Franz Bardon is considered by many as the greatest Hermetic adept of the 20th century. A tireless worker for the light, he survived Hitler’s concentration camps but died a victim of Communist persecution in 1958. He left behind him four legendary books on Hermetic magic which have become acknowledged classics in the field of occult literature. 'Initiation' is the first and most important of Bardon’’s works and is rightly regarded as the cornerstone of his entire opus. Bardon focuses his attention on the practical training necessary for all true magical attainment. Using the 4 elements of fire, air, water and earth as a foundation, Bardon teaches the student how to master these universal forces in the three worlds of body, soul and spirit. Bardon leads the reader through step by step exercises providing detailed training in the entire arcanum of white magic, from basic techniques in thought control and imagination to advanced teachings.