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For the rites outlined here (which will probably become my daily ritual practice), I’ve been working from Planetary Magick. It’s book 4 of the Magickal Philosophy series from them. I’m slowly working my way through the book. In standard fashion, the Aurum Solis has published piles of material. Some of it is particularly good, and this book is an example of that. Some of it is really, seriously bad. Mysteria Magica, for instance, barely scrapes by, with over half the book being a rehash of well trod Golden Dawn material. That being said, the Magickal Philosophy series is the best of the best so to speak. Here’s the rub, which is why I even mentioned Materia Magicka at all – it contains rites which are referenced to in Planetary Magick but actually aren’t present in Planetary Magick.

Let me save you $10 – the Rite of Preparation is the LBRP and KC, in Greek, with Greek godnames and godforms. The LRH is replaced with their Septagram Ritual which is actually a nice piece of work and dovetails into a bit of Enochian minutiae but otherwise the Septagram Ritual is explained in Planetary Magick while the Rite of Preparation is not. That being said, the AS guys actually seem really cool and the message is “what you want to do for preparation, do it, and then pick up here”. Some of the stuff can be safely ignored. The planetary presigilum is something they’ve created, and I choose to skip it to no ill effects. Magicka Materia makes a reference to the idea it’s supposed to be put on a planetary kamea, but then never illustrates it.

Planetary Magick is written like my other favorite book on the subject of Magick where it has a list of visualizations and feelings you’re supposed to use and experience during the rite. For some people, the handholding might seem excessive, but for me being not the sharpest wand in hogwarts, it’s a goldmine. Typically things go knocks, oration (statement of intent), visualization and vibration, meditation, closing and knocks. The meditation part is important – you’re not fed images in the re-issue (although in the original there were illustrations). The effect is you’re given just enough to get you there and then the scaffold goes away and lets you have your own experience. This is, in my opinion, the bestway to write a magick book.

That being said, the opening oration (rite of contact) could be applied to just about any godform. It’s extremely well written and any reasonably experienced magician should be able to quickly and easily apply it to whatever they were interested in calling up. The Hymns, which are the second rite (rite of approach), are also nicely written without being too wordy (Crowley I am looking at you). Finally the third rite (rite of contact) follows the first two with “just enough” and a common oration to open and then a hymn and meditation. I found using the first two together produced a nice bump, then using the third produced nice visions. If you’re saying “this sounds like Enochian keys” then the answer is “yes”, anyone familiar with Enochian Keys will be able to use this book very quickly as the length of each oration is about the same.

The book is also nicely laid out. The first third is all the associations of the planet, the next third is mostly sephira, the last third is various godforms you can call in the sephiroth. I prefer to use the middle portion, so I have a more KBL experience. My wife clearly would prefer the last portion (but I haven’t really gotten into it). Is it worth picking up? Sure, it’s a wonderful intro to planetary magick and it worked for me.

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