This book is one of those rareties that find their ways into publication. It contains not only information pertinent to the beginner but also the informed advanced practitioner of High Magick. Mr. Kraig has condensed years of research and practical information into one book that sublimely and succinctly relates the practical use of magick into the reader's life. I for one would not be where I am today if it were not for Mr. Kraig's excellent advice and easy-to-read book. Modern Magick is one of those books which any serious magician should have on his/her shelf. Adieu.
What can I say? If you are looking for black magic spells to cast on your ex-lover, this isn't the best book for that, but good for nearly every other aspect of magick. This book covers such a range of topics, it gives rituals which improve your life bringing you closer to the divine, it shows you the true meaning of magic, it covers the Kabbalah, astral projection, tarot, dreams, the list is endless. This is definately the best book I have ever found on magick, and I've lost count of the number of times I've read it despite its many pages. If you really want to become a great magician and improve your life with Kraig's concise, well laid out and easy to understand book, then my suggestion is to buy this book. Well worth the money!
This book is the bomb for beginning Magician and advanced. I read this 7yrs ago when I wanted to learn about Magick and I found it too be very informative. It is a tool to help you attain conversation with your higher self and to learn to look within and be one with the Universe. I never practiced magick until I read this book. After that I have read books on Wicca, The Hermetic Order of the Golden dawn, Rosicrucianism, Kabbalah, Etc. This book is the gateway to learning what true magick is. Now I refer this book to others who are just getting started on their magickal path! Way to go Mr Kraig! :)
I will start out by saying that this is the book that got me to start DOING magick instead of simply reading about it. Kraig gives you everything you will need in terms of how-to that will lend you that crucial confidence that says, "Sure, I can do this". Furthermore, he explains it in a way that gives the doing purpose, by actually explaining the inner dynamics of each and every ritual. The problem I had with previous books I had read was that their explanations on performing the rituals never revealed the purpose behind all those, what seemed to me, empty words and gestures. Ultimately they left me with a feeling most dreadful to a would-be magician: the fear of failure. Kraig's book vanquished this fear which had previously kept me from even trying magick and before I knew it, I was in the center of the circle enveloped by MY OWN magick! Everything is covered here that you will ever need, because once you have mastered this book, you will no longer need "books". What this book covers, it keeps. In other words: you will attain whatever this book claims if you practice as outlined. What more could a would-be magician want or need? Finally, if at all in doubt somewhere during your practice, take a breather for awhile and your true progress will be revealed to you; something harder to discern while you are caught up inside it!
I have been a practicing Pagan for more than 5 years and the information to be found here can benefit anyone of any path no matter how long you have been studying. Just as Scott Cunningham was an excellent author of all sorts of books, so would I recommend Donald Kraig as a master not only of his work but of presentation. The information found here can benefit you because the contents of it are so easy to understand. Unlike many masters of today and yester-years, Kraig hides nothing and gives accurate information. He admits he doesn't know it all and that he is still learning himself. The only thing he hides is what the student needs to learn for themselves through meditation. The magick in here is genuine which anyone can see just by working through the first lesson in the book. Almost anyone is familliar with the Lesser Banishing Ritual, and Kraig explains why it works and how it works instead of just giving you the information and letting you go. This author put genuine care for the practitioner into this book. This is a definite MUST-READ! Anyone of any path that wishes to attain more info about divinity and pathworking can glean alot of information from this book!
This book is a good introduction and explanation of Ceremonial Magick. Everything is laid out precisely and clearly, and by reading it, I became absolutely sure that Ceremonial Magick was NOT the path for me. But I came to understand the mindset and the practices of the ceremonial magickian by reading this very accessible and user friendly book. It contains some very good explanations of practices that every practitioner of magick, whether Ceremonial or not, can use, and is very helpful as a reference even if, like me, you choose not to walk the challenging path of Ceremonial Magick. A worthwhile book. I would like to add to the young lady who wished to use this book to "cast spells" on her ex-boyfriend: there is such a thing as the Law of Three, which states that you will get back three times over whatever energy you send out. I suppose you will learn from experience what magickal backlash is all about. Enjoy the lesson.