Reviews/Endorsements


Reviews and Endorsements
for Dreams of the Magus

Hypnotic meditations on the path(s), March 1, 2010

Chris Travers,  author of
The Serpent and The Eagle – An Introduction to the Elder Runic Tradition

Being an author who designed my own book, the first thing I notice about a book are the design elements, like spacing, font choice, margins, page size and the like. This book is unusual. The book uses a modern-family font with extra spacing between lines and paragraphs, and generally usable margins. The design stands out as breaking just about all the main rules of book design. If any other book were to be designed in this way, it would come across as awkward and not well designed. Yet this one succeeds in breaking these rules in useful ways to reinforce the feel of the book itself.

The book is best described as a series of 22 meditations (on the tarot cards, paths, or such). If you try to read the book with a focused mind or too quickly, it will immediately lose its charm. Instead it is a book to be read slowly, at an almost hypnotic rate, allowing the words to come at a far slower rate than speech. Read in this way, the book is a useful and insightful set of these meditations (or as the author calls them, dreams). The unusual formatting choices help put the reader into the right state.

The book is thus a gateway to the Arcana. One can see the influence of the Golden Dawn, of A. O. Spare, and many others in it. Those who are interested in the Western Mystery Tradition should definitely have it in their libraries.

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Nothing is this, and Nothing is that, April 26, 2010

Raven Digitalis, author of
Shadow Magick Compendium and Planetary Spells & Rituals

“One word: Paradox. I have only read a handful of books in my life that explore the often-overlooked ‘divine dichotemy’ of spiritual Paradox. The force of Paradox is the one thing that upholds and maintains all of reality. Nothing is ‘this’ and nothing is ‘that.’ At the same time, magicians, Witches, and innumerable other spiritual path-walkers so often quarrel over details. In my eyes, one must step back from the smaller bits in order to see the bigger picture. Magus Madstone’s text addresses the so-called ‘bigger picture’ of magick, spirituality, and (most importantly) the nature of reality itself.

Undertaking the daring task of putting these reflections to form, this book can be considered a collection of multidimensional observations funneled into a single-dimensional reality for the sake of communication. This book is clearly part of the author’s Great Work, or spiritual calling. The author touches on spiritual truths and questions that permeate numerous religions and belief systems around the world, yet never tells someone that they must believe–or observe reality–exactly how the author himself does. As a messenger of higher truths (as well as even higher questions), Dreams of the Magus is an especially relevant text for those wishing to gain new perspective in their magick or spiritual path. Those who are wishing to put aside their ultra-analytical (and often academically-overloaded) occult minds will find solace in the intuitive-yet-profound nature of this text. Those who feel a natural inclination to the intuitive, meditative, or reflective aspects of esoteric spirituality will feel a particular connection to the text.

This book is simultaneously written in a mystical, challenging style reminiscent of Robert Anton Wilson, while at the same time structured in a contemplative, altruistic style reminiscent of Thich Nhat Hanh. Regardless of what ‘type’ of magician or spiritual seeker you are, there is extreme benefit in reading this mind-expanding, reality-questioning, self-analytical text.”


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