- Tapa blanda: 336 páginas
- Editor: Llewellyn Publications,U.S. (20 de diciembre de 2015)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0738745286
- ISBN-13: 978-0738745282
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The Practical Art of Divine Magic: Contemporary and Ancient Techniques of Theurgy (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 20 dic 2015
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The ancient world of Egypt, Greece, and Rome was home to a set of magical and spiritual technologies, called theurgy, that unite the practice of magic with the aims of religion. Theurgy, or godwork, is the art of creating a stronger bond between the theurgist and his or her deities. The results of this stronger bond were imminently practical: stronger magic, more meaningful existence, and a better life. With the fall of Rome, these techniques faded into obscurity, and many of them were lost forever. This book revives, restores, and reinvents these practices for a contemporary pagan or magical practitioner. A mixture of scholarly research and examination of source texts and daring experimentation and extrapolation leads to a complete and workable system that can inform a variety of practices, all presented in a relaxed, lighthearted, and readable way. Whether you practice witchcraft, ceremonial magic, or chaos magic, you can benefit from the practice of theurgy. You will learn techniques to create stronger bonds with divine forces, call up and communicate with spiritual beings, summon a magical assistant, create statues imbued with divine spirit, and master your own mind. The ultimate goal is union with the divine, but theurgy is a practical path, and every step on that path is designed to improve your life.
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Patrick Dunn (Chicago, IL) is a poet, linguist, Pagan, and a university English professor with a PhD in modern literature and language. His understanding of semiotics and the study of symbols arise from his training in linguistics and literary theory. He has practiced magic since childhood. Visit him online at https://pomomagic.wordpress.com.
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he begins with Neoplatonism, giving a good simple summary of both Plato himself (and his cave of shadows) and the Neoplatonist mages such as Iamblicus. His explanation of how this philosophy informs the classic ritual forms of things done, things said and things thought is both simple and elegant. Dunn is able to explain several classic ‘occult’ ideas in their directly theistic Pagan origins. The discussion of the nature of the gods, and of their manifestations and extensions into manifestation, and of sub-deific spirits, runs as a thread through several chapters. The explanations of ‘correspondence’ take a fresh and inspiring direction that reminds me of things I have heard from non-European polytheisms.
The book is complete with a set of exercises that lead from basic trance to full simple rites of offering and blessing. Tools, framing ritual forms, purification are explained and lightly-scripted. The work of the invocation of deity is dealt with in detail, from an intellectual familiarity with a god through formal ritual invitation and reception of power, to the consecration of talismanic idols for longer-term personal cult. Methods of divination are discussed; the method he most thoroughly teaches is the seeking of omens in the natural (and/or urban) world. In a culture of cards and dice it is good to see the basics of intuition emphasized.
His chapter on Daimonology – the lore of the sub-deity spirits that serve both the gods and magicians – concludes with a full rite for meeting one’s ‘personal daimon’ or ‘supernatural assistant’. It is the most fully-developed rite of ‘ritual magic’ (as vaguely distinct from Pagan religious rites) in the book, the culmination of the several small rites and forms that have been previously taught.
I heartily recommend this book for Pagans and polytheists interested in adding depth and occult power to rites of worship.
This book, by the author of the books "Postmodern Magic: The Art of Magic in the Information Age" and "Magic, Power, Language, Symbol: A Magician's Exploration of Linguistics" (both of which I heartily recommend) has created a book that serves as a practical compliment to books such as...
"The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation"
Skinner's "Techniques of Graeco-Egyptian Magick"
Kupperman's "Living Theurgy"
Hines' "Return to the One: Plotinus' Guide to God-Realization"
(which serves as a contemplative compliment to the ritual theurgy of Dunn's and the other above mentioned books)