Wednesday, August 12, 2009

My first book, Liber Ægyptius: The Egyptian Book of Magic was first published in 1998 by ignotus press, to act as a primer for Temple of Khem students, and to make the ancient Egyptian religion accessible to modern readers. Being a member of the Egypt Exploration Society was an enormous help in researching the material for the book, and also in keeping up to date with current archaeological findings that had relevance for ToK teaching. The book was reprinted in 2003 and, I’m glad to say, has remained a popular selling title ever since.

The following review on Amazon was exactly what I wanted to achieve: “Looking at the title I thought this was going to be too academic for me … but I actually found the book easy to use and the language easy to follow. It made more sense than the other books I had been reading and gave me the opportunity to understand Egyptian texts and information that had been ‘Greek’. Much better than anything else I had bought – I can follow the religion with ease and understand the differences between the dynasties and deities. Well worth the money!”

Other reviews:
Liber Ægyptius doesn't actually provide much in the way of practical instruction ... there aren’t really any rituals in the book for the reader to engage in, apart from one dedication ceremony … maybe that’s one of the reasons so many people like it. It’s a good one for setting the record straight about a lot of the myths people have about Egyptian religion, and I found the Temple of Khem’s division into the different bodies of practice (primitive path, solar path, etc) quite interesting.”

“Have a look at Liber Ægyptius by Melusine Draco - now there’s a good damn book!”