The Tree of Life: An Illustrated Study in Magic
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Israel Regardie wrote The Tree of Life, a book many consider his magnum opus, in 1932. It has continued to sell for decades. And no wonder. Up until the time this book was published, very little information about true high magic was available to the public.
In this book, Regardie reveals the secrets of real magic. He begins with an explanation of what magic is and, just as importantly, what magic is not. He explains that it is a spiritual study and practice which, along with forms of yoga, forms the two branches of the tree that is mysticism. Magic is not being a medium or a psychic. Then he explains the tools of the magician, what they mean, and how to use them. He explains the techniques of evocation and invocation, skrying, and astral travel. He shows how the Qabalah unites everything. He even gives a description of the secrets of sexual magick. All of this is in a clear, lucid writing style. This book is simply a must for anyone who is, or aspires to be, a real magician.
Although Chic and Sandra Tabatha Cicero were friends of Regardie and are Senior Adepts of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, what changes could they have made to this classic book? Well, they did change the spelling from British style to American. And they did change his transliterations of Hebrew into the more popular style he used in his later books. But nothing vital was changed or removed. Everything else they added was complementary to the text that was there. And what incredible additions they are! Extensive annotations throughout every chapter; over 100 illustrations; more descriptive contents pages; a glossary, a bibliography and an index. They've even added a biographical note on Regardie and the importance of this book to him and to the occult world.
This book contains some of the finest occult writing that has ever been produced. And with the new material by the Ciceros, it becomes a must-have for any magician!
during the centuries. Few are there today who would appear to possess even the vaguest idea as to what constituted the high objective of that system considered by the sages of antiquity the Royal Art and the Transcendental Magic. And because there have been even fewer in number prepared to defend to the last its philosophy and disseminate its true principles amongst those found worthy of receiving, the field of war strewn with the mangled reputations of its Magi was relinquished to the
creates eternally," he writes, "the great Adam, the universal and perfect man, who contains in a single spirit all spirits and all souls. Intelligences therefore live two lives at once, one general which is common to them all, and the other special and individual."17 (See Figure 15, page 21.) This protoplastic Adam is called in that Qabalistic work named The Book of Splendour 18 "the Heavenly Man," and it comprises in one being, as the erudite Magus observes, the souls of all men and
Space anterior to all manifestation, was conceived as the naked body of the goddess Nuit,ll the queen of infinite space, and from her breasts the milk of the Stars, the primordial waters of substance, were portrayed as issuing forth. All that can be said with truth of this Absolute and Supreme Reality is that IT IS. This must suffice. Omnipresent, eternal, and self-existent-these are ideas which transcend even the loftiest flights of the trained
loka21 goes without saying. (See Figure 34, page 83.) The Divine Astral was known as the Kingdom of Osiris or Amentet; also named the Island of Truth whither no soul could be conveyed after his decease until after he had been declared "true of word"22 by the gods at the Great Reckoning. One corner of this region was specially set apart for the dwelling place of beatified souls, where Osiris as the God of Truth was the hope and eternal
Neshamah is further subdivided into three parts.) The Nephesh is the part of the soul that corresponds to the Sephirah of Yesod, the lower self and the lower unconscious. It is similar to Freud's concept of the id. The Nephesh contains primal instincts, fundamental drives and animal vitality. It is often attributed to the etheric double or the astral body. Theurgists are admonished to keep the