When I joined the HOGD/AO, I received my study materials and among them, I received the part of this book that corresponds to the magical work of the Neophyte.
It was easy for me to learn and apply this knowledge; I decided to master the rituals and move on to the next grade. When I was enabled to get the new material for my Junioris again, I received the part corresponding to that grade, and that's when I realized that this book it is something I had to own.
When I began my search, I was discouraged for two reasons: 1. it was out of print; and 2. it was highly expensive. As time went by, I kept track of how the prices were changing from seller to seller, until I was able to finally buy it, and I did it.
I was busy enough with my grade work at that time, and the temptation to learn and do the other rites was overwhelming; what else!, I had the whole book for me! but I still kept the pace. With some time available, I started to learn some other rites I needed for practical purposes and I began to perform them.
I have to be very honest here: this is a great book and it worth the money I paid for it and I don't regret it at any moment, and instead I'm glad I obtained it.
But, what makes this book so special? it is the fact that it contains detailed instructions on how to perform the rituals; this is a Grimoire for working magicians and this is not a book for the shelf. It contains all the rituals for every grade of the outer Order, from Neophyte to Portal: Elemental, Planetary, Zodiacal and Sephirotic rituals with precise instructions on god forms; incense; hierarchy of spirits and the Golden Dawn symbolism corresponding to each rite.
The Enochian integration into the Golden Dawn is also remarkable and many "Enochian specialists" out there who claim to be "purists and Dee-like specimens" dare to put poor critics and arguments against the fabulous integration that this book presents. If I have to mention a book that deserves such level of respect, is the work of Michael Stenwick with his Mystical Heptarchy book; which I have also the fortune of own.
My magical work is fully around this book; of course I have other practices, since I belong to 3 Orders and I have connection to other people; but in terms of Golden Dawn magic, my whole work is devoted to the study of this great Grimoire.
Also, I believe in one thing: If the magician has the talent, it can achieve anything with the teachings contained in this book. Some people hasn't even worked this book and they dare say things that go against the prestige of this material.
If I have shaken the bottle of nails with this article...I don't care...I love this book; I'm a Golden Dawn magician, I have the talent, and the power.
Peace profound, in Life, Light and Love.
H Frater VL