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  • Author:
    Isaac Bonewits
  • ISBN:
    0877286884
  • ISBN13:
    978-0877286882
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  • Publisher:
    Red Wheel / Weiser; Revised edition (February 1, 1989)
  • Pages:
    304 pages
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    New Age & Spirituality
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Not stage magic, but REAL MAGIC. Isaac Bonewitz graduated from Cal Berkeley in 1970 with a BA in magic and thaumaturgy. This book is not a grimoire of arcane spells and occult symbols. No recipes calling for "eye of Newt" will be found within

Not stage magic, but REAL MAGIC. No recipes calling for "eye of Newt" will be found within. This is a systematic attempt to study, categorize, and perhaps even explain the phenomena of magic, from ESP to Eastern ritual. Bonewitz does not write a superstitious text.

Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Real Magic: An Introductory Treatise on the . Bonewits is witty and possessed of a mind that peers around corners. a fresh exploration of magic. - Publishers Weekly (1971).

Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Real Magic: An Introductory Treatise on the Basic Principles of Yellow Magic. Definitely something new-a book both scholarly and readable. - San Francisco Chronicle (1971). Groundbreaking and thought provoking, this seminal work of magical theory was perhaps the first logical, rigorously sensible look at magic. - PanGaia, Issue Number 3 of.

Examines every category of occult phenomena from ESP to Eastern ritual and explores the basic laws of magic, relating them to the natural laws of the universe.

Isaac Bonewits is one of the America's most well-known Druidic leaders and teachers. He is the founder of the ADF, the largest Druid organization in the United States. Bonewits is also the author of several books, including Real Magic, The Pagan Man, and Witchcraft: A Concise Guide. Библиографические данные. Real Magic: An Introductory Treatise on the Basic Principles of Yellow Magic. Издание: исправленное.

In his book Real Magic (1971), Bonewits proposed his "Laws of Magic. 1972, 1979, 1989) Weiser Books. Many interrelationships exist, and some belief systems are subsets of others. This work was chosen by Dennis Wheatley in the 1970s to be part of his publishing project 'Library of the Occult'. The Druid Chronicles (Evolved).

Isaac Bonewits delivers with force into exactly how the various systems of magic have been performed from past to present and the theories of how they possibly function.

Examines every category of occult phenomena from ESP to Eastern ritual and explores the basic laws of magic, relating them to the natural laws of the universe

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Real Magic: An Introductory Treatise on the Basic Principles of Yellow Magic.

Isaac Bonewits' Real Magic is one of the first serious books on magical .

Isaac Bonewits' Real Magic is one of the first serious books on magical theory I read, and one that reveals new insights with every re-reading. It is the first book that comes to mind when I am asked about books on magic because of Bonewits' engaging style and willingness to think through his theories. Bonewits himself does show through in his work in ways both good and bad, however. Real Magic is written such that the beginner will pick up on the broad strokes while perhaps not catching the finer bits of detail that reveal themselves with further attention. Yellow magick is magick dealing with intelligence, the intellect

Examines every category of occult phenomena from ESP to Eastern ritual and explores the basic laws of magic, relating them to the natural laws of the universe.

Swordsong
This book is harsh. Very, very harsh. The author was not only a specialist and advanced practitioner of magic, but also a strict atheist and materialist who interpreted magic as a set of yet to be properly discovered physical principles and laws. You'll find no fluff here. This is a hard, almost scientific theorization on how magic might work, with some small practical examples (if you think a "kill spell" is small) added for good measure.

And, boy, isn't the author angry? He despises and criticizes to no end everyone he considers charlatans:

* Religions? He deconstructs them showing how their rites fit within his theory of magic, hence concluding they're just so many additional schools of magic;

* Gods? Useful tools the mage creates (yes, creates) as focus points, but ultimately unreal;

* Spirits? Blobs of memories stored in our collective unconscious that living people can tap into;

* Phantoms? Those same memories, animated by a living person doing unconscious magic;

* Souls? No, you're dead, you're gone.

Some aspects of the book are dated, mainly its reliance on 1970's research that for one reason or another went nowhere, its predictions about how the world of magical research would be shaped by the 2000's but weren't, and its "Switchboard" theory of the collective unconscious, which is well behind the current state of the art in information theory. But those are minor problems. The actually important stuff is still as mind blowing as when the book was written, and worth the price alone.

If someday in the future magic is proven true and a physical "thing" no different than electricity or nuclear forces, this book will be looked back as the starting point in that revolution. If not, well, it was a good try. In either case, get it and be prepared to have your entire belief set challenged.
JUST DO IT
I found that the author did a great job at conveying the ideas and procedures found within the occult so they would be more accessible to the general population. The author wrote well and the concepts outlined in Real Magic are easily understood and digested.
If you are new to the occult or magic, this book offers great insights into a majority of the different studies and ideas contained within the arts. Likewise, if you have some experience in the Craft or Occult, the book offers the author's insights into the mechanics of the systems we use and, perhaps, an explanation of what those mechanics actually are. There's something for everyone.
I highly recommend Real Magic to anyone looking to expand their horizons.
Jeronashe
Not stage magic, but REAL MAGIC. Isaac Bonewitz graduated from Cal Berkeley in 1970 with a BA in magic and thaumaturgy. This book is not a grimoire of arcane spells and occult symbols. No recipes calling for "eye of Newt" will be found within. This is a systematic attempt to study, categorize, and perhaps even explain the phenomena of magic, from ESP to Eastern ritual.
Bonewitz does not write a superstitious text. He claims "I am not anti-scientific... What I have objected to is the modern worship of science as an infallible source of truth, endowed with 'supernatural' powers over mortal men."
Early on, Bonewitz describes laws of magic, gleaned from multiple cultures and magical system. These include relatively obvious ideas, such as the Law of Knowledge (Knowledge is power & Know thyself) and esoteric ones, like the Law of True Falsehoods (If it's a paradox, it's probably true).
He considers parapsychology, doing a useful job of considering some phenomena, and a more dubious job of trying to explain them. Nevertheless, this chapter does a coherent job of postulating why "mainstream" science does not verify parapsychological claims.
One of the most important chapters considers the difference between "Black" and "White" magic. "The whole idea of White as Good and Black as Evil is purely the result of cultural bigotries." (p. 95) While magic, as any other tool, can be ethical or unethical, ethics are not a matter of "light" or "dark."
His most practical chapter is the one entitled Fundamental Patterns of Ritual. "The best spells and rituals are modern ones, written by yourself and designed to affect you personally, with your twentieth-century mind." (p. 162)
The book has a good, but dated bibliography.
What use is it? It's a good introduction to contemporary magical practice, as opposed to the "Do this spell this way because the ancients (or some other authority) did it this way." Bonewitz explains why things might work and what type of an approach might be useful to adopt. It's good reading for the magic practitioner. It complements the various magical system books available (How to be a Witch in 13 Easy Lessons) as well as the more scholarly anthropological texts (such as Eliade's The Sacred and the Profane, which I have also reviewed). It's a laudatory attempt to move beyond the works of Aleister Crowley, Scott Cunningham, and Janet & Stewart Farrar.
(If you've enjoyed this review, consider reading my other reviews here on Amazon. Thanks, Elderbear)