A complete guide to the theory, practice, and history of Mazdan magic, the first organized system of magic
* Provides a complete curriculum of magical study and initiation centered on exercises keyed to the sacred Zoroastrian calendar
* Details advanced magical rituals and practices based on archaic Persian formulas, including fire rituals and divine invocations
Stephen Flowers explores the history, theory, practice, rituals, and initiations of the Mazdan magical system practiced by the Magi of ancient Persia, who were so skilled and famed for their effectiveness that their name came to mean what we today call "magic."
The author explains how the religious branch of the Mazdan magical system, founded by the Prophet Zarathustra, is known in the West under the name Zoroastrianism. The author reveals how all other known systems of magic have borrowed from this tradition, providing the clues that enabled him to reformulate the original Mazdan system. He reviews what the Greeks, Romans, Hebrews, Christians, and Chinese said about the Iranian-Persian tradition of the Mazdans and their invention of a magical technology. He explains how the ultimate aim of the original form of magic was not only individual wisdom, self-development, and empowerment, but also the overall betterment of the world.
The author details a complete curriculum of magical study and initiation based on a series of graded exercises keyed to the sacred Zoroastrian calendar. Providing a manual for the original magical system used by the members of the Great Fellowship, this book guides you toward the comprehensive practice of the Mazdan philosophy, the ultimate outcome of which is ushta: Happiness.
Stephen E. Flowers, Ph.D., received his doctorate in Germanic languages and medieval studies from the University of Texas at Austin and studied the history of occultism at the University of Goettingen, Germany. The author of more than 24 books, including Lords of the Left-Hand Path and Icelandic Magic, he lives near Smithville, Texas.
Acknowledgments Abbreviations Preface Introduction The Time Has Come to Lift the Ban A Note on the Languages and Texts of the Mazdan Tradition 1 Iranian Magic as the Ancients Saw It 2 The History of Iranian Magic 3 Theories of Mazdan Magic 4 Initiation into Magic 5 Rituals of Mazdan Magic Appendix A A Brief History of Eranshahr Appendix B Guide to Pronunciation of Avestan Appendix C The Analysis of Three Major Avestan Manthras Appendix D The One Hundred and One Names of God Appendix E Basic Mazdan Astrological Lore Appendix F Resources Glossary Notes Bibliography and Reading List Index