- Taschenbuch: 513 Seiten
- Verlag: Llewellyn Pubn; Auflage: Ted and Annotat. (26. Januar 2001)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1567181325
- ISBN-13: 978-1567181326
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,8 x 3,3 x 23,2 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 398.799 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Tree of Life: An Illustrated Study in Magic (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 26. Januar 2001
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Delve into the astonishing depths of Regardie's magical magnum opus - one of the most comprehensive books on magic ever to appear * From the author of A Garden of Pomegranates, The Golden Dawn, and The Middle Pillar * A lavishly illustrated edition of The Tree of Life, annotated with critical commentary and explanatory notes * Includes a new introduction, glossary, bibliography, and index In 1932, when magic was a 'forbidden subject', Israel Regardie wrote The Tree of Life at the age of 24. From the day it first appeared, this book has remained in high demand by ceremonial magicians for its skillful combination of ancient wisdom and modern magical experience.
A Twenty-first-century Edition of a Magical Classic
Since it was first published in 1932, The Tree of Life has provided spiritual seekers and aspiring magicians with the most comprehensive study of the common threads of magical theory and practice. Israel Regardie's mission of bringing magic into the light of understanding takes a giant step forward in this new edition. Two Adept associates of Regardie's have contributed these enhancements:
-- Annotations throughout, with critical commentary and explanatory notes
-- A new introduction, glossary, bibliography, and index
-- Askenazic Hebrew translated to common Sephardic
-- A large number of new illustrations
If you are looking for a complete introduction to the study of magic, or if you have an older copy and would like a clearer, more usable version, you will not find a better choice than this edition of The Tree of Life.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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There are a couple of things I might mention to the potential reader. Though containing a good explanation of the Qabalah, contrary to the title, the book is really about Ceremonial Magick in its many forms. At times, Regardie approaches the subject as an apologist arguing around Blavatsky's Theosophical Society's tenants, which were the fashion at the time of the writing. The debate is mostly lost on modern readers but doesn't detract from the work and is completed in the early chapters.
Regardie's only stumble, in my option, is his chapter on alchemy, the last "narrative" chapter of the book. Here Regardie describes the art of alchemy as a spiritual process only and doesn't delve into the possibility of an actual chemical practice. Regardie's book The Philosphers's Stone carries on this narrow interpretation that the author later admitted, I believe, didn't wholly encompass the craft.
As for the Ciceros' contribution to the work, I can't comment since I'm unfamiliar with earlier editions. However, I found the pictures, footnotes and corrections meaningful and helpful for the most part. Where they weren't helpful, I ignored them. Feel free to do the same.
It's also good to see a Llewellyn book not printed on paper-towel quality stock, but durable bonded paper. A book this good should last. A hard copy would be the only improvement upon the printing.
I wholly agree that if Regardie had done nothing else but write The Tree of Life, the world of magick would be forever in his debt. The only other book I can think of that impacted the magick world as much as this one, is Regardie's own Golden Dawn. This book belongs in every magickal library and deserves to be read no matter how well you think you might know the material.
edition. If you want a real edition, get a second revised edition published by Weiser books, from 1971 or the same thing, just paperback, published by Weiser in 1991, tenth printing. Many books published after Regardie's death are corrupted, virtually all the editions put out by Lllewyn are corrupted (but not the one's published before his death in 1984).
It is wrong to associate Regardie with Crowley, he was an apprentice of the man at one time but he eventually broke off his relationship from him when he took a turn for the worse (at one point Regardie calls some of Crowley's new writing "deplorable"). He praises Crowley's early work, such as the original Equinox (notes on the Kabbalah)and Magick (I've never seen it in print). If you want to know why Regardie left the Golden Dawn read his "What You should know about the Golden Dawn" and also read the uncorrupted version of the Tree of Life.
Other reviewers have complained about Regardie's writing style. I definitely agree the first chapter is a bit over the top, but throughout the rest of the book I fell in love with his style. It makes readers use conscious effort in order to gain understanding, because Regardie wraps many layers of meaning into what he writes. After the first chapter, I found the writing style extremely poetic and beautiful, although I definitely feel it could be simplified. Regardless of the writing style, Regardie's treatment of the topic is straightforward and clear... especially considering the veil of secrecy that cloaked discussion of magic in previous centuries.
The book is divided into two major sections. The first is basically more theoretical, covering the theory of the Tree of Life... a topic that perpetually reveals more and more depth intricate layers. The second (and much larger) part is more practical, though it really deals with the theory behind magical practices. This section really helps to demystify the meanings behind magical practice, and has helped give me a more clear direction in my own path.
Particularly valuable are the treatments of WILL and IMAGINATION, the two key ingredients in practical magic... many exercises are weaved into the text, and the reasons as to why these and other elements are essential is very clearly covered. The best part of this book was definitely the chapter on the astral plane and exercises to develop abilities for astral projection... I would have paid for this chapter alone!
This book has immense benefit for both the "armchair magician" (stuck in theory with no practice) and the practicing magician. It is a great overview for aspiring magicians, and I sense it would only reveal more as readers become more experienced. I will come back to it again and again...
Regarding the connection with Crowley... although the back of my edition says the book is "the most comprehensive introduction to the... writings of Aleister Crowley", I find this insulting almost. i am a huge fan of Crowley, but Regardie relaly stand on his own, he does not need to piggyback on others' reputations. the publisher probably put it on to increase sales, because the book really has very little to do with Crowley, although it does explore many concepts found also in Crowley's book, but in a much more straightforward way.
At the very least, reading The Tree of Life helped expand my perspective and open my mind. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
The premise of the book is a study of magic as a technical system, stripped of cultural baggage, but that is where it fails slightly. For all the claims that they were free of religion, the Golden Dawn bunch really did seem obsessed with a form of monotheism, and one based in the Jewish faith. It's almost as if they want to keep that tie with traditional teachings, just in case! They obsess with Egypt as the cradle of religion, which it was in the sense that it spawned the Coptic church (from whence came the edited down version of the bible as we know it) & later on embraced Islamic tradition, but before all of that Egyption religion was not monotheistic in the sense that this book revels in.
However, if one ignores that , then it is possible to find a whole range of useful material. This book includes a discussion of the nature of the astral light, the qabalah (very briefly, but concisely), the symbolism & procurement of tools & the mechanics of ritual.
Of course, most of what can be found in this book can also be found in the likes of Crowley, but this has the added boon that Regardie doesn't spend half of the time pulling your leg with stories of baby sacrifice and that the material that is presented isn't obscured by dubious prose (a la Magick in Theory & Practice).
After reading this I am quite tempted to read his Garden of Pomegranates to see what he makes of the Qabalah. In short I would say that this book is worth getting for a study of how the Golden Dawn & many ritual magicians view magic (but of course in their eyes there is no other type of magic!), and also for some of the technical aspects of practice. Despite it being far from a stripped down version of magic, with quite an unacknowledged basis on Judaic teachings, the amount of information contained in it is nealry unparalelled. Worth the cover price ten times over (how very malkuth of me!).
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