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The Occult Book

A Chronological Journey from Alchemy to Wicca
Hardcover Book
Publisher: 
Sterling
 | 
October, 2017
ISBN:
9781454925774
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$22.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Take an enlightening journey through occult history, exploring 100 dramatic incidents, arcane knowledge, and key historical figures from around the world. John Michael Greer delves into two millennia of tradition, from the earliest alchemists to pagan rituals; from the Philosophers Stone to Cabala, the first tarot, and the Knights Templar; and from the first horoscopes to fortune-telling trials and the birth of modern witchcraft, or Wicca. Each entry features a stunning image or intriguing item of ephemera.

It can be useful to think of occultism as the rejected knowledge of the Western world… The occult remains the oldest and the most savagely persecuted of all the Western world’s bodies of rejected knowledge. Among the core elements of occultism are these:

Magic—“the science and art of causing changes in consciousness at will”… The mage, or practitioner of magic, uses rituals, symbolism, meditation, and other methods to enter into unusual states of consciousness in which subtle powers can be directed and disembodied entities contacted to cause changes in the world.

Divinationthe art of knowing hidden things in the present and the secrets of the future through the same subtle links that in occult tradition make magic work…

Initiationthe process by which an ordinary person develops the powers and abilities needed to master magic and divination. There are many methods of initiation…

Alchemy—Alchemists prepare herbal medicines, practice spiritual meditation, and work with a dizzying array of substances in their pursuit of hidden knowledge.

Occult philosophya philosophy that explains how and why occultism works. Three main schools of occult philosophy have played a predominant role in the history of occultism. Neoplatonism, an offshoot of the philosophy of Plato… Hermeticism, a blend of Greek philosophy and Egyptian magical teaching… and Cabala (also spelled Kabbalah and Qabalah), born in the Jewish communities of southern France…

These core ingredients, combined with one another and with an assortment of other practices and teachings, make up the heart of the occult traditions of the West.

John Michael Greer is one of the most widely respected writers and scholars in the occult field today. The author of more than 40 books, including The New Encyclopedia of the Occult, he served for twelve years as Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America.

Publisher’s Description: 
Explore the occult from ancient times to the modern day with one of its most respected scholars and practitioners.

Take an enlightening journey through occult history, exploring 100 dramatic incidents, arcane knowledge, and key historical figures from around the world. John Michael Greer delves into two millennia of tradition, from the earliest alchemists to pagan rituals; from the Philosophers Stone to Cabala, the first tarot, and the Knights Templar; and from the first horoscopes to fortune-telling trials and the birth of modern witchcraft, or Wicca. Each entry features a stunning image or intriguing item of ephemera.

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