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Low Magick: It's All In Your Head ... You Just Have No Idea How Big Your Head Is
Author: Lon Milo DuQuette
Published 2010 by Llewellyn
Paperback, 214 pages
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Reviewer: Mike Gleason
This is not a "Magick 101" book. It is, primarily, a collection of Mr. DuQuette's memories and stories. Its purpose is not so much to educate as it is to inform. There are lots of training books available on the market today (and some of them are even readable AND informative), but there are not so many books which help to make one aware of potential pitfalls (please note, I did NOT say dangers) along the way.
Although this is primarily a book of recollections, there is some useful data contained within the covers which will good for beginning and intermediate magicians. There are tables and graphs which are clearly presented and easy to absorb.
For a book on such a potentially weighty subject, this one was surprisingly readable. Mr. DuQuette comes across as very much an "average man". Far too many books by Ceremonial Magicians are full of ego-driven statements and stories; elaborate tools; grandiose rituals; and attempts to impress the reader with how different the author is from them. Not so with this presentation.
It is not, however, a book which will do a great job of teaching you magick. It will teach you about ways to appreciate your unique universe and your own place in it. For that, Mr. DuQuette is owed a great deal of appreciation and thanks. It takes a particularly talented author to accomplish that without a large dose of tedium. There are no tedious parts of this book, even when dealing with topics as easily misunderstood as Enochian Magick and demonic exorcism.
Looking for magickal instructions? Sorry, try again. Looking for stories about elaborate rituals and conjurations? Nope, sorry again. Looking for insight into the mind of a sincere magician with decades of experience? Okay, now you've got the right idea. Crack open this book and settle down with a broccoli quiche (see Chapter Eight) and a cup of coffee, and enjoy.
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