Magdalene Meretrix reviews Modern Magick: Eleven Lessons in the High Magickal Arts by Donald Michael Kraig in the Bkwyrm archive.
Kraig’s background in the Golden Dawn tradition is readily apparent in this excellent beginner’s text on ceremonial magick. Kraig takes the novice through several basic rituals, step-by-step, and explains the moves, tools and words in very clear English. Each chapter ends with review questions and a bibliography of suggested reading.
Kraig tackles subjects that beginners often find overwhelmingly confusing – the myriad convoluted ways of drawing pentacles, qabbala, goetia, sex magick, charging and consecrating talismans, creating magickal weapons – and offers straightforward explanations in lucid prose.
Although I disagree with some of the author’s views, particularly his oversimplification of “white” and “black” magick, overall I have found this to be a very useful addition to my library and feel that Kraig offers valuable insights for beginner and seasoned practitioner alike.