The present-day revival of Western esotericism has its roots in occult traditions dating back to antiquity. The esoteric teachings of these fraternal orders were closely guarded and often passed on by word of mouth. During the early 1900s, many of the teachings
were preserved in the writings of prominent members of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and other occult fraternities that followed it.
Author Francis King examines the lives and work of these authors--among them S.L. MacGregor Mathers, Francis Yates, W. Wynn Westcott, and J.W. Brodie-Innes. Included are instructional documents, never before published, that were circulated amongst Golden Dawn members. These documents, known as the Flying Rolls, reveal secrets of psychic perception, astral travel, ritual magic, and various alchemical processes.
This edition, which includes all the Flying Rolls not published in Israel Regardie's Golden Dawn, will be of great interest and use to those with experience of practical occult techniques and those who are making their first experiments in esoteric practice. It is also essential reading for anyone interested in the historical development of Western occultism.
Francis King is a well-known author with a particular interest in alternative culture. He has written several books on esoteric traditions, both Eastern and Western, including most recently TANTRA FOR WESTERNERS (Destiny Books, 1986).
S.L. MacGregor Mathers et al., Astral Projection, Ritual Magic & Alchemy
Francis King (ed.)
Rochester, VT: Destiny Books, 1987
(1st UK ed. London: Neville Spearman, 1971)
Available from your local bookseller.
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