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The classic book on working with the energy of the body for spiritual purposes, The Middle Pillar by Israel Regardie, is now more complete, more modern, more usable, and better than ever. The exercise known as the Middle Pillar was devised by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Regardie expanded upon it and made it public over 60 years ago in the first edition of this bo The classic book on working with the energy of the body for spiritual purposes, The Middle Pillar by Israel Regardie, is now more complete, more modern, more usable, and better than ever. The exercise known as the Middle Pillar was devised by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Regardie expanded upon it and made it public over 60 years ago in the first edition of this book. Since that time, the exercise has been altered and adapted for just about any spiritual use you could think of. It is a mainstay of many Western traditions of magic. Now in its third edition, The Middle Pillar is better than ever. It has been edited by Chic Cicero and Sandra Tabatha Cicero, close friends of the late Regardie and senior Adepts of the Golden Dawn. They have also added new material in a separate section that more than doubles the size of the book with their valuable insights and knowledge. Includes the complete original text, with nothing eliminated Spelling has been standardized to Western traditions Each chapter now has a title to identify its content The Ciceros's notes to each chapter add insight and history to Regardie's work Modern and clearer illustrations have been added New, a further exploration of the relationship between magic and psychology New, more than five techniques to enhance relaxation New, the Middle Pillar and the chakras New, versions of the Middle Pillar exercise in Egyptian, Greek, and Gaelic New, a shamanic version of the Middle Pillar New, how to use the Middle Pillar to charge talismans and do healings The Middle Pillar is now expanded to what it always should have been, a thorough, accessible examination and extension of the single ritual that has become the very embodiment of magic. Get The Middle Pillar and learn the real secrets of magic.


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The classic book on working with the energy of the body for spiritual purposes, The Middle Pillar by Israel Regardie, is now more complete, more modern, more usable, and better than ever. The exercise known as the Middle Pillar was devised by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Regardie expanded upon it and made it public over 60 years ago in the first edition of this bo The classic book on working with the energy of the body for spiritual purposes, The Middle Pillar by Israel Regardie, is now more complete, more modern, more usable, and better than ever. The exercise known as the Middle Pillar was devised by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Regardie expanded upon it and made it public over 60 years ago in the first edition of this book. Since that time, the exercise has been altered and adapted for just about any spiritual use you could think of. It is a mainstay of many Western traditions of magic. Now in its third edition, The Middle Pillar is better than ever. It has been edited by Chic Cicero and Sandra Tabatha Cicero, close friends of the late Regardie and senior Adepts of the Golden Dawn. They have also added new material in a separate section that more than doubles the size of the book with their valuable insights and knowledge. Includes the complete original text, with nothing eliminated Spelling has been standardized to Western traditions Each chapter now has a title to identify its content The Ciceros's notes to each chapter add insight and history to Regardie's work Modern and clearer illustrations have been added New, a further exploration of the relationship between magic and psychology New, more than five techniques to enhance relaxation New, the Middle Pillar and the chakras New, versions of the Middle Pillar exercise in Egyptian, Greek, and Gaelic New, a shamanic version of the Middle Pillar New, how to use the Middle Pillar to charge talismans and do healings The Middle Pillar is now expanded to what it always should have been, a thorough, accessible examination and extension of the single ritual that has become the very embodiment of magic. Get The Middle Pillar and learn the real secrets of magic.

30 review for The Middle Pillar: The Balance Between Mind and Magic

  1. 4 out of 5

    David

    If you want to know about the Middle Pillar, then this is the book for you. It is essentially a manual for bringing about balance of mind and spirit through the use of a high magickal ritual called the middle pillar. The concepts and methods here owe more than a little to Eastern philosophies and methods of mental training. I've often thought of this book as viewing Buddhist and Hindu mind training techniques through the lens of Western psychology, layered with Qabbalistic trappings. Like any se If you want to know about the Middle Pillar, then this is the book for you. It is essentially a manual for bringing about balance of mind and spirit through the use of a high magickal ritual called the middle pillar. The concepts and methods here owe more than a little to Eastern philosophies and methods of mental training. I've often thought of this book as viewing Buddhist and Hindu mind training techniques through the lens of Western psychology, layered with Qabbalistic trappings. Like any serious practice of meditation, a life time could be devoted to Regardie's methods. This isn't for seekers of instant gratification.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Teleri

    This work is core to the Regardie system.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    This book seemingly tries to put magic and psychology together to form a occult system that seems to be based a lot on Christian and Jewish mysticism, the Golden Dawn, Tarot etc in with relaxation techniques. Can be a bit dense in parts but interesting to read about religious practice outside of the norm.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    Israel Regardie does an excellent job at explaining the importance of the Qabalistic Cross, Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, and the Middle Pillar Ritual for the foundations of ceremonial magic work. He also makes insightful connections between ceremonial magic and the work of Freud and Jung.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jessie Mosley

    Wonderful book and actually had some Magick practices in it that work quite effectively in my opinion.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne Thornton

    Useful, but I can't totally get into it--too much generalization about the polarizing differences between the Western Tradition and the Mysterious East, too much vitriol even for someone who seems as generally affable as Israel Regardie. I mean I will go back to it, and I definitely like the key statement that psychotherapy is maybe the first "ritual" someone should learn on their journey into magic, but for now, I don't know--I just never want to be reminded that I am reading a book written in Useful, but I can't totally get into it--too much generalization about the polarizing differences between the Western Tradition and the Mysterious East, too much vitriol even for someone who seems as generally affable as Israel Regardie. I mean I will go back to it, and I definitely like the key statement that psychotherapy is maybe the first "ritual" someone should learn on their journey into magic, but for now, I don't know--I just never want to be reminded that I am reading a book written in the 1930s when I am actually doing that, which is obvs more my problem than Regardie's. Recommended tho! (CONFESSION: I only skimmed the second part of the book, by the Ciceros, because it seemed more like a cookbook for different "flavors" of ritual than this weird argument in favor of/exegesis of the Middle Pillar, as per the first part. It is probably good and useful!)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Malini Chaudhri

    This book offers valuable insights into Hermeticism and initiation of the Golden Dawn tradition associated with the kabbalah. It covers aspects of subtle bodies, aura, subconscious mind, the working of symbols, rituals for cleansing and harnessing spiritual energy. The teachings here are a means to progress in the Order which manages humans to evolve in a system. We recall that famous writers and authors of literature were initiated in this tradition, and had skills to control their subconscious This book offers valuable insights into Hermeticism and initiation of the Golden Dawn tradition associated with the kabbalah. It covers aspects of subtle bodies, aura, subconscious mind, the working of symbols, rituals for cleansing and harnessing spiritual energy. The teachings here are a means to progress in the Order which manages humans to evolve in a system. We recall that famous writers and authors of literature were initiated in this tradition, and had skills to control their subconscious mentality, thereby optimizing their powers of symbolic storytelling. The MIddle Pillar is also an essential reference point in CNF for the arrangement of the memoir to be an exalted style in literary writing. Rituals listed seem inadequate in the modern day, however it helps to recognize awareness exercises and body-mind quotients may be noted best practises in personal development.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Constantinos Nterziotis

    A classic book regardings the western esoteric tradition and a must-have for any Golden Dawn practitioner. I have read this book 7 years ago translated in hellenic. I bought it in english and there is no comparisson. It is by far one of the best books concerning Hermetic Kabbalah, Golden Dawn Magick and it comes right from the source, Frater A.M.A.G. The commentaries of the Ciceros both on the original text and to their second part of the book, which is half of the book, really help a lot not on A classic book regardings the western esoteric tradition and a must-have for any Golden Dawn practitioner. I have read this book 7 years ago translated in hellenic. I bought it in english and there is no comparisson. It is by far one of the best books concerning Hermetic Kabbalah, Golden Dawn Magick and it comes right from the source, Frater A.M.A.G. The commentaries of the Ciceros both on the original text and to their second part of the book, which is half of the book, really help a lot not only to understand the practices and their importance, but they also provide various methods and exercises for the serious practitioner to experiment and work alone. It is a really impressive book with a lot of energy from the Ciceros. Great book. Great work.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tony

    You have to read it AND practice the exercise. Very simple yet VERY profound material.

  10. 5 out of 5

    C

    A hard read but worth many future read-throughs. The Middle Pillar is something that can be worked upon for many lifetimes and Dr Regardie lays out a solid foundation.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    Relationship of modern psychology to ceremonial practices of the Golden Dawn tradition. All very formulaic and Kabbalah focused. Some angelic work too.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ben Lawrie

    Regardies Middle Pillar is pretty much the source text for the Middle Pillar ritual and a must read for any occultist. The updated edition with new material from the Ciceros doubles the content and is worth reading. They include versions of classic rituals such as the lesser banishing ritual of the pentagram and the middle pillar ritual that incorporate different cultures such as Greek or Egyptian which I thought was interesting. Living in Scotland I especially appreciated the Gaelic versions of Regardies Middle Pillar is pretty much the source text for the Middle Pillar ritual and a must read for any occultist. The updated edition with new material from the Ciceros doubles the content and is worth reading. They include versions of classic rituals such as the lesser banishing ritual of the pentagram and the middle pillar ritual that incorporate different cultures such as Greek or Egyptian which I thought was interesting. Living in Scotland I especially appreciated the Gaelic versions of the rituals although I’m a little sceptical of the “shamanic” versions which appear to be quite appropriative of a mixture of different indigenous cultures and I’m not sure how authoritative the authors are on those particular traditions. All in all, a must read occult text with interesting new material from the Ciceros that makes the updated version worth buying

  13. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    A good introduction to Magic. There was a bit of psychology in here (which is the first time I recall seeing it in a magic book), but not as pervasive as I would have thought. Has some nice relaxation exercises that also do not show up in other magic books (including one with circulation that I don't believe I've seen anywhere). A good introduction to Magic. There was a bit of psychology in here (which is the first time I recall seeing it in a magic book), but not as pervasive as I would have thought. Has some nice relaxation exercises that also do not show up in other magic books (including one with circulation that I don't believe I've seen anywhere).

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mehdi Hassan

    Good concise introduction into the workings of psychic forces and how one may think and exercise to bring this under control. Regardless of all the technical education in the world, humans are inherently emotional beings and must attach an emotion to an object or event to harness its energy; there are some pretty good tips on how that can be done on a more conscious level.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Craig Cox

    This is a bit over the top for most people - but interesting non the less. It should be seen as an instruction manual and not a body of philosophy - get into the action and practice the techniques - then the rest will make sense! As far as I am concerned all people should be do in this exercise to balance themselves and bring clarity of mind. I highly recommend it!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kadesh Vega

    Well the concepts are very interesting but the psychological parts were a bit on the dull side , that's just my opinion, I am a fan of philosophy and psychology however fusing them with spiritual practice is a bit odd..... Either way , Great explanations for Kabbalah ... Well the concepts are very interesting but the psychological parts were a bit on the dull side , that's just my opinion, I am a fan of philosophy and psychology however fusing them with spiritual practice is a bit odd..... Either way , Great explanations for Kabbalah ...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tahira Zarin

    It was amazing ! the same thought that Regadie possess and so I ! ther is a middle pillar between magic and mind they are to things one spiritual and one psychological . what I want to say is spiritual thing is used as psychological. and everything is not meant to be since.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tony Baldwin

    It was so long ago now, I barely remember it, to be honest, but I do recall finding it engrossing, at least. it occurs to me that Regardie did a bang-up job of describing basic Kabalistic principles in an organised and easy to comprehend manner.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Onur

    Book tells us about the middle pillar throughout from its philosophy to exercises and its concepts. Tries to answer all possible questions you can have in your mind

  20. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Strong

    If you want to go in depth into the LBRP and Middle Pillar exercises, this is the book for you.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Abe Ofarrell

    Amazing book which connects ceremonial magick and psychoanalysis. My first time performing the ritual was the most amazing energy experience I have ever had.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Useful primarily for the descriptions of what success in this is supposed to feel like

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ianmiller322

    The Middle Pillar is really good I you wanna learn in depth the quabalistic cross, banishing ritual of the pentagram, and the middle pillar ritual. A lot of other books has the outline for these practices, but this is the only one that I have read that goes in depth with exactly what to expect and why the practices are important. I'm not going to read the part by the Cicero's because they added more to the book then Regarde actually wrote, and if Regarde thought it was important it would be in t The Middle Pillar is really good I you wanna learn in depth the quabalistic cross, banishing ritual of the pentagram, and the middle pillar ritual. A lot of other books has the outline for these practices, but this is the only one that I have read that goes in depth with exactly what to expect and why the practices are important. I'm not going to read the part by the Cicero's because they added more to the book then Regarde actually wrote, and if Regarde thought it was important it would be in the book. So it seems they just want there names associated with Regarde. Instead of gaining popularity on they're own merit.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gaze Santos

    This particular edition is actually an expanded version of the original, with added material by Chic & Tabitha Cicero who were two of Mr. Regardie's final pupils. The book is divided into two parts. The first consists of Isreal Regard's original "The Middle Pllar." The Second part are the Cicero's expansion titled "The Balance Between Mind and Magic." The work as a whole tries to make the case that Psychology and Magic are actually two sides of the same coin, and when used together can help one This particular edition is actually an expanded version of the original, with added material by Chic & Tabitha Cicero who were two of Mr. Regardie's final pupils. The book is divided into two parts. The first consists of Isreal Regard's original "The Middle Pllar." The Second part are the Cicero's expansion titled "The Balance Between Mind and Magic." The work as a whole tries to make the case that Psychology and Magic are actually two sides of the same coin, and when used together can help one improve themselves. He particularly draws from Analytical Psychology and C.G. Jung, among others. He argues that Psychology and Magic actually overlap each other in what they try to pursue, but that different terminology is used by each system. This argument is built around detailed instructions and explanations of two spiritual exercises that Regard considered essential to any practitioners of Ceremonial magic. These are "The Lesser Banishing Pentagram Ritual" and "The Middle Pillar." Those unfamiliar with Regardie's writing style may be put off by his rather florid and verbose style, but the book is also annotated throughout by the Ciceros. Although some of these footnotes might sometimes seem redundant, they do add clarity to Isreal Regardie's text, especially for the neophyte. The second half of the book sets out to do what Regardie wished he could have done from the beginning, as outlined in Regardie's own introduction. The chapters on Psychology and Magick, and Yogas Chakras, and the Wisdom of the East are extremely fascinating and are almost worth the full price of admission in themselves. The Ciceros also provide other versions of "The Middle Pillar" and "Pentagram Ritual," as well as variations to take them to the next level once you have achieved basic proficiency in each. It is a book of practice as much as it is about theory. Even now that I have finished reading through it, I know I will be going back to use it as a reference text.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    A cornerstone of the occultism, Regardie’s “The Middle Pillar” is an exploration of the Middle Pillar Ritual as it exists in the Golden Dawn tradition—a ritual which Regardie himself believed was one of the most important for the aspiring magician to master. Going above and beyond providing a mere description of how to perform the ritual, this book bridges the art of magic with the science of psychology, and seeks to find ways in which they can compliment one another and bring about a more balan A cornerstone of the occultism, Regardie’s “The Middle Pillar” is an exploration of the Middle Pillar Ritual as it exists in the Golden Dawn tradition—a ritual which Regardie himself believed was one of the most important for the aspiring magician to master. Going above and beyond providing a mere description of how to perform the ritual, this book bridges the art of magic with the science of psychology, and seeks to find ways in which they can compliment one another and bring about a more balanced individual. Then, in the back half of the book, the Cicero’s further expand on Regardie’s work, offering to the reader a primer on the fundamental theories behind the ritual, alongside several new rituals and meditations which compliment. In many ways, I feel that this book represents my first true foray into ceremonial magic. I’d read some theory here and there before this, primarily on the tarot, and had been working steadily through DMK’s “Modern Magick,” but compared to this, that was just dipping my toes into the subject. Though not much bigger than the average-sized book, The Middle Pillar is packed so dense with information that I had to pace myself while reading, so as to actually give my brain time to process it all. While I can certainly say that reading this was no easy task (Regardie writes in a way that makes my head hurt), the annotations and explanations provided by Chic and Tabitha Cicero proved incredibly helpful. Furthermore, their expansion on the original material gave me a plethora of new practices to try out, almost too much really. Though at times their personal input seems to drown out Regardie’s original voice, it also clarifies what would be an otherwise murky tract. My introduction to both Regardie and the Cicero’s I can say that after reading this I’m excited to explore their works further.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rob Stanley

    Phew! This is one book that I can truly say I was happy to finally get to the end of! The Middle Pillar is often referred to as one of Regardie's classic texts, and - sure enough - it is interesting reading. But, holy hell, is the Regardie-penned portion dry as old twigs. Content aside, this is without doubt the most BORING text I've ever read (and I've read a few!). It's not the material that's at fault here, it's the way it's presented; Regardie wasn't the liveliest of authors at the best of ti Phew! This is one book that I can truly say I was happy to finally get to the end of! The Middle Pillar is often referred to as one of Regardie's classic texts, and - sure enough - it is interesting reading. But, holy hell, is the Regardie-penned portion dry as old twigs. Content aside, this is without doubt the most BORING text I've ever read (and I've read a few!). It's not the material that's at fault here, it's the way it's presented; Regardie wasn't the liveliest of authors at the best of times, granted, but he's excelled even himself here, in producing the equivalent of a literary tedium-fest. As a qualified psychiatric nurse, I must admit that my appraisal may be somewhat coloured by my existing familiarity with much of the material, but that doesn't excuse the fact that the portion of the book penned by the Cicero's is so much more accessible and enjoyable to read. I'm not having a pop at Regardie, as I dearly love many of his works (A Garden of Pomegranites, in particular is an astounding book), but - unless you're a completist, I can't recommend the effort to wade through the first portion of the book. Is it worth the price for the Cicero section? Again, it depends upon your previous reading; there's a number of versions of both the Kabbalistic Cross and the Middle Pillar ritual, along with commentary which I've not seen previously, but I'm guessing any magician with previous experience will have already found their preferred version of these rituals.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Exactly what I expected from this book. I would suggest one have at least a modicum of background in Qabalah before starting this book but it isn't completely necessary. Regardie explains clearly how to perform the Middle Pillar Exercise, which is essentially meditation + visualization + intonation of god names corresponding to each sephira, and also explains in detail how to perform suggested preliminary rituals, such as The Qabalistic Cross, and the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram (LB Exactly what I expected from this book. I would suggest one have at least a modicum of background in Qabalah before starting this book but it isn't completely necessary. Regardie explains clearly how to perform the Middle Pillar Exercise, which is essentially meditation + visualization + intonation of god names corresponding to each sephira, and also explains in detail how to perform suggested preliminary rituals, such as The Qabalistic Cross, and the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram (LBRP). The Ciceros have added good supplemental information which takes up about half the book, sometimes illuminating, sometimes redundant, but worth reading nonetheless--it's always good to reread something so it can stick in your mind better. This book is for beginners, Regardie suggests trying out simple variations of the rituals initially and once mastered, to move on to more complex and potent variations of the rituals later. Anyway, this book has made these subjects and exercises seem less intimidating to me; my understanding on these subjects has increased more from what I've read from Regardie than from what I've read from Crowley--not to talk smack on Crowley, just a matter of fact--and for that, this book gets five stars. Ps Regardie may get a lot of flack from Crowleyites, and if you are one, I suggest reading Regardie's material and making up your own mind about his character from his own writings.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nox Prognatus

    A very good book. I especially enjoyed the original by Regardie, and got a lot from it. Especially the ritual of the Quabalistic cross, and the Middle pillar exercises. The Ciceros add a lot to the book at the end, and give specific exercises for Regardies work. The Ciceros resurrected a temple of the Golden Dawn in the 1980's. I enjoyed their writing, but not so much as Regardie. I will definitely be picking up Regardies other material. Some of the book, the part that focussed on psychoanalysis, A very good book. I especially enjoyed the original by Regardie, and got a lot from it. Especially the ritual of the Quabalistic cross, and the Middle pillar exercises. The Ciceros add a lot to the book at the end, and give specific exercises for Regardies work. The Ciceros resurrected a temple of the Golden Dawn in the 1980's. I enjoyed their writing, but not so much as Regardie. I will definitely be picking up Regardies other material. Some of the book, the part that focussed on psychoanalysis, was not as interesting as the metaphysical side. However a must read, for all serious occultists. I would recommend starting with one of his earlier works, perhaps the Tree of Life.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nothanks

    The first ~70 pages read like an incredibly stuffy dissertation on how magic and psychology are somewhat the same thing and how they can compliment one another. The start was boring but I don't blame the author as it would have been more interesting around when this was written ~60 years ago. Unless you have no familiarity with common psychological concepts or feel like a difficult crash course in all the moving parts of Qabala, I recommend skipping to the 3rd chapter where things become practic The first ~70 pages read like an incredibly stuffy dissertation on how magic and psychology are somewhat the same thing and how they can compliment one another. The start was boring but I don't blame the author as it would have been more interesting around when this was written ~60 years ago. Unless you have no familiarity with common psychological concepts or feel like a difficult crash course in all the moving parts of Qabala, I recommend skipping to the 3rd chapter where things become practical. The remainder of the book focuses on the rituals, which are intriguing...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Louis

    One of Regardie's finest works. If you can find an older version of this book from a used bookstore or ebay, then definitely get a copy from the 70's or 80's. The Cicero's tainted Regardie's books in many ways with their editing. They also add extra chapters to this and other Regardie books which add absolutely nothing of value. Their arbitrary changes to some of the exercises (LBRP, Middle Pillar, etc) are appalling, IMO. One of Regardie's finest works. If you can find an older version of this book from a used bookstore or ebay, then definitely get a copy from the 70's or 80's. The Cicero's tainted Regardie's books in many ways with their editing. They also add extra chapters to this and other Regardie books which add absolutely nothing of value. Their arbitrary changes to some of the exercises (LBRP, Middle Pillar, etc) are appalling, IMO.

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