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William Gray is one of the most prolific--and controversial--occultists writing today. Blending keen insight, modern psychological models and an overall sense of practicality, his books have torn away at the moldy veils of so-called occult secrets, laying out a no-nonsense foundation by which modern Western humanity may once again regain its precious magical soul. In this book, Mr. Gray shows, simply and lucidly, how to live the Western Inner Tradition. Tracing the cosmology of Western magic, he substantiates its vitality and urgency for our future. Not since Magick in Theory and Practice and the works of Dion Fortune has there been such a mammoth attempt at presenting magic as the relevant, living tradition it is.
I found William G. Gray's summation of the Western Inner Tradition enlightening and enjoyable. It is a short book consisting of nine (9) chapters tracing the roots of the tradition to possible futures. A recurring theme is that of the 'Sacrificed King' from it's former practice to it's modern development of change in ourselves to become one with the divine. He speaks of temples and how they are but the physical symbols representing an inner condition. He will clarify many things in this book about the basic beliefs of the Western Inner Tradition.
Ever wonder why the Western Inner Tradition seems like such a muddle of magic, occult and other esoteric traditions? This can be very confusing for the initiate. William Gray clears the fog by explaining the begginings of the western esoteric tradition and its development in comparison to the eastern way. He gives a nice sensible history of the western way from the beginnings of humanity to the present, and shows what "magic" means to the tradition. While this is not a manual of magical practice, he gives sound and clear advice to get the initiate started along the path. He explains the three streams of practice, the intellectual, mystical, and emotional, and how different people are better suited for one or the other. I think he does a good job of cutting through a lot of the nonsense associated with magic and gets to the core of what the practice is, and can be about. This book is well suited for those who have an intellectual thirst for knowledge and seek understanding of the western path. It helped me to understand and claim the western tradition for my own, and gave me a solid basis and starting point for magical practice.
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Entheogens: Timothy Leary - The Delicious Grace Of Moving One's Hand, Mia Touw - The Religious and Medicinal Uses of Cannabis in China, India and Tibet, Terence McKenna - Alien Dreamtime, Philip H. Farber - Magick and Entheogens
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Qabalah: Kabballah Denning & Phillips - Entrance to the Magical Qabalah, Lon Milo Duquette- Qabalah for the Rest of Us, William Gray - Ladder of Lights
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