A Few Authors of Note


First thing first, fellow Mage-wannabes;  whom to read and whom to avoid.

John Michael Greer tops my list in the To Read category.  Why?  Simple.  In the case of Encyclopedia of Natural MagicGreer has gone back to the old herbals and works by the master herbalists of the past, such as Nicholas Cullpepper.  So get everything you can of his.

The only other author I’ll recommend at this point is Edred Thorsson.  He seemed a bit fanatical in the introduction to Futhark: A Handbook of Rune Magicbut, he too knows his stuff.

The two authors I avoid are the late Scot Cunningham and Ralph Blum.  Unlike Greer, it seems that Cunningham didn’t go back to the old herbals and alchemical texts and Blum freely admits that his take on rune lore comes not from a traditional system like that of Thorsson but is his own making.

One final note about authors.  Many of the esoteric and occult books I’ve read over the past 20+ years have had testimonials of  ‘how the system worked for me’ crap in them.  If you find that in a book you’re reading, something’s wrong.  This could be for one of two reasons.  One, the author clearly feels that his or her work wouldn’t hold up to scrutiny, and includes the stories to give credence to what he or she is trying to sell you on, or the manuscript isn’t long enough and the stories were included to pad the text.

In Peace,

N.

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