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The Greek Qabalah
In the syllabus for prospective Argentum Astrum initiates, Master Therion listed the as-yet-unpublished Greek Qabalah. In other accounts, Therion reported concerns with the construction of this dictionary. Because Magick contained Greek and Coptic elements, such a dictionary would be quite important.
Nearly seventy years later, Kieran Barry fills this void with his scholarly treatise, one which takes us from the origin of the alphabet through classic antiquity to the medieval development of modern Magick. Although his didactic, ascerbic, "take no prisoners" style may abrade some contemporary readers, Barry has provided an important work. 53 pages of appendices in this book contain the largest collection of Greek gematria (or "isopsephy," in Barry's terminology) yet assembled, along with other relevant magical data.
This book is highly recommended. It will greatly increase the practical and theoretical resources of any modern student of Magick. Despite Barry's antiseptic, presumably detached approach, he makes it abundantly clear that he presents his work with that goal in mind. He makes no secret of his desire to appeal to -- and please -- a very broad audience.
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