Magic and Witchcraft: From Shamanism to the Technopagans

Beginning with shamanism, this book explores myth and magic in the ancient world, the quest for gnosis, or sacred esoteric knowledge, and the emergence of the kabbalah, alchemy, and the Hermetic tradition It then describes the rise of medieval witchcraft, the origins of the tarot, and the secret philosophy of the Freemasons and Rosicrucians The Hermetic Order of the GoldBeginning with shamanism, this book explores myth and magic in the ancient world, the quest for gnosis, or sacred esoteric knowledge, and the emergence of the kabbalah, alchemy, and the Hermetic tradition It then describes the rise of medieval witchcraft, the origins of the tarot, and the secret philosophy of the Freemasons and Rosicrucians The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, started in Britain in 1888, led to a 20th century revival that extends into the present millennium The influence of controversial occultist Aleister Crowley, the rebirth of witchcraft and goddess worship, the emergence of contemporary satanism, the revival of interest in shamanism and indigenous spirituality, and the intriguing connection between digital magic and cyberspace are all explored here in detail.
Magic and Witchcraft From Shamanism to the Technopagans Beginning with shamanism this book explores myth and magic in the ancient world the quest for gnosis or sacred esoteric knowledge and the emergence of the kabbalah alchemy and the Hermetic tradi

  • Title: Magic and Witchcraft: From Shamanism to the Technopagans
  • Author: Nevill Drury
  • ISBN: 9780500285145
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Magic and Witchcraft: From Shamanism to the Technopagans”

    1. An excellent overview of pagan and neo-pagan traditions, from Gardner onwards. Highly recommended for those of the persuasion and those looking for more information.

    2. I loved and devoured this book. It's definitely not for everyone, as it's an introductory encyclopedia to the history of magic and witchcraft, but I found it to be extremely informative about everything from the early tribal shamans to the emergence of magical dynasties, followed by the more recent developments of Crowley, LaVey, Jung, and Campbell. Drury writes from exhaustive research succinctly, and with a depth of comprehension that hints at his own personal practice of magick without too mu [...]

    3. Funny how in the Dutch translation of the title it says 'satanism' instead of the original 'witchcraft'. That's just splendid guys!

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