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A History of Magic, Witchcraft, and the Occult (DK a History of)

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In a world of distraction, overcommitment, and often overwhelming social expectations, are you craving depth, meaning, and true connection? I had picked up bits and pieces of magical history over time, of course, but it was nice to see so many things in one book and so wonderfully illustrated. Some topics cannot be simply proscribed to a religion or particular country, and these are explored as well, like the idea of “cunning folk. This course is eligible for allowing Imperial College students and staff to share their discount with their friends and family.

In the summer of 1985, a brilliant young British DNA scientist Helena Greenwood is found murdered in her front garden in a quiet suburb in California. The perfect introduction to magic and the occult, it explores forms of divination from astrology and palmistry to the Tarot and runestones, mystical plants and potions such as mandrake, the presence of witchcraft in literature from Shakespeare's Macbeth to the Harry Potter series, and the ways in which magic has interacted with mainstream religions. Occasionally side information would get its own spread, like images of fetishes or amulets from different cultures or the meanings of rune stones and how to use them for divination.While I acknowledge that personal preferences vary, "A History of Magic, Witchcraft, and the Occult" did not resonate with me. Of course, that was in the sixteenth century and in our society we no longer believe in such things.

Providing readers with a comprehensive account of everything from Japanese folklore and Indian witchcraft to the differences between black and white magic, and dispelling myths such as those surrounding the voodoo doll and Ouija, the book explores the common human fascination with spells, superstition, and the supernatural. Join Susan Cain, an international best-selling author on the power of introverts who will help you tune out all of your everyday stresses and conflicts and tune into living a Quiet Life. That brought about an interest in me, I found it interesting to listen to this overview of the history of Witchcraft. The impact of sharing her voice—her truth—was undeniable, and it changed the course of her life and the lives of countless others.As it stands, it was interesting to read in 2-10 page chunks, and I’m glad to have it as a reference resource in my library. The perfect introduction to magic and the occult, it explores forms of divination from astrology and palmistry to the Tarot and runestones, mystical plants and potions such as mandrake, the presence of witchcraft in literature from Shakespeare's Macbeth to the Harry Potter series, and the ways in which magic has interacted with religion. Rather than presenting a compelling historical narrative, it reads more like a dry and academic document. But Threshing was only the first impossible test meant to weed out the weak-willed, the unworthy, and the unlucky.

When picking this book up I recommend taking with a healthy dose of salt everything from Wicca onwards. A History of Magic, Witchcraft and the Occult charts the extraordinary narrative of one of the most interesting and often controversial subjects in the world, covering everything from ancient animal worship and shamanism, through alchemy and divination to modern Wicca and the resurgence of the occult in 21st-century literature, cinema, and television. I think it can be hard to separate out things that happened within the last 120 years out into separate sections, so I understand how difficult it can be to organize the information effectively.I have studied the occult and metaphysics for over 30 years, and I don't think I've ever seen such a comprehensive look at the history of magic and the occult. Harry Potter fans will enjoy looking at the philosophers stone, the Mandrakes, deviations, different plants which used in spells and of course wands. I felt like it was a great starting point for someone who is interested in learning anything about magic, witchcraft, or the occult, and a very basic understanding of how the practice has changed through the years. The pictures are great and this is certainly a beautiful book meant to sit on coffee tables, but it wasn't quite the historical narrative I was hoping for.

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