Living Magic is a profound exploration of real magical practice from four esteemed members of the famous Bonn Workshop for Experimental Magic. This book is an invaluable source of practical knowledge for contemporary occultists and magical practitioners.
This book features 24 essays exploring topics like Hermeticism, Da'ath magic, states of consciousness, magic and science, political dimensions, magical healing, folk magic, and astrology. The renowned occultist Frater U∴ D∴ explores the split between high and low magic. Harry Eilenstein discusses using magic for the clearest expression of your soul. Josef Knecht shares insights on breaking through the web of collective reality. Axel Büdenbender shares his most unforgettable rituals. These reflections, theories, stories, and tips taken together comprise a must-have modern grimoire for all students of the occult.
"For anyone wanting to explore magic but not sure where to begin, this book is a gold mine. At least one of the authors has worked as a counsellor, and that might explain how these interviews, as well as the chapters that address basic questions about magic—the mistakes, the politics, the different schools, the relationship with science, the fetish of legitimacy etc.—manage to be simultaneously profound, sensitive and really down to earth."—Ramsey Dukes, author of SSOTBME Revised: An Essay on Magic and Uncle Ramsey's Little Book of Demons
"In the too often stuffy environment of contemporary occultism, Living Magic is not merely a breath of fresh air but a cleansing wind. No matter what kind of magic you practice, no matter what tradition (or lack of tradition) guides you, you will find plenty in this book to challenge you, irritate you, and make you think more deeply about what magic is and what it can be."—John Michael Greer, author of The New Encyclopedia of the Occult and The Mysteries of Merlin
"The pathways described in this book by Frater U.D. and his distinguished colleagues show the individual magical practitioner, regardless of tradition, how to succeed on a higher level. The contents of this book, honestly read, practiced, and understood will open new doors of power and invite you to enter."—Edred Thorsson, author of Futhark: A Handbook of Rune Magic
"Now, after decades of practice and reflection, Frater U.D. and three other original members of the Workshop provide us with a collection of writings that brings lessons, anecdotes, and insights (gleaned from actual practice) together with theory, history, and discussion. In regard to history, the book gives the reader a welcome overview of the modern magical tradition, from the Hermetic Order of The Golden Dawn, the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia, Aleister Crowley, the Ordo Templi Orientis, the Fraternitas Saturni, Austin Spare and the'Zos Kia Cultus,' the Illuminates of Thanateros, Chaos Magic, and Ice Magic, to such practices as sex magic and sigil magic. Yet, from telepathy and healing to considerations of energy and psychology, at its core, Living Magic is concerned with the practice of magic: what it is, why it works, and (the greatest problem for all magicians) that it does."—Angel Millar, author of The Three Stages of Initiatic Spirituality: Craftsman, Warrior, Magician
"Living Magic is a unique book, written by members of an informal group who met regularly for three years in the early 1980s in Bonn, Germany, to experiment with practical magic. ... Its real value lies in the insights it offers into highly diverse mentalities of modern magicians."—Rafa? T. Prinke, author of The Deceptive Garden of Errors: Alchemical Writings Until the End of the 18th Century
"Reading the first few pages of Living Magic was enough to convince me that here was a truly authentic text. ... Authenticity and authenticism will become keynotes in describing magical texts in the months and years to come, drawing a clear line between books such as Living Magic and the coming plethora of books which will pretend, quite preposterously, as some already have, to have been written by magi. Occultists diverse of cloak and creed will want Living Magic on their shelves for inspiration and for frequent reference."—Ray Sherwin, author of The Theatre of Magick and The Book of Results