by Gerald and Betty Schueler
Llewellyn Publications, 1996 (48 pages, $2.99 US)
Review by Daven
I acquired this item hoping I would not only understand the “mysteries” of Enochian Magic I also hoped to use it as a reference for my High Magick class. I must give you my first impressions on this book when I opened the package and found it.
I thought, “Someone has been to the grocery store and put this in instead of the real book, it can’t have any information in it at all.” The book measures about 7 inches by 4 inches. Barely big enough to qualify as a pamphlet much less a “book. I saw how thin it was, 48 pages, and I didn’t think it could hold any information at all.
Reading it took almost no time. I took two days to polish it off, but that was simply because I kept getting distracted by other things. I was not able to sit down and read it from front to back in a couple hours as I normally do.
Despite that, I learned things from it. I learned where Enochian magick comes from, how Edward Kelly was involved in the creation of Enochian, what the Angelic alphabet has to do with Enochian and why so many people are cautious about this school of magick.
As a Wiccan practitioner, I saw quite a number of things that were familiar to me. I understood that this system is one of the roots of modern Western Magick as we now know it. I discovered that Enochian was at the root for what would become The Golden Dawn in the 18th Century. It helped me to understand where Crowley and Gardner got their ideas.
I was frustrated with the brevity in this book. A LOT of this information is glossed over, skipped over, run around, and mentioned in passing never to be looked at again. I understand that this is because of the space constraints, but an example of how brief this information is would be me saying that 2 + 2 = 4 and asking you to infer from that formula that E = mc² or a² + b² = c². There is so much that is NOT here that I was I was left feeling as thought I had read the outline instead of the book. If I give specifics about this book, there would be no point in your purchase of it.
However, I do think that as a point of beginning and understanding some of the more esoteric aspects of modern Magick, this book would be useful, if one didn’t want to go out and spend hundreds of dollars for the full study texts. It’s brief and to the point, but it is not any kind of reference. It’s more of a “This is a really brief overview of this path, so if you don’t know anything about Enochian Magick, you can at least understand what practitioners of Enochian are saying to you.”
I give this book 2 1/2 stars out of 5. It’s average in the amount of information given. I will re-read it in hopes of gleaning more information before I store it away.
Originally posted 2014-04-23 17:25:03. Republished by Blog Post Promoter