Instant Magick: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Spellcraft by Christopher Penczak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Frankly I am getting tired of Wicca 101 books. Fortunately this book book is not one of them. I would never have bothered reading this book had it not been for the public recommendation of author, Donald Michael Kraig. You can check out what he has to say about in his blog ( http://www.llewellyn.com/blog/2012/05... )
This book takes magic back to where it really happens, in the mind. The result are in the real world. My first book on magic was I read was called "Creative Visualization" by Shakti Gawain and believe me there were no tool like wands or dagger. Just proper visualization of the desired goal. This book, Instant Magick, gives the magic worker the ability to perform a mental ritual on the spot when tools and what not might not be available. If you are like me tools make something that should be simple more complicated.
To do magic you need altered consciousness, raised energy and then you got to direct that energy somewhere. The first part of the book gives the reader an exercise that alters their consciousness that is real easy and quick. Then the author gives forward an exercise that develops intent and will. In all the book has 19 exercises. After giving three exercises the author discusses the the different paradigms that you can align your magic with. Pick one as you got quite a few. You elemental magic, planetary magic, chakras etc. After explaining the different paradigms the author gives the readers different exercises that help draw the desired energy from the desired paradigm into the practioner's to get them aligned.
Chapters 4 and five deal with spells directly. Chapter 4 being a list of spells. Chapter Five telling you to construct your own. The book continues on with instruction on how to construct your magical circle and you inner temple. Why the author even tells you how to locate your spirit guide. The book has exercise from the disciplines of Wicca, Yoga, Sufi meditation, visualization, ceremonial magic and some Hindu meditation. The book discusses healing, ethical behavior and how to contact higher selves inn order to determine if they really want healing.
Great book for the beginner and intermediate practitioner. This is the pure essence stripped of the extras. Mr Penczak great job. I think I need to get more of your books.
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