Stewart draws upon the coherent, mature, and enduring systems of magic, long preserved in the Western culture. He offers a series of fundamental aspects of the magical arts, which he supports with practical examples of visualizations and rituals. Advanced Magical Arts: Visualization, Meditation and Ritual in the Western Magical Tradition. Only a generation ago much of the material in this book would have been regarded as 'secret', for private group use only. Much of it has been developed by small groups of dedicated people during the last decade - a particularly fruitful period of growth in the magical arts. In "Advanced Magical Arts," the author draws upon the coherent, mature and enduring systems of magic, long preserved in our Western culture. With beautiful illustrations by Miranda Gray, he offers a series of fundamental aspects of the magical arts, which he supports with practical examples of visualizations and rituals. R.J. Stewart is a highly respected Scottish author and composer who has worked, researched and written extensively on music, folklore and the Western Esoteric Tradition. He is the founder and organizer of the annual Merlin Conference.