The rise of Wicca or modern witchcraft and renewed interest in satanism and the occult, not to mention digitial magic in cyberspace, reflects the continuing importanc of magic in some people's lives. Magic is part of a very long tradition reaching back to our earliest ancestors and has remained a means by which people can communicate with sacred powers and supernatural beings. Nevill Drury, who has written extensively on western magic and the occult, looks at forms of magic where the practitioner uses `sacred formulae, ritual invocations and personal willpower to... master the gods and spirits and even become like them, from prehistory to the present day'. Chapters are devoted to magic and myth in the ancient world, alchemy, medieval witches and witch hunts, the origins of Tarot and astrology, modern Satanism and Technopagans, with much of the book rooted in the post-medieval period.
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Nevill Drury has an MA in anthropology and is a noted authority on all aspects of magic and shamanism. He has written over forty books on the subject, including The Shaman's Quest, Exploring the Labyrinth, Sacred Encounters and The Dictionary of the Esoteric.From Publishers Weekly:
Drury, the author of more than 40 books (The Shaman's Quest; Exploring the Labyrinth), offers a comprehensive yet accessible historical guide to magic and witchcraft through the ages. This is not a how-to manual or a spellbook, but a well-researched history with a refreshingly global perspective. Beginning with shamanism, "the oldest magical tradition," Drury examines shamanic traditions in Alaska, South America, Australia, Siberia and Indonesia. He then explores ancient magic traditions in Greece, Rome, Egypt and Mesopotamia; Gnostic and Kabbalistic cosmologies; witchcraft and witch trials in medieval and Renaissance Europe; and hermetic and alchemical traditions. Other chapters delve into Tarot, astrology, numerology, Wicca, contemporary technopaganism and mystical fraternities such as the Freemasons and the Rosicrucians. One of the most interesting chapters is an in-depth portrait of Aleister Crowley, the turn-of-the-century self-styled British warlock whom some called the "most wicked" man of the age. Drury writes well and never loses sight of the big picture, offering readers broad strokes and helping them to understand the subtle distinctions between magical traditions. He draws on some legitimate theory and scholarship from the likes of Mircea Eliade, Emile Durkheim and Carl Jung (though he quotes Carlos Castaneda without divulging until the end of the book that much of Castaneda's "anthropology" has been debunked as fiction). The book is strikingly well illustrated, with more than 200 illustrations, 61 of them in color.
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