Bonewits brings magic out of the dark ages and into the computer age in a to tarot, you will investigate the laws, uses, history and manifestations of real magic. . Isaac Bonewits is one of North America’s leading experts on ancient and. Real Magic: An Introductory Treatise on the Basic Principles of Yellow Magic. Front Cover · Isaac Bonewits. Weiser Books, Jan 15, – Body, Mind & Spirit. Real Magic: An Introductory Treatise on the Basic Principles of Yellow Light. Front Cover. Isaac Bonewits. Red Wheel Weiser, Jan 15, – Body, Mind & Spirit.
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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. Paperbackpages. Published January 15th by Weiser Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Real Magicplease sign up.
See 1 question about Real Magic…. Lists with This Book. Mar 15, Tim rated it it was amazing Shelves: One of the most invaluable texts that anyone interested in magic and the occult should read. 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.
This is written in a textbook like format, though do not expect it to be a dry read as Bonewits always manages to inject his own personal style of humorous commentary into the mix.
Two words that are commonly repeated throughout the text One of the most invaluable texts that anyone interested in magic and the occult should read. Two words that are commonly repeated throughout the text in my opinion should even keep the hardcore detractor at bay are “Insufficient data”, which in short serve to show most of the concepts presented here, like a majority of all real sciences, are supported by enough data to deserve attention but cannot be conclusively determined as “true” or “false”.
In fact even Bonewits himself urges any readers to collect their own data for themselves and form their own conclusions one of the clearest signs an author is not full of BS.
In short, even though this text was written several decades ago at the time of this review, in my opinion it still holds up quite well and truly should be a point of study for anyone seriously concerned in learning about what “Real Magic” truly is. Aug 12, Elizabeth added it.
In honor of the man we lost today, I think it’s time to re-read this classic. Feb 20, Jack rated it really liked it. This is a book that requires several readings. After one reading, I’m not sure I understand everything that Isaac was laying out, but I found it a challenging and engaging read that requires much note-taking. This is also more of a thesis on the concept of “magic” and requires a lot of thought. Not for those looking for fluff and airy-fairy concepts.
This appears to be a scholastic work by a person whose veracity I respect. Sep 06, Matthew rated it it was amazing. Jul 04, Dawn Albright rated it liked it.
I enjoyed the concept of the switchboard and the bibliography is worth it in itself, but overall I thought the book felt super dated and didn’t have a lot of information I could use in any way. Really enjoyed reading it. Not real useful in real life. Read think and grow rich by Napoelon Hill for the real secrets of real magic and to get all your grandest dreams!
Jun 13, Ptwotheesan Atelier rated it it was amazing. Confirmed some ideas I’ve hadbut couldn’t name. Still relevant after all these years. Not what I expected at all. In a good way. May 14, Erik Akre rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Isaac Bonewits is thoroughly likable, with his dry and sardonic sense of humor and his compelling intelligence. He takes his subject seriously, however, and shares his wisdom with a direct, no-nonsense attitude in his prose.
He explores the techniques, theories, and reasoning of working magic. By the end of the book, one is itching to put his ideas into practice. For one who has dabbled, or wants to have dabbled, in the practice of magic, this book will be a hard kick in the pants and a powerful Isaac Bonewits is thoroughly likable, with his dry and sardonic sense of humor and his compelling intelligence.
For one who has dabbled, or wants to have dabbled, in the practice of magic, this book will be a hard kick in the pants and a powerful urge forward.
There is no doubts or maybes expressed in these pages, only the firm conviction that magic is a reality on the psychic level, and it has incredible power to make change in the physical.
The connection between symbol, ritual, intention, and psychic power creates real results that cannot be denied, he says. The skeptic would put the book down quickly as nonsense and fantasy, perhaps laughing out loud at the claims Bonewits makes. One is quickly convinced though, no matter one’s response, that Bonewits means what he says, and that the author has truly experienced the efficacy of his practice, whether by intention or by accident.
I was, at least. I admit, I do have an open mind to such things. I was convinced, and I still am, although I have been but a dabbler myself. There is an “anything goes, as long as it really works” attitude that is very appealing and convincing.
One important point he makes is that one has to have strong intention and strong faith that what one is doing is truly “real. I guess that’s the real hurdle, but this book lowers it and increases one’s conviction that he can clear it.
Very highly recommend for magical practitioners of all kinds. A treatise unlike and far superior to any other I’ve come across. A look at the occult sciences for people in the 21st century. 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 expe A look at the occult sciences for people in the 21st century. 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. Dec 26, Meredith Burkart rated it really liked it Shelves: I thought this book was a great starting place for Coming from a kundalini yoga background and traditional Catholic upbringing, I do wish that he’d explored mantras and mundras a bit more–especially in those two contexts.
Sep 30, Onyx rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I should have made a comment earlier back in But I do have plans to read this again. Next time, I’ll do a better review. If I were to do a class on Introduction to Magic or on Magic Theory, this would be one of the books I would choose to assign as suggested reading, if not the only one. Although Bonewits was sarcastic, he was a great magical scholar and researcher.
He later turned Modern Druid, but it doesn’t take away from his work. This is his first book. So, you want to k April 24, So, you want to know about magic. I suggest you start with this. Oct 02, Megan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Practical, organized, simple, and amusing, Bonewits’ book is a tome which will tickle even skeptics.
The principles and methods of magic are drawn from his comparative study of world traditions and are supplemented by his own theory of how it all works.
I found myself laughing almost every page, and the clear, everyday language made reading a breeze. Jan 07, Awenydd Orchantra Faeryn rated it liked it.
Real Magic: An Introductory Treatise on the Basic Principles of Yellow Light
He is funny, which lightened the book up, since it is heavy in references and examples, which may be beneficial for those who need convincing, but as one who does not, it dragged some. Jul 30, Erisson rated it it was amazing Shelves: Read this quite a while back, but I found it very entertaining and informative. His way of thinking about magic and energy appeals to me a great deal, as it strokes the scientific side of my nature and makes it easier for me to get into the magical mindset.
That said, it was dry sometimes, and people who have a dogmatic view of religion or magic probably won’t like it. Mar 17, Chris Sherbak rated boneeits it was amazing. A seminal book for me, along with Huson’s “Mastering Witchcraft. The notion that magic was not just black and white plus all that entailed forged my alignment with polytheistic thought.
And the idea that there were other Neopagans “out there” beyond Wicca was liberating and so satisfying. Jan 20, Maggie issac it. There’s a lot of bonewjts information in here from parapsychological research and spiritual comparative studyissac the book feels dated and the tone is smarmy.