- Tapa blanda: 160 páginas
- Editor: Red Wheel/Weiser (15 de julio de 2004)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1578633125
- ISBN-13: 978-1578633128
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Art and Practice of Caballa Magic (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 15 jul 2004
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No longer an unintelligible mystery, Caballa magic is explained in this lively, practical guide to occult magic in accessible language with clear instructions for practical productive work using the symbols of the Tree of Life daily. Original.
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If I have described YOU in the above, Ophiel is your author. "Author" is too praiseworthy of a description for this guy. At best he is a "writer" since he has managed to compile a small stack of papers, bound together at the spine with glue, that happen to have words on them. This "book" is a slapdash series of circular notes moonlighting as a "book" ONLY when eyes are cast upon it or when foolishly purchased.
I wondered why I had never heard of this Ophiel person before in my studies and I decided to give this book a read since he has a little fan base and apparently "reveals" certain other truths about Caballa that one could only attain if one is a member of an occult organization, specifically an organization of the western esoteric tradition (already this was a serious red flag). But getting to the point, not only did I read this book in a few hours, but the supposed "revelations" Ophiel disclosed are obvious if one is true and PATIENT (did you catch that? PATIENT) in their occult studies.
I will give Ophiel a few positive nods, he does seem to know what he's talking about and he even echoes my sentiments on patience and how answers are only revealed to those who are ready for them. But these do not warrant him as a writer or especially that of an author.
The entire time in this book he makes consistent references to Fortune's Mystical Qabalah and continually tells his readers repeatedly in this book to stop and go read it if you haven't already. At the same time, he also states how he REALLY wants to keep researching and writing more books for his "students" and to get this "knowledge" (here we go) out there for his students to help better their lives. IN BETWEEN praising Fortune's book and advertising his old / upcoming books he will at times throw in some nuggets in regards to Caballa or occultism in general.
This book is for get-rich-quick armchair occultists who DO NOT want to put in the work for themselves. The types that will buy hundreds of books on various occult topics just to fill their bookshelves while having read none of them let alone not understanding any of them at the same time.
Ophiel is knowledgeable from what I can tell but he is a fraud and is learning as he is going (as he states) which gives this book an air (and I am assuming his other books as well) that he's just writing these slapdash titles for the money even though he says throughout that the book he doesn't do this.
Some specific annoyances I had with him and this book...
He thinks Kabbalah, Qabalah, and Caballa all mean the same thing.
He thinks Fortune's writing in The Mystical Qabala is too "fancy" of a writing style and seemingly mistrusts her at all levels.
He retreads and says he will save the "real" knowledge for another book for a select few because he's afraid it'll be used inappropriately.
He lacks complete patience and writes as if someone had a gun pointed to his head the whole time.
He's all around disrespectful to honest occultists. He may know what he's talking about for the most part but his motivations are terribly suspect.
If you are one of those people (which there are many sadly) that are upset with Fortune's Mystical Qabalah because she doesn't "disclose" insider knowledge (even though she stated early in MQ she wasn't going to) and you run to books by Ophiel or those similar than the joke is on you. You are a dishonest individual and not a true student of occultism.
Together with Dion Fortune's "Mystical Qaballah" and Israel Regardie's "Middle Pillar" a student has the complete picture to begin their study of this subject.
The "Caballa" system didn't originate in Jewish thought and it's refreshing to see the Norse angle appreciated.