Hashem Atallah - Picatrix (Ghayat Al-Hakim) The Goal of the Wise, Vol 1

Hashem Atallah - Picatrix (Ghayat Al-Hakim) The Goal of the Wise, Vol 1

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This is an excellent version of the classic occult text. I give it four stars for its clarity and artistry in producing the book itself. However, there are differences between the Arabic and Latin versions of the text (some subtle, others significant). Unfortunately, the influence of Picatrix on European magical thinking came from the Latin version. Thus, Agrippa, et. al. were not reading the Arabic version. So whether you appreciate this book depends on what you want from it. If you are looking for an accessible introduction to this text, then this is definitely a good candidate (though the cost is prohibitive). However, if you are looking to find the source that influenced the famous occultists, it's best that you learn Latin and pick up a copy of the Latin version. There are also good translations of the Latin version in Spanish, Italian, and French - so if you are familiar with any of those, the text will be accessible.