San Francisco: Weiser Books, 2008. Paperback, 171 pages. New.
Subtitled the Book of ATEM, Philip H. Farber’s Meta-Magick claims a bold, new approach to magical practice, incorporating ideas and practices from neuroscience and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Kicking off with the idea that the book itself consists of a way of contacting ATEM – an example of what Farber terms a ‘memetic entity’ – Farber expands on this seemingly revolutionary approach, paying close attention to how belief is shaped through language; the transmission of memetic entities; the importance of trance states and passions, and much more. The ‘meat’ of the book though, is the practical section – an extended repertoire of exercises to be done over a thirty-six day period, the aim of which is “to activate the mind of Atem in your own consciousness” and enable you to attain the eight powers of Atem. These exercises are drawn from a diverse range of disciplines – from NLP, ritual practice, meditation, and various martial arts – some are best done with a partner or in a group. All in all, Meta-Magick is a novel approach to magical practice which will be of interest to anyone interested in the Chaos Current or exploring innovative approaches.