The Magical World of Dr. Joseph Lisiewski by Mark Stavish
Few figures in the contemporary world of occultism have garnered the admiration and vitriol as has Dr. Joseph Charles Lisiewski (1947 – 2016). Born in the rugged coal mining region of Central Pennsylvania, Lisiewski came of age in an era when the grip of religious orthodoxy was waning, but the magical world of the ‘Counter Culture Movement’ was not yet fully born. After a terrifying magical evocation at the age of 17, he was quickly admitted to the ranks of the few to find himself involved with two of the greatest occultists of the Twentieth Century – Israel Regardie and Frater Albertus. Having worked closely with both men for years, he detailed his unique relationship with them in the only book to date written about either man – Israel Regardie and the Philosopher’s Stone (2008). Having worked closely with Lisiewski on that book, as well as others, in The Magical World of Dr. Joseph Lisiewski I tell the story of our decade long friendship, the magical and alchemical projects we worked together on, the truth behind his academic claims, and details on the final ritual I performed for him – an exorcism for a ritual that went bad, and for which he claimed would ultimately take his life. This book is not only a peak behind the curtain at the life of a man who can rightly be called the most controversial ceremonial magician of the early Twenty-First Century, but also a look at the context of his life astrologically, socially, and in light of the alchemical and magical revival of which he was an integral part. A must book for anyone interested in one of best known, and least understood figures of modern occultism.
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