The Great Wizards of Antiquity: The Dawn of Western Magic and Alchemy

The Great Wizards of Antiquity: The Dawn of Western Magic and Alchemy❮Reading❯ ➿ The Great Wizards of Antiquity: The Dawn of Western Magic and Alchemy Author Guy Ogilvy – Heartforum.co.uk A Guided Tour through the Untamed Territories of Magic Book of the Great Wizards of History Trilogy The history of wizardry comes alive with dozens of unique portraits capturing the most remarkable a A Guided Tour through the Wizards of PDF/EPUB Á Untamed Territories of Magic Bookof the Great Wizards of History Trilogy The history of wizardry comes alive with dozens of unique portraits capturing the most remarkable and infamous practitioners of magic and alchemy Combining up to date historical scholarship and his own keen interpretations of primary texts, Guy Ogilvy develops a fascinating saga of magical thought and practiceThe story begins with the prehistoric culture of The Great PDF/EPUB or the Lion Man and moves on to Orpheus and the great figures of myth Discover the unparalleled influence of Pythagoras and the pre Socratics as they experience the mysterious glories of Apollo s touch Behold the leading alchemists of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance as they carry forth the surviving wisdom of the ancients, working their unique magic even as powerful social and political forces align against themMagic is a Great Wizards of Epub á vital element of history The Great Wizards of Antiquity weaves together the loose threads of magic to form a comprehensive tapestry, challenging the ideas brought forth by peddlers of the mundane and returning a sense of enchantment to its rightful place in the human spiritIn this book, you will discover the beliefs and teachings of sorcerers, healers, philosophers, alchemists, and mythological figures, including The Lion Man Animal magic the modern mindOrpheus Incantations the magic of musicDionysus Wild rites the gift of winePythagoras Metempsychosis the wisdom of the cave dwellersPherekydes Open secrets the immortality of soulsThe Pythia The oracle at Delphi ecstatic prophecyEpimenides Sacred caves the unknown godsAbaris The golden arrow the Hyperborean Apollo Zalmoxis Thrace the Celtic connectionHermotimus Astral travel the preeminence of psycheAristeas The form of a raven the wonders of ApolloParmenides The man who knows the nightmare ride to hellEmpedocles Bronze sandals the four elementsZosimos Transmutation inner purification J bir ibn ayy n Islamic alchemy the theory of balanceJan Baptista Van Helmont The stranger the projecting powderThe Comte de Saint Germain Universal medicine the elixir of lifeParacelsus Legendary cures the open book of natureJames PriceThe Royal Society the Philosopher s Stone.

Guy Ogilvy is a leading Wizards of PDF/EPUB Á alchemical researcher, writer and practicing alchemist He lives in the UK from barnesandnoble.

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  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • The Great Wizards of Antiquity: The Dawn of Western Magic and Alchemy
  • Guy Ogilvy
  • 23 March 2019
  • 0738744123

10 thoughts on “The Great Wizards of Antiquity: The Dawn of Western Magic and Alchemy

  1. Lora Carney says:

    I have to admit I was expecting this to bebiographical about the known magicians in history, but it actually turned out to be eveninteresting The first part covers the prehistoric culture of the Lion Man and tribal magic, then it moves on to the Orphic and Dionysian cults and the great figures of myth, which I found very interesting A lot of history and basically anthropology comes into it, then it moves forward in history eventually coming to mathematicians and alchemists, some of I have to admit I was expecting this to bebiographical about the known magicians in history, but it actually turned out to be eveninteresting The first part covers the prehistoric culture of the Lion Man and tribal magic, then it moves on to the Orphic and Dionysian cults and the great figures of myth, which I found very interesting A lot of history and basically anthropology comes into it, then it moves forward in history eventually coming to mathematicians and alchemists, some of whom are better known like Paracelsus, though I have to admit a little disappointment that John Dee and Nicholas Flamel got left out as these are two of the most relevant personages in the history of magic But then another reviewer said there was a series, so maybe we ll eventually see even relatively modern magicians like Crowley, Austin Spare, Jaq D Hawkins and Peter J Carroll The writing style might seem dry to some, but those of us who enjoy mythology don t mind that The personal experiences of the author also lent interest Altogether a fascinating and well researched piece of work

  2. Elaine says:

    Thanks to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of The Great Wizards of Antiquity. When I selected this book, I thought it was going to be about historical figures from the old timey fun timey past whose intellect and passion for knowledge and magic would be discussed, including famous literary characters like Merlin and Gandalf.But The Great Wizards of Antiquity was a hot mess and readlike a vanity project for the author.He spends most of his time discussing Greek mythological figures, delvin Thanks to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of The Great Wizards of Antiquity. When I selected this book, I thought it was going to be about historical figures from the old timey fun timey past whose intellect and passion for knowledge and magic would be discussed, including famous literary characters like Merlin and Gandalf.But The Great Wizards of Antiquity was a hot mess and readlike a vanity project for the author.He spends most of his time discussing Greek mythological figures, delving so much into Greek mythology, padding the book with anecdotes and writings from famous Greek philosophers The first half of the book is a love song to the Greek god, Orpheus Literary.Then, the author enjoys peppering the book with his personal hallucinogenic experiences from his travels to far and distant lands, either to demonstrate he s open minded orcoolabout stuff like that, I m not sure, but the narrative jumps back and forth constantly, which distracted me Also, I don t think its wise to ingest any strange and foreign substances in a strange land, but that s just me.There are tons of quotes and literary anecdotes sectioned from numerous sources, nearly all of which went in one ear and out the other.This was boring as heck, bland and uninteresting If I wanted to read about Greek gods and goddesses, I ve got my copy of D Aulaires Book of Greek Myths.

  3. Andrew Logan says:

    I really enjoyed this book While it did cover a somewhat loosely connected thread from ancient Greece to Western Alchemy, I found all of it interesting and well written The author s personal stories that are found in parts throughout the book I felt added to the content Overall a great run through several interesting ancient wizards including Pythagoras and my personal favourite the Comte de Saint Germain I look forward to the two sequels that are mentioned to be coming Great Wizards of th I really enjoyed this book While it did cover a somewhat loosely connected thread from ancient Greece to Western Alchemy, I found all of it interesting and well written The author s personal stories that are found in parts throughout the book I felt added to the content Overall a great run through several interesting ancient wizards including Pythagoras and my personal favourite the Comte de Saint Germain I look forward to the two sequels that are mentioned to be coming Great Wizards of the Renaissance and Great Wizards of Secret Societies I find the themes fascinating and personally relevant,

  4. Chelz Lor says:

    Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a review DNF 52% completeThis is not at all what I was expecting and while I am willing to take some heat for not perhaps doingresearch into the book prior to requesting it from NetGalley, I have never been lead down a path of lies before from just reading the synopsis provided on their site.Now, however, after this experience I may have to change the way I handle things What I was expecting was a historical novel ab Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a review DNF 52% completeThis is not at all what I was expecting and while I am willing to take some heat for not perhaps doingresearch into the book prior to requesting it from NetGalley, I have never been lead down a path of lies before from just reading the synopsis provided on their site.Now, however, after this experience I may have to change the way I handle things What I was expecting was a historical novel about famous historical people being mistaken for possible magicians wizards This is what the synopsis promised, or so I thought.What I got instead was a rambling notebook of intermixed ancient and Greek mythos stories that rarely touched, if even mentioned, anything to do with magicians or magic There was the one time the guy mentioned getting high in the mountains, but I think I can honestly say that doesn t count I won t know if it ever gets back to the subject at hand, namely WIZARDS, because I just can t bring myself to read any further It is almost impossible for me to not finish a book, especially one given to me by NetGalley, but I just can t do it.This book s only magical power was it s ability to make me feel sleepy when I wasn t even tired The writing is stale and boring and sluggish I feel that had I continued it would have taken me the rest of the year and with my TBR list piling up I couldn t let that stand.I am moving on

  5. Asha - A Cat, A Book, And A Cup Of Tea says:

    This book was really not what I was expecting, and not in a good way I had hoped it would be a collection of biographical portraits about historical people who could be considered wizards in one way or another, and indeed, the book is loosely structured like this The last section of the book is the only one that really met my expectations, as it discussed some of the men who had been crucial to the history of alchemy However, the rest of the book was extremely disappointing The author digres This book was really not what I was expecting, and not in a good way I had hoped it would be a collection of biographical portraits about historical people who could be considered wizards in one way or another, and indeed, the book is loosely structured like this The last section of the book is the only one that really met my expectations, as it discussed some of the men who had been crucial to the history of alchemy However, the rest of the book was extremely disappointing The author digresses constantly and at length, flitting from topic to topic in a way that makes it incredibly hard to take in any information Two of the wizards he chooses to discuss are fictional characters from Greek mythology, which leads to long tangents about the nature of Greek mythology interesting enough, but not exactly what this book is supposed to be about More often, the author digresses into describing both his trips and his trips there is a heavy focus on the use of entheogenic psychedelic hallucinatory substances, and unfortunately, like describing dreams, this is deeply uninteresting I felt like what the author really wanted to do was write a travelogue of places I got high and had visions , so he forced that into what should have been a really interesting history book I m deeply disappointed

  6. Darcysmom says:

    I received an ARC of this book for free from Netgalley and Llewellyn Publications in exchange for an honest review.I was expecting a chatty, light introduction to these Great Wizards and the book started off strong The information about the Lion Man was fascinating As the book continued, the style became dry and pedantic, making itdifficult to read I was left pushing my way through to the end, which was unfortunate given the potential this book had to be great.

  7. Nancy McQueen says:

    The first two sections of the book were interesting, then he lost continuity in the last section This made me lose interest We go from 40 BCE to 750CE Was there anything in between The book came off trite.

  8. Rose says:

    I picked up this book because I was curious to read about magical thinking in history by someone who actually believes it So much modern writing is so dismissive of any kind of magical thinking it s hard to develop a proper understanding of people who lived with that thinking as fact Too many people in the modern world tend to take belief in the supernatural as a symptom of stupidity, which I certainly don t believe is the case I therefore wanted to read about these people from the point of v I picked up this book because I was curious to read about magical thinking in history by someone who actually believes it So much modern writing is so dismissive of any kind of magical thinking it s hard to develop a proper understanding of people who lived with that thinking as fact Too many people in the modern world tend to take belief in the supernatural as a symptom of stupidity, which I certainly don t believe is the case I therefore wanted to read about these people from the point of view of someone who certainly wouldn t treat them so disparagingly This book certainly does that unfortunately, I think it has gone a bit too far in the other direction for my tastes.Much of the work feels very defensive which I can understanding, given the reputation the occult has in the modern world Science the scientists who practice it tend to be treated as enemies, attacking practices like alchemy, and often where figures from history have both put forward approved scientific theories and held occult beliefs, the discussion in the book tends to suggests that it is a strange kind of ignorant prejudice that has lead scientists to raise one belief over the others This treatment of science made it very hard for me to engage with the book as openly as I wanted to, because that just isn t how science works, and does not bear any relation to the kind of thinking displayed by any scientist I have ever met confession my dad is a physicist, so I am fairly well acquainted with scientists, though my own scientific knowledge is extremely slim Science, really, is a process of seeking knowledge Like every human endeavour, it goes through phases and ideas pass in and out of fashion, but as a whole the scientific community if community is even the right word for a group of people who deliberately, by their very nature, will go about picking holes in each others work tends to want to expand knowledge, not dismiss it Usually, if the majority of the scientific community has dismissed something, its because those who have made a claim have failed to support it with any evidence that can be shared with others That s what science is about knowledge which can be shared and proven among everyone or at least, everyone with the competence to make sense of it It does not ring true to me that the whole of science has stubbornly refused to admit the possibilities of alchemy out of spite Science is simply waiting for alchemy to prove itself I think this is fair enough if you are asking people to believe something, you need to give them a reason to believe it I don t think this is an unfair requirement for science to make of any practice that wants to be recognised by it The us and them attitude to science which seems to depict scientists as wilfully ignorant is the mirror attitude that has put me of reading about magic people who believed in magic by people who don t believe in it I didn t really mean to go on such a long rant about that, but there you go There were other bug bears I had with the book as well Perhaps this is demonstrates my lack of alchemical magical knowledge or experience, but I found it very hard to follow when arguments around magic descended into pointing out similarities between things This ranged from words sounds within words to symbols e.g the wolf, which in this book was often related to Apollo I am usually quite interested in etymological threads being drawn recurring symbols being noted, but only where i can understand why these connections are being made and not simply being put down to mere coincidence Too often in this book a connection was made, but never explained, so I could never work out why particular conclusions were drawn and trusted over the alternatives.I have never really thought of myself as a particularly logic obsessed person, but I do expect that anything I am asked to believe can be explained to me in a way that lets me assess the new information against what I already believe If it contradicts something I already believe, I expect the new thing to be able to show me why it is better than what I already believe Perhaps I have spent too much time with Plato who admittedly I have a soft spot for, and who is not kindly treated in this work Possibly I am not the intended audience for this book, and it would fall together better for someone who already has a greater understanding of the occult I confess myself a little disappointed I didn t expect my whole world view to be completely revolutionised, but I was hoping to get a stronger understanding of why people have believed and continue to believe in these things I was hoping it would all seem a littleconvincing and credible to me I wanted to see a little of what practitioners see in magic This book hasn t done it for me I may still pick up the other books in the series Ogilvy isn t a bad writer, and I m curious to see if future instalments might not dofor me

  9. X. Marduk (Sorcerer of Tea) says:

    I just can t recommend this book I really liked the premise, but the execution was just bad It was rambling, boring, and tiring The introduction was way longer than necessary Then we got several chapters that just extol the drug highs the author has been on This is all before even one Great Wizard of Antiquity gets mentioned There was an interesting section that speculated on the Lion Man statue found in Germany, and then we move on to Orpheus By that point, it was all so disconnected, ra I just can t recommend this book I really liked the premise, but the execution was just bad It was rambling, boring, and tiring The introduction was way longer than necessary Then we got several chapters that just extol the drug highs the author has been on This is all before even one Great Wizard of Antiquity gets mentioned There was an interesting section that speculated on the Lion Man statue found in Germany, and then we move on to Orpheus By that point, it was all so disconnected, rambling and full of big, flowery language that said very little, that I put it down

  10. Shell says:

    I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review The Great Wizards of Antiquity is a journey through the world of magic starting from pre history all the way to now I really enjoyed many things about this book The chapters about the Lion man and Orpheus are my favorite I love mythology, so all the details involved around Orpheus and the cults to him and Dionysus are definitely my favorite parts We also learn so much about Pythagoras who I never really knew much about exc I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review The Great Wizards of Antiquity is a journey through the world of magic starting from pre history all the way to now I really enjoyed many things about this book The chapters about the Lion man and Orpheus are my favorite I love mythology, so all the details involved around Orpheus and the cults to him and Dionysus are definitely my favorite parts We also learn so much about Pythagoras who I never really knew much about except what I learned taking math courses in school We spend a lot of time in the realm of the Greeks and finally towards the end of the novel fly through the history of Alchemy I really liked the attention to detail and some of the overviews the author discussed I also really enjoyed aspects like breaking down words to discover their meanings as a way to understand the topicI even enjoyed the personal stories that the author discussed as a way of backing up his points The problems I had with this books are that sometimes I felt like the author discussed things too in depth for the length of the book We get one chapter on pre history Then over half the book is about the Greeks We get nothing from Egypt or Mesopotamia or other ancient cultures Egypt is alluded too some but I wantedAlso we get a tiny chapter about Islam and Alchemy and then fly through the rest Just made the book feel rushed toward the end The author alludes to another volume about Great Wizards, maybe there we will getdiscussion of other cultures and the balance will be better Overall I feel like this is a really strong book for anyone interested in the topic of history, magic, alchemy or Ancient Greek mystic cults I enjoyed the experience 3.5 Stars

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