This is an amazing book. It simplifies a lot complex Abremelin teachings and methods of invoking the HGA. It is a common sense approach to contemporary Abremelin workers. If you have the original title, "Sacred Magick of Abremelin the Mage", this book can certainly work as an adjunct to understanding the original work much better.
I give it 5 stars and wait for more titles by Mr. Newcomb.
"21st Century Mage: Drawing Down the Divine" is an exciting new book that invites us to make contact with our "Holy Guardian Angel," our unique personal connection with higher planes of consciousness. New author Jason Augustus Newcomb has reinterpreted the 15th century text, "The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage," into a relevant program for contemporary spiritual seekers. Mr. Newcomb's book offers a completely modern approach to the mysticism and magic of Abramelin. Cutting to the core of the "Abramelin" system, "21st Century Mage" describes for the reader many tools and methods from yoga meditation to ritual magick for getting in touch with the personal genius, "Holy Guardian Angel," or tutelary spirit that is each person's connection with universal consciousness.
According to Newcomb, with this connection a person is in touch with his or her own unique creative intelligence and divine knowledge. So few of us are even aware of our own divine genius. Mr. Newcomb feels that genius is the prerogative of all human beings and this book offers several approaches to making the connection with one's own divine genius within the context of Abramelin's system.
Newcomb's hip, non-denominational interpretation of Abramelin, yoga, magick and spirituality in general requires only an openness to creating a deeper connection and relationship with the universe and a yearning for a greater understanding of the mysteries of life. If you've ever wanted to obtain enlightenment, but aren't interested in wearing saffron robes and giving away flowers at the airport, this might be the book for you. Newcomb describes himself as a skeptical and pragmatic mystic. In the book he explains that everything from overeating to drug abuse are all misplaced yearnings for the connection with higher consciousness called, "The Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel."
Newcomb calls upon diverse sources to elucidate his modern mystical hypotheses. In this book you'll find quotes from many places such as "The Spiritual guide" of Christian mystic Miguel de Molinos to ubiquitous quotes from the Victorian drug mystic Aleister Crowley. Newcomb offers exercises and ideas from all of these sources to create a very thorough plan for spiritual awakening. The book is very readable and should be interesting to anyone from the curious to the deeply immersed in the Western Mysteries.