it. First, she clearly defines magick, explaining what is magick, what is not magick and what purpose magick serves. She offers a historical lesson and properly connects magick with the disciplines of science and religion. Soon, both the possibilities and ethical boundaries become very clear to the reader.
Then, Amber K describes the types of magick a person can practice and takes the reader step by step through the safe, practical and ethical application of it. Hence, the book is so well-structured that there are no questions or puzzles left either in any area Amber K deals with, as she moves from one section to the next, or at the conclusion of the book.
The structure also supports the clearly presented content. Amber K definitely wins that challenge. The language and the material are at a level that supports the understanding of the general public but still allows for complex material to be presented even about quantum physics, humanistic psychology and metaphysics.
It is a remarkable achievement that, even in the academic world of teaching books, very few professors can ever master. The proper balance between the overly technical presentation at the risk of losing the audience and the oversimplification of a topic for the sake of understanding is usually a losing battle. It is remarkable that Amber K manages—shall we say magically? In this book, she also does something that she neglects to do in her other books.
She actually shows how much knowledge she has, not just about magick, but also about other topics. It is stunning to see her high level of knowledge in the area of epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, mythologies, eastern philosophies, quantum physics, chemistry, alchemy, humanistic psychology, astronomy, astrology, religion and, of course, paganism in general.
The author is so well-educated and learned that this level of knowledge is usually seen in older professors whose job is to spend their lives reading books! It would be wonderful if she could let her readers know about her hidden knowledge in areas other than in paganism in all her books! Critics of True Magick often point out that even though she is trying to write a book about magick in general, she often falls into the trap of offering the Wiccan interpretation of the subject material.
It may be true that she falls back on her tradition when she is giving advice on the practical application of magick. However, this criticism is too harsh. Magick is not without tradition. Simply, magick does not exist in a vacuum. It is not possible to present both a theoretical and a practical application of magick without situating it into one or another tradition. Trying to present the subject of magick without any tradition is like trying to talk about angels without any religion or trying to offer a particular quantum explanation of reality without any school of physics behind it.
It just cannot be done! In fact, thinking about the impossibility of presenting without a tradition, Amber K actually does a great job keeping the topic general with her background in paganism as a Wiccan priestess. There is just one shortcoming of this book. Amber K presents five types of magick: nature magick, intrinsic magick, ceremonial magick, hermetic magick and kitchen witch magick.
She works out the first three types of magick in details, covering them in individual chapters. Unfortunately, for an unknown reason, she refuses to work out the details of hermetic magick and kitchen witch magick.
Thus, the philosophically inspired people, like me, and potential everyday kitchen magicians never learn about the source that makes them happy to get up in the morning!
Despite this small shortcoming, True Magick is truly magic k al. It is the most remarkable book anyone can read about real life magick. It is also one of the most well-designed, well-created and well-written books a person can have on the book shelf.
University professors can truly be envious of this masterpiece!
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And the few and far between good points in this book which are more like common helpful nuggets of advice. However, that does not mean this book is worth even picking up or reading at this point. It seems a little in poor taste to misquote someone who has been diagnosed with some level of disability while simultaneously dismissing them as being capable of working magick - let alone good magick. They may work magick, but they will certainly not be working the best magick of which they are capable.
Book Review: True Magick by Amber K
Family[ edit ] Amber spent most her childhood growing up in Chicago. Her father was a Roman Catholic and her mother Episcopalian , and she attended each on alternate Sundays. The Pagan Way was formed in the early s in response to the high demand of people wishing to join established covens, and in this they provided an alternative to the intensive screening programs and year-and-a-day probationary periods required by traditional covens. After joining and advancing through four of their five degrees, in Amber moved to Wisconsin with her then-partner Catelaine and was later ordained a Wiccan High Priestess in a separate ritual. The coven thrived for a while in Wisconsin but is now located in Los Alamos, New Mexico , where it is incorporated as a church.
True Magick, Beginner’s Guide by Amber K
Selling more than , copies, "True Magick" has truly struck a chord with Witches, Pagans and magicians around the world. Presented here for the first time is the revised and expanded anniversary edition of "True Magick". It features the same delightful introduction to the history and lore of magick, in addition to several varieties of magick, ranging from shamanism and Norse Magick to Voudun and Qabala. Amber K explains the basics, such as how to find or create ritual tools, establish a PDF temple, plan a ritual and cast spells safely and ethically.
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