[Introduction] Opus Mago-cabbalisticum Et Theosophicum:
Published by Weiser Books
In Goethe’s immortal play, Faust, the brooding hero reflects upon the vainness of earthly knowledge and education. He opens a book of magic and is transfixed by an illustration of the magical universe. He resolves there and then to become a magician. The book that fired Goethe’s imagination for that dramatic scene was a real book—the book of forbidden knowledge that evoked every mystical cliché—Opus Mago-Cabbalisticum et Theosophicum. This first ever English edition of Opus Mago-Cabbalisticum et Theosophicum will appeal to anyone interested in the history or practical aspects of alchemy, astrology, magick, Rosicrucianism, esoteric Freemasonry, and the Golden Dawn. A perfect addition to any library of classic esoteric literature, this edition reproduces famous illustrations and is printed on acid-free paper, smythe-sewn and bound in a cloth case with a dust jacket.
About the Author
Georg von Welling was born in Schwaben, Bavaria, in 1655. He worked as the director of the Baden-Durlacher Office of Building and Mines until 1723 and died in 1725 in Frankfurt. Von Welling was primarily known for his book Opus Mago-Cabbalisticum et Theosophicum, which influenced numerous subsequent authors and informed much of the tradition of Western Ritual Magick.
Joseph McVeigh is a professor of German Studies at Smith College with the interest and skills necessary to translate such an arcane occult classic.
Lon Milo DuQuette is a world-renowned scholar and practitioner of the occult. He has written many books including Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot and The Magick of Aleister Crowley.