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Techniques of High Magic: A Manual of Self-Initiation (1976) 225 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Sacred Geometry: Deciphering the Code (2006) 221 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
The Complete Magician's Tables (2006) 215 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Feng Shui (1997) 139 eksemplarer
KISS Guide to Feng Shui (Keep It Simple Series) (2001) 86 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Prophecies Nostradamus And (1996) 52 eksemplarer
Millennium Prophecies (1994) 47 eksemplarer
Techniques of Solomonic Magic (1600) 42 eksemplarer
Geomancy in Theory & Practice (2010) 33 eksemplarer
A Cunning Man's Grimoire : The Secret of Secrets (2018) 32 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Feng Shui for Modern Living (2000) 30 eksemplarer
Terrestrial Astrology (1980) 24 eksemplarer
FENG SHUI FOR EVERYDAY LIVING (2005) 14 eksemplarer
Feng Shui (Health Paperbacks) (2002) 9 eksemplarer
The Search for Abraxas (2016) 9 eksemplarer
Dr. John Dee's Spiritual Diaries (2019) 4 eksemplarer
Using Feng Shui (2001) 3 eksemplarer
Advanced Flying Star Feng Shui (2016) 1 eksemplar

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Kanonisk navn
Skinner, Stephen
Land (til kort)
United Kingdom
Sydney, Australia
London, England, UK
Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
University of Newcastle (PhD|Classics)
University of Sydney (BA|Geography, English, Ancient Greek Philosophy)
Sydney Grammar School
Trinity Grammar School, Sydney
feng shui practitioner
International Feng Shui Association (Singapore)
Kort biografi
Stephen Skinner began his career as a Geography lecturer and magazine publisher, but his long term interest has always been Western magic.

During the 1970s he was the driving force behind Askin Publishers, producing a number of classic magical works by Cornelius Agrippa, Paracelsus, Austin Osman Spare, Aleister Crowley, and others. During the 1970s he co-wrote many books with Francis King, including the still popular Techniques of High Magic. Also with Francis King he wrote Nostradamus. His interest in prophecy stimulated by this book, he went on to write the best selling Millennium Prophecies.

Stephen is credited with bringing the art of Feng Shui to the West, and in 1976 he wrote the Living Earth Manual of Feng Shui, which was the first English book on feng shui in the 20th century.

Stephen has written more than 35 books, which have been published worldwide in 28 different languages. These books have had introductions by such diverse people as Colin Wilson, HRH Charles Prince of Wales, and Jimmy Choo, shoe designer to the stars.

Stephen lives in Singapore.



Fascinating book. Some of the "magick" is pure folkloristic nonsense, but some of it is well worth reading. More later.
J_Harshaw | Oct 8, 2022 |
Pros: in depth discussion, full translation, summaries are useful for quick reference


Note: I received a copy for review from the publisher via NetGalley. My copy did not include the manuscript reproduction pages for the illustrations, therefore I cannot comment on the images or their quality.

The book gives the historical background of the Splendor Solis and then a new English translation of the Harley manuscript 3469 version, currently held by the British Library (and viewable online here: http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Harley_MS_3469 Click on the image below ‘view bindings’ to see the pages).

There is an introduction and four chapters, followed by a glossary of alchemical terms and other alchemical works the Splendor Solis refers to. The chapters are: History and authorship of Splendor Solis, Inventing an alchemical adept: Splendor Solis and the Paracelsian movement, Commentary on the text and plates of Splendor Solis and finally Translation of the Harley manuscript.

The chapter on the history of the manuscript is very scholarly and quite dry. I appreciated that Prinke mentioned the history of scholarship regarding the Splendor Solis, in terms of printed volumes, manuscripts, the illustrations and attempts at discovering the author and illustrators. He even includes recent scholarship on the topics. I was disappointed that there was such a limited discussion on the antecedents of the artworks, the topic that most interested me. Instead of showing examples of where the Splendor Solis’ illustrators received inspiration, he simply offhandedly mentioned the works with little to go in if you’d like to research this topic yourself. When discussing the Aurora Consurgens’s artistic lending he merely cites the page of an English translation that got a 200 copy print run in 2011 and is quite difficult to find. I did find an older reproduction of the Aurora Consurgens online (digitized by Zurich’s Zentralbibliothek https://archive.org/details/AuroraConsurgens), but Prinke gave so little descriptive information that I found it difficult to identify which images he was comparing.

I really enjoyed the essay on the Paracelsian movement. There was a lot of information here I was unaware of and it was fascinating to learn about.

The next chapter summarizes all of the passages in the manuscript and gives a thorough description of the illustrations and their meanings. It is here that the reproduced manuscript pages are found. The information is in clear language with translations of any text that appears in the images.

I was a little surprised there was a summary of the text followed by a full translation, but the translation’s fairly dense, so it’s actually quite useful to have read the summary and explanation before digging into it. It meant I came away with a much better understanding of what I read.

As stated above, I can’t judge the quality of the images included in this edition, but the text alone is definitely worth the price. It’s a deep dive into the Splendor Solis and a worthwhile addition to your collection if you’re interested in alchemy.
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Strider66 | Mar 19, 2019 |
This book is amazing. All the information you'll ever need. And if you read the commentary you'll find yourself questioning preconceived beliefs. Those two things alone make this book worth the money.
The_Reclining_Reader | Aug 20, 2014 |
This is a very attractive book looking at the geometry of nature and recognizing that there is a sacredness to it. There are patterns and shapes which reflect the beauty of the world. Many of mankind's greatest achievements, such as the Gothic architecture of cathedrals or the perspective and vanishing points in painting seem to come from a higher order. These are all worth taking in and appreciating.
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vpfluke | 1 anden anmeldelse | Aug 14, 2014 |

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