Saturday, February 16, 2013

Stealing Fire from Heaven: The Rise of Modern Western Magic

Written by: Nevill Drury

First line: Magical thought is commonly identified with superstition and regarded as a form of pre-science—an earlier and less sophisticated phase of human intellectual development.

Why you should read this book: Researched with loving dedication and expounded upon in depth, this book explains the modern magical revival in the west, beginning with its medieval origins and discussing Kabbalah, Freemasonry, and Rosicrucians before moving on to the Golden Dawn and Aleister Crowley. Many modern magicians and schools of thought are profiled, enabling the reader to take a broad view of paths to esoteric knowledge. Chaos Magick, Setians, techno-pagans, and magical artwork are only a few of the topics that are covered here.

Why you shouldn't read this book: The above paragraph strikes you as blasphemous.

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