Lon needs no introductions. After having written several books on Western Magick and Hermeticism during about two decades, as well as functioning as the National and International governing officer of the O.T.O, among other things, this man knows what he’s talking about. And so do his books usually.
The most important question coming to every Western person today finding himself or herself interested in things Esoteric and Occult is: What is this “Magick” anyway? How do they do it? Does it involve some kind of manipulation of would-be Energies or real-life events? Does it involve actual personal Spirits and Gods? Are these guys freakin’ serious? Or is it just some form of Psychodrama after all?
To these and many other questions a person is often forced to find answers from huge volumes of classic Magical-material, such as the Rituals of “Golden Dawn” (by Israel Regardie), “Magick: Liber ABA (Book 4)” (by Aleister Crowley), or the perhaps a bit outdated (in the first place) writings of arcane geezers such as Eliphas Levi. Fortunately we have Lon (as well, once again) to guide us to the essence of the Great Work.
This book is written from the perspective of someone having done Magick for decades (remembering his own beginnings), as a guide to someone just starting out. You don’t need to find a group of Magicians or a Spiritual order to do anything. You don’t even have to follow the teachings of people like Crowley, whom paradoxically created a “religion” after criticising religion his whole life. In fact, you can invent your own systems right in the comform of your tiny apartment.
Lon tells us in his usual humorous and witty way – using examples from his own life as a starting and advancing magician – how to Initiate one’s self into Magick, how to construct one’s own Magical Weapons or Tools, how to make your own Tarot-cards, how to build your own altars and start a daily practice, how to keep group-Sessions and Rituals to outside people, how it is to raise a child in a Magical home, how to actually stay married (perhaps with another Magician) while doing Magick, and so on..
Without clearly taking sides, it is my feeling this book is also written from a perspective that Magick is something Psychological rather than “Supernatural”. However, this book suits to readers of all kinds of views in life..
Magick is never supposed to be serious or forced, but if you have decided to take such an attitude to your personal Great Work, and feel you already know everything about everything, then perhaps you shouldn’t pick this book up. However, if you have an open mind, and whether you’re a beginner or have practiced some sort of Magic for years and read all the most “important” classic volumes (but still feel like there’s something to be learned in everything), then you should check this nicely written book out! However simple in it’s daily nature and routines, a Magician’s life is never boring!