Magical Imagination: The Keys to Magic By Nick Farrell
Review by Níall MacSiúrtáin
Magical Imagination offers greater insights into the techniques of imagination in magic which Farrell previously examined in his book, Magical Pathworking: Techniques of Active Imagination. In Magical Imagination, Farrell draws on his own experiences as a magician and teacher within the Golden Dawn and the use of these techniques to build up a strong and reliable magical practice for the individual. The book looks at the continued use of pathworkings from a multitude of perspectives and functions. Farrell’s skills as an author are really brought to fruition in this text as he manages to successfully draw the reader into the right mind-frame in which to engage with the material presented.
Magical Imagination takes a more contemporary view of pathworking as a form of magic rather than the psychological experimentations of Farrell’s earlier work. The industry is already heavily populated with so-called “self-help” books and New Age techniques and so it can be difficult for occultists to find material they can actively work with. Reading the book I’m fascinated with the layers of self-discovery presented before the reader and find myself highly enthused with the material presented here. The book is really well formatted presenting areas of personal space to be explored in one’s own “Inner Kingdom”, following on to mapping out safe techniques that can be developed for clairvoyance and astral projection (though the book stays on topic and provides only a peripheral idea of rising in the spirit vision or astral projection. More time is spent towards the latter half exploring the creation of Inner Temples and working with inner plane contacts. The author is highly skilled in this area with case studies on hand to illustrate from personal experience what an individual might encounter along the way offering sage advice.
Holding so much promise I must confess I did fear that the book might result in being a re-hash of what was in Magical Pathworking; and yes there are some aspects of Magical Pathworking skill in Magical Imagination, however, I found that Farrell wove his various elements quite successfully into a very effective and yet approachable book. While one might notice some common themes in Nick Farrell’s writing the author is always a delight to read and explore the various tropes of the work presented.
Upon reflection, I’m compelled to recommend this book to anyone seeking, either to begin their magical path or to develop it on a personal or indeed a group level. Regardless of one’s background there is much on offer within this book for the sincere student of the Western Mysteries. Everything from the clear writing style, to the formatting and presentation of the techniques is accessible to the reader and having bought by fair share of books with guided meditations and pathworkings on offer over the years this is by far not an easy feat to achieve.