The things that people in the modern Western world consider "occult/' secret, forbidden, or irrational-amulets and talismans, omens and divinations, spells and charms, spirits good and evil-are part of everyday life in many parts of the world, and have been for generations. In this fascinating book, occult scholar and practitioner John Michael Greer shines light on 100 of the dramatic incidents, arcane knowledge, and colorful historical figures from occult traditions over two and a half millennia-from the earliest alchemists of ancient Egypt, Babylon, and Greece; to pagan rituals; the Philosopher's Stone; Kabbala; the first tarot; the Knights Templar; to the Nazi Thule Party; fortunetelling trials; and the birth of modern witchcraft, or Wicca. Each entry illustrated with a stunning image or intriguing item of ephemera.
John Michael Greer is one of the most widely respected writers and scholars in the occult field today. The author of more than 40 books, including The New Encyclopedia of the Occult, he served for twelve years as Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA).