The Secret Lore of Magic has 45 ratings and 6 reviews. Ita said: Crazy, entertaining but repetitive, often funny, very original. These were among my firs. Full text of “The Secret Lore of Magic by Idries Shah” . II THE SECRET LORE OF MAGIC The Lemegeton (Little Key of Solomon) is another book examined in. Results 1 – 30 of 64 The Secret Lore of Magic by Idries Shah and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. This book aims to include the entire text of all the major grammars of sorcery with commentaries and illustrations, providing a comprehensive survey of ritual magic, black and idrjes magic and sorcery.
The author brings together material on spells, charms, divination and magical conjuration. The book should be of interest to all students and scholars of the black arts, with This book aims to include the entire text of all the major grammars of sorcery with lpre and illustrations, providing a comprehensive survey of ritual magic, black and white magic and sorcery. The book should be of interest to all students and scholars of the black arts, with its compendium of rare grimoires or source books of magical arts, containing spells, charms and methods of making powerful talismans.
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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Aug 25, Ita rated it it was amazing. Crazy, entertaining but repetitive, often funny, very original. Perhaps, by taking liberties, he was illustrating an aspect of this literature. Magic is a field where the human imagination runs wild.
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For answers I turned to Wikipedia. The book was published in Since Dennis Wheatley had Crazy, entertaining but repetitive, often funny, very original. He said that his son researched for several years before publishing his two books on magic. It is as much a part of us as walking upright on two legs, but is as hidden from us as our bones. We use it as a substitute for effort and knowledge, and in the hope that through it we will avoid pain.
It determines our decisions about going to war and can affect how we treat illness. It is evident when we use religion to seek power or wealth, or to further our own ambitions. We have learned to understand and employ more effectively the power of the placebo and of hypnosis. Sufi books can be written with a main purpose but be capable, at a different time, of supplying other insights.
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I was not initially attracted to this book as I didn’t think I was interested in magic, though I have been reading other books by Idries Shah. A review by Ita on Amazon on 25 August suggests that magical thinking is not just confined to self confessed magicians but is widespread among us all. That suggested a wider appreciation of the content. Anyway this is an extraordinary collection of very difficult to get hold of manuscripts, issued in xhah very attractive and readable format.
And there a I was not initially attracted to this book as I didn’t think I was interested in magic, though I have been reading other books by Idries Shah. And there are many incidental delights on the way. How could you resist instructions like these: Now go out and buy, without dispute over the price, a new pot of earthenware, which shall have a lid.
Return to your house as fast as sscret can, fill the pot with water from a spring, until it is not quite full.
Place the knotted hairs in it, cover sscret, and place it where neither you nor anyone else can see it, for there is danger in this. Aug 21, Dan Sperling rated it ,agic was amazing. But from time immemorial, a different kind of magic has fascinated — and frightened — ot of people all over the globe: Shah presents the spells, symbols and incantations exactly as he finds them in the original grimoires, without superimposing his own interpretation — while adding useful background information on the magical beliefs and techniques of the practitioners.
Nov 06, Dean rated it it was ok. Pretty much a cut n paste of several classical manuscripts from Western Occultism. Includes Key of Solomon, material from Albertus etc. While this would be interesting in the ‘s, it’s been done better in recent times by numerous authors.
Very little original material here before he started his Sufism focus. Seccret 14, Mike rated it liked it Shelves: Enjoyed it before partner burned it, in !
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Born in India, the descendant of a family of Afghan nobles, Shah grew up mainly in England. His ea Idries Shah Persian: His early writings centred on magic and witchcraft. In he established a publishing house, Octagon Press, producing translations of Sufi classics as well as titles of his own. His most seminal work was The Sufis, which appeared in and was well received internationally.
InShah founded the Institute for Cultural Research, a London-based educational charity devoted to the study of human behaviour and culture. In his writings, Shah presented Sufism as a universal form of wisdom that predated Islam.
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Emphasising that Sufism was not static but always adapted itself to the current time, place and people, he framed his teaching in Western psychological hsah. Shah made extensive use of traditional teaching stories and parables, secrret that contained multiple layers of meaning designed to trigger insight and self-reflection in the reader.
He is perhaps best known for his collections of humorous Mulla Nasrudin stories. Shah was at times criticised by orientalists who questioned his credentials and background. His role in the controversy surrounding a new translation of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, published by his friend Robert Graves and his older brother Omar Ali-Shah, came in for particular scrutiny.
However, he also had many notable defenders, chief among them the novelist Doris Lessing. Shah came to be recognised as a spokesman for Sufism in the West and lectured as a visiting professor at a number of Western universities.
His works have played a significant part in presenting Sufism as a secular, individualistic form of spiritual wisdom. Idries Shah’s books on Sufism achieved considerable critical acclaim. The reception of Shah’s movement was also marked by much controversy. Some orientalists were hostile, in part because Shah presented classical Sufi writings as tools for self-development to be used by contemporary people, rather than as objects of historical study.
Elwell-Sutton from Edinburgh University, Shah’s fiercest critic, described his books as “trivial”, replete with errors of fact, slovenly and inaccurate translations and even misspellings of Oriental names and words — “a muddle of platitudes, maagic and plain mumbo-jumbo”, adding for good measure that Shah had “a remarkable opinion of his own importance”.
Expressing amusement and amazement at the “sycophantic manner” of Shah’s interlocutors in a BBC radio interview, Elwell-Sutton concluded that some Western intellectuals were “so desperate to find answers to the questions that baffle them, that, confronted with wisdom from ‘the mysterious East,’ they abandon their critical faculties and submit to brainwashing of the loer kind”. Books by Idries Shah.
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