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I was extremely disappointed by Authentic Thaumaturgy. The author, Isaac Bonewits, is a practicing magician who supposedly received a degree in Magic from. 22 Jan Here’s an excerpt from the Second Edition of Authentic Thaumaturgy, my book on magic and religion for players of fantasy games such as. 7 May Isaac Bonewits on The Laws of Magic (excerpt from his ‘Authentic Thaumaturgy’).

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Any GM who likes modifying his game’s magic systems will get a lot of ideas thaumatugry. This book is not a full introduction to magic and readers should not attempt to do real world magic based only upon these pages and the rules of whatever game you regularly play. This page was last edited on 19 Septemberat Julie rated it it was amazing Sep 05, This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. David Crawford marked it as to-read Jun 01, Trivia About Authentic Thaumat Dualism assumes that opposites are at war with one another; polarity assumes that they embrace. Back to the T.

Autentic Thaumaturgy

They seem to be used mostly as a way to cheat Fate and thus the game. Fantasy Modern day Generic.

This Law is so fundamental that hardly any work on magic has ever been published without mentioning it. Some Fair Warnings Details about certain earthy aspects of magical theory and practice have been deliberately omitted from this work.

What factors make a spell to succeed, and which cause failure? Daniel Harms on RPGnet: Preparation for such ceremonies should include a great deal of research about such rituals in general and your chosen entities in particular and a consultation with your rabbi, pastor, guru, minister, swami, priest, or priestess.

This new pattern will not necessarily be a compromise but may be something new. Phillip Emmons Isaac Bonewits was an influential Neopagan leader and author. Thanks for telling us about the problem. H A rated it liked it Jul 28, Eric Jackson added it Feb 19, For every usage of the Law of Perversity: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations.


To ask other readers questions about Authentic Thaumaturgyplease sign up. Bonewits managed to get a Bachelor’s degree in magic from UC Berkeley.

It is possible through maximum association between the elements of oneself and those of another being to actually become that being to the point of sharing its knowledge and weilding its power.

Dec 01, Max Lybbert rated it really liked it. Back to the T.

Authentic Thaumaturgy by Isaac Bonewits

Is having authdntic to this material worth a few dollars, punts, pounds, or euros to you? But then, theological depth is not what we should expect from hysteria mongers and professional witchhunters.

However, if you like to tinker with your magical system, if you run a campaign in which wizards play a major role, or if you thaumzturgy to read a book that has influenced countless game designers since its first publication, this is an excellent addition to your library.

Thaimaturgy special manual on demons describes the appearance and power of evil entities with accompanying sketches. You may not use all of it, but borrowing even a few elements should add to the richness of your game. Every sense mechanism of every entity is limited by both range and type of data perceived. Almost as good are objects of clothing, handkerchiefs, bedsheets, etc.

Authentic Thaumaturgy

Steven marked it as to-read Jan 04, Readers should feel free to take all, part or none of my suggestions, depending upon how they think the ideas would fit with their authenticc universes. In short, they oppose every concept that might disagree with their narrow-minded religious, economic, sexual and political agendas.


You should especially avoid attempting to perform summonings or worship rituals of any sort unless you are absolutely sure that the entities you are attempting to contact a are friendly, and b are forgiving of amateurs! It is possible to establish internal communication with entities from either inside or outside of oneself, said entities seeming to be inside of oneself during the communication process.

Most magicians who do weather magic, for example, personify the winds and the clouds, and thus find focusing their APK upon the atmosphere much easier.

Bonewits is, at least, professionally qualified to write it: Brass marked it as to-read May 20, Yet the two halves both attract and repel each other in an eternal circular dance see the Law of Polarity below. Any phenomenon more complex than a bacteria can be viewed on several levels, so you can usually find ways in which any two phenomena can be seen as either opposite or similar, depending on which of these Laws of Attraction you are interested in emphasizing.

The player rolls d, trying to roll under a percentage, and if successful spends the required amount of magic power to accomplish the effect. As to presentation, most of the art is done in imitation of old woodcuts. Additional editing and updating was suggested by the staff of Steve Jackson Games before this current edition was printed though I am solely responsible for any shortcomings the book may now have and my sincere thanks go out to all of them.

A little preachy in terms of the reality of magic, but very informative and pretty fun about how the author thinks magic really works.