The Tree of Life: An Illustrated Study in Magic

The Tree of Life: An Illustrated Study in Magic

by Chic Cicero (Editor), Chic (Editor), Chic Cicero (Editor), Israel Regardie (Author), Sandra Tabatha Cicero (Editor)

Synopsis

Delve into the astonishing depths of Regardie's magical magnum opus - one of the most comprehensive books on magic ever to appear * From the author of A Garden of Pomegranates, The Golden Dawn, and The Middle Pillar * A lavishly illustrated edition of The Tree of Life, annotated with critical commentary and explanatory notes * Includes a new introduction, glossary, bibliography, and index In 1932, when magic was a 'forbidden subject', Israel Regardie wrote The Tree of Life at the age of 24. From the day it first appeared, this book has remained in high demand by ceremonial magicians for its skillful combination of ancient wisdom and modern magical experience.

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Format: Illustrated
Pages: 552
Edition: 3rd ed.
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S.
Published: 31 Jan 2001

ISBN 10: 1567181325
ISBN 13: 9781567181326
Book Overview: Israel Regardie is the author of A Garden of Pomegranates , The Golden Dawn , and The Middle Pillar .

Media Reviews
Have you ever heard of Elbert Hubbard? After being a soap salesman he founded the Roycrofters (part of the handicraft movement) and the Roycroft Press, which printed magazines and books filled with inspiration and information. He was popular in the early 1900s. Most people today have never heard of him.

On the other hand, you've probably heard of Israel Regardie. About his book, The Tree of Life, famous occultist Dion Fortune wrote, .. .it is going to be one of the classics of occultism. She was right.

The Tree of Life was a book of its time. And just as poor Elbert is pretty obscure today, so, too, are many of the references in Regardie's book. It was time, not to change the book, but to update it for modern readers.

The ideal people to do this were Chic and Sandra Tabatha Cicero, Senior Adepts of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and respected writers and lecturers. The actual changes they made were few -- they Americanized some British spellings and carefully turned the transliterations of Hebrew into the modern system that Regardie used in his later books. But that was just the beginning.

Next, they made numerous explanatory notes for each chapter so that everyone can now fully understand the book. Then, to make it easier to use and more valuable they added a glossary, a bibliography, an index, and information on each chapter for the contents pages. To show its importance, they included a biographical preface giving information about Regardie and the book. And finally, to make it even more attractive, they've added over 100 illustrations. Now, this classic from the year 1932 is again a classic for the 21st century. Elbert Hubbard may be forgotten, but this book is fresh and lively. Again, if you get a book on real magic, this should be it!

Author Bio
Israel Regardie (1907-1985) was credited with removing the excessive secrecy surrounding modern occultism and for making the techniques of high magic available to all interested students. This edition was annotated by two Senior Adepts of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.