The Magician’s Reflection by Bill Whitcomb

reviewed by Sr_Chamos for the Esoteric Book Review

Subtitled on the back, The Hidden Power of Symbols, this book does not really live up to the hype.  The bulk of the book is effectively rehashed lists of symbols with brief meanings, so there is a chapter on metals, one on crystals, on animals, on colours, etc.  There are hints here and there that the author was either a chaos magician, or has discovered the chaos magic practices of the 1980s – the use of archetypes, the use of modern icons (we used to use Star Trek in the days before Next Generation!), the bit of everything ecletically gathered, etc.  This is all well and good, but it doesn’t really go anywhere.

The chapters on magical practices were overbrief and assumptive of knowledge on the part of the reader, whereas the rest of the book reads as a beginner’s book, so once again it comes across as not really knowing where to pitch.  The most interesting part of the book is actually the extensive appendix (43 pages) on the NAR system of Michael Skrtic, which is also eclectic, but has been made into a more complete working system.

If you want a book which has lots of sets of symbols conveniently organised by type, then this is not a bad 101 book, but for its other material it does not really deliver the goods.