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Review: Magical Pathworking, by Nick Farrell

By Taylor Ellwood | October 23, 2004 | Leave a comment

Magical Pathworking: Techniques of Active Imagination, by Nick Farrell
Llewellyn, 226 pp., 2004

If you can only do one occult book order a year, then this book should be included in that order. Nick Farrell’s writing is elegant and yet to the point. There are no typos in this book and the writing is at the level that any person could understand the concepts that he conveys in this book.

What I found most enjoyably about the book were the techniques that Nick uses in this book. The techniques are accessible and easily adapted to a person’s own style of magic, so that if you’re not inclined to use the Golden Dawn structure of magic you can stick with your own and still use these techniques.

There are several other bonuses to this book. Mr. Farrell does an excellent job of providing a history behind the techniques and who and how they came to be developed. Even better he actually knows who William Gray is as well as other more obscure occultists. It’s rare to find an author who quotes and uses the work of these ground breaking magicians and it’s good to see that Nick not only does that, but does it well.

Models of magic

By Frater U.: D.: | December 14, 2002 | 8 comments

Brick wall, photo by PeterIn the course of exploring the possibilities of new, more efficient techniques of magic, I was struck by the fact that a structuralist view of the history of magic to date might prove helpful. After all, magicians have always aspired to restate the theory and practice of magic in the language of their times, i.e. in different models pertaining to current world views.

There is, however, some risk involved in such an approach: models do not really explain anything, they are only illustrations of processes, albeit rather useful ones. What’s more, over-systematization tends to obfuscate more than it clarifies and one should not mistake the map for the landscape anyway, a fallacy a great many kabbalists seem to be prone to.

Thus, the following five (or rather: four plus one) models of magic should be seen as a means of understanding the practical possibilities of various magical systems rather than as definitive theories or explanations of the way magic works.

It has proved effective in practice to view magic under the following categories: Continue reading