Monday Magick: My thoughts on THE FOUR ELEMENTS OF THE WISE by Ivo Dominguez Jr

My thoughts on
THE FOUR ELEMENTS OF THE WISE
Working with the Magickal Powers of
Earth, Air, Water, Fire
by Ivo Dominguez Jr

Ivo Dominguez Jr is an author I always look forward to reading, primarily because he is a teacher, first and foremost. He has a unique voice that conveys an understanding of what he is presenting, but more importantly, projects his desire to pass that knowledge along. He does not write from a place of arrogance or superiority. He does not talk down to his audience.

He also tends to tackle subjects that most authors of the occult take for granted. Prior to his latest work, I have read Casting Sacred Space, Keys to Perception, and Spirit Speak. All were insightful, delved deeply into their subject matter, and were gracefully penned. The Four Elements of the Wise is no different.

As the cornerstones of magickal practice, exploring the elements of Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water seems a logical examination. My first introduction to the occult, Manly Palmer Hall’s Unseen Forces, certainly addressed this, as have every major esoteric book come to market, but whereas most authors add the elements as a part of the process, Ivo uses this as a teaching moment, unwilling to allow this to be rushed through on the way toward other things.

The foundation is the key, something I appreciated about Casting Sacred Space and find so prevalent here.

While your particular tradition or practice may disagree with some of what the author shares here, you will come away with food for thought that will enhance your personal beliefs. The author takes you on a tour of the elements, addressing those entities that interact and are sometimes comprised of the elements in question, and delves into the transitions between these spheres.

I assure you, this is a book you’ll want to spend time with.

Published by the brilliant folks at Weiser Books, it includes a wonderful foreword by the luminous Courtney Weber and a pleasant cover by Kasandra Cook. The paper is a step above newsprint with no gloss which makes for easier reading I find. While I did notice several typos throughout, none were grievous enough to distract from my enjoyment of the book. I do generally prefer elaborate illustrations in my esoterica, but their lack here in no way sours me on the overall package.

THE FOUR ELEMENTS OF THE WISE : Working with the Magickal Powers of Earth, Air, Water, Fire by Ivo Dominguez Jr is simply a wonderful book that deserves a place on your shelf, sitting right beside the rest of the author’s catalog. You can purchase your copy wherever books are sold, like, for instance, Amazon, or, better yet, directly from the publisher.

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