Magical Pathworking: Techniques of Active Imagination, by Nick Farrell
Llewellyn Worldwide, 226 pp., 2004
If you can only order one occult book this year, then this it should be this book. 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 were the techniques that Nick uses. The techniques are accessible and easily adapted to a person’s own style of magick, so that if you’re not inclined to use the Golden Dawn structure of magick you can stick with your own and still make use of these techniques. Continue reading
In 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