MAGIC: ITS RITUAL, POWER AND PURPOSE — By W.E. Butler — 2nd Edition, 1958 — Witchcraft, Occult, Magick
Publisher: The Aquarian Press, London (1958)
In very well preserved condition. 76 pages. The softcover wraps and binding are solid and tight, with minimal shelfwear. The pages are crisp and clean save for small bookstore stamp on the bottom of the first blank page. Butler's treatise on the various types of magic and techniques for its practical use. Please see below for more information on Walter Ernest Butler and his work.
Walter Ernest Butler (August 23, 1898 – August 1, 1978), was a working occultist and esoteric author in Britain. His initial occult training was through his travels in India. He studied with Indian mystics and also came into contact with Theosophist mystic Annie Besant, who politely rejected his requests to study with her. He returned to England and joined Dion Fortune's Society of the Inner Light in 1925, where he continued to train and participate until sometime toward the end of World War II. In 1962 he met Gareth Knight and, with Knight, began to develop a correspondence course in Qabalah for Helios Books. During this time he also joined the Society of the Inner Light, where he met Michael Nowicki and Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki. By 1973, the Helios Course in the Practical Qabalah had gained popularity and was spun off to form the Servants of the Light, for which Ernest was the first Director of Studies.