Edited and introduced by Stephen Edred Flowers, Ph.D. This book opens the gate to the use of the authentic Hermetic formulas concealed in the magical papyri of Egypt. Students can use this information as a basis for developing and enacting their own magical systems. Organized in four parts - History, Theory, Practice, and Operation (in the form of the Magical Papyrus of Abaris). Illustrated. Glossary. Index.
Stephen E. Flowers
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I was definitely prepared to dismiss this as another frothy New Age production with the term "hermetic" used as a synonym for esoteric, occult or simply "cool". Instead Flowers does a good job of outlining the true history of classical Hermeticism, explaining its mixed Greek and Egyptian roots, its subsequent history, cosmology, Hermetic gematria and the operative magical use of Hermeticism in the Greek Magical Papyri.
I'm not wild about the term "postmodern" which already has a current definition that to my mind doesn't fit how Flowers uses it, because postmodernism is still atheistic/materialistic. On the other hand, what should we call the worldview that is necessary for astrology, alchemy and magic? A bit of a conundrum! Flowers is entirely correct, however, in pointing to a change from the modern worldview as a prerequisite for true contemporary Hermeticist.
I also wasn't wild at first about the "Epistle of Abaris" which is Flowers' own creation of a...
A practical manual for working with the PGM (Greek Magical Papyrii). Combine this with Dr. Stephen Skinner's Techniques of Graeco-Egyptian Magic and you have a complete course to provide you with a lifetime of work and exploration. If you are concerned about Flowers's changes (to modernize and streamline the rituals) he provides references to the original manuscript for you to determine their suitability. There is also a pronunciation chart in the appendices that alone would have made this book a must-have. And his theoretical chapter on how magic works, though short, is one of the better explanations I have read. Highly recommended.
I bought this book, based on wanting to learn more about the Greek Magical Papyri (pmg ) without actually having to read the gmp. It is written by a scholar who studied various works, he has edited out many of the horrific spellcrafting from the ancient books, that I was dreading sorting through.
I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in learning about the pmg, and does not want to wade through the kind of ancient spellcraft that gives nightmares to contemporary practitioners.
A huge THANK YOU to Stephen Edred Flowers for taking on this project, and taking out the negativity. Although he recommends serious students also read the pmg, I am one who will just stop at this book. Lots of great information, interesting comparisons to early Christianity and the teachings of Jesus, in addition to recognition of the Pagan foundations. Highly recommended.
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