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9.3 Hermetica

Agrippa Von Nettesheim, Heinrich Cornelius
The Three Books of Occult Philosophy
Llewellyn, 1993, pap, 1024 pp, € 64.50, 9780875428321
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Alt, P.A.
Imaginares Geheimwissen. Untersuchungen zum Hermetismus in literarischen Texten der Fruhen Neuzeit
Der Hermetismus bildet ein wesentliches Element der religios inspirierten Wissensgeschichte der Fruhen Neuzeit und wirkt uber einzelne Topoi auch in literarischen Texten des spaten 16. und 17. Jahrhunderts fort. Die Studien des vorliegenden Buchs verfolgen die Auspragungen dieses Wissens am Leitfaden einer klaren begriffshistorischen Perspektive: Sie rekonstruieren den Hermetismus aus seinen topischen Grundmustern, wie sie durch das spatantike "Corpus Hermeticum" gegeben sind. Exemplarische Untersuchungen gelten der Funktion hermetischer Denkfiguren in der europaischen Dichtungslehre der Fruhen Neuzeit, ihrer Verarbeitung durch die Theorie und Praxis der Allegorie, ihrer Transformation in Texten der Bukolik und den Raumphantasien religioser Poesie sowie der durchgreifenden Bedeutung paradoxer Formmuster in literarischen Werken mystischer Provenienz. Begleitet werden die Quellenstudien des Buchs durch Uberlegungen zur Theorie des Traditionsbegriffs und zur Wissensgeschichte als literarischer Funktionsgeschichte im Zusammenhang fruhneuzeitlicher Denkmodelle.
Berliner Mittelalter- and Fruhzeitforschung Band 12, V&R unipres, 2012, geb, 239 pp, € 44.90, 9783899716757
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Alt, P-A., V. Wels (Hg.)
Konzepte der Hermetismus in der Literatur der Fruhen Neuzeit
Im Sinne einer Weisheitslehre mit konfessionell übergreifender Tendenz fand das hermetische Denken im frühneuzeitlichen Europa wachsende Resonanz in Dichtung und Philosophie. Der Hermetismus steht dabei in engen Bezügen zum Paracelsismus, zur Alchemie, zum Rosenkreuzertum, zum Neuplatonismus, zur christlichen Kabbala und zur Mystik. Er äußert sich in einer neuen Hinwendung zur Natur als Schöpfung Gottes, indem er in den chemischen und biologischen Prozessen, die diese Natur konstituieren, immer den Geist Gottes am Werk sieht. Er äußert sich aber auch in einem neuen Begriff der Liebe, die als allumfassendes Prinzip gedacht wird. Was den Hermetismus der Frühen Neuzeit für Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaftler besonders interessant macht, ist die Vielfalt literarischer und künstlerischer Formen, derer er sich bedient. Vom Roman bis zum Gedicht, vom philosophischen Traktat bis zu Gebet und Andachtsliteratur, vom Lied bis zum Emblem finden sich die verschiedensten Gattungen vertreten.
Berliner Mittelalter- und Fruhzeitforschung Band 8, Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht unipress, 2010, geb, 440 pp, € 62.35, 9783899716351
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Ashmole, E. (ed.)
Theatrum Chemicum Brittanicum
BY ORDER.
Kessinger, 1992, pap, 512 pp, € 40.00, 9780922802890
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Asma, S. T.
On Monsters: An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears
Stephen Asma's On Monsters is a wide-ranging cultural and conceptual history of monsters--how they have evolved over time, what functions they have served for us, and what shapes they are likely to take in the future. Beginning at the time of Alexander the Great, the monsters come fast and furious--Behemoth and Leviathan, Gog and Magog, Satan and his demons, Grendel and Frankenstein, circus freaks and headless children, right up to the serial killers and terrorists of today and the post-human cyborgs of tomorrow. Monsters embody our deepest anxieties and vulnerabilities, Asma argues, but they also symbolize the mysterious and incoherent territory beyond the safe enclosures of rational thought. Exploring sources as diverse as philosophical treatises, scientific notebooks, and novels, Asma unravels traditional monster stories for the clues they offer about the inner logic of an era's fears and fascinations. In doing so, he illuminates the many ways monsters have become repositories for those human qualities that must be repudiated, externalized, and defeated.
Oxford UP, 2009/2011, pap, 351 pp, € 24.50, 9780199798094
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Asprem, E.
Arguing with Angels. Enochian Magic & Modern Occulture
This fascinating work explores John Dee's Enochian magic and the history of its reception. Dee (1527–1608/9), an accomplished natural philosopher and member of Queen Elizabeth I's court, was also an esoteric researcher whose diaries detail years of conversations with angels achieved with the aid of crystal-gazer Edward Kelley. His Enochian magicoffers a method for contacting angels and demons based on secrets found in the apocryphal Book of Enoch.

Examining this magical system from its Renaissance origins to present day occultism, Egil Asprem shows how the reception of Dee's magic is replete with struggles to construct and negotiate authoritative interpretational frameworks for doing magic. Arguing with Angels offers a novel, nuanced approach to questions about how ritual magic has survived the advent of modernity and demonstrates the ways in which modern culture has recreated magical discourse.

SUNY Series in Western Esoteric Traditions, State University of New York Press, 2012, geb, 220 pp, € 75.00, 9781438441917
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Asprem, Egil
Arguing with Angels. Enochian Magic and Modern Occulture
This fascinating work explores John Dee's Enochian magic and the history of its reception. Dee (1527-1608/9), an accomplished natural philosopher and member of Queen Elizabeth I's court, was also an esoteric researcher whose diaries detail years of conversations with angels achieved with the aid of crystal-gazer Edward Kelley. His Enochian magic offers a method for contacting angels and demons based on secrets found in the apocryphal Book of Enoch.

Examining this magical system from its Renaissance origins to present day occultism, Egil Asprem shows how the reception of Dee's magic is replete with struggles to construct and negotiate authoritative interpretational frameworks for doing magic. Arguing with Angels offers a novel, nuanced approach to questions about how ritual magic has survived the advent of modernity and demonstrates the ways in which modern culture has recreated magical discourse.

SUNY Series in Western Esoteric Traditions, Suny / State University of New York Press, 2012 / 2013, pap, 220 pp, € 26.50, 9781438441900
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Asprem, Egil, Kennet Granholm (eds)
Contemporary Esotericism
The study of contemporary esoteric discourse has hitherto been a largely neglected part of the new academic field of Western esotericism. Contemporary Esotericism provides a broad overview and assessment of the complex world of Western esoteric thought today. Combining historiographical analysis with theories and methodologies from the social sciences, the volume explores new problems and offers new possibilities for the study of esoterica. Contemporary Esotericism studies the period since the 1950s but focuses on the last two decades. The wide range of essays are divided into four thematic sections: the intricacies of esoteric appeals to tradition; the role of popular culture, modern communication technologies, and new media in contemporary esotericism; the impact and influence of esotericism on both religious and secular arenas; and the recent 'de-marginalization' of the esoteric in both scholarship and society.
Gnostica: Texts & Interpretations, Equinox, 2013, geb, 470 pp, € 101.00, 9781908049322
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Bailey, M.
Magic and Superstition in Europe: A Concise History from Antiquity to the Present
The only comprehensive, single-volume survey of magic available, this compelling book traces the history of magic, witchcraft, and superstitious practices such as popular spells or charms from antiquity to the present day. Focusing especially on Europe in the medieval and early modern eras, Michael Bailey also explores the ancient Near East, classical Greece and Rome, and the spread of magical systems_particularly modern witchcraft or Wicca_from Europe to the United States. He examines how magic and superstition have been defined in various historical eras and how these constructions have changed over time. He considers the ways in which specific categories of magic have been condemned, and how those identified as magicians or witches have been persecuted and prosecuted in various societies. Although conceptions of magic have changed over time, the author shows how magic has almost always served as a boundary marker separating socially acceptable actions from illicit ones, and more generally the known and understood from the unknown and occult.
Rowman& Littlefield, 2008, geb, 275 pp, € 70.00, 9780742533868
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Benz, Ernst
Emanuel Swedenborg: Visionary Savant in the Age of Reason
The distinguished German theologian Ernst Benz documents the rich and fascinating life of Emanuel Swedenborg, who claims an exceptional place in history as both a scientist and a visionary. Also an active statesman, Swedenborg accomplished major engineering feats, contributed numerous groundbreaking studies in a variety of scientific fields, and played a prominent role in Swedish public institutions.

Benz examines Swedenborg's life through the lens of the intellectual atmosphere of the eighteenth century. Growing up at a time when the classical view of the world was being challenged by the new philosophers and scientists of the Enlightenment, Swedenborg was deeply immersed both in the religious teachings of the Lutheran church and the explorations of rational science. His quest for understanding eventually led to his spiritual awakening and the unique insights that continue to inspire seekers and thinkers today. Now available for the first time in paperback, Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke's eminently readable translation shines a new light on the Swedish seer.

Swedenborg Studies nr. 14, Swedenborg Foundation, 2011, pap, 536 pp, € 29.95, 9780877851967
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Biasi, J.-L. de
Geheimen, symbolen en rituelen van de vrijmetselarij
Geheimen, symbolen en rituelen van de vrijmetselarij neemt je mee in de wereld van deze mystieke orde. Jean-Louis de Biasi, een 32e graad vrijmetselaar en al meer dan twintig jaar actief in de orde, belicht de geschiedenis en het op graden gebaseerde systeem van de Schotse Orde. Ook gaat hij in op de ethische opvattingen en de filosofische achtergronden, gebruikmakend van originele teksten en archeologische vondsten.
Ankh-Hermes, 2012, pap, 304 pp, € 27.95, 9789020205244
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Bogdan, Henrik
Western Esotericism and Rituals of Initiation
SUNY Press, 2007, geb, 235 pp, € 52.50, 9780791470695
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Bogdan, Henrik, Martin P. Starr (eds)
Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism
Henrik Bogdan and Martin P. Starr offer the first comprehensive examination of one of the twentieth century's most distinctive occult iconoclasts. Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) was a study in contradictions. He was born into a Fundamentalist Christian family, then educated at Cambridge where he experienced both an intellectual liberation from his religious upbringing and a psychic awakening that led him into the study of magic. He was a stock figure in the tabloid press of his day, vilified during his life as a traitor, drug addict and debaucher; yet he became known as the perhaps most influential thinker in contemporary esotericism. The practice of the occult arts was understood in the light of contemporary developments in psychology, and its advocates, such as William Butler Yeats, were among the intellectual avant-garde of the modernist project. Crowley took a more drastic step and declared himself the revelator of a new age of individualism. Crowley's occult bricolage, Magick, was a thoroughly eclectic combination of spiritual exercises drawing from Western European ceremonial magical traditions as practiced in the nineteenth-century Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Crowley also pioneered in his inclusion of Indic sources for the parallel disciplines of meditation and yoga. The summa of this journey of self-liberation was harnessing the power of sexuality as a magical discipline, an instance of the <"sacrilization of the self>" as practiced in his co-masonic magical group, the Ordo Templi Orientis. The religion Crowley created, Thelema, legitimated his role as a charismatic revelator and herald of a new age of freedom under the law of "Do what thou wilt."
Oxford UP, 2012, pap, 406 pp, € 31.00, 9780199863099
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Brann, N. L.
Trithemius and Magical Theology: A Chapter in the Controversy Over Occult Studies in Early Modern Europe
By order.
SUNY Series in Western Esoteric Traditions, SUNY, 1998, pap, 352 PP, € 28.50, 9780791439623
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Bremmer, J. N. & J. R. Veenstra (eds.)
The Metamorphosis of Magic: From Late Antiquity to the Early Modern Period
Prijs onder voorbehoud. By order.
Peeters, 2003, geb, 318 pp, € 42.50, 9789042912274
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Broek, R. van den & Gilles Quispel (inleiding, vertaling en toelichting)
Corpus Hermeticum
UITVERKOCHT
Pimander Series, Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, 2003, geb, 206 pp, € 24.50, 9789071608124
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Broek, R. van den (Inleiding, teksten, commentaar)
Hermes Trismegistus
Te Bestellen
Pimander Reeks, 15, Rozekruis-Pers, 2006, geb, 400 pp, € 37.50, 9789071608223
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Cameron, Euan
Enchanted Europe: Superstition, Reason, and Religion 1250-1750
Since the dawn of history people have used charms and spells to try to control their environment, and forms of divination to try to foresee the otherwise unpredictable chances of life. Many of these techniques were called 'superstitious' by educated elites. For centuries religious believers used 'superstition' as a term of abuse to denounce another religion that they thought inferior, or to criticize their fellow-believers for practising their faith 'wrongly'.

From the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment, scholars argued over what 'superstition' was, how to identify it, and how to persuade people to avoid it. Learned believers in demons and witchcraft, in their treatises and sermons, tried to make 'rational' sense of popular superstitions by blaming them on the deceptive tricks of seductive demons. Every major movement in Christian thought, from rival schools of medieval theology through to the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Enlightenment, added new twists to the debates over superstition. Protestants saw Catholics as superstitious, and vice versa. Enlightened philosophers mocked traditional cults as superstitions. Eventually, the learned lost their worry about popular belief, and turned instead to chronicling and preserving 'superstitious' customs as folklore and ethnic heritage.

Enchanted Europe is the first comprehensive, integrated account of western Europe's long, complex dialogue with its own folklore and popular beliefs. Drawing on many little-known and rarely used texts, Euan Cameron constructs a compelling narrative of the rise, diversification, and decline of popular 'superstition' in the European mind.

Oxford UP, 2010/2011, pap, 473 pp, € 31.50, 9780199605118
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Campion, N.
A History of Western Astrology Volume II, The Medieval and Modern World
Continuum, 2009, pap, 371 pp, € 26.00, 9781441181299
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Campion, N.
A History of Western Astrology Volume I The Ancient World
Continuum, 2008, pap, 388, € 27.00, 9781441127372
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Capp, B.
Astrology and the Popular Press, Englisch Almanacks 1500-1800
Faber and Faber, 2008, pap, 452 pp, € 37.00, 9780571241910
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Cheetham, T.
Green Man, Earth Angel. The Prophetic Tradition and the Battle for the Souls of the World
SUNY Series in Western Esoteric Traditions, SUNY, 2005, pap, 161 pp, € 23.50, 0791462706
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Chesters , Timothy
Ghost Stories in Late Renaissance France: Walking by Night
Caught in the grip of savage religious war, fear of sorcery and the devil, and a deepening crisis of epistemological uncertainty, the intellectual climate of late Renaissance France (c. 1550-1610) was one of the most haunted in European history. Although existing studies of this climate have been attentive to the extensive body of writing on witchcraft and demons, they have had little to say of its ghosts. Combining techniques of literary criticism, intellectual history, and the history of the book, this study examines a large and hitherto unexplored corpus of ghost stories in late Renaissance French writing. These are shown to have arisen in a range of contexts far broader than was previously thought: whether in Protestant polemic against the doctrine of purgatory, humanist discussions of friendship, the growing ethnographic consciousness of New World ghost beliefs, or courtroom wrangles over haunted property. Chesters describes how, over the course of this period, we also begin to see emerge characteristics recognisable from modern ghost tales: the setting of the 'haunted house', the eroticised ghost, or the embodied revenant. Taking in prominent literary figures including Rabelais, Ronsard, Montaigne, d'Aubigne, as well as forgotten demonological tracts and sensationalist pamphlets, Ghost Stories in Late Renaissance France sheds new light on the beliefs, fears, and desires of a period on the threshold of modernity. It will be of interest to any scholar or student working in the field of early modern European history, literature or thought.
Oxford Modern Languages & Literature Monographs, Oxford UP, 2011, geb, 304 pp, € 88.50, 9780199599806
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Chisty-Mujahid, Dr. N. Q.
An Introduction to Western Esotericism. Essays in the Hidden Meaning of Literature, Groups, and Games
Prijs onder voorbehoud.
Edwin Mellen Press, 2008, geb, 192 pp, € 80.00, 9780773450196
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Clucas, S.
Magic, Memory and Natural Philosophy in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
This collection of Stephen Clucas's articles addresses the complex interactions between religion, natural philosophy and magic in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe. The essays on the Elizabethan mathematician and magus John Dee show that the angelic conversations of John Dee owed a significant debt to mediaeval magical traditions and how Dee's attempts to communicate with spirits were used to serve specific religious agendas in the mid-seventeenth century. The essays devoted to Giordano Bruno offer a reappraisal of the magical orientation of the Italian philosopher's mnemotechnical and Lullist writings of the 1580s and 90s and show his influence on early seventeenth-century English understandings of memory and intellection. Next come three studies on the atomistic or corpuscularian natural philosophy of the Northumberland and Cavendish circles, arguing that there was a distinct English corpuscularian tradition prior to the Gassendian influence in the 1640s and 50s. Finally, two essays on the seventeenth-century Intelligencer Samuel Hartlib and his correspondents shows how religion alchemy and natural philosophy interacted during the 'Puritan Revolution'.
Variorum Collected Studies Series: CS973, Ashgate, 2011, geb, 332 pp, € 106.50, 9781409419754
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Clucas, S. (ed.)
John Dee: Interdisciplinary Studies in English Renaissance Thought
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International Archives of the History of Ideas, Springer-Verlag, 2006, geb, 383 pp, € 200.00, 9781402042454
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Cunliffe, B.
Druids. A Very Short Introduction
A Very Short Introduction Series, Oxford UP, 2010, pap, 145 pp, € 12.00, 9780199539406
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Davies, O.
Grimoires. A History of Magic Books
What is a grimoire? The word has a familiar ring to many people, particularly as a consequence of such popular television dramas as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Charmed. But few people are sure exactly what it means. Put simply, grimoires are books of spells that were first recorded in the Ancient Middle East and which have developed and spread across much of the Western Hemisphere and beyond over the ensuing millennia. At their most benign, they contain charms and remedies for natural and supernatural ailments and advice on contacting spirits to help find treasures and protect from evil. But at their most sinister they provide instructions on how to manipulate people for corrupt purposes and, worst of all, to call up and make a pact with the Devil. Both types have proven remarkably resilient and adaptable and retain much of their relevance and fascination to this day.

But the grimoire represents much more than just magic. To understand the history of grimoires is to understand the spread of Christianity, the development of early science, the cultural influence of the print revolution, the growth of literacy, the impact of colonialism, and the expansion of western cultures across the oceans. As this book richly demonstrates, the history of grimoires illuminates many of the most important developments in European history over the last two thousand years.

Oxford UP, 2009 / 2010, pap, 368 pp, € 24.25, 9780199590049
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Davies, O.
Paganism: A Very Short Introduction
'Paganism' is an evocative word that, even today, conjures up deep-seated emotions and prejudices. Until recently, it was primarily a derogatory term used by Christians to describe the non-Christian cultures confronted and vanquished by their Churches. For some it evokes images of sacrifice and barbaric behaviour, while for others it symbolises a peace-loving, nature-worshipping spiritual relationship with the earth. This Very Short Introduction explores the meaning of paganism - through a chronological overview of the attitudes towards its practices and beliefs - from the ancient world through to the present day. Owen Davies largely looks at paganism through the eyes of the Christian world, and how, over the centuries, notions and representations of its nature were shaped by religious conflict, power struggles, colonialism, and scholarship. Despite the expansion of Christianity and Islam, Pagan cultures continue to exist around the world, whilst in the West new formations of paganism constitute one of the fastest-growing religions. Focussing on paganism in Europe, but exploring the nature of paganism globally, Davies looks at how Europeans discovered new cultures through colonial expansion, missionary work, and anthropological study. Contemporary social paganism can be a liberating and social force, and the idea of a global Pagan theology is now on the religious map.
Very Short Introductions, Oxford UP, 2011, pap, 144 pp, € 12.90, 9780199235162
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Davies, O. (ed)
Ghosts: A Social History, 5 Vols
V1: 1660-1762 The Enlightenment?, V2:1762-1820 Cock Lane, Common Sense and Morality, V3:1820-1848 Religion vs Science - The Debate Updated, V4:1848-1914: Spiritualism and Hauntings, V5: Spiritualism during the Great War, Index
Pickering, 2010, geb, 211 230 237 373 232 pp, € 575.00, 9781851969890
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Dickson, D. R.
The Tessera of Antilia: Utopian Brotherhood and Secret Societies in the Early Seventeenth Century
Prijs onder voorbehoud. By order
Brills Studies in Intellectual History v. 88, Brill, 1998, geb, 280 pp, € 134.90, 9789004110328
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Doering-Manteuffel, S.
Okkultismus. Geheimlehren, Geisterglaube, magische Praktiken
Beckschen Reihe 2713, C. H. Beck, 2011, pap, 128 pp, € 11.50, 9783406612206
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Dov Schwartz
Studies on Astral Magic in Medieval Jewish Thought
BY ORDER
The Brill Reference Library of Judaism, Brill, 2005, geb, 251 pp, € 104.95, 9789004142343
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Drury, N.
Stealing Fire from Heaven. The Rise of Modern Western Magic
Oxford UP, 2011, pap, 356 pp, € 26.95, 9780199751006
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Drury, N.
Stealing Fire from Heaven. The Rise of Modern Western Magic
B2740
Oxford UP, 2011, geb, 356 pp, € 77.95, 9780199750993
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Dulchinos, D. P.
Forbidden Sacraments: The Survival of Shamanism in Western Civilization
Autonomedia, 2013, pap, 192 pp, € 19.50, 9781570271113
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Ebeling, F.
Das Geheimnis des Hermes Trismegistos: Geschichte des Hermetismus
Becksche Reihe, C.H. Beck, 2005, pap, 214 pp, € 16.95, 9783406528163
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Ebeling, F.
The Secret History of Hermes Trismegistus. Hermeticism from Ancient to Modern Times
Hermes Trismegistus, "thrice-great Hermes," emerged from the amalgamation of the wisdom gods Hermes and Thoth and is one of the most enigmatic figures of intellectual history. Since antiquity, the legendary "wise Egyptian" has been considered the creator of several mystical and magical writings on such topics as alchemy, astrology, medicine, and the transcendence of God. Philosophers of the Renaissance celebrated Hermes Trismegistus as the founder of philosophy, Freemasons called him their forefather, and Enlightenment thinkers championed religious tolerance in his name. To this day, Hermes Trismegistus is one of the central figures of the occult - his name is synonymous with the esoteric.

In this scholarly yet accessible introduction to the history of Hermeticism and its mythical founder, Florian Ebeling provides a concise overview of the Corpus Hermeticum and other writings attributed to Hermes. He traces the impact of Christian and Muslim versions of the figure in medieval Europe, the power of Hermeticism and Paracelsian belief in Renaissance thought, the relationship to Pietism and to Freemasonry in early modern Europe, and the relationship to esotericism and semiotics in the modern world.

Cornell UP, 2007/2011, pap, 158 pp, € 18.95, 9780801477492
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Eco, U.
Foucault s pendulum
Three editors, inspired by an extraordinary fable about a mystic source of power greater than atomic energy, begin feeding esoteric bits of knowledge into a sophisticated computer, creating an incredible game that begins taking over.
Harcourt, 2005, pap, 621 pp, € 16.95, 9780156032971
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Enriquez, E.
Tarology
In TAROLOGY Enrique Enriquez sees the Tarot de Marseille through the prism and science of pataphysics, the science of imaginary solutions. By following into the footsteps of Oulipian writers, he applies the idea of constraint and the rule of restriction to the surprisingly visual and gestural nature of Tarot. The result is not only illuminating but also enriching for all those interested in the history of Tarot and its divinatory practices. Enriquez develops a whole new method of reading cards, which combines careful considerations of chance with choice. By using a phenomenological and constructivist approach to the cards, Enriquez shows how the Tarot de Marseille speaks poetry and thus reveals some of our deepest concerns with language, with what we can say when we are at a loss for words.
Eye Corner Press, 2011, pap, 233 pp, € 28.50, 9788792633125
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Faggionato, R.
A Rosicrucian Utopia in Eigteenth-Century Russia. The Masonic Circle of N.I. Novikov
International Archives of the history of ideas 190, Springer, 2005, geb, 304 pp, € 137.50, 9781402034862
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Faivre, Antoine
Theosophy, Imagination, Tradition: Studies in Western Esotericism
SUNY Series in Western Esoteric Traditions, SUNY, 2000, pap, 352 pp, € 26.90, 9780791444368
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Faivre, Antoine
Western Esotericism A Concise History
Widely received in France, this brief, comprehensive introduction to Western esotericism by the founder of the field is at last available in English. A historical and pedagogical guide, the book is written primarily for students and novices. In clear, precise language, author Antoine Faivre provides an overview of Western esoteric currents since late antiquity. The bulk of the book is laid out chronologically, from ancient and medieval sources (Alexandrian Hermetism, Gnosticism, Neoplatonism), through the Renaissance up to the present time. Its coverage includes spiritual alchemy, Jewish and Christian Kabbalah, Christian theosophy, Rosicrucianism, Illuminism, 'mystical' Freemasonry, the 'occultist' current, Theosophical and Anthroposophical Societies, the Traditionalist School, and 'esotericism' in contemporary initiatic societies and in New Religious Movements. Faivre explores how these currents are connected, and refers to where they appear in art and literature. The book concludes with an annotated bibliography, which makes it an essential resource for beginners and scholars alike.
SUNY series in Western Esoteric Traditions, 2011, pap, 128 pp, € 21.50, 9781438433783
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Faivre, Antoine
Western Esotericism A Concise History
Widely received in France, this brief, comprehensive introduction to Western esotericism by the founder of the field is at last available in English. A historical and pedagogical guide, the book is written primarily for students and novices. In clear, precise language, author Antoine Faivre provides an overview of Western esoteric currents since late antiquity. The bulk of the book is laid out chronologically, from ancient and medieval sources (Alexandrian Hermetism, Gnosticism, Neoplatonism), through the Renaissance up to the present time. Its coverage includes spiritual alchemy, Jewish and Christian Kabbalah, Christian theosophy, Rosicrucianism, Illuminism, 'mystical' Freemasonry, the 'occultist' current, Theosophical and Anthroposophical Societies, the Traditionalist School, and 'esotericism' in contemporary initiatic societies and in New Religious Movements. Faivre explores how these currents are connected, and refers to where they appear in art and literature. The book concludes with an annotated bibliography, which makes it an essential resource for beginners and scholars alike.
SUNY Series in Western Esoteric Traditions, SUNY, 2010, geb, 128 pp, € 57.50, 9781438433776
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Faivre, Antoine, Wouter Hanegraaff (eds)
Western Esotericism and the Science of Religion
Peeters / Leuven, 1998, pap, 309 pp, € 46.05, 9042906308
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Fanger, C. (ed)
Conjuring Spirits: Texts and Traditions of Medieval Ritual Magic
Magic in History Series, Pennsylvania State UP, 1998, pap, 308 pp, € 31.50, 9780271025179
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Ferreiro, A.
Simon Magus in Patristic, Medieval and Early Modern Trraditions
by order /te bestellen
Studies in the History of Christian Traditions 125, Brill, 2005, geb, 371 pp, € 97.50, 9004144951
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Frankfurter, D.
Evil Incarnate: Rumors of Demonic Conspiracy and Satanic Abuse in History
Princeton UP, 2008, pap, 286 pp, € 18.50, 9780691136295
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Frazer, James George, Sir
The Golden Bough. A study in magic and religion
Penguin, 1998, pap, 944 pp, € 18.95, 9780140189315
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Galvan, J.
The Sympathetic Medium: Feminine Channeling, The Occult, and Communication Technologies, 1859-1919
Cornell UP, 2010, geb, 216 pp, € 44.50, 9780801448010
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Geay, P.
Hermas Trahi. Impostures philosophiques et neo-spiritualisme. D apres l oeuvre de Rene Guenon
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l Harmattan, 2011, pap, 252 pp, € 29.95, 9782296127258
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Godwin, J
The theosophical enlightenment
State Univ NY Press, 1994, pap, 448 pp, € 35.00, 079142152x
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Godwin, J.
The Pagan Dream of the Renaissance
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Thames & Hudson, 2003, geb, 304 pp, € 35.90, 9780500251195
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Goodrick-Clarke, N.
Black Sun. Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism and the Politics of Identity
New York UP, 2006, pap, 371 pp, € 24.00, 9780814731550
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Goodrick-Clarke, N.
The Occult Roots of Nazism
by order
Tauris Parke, 2004, pap, 293 pp, € 17.50, 1860649734 / 9781860649738
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Goodrick-Clarke, N. (ed.)
Helena Blavatsky
Western Esoteric Masters Series, North Atlantic Books, 2004, pap, 220 pp, € 16.90, 155643457x
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Goodrick-Clarke, Nicholas
The Western Esoteric Traditions. A Historical Introduction
Western esotericism has now emerged as an academic study in its own right, combining spirituality with an empirical observation of the natural world while also relating the humanity to the universe through a harmonious celestial order. This introduction to the Western esoteric traditions offers a concise overview of their historical development.

Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke explores these traditions, from their roots in Hermeticism, Neo-Platonism, and Gnosticism in the early Christian era up to their reverberations in today's scientific paradigms. While the study of Western esotericism is usually confined to the history of ideas, Goodrick-Clarke examines the phenomenon much more broadly. He demonstrates that, far from being a strictly intellectual movement, the spread of esotericism owes a great deal to geopolitics and globalization. In Hellenistic culture, for example, the empire of Alexander the Great, which stretched across Egypt and Western Asia to provinces in India, facilitated a mixing of Eastern and Western cultures. As the Greeks absorbed ideas from Egypt, Babylon, Assyria, and Persia, they gave rise to the first esoteric movements.

From the late sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries, post-Reformation spirituality found expression in theosophy, Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry. Similarly, in the modern era, dissatisfaction with the hegemony of science in Western culture and a lack of faith in traditional Christianity led thinkers like Madame Blavatsky to look East for spiritual inspiration. Goodrick-Clarke further examines Modern esoteric thought the light of new scientific and medical paradigms along with the analytical psychology of Carl Gustav Jung. This book traces the complete history of these movements and is the definitive account of Western esotericism.

Oxford UP, 2008, geb, 286 pp, € 27.50, 9780195320992
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Guiley, R.E.
The Encyclopedia of Magic and Alchemy
Checkmark Books, 2006, pap, 370pp, € 26.85, 9780816060498
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Haanappel, Karin
Het Parijs van Isis
Parijs zou haar naam te danken hebben aan de Egyptische godin Isis. Maar wat doet Isis in Frankrijk en waarom weten wij niet meer dat Isis zo belangrijk was, dat zelfs Parijs naar haar is vernoemd?

Met een 18e eeuwse kaart als uitgangspunt gingen kunsthistorica Karin Haanappel en fotograaf Bernd Haanappel op zoek naar de sporen van Isis in Parijs. Op de kaart staat heel duidelijk de tempel van Isis aangegeven en dat blijkt exact de plek van de kerk Saint Sulpice te zijn, precies op de oude nulmeridiaan. Zou de huidige Saint Sulpice de Saint-sur-Isis zijn? Isis, de grote moedergodin uit Egypte, zou op haar boot de Sterre van de Zee (Sirius - ster van Isis) hebben gevolgd naar een eiland met de vorm van een boot, middenin de Seine. Op dit eiland werd een tempel gebouwd op de plek waar op een schip gewoonlijk het boegbeeld staat. Het Ile de la cite staat symbool voor de boot van Isis en de Notre Dame voor het boegbeeld. Napoleon adoreerde deze visie, maar wilde meer. Hij liet het stadswapen van Parijs aanpassen en ontwierp een historische as die het Egypte langs de Seine moest verbeelden: van de Arc de Triomph via de Obelisk en het Louvre naar de Fontaine du Palmier. Ook kwam hij erachter dat pas in de 16e eeuw het beeld van Isis, dat heel lang gediend had als beeltenis van Maria in de kerk van Saint Germain des Pres, was verwoest. Immers, toen de Romeinen in de 4e eeuw het christendom als staatsgodsdienst instelden, was de Isis cultus in het gehele Romeinse Rijk immens populair. De Isis cultus ging over in het christendom en Maria werd symbolisch de nieuwe Isis. Maar Isis was een zwarte godin. Toen het Isis/Mariabeeld werd verwoest, ontstond er een grote verering voor La Vierge Noir de Paris en daarmee was Isis overgegaan in de Zwarte Madonna.

A3, 2010, pap, 96 pp, € 19.50, 9789077408803
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Hammer, O.
Claiming Knowledge. Strategies of Epistemology from Theosophy to the New Age.
Numen Book Series Studies in the History of Religions, Brill, 2003, pap, 547 pp, € 69.00, 9789004136380
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Hanegraaff, W.
Esotericism and the Academy. Rejected knowledge in Western Culture
Academics tend to look on 'esoteric', 'occult' or 'magical' beliefs with contempt, but are usually ignorant about the religious and philosophical traditions to which these terms refer, or their relevance to intellectual history. Wouter Hanegraaff tells the neglected story of how intellectuals since the Renaissance have tried to come to terms with a cluster of 'pagan' ideas from late antiquity that challenged the foundations of biblical religion and Greek rationality. Expelled from the academy on the basis of Protestant and Enlightenment polemics, these traditions have come to be perceived as the Other by which academics define their identity to the present day. Hanegraaff grounds his discussion in a meticulous study of primary and secondary sources, taking the reader on an exciting intellectual voyage from the fifteenth century to the present day and asking what implications the forgotten history of exclusion has for established textbook narratives of religion, philosophy and science.

Contents: Introduction: Hic sunt dracones; 1. The history of truth: recovering ancient wisdom; 2. The history of error: exorcizing Paganism; 3. The error of history: imagining the Occult; 4. The truth of history: entering the Academy; Conclusions: restoring memory.

Wouter J. Hanegraaff is Professor of History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents at the University of Amsterdam. He is the author of New Age Religion and Western Culture (1996) and author, with R. M. Bouthoorn, of Lodovico Lazzarelli (1447-1500) (2005). He is editor of Dictionary of Gnosis and Western Esotericism (2005) and co-editor of six other books including Hidden Intercourse: Eros and Sexuality in the History of Western Esotericism (co-edited with Jeffrey J. Kripal, 2008). See this list.
Cambridge UP, 2012, geb, 468 pp, € 87.50, 9780521196215
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Hanegraaff, W.F.
Swedenborg, Oetinger, Kant. Three Perspectives on the Secrets of Heaven
By Order
Swedenborg Studies Series, 18, Swedenborg Foundation, 2007, pap, 171 pp, € 18.90, 9780877853213
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Hanegraaff, W.J.
Dictionary of Gnosis and Western Esotericism
In collaboration with Antoine Faivre, Roelof van den Broek and Jean-Pierre Brach. Now available in one volume, this is the first comprehensive reference work to cover the entire domain of "Gnosis and Western Esotericism" from the period of Late Antiquity to the present. Containing around 400 articles by over 180 international specialists, it provides critical overviews discussing the nature and historical development of all its important currents and manifestations, from Gnosticism and Hermetism to Astrology, Alchemy and Magic, from the Hermetic Tradition of the Renaissance to Rosicrucianism and Christian Theosophy, and from Freemasonry and Illuminism to 19th-century Occultism and the contemporary New Age movement. Furthermore it contains articles about the life and work of all the major personalities in the history of Gnosis and Western Esotericism, discussing their ideas, significance, and historical influence. This one volume edition is an unabridged version of the two volume edition, published in 2005.
Brill, 2006, geb, 1228 pp, € 152.50, 9789004152311
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Hanegraaff, W.J.
New Age Religion and Western Culture. Esotericism in the Mirror of Secular Thought
Analyzing contemporary New Age beliefs, this work argues that the foundations of such beliefs lie in the Western esoteric traditions of the Renaissance. The modern New Age movement is seen as having emerged from the secularization of those esoteric traditions during the 19th century. the author makes extensive use of primary sources, and uses a thematic approach to the subject, from the perspective of the study of religions.
Brill, 1996, pap, 580 pp, € 76.00, 9789004106963
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Hanegraaff, W. & J. Pijnenburg
Hermes in the Academy. Ten years study of western esotericism at the University of Amsterdam
Hermes in the Academy commemorates the tenth anniversary of the Center for History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents (GHF) at the University of Amsterdam. The center devotes itself to the study of Western esotericism, which includes topics such as Hermetic philosophy, Christian kabbalah and occultism. This volume shows how, over the past ten years, the GHF has developed into the leading international center for research and teaching in this domain.
AUP, 2009, pap, 163 pp, € 32.50, 9789056295721
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Hanegraaff, Wouter J.
Western Esotericism, A Guide for the Perplexed
Western esotericism has been a pervasive presence in Western culture from late antiquity to the present day, but until recently it was largely ignored by scholars and surrounded by misconceptions and prejudice. This accessible guide provides readers with the basic knowledge and tools that will allow them to find their way in this bewildering but fascinating field.

What is it that unites phenomena as diverse as ancient gnosticism and hermetism, the "occult sciences" of astrology, alchemy, and magic, rosicrucianism, as well as Christian theosophy, occultism, spiritualism, and the contemporary New Age spiritualities? What can the study of them teach us about our common cultural and intellectual heritage, and what is it that makes them relevant to contemporary concerns? How do we distinguish reliable historical knowledge from legends and fictions about esoteric traditions?

These and many other questions are answered clearly and succinctly, so that the reader can find his way into the labyrinth of Western esotericism and out of it again.

Guides for the Perplexed 137, Continuum - Bloomsbury, 2013, pap, 224 pp, € 22.50, 9781441136466
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Hanegraaff, Wouter J.
Western Esotericism, A Guide for the Perplexed
Western esotericism has been a pervasive presence in Western culture from late antiquity to the present day, but until recently it was largely ignored by scholars and surrounded by misconceptions and prejudice. This accessible guide provides readers with the basic knowledge and tools that will allow them to find their way in this bewildering but fascinating field. What is it that unites phenomena as diverse as ancient gnosticism and hermetism, the "occult sciences" of astrology, alchemy, and magic, rosicrucianism, as well as Christian theosophy, occultism, spiritualism, and the contemporary New Age spiritualities? What can the study of them teach us about our common cultural and intellectual heritage, and what is it that makes them relevant to contemporary concerns? How do we distinguish reliable historical knowledge from legends and fictions about esoteric traditions? These and many other questions are answered clearly and succinctly, so that the reader can find his way into the labyrinth of Western esotericism and out of it again.
Guides for the Perplexed 137, Continuum - Bloomsbury, 2013, geb, 224 pp, € 67.50, 9781441187130
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Hanegraaff, Wouter J. & Jeffrey J. Kripal (eds)
Hidden Intercourse. Eros and Sexuality in the History of Western Esotericism
From rumors about Gnostic orgies in antiquity to the explicit erotic symbolism of alchemical texts, from the subtly coded eroticism of medieval Kabbalah to the sexual magic practiced by contemporary occultists and countercultural translations of Asian Tantra, the history of Western esotericism is rich in references to the domains of eros and sexuality.
This volume, which brings together an impressive array of top-level specialists, is the first to analyze the eroticism of the esoteric on the basis of expert scholarship and attention to textual and historical detail.
Fordham UP, 2008/2011, pap, 544 pp, € 46.00, 9780823233410
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Harkness, D.E.
John Dee’s Conversations with Angels. Cabala, Alchemy, and the End of Nature
Cambridge UP, 2006, pap, 252 pp, € 45.85, 9780521027489
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Harvey, D.A.
Beyond Enlightenment. Occultism and Politics in Modern France
Northern Illinois UP, 2005, geb, 267 pp, € 45.75, 9780875803449
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Hinks, Peter P., Stephen Kantrowitz (eds)
All Men Free and Brethren: Essays on the History of African American Freemasonry
In early March 1775, an Irish soldier initiated a dozen or more black Bostonian men into a lodge of Freemasons, making them probably the first people of African descent formally admitted into Freemasonry in the Atlantic world. Prince Hall, a freedman, would emerge as the leader of this group as they worked together to establish a tradition of African American Freemasonry that has persisted ever since, a tradition that still carries his name.

All Men Free and Brethren is the first in-depth historical consideration of Prince Hall freemasonry from the Revolutionary era to the early decades of the twentieth century. Through a growing network of lodges, African American Masons together promoted fellowship, Christianity, and social respectability, while standing against slavery and white supremacy. The contributors to this book examine key aspects in the history of the Prince Hall Masons, from accounts of specific lodges and leaders to broader themes in African American history: abolitionist activism, the limits of freedom during Reconstruction, political oration, the role of women in the black community, and relationships between Masonry and African American churches.

Cornell University Press, 2013, geb, 262 pp, € 29.50, 9780801450303
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Huijs, P.
Gnosis. Stromen van licht in Europa
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Rozenkruis Pers, 2006, geb, 327 pp, € 27.50, 9067323128 / 9789067323123
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Huijs, P. & K. Bode
Rozenkruisers
Serie Wegwijs in kerken en groeperingen, Kok, 2007, pap, 71 pp, € 13.50, 9789043513487
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Hunt, S. J.
Alternative Religions. A Sociological Introduction
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Ashgate, 2003, pap, 288 pp, € 22.90, 9780754634102
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Huss, B., M. Pasi, K. von Stuckrad (eds)
Kabbalah and Modernity. Interpretations, Transformations, Adaptations
The persistence of kabbalistic groups in the twentieth century has largely been ignored or underestimated by scholars of religion. Only recently have scholars began to turn their attention to the many-facetted roles that kabbalistic doctrines and schools have played in nineteenth- and twentieth-century culture. Often, and necessarily, this new interest and openness went along with a contextualization and re-valuation of earlier scholarly approaches to kabbalah. This volume brings together leading representatives of this ongoing debate in order to break new ground for a better understanding and conceptualization of the role of kabbalah in modern religious, intellectual, and political discourse.
Aries Book Series, vol 10, Brill, 2010, geb, 436 pp, € 142.50, 9789004182844
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Hutton, R.
Blood & Mistletoe. The History of the Druids in Britain
Crushed by the Romans in the first century A.D., the ancient Druids of Britain left almost no reliable evidence behind. Because of this, historian Ronald Hutton shows, succeeding British generations have been free to reimagine, reinterpret, and reinvent the Druids. Hutton's captivating book is the first to encompass two thousand years of Druid history and to explore the evolution of English, Scottish, and Welsh attitudes toward the forever ambiguous figures of the ancient Celtic world.

Druids have been remembered at different times as patriots, scientists, philosophers, or priests; sometimes portrayed as corrupt, bloodthirsty, or ignorant, they were also seen as fomenters of rebellion. Hutton charts how the Druids have been written in and out of history, archaeology, and the public consciousness for some 500 years, with particular focus on the romantic period, when Druids completely dominated notions of British prehistory. Sparkling with legends and images, filled with new perspectives on ancient and modern times, this book is a fascinating cultural study of Druids as catalysts in British history.

Ronald Hutton is professor of history, University of Bristol, and the author of many books including Witches, Druids, and King Arthur: Studies in Paganism, Myth, and Magic, and Debates in Stuart History. He lives in Bristol, UK

Yale UP, 2009 / 2011, pap, 491 pp, € 26.90, 9780300170856
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Hutton, R.
The Druids. A History
Hambledon Continuum, 2007, geb, 320 pp, € 24.90, 9781852855338
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Hutton, R.
The Triumph of the Moon: a History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft
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Oxford UP, 2001, pap, 502 pp, € 15.90, 0192854496 / 9780192854490
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Izmirlieva, V.
All the Names of the Lord. Lists, Mysticism, and Magic
Chicago UP, 2008, geb, 238 pp, € 34.90, 9780226388700
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Jacob, M.C.
The Origins of Freemasonry. Facts & Fictions
By Order
Pennsylvania UP, 2007, pap, 168 p, € 31.15, 9780812219883
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Jones, M. G.
Frances Yates and the Hermetic Tradition
IBIS, 2008, pap, 262 pp, € 24.95, 9780892541331
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Kassell, L.
Medicine & Magic in Elizabethan London. Simon Forman: Astrologer, Alchemist, & Physician
Oxford Historical Monograhs Series, Oxford UP, 2005, geb, 281 pp, € 95.00, 9780199279050
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Katz, D.S.
The Occult Tradition. From the Renaissance to the Present Day
Jonathan Cape, 2005, geb, 260 pp, € 22.50, 0224061658 / 9780224061650
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Kilcher, A. B. (ed)
Constructing Tradition. Means and Myths of Transmission in Western Esotericism
Aries Book Series, vol 11, Brill, 2010, geb, 474 pp, € 142.50, 9789004191143
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Kilcher, A. & Ph. Theisohn (Hg.)
Die Enzyklopadik der Esoterik. Allwissenheitsmythen und universalwissenschaftliche Modelle in der Esoterik der Neuzeit
B2447
Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2010, pap, 330p, € 50.95, 9783770550708
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King
Magic. The Western Tradition
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Thames & Hudson, 1975, pap, 128 oo, € 13.90, 9780500810088
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Kivelson, Valerie
Desperate Magic. The Moral Economy of Witchcraft in Seventeenth-Century Russia
In the courtrooms of seventeenth-century Russia, the great majority of those accused of witchcraft were male, in sharp contrast to the profile of accused witches across Catholic and Protestant Europe in the same period. While European courts targeted and executed overwhelmingly female suspects, often on charges of compacting with the devil, the tsars' courts vigorously pursued men and some women accused of practicing more down-to-earth magic, using poetic spells and home-grown potions. Instead of Satanism or heresy, the primary concern in witchcraft testimony in Russia involved efforts to use magic to subvert, mitigate, or avenge the harsh conditions of patriarchy, serfdom, and social hierarchy.

Desperate Magic places the trials of witches in the context of early modern Russian law, religion, and society. Piecing together evidence from trial records to illuminate some of the central puzzles of Muscovite history, Kivelson explores the interplay among the testimony of accusers, the leading questions of the interrogators, and the confessions of the accused. Because of the routine use of torture in extracting and shaping confessions, Kivelson addresses methodological and ideological questions about the Muscovite courts' equation of pain and truth, questions with continuing resonance in the world today. Within a moral economy that paired unquestioned hierarchical inequities with expectations of reciprocity, magic and suspicions of magic emerged where those expectations were most egregiously violated.

Witchcraft in Russia surfaces as one of the ways that oppression was contested by ordinary people scrambling to survive in a fiercely inequitable world. Masters and slaves, husbands and wives, and officers and soldiers alike believed there should be limits to exploitation and saw magic deployed at the junctures where hierarchical order veered into violent excess.

Cornell University Press, 2013, pap, 349 pp, € 26.00, 9780801479168
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Knights, M.
The Devil in Disguise. Deception, Delusion, and Fanaticism in the Early English Enlightenment
Oxford UP, 2011, geb, 320 pp, € 39.90, 9780199577958
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Kripal, Jeffrey J.
Authors of the Impossible. The Paranormal and the Sacred
Most scholars dismiss research into the paranormal as pseudoscience, a frivolous pursuit for the paranoid or gullible. Even historians of religion, whose work naturally attends to events beyond the realm of empirical science, have shown scant interest in the subject. But the history of psychical phenomena, Jeffrey J. Kripal contends, is an untapped source of insight into the sacred, and by tracing that history through the last two centuries of Western thought we can see its potential centrality to the critical study of religion. The cultural history of telepathy, teleportation, and UFOs; a ghostly love story; the occult dimensions of science fiction; Cold War psychic espionage; galactic colonialism; and, the intimate relationship between consciousness and culture all come together in "Authors of the Impossible", a dazzling and profound look at how the paranormal bridges the sacred and the scientific.
The University of Chicago Press, 2010/2011, pap, 332 pp, € 23.50, 9780226453873
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Kripal, Jeffrey J.
Authors of the Impossible. The Paranormal and the Sacred
Most scholars dismiss research into the paranormal as pseudoscience, a frivolous pursuit for the paranoid or gullible. Even historians of religion, whose work naturally attends to events beyond the realm of empirical science, have shown scant interest in the subject. But the history of psychical phenomena, Jeffrey J. Kripal contends, is an untapped source of insight into the sacred, and by tracing that history through the last two centuries of Western thought we can see its potential centrality to the critical study of religion. The cultural history of telepathy, teleportation, and UFOs; a ghostly love story; the occult dimensions of science fiction; Cold War psychic espionage; galactic colonialism; and, the intimate relationship between consciousness and culture all come together in "Authors of the Impossible", a dazzling and profound look at how the paranormal bridges the sacred and the scientific.
The University of Chicago Press, 2010, geb, 332 pp, € 36.00, 9780226453866
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Kuhlke, O.
Geographies of Freemasonry. Ritual, Lodge, and City in Spatial Context.
Prijs onder voorbehoud.
Edwin Mellen Press, 2008, 160 pp, € 80.00, 9780773451100
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Lachapelle, S.
Investigating the Supernatural. From Spiritism and Occultism to Psychical Research and Metapsychics in France, 1853 - 1931
Seances were wildly popular in France between 1850 and 1930, when members of the general public and scholars alike turned to the wondrous as a means of understanding and explaining the world. Sofie Lachapelle explores how five distinct groups attempted to use and legitimize seances: spiritists, who tried to create a new "science" concerned with the spiritual realm and the afterlife; occultists, who hoped to connect ancient revelations with contemporary science; physicians, psychiatrists, and psychologists, who developed a pathology of supernatural experiences; psychical researchers, who drew on the unexplained experiences of the public to create a new field of research; and metapsychists, who attempted to develop a new science of yet-to-be understood natural forces. Lachapelle examines the practices, aims, and level of success of these five disciplines, paying special attention to how they interacted with each other and with the world of mainstream science. Their practitioners regarded mystical phenomena worthy of serious study; most devotees-with notable exceptions of physicians, psychiatrists, and psychologists-also meant to challenge conventional science in general and French science in particular. Through these stories, Lachapelle illuminates the lively relationship between science and the supernatural in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century France and relates why this relationship ultimately led to the marginalization of psychical research and metapsychics. An enlightening and entertaining narrative that includes colorful people like "Allan Kardec"-a pseudonymous former mathematics teacher from Lyon who wrote successful works on the science of the seance and what happened after death- Investigating the Supernatural reveals the rich and vibrant diversity of unorthodox beliefs and practices that existed at the borders of the French scientific culture in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Johns Hopkins UP, 2011, geb, 198 pp, € 33.95, 9781421400136
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Lachman, Gary
Hermes trismegistus, de link tussen het oude Egypte en de wereld van vandaag
Wie was Hermes Trismegistus? Een tijdgenoot van Mozes? Eeuwenlang was hij een van de meest vooraanstaande figuren uit de oudheid. In zijn vele werken vinden we echter ook duidelijk Griekse elementen. Thoth, de Egyptische wijsheidsgod, en Hermes, de Griekse bode der goden, vloeiden samen tot de gestalte van Hermes. De schrijver schetst de boeiende achtergronden van een nog springlevende traditie.
Ankh Hermes, 2012, pap, 248 pp, € 24.95, 9789020208368
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La Fontaine, J. (ed.)
The Devils Children. From Spirit Possession to Witchcraft: New Allegations that Affect Children
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Ashgate, 2009, geb, 220 pp, € 69.90, 9780754667339
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Lamprecht, H.
Neue Rosenkreuzer: Ein Handbuch
Kirche - Konfession - Religion, Vandenhoeck, 2004, geb, 350 pp, € 68.00, 9783525565490
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Laycock, D.C.
The Complete Enochian Dictionary, a Dictionary of the Angelic Language as Revealed to Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelly
Preface by S. Skinner, Foreword by L.M. Duquette
Weiser Books, 2001, pap, 272 pp, € 21.50, 9781578632541
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Lehrich, C. I.
The Language of Demons and Angels: Cornelius Agrippas Occult Philosophy
Prijs onder voorbehoud. By order.
Brills Studies in Intellectual History, Brill, 2003, pap, 300 pp, € 139.50, 9789004135741
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Lehrich, C. I.
The Occult Mind. Magic in Theory and Practice.
Cornell UP, 2008, pap, 246 pp, € 15.95, 9780801475351
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Lemm. R.
Emanuel Swedenborg
Aspekt, 2006, pap, 256 pp, € 18.95, 9789059111813
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Levenda, P.
Stairway to Heaven. Chinese Alchemists, Jewish Kabbalists, and the Art of Spiritual Transformation
In an incredibly broad ranging study, Peter Levenda has discovered an important technology of consciousness that has been employed all over the world. It is reflected in the Hermetic axiom: "As Above, So Below.""Stairway to Heaven" is an incredibly broad ranging new study that stretches from ancient Egypt and Babylon to Jewish and Christian Kabbalists, Chinese Daoists, Hindu Tantra and Haitian Vodun and finally to 19th and 20th century European occult societies, uncovering a hitherto unrecognized common myth that has been employed the world over in roughly the same form since the earliest recorded texts.Beginning with the oldest form of Jewish mysticism and extending this search through the dead sea scrolls, Levenda reveals a consistent emphasis on the number seven and its association with heavenly themes, including those of a chariot, a Throne, a Temple and a divine Being. The author then examines the myths and rituals of Egypt, Sumer and Babylon to locate the origin of this myth and comes up with some surprising results in the ascent rituals of the middle east. "Stairway to Heaven" casts a fascinating new multidisciplinary perspective on the mystical practices of heavenly ascent.
Continuum, 2008, pap, 256 pp, € 24.00, 9780826428509
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Levenda, P.
The Secret Temple. Masons, Mysteries, and the Founding of America
Continuum, 2009, pap, 221 pp, € 14.90, 9780826430007
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Love, B.
Modern Witchcraft. Facts Learned from Experience
It is remarkable that a technically-minded Roman Catholic RAF fighter pilot, who studied physics at Scotland's oldest university and became a physical education teacher after the war, should find himself in close contact with a traditional witchcraft coven as early as 1942. This was outrageous and dangerous. The Witchcraft Act was not repealed until almost ten years later and the Old Religion, the pre-Christian religion of North-West Europe, was still banned. Yet, Bill Love (that's his real name) remained firmly attached to the concept of living in harmony with nature, and in 1953, he asked to join such a coven. The High Priestess, who initiated him, had herself been drawn into The Craft during the 1920s and often told stories of older members with memories going back to the end of the 19th century.

So, Love's story has ancient roots with passed-on memories from a time when everything connected to this way of life was very much against the law. Love learned to live in harmony with nature from the experience of doing what these elders taught him and, in addition to this, during the 1950s, he met many of the famous people who first brought this innate way of life to the public's attention. This provided him with unique opportunities of following roots into spheres, which many modern practitioners of Wicca can only dream about.

Fonthill Media, 2013, geb, 224 pp, € 25.95, 9781781550908
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Lubelsky, I.
Celestial India. Madame Blavatsky and the Birth of Indian Nationalism
In 1917 Annie Besant (1847-1933), a white Englishwoman, was elected president of the Indian National Congress, the body which, under the guidance of Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948), would later lead India to independence. Besant - in her earlier career an active atheist and a socialist journalist - was from 1907 till her death the president of the Theosophical Society, an international spiritual movement whose headquarters' location in Madras symbolized its belief in India as the world's spiritual heart. This book deals with the contribution of the Theosophical Society to the rise of Indian nationalism and seeks to restore it to its proper place in the history of ideas, both with regard to its spiritual doctrine and the sources on which it drew, as well as its role in giving rise to the New Age movement of the 20th century. The book is the first to show how 19th century Orientalist study dramatically affected the rise of the Theosophical ideology, and specifically demonstrate the impact of the work of the Anglo-German scholar, Friedrich Max Muller (1833-1900) on Mme Blavatsky (1831-1891), the founder of the Theosophical Society.
pap, 355 pp, € 28.50, 9781845539238
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Lucentini, P., I. Parri
Hermetism From Late Antiquity to Humanism / La Tradizione ermetica dal mono tardo-antico all ummanesimo
Instrumenta Patristica et Mediavalia / Research on the Inheritance of Early and Medieval Christianity Series 40, Brepols, 2003, geb, 797 pp, € 199.00, 9782503516165
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Lytton, E. B.
Zanoni, A Rosicrucian Tale
Nu Vision Publications, 2007, pap, 384 pp, € 17.95, 9781595478771
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Lytton, E.B.
A Strange Story
Kessinger, pap, 418 pp, € 27.75, 9781417923410
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Machen, A.
The Great God Pan
Kessinger, pap, 50 pp, € 14.15, 978901419461682
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MacNulty, W.K
Vrijmetselarij. Symbolen, geheimen, betekenis
Altamira-Becht, 2006, pap, 320 pp, € 35.00, 9069637359 / 9789069637359
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MacNulty, W.K.
Freemasonry. Symbols, Secrets,Significance
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Thames & Hudson, 2006, geb, 320 pp, € 34.50, 9780500513026
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Maggi, A.
In the Company of Demons: Unnatural Beings, Love, and Identity in the Italian Renaissance
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University of Chicago Press, 2008, pap, 238 pp, € 19.95, 9780226501314
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Maier, M.
Themis Aurea or the Laws of the Fraternity of the Rosie Cross (1656)
Prijs onder voorbehoud. By order
Kessinger, 2003, pap, 172 pp, € 24.95, 9780766181236
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Mai, Klaus-Rudiger
Verborgen religies. Universele rituelen en symbolen
Onder de oppervlakte van hedendaagse gebruiken en religies gaan oude esoterische rituelen schuil. Ondanks de pogingen van het christendom om deze oude vormen de das om te doen, spelen zij al eeuwenlang een geheime rol in onze denkwereld. In onze na-christelijke tijd is de zoektocht naar deze 'eeuwige wijsheid' volop aan de gang. Op fascinerende wijze - het boek leest als een roman - weet Klaus-Rudiger Mai de universele rode draad in de religies van de mensheid naar boven te halen.
AnkhHermes, 2013, pap, 512 pp, € 34.95, 9789020208894
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Manherz, J.
Modern Occultism in Late Imperial Russia
Modern Occultism in Late Imperial Russia traces the history of occult thought and practice from its origins in private salons to its popularity in turn-of-the-century mass culture. In lucid prose, Julia Mannherz examines the ferocious public debates of the 1870s on higher dimensional mathematics and the workings of seance phenomena, discusses the world of cheap instruction manuals and popular occult journals, and looks at haunted houses, which brought together the rural settings and the urban masses that obsessed over them. In addition, Mannherz looks at reactions of Russian Orthodox theologians to the occult. In spite of its prominence, the role of the occult in turn-of-the-century Russian culture has been largely ignored, if not actively written out of histories of the modern state.

For specialists and students of Russian history, culture, and science, as well as those generally interested in the occult, Mannherz's fascinating study fills this gap and returns the occult to its rightful place in the popular imagination of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Russian society.

Northern Illinois UP, 2013, geb, 316 pp, € 40.50, 9780875804620
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Mathews, C.
Modern Satanism. Anatomy of a Radical Subculture
Praeger, 2009, geb, 247 pp, € 44.90, 9780313366390
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Maxwell-Stuart , P. G.
Poltergeists: A History of Violent Ghostly Phenomena
The story of violent ghost phenomena through the ages. The poltergeist of 'noisy ghost' phenomenon is commonly thought to be the result of a dead person's angry spirit expressing that anger by violence in the physical world, or the projected energies of an emotionally volatile human being, often a teenager. In fact, poltergeists are more interesting than either of those suggested explanations, because they are actually something of a mystery. Are they spirits of some kind, natural or anomalous forms of energy, or the products of trickery or self-delusion, or something else altogether? This account sets out to seek answers to those and other questions by providing examples of poltergeist activity from late antiquity to the present day, and discussing who recorded them, why, and for what kind of audience. It also clarifies the mystery and presents the reader with explanations of increasingly common, well-documented and intriguing manifestations of apparently paranormal phenomena.
Amberley Publishing, 2011, geb, 256 pp, € 28.50, 9781848689879
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Maxwell-Stuart, P. G.
Chemical Choir. A History of Alchemy
The history of alchemy is traced from its earliest roots through to its influence and use in modern-day science. Beginning in China in the search for the secret of immortality, and appearing independently in Egypt as an attempt to produce gold, alchemy received a great boost in Europe from studies by Islamic and Jewish alchemists. Their written accounts were translated into Latin and combined with what was known of Greek natural science to produce an outburst of attempts to manipulate matter and change it into transformative substances called the Philosopher's Stone and the Elixir of Life.

Alchemy's heyday in Europe was the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Demonstrations of the art were performed in royal courts under conditions meant to obviate any fraud, and specimens of the gold so transmuted can be seen in various museums. During the nineteenth century, attempts were made to amalgamate alchemy with the religious and occult philosophies then growing in popularity; and in the twentieth century psychologists - principally Carl Jung - perceived in alchemy a powerful vehicle for aspects of their theories about human nature. At the same time laboratory scientists continued to experiment in ways very similar to those of their Medieval and early modern forebears.

P.G. Maxwell-Stuart explores the history of alchemy with authority and verve, showing that its study is not one of the odder byways of antiquarianism but a living part of the history of Science itself.

Continuum, 208 / 2012, pap, 200 pp, € 24.95, 9781441132970
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Mayo, T.B. de
The Demonology of William of Auvergne, By Fire and Sword
Edwin Melllen Press, 2007, geb, 264 pp, € 94.00, 9780773452428
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McIntosh, C.
Eliphas Levi and the French Occult Revival
SUNY Series in Western Esoteric Traditions, SUNY Press, 2011, pap, 246 pp, € 29.95, 9781438435565
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McIntosh, C.
The Rosicrucians: the History, Mythology and Rituals of an Occult Order
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Red Wheel, 1998, pap, 192 pp, € 26.90, 9780877289203
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McWilliams, Stuart
Magical Thinking. History, Possibility and the Idea of the Occult
Responding to a renewed interest in the history of the occult, this volume examines the role of magic in a series of methodological controversies in the humanities. In case studies ranging from the 'necromancy' of historiography to the strident rationalism of the 'New Atheism,' Magical Thinking sets out the surprising ways in which scholars and critics have imagined the occult. The volume argues that thinking and writing about magic has engendered multiple epistemological crises, profoundly unsettling the understanding of history and knowledge in Western culture. By examining how scholarly writing has contended and conspired with discourses of enchantment, the book reveals the implications of magic - and its scholarship - for intellectual history.
Bloomsbury Academic, 2013, pap, 187 pp, € 33.50, 9781472508584
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McWilliams, Stuart
Magical Thinking. History, Possibility and the Idea of the Occult
This title examines how scholarly writing has contended or conspired with discourses of enchantment from the Middle Ages to the present. Magic is usually defined as a non-modern phenomenon, contrasted with modern rationalism and science. However, the idea of magic has remained persistent in scholarly discourse throughout history from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment and beyond. This volume explores how the notion of magic is articulated and theorised in the writing of history. Departing from writing 'about' magic in history, this volume addresses magic as it relates to the trajectories of intellectual history as a whole, with particular reference to a diverse series of case studies in thought about magic. The author also engages with the history and philosophy of science; operating within this framework, the author argues that magic has always been figured as 'medieval' in the formulation of the discourses of modernity, and that thinking or writing about magic has engendered multiple epistemological crises. Through these controversies, the idea of magic and the occult has profoundly unsettled the understanding of history in Western culture. The resulting study is an investigation of the implications of magic (and the study of magic) for intellectual history.
Continuum, 2012, geb, 187 pp, € 91.00, 9781441116970
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Meester, M.
Van gnosis tot alchemie. Inleiding in de esoterie
Ten Have, 2009, pap, 89 pp, € 13.90, 9789025960445
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Mercury Van Helmont, Francis , S.A. Spector(transl.&ed)
Francis Mercury Van Helmont's 'sketch of Christian Kabbalism'
Sheila A. Spector's translation of "The Sketch of Christian Kabbalism", by Francis Mercury van Helmont (1614-98), is the first English version of the foundational seventeenth-century treatise appended to Knorr von Rosenroth's compendium, "The Kabbala Denudata". After a survey of the historical context in general, Jewish and Christian Kabbalah in particular, and a brief biography of van Helmont, Spector's introduction explains how the author adapted the original Jewish myth for Christian purposes. The bilingual text contains a facsimile of the original Latin on one side, facing the English translation on the other, with Van Helmont's footnotes supplemented by the translator's endnotes. The edition is essential for scholars, though of interest to the general reader as well.
Aries Book Series Text and Studies in Western Esotericism, 15, Brill, 2012, geb, 183 pp, € 104.50, 9789004226555
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Moeller, M.
Satanismus als Religion der Ueberschreitung
Religionswissenschaftliche Reihe 26, Diagonal Verlag, 2007, pap, 200 pp, € 24.95, 9783927165991
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Monroe, J.W.
Laboratories of Faith: Mesmerism, Spiritism and Occultism in Modern France
Cornell UP, 2008, geb, 293 pp, € 27.50, 9780801445620
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Moran, B. T.
Distilling Knowledge: Alchemy, Chemistry, and the Scientific Revolution
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New Histories of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Harvard UP, 2006, pap, 224 pp, € 22.90, 9780674022492
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Mulsow, M. (hsg)
Das Ende des Hermetismus. Historische Kritik und neue Naturphilosophie in die Spatrenaissance. Dokumentation und Analyse der Debatte um die Datierung der hermetische Schriften von Genebrard bis Casaubon (1567-1614)
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Religion und Aufklarung 9, Mohr Siebeck, 2002, pap, 405 pp, € 62.00, 3161477782
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Newman, W.R.
Promethean Ambitions: Alchemy and the Quest to Perfect Nature
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Chicago UP, 2005, pap, 333 pp, € 25.95, 9780226575247
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Newman, W. R. & A. Grafton (eds.)
Secrets of Nature: Astrology and Alchemy in Early Modern Europe
Transformations, MIT Press, 2006, pap, 520 pp, € 32.50, 9780262640626
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Ogden, D.
Magic, Witchcraft and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds. A Sourcebook
In a culture where the supernatural possessed an immediacy now strange to us, magic was of great importance both in the literary and mythic tradition and in ritual practice. Recently, ancient magic has hit a high in popularity, both as an area of scholarly inquiry and as one of general, popular interest. In Magic, Witchcraft, and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds Daniel Ogden presents three hundred texts in new translations, along with brief but explicit commentaries. This is the first book in the field to unite extensive selections from both literary and documentary sources. Alongside descriptions of sorcerers, witches, and ghosts in the works of ancient writers, it reproduces curse tablets, spells from ancient magical recipe books, and inscriptions from magical amulets. Each translation is followed by a commentary that puts it in context within ancient culture and connects the passage to related passages in this volume. Authors include the well known (Sophocles, Herodotus, Plato, Aristotle, Virgil, Pliny) and the less familiar, and extend across the whole of Greco-Roman antiquity. The second edition includes a new preface, an updated bibliography, and new source-passages, such as the earliest use of the word "mage" in Greek" (fr. Aeschylus' Persians ), a werewolf tale (Aesop's Fables), and excerpts from the most systematic account of ancient legislation against magic (Theodosian Code).
Oxford UP, 2009, pap, 400 pp, € 26.95, 9780195385205
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Opie, I. & M. Tatem (eds.)
A Dictionary of Superstitions
Oxford UP, 2005, pap, 494 pp, € 14.50, 9780192806642
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ORegan, C.
Gnostic Apocalypse. Jacob Boehmes Haunted Narrative
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SUNY, 2002, pap, 300 pp, € 28.25, 0791452026
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Otto, Bernd-Christian, Michael Stausberg (eds)
Defining Magic: A Reader
Magic has been an important term in Western history and continues to be an essential topic in the modern academic study of religion, anthropology, sociology, and cultural history. Defining Magic is the first volume to assemble key texts that aim at determining the nature of magic, establish its boundaries and key features, and explain its working. The reader brings together seminal writings from antiquity to today. The texts have been selected on the strength of their success in defining magic as a category, their impact on future scholarship, and their originality. The writings are divided into chronological sections and each essay is separately introduced for student readers. Together, these texts - from Philosophy, Theology, Religious Studies, and Anthropology - reveal the breadth of critical approaches and responses to defining what is magic. CONTRIBUTORS: Aquinas, Augustine, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Dennis Diderot, Emile Durkheim, Edward Evans-Pritchard, James Frazer, Susan Greenwood, Robin Horton, Edmund Leach, Gerardus van der Leeuw, Christopher Lehrich, Bronislaw Malinowski, Marcel Mauss, Agrippa von Nettesheim, Plato, Pliny, Plotin, Isidore of Sevilla, Jesper Sorensen, Kimberley Stratton, Randall Styers, Edward Tylor
Critical Categories in the Study of Religion, Equinox, 2013, pap, 281 pp, € 36.50, 9781908049803
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Partridge, C.
The Re-Enchantment of the West: Vol 2 Alternative Spiritualities, Sacralization,Popular Culture and Occulture
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T&T Clark, 2006, pap, 348 pp, € 58.50, 0567041336 / 9780567041333
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Partridge, C. H. & E. S. Christianson (eds)
The Lure of the Dark Side: Satan and Western Demonology in Popular Culture
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Equinox, 2009, pap, 215 pp, € 23.00, 9781845533106
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Pasi, Marco
Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics
Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) is one of the most famous and significant authors in the history of western esotericism. Crowley has been long ignored by scholars of religion whilst the stories of magical and sexual practice which circulate about him continue to attract popular interest. Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics looks at the man behind the myth - by setting him firmly within the politics of his time - and the development of his ideas through his extensive and extraordinarily varied writings. Crowley was a rationalist, sympathetic to the values of the Enlightenment, but also a romantic and a reactionary. His search for an alternative way to express his religious feelings led him to elaborate his own vision of social and political change. Crowley's complex politics led to his involvement with many key individuals, organisations and groups of his day - the secret service of various countries, the German Nazi party, Russian political activists, journalists and politicians of various persuasions, as well as other writers - both in Europe and America. Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics presents a life of ideas, an examination of a man shaped by and shaping the politics of his times.
Acumen, 2013, pap, 304 pp, € 26.50, 9781844656967
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Pasi, Marco
Aleister Crowley und die Versuchung der Politik
Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) war einer der bekanntesten Magier und Okkultisten des 20. Jahrhunderts. Sein Einfluss reicht heute bis in die verschiedensten Zweige der Esoterik und der popularen Musik. Er entwarf den "Aleister-Crowley-Thoth-Tarot", der heute zu den meistverkauften Tarot-Karten der Welt zahlt. Seine Freundschaften reichten von Auguste Rodin und Fernando Pessoa bis zu Henry Miller. So verbreitet das esoterische Werk Crowleys in weiten Kreisen ist, so unbekannt ist die politische Seite dieses Mannes. Ohne sein Verhaltnis zur Politik aber lassen sich das Werk und der Einfluss Crowleys auf so viele seiner Zeitgenossen nicht verstehen. Die Einflussnahme zugunsten Deutschlands und der irischen Freiheitsbewegung vor und wahrend des Ersten Weltkriegs liessen ihn ein Untersuchungsobjekt britischer und US-amerikanischer Geheimdienste werden. Auch wahrend des Zweiten Weltkriegs ist Crowley erneut in geheimdienstlichen Agenden zu finden, etwa im Zusammenhang mit dem mysteriosen Flug von Rudolf Hess nach Schottland, wie Pasi beweist. Crowley, gepragt durch die spatviktorianische Epoche, vereinigte in sich die widerspruchlichen Tendenzen seiner Zeit. Die Suche nach einer alternativen Art, seine religiosen Gefuhle auszudrucken, fuhrte zu konkreten Vorstellungen von radikaler politischer Veranderung. Die Idee, Religion und Politik miteinander zu verknupfen, mundete in der Ankundigung des heraufdammernden Zeitalters eines "neuen Menschen". Damit waren Anknupfungspunkte an die Ideologien des Faschismus, des Nationalsozialismus und des Kommunismus gegeben, ebenso wurden aber bestimmte Themen vorweggenommen, die heute in der New-Age-Bewegung eine Rolle spielen.
Ares Verlag, 2006, geb, 335 pp, € 13.00, 9783902475145
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Pawlowski, P., P. Levenda
Illuminati
The notorious Bavarian Illuminati were originally a group of keen social innovators. Their plans for a better world were only later interpreted as part of the global conspiracy we are all familiar with. Peggy Pawlowski unravels the myths that have developed over more than two centuries, offering the first serious history of the Order. Based on original research into Illuminati documents, this account challenges the misconceptions that have surrounded this secret society since its discovery. Illuminati presents the Order as a brainchild of the Enlightenment. Based on the order's educational mission, it uncovers how a failed social experiment was dragged centre-stage during a time of political unrest that shook the Old and New Worlds alike.
Continuum, 2014, pap, 288 pp, € 21.00, 9781441105875
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Petersen, J.A. (ed)
Contemporary Religious Satanism, A Critical Anthology
Controversial New Religions Series, Ashgate, 2009, geb, 277 pp, € 73.50, 9780754652861
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Peters, Ulrike
Esoterik als moderne Religionsform
Esoterik ist mittlerweile ein fester Bestandteil unserer Gesellschaft und Kultur. In der vorliegenden Publikation werden Wesen und Kennzeichen der Esoterik auf der einen Seite am Beispiel der - angeblich auf den Kalender der klassischen Maya-Kultur basierenden - Endzeitprophezeiungen fur das Jahr 2012, auf der anderen Seite am Beispiel der Tierkommunikation dargestellt. Am Beispiel der Prophezeiungen fur 2012 wird aufgezeigt, wie Esoterik in selektiver Weise wissenschaftliche Forschungsergebnisse und Vorstellungen fremder Kulturen und Religionen in das Konzept der "Transformation" aufnimmt. Erstmals wird in diesem Zusammenhang ausfuhrlich die Entwicklungsgeschichte der Prophezeiungen fur 2012 verfolgt und "Der Maya-Faktor" von Jose Arguelles als deren Ursprung festgemacht.

Die inzwischen als Heilungstherapie weit verbreitete Tierkommunikation wird hier erstmals von einem wissenschaftlichen Standpunkt aus betrachtet und der Frage nach dem Einfluss der Esoterik auf unsere Gesellschaft nachgegangen. Denn das von der Tierkommunikation postulierte ganzheitliche Weltbild hat sich neben unserem bisherigen, durch Judentum und Christentum gepragten anthropozentrischen Weltbild erfolgreich etabliert.

Interkulturelle Bibliothek 13, Bautz, 2012, pap, 152 pp, € 13.25, 9783883096933
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Petzoldt, L.
Kleiner Lexikon der Daemonen und Elementargeister
C H Beck, 2003, pap, 216 p, € 15.90, 9783406494512
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Piegeler, H.
Tarot. Bilderwelten der Esoterik
Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2010, pap, 290 pp, € 41.00, 9783770549344
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Priesner, C.
Geschichte der Alchemie
Beckschen Reihe 2718, C. H. Beck, 2011, pap, 128 pp, € 11.50, 9783406616013
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Principe, Lawrence M.
The Secrets of Alchemy
Alchemy, the "Noble Art", conjures up scenes of mysterious, dimly lit laboratories populated with bearded old men stirring cauldrons. Though the history of alchemy is intricately linked to the history of chemistry, alchemy has nonetheless often been dismissed as the realm of myth and magic, or fraud and pseudoscience. And while its themes and ideas persist in some expected and unexpected places, from the Philosopher's (or Sorcerer's) "Stone of Harry Potter" to the self-help mantra of transformation, there has not been a serious, accessible, and up-to-date look at the complete history and influence of alchemy until now.

In The Secrets of Alchemy, Lawrence M. Principe, one of the world's leading authorities on the subject, brings alchemy out of the shadows and restores it to its important place in human history and culture. By surveying what alchemy was and how it began, developed, and overlapped with a range of ideas and pursuits, Principe illuminates the practice. He vividly depicts the place of alchemy during its heyday in early modern Europe, and then explores how alchemy has fit into wider views of the cosmos and humanity, touching on its enduring place in literature, fine art, theater, and religion. In addition, he introduces the reader to some of the most fascinating alchemists, such as Zosimos and Basil Valentine, whose lives dot alchemy's long reign from the third century to the present day. Through his exploration, Principe pieces together closely guarded clues from obscure and fragmented texts to reveal alchemy's secrets, and-most exciting for budding alchemists-uses them to recreate many of the most famous recipes in his lab, including those for the "glass of antimony" and "philosopher's tree." A concise but illuminating history, "The Secrets of Alchemy" is written for anyone drawn to the alchemical arts, those who are fascinated by the science as well as the fantastic stories and mysterious practitioners.

Synthesis, Chicago UP, 2012, geb, 281 pp, € 24.00, 9780226682952
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Principe, Lawrence M.
The Secrets of Alchemy
Alchemy, the "Noble Art", conjures up scenes of mysterious, dimly lit laboratories populated with bearded old men stirring cauldrons. Though the history of alchemy is intricately linked to the history of chemistry, alchemy has nonetheless often been dismissed as the realm of myth and magic, or fraud and pseudoscience. And while its themes and ideas persist in some expected and unexpected places, from the Philosopher's (or Sorcerer's) "Stone of Harry Potter" to the self-help mantra of transformation, there has not been a serious, accessible, and up-to-date look at the complete history and influence of alchemy until now.

In The Secrets of Alchemy, Lawrence M. Principe, one of the world's leading authorities on the subject, brings alchemy out of the shadows and restores it to its important place in human history and culture. By surveying what alchemy was and how it began, developed, and overlapped with a range of ideas and pursuits, Principe illuminates the practice. He vividly depicts the place of alchemy during its heyday in early modern Europe, and then explores how alchemy has fit into wider views of the cosmos and humanity, touching on its enduring place in literature, fine art, theater, and religion. In addition, he introduces the reader to some of the most fascinating alchemists, such as Zosimos and Basil Valentine, whose lives dot alchemy's long reign from the third century to the present day. Through his exploration, Principe pieces together closely guarded clues from obscure and fragmented texts to reveal alchemy's secrets, and-most exciting for budding alchemists-uses them to recreate many of the most famous recipes in his lab, including those for the "glass of antimony" and "philosopher's tree." A concise but illuminating history, "The Secrets of Alchemy" is written for anyone drawn to the alchemical arts, those who are fascinated by the science as well as the fantastic stories and mysterious practitioners.

Synthesis, University of Chicago Press, 2013, pap, 218 pp, € 16.00, 9780226103792
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Prokofieff, S.O.
The Case of Valnting Tomberg. Anthroposophy or Jesuitism?
Temple Lodge, 1997, pap, 226 pp, € 18.00, 9780904693850
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Quispel, Gilles (ed)
De hermetische Gnosis in de loop der eeuwen
De hermetische Gnosis - gebaseerd op de geschriften van Hermes Trismegistus - was een kosmische religie die op persoonlijke ervaring berustte. De oerwijsheid van Hermes Trismegistus beinvloedde, zo nam men in de oudheid aan, de inzichten van Mozes en Plato. In werkelijkheid, zo is door recent wetenschappelijk onderzoek vastgesteld, is de Hermetische literatuur veel later ontstaan binnen een geheim genootschap in Alexandrie waarvan Egyptenaren, Grieken en joden lid waren. Deze 'loge' kende verschillende graden van inwijding en rituelen, zoals een doop, een heilig avondmaal en een vredeskus, en vormde de voedingsbodem voor de zeventien traktaten van het Corpus Hermeticum en de Asclepius. Deze geschriften hadden grote invloed op o.a. Pico della Mirandola, Mozart, William Blake, Goethe, Rudolf Steiner, C.G. Jung en J. van Rijckenborgh.

In dit boek schrijven achttien wetenschappelijke onderzoekers op heldere, voor ieder begrijpelijke wijze over de verschillende aspecten van de Hermetische Gnosis en de invloed van deze religie op onze cultuur. Hun bijdragen worden van een inleiding voorzien door de Gnosis-kenner Prof. Dr.G. Quispel. De Hermetische Gnosis in de loop der eeuwen is een gezaghebbende, zeer leesbare bron over een belangrijke religieuze en artistieke stroming, die nog altijd niet voldoende is onderkend.

Rozekruis-Pers, 2003, pap, 672 pp, € 37.50, 9789067322843
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Quispel, Gilles (ed)
Die hermetische Gnosis im Lauf der Jahrhunderte
Rozekruis-Pers, 2003, pap, 672 pp, € 37.50, 9789067322386
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Raven, M.J.
Egyptische magie. Op zoek naar het toverboek van Thot
Walburg Pers, 2010, geb, 192p, € 29.95, 9789057306778
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Rountree, K.
Crafting Contemporary Pagan Identities in a Catholic Society
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Ashgate, 2010, geb, 206 pp, € 63.50, 9780754669739
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Ryrie, A.
The Sorcerer`s Tale. Faith and Fraud in Tudor England
Oxford UP, 2008, geb, 207 pp, € 19.90, 9780199229963
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Samwel, Peter
Tarot De Nieuwe Ordening + kaartendeck
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Zwerk, 2011, pap, 224 pp, € 29.95, 9789077478271
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Sande, A. van de
Vrijmetselarij in de Lage Landen. Een mysterieuze broederschap zonder geheimen
Walburg Pers, 2001, pap, 208 pp, € 29.95, 9789057301599
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Sande, A.W.F.M van de & M.J.K. de Haan (red.)
250 jaar Orde van Vrijmetselaren. Deel 1. Vrijmetselaren. 250 jaar en meer. Deel 2: Vrijmetselaren. Vandaag en morgen
Stichting De Vrije Metselaar, 2006, geb in cassette, 416 & 256 pp, € 49.95, 9789062710164
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Schaik, J. van
Antroposofie en gnostiek. Geesteswetenschap en gnosis
Christofoor, 2009, pap, 108 pp, € 14.50, 9789060386217
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Schaik, J. van & R. Spaink (red.)
De Hermetische code
Ten Have, 2006, pap, 240 pp, € 22.90, 9025956645 / 9789025956646
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Schmidt-Biggeman, W. (hg)
Christliche Kabbala
Die schriftlich ausgearbeiteten Vortrage 20-23 jul 2000 auf der Tagung ‘Christliche Kabbala. Joh. Reuchlins geistesgeschichtlichen Wirkung’ gehalten, UITVERKOCHT, waarschijnlijk geen herdruk
Pforzheimer Reuchlinschriften 10, Thorbecke Verlag, 2004, geb, 274 pp, € 34.00, 3799559809
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Schubert-Weller, C.
Die Astrologie. Entstehung, Schulen und Entwicklungen
Marix Verlag, 2006, geb, 343 pp, € 11.25, 9783865391025
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Seaich, E.
A Great Mystery. The Secret of the Jerusalem Temple: The Embracing Cherubim and At-One-Ment with the Divine
BY ORDER.
Gorgias Press, 2009, geb, € 136.90, 9781593338404
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Seiss, J.
The Gospel in the Stars, Or, Primeval Astronomy
BY ORDER.
Gorgias Press, 2009, geb, € 153.50, 9781593335694
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Skemer, D.C
Binding Words. Textual Amulets in the Middle Ages
BY ORDER
Magic in History, Penn State UP, 2006, pap, 327 pp, € 27.50, 0271027231 / 9780271027234
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Slavenburg, J.
De hermetische schakel
te bestellen
Ankh-Hermes, 2003, pap, 412pp, € 29.95, 9020283200 / 9789020283204
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Slavenburg, J. & J. van Schaik
Geheimen en onthullingen van de westerse esoterie. Magie, mythen en mystiek
Een handboek van de westerse esoterische stromingen

Tot aan de Verlichting is er niets 'geheim' aan esoterie. Met de opkomst van het materialisme verdwijnt esoterie uit de mainstream en wordt 'geheim'. Zo ontstaan de esoterische bewegingen van de twintigste eeuw. Thema's in dit boek zijn: Goden en godinnen; universele mythen; de 'esoterische' Paulus; de mystiek van Hildegard tot Teresa; de Tempeliers; Dante's goddelijke komedie; esoterie in de Gouden Eeuw; Newton als alchemist; de orde van de Golden Dawn en goeroes in onze cultuur.

Ankh Hermes, 2012, pap, 264 pp, € 24.95, 9789020208245
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Snoek, G.
De Rozenkruisers in Nederland, een inventarisatie, voornamelijk in de eerste helft van de 17e eeuw
Rozekruis-Pers, St. De, 2007, geb, 681pp, € 37.50, 9789067323246
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Snoek, J. A.M.
Initiating Women in Freemasonry, The Adoption Rite
Freemasonry is generally regarded a male phenomenon. Yet, both before 1723 and since 1744, women were initiated as well. This book is about the rituals, used for the initiation of women in the Adoption Lodges, since the middle of the 18th century. It describes their contents, roots and creation before reviewing and conceptualising their development in the past three centuries. It analyses the different families of rituals within the Adoption Rite, and gives an overview of specific developments, showing how the rituals were adapted to their changing contexts. Apart from its relevance for the history of Freemasonry in general and the Adoption Rite in particular, the book also writes a hitherto unknown chapter of women’s history. Of particular interest for the history of feminism is the chapter about the 20th century, which could only be written now that the documents concerning it, which had been moved to Moscow in 1945, had been returned in 2000.
Aries Book Series Texts and Studies in Western Esotericism, 13, Brill, 2012, geb, 550 pp, € 189.90, 9789004210790
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Stuckrad, Kocku von
Esoterie, de zoektocht naar absolute kennis
Wat is esoterie? Van tarotkaarten en horoscopen tot de Kabbala en New Age, Von Stuckrad beschrijft helder en levendig de oorsprong van de esoterie.

De meest uiteenlopende zaken vallen vandaag onder de term 'esoterie', zoals tarotkaarten en horoscopen, de relatie met krachtdieren binnen het neo-sjamanisme, mystieke ervaringen onder invloed van verdovende middelen, of de natuurreligieuze ideeen van de nieuwe heksenreligie.

Maar niet alles wat tegenwoordig 'esoterie' wordt genoemd, is deel van dezelfde traditie. Vanuit religiewetenschappelijk perspectief delen de aanhangers van verschillende verschijningsvormen van esoterie de zoektocht naar een absolute, verborgen kennis die hun door een mystiek visioen, door een goddelijke autoriteit of door persoonlijke ervaring zal worden geopenbaard. Deze zoektocht kent een lange traditie. Kocku von Stuckrad beschrijft helder en levendig de oorsprong van de esoterie bij de antieke Pythagoreeers en de geschriften van de mysterieuze Hermes Trismegistus; ook volgt hij haar ontwikkeling in de filosofische traditie van de islam, de joodse Kabbala en de Europese Renaissance tot aan de hedendaagse New Age.

Volgens Von Stuckrad is de esoterie allesbehalve een duister zijspoor van de Europese geestesgeschiedenis. Ze heeft eerder juist een onuitwisbaar stempel op de grote theologische en natuurwetenschappelijke discussies gedrukt en de esoterie dient dan ook serieus te worden genomen als een belangrijke rode draad in de Europese godsdienstgeschiedenis.

Kocku von Stuckrad is hoogleraar Religiewetenschap en decaan van de Faculteit Godgeleerdheid en Godsdienstwetenschap aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. Hij is tevens voorzitter van het Nederlands Genootschap voor Godsdienstwetenschap.

Amsterdam University Press, 2014, pap, 280 pp, € 19.95, 9789089646217
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Stuckrad, Kocku von
Western Esotericism: A Brief History of Secret Knowledge
A controversial issue of public debate during the recent years, esotericism can be described as the search for an absolute but hidden knowledge that people claim to access through mystical vision, the mediation of higher beings, or personal experience. In Western cultural history these claims often led to conflicts with more established forms of scriptural religions and with reductionist interpretations in science and philosophy. In this highly readable book Kocku von Stuckrad describes the impact of esoteric currents from antiquity to the present and pursues the continuities and breaks in a tradition that significantly influenced the formation of modernity. When Hermes Trismegistos reveals wisdom of an absolute quality, the unveiling of hidden knowledge in Jewish Kabbalah is transformed by Christians, Renaissance thinkers speak of an 'eternal philosophy,' or when in the 'New Age' people try to get in contact with a source of superior understanding--in every case the dynamic of concealment and revelation is at stake and the ways this hidden knowledge can be made accessible for human curiosity.
Acumen, 2005/2013, pap, 168 pp, € 27.00, 9781844657476
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Stuckrad, K. von
Geschichte der Astrologie: Von den Anfaengen bis zur Gegenwart
C H Beck, 2007, 413 pp, pap, € 17.90, 9783406547775
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Stuckrad, K. von
Geschiedenis van de westerse astrologie. Van het oude Mesopotamie tot de psychologische toepassingen van nu
De astrologie behoort tot de oudste wetenschappen van de mensheid. Ze speelde niet alleen in de grote vroege beschavingen maar ook in de Europese cultuurgeschiedenis een belangrijke rol. Ze oefende invloed uit op de ontwikkeling van de natuurwetenschappen te beginnen met astronomie, natuurkunde en scheikunde. Ze werd verwerkt in filosofie en godsdienst en gaf de doorslag bij politieke beslissingen met verregaande consequenties. Kocku von Stuckrad beheerst de kunst deze verschillende aspecten te bundelen in een totaaloverzicht en laat zo de betekenis zien van een stroming binnen de Europese geschiedenis van wetenschap en cultuur die dikwijls is verwaarloosd en die men doorgaans slechts met enige smetvrees benadert. Dit duidelijk geordende en zeer informatieve boek is in de eerste plaats een eerste klas inleiding tot de systemen van astrologische interpretatie. Het gaat vergezeld van een woordenlijst met uitleg van de belangrijkste begrippen. Dit boek is een 'must' voor iedereen die zich interesseert voor de geschiedenis en voor de huidige praktijk van de astrologie - om het even of men al dan niet zelf speurt naar de wisselwerking tussen het hemelse en het aardse.

Verschijnt 2015, hopelijk....

Fenomenologische bibliotheek 8, Abraxas, 2015, pap, ca 400 pp, € 27.50, 9789079133031
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Stuckrad, K. von
Was ist Esoterik? Kleine Geschichte des geheimen Wissens
C.H.Beck, 2004, pap, 280 pp, € 19.35, 9783406521737
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Styers, R.
Making Magic. Religion, Magic, & Science in the Modern World
Reflection & Theory in the Study of Religion Series, Oxford, 2004, pap, 290 pp, € 28.50, 0195169417
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Swedenborg, E.
Angelic Wisdom about Divine Love and about Divine Wisdom & Angelic Wisdom about Divine Providence
The New Century Edition of the Works of Emanuel Swedenborg, Swedenborg Foundation, 2003, geb, 339 + 483 pp, € 49.00, 9780877854807
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Swedenborg, Emanuel
True Christianity: v. 1
Swedenborg Foundation, 2006, pap, 776 pp, € 15.95, 9780877854852
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Szonyi, G. E.
John Dees Occultism: Magical Exaltation Through Powerful Signs
SUNY Series in Western Esoteric Traditions, SUNY, 2004 / 2010, pap, 362 pp, € 29.95, 9780791462249
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Tomberg, V.
Meditaties op de Tarot, deel 1
vertaald dooor M.E. Dufour, te bestellen
eigen beheer, 2007, pap, ca. 300 pp, € 27.50
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Tomberg, V.
Meditaties op de Tarot, deel 2
vertaald dooor M.E. Dufour, te bestellen
eigen beheer, 2008, pap, ca. 300 pp, € 27.50
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Tomberg, V.
Meditaties op de Tarot, deel 3
vertaald dooor M.E. Dufour, te bestellen
eigen beheer, 2010, pap, 361 pp, € 27.50
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Trapman, J (red.)
Pjotr hendrix (1896-1979) Leraar van Gnosis en Liturgie. Herinneringen, beschouwingen en documenten
TE BESTELLEN / BY ORDER
Musterion, 2005, pap, 103 pp, € 9.50, 9075540299
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Treitel, C.
Science for the Soul. Occultism and the Genesis of the German Modern
BY ORDER
John Hopkins UP, 2004, geb, 366 pp, € 57.90, 0801878128
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Uzzel, R.L.
Eliphas Levi and the Kabbalah: The Masonic and French Connection of the American Mystery Tradition
Cornerstone, 2006, pap, 194 pp, € 19.50, 9781887560764
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Versluis, A.
Magic and Mysticism. An Introduction to Western Esotericism
Rowman & Littlefield, 2007, pap, 178 pp, € 19.50, 9780742558366
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Versluis, A.
Wisdoms Children. A Christian Esoteric Tradition
by order
SUNY, 1999, pap, 370 pp, € 31.50, 9780791443309
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Vickers, B.
Occult and Scientific Mentalities in the Renaissance
Print on demand.
Cambridge UP, 1986, pap, 424 pp, € 46.90, 9780521338363
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Vollnagel, Jorg
Alchemie. Die konigliche Kunst
Eindrucklicher noch als in den Texten werden die fabelhaften Geschichten der Alchemie in ihren Bildern erzahlt. In zuweilen bizarrer Fantastik und dunkler Ratselhaftigkeit schildern sie den alchemistischen Prozess der Goldherstellung und kunden sinnbildhaft von einer paradiesischen Existenz.

Die fantastischen Bilderzahlungen der Alchemie muten wie Marchen aus 1001 Nacht an. Sie handeln von Fabelwesen, Hermaphroditen und Konigspaaren, vom Alten, das vergehen muss, um Neues entstehen zu lassen. Ihren Ausgang nehmen sie in den prachtigen Malereien spatmittelalterlicher Handschriften. Auch die alchemistischen Druckausgaben, die seit dem fruhen 16. Jahrhundert verstarkt entstehen, setzen vielfach ganz auf die Kraft ihrer Darstellungen, die haufig von der Hand so namhafter Kupferstecher wie Matthaus Merian und Balthasar Schwan stammen. Opulent, grausam, zauberhaft und surreal - der besondere Reiz dieser Bilder liegt in ihrer allegorischen und ausgesprochen erfindungsreichen Bildsprache. Dass die ungeheure Faszination, die der alchemistische Prozess seit Jahrhunderten auf die Kreativitat des Kunstlers ausubt, bis heute ungebrochen ist, bezeugen unter anderem Werke von Max Ernst, Yves Klein, Anselm Kiefer und Sigmar Polke.

Hirmer, 2012, geb, 259 pp, € 55.75, 9783777460710
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Vollnagel, Jorg
Alchemie. Die konigliche Kunst
Eindrucklicher noch als in den Texten werden die fabelhaften Geschichten der Alchemie in ihren Bildern erzahlt. In zuweilen bizarrer Fantastik und dunkler Ratselhaftigkeit schildern sie den alchemistischen Prozess der Goldherstellung und kunden sinnbildhaft von einer paradiesischen Existenz.

Die fantastischen Bilderzahlungen der Alchemie muten wie Marchen aus 1001 Nacht an. Sie handeln von Fabelwesen, Hermaphroditen und Konigspaaren, vom Alten, das vergehen muss, um Neues entstehen zu lassen. Ihren Ausgang nehmen sie in den prachtigen Malereien spatmittelalterlicher Handschriften. Auch die alchemistischen Druckausgaben, die seit dem fruhen 16. Jahrhundert verstarkt entstehen, setzen vielfach ganz auf die Kraft ihrer Darstellungen, die haufig von der Hand so namhafter Kupferstecher wie Matthaus Merian und Balthasar Schwan stammen. Opulent, grausam, zauberhaft und surreal - der besondere Reiz dieser Bilder liegt in ihrer allegorischen und ausgesprochen erfindungsreichen Bildsprache. Dass die ungeheure Faszination, die der alchemistische Prozess seit Jahrhunderten auf die Kreativitat des Kunstlers ausubt, bis heute ungebrochen ist, bezeugen unter anderem Werke von Max Ernst, Yves Klein, Anselm Kiefer und Sigmar Polke.

Hirmer, 2012, geb, 259 pp, € 55.75, 9783777460710
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Walker, D. P.
Spiritual and Demonic Magic from Ficino to Campanella
Prijs onder voorbehoud. By order.
Magic in History, Penn State UP, 2000, geb, 256 pp, € 38.90, 9780271020457
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Weder, K.
Kleists magnetische Poesie. Experimente des Mesmerismus
Wallstein Verlag, 2008, pap, 412 pp, € 41.50, 9783835302563
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Wilson , Leigh
Modernism and Magic: experiments with spiritualism, theosophy, and the occult
Across Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the 'unseen' returned in very particular ways: in a resurgence of interest in mysticism of all kinds, in the pursuit of occult knowledge and practices, and in the investigation of psychic phenomenon. While a number of scholars have described links between modernism and aspects of spiritualism, the occult, and mysticism, their discussions have left unanswered the question of what place the unseen world as a whole occupies. By looking at the occult, spiritualism and mysticism in one frame, this book argues that the unseen figures modernism's yearning for that which is beyond the materiality of the text, whether that 'text' be printed words on a page, paint on canvas, or the effects of light fixed on a screen. The birth of modernism resides not so much in notions of aesthetic autonomy, resisting the degradations of mass culture, but in an attempt to reclaim textuality as a magical practice. This book provides the first overview of this broad subject, aimed at advanced level students and researchers, but it also offers an intervention in current critical debates on modernism and its understanding of the text.
Edinburgh Critical Studies in Modernist Culture, Edinburgh UP, 2010, geb, 187 pp, € 89.50, 9780748627691
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Wuidar, L. (ed)
Music and Esotericism
by order, pod
Aries Book Series, vol 9, Brill, 2010, geb, 379 pp, € 117.00, 9789004182677
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Yates, F. A.
The Rosicrucian Enlightenment
A history of the role that the occult has played in the formation of modern science and medicine, The Rosicrucian Enlightenment has had a tremendous impact on our understanding of the western esoteric tradition. Beautifully illustrated, it remains one of those rare works of scholarship which the general reader simply cannot afford to ignore
Routledge Classics, Routledge, 2004, pap, 333 pp, € 17.50, 9780415267694
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York, M.
Pagan Theology: Paganism as a World Religion
New York UP, 2005, pap, 239 pp, € 26.00, 0814797083
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Young, George M.
The Russian Cosmists. The Esoteric Futurism of Nikolai Fedorov and His Followers
In the nineteenth and early twentieth century, a controversial school of Russian thinkers emerged, convinced that humanity was entering an advanced stage of evolution and must assume a new, active, managerial role in the cosmos. In the first account in English of this fascinating school, George M. Young offers a dynamic and wide-ranging examination of the lives and ideas of the Russian Cosmists. Although they wrote as scientists, theologians, and philosophers, Young shows that the Cosmists addressed topics traditionally confined to occult and esoteric literature. Their writings explored the extension of the human life span to establish universal immortality; the restoration of life to the dead; the regulation of nature so that all manifestations of blind natural force were under rational human control; the effect of cosmic rays and other particles of energy on human history; and practical steps toward eventual human control over the flow of time. Suppressed during the Soviet period and little noticed in the West, the ideas of the Cosmists have in recent decades been rediscovered and embraced by many Russian intellectuals.
Oxford UP, 2012, geb, 280 pp, € 28.50, 9780199892945
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Zambelli, P.
White Magic, Black Magic in the European Renaissance. From Ficino, Pico, Della Porta to Trithemius, Agrippa, Bruno
Studies in Medieval and Reformation Traditions, Brill, 2007, geb, 282 pp, € 106.50, 9789004160989
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Zeddies, N.
Religio et sacrilegium
Europaeische Hochschulschriften, Peter Lang, 2003, pap, 409 pp, € 68.00, 3631505868
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