Enochian Vision Magic

An Introduction and Practical Guide to the Magick of Dr John Dee and Edward Kelley

by Lon Milo DuQuette

Published by Weiser Books, 2008

reviewed by David Rankine (see David Rankine )

Lon Milo DuQuette has an ability to explain complex subjects in a simple manner, a real gift when it comes to magick, and especially when applied to a mind-boggling system like Enochian magick.  In this book he moves step-by-step through all the basic strands of Enochian magick, weaving them together into a coherent whole which enables newcomer and experienced practitioner alike to navigate the difficult morass of material which can cause a lot of head scratching and heartache.

So why should you buy this book rather than any other?  Well apart from the thorough grounding it will provide, it is revealing to see that such authorities as Stephen Skinner and Geoffrey James applauding the work, and Clay Holden writing the foreword.  DuQuette quotes from the original material where appropriate, and also the Golden Dawn take, and is not afraid to move the material on, something it has been needing since it reached a hiatus with the Golden Dawn.  All-in-all an excellent introduction and very useful addition to a field whose lure often appears like fool’s gold – now the real thing is more in evidence!

Guide to the Feng Shui Compass

By Stephen Skinner


A Compendium of Classical Feng Shui

For more information visit: www.sskinner.com

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This book will soon be available from http://www.sskinner.com and other specialist and online stores.

“Stephen Skinner has done it again. In 1976 he wrote the first English book on Feng Shui in the 20th century. In 1998 he published the largest selling full colour magazine on feng shui, which brought feng shui to the attention of the Western world. In 1999 he organised the largest Feng Shui convention ever seen in the UK or Europe. Now he has published the first study in English of the lo p’an or feng shui compass, which is effectively a Compendium of Classical Feng Shui”

His forthcoming book is a virtually Complete compendium of Classical feng shui

Material never before available in English…and difficult to find even in Chinese

How to read the San He and San Yuan lo p’an, with an explanation of each ring in detail, the history and background of feng shui and the lo p’an (luo pan). This large book is 448 pages in size, and packed with detailed information which is very clearly explained, so that after reading it anyone should be comfortable using even the most complex lo p’an. This book is the result of 30 years of research and practice. More than 50 rings are illustrated, tabulated, and classified by Plate and School, with their use and history. Anyone reading the book can go from being a complete novice to complete familiarity with any lo p’an, ancient or modern that they may pick up. It clearly explains for the first time in English how feng shui developed and the relationship between the San He and San Yuan Schools.

There are over 65 Tables, more than 174 illustrations, and 32 full colour plates. These inclu de rare pictures and analyses of Ming and Ch’ing dynasty lo p’ans. Every technical term, book title, or person’s name, is carefully footnoted in traditional Chinese characters with supporting pinyin and Wade-Giles transliterations. There is a also a detailed feng shui history time line.
Stephen Skinner took his degree in English Literature and Geography at Sydney University. Initially he worked as a Geography at Sydney University. Initially he worked as a Geography lecturer. Research in Hong Kong brought him in touch with local Chinese feng shui practitioners and the feng shui compass or lo p’an. This lead in 1976 to Stephen writing the first English book on feng shui in the 20th century, the Living Earth Manual of Feng Shui. This book brought feng shui to the attention of the Western world.

When Western interest in feng shui began to be noticeable in the 1980’s, Stephen produced Feng Shui: the Traditional Oriental Way which became an instant best seller in the UK.

In 1998 he launched Feng Shui for Modern Living monthly magazine, whose first issue sold 121 000 copies, more than either Elle Decor or Wallpaper magazines in the UK. In 1999 he was nominated as PPA “Publisher of the Year” for his work in launching the magazine. This magazine helped popularize feng shui around the world and it appeared in 41 countries. He even produced a Chinese language edition in Taipei which ran successfully for 34 issues.

In the same year he launched the London International Feng Shui Conference, the largest feng shui conference ever held in UK/Europe. The following year Stephen gave one of the three Doyle lectures in New York, sharing the bill with Martha Stewart Living and Country Living.

In 1999 he was honoured for his contributions to traditional Chinese culture, by being invited to Manila in the Philippines for the official celebrations of Chinese New Year, as the guests of the Mayors of Manila and Makati.

Stephen has published more than a dozen books on feng shui, including K.I.S.S. Guide to Feng Shui, Feng Shui the Traditional Oriental Way, Practical Makeovers, Living Earth Manual of Feng Shui, Feng Shui for Modern Living, Feng Shui Before and After, Flying Star Feng Shui and the beautiful Feng Shui Style. he has also published a number of translations of feng shui classics including the Water Dragon, the Original Eight Mansions Formula, the Key San He Feng Shui Formulas and The Mountain Dragon.

Stephen Skinner is the author of over 30 books, translated into more than 20 different languages. He lives in Johor Bahru, near Singapore, whiere he researches, writes and does feng shui consultation around the region.

For more information on Stephen Skinner’s work and his forthcoming “Guide to the Feng Shui Compass” visit his website www.sskinner.com

The Veritable Key of Solomon

By Stephen Skinner and David Rankine

Published by Golden Hoard, http://www.goldenhoard.co.uk (October 2008) available in a half-leather collectors edition (limited to 350), and a full leather Deluxe edition (limited to 25).

The Key of Solomon is the most famous and infamous of all the Grimoires and books of magic ever produced. Yet amazingly only one version of it has ever been published, which was compiled from diverse sections drawn from seven different manuscripts in 1889 by S.L. MacGregor Mathers, the occult scholar who was one of the founders of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Stephen Skinner and David Rankine have explored the labyrinthine trail of manuscripts of the Key of Solomon around the world, and after studying dozens of manuscripts, decided on the two which best represent this grimoire tradition to provide the widest range of material in their new work, The Veritable Key of Solomon. The book reproduces the Keys from Wellcome MS 4669 and MS 4670, two previously overlooked French manuscripts scribed for a French aristocrat in 1796, and here translated into English for the first time. They are not the earliest, but they are the most detailed,containing three separate Keys which cover a wealth of material not found in the Mathers’ edition. These Keys are The Keys of Rabbi Solomon, The Key of Solomon King of the Hebrews and The Universal Treatise of the Keys of Solomon. One of these manuscripts was the one referred to by Bulwer-Lytton in his classic nineteenth century magical novel of initiation, Zanoni, and another one contains an early version of the material later found in the Grimorium Verum.

Example of a colour plate from the Veritable Key of Solomon by Skinner and RankineThe fame of the Key of Solomon probably stems from the fact that it was the closest thing available to a manual for the aspiring or practising magician wishing to evoke angels and demons during the Renaissance. Everything from how to construct the magic circle, how to determine the most auspicious times, what perfumes were most conducive to burn, how to prepare your tools, what prayers and conjurations should be used, how to make and use the pentacles which acted as magical foci for the appropriate intent, indeed all aspects of the process and practices were included. The Veritable Key of Solomon shows the influence of the Heptameron on these practices more clearly than the previous Mathers text, through such elements as magic circles, perfumes, seals and including all the planetary circles for the seasons. It is illustrated in colour, with more than twice as many talismanic pentacles as were produced in the nineteenth century text, and also is more inclusive of earlier material such as the Olympic Spirits, Planetary Intelligences and Spirits. These Keys contain the most comprehensive collection of practical planetary grimoire material ever seen in a book and greatly expand the scope of information available to students and practitioners.

The Veritable Key of Solomon also features a commentary on the provenance of the different families of Key of Solomon manuscripts, tracing their use through Renaissance Europe, and exploring the effects they had on society around them as they were copied and transmitted into ever wider circles. The Introduction includes commentary on all the families of manuscripts including the earlier Greek manuscripts, as well as a study of the other books attributed to Solomon. The appendixes include a list of the known Key of Solomon manuscripts and incorrectly attributed manuscripts. The huge number of extant manuscripts (more than 120) clearly demonstrates that the Key of Solomon was the most significant magical book for several hundred years from the late sixteenth through to the nineteenth century, and this work finally restores the Key of Solomon tradition back to its place in the heart of the magical revival.

For more information on this exciting new work, visit http://www.goldenhoard.co.uk for more information

The ordinary hardback edition can also be pre-ordered from Llewellyn – this is a black and white edition, as opposed to the full colour editions available from http://www.goldenhoard.co.uk

The Interview with Stephen Skinner
by Sorita d’Este
( December 2004 : SS indicates answers by Stephen Skinner, Q indicates question posed by Sorita)

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Q: You have been involved in magical groups and circles since the 1960’s. What are the most significant changes you have noticed in that time?

SS: I was lucky enough to enter my first magical group when I reached university at age 16, and fortunately it was a good one with emphasis on the practical. It was demanding though, and I had to give a lecture to the outer group on the Tarot attribution to the Paths of the Tree of Life, without any notes from memory, before they would even consider my application. In those days when there was still a lot of prejudice, groups had to be very careful who they admitted, and so access was not easy.

However with the opening up of magic, there is much greater accessibility to good quality groups and teaching. With the exception of a few of the long running and more hidden lodges, there is however still a degree of instability as smaller groups form and re-form. The important thing is to learn as much as you can from a group, by really working at it, rather than expecting to be spoon fed.

Q: During the 1970’s you co-wrote many books with Francis King, what was it like to work with him?

SS: Francis was a great man, a true scholar, a good friend, and a brilliant raconteur, who had during his life interacted with many of the figures that appear in his books about the later Golden Dawn and Aleister Crowley offshoots, as well as almost all of the most significant figures in modern witchcraft like Gardner, Williamson, Stewart Farrar, Alex Sanders, and Jim Baker.

To write with him was an exercise in amazement. We might talk of Francis Barrett and his magical circle, and Francis would be able to quote exactly from one of FB’s letters, without hesitation. Or we might talk of some of the well know occult figures of the recent past, and Francis would have an anecdote about things they did or said, many of them sadly unprintable.

However Francis sometimes suffered from depression and its concomitant writer’s block. At times like that he would give me a call, sometimes very close to deadlines, to start, take over, or complete a book. I remember for example writing the bulk of Techniques of High Magic in just over a week working from Francis’ notes, from memory, and from a copy of Regardie’s Golden Dawn kindly lent to me by Gerry Beskin of Atlantis.

On other occasions, such as the book on Nostradamus that we co-wrote, there was more time, but I was unable to match Francis’s total grasp of the last 400 years of European history: so while I was familiar with the prophecies, it was Francis who would seed ideas as to where they applied, and I would develop these.

He was great to work with, and I much regret his passing. I dearly wish that he had taken up my suggestion to write his own autobiography, which would have been infinitely amusing and informative. Much of this fount of knowledge is now lost.

Q: With Francis King, you co-wrote the classic work “Techniques of High Magic” which is still widely used today, is there anything that you would change about this book today?

SS: Of course there are many things that I could have included, some of which I have encountered since I wrote the book. I would include more sample invocations. I would however exclude the I Ching section, as it is basically Eastern, and I would remove the Enochian words from the consecration of the Elemental tools, as this is not appropriate for beginners.

Perhaps I would replace the chapter on Goetic evocation with a chapter on the invocation of other, more docile, spiritual creatures like Elementals, and the construction of servitors and artificial Elementals. But otherwise I am still pretty happy that the book, which is now available in a UK edition, is a good introduction to Western magic.

Q: Your books on Geomancy are considered to be the authoritative works on the subject, how important do you feel that geomancy is to western magic?

SS: Geomancy is not the most important system of divination, although at one time it was the second most popular (after astrology). Its fascination is that it is ‘grounded’, being associated with the earth, not the heavens. Also its images are very simple, unlike the Tarot, so they force the practitioner to expand his natural abilities, rather than going off on a symbolic ramble (as is sometime the case with Tarot readings). It is therefore a good divination system for a beginner to start with. I still use it when the need arises. My book Terrestrial Astrology, which was and still is the most comprehensive book on the subject in English, is soon to be re-published as Divinatory Geomancy.

Q: You are also credited for bringing the art of Feng Shui to the West, how did this come about?

SS: My initial interest in feng shui came not from an interest in interior decorating, but from an effort to see if it is related to Western geomancy: it is not. I then discovered that sigils that are used in Western magic (such as the seal and kamea of Saturn) are also used in some of the more esoteric parts of feng shui and in Taoist sorcery. After that I got immersed in feng shui and wrote Living Earth Manual of Feng Shui in 1976, which was the first English book on feng shui in the 20th century.

I went on to produce the magazine Feng Shui for Modern Living worldwide in 41 countries, the biggest selling feng shui magazine in the world, selling more copies initially even than Elle Deco. You might be amused to know that I even launched 34 issues of the magazine in Taiwan printed in traditional Chinese, where the magazine become the biggest selling feng shui magazine in Chinese. I was nominated Publisher of the Year in London in 1999 for this little effort, but I found it more amusing to have exported feng shui back to China, so like ‘exporting coals to Newcastle’.

Q: Do you think that Western magic and Eastern systems of magic have much in common and can they, in your opinion, be worked together seamlessly?

SS: They do have much in common in essence, but the symbols systems are very different and the important ‘registers’ of spirits are also totally different. They cannot be worked together. The Western and Eastern systems are like two Gateways into the same castle. You cannot enter both Gateways at the same time, and if you do manage to enter one Gateway, then you cannot use the roadmap provided for the other Gateway, otherwise you become hopelessly lost…and maybe endangered.

Q: During the 1970’s you were the driving force behind Askin Publishing, producing lovely editions of a number of classic works such as Agrippa’s Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy and Archidoxes of Magic by Paracelsus – all of which are now collector’s items. Which of the books you produced with Askin are you the most proud of and why?

SS: Probably the Agrippa, as two of its six parts are seminal texts for practical Western evocatory magic, and were unavailable before then, except in the very expensive 17th century edition, or in Latin. The book contains one of the most important keys of practical magic. Even when we published it in the old 17th century type, a lot of people found it difficult to read. I am therefore pleased to tell you that I have edited a modern text version of this classic, with annotations that will be coming out early in 2005 from Nicolas-Hayes and Ibis. Already more than 700 copies have been pre-ordered on Amazon.com, which means that there is a rapidly growing appetite for traditional magic out there.

I also enjoyed publishing several of Austin Osman Spare’s books that had been out of print for such a long time, because they were so beautiful, because they followed on from my sigil work in Search for Abraxas, and because they have provided a base for explorations into Chaos magic.

Q: You edited and produced The Magical Diaries of Aleister Crowley, Tunis 1923. How important do you feel Aleister Crowley’s work is to modern magic?

SS: There is no doubt that AC’s work has been seminal in re-introducing respect for magic into the 20th century and in trying to broaden the basic GD teachings by introducing more Eastern systems like yoga. I do however think that a lot of Crowley’s work was self-indulgent (not in the drug sense, but in the magical sense), and that his efforts to interpret his own life as a work of art, and every little event as a sign from the Masters, made his magic too inward looking.

In fact this caused him to propagate the fallacy that spirits were simply a part of the operator’s own subconscious mind. This is only true in the sense that strange beasts (e.g. camels) seen in the zoo are part of your own personal store of images. Their independent existence is never questioned by anyone who has ever interacted with them in their own environment!

He fuelled a lot of the sexual and drug liberation which did not come to the surface until the 1960s hippie revolution, but which has helped to shape out world immensely. I added my own impetus to this by writing and publishing two of the earliest underground newspapers in Australia.

Q: You are known to be a leading authority on Enochian Magic, the system of magic ascribed to Dr. Dee, which books would you recommend to people who have an interest and want to find out more?

SS: That is a difficult one, as a lot of Dee’s real magical work is just now coming to the surface. Most of the books to date have relied upon the Golden Dawn recension of the system. I guess Robert Turner’s Elizabethan Magic is a good place to start with the real stuff. Certainly don’t try to read books like Dee’s Monas Hieroglyphica, which was very difficult even for Dee’s contemporaries to understand.

Q: Over the years there have been many rumours of an unpublished work by you on Enochian magic, written in the 1970’s. Is this rumour true and is it likely that you will ever publish it?

SS: I did complete a book on Dee that encompassed his whole working system, with practice guide and results, plus a full life chronology. It would have run to about 700 printed pages. Also included were a lot of intriguing things I found out about his life in the old Rozmberg archives at Trebona in Czechoslovakia and also in Prague.

I was living at Saxonbury in Sussex at the time, and unfortunately the old house was burgled, and the burglar took the manuscript and research materials along with all the usual household stuff. The police were totally pessimistic about the chances of getting my stuff back, so I took ‘other measures’ which within seven days motivated the burglar to want to urgently return my stuff. Unfortunately he had binned what he thought was rubbish (the manuscript of the book) and sold some of my samurai swords: the rest I got back and the police subsequently took him into custody. Since then I have not had the stomach, or the time, to write the book over again.

Q: Stephen, you have just published a new book on the subject of Enochian magic. What inspired the book?

SS: David. Basically I was showing David Rankine some of my old Dee research material, and remarked that several MSS containing the crucial 17th century development of the Enochian system had never been published. His eyes lit up, and as they say the rest is history.

Q: These days you live near Singapore, do you have plans to come back to the UK to lecture or give workshops on Western Magic?

SS: That probably depends upon what I am currently working on.

Q: Any exciting projects you are working on that you can tell our visitors about?

SS: Yes, I think it is time that we let a few cats out of the bag. Apart from Enochian magic, there is the whole tradition of ritual magic that was strong in the 17th and 18th century, when invocation of various spiritual creatures from angels to Olympic spirits to demons to fairies was the order of the day. The emphasis was upon results, very palpable results. This is something that somehow got partly lost from magic after it was institutionalised first by the Masons (Golden Dawn) then by the Thelemites (Aleister Crowley) and then by modern witchcraft. I am working on the practical parts of magic as it would have been recognized by Agrippa, by Dee, by Barrett, and indeed by Harry Potter.

Excellent work is being done on the Golden Dawn tradition by writers such as Darcy Kuntz, and on Aleister Crowley, and so I am content to move back in time. My other project is the reconstruction of truly mediaeval techniques of Western magic, pre-1300.

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Thank you to Stephen Skinner for taking the time to talk to us, its been a real honour to be allowed to dig for answers to some of the questions I have had for quite some time! For permission to reproduce this article please contact us first – (c) Stephen Skinner & Avalonia

For those of you wanting to find out more about Stephen Skinner and his work, on both Western and Eastern Magic should visit his website http://www.sskinner.com

A list of some of his books which are available from Amazon.co.uk is listed at the top of this page.. The Practical Angel Magic of Dr. John Dee’s Enochian Tables can also be ordered directly from the publisher website – click here for Golden Hoard Press

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Avalonia interviewed Stephen Skinner, author of many, many books on the Western Traditions of Magic who is also known as an authority on the art of Feng Shui. One of the most significant living authors on the subject of the occult over the last few decades,

Stephen co-wrote Techniques of High Magic with Francis King, produced the definitive book on Western Geomancy and made available many rare magickal books through his work with Askin Press in the 1970’s. The following are just some of Stephen’s books:

THE GOETIA OF DR RUDD
Being: Ars Paulina, Ars Almadel, Theurgia-Goetia, Lemegeton Clavicula Salomonis, Liber Malorum Spirituum seu Goetia
(Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic III)

By Stephen Skinner & David Rankine

Golden Hoard Press, 2007

Reviewed by Soror Chamos

For me it was an honour to be asked to review this newly published Lemegeton, as this most famous of grimoires is a personal passion of mine. So what makes this book different?

Firstly, it contains a number of hitherto unpublished manuscripts, adding to the material available to the occult fraternity:

“a transcription of Dr Rudd’s ‘Liber Malorum Spirituum seu Goetia’ from Harley MS 6483, with other pertinent extracts from manuscripts Harley MS 6482, Sloane MS 3824 and Wellcome MS 3203”

Like the the other books in the Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic (SWCM) series by these authors, this book contains an excellent introduction to the manuscripts, which sets the context for the work presented therein. Herein we find information about what the Goetia is and also what sets this particular manuscript apart from those previously published. For one it stresses that Dr Rudd’s Lemegeton (which for those unfamiliar with the term is simply another name for the collection of books which makes up the “Goetia”) is one which shows the workings of this magician who worked this system during the 17th century. Effectively it contains working notes and developments – such as the excellent double seals for the 72 Goetic demons, not found elsewhere. Here we find that the Shem ha-Mephorash angels are called upon to help control the demons when they are evoked, something I would never have thought of but certainly plan on trying out in the coming months. It sounds so simple and logical, yet it is not something I have never heard modern Goetic magicians mention!

The SWCM books continue to show how interconnected the practice of angel magic was with the magic of the grimoires and as such has a wide appeal for magicians from both sides of the fence, a fence which, reading between the lines, Skinner and Rankine believes should not be there in the first place! They present the material as being part of the same corpus of material practiced, rather than distinct and separate entities which is so often the case today.

The seals presented within these manuscripts are better than those I have found in the other available editions of the Goetia, again this is of great benefit for those of us who use the system, giving clearer images which can be used for the seals, which seems to be far more carefully drawn. They are also unique because they show the Hebrew names of the demons, as used by Dr Rudd and each one as previously mentioned in this review also contains the corresponding angelic seal.

The authors go on to trace the material in the Lemegeton as far back as the thirteenth century, showing the connections between angel magicians and those working evocations within the grimoire traditions. They work towards diminishing the separation put onto these two systems by the church and use the term “spiritual creatures” which I really like, as a term to describe collectively angels, demons, spirits, elementals, fairies and other non-human entities. This really works well towards breaking down the false boundaries existing between the different systems today, uniting it into one corpus once more.

Not only would I go as far as to say that this book should be on the shelves of every modern day practising magician who works within the Solomonic, Grimoire, Goetic or Ceremonial systems – but also that those with an interest in angelic magic, witchcraft and occult history will also come to treasure and love this book. Like previous books in the series, the material is presented as a beautifully bound hardback, with dustjacket – a leather edition is also available.

No doubt it will bring out the green eyed monster in some contemporary occultists who would wish to dismiss it, but if that is the case it will only show how important the material in this book is, just because it challenges established thought based on the Goetia published by Aleister Crowley just over a hundred years ago, doesn’t make it wrong!

More information can be found on the publisher’s website: Golden Hoard Press

THE GOETIA OF DR RUDD
Being: Ars Paulina, Ars Almadel, Theurgia-Goetia, Lemegeton Clavicula Salomonis, Liber Malorum Spirituum seu Goetia
(Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic III)

By Stephen Skinner & David Rankine

Golden Hoard Press, 2007

Reviewed by Soror Chamos

For me it was an honour to be asked to review this newly published Lemegeton, as this most famous of grimoires is a personal passion of mine. So what makes this book different?

Firstly, it contains a number of hitherto unpublished manuscripts, adding to the material available to the occult fraternity:

“a transcription of Dr Rudd’s ‘Liber Malorum Spirituum seu Goetia’ from Harley MS 6483, with other pertinent extracts from manuscripts Harley MS 6482, Sloane MS 3824 and Wellcome MS 3203”

Like the the other books in the Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic (SWCM) series by these authors, this book contains an excellent introduction to the manuscripts, which sets the context for the work presented therein. Herein we find information about what the Goetia is and also what sets this particular manuscript apart from those previously published. For one it stresses that Dr Rudd’s Lemegeton (which for those unfamiliar with the term is simply another name for the collection of books which makes up the “Goetia”) is one which shows the workings of this magician who worked this system during the 17th century. Effectively it contains working notes and developments – such as the excellent double seals for the 72 Goetic demons, not found elsewhere. Here we find that the Shem ha-Mephorash angels are called upon to help control the demons when they are evoked, something I would never have thought of but certainly plan on trying out in the coming months. It sounds so simple and logical, yet it is not something I have never heard modern Goetic magicians mention!

The SWCM books continue to show how interconnected the practice of angel magic was with the magic of the grimoires and as such has a wide appeal for magicians from both sides of the fence, a fence which, reading between the lines, Skinner and Rankine believes should not be there in the first place! They present the material as being part of the same corpus of material practiced, rather than distinct and separate entities which is so often the case today.

The seals presented within these manuscripts are better than those I have found in the other available editions of the Goetia, again this is of great benefit for those of us who use the system, giving clearer images which can be used for the seals, which seems to be far more carefully drawn. They are also unique because they show the Hebrew names of the demons, as used by Dr Rudd and each one as previously mentioned in this review also contains the corresponding angelic seal.

The authors go on to trace the material in the Lemegeton as far back as the thirteenth century, showing the connections between angel magicians and those working evocations within the grimoire traditions. They work towards diminishing the separation put onto these two systems by the church and use the term “spiritual creatures” which I really like, as a term to describe collectively angels, demons, spirits, elementals, fairies and other non-human entities. This really works well towards breaking down the false boundaries existing between the different systems today, uniting it into one corpus once more.

Not only would I go as far as to say that this book should be on the shelves of every modern day practising magician who works within the Solomonic, Grimoire, Goetic or Ceremonial systems – but also that those with an interest in angelic magic, witchcraft and occult history will also come to treasure and love this book. Like previous books in the series, the material is presented as a beautifully bound hardback, with dustjacket – a leather edition is also available.

No doubt it will bring out the green eyed monster in some contemporary occultists who would wish to dismiss it, but if that is the case it will only show how important the material in this book is, just because it challenges established thought based on the Goetia published by Aleister Crowley just over a hundred years ago, doesn’t make it wrong!

More information can be found on the publisher’s website: Golden Hoard Press

THE COMPLETE MAGICIAN’S TABLES
The most complete tabular set of Magic, Kabbalistic, Angelic, Astrologic, Alchemic, Demonic, Geomantic, Grimoire, Gematria, I Ching, Tarot, Pagan Pantheon, Plant, Perfume and Character Correspondences in more than 777 Tables

By Stephen Skinner

Published by Golden Hoard Press & Llewellyn

Review by Dr Nina Lazarus

For many years the standard text for magickians, of all persuasions, in need of correspondences was Aleister Crowley’s 777 and for good reason. Before the publication of Stephen Skinner’s “The Complete Magician’s Tables” 777 was indeed the best available and most complete text on the subject , even though it is a 100 years out of date! This is no longer a problem, as this book by Stephen Skinner finally replaces Crowley’s work in leaps and bounds making it, without a doubt, the new standard text for all magickians in need of tables of correspondences.

This monumental work, a true labour of love is dedicated to Fra Volo Inteligere, that is Gerald Yorke to the rest of us, who Skinner cites in his dedication as a friend and mentor to him, who preserved and kept alive the work of Aleister Crowley. A fitting dedication for this book indeed!

The tables presented are easy to use. They are presented in alphabetical order, starting at “A” with Angels (Biblical, Apocryphal and Gnostic), through to “D” for Dr John Dee (of course!), “G” for Geomancy, “S” for Sacred Geometry, “T” for Tarot, and “Z” for Zones of the Mind, Body and Soul. Every subject you can possibly ever need correspondences for is covered and can provide many hours of browsing, pondering and awe for those who have inquiring minds and like to read all their books cover to cover, even if they are reference works like this one! A subject Order Listing of the Tables is also provided, this provides a good cross reference for those who are uncertain of what they are trying to find.

Skinner provides us with an excellent introduction to the book, which looks at the history of correspondences, Aleister Crowley’s Liber 777, the Paths on the Tree of Life and a variety of other practical issues. To complete this “complete” book he also provides his readers with commentary following on from the tables of correspondences, which which considers and provides valuable contextual material for those using the material presented in the tables.

There are, as I write this, already three editions of this work which was first published at the end of 2006 available. A limited edition leatherbound edition which is available only from the publishers (www.goldenhoard.co.uk) for those who like making investments in books, as well as an ordinary Golden Hoard edition (HB) available from the same website, and an American Edition which was co-published with Llewellyn Books (HB).