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Demonic Foes - My Twenty-Five Years as a Psychiatrist Investigating Possessions, Diabolic Attacks, and the Paranormal... Demonic Foes - My Twenty-Five Years as a Psychiatrist Investigating Possessions, Diabolic Attacks, and the Paranormal (Hardcover)
Richard Gallagher
R606 R493 Discovery Miles 4 930 Save R113 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The world's leading psychiatric authority on demonic possession delves into the hidden world of exorcisms and his own transformation from cynic to believer over the course of his twenty-five-year career. Successful New York psychiatrist Richard Gallagher was skeptical yet intrigued when a hard-nosed, no-nonsense Catholic priest asked him to examine a woman for a possible exorcism. Meeting her, Gallagher was astonished. The woman's behavior defied logic. In an instant, she could pinpoint a person's secret weaknesses. She knew how individuals she'd never known had died, including Gallagher's own mother, who passed away after a lengthy battle with ovarian cancer. She spoke fluently in multiple languages, including Latin-but only when she was in a trance. This was not psychosis, Gallagher concluded. It was, in his scientific estimation, what could only be describe as paranormal ability. The woman wasn't mentally disturbed-she was possessed. This remarkable case was the first of many that Gallagher would encounter. Sought after today by leaders of all faiths-ministers, priests, rabbis and imams, Gallagher has spent a quarter-century studying demonic activity and exorcisms throughout history and has witnessed more cases than any other psychiatrist in the world today. In this eerie and enthralling book, Gallagher chronicles his most famous cases for the first time, including: A professional who claimed her spiritualist mother had "assigned" her a spirit who "turned on her." A petite woman-"90 pounds soaking wet"-who threw a 200-pound Lutheran deacon across the room to the horror of onlookers in a church hall; And "Julia," the so-called Satanic queen and self-described witch, who exhibited "the most harrowing" case, a "once-in-a-century" possession. Going beyond horror movies and novels, Demonic Foes takes you deep into this hidden world, sharing in full details of these true-life tales of demonic possession.

The Magical History of Britain (Hardcover): Martin Wall The Magical History of Britain (Hardcover)
Martin Wall
R532 R440 Discovery Miles 4 400 Save R92 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this profoundly personal journey through British history, Martin Wall traces the influence of Magic and Myth from the earliest times to the present day. Our abiding myths have endured since before the time of the Druids, reaching their apotheosis in the Arthurian tales and the Glastonbury legends, stories which retain their dynamism and imaginative power. These mythic templates, constantly reinvented, provided a legitimating mission for the British Empire, which mediated them to a worldwide audience. Our spiritual inheritance is shot through with magic. But this book takes in more obscure mysteries, such as 'Who put Bella in the Wych-Elm?', a localised 'tribe of witches', and a host of extraordinary characters like Doctor John Dee, William Blake, and the notorious Aleister Crowley. In this fascinating account of the occult origins of British culture the author depicts our island story as an outworking of magical destiny - a challenge to us to create our own imaginative system.

How to Become a Mage - A Fin-de-Siecle French Occult Manifesto (Hardcover): K K Albert, Josephin Peladin How to Become a Mage - A Fin-de-Siecle French Occult Manifesto (Hardcover)
K K Albert, Josephin Peladin
R682 R497 Discovery Miles 4 970 Save R185 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How to Become a Mage is the first English translation of the enormously influential occultist Josephin Peladan. This book is a fascinating entry into nineteenth-century French thought, sharing advice on overcoming the pitfalls of status quo society while perfecting one's own soul. Josephin Peladan (1858 1918) was a flamboyant personality and controversial media celebrity as well as the author of combative art criticism and a series of novels with occult themes. Peladan also wrote influential non-fiction works on occult topics committed to the belief that the best way for modern Europeans to enter into communion with the guiding intelligences of humanity was through magic and the arts. He played a key role in reviving Rosicrucianism and provided a spiritual and intellectual backdrop to fin-de-siecle French symbolism. His ideas influenced the leading artists of the day, including composers Claude Debussy and Erik Satie and writer Antonin Artaud.

The Little Book of Witches (Hardcover): Dominique Foufelle The Little Book of Witches (Hardcover)
Dominique Foufelle
R285 R244 Discovery Miles 2 440 Save R41 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How does one become a witch? What is the difference between white and black magic? What does a witch look like? Why do witches get together for a sabbath? What do they put in their potions? Why do we associate them with black cats? How were witches punished in the Middle Ages? Beautifully illustrated, this little album is a pocket-sized encyclopaedia, presenting the stories of witches and witchcraft through history. Also available in the series: The Little Book of Cats ISBN 9782812317408 The Little Book of Dogs ISBN 9782812318580 The Little Book of New York ISBN 9782812315329 The Little Book of Paris ISBN 9782812313318 The Little Book of Birds ISBN 9782812316364 The Little Book of Versailles ISBN 9782812317804 The Little Book of Roses ISBN 9782379640810 The Little Book of Medicinal Plants ISBN 9782812319815 The Little Book of The Language of Flowers ISBN 9782812318924 The Little Book of The Moon ISBN 9782379641046 The Little Book of Trees ISBN 9782379641039

The Triumph of the Moon - A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition): Ronald Hutton The Triumph of the Moon - A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition)
Ronald Hutton
R759 R539 Discovery Miles 5 390 Save R220 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is the second, and extensively revised, edition of the first full-scale scholarly study of what is arguably the only fully-formed religion that England has ever given the world: that of modern pagan witchcraft, which has now spread from English shores across four continents. Ronald Hutton examines the nature of that religion and its development, and offers a history of attitudes to witchcraft, paganism and magic in British society since 1800. Its pages reveal village cunning folk, Victorian ritual magicians, classicists and archaeologists, leaders of woodcraft and scouting movements, Freemasons, and members of rural secret societies. We also find some of the leading figures of English literature, from the Romantic poets to W. B. Yeats, D. H. Lawrence and Robert Graves, as well as the main personalities who have represented pagan witchcraft to the public world since 1950. Thriller writers like Dennis Wheatley, and films and television programmes, get similar coverage, as does tabloid journalism. The material is by its very nature often sensational, and care is taken throughout to distinguish fact from fantasy, in a manner not hitherto applied to most of the stories involved. Consistently densely researched, Triumph of the Moon presents an authoritative insight into an aspect of modern cultural history which has attracted sensational publicity but has hitherto been little understood. This edition incorporates all of the new research carried out into the subject by the author, and by others who have often been inspired by this book, during the twenty years since it was first published.

Wishcraft - A Complete Beginner's Guide to Magickal Manifesting for the Modern Witch (Paperback): Sakura Fox Wishcraft - A Complete Beginner's Guide to Magickal Manifesting for the Modern Witch (Paperback)
Sakura Fox
R292 R244 Discovery Miles 2 440 Save R48 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Simple, accessible spells and rituals for the modern woman who wants to stop wishing for a better life and start magically manifesting it - right now. Have you ever blown out the candles on a birthday cake and made a wish? Or tossed a coin into a fountain and crossed your fingers? You probably didn't know it, but you were practicing WishCraft. Within this book, you'll find spells, rituals and recipes to make all of your dreams come true, including to attract more money, boost your luck, deflect negativity, heal an illness or ailment, bring harmony and balance, draw down the power of the Moon, cleanse the energy around you, increase your psychic awareness, recall your dreams, pass an exam or test, reignite your passion, attract love, heal your heart, bring health and happiness... and more! Deep down in your heart you've always known that there's magick inside you... we all do! WishCraft will show you how to start manifesting amazing changes in your life with a little help from the Cosmos.

The Mirror of Magic - A History of Magic in the Western World (Hardcover, 6th Edition, Deluxe Collector's Edition): Kurt... The Mirror of Magic - A History of Magic in the Western World (Hardcover, 6th Edition, Deluxe Collector's Edition)
Kurt Seligmann
R947 R620 Discovery Miles 6 200 Save R327 (35%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A collector's edition of the classic, illustrated, and comprehensive history of magic and the occult In the occult classic The Mirror of Magic, renowned Surrealist Kurt Seligmann (1900-1962) draws from his encyclopedic practitioner's knowledge and extensive antiquarian collection to offer a comprehensive, illustrated history of magic and the occult from Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt through the 18th century. He explores the gods and divinatory arts of the legendary Sumerians and the star-wise Babylonians, including the birth of astrology. He examines the afterlife beliefs of the ancient Egyptians and the dream interpretation practices and oracles of ancient Greece, including the mysteries of Eleusis and the magical philosophy of Plato, Socrates, and other Greeks. He uncovers the origins of Gnosticism and the suppression and banishment of magic by the post-pagan, Christian emperors of Rome. Seligmann reviews the principles of alchemy, sharing famous transmutations and allegorical illustrations of the alchemical process and explores the Hermetica and its remarkable adepts. Investigating the Middle Ages, the author discusses the work of European magicians of the time, including Albertus Magnus, Roger Bacon, Agrippa, Nostradamus, and Pico Della Mirandola. First published in 1948, this history of magic and the occult seeks to "mirror" the magical worldview throughout the ages. Beautifully illustrated with images from the author's rare library, this collector's edition features all of the artwork--more than 250 images--from the original 1948 edition.

The Emerald Tablet of Hermes & The Kybalion - Two Classic Books on Hermetic Philosophy (Hardcover): Hermes Trismegistus, The... The Emerald Tablet of Hermes & The Kybalion - Two Classic Books on Hermetic Philosophy (Hardcover)
Hermes Trismegistus, The Three Initiates
R628 R504 Discovery Miles 5 040 Save R124 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft (Paperback, 4th New edition): Rebecca Stein, Philip L. Stein The Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft (Paperback, 4th New edition)
Rebecca Stein, Philip L. Stein
R2,045 Discovery Miles 20 450 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This concise and accessible textbook introduces students to the anthropological study of religion. Stein and Stein examine religious expression from a cross-cultural perspective and expose students to the varying complexity of world religions. The chapters incorporate key theoretical concepts and a rich range of ethnographic material. The fourth edition of The Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft offers: * increased coverage of new religious movements, fundamentalism, and religion and conflict/violence; * fresh case study material with examples drawn from around the globe; * further resources via a comprehensive companion website. This is an essential guide for students encountering anthropology of religion for the first time.

Prime Chaos - Adventures in Chaos Magic -- 3rd Revised Edition (Paperback, 3 Revised Edition): Phil Hine Prime Chaos - Adventures in Chaos Magic -- 3rd Revised Edition (Paperback, 3 Revised Edition)
Phil Hine
R489 R363 Discovery Miles 3 630 Save R126 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"Prime Chaos" presents an overview of the fastest-growing school of modern occultism - Chaos Magic. The author of "Condensed Chaos" presents simple, yet effective techniques for becoming proficient in practical magic, including an exhaustive breakdown of the possibilities offered by ritual magic, sorcery, invocation, possession and evocation. The resurgence of interest in magic has led to a new interest in magical groups, and Phil Hine brings a wealth of experience in groups to an exploration of the advantages - and disadvantages - of working magic with other people. "Prime Chaos" also explores some of the lighter and darker - aspects of modern occultism, and presents new ideas for developing magical techniques for the 21st Century. In addition, you have on this book a unique piece of history: a cover by William S Burroughs, author of "Naked Lunch" and many other famous works.

The Malleus Maleficarum (Paperback): P.G. Maxwell-Stuart The Malleus Maleficarum (Paperback)
P.G. Maxwell-Stuart
R300 Discovery Miles 3 000 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Malleus Maleficarum is one of the best-known treatises dealing with the problem of what to do with witches. It was written in 1487 by a Dominican inquisitor, Heinrich Institoris, following his failure to prosecute a number of women for witchcraft, it is in many ways a highly personal document, full of frustration at official complacency in the face of a spiritual threat, as well as being a practical guide for law-officers who have to deal with a cunning, dangerous enemy. Combining theological discussion, illustrative anecdotes, and useful advice for those involved in suppressing witchcraft, its influence on witchcraft studies has been extensive. The only previous translation into English, that by Montague Summers produced in 1928, is full of inaccuracies. It is written in a style almost unreadable nowadays, and is unfortunately coloured by his personal agenda. This new edited translation, with an introductory essay setting witchcraft, Institoris, and the Malleus into clear, readable English, corrects Summers' mistakes and offers a lean, unvarnished version of what Institoris actually wrote. It will undoubtedly become the standard translation of this important and controversial late-medieval text. -- .

The Black Woman's Little Book of Spells - Magical Keys to Transforming Your Life (Paperback): V C Alexander The Black Woman's Little Book of Spells - Magical Keys to Transforming Your Life (Paperback)
V C Alexander
R387 Discovery Miles 3 870 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Witchcraft - A Handbook of Magic Spells and Potions (Hardcover): Anastasia Greywolf Witchcraft - A Handbook of Magic Spells and Potions (Hardcover)
Anastasia Greywolf; Illustrated by Melissa West 1
R307 R241 Discovery Miles 2 410 Save R66 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Tap into the magic all around you with Witchcraft, an illustrated guide to ancient potions, spells, chants, rituals, and incantations from around the world. Learn how to form a spirit circle with coven members, what instruments you need for your craft, special conjurations for each day of the week, and hundreds of crafty spells and potions that will allow you to: Banish headaches Keep your home safe Envision your future spouse Win riches Communicate with animals Conceive a child Summon the dead Make it snow Separate lovers Know your future And more! Spells are conveniently organized by purpose: safekeeping spells, healing spells and potions, spells against enemies, counter-spells, luck and fortune spells, love and matchmaking spells, weather and earth spells, spells to cast on animals, power spells, and communing with the dead. With stunning linoleum-cut illustrations by artist Melissa West that bring the magic of the past to life, this comprehensive compendium is also a delightful page-turner that's full of unexpected treasures. Place it in a sacred place in your home-and make sure no enemies find it to access its inestimable powers! The Mystical Handbook series from Wellfleet takes you on a magical journey through the wonderful world of spellcraft and spellcasting. Explore a new practice with each volume and learn how to incorporate spells, rituals, blessings, and cleansings into your daily routine. These portable companions feature beautiful foil-detail covers and color-saturated interiors on a premium paper blend. Other titles in the series include: Love Spells, Moon Magic, Knot Magic, Superstitions, and House Magic.

Tarot for Beginners - A Guide to Psychic Tarot Reading, Real Tarot Card Meanings, and Simple Tarot Spreads (Hardcover, 2nd... Tarot for Beginners - A Guide to Psychic Tarot Reading, Real Tarot Card Meanings, and Simple Tarot Spreads (Hardcover, 2nd ed.)
Lisa Chamberlain
R456 Discovery Miles 4 560 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Green Witch's Grimoire - Your Complete Guide to Creating Your Own Book of Natural Magic (Hardcover): Arin Murphy... The Green Witch's Grimoire - Your Complete Guide to Creating Your Own Book of Natural Magic (Hardcover)
Arin Murphy Hiscock
R401 R342 Discovery Miles 3 420 Save R59 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The author of The Green Witch, shows you how you can create your own green witch grimoire to record your favourite spells, recipes, rituals, and more. A grimoire is essential for any witch wanting to capture and record spells, rituals, and secret ingredients. And for a green witch, a perfect place to reflect upon the power of nature, and document the stones, plants, flowers, oils, and herbs used in her practice. The Green Witch's Grimoire finally is a place for all your prized knowledge. Experienced witch Arin Murphy-Hiscock guides you on your path to creating your own personal book of your most cherished magic. Continue to hone your craft and grow into the green witch you've always dreamed of as you personalize your own Green Witch's Grimoire.

Independent Spirits - Spiritualism and English Plebeians, 1850-1910 (Paperback): Logie Barrow Independent Spirits - Spiritualism and English Plebeians, 1850-1910 (Paperback)
Logie Barrow
R1,154 Discovery Miles 11 540 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

First published in 1986. Independent Spirits is about the intellectual world of the humbly-born in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Britain, focussing on plebeian, or working- and lower middle-class spiritualists. This book is an important study which throws light on the idealism and search for knowledge that were so central in plebeian circles and in certain, very important parts of the labour movement during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This title will be of interest to students of history.

Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walkern (Paperback, Main): Rebecca Lenkiewicz Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walkern (Paperback, Main)
Rebecca Lenkiewicz
R257 R211 Discovery Miles 2 110 Save R46 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Walkern, 1712. England has been free from witch-hunts for decades until Jane Wenham is blamed for a tragic death and charged with witchcraft. A terrifying ordeal begins, as the village is torn between those who want to save Jane's life and those who claim they want to save her soul. Inspired by events in a Hertfordshire village, the play explores sex and society's hunger to find and create witches. Rebecca Lenkiewicz's Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walkern premiered at Watford Palace Theatre before going on UK tour in September 2015, in an Out of Joint, Watford Palace Theatre and Arcola Theatre co-production, in association with Eastern Angles.

A Kitchen Witch's Guide to Recipes for Love & Romance - Loving You * Attracting Love * Rekindling the Flames (Hardcover):... A Kitchen Witch's Guide to Recipes for Love & Romance - Loving You * Attracting Love * Rekindling the Flames (Hardcover)
Dawn Aurora Hunt
R566 R468 Discovery Miles 4 680 Save R98 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Learn the craft of a kitchen witch to attract and renew love with 55 easy and romantic recipes and 33 magical practices. From loving yourself, your family, and friends to romancing a significant other-love comes in many different forms. But what attracts love? What sustains it? And what can you do when you need to find love within yourself? A Kitchen Witch's Guide to Recipes for Love & Romance includes all the recipes and magic you need to find-and maintain-love, using ingredients that have spiritual properties and associations with love, sex, and romance. Combining the principles of Pagan beliefs and practices with easy recipes and personal anecdotes, this beautifully illustrated book will inspire you to cook up a little magic with positive intentions, simple spellcraft, and visualization techniques. Featuring recipes for dishes like: -Avocado Chocolate Mousse -Pomegranate Mimosas with Muddled Raspberries -Stuffed Zucchini Pinwheels -Strawberry, Spinach & Feta Salad -Pork Loin Roast with Cherries & Red Wine From celebrating love in all forms to rekindling romances with old flames, these fifty-five recipes use simple ingredients and make being in love easier-and tastier-than ever.

Wicca - A modern guide to witchcraft and magick (Hardcover): Harmony Nice Wicca - A modern guide to witchcraft and magick (Hardcover)
Harmony Nice 1
R345 R298 Discovery Miles 2 980 Save R47 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

To me, Wicca will always be about experiencing the earth, working with what you can find and practising the craft for its true meaning. It promotes equality in all and has brought me many benefits: acceptance, kindness and self-love. Harmony Nice is at the heart of a growing community of modern-day wiccans who practise natural magic to improve their own lives and the world around them. In Wicca she encourages you to explore the positive impact that ritual, meditation and embracing nature can have on your creativity, confidence and sense of self-worth. Discover how to cast spells, start your own Book of Shadows, join a coven and feel empowered to follow a path that feels good and true to you.

Dowsing - A Journey Beyond Our Five Senses (Paperback): Hamish Miller Dowsing - A Journey Beyond Our Five Senses (Paperback)
Hamish Miller
R155 R143 Discovery Miles 1 430 Save R12 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What is the most widely-used paranormal human ability? Why was this extraordinary subtle magical art brought to England by sixteenth century German miners? Does it really work? If so, how? In this charming book, legendary Cornish master-dowser Hamish Miller shares the secrets of his trade, tells the story of dowsing, and gives key hints and exercises to assist wizards and witches, young and old, in their search for keys, kids, cats, cables and cosmic connections. WOODEN BOOKS are small but packed with information. "Fascinating" FINANCIAL TIMES. "Beautiful" LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS. "Rich and Artful" THE LANCET. "Genuinely mind-expanding" FORTEAN TIMES. "Excellent" NEW SCIENTIST. "Stunning" NEW YORK TIMES. Small books, big ideas.

Illustrated Encyclopedia of Witchcraft & Practical Magic (Paperback): Greenwood Susan & Airie Raje Illustrated Encyclopedia of Witchcraft & Practical Magic (Paperback)
Greenwood Susan & Airie Raje
R381 R316 Discovery Miles 3 160 Save R65 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Magic has played an important part in our culture throughout history. This insightful book tracks the development of magic through the ages until we reach the present day with a revival of a magical consciousness in the West, and modern forms of goddess-centred female witchcraft. The book looks at the power of natural magic practiced by many New Age magicians and provides a thoughtful guide for anyone interested in working with magic. It describes how to perform spells, rituals and invocations, blessings and dedications. This unique book will inform and inspire anyone studying the ancient mystical arts.

Witchery - Embrace the Witch Within (Paperback): Juliet Diaz Witchery - Embrace the Witch Within (Paperback)
Juliet Diaz 1
R339 R267 Discovery Miles 2 670 Save R72 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Everywhere, the witches are rising. Are you ready to answer the call and embrace your own inner witch? In this book, third-generation Witch Juliet Diaz guides you on a journey to connect with the Magick within you. She explains how to cast off what doesn't serve you, unleash your authentic self, and become an embodiment of your truth. You'll also learn the skills and techniques you need to build your own Magickal craft. Within these enchanted pages you'll discover how to: - Connect with the power of your inner witch - Create spells, potions, and rituals for love, protection, healing, manifestation and more - Amplify your energy by working with a Book of Shadows - Create an altar and decorate it according to the seasons - Work with the Moon and the Seasons of the Witch - Connect with your ancestors to receive their wisdom Filled with Magick, inspiration, and love, Witchery is your guide and companion on a wickedly delicious journey to true self-empowerment.

Ghostly Matters - Haunting and the Sociological Imagination (Paperback, 2 Revised Edition): Avery F. Gordon Ghostly Matters - Haunting and the Sociological Imagination (Paperback, 2 Revised Edition)
Avery F. Gordon; Foreword by Janice Radway
R498 R451 Discovery Miles 4 510 Save R47 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"Avery Gordon's stunningly original and provocatively imaginative book explores the connections linking horror, history, and haunting." --George Lipsitz
"The text is of great value to anyone working on issues pertaining to the fantastic and the uncanny." --American Studies International"
"Ghostly Matters" immediately establishes Avery Gordon as a leader among her generation of social and cultural theorists in all fields. The sheer beauty of her language enhances an intellectual brilliance so daunting that some readers will mark the day they first read this book. One must go back many more years than most of us can remember to find a more important book." --Charles Lemert
Drawing on a range of sources, including the fiction of Toni Morrison and Luisa Valenzuela (He Who Searches"), Avery Gordon demonstrates that past or haunting social forces control present life in different and more complicated ways than most social analysts presume. Written with a power to match its subject, Ghostly Matters" has advanced the way we look at the complex intersections of race, gender, and class as they traverse our lives in sharp relief and shadowy manifestations.
Avery F. Gordon is professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Janice Radway is professor of literature at Duke University.

The Complete Anunnaki Bible - A Source Book of Esoteric Archaeology (Paperback, 10th Anniversary ed.): Joshua Free The Complete Anunnaki Bible - A Source Book of Esoteric Archaeology (Paperback, 10th Anniversary ed.)
Joshua Free
R652 Discovery Miles 6 520 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Magic in the Modern World - Strategies of Repression and Legitimization (Paperback): Edward Bever, Randall Styers Magic in the Modern World - Strategies of Repression and Legitimization (Paperback)
Edward Bever, Randall Styers
R922 R867 Discovery Miles 8 670 Save R55 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This collection of essays considers the place of magic in the modern world, first by exploring the ways in which modernity has been defined in explicit opposition to magic and superstition, and then by illuminating how modern proponents of magic have worked to legitimize their practices through an overt embrace of evolving forms such as esotericism and supernaturalism. Taking a two-track approach, this book explores the complex dynamics of the construction of the modern self and its relation to the modern preoccupation with magic. Essays examine how modern "rational" consciousness is generated and maintained and how proponents of both magical and scientific traditions rationalize evidence to fit accepted orthodoxy. This book also describes how people unsatisfied with the norms of modern subjectivity embrace various forms of magic-and the methods these modern practitioners use to legitimate magic in the modern world. A compelling assessment of magic from the early modern period to today, Magic in the Modern World shows how, despite the dominant culture's emphatic denial of their validity, older forms of magic persist and develop while new forms of magic continue to emerge. In addition to the editors, contributors include Egil Asprem, Erik Davis, Megan Goodwin, Dan Harms, Adam Jortner, and Benedek Lang.

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