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Regardie I The Art Meaning Magic EN

Regardie I The Art Meaning Magic EN

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The Art and Meaning of Magic
by Israel Regardie
Sangreal Series No. 1
A Helios Book
1969
Magic in East & WestCopyright © 1968F.I. RegardieThe Meaning of MagicCopyright © 1964F.I. RegardieThe Art of MagicCopyright © 1964F.I. RegardieThe Publication of This Book was made possible through the co-operation of:THE SANGREAL FOUNDATION INC.P.O. Box 2580Dallas, Texas, 75221Published by Helios Book Service (Publications) Ltd.,8 The Square, Toddington, Cheltenham, Glos.Printed in Gt. Britain by Thaxted Printing Co. Ltd.,21 Town St, Thaxted, Essex.
Note for the World Wide Web Edition
To the best of my knowledge, this book is not currently in print. It is offered here in good faith, inaccordance with my belief that I am not costing anyone lost revenue, and that Dr. Regardie would havewanted this material to be widely available.Care has been taken to reproduce the book correctly; however some errors introduced in the opticalscanning process may have been overlooked.If anyone has any objection to the publication of this material in this medium, or discovers any errorswhich need to be corrected, please contact:David Burdette.
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MAGIC IN EAST AND WEST
by Israel Regardie
Copyright © 1968, F.I. RegardiePublished by
Helios
, 1969The Publication of This Book was made possible through the co-operation of:THE SANGREAL FOUNDATION INC.P.O. Box 2580Dallas, Texas, 75221When I was about seventeen years of age, a friend loaned me a copy of Major L. A. Waddell's
 Lamaism.
In those days it impressed me tremendously, no doubt because of its massive size. In every sense it was aheavy tome, and tomes then suggested depth and weight of scholarship and insight. Naturally I knewnothing at that time about Magic, and beyond a few theosophical allusions next to nothing of Buddhism.So the greater part of the significance and wide erudition of the book must have passed me bycompletely, though it is a veritable storehouse of knowledge.Then, out of the blue it appeared on my horizon again, again through the agency of a friend. In the lightof the little knowledge and experience gained through the passage of several years, its contents excitedme enormously--and it was with the utmost interest that I reconsidered it. For me, one of the things thatstood out most emphatically this time was the extraordinary similarity between--even the fundamentalunity of--the highest and most basic magical conceptions of both East and West. Whether this is due, asmany exponents of the Eastern wisdom would claim, to the direct importation of occult philosophy andpractice from the Orient to Western civilization, it is not my intention now to argue. Nonetheless, it is myconsidered belief that in Occidental countries there has definitely been a secret tradition on a practicallevel--a tradition which for centuries has orally transmitted the finer part of this magical knowledge. Infact, so jealously reserved at all times was this tradition that by most people it was hardly suspected atall. Very few were the fortunate individuals who in any age were drawn as though by invisible currentsof spiritual affinity to the concealed portals of its temples.Occasionally a small portion of this closely concealed tradition wormed its way outwards into books.Some of these latter are those which were written by Iamblichus and the later Neoplatonists, and also bystudents such as Cornelius Agrippa, Pietro d'Abano, and Eliphas Levi, etc. Its cruder elements foundexpression in the far-famed Clavicles, Grimoires and Goetias. Yet for the most part the true sequence of teaching, and the vast implications of its practical knowledge were, as above stated, maintained in strictprivacy. The reason for this secrecy may have been the feeling that there are only a small number in anyage, in any country, amongst any people, who are likely to appreciate or understand the deeper orsublimer aspects of Theurgy, the higher magic. It requires sympathy, much insight and a capacity forhard work, which needless to say few people possess. And there is, consequently, but little pointscattering broadcast these pearls of bright wisdom which can only be misunderstood.Indubitably this conclusion is corroborated by Waddell's
 Lamaism
. In point of fact, a good deal of 
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