100 Books in 2012 - book 28 - Graeco-Egyptian Magick by Tony Mierzwicki
Be sure to make the distinction between magic and magick when talking about this book. Mierzwicki doesn’t look like other Pagans. Isn’t that a sad distinction? He’s not a chubby, pasty, geeky looking white dude. He kind of looks like a jock, or Henry Rollings. And there aren’t five billion pictures of him on facebook wearing a goofy looking robe and jewelery. Actually, I think I’ve only seen photos of him wearing a suit and tie.
But he seems active enough in the Pagan community, attending festivals and other events, and he has done his research. A lot of it. This isn’t Wiccan. It’s not Celtic or Norse or Greek or Roman. This is quite unlike any other new age book I’ve ever read.
Graeco-Egptian Magick focuses on magic in the Mediterranean, Hellenized world that was perhaps practiced post-Ptolemy, pre-Holy Roman Empire. This isn’t Greek magic. This isn’t Egyptian magic. It is Mediterranean magic that might have been practiced during the Roman republic/empire.
This book was weird. It was crazy. It was complex and the layout was super confusing. If I were to do any of these rituals, I’d re-type them out in a different format because otherwise I’d be trying to work through the book, flipping pages, getting lost.
And he has done his research. He has read source material and tried to comprise an initiatory system based off of the energy of the planetary spheres. There’s some myth in the book, but it’s mostly lengthy and confusing incantations and chants. If I didn’t already have a working knowledge of myth, I’d be out of my element. But, he even says in the introduction - this book is not for beginners.
But I don’t believe his claims that this is the only book you need, or that is an authentic system. The information is two thousand years ago, put together from fragmented material, in a world that is not at all like ours, based from secret, mystery cults that kept their secrets hidden.
So, I took everything I read with a grain of salt.
However, I am interested. So I’m gonna give it a try. I’m going to work though the book and see where it takes me! If no where, then it’s been an exercise to give me a chance to learn more about different deities. And if does take me somewhere… well!