Book of Abrasax yes, I would order it soon as I know Cecchetelli is not bad in practice.
Christoph wrote:Going by the topic of the thread, I assume you are looking at the tradition of unified Greek and Egyptian thought and not pre-Hellenic Egyptian traditions and isolated Hellenic Greek traditions (if such a thing even exists).
Graeco-Egyptian tradition is proper Hermeticism since it stems from the philosophic school of hellenized Egyptians in Hermopolis - the site of the much older Egyptian cult center of Thoth. The Greeks identified Thoth with Hermes, hence they renamed the cult center Hermopolis(originally Khmun) and consequently the schools of thought that emerged from here are identified as Hermetic. Graeco-Egyptian magic is a byproduct of this renaissance of Greek Logic and Philosophy (mainly Pythagorean/Neo-Platonic schools) with Egyptian Magic and Religion.
Keep in mind that we are speaking of traditional Hermeticism which should not be confused with the highly romanticized view of Hermeticism popularized by late 18th and early 19th century Lodge societies (i.e. Masons, Golden Dawn, Theosophists, etc.) .
The absolute best source for this tradition is the PGM as others have stated here. The problem with relying on the PGM alone is that they provide very little in terms of the philosophic and cosmological framework in which the magic is executed. This; however, can be found in the Corpus Hermetica which really gives you the core foundation of the Graeco-Egyptian worldview during this period, and of course can be supplemented with other works such as Plato's Timaeus.
I would recommend going with Greek first. Egyptian deities are extremely stern and intense beings that have very bland personalities. Their company, although educational, will not be enjoyable! ....at least that's my opinion through experience.
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