Angel Magick: They Save Your Soul, They Enhance Your Life by Bryan Magick

I can probably guess what you thought the moment you saw the title and author of this one.  “New Age woo-woo.”  That’s what I thought too.  But it’s an extremely short book, clocking in at 36 minutes, so I thought I’d give it a listen on the commute to work.  Sometimes it’s good to start the day with a giggle.  It’s the audiobook equivalent of purposefully watching a bad movie.

Not so much in this case.  Despite the modern conventions of spelling magick with a “k” and the author’s need to use the word as a pseudonym to hide his identity (both are generally — but not always — red flags), this is surprisingly not what I thought it was.  I also note that the author doesn’t use that name on the actual cover, but it’s in all the notes, everywhere, and in the book’s narration.  Odd.

Anyway, you won’t find any rituals to work here.  There are no complex instructions to follow, no spell ingredients to collect.  What this book really is boils down to Angelology 101, a topic I’m readily familiar with given my years of study.  There are some nitpicks and differences according to various traditions here and there (aren’t there always?), but by and large this is a pretty solid little book when it comes to the basics.  It’s a no-frills approach that might have been nice to have as a foundation back when I first dipped my toes into this subject decades ago.  It explains who angels are, what they are, what they are not, how they operate, and how to go about getting their attention.  Your own experience and belief (or lack therein) will, of course, color your perception of such a book.

3 stars


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