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Book Title: Merlin and the Grail Tradition (Expanded Edition)|
The author of the book: Gareth Knight
Edition: Skylight Press
Date of issue: December 31st 2011
ISBN 13: 9781908011336
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Few figures from myth and legend have impressed the imagination like that of Merlin, Archmage of the land of Logres, whose shadowy, compelling presence plays a key part in the tales of Arthurian legend and the Quest of the Holy Grail.
Merlin and the Grail Tradition was first published at the turn of the millennium by Sun Chalice Books, originally as a collection of ten essays, talks and magical workings grouped loosely around the locus of Merlin and the grail. Gareth Knight is exceptionally well qualified to cover the esoteric aspects of the Arthurian mysteries, having been trained extensively in this tradition as a young initiate of Dion Fortune's school and later developing them at the now legendary series of Hawkwood workshops during the 1980s. In his autobiography I Called it Magic he describes a hair-raising spontaneous magical working in which he sounded three long blasts on a hunting horn to call the sleeping King Arthur. The result was a vision, which burst in upon those present, of the entire fellowship of the Round Table assembling within the lodge. Another ritual from that same event, The Catechism of the Grail, is included in this book. The longer term result of this work was Gareth Knight's well-known book The Secret Tradition in Arthurian Legend. His deep insights into the Arthurian mysteries have been further enriched by his exchange of ideas and close working relationships with other important authorities on the Merlin/Grail traditions, such as Caitlín and John Matthews, R.J. Stewart and Wendy Berg.
The articles gathered together in this collection include transcripts of talks given at various conferences, chapters written for inclusion in other books, and short pieces selected from Gareth Knight's own magazine, Quadriga, which was circulated to his students.
Since the original edition of this book was published a number of further articles have been written which add new insights, particularly with regard to the faery tradition within the grail legends, which has taken on an increasing importance in recent years. This new edition therefore includes The Faery Tradition in Arthurian Legend and a new analysis of Chrétien de Troyes: The First Arthurian Romancer. Additionally, an old manuscript has come to light on Sir Gareth: the Quest of a Round Table Knight, resurrected from a private lecture given in Paris in 1987. This new expanded collection of thirteen pieces therefore represents Gareth Knight's eclectic pursuit of the Merlin and Grail mysteries over a period of more than thirty years.
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Read information about the authorGareth Knight is one of the world's foremost authorities on ritual magic, the Western Mystery Tradition and Qabalistic symbolism. He trained in Dion Fortune's Society of the Inner Light, and has spent a lifetime rediscovering and teaching the principles of magic as a spiritual discipline and method of self-realisation.
He has written around forty books covering topics as diverse as Qabalah, history of magic, Arthurian legend, Rosicrucianism, Tarot, the Inklings (Tolkien, C.S.Lewis et al) and the Feminine Mysteries, as well as several practical books on ritual magic. He has lectured worldwide and is a regular contributor to Inner Light, the journal of the Society of the Inner Light.
The group founded by Gareth Knight in 1973 is now run by Wendy Berg and known as the Avalon Group.
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