On the Mysteries of the Egyptians, Chaldeans and Assyrians
by Iamblichus
Sema Institute

Reviewed by David Rankine

This work is one of the magickal classics, yet has been largely ignored by the modern pagan movement. The lucid discussions of the theological nature of deity and the soul, together with the emphasis on perfection of the self through the practice of theurgy is one which deserves far more attention than it currently receives. Theurgy is not a quick-fix solution though, and requires dedication and devotion, so perhaps that is why it has been ignored. Even modern psychology owes much to the concepts of theurgy as expressed by Iamblichus, for what is self-realisation if not the reification of the divine within through the union of the disparate parts of the psyche and soul?