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Explore the occult from ancient times to the modern day with one of its most respected scholars and practitioners.   

Take an enlightening journey through occult history, exploring 100 dramatic incidents, arcane knowledge, and key historical figures from around the world. John Michael Greer delves into two millennia of tradition, from the earliest alchemists to pagan rituals; from the philosopher's stone to cabala, the first tarot, and the Knights Templar; and from the first horoscopes to fortune-telling trials and the birth of modern witchcraft, or Wicca.

©2017 John Michael Greer (P)2019 Tantor

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A list of men, erasing women from history

This is one of those history books that make it seem as if men multiplie via vegetative reproduction. Spiritual practices performed buy women have for a great part of history been regarded as occult, as anything conducted buy women were outside of the norm. This book completely fails to even mention how the victims during "the burning times" were mostly nonconforming people, i.e. women or non-binary individuals. It does not even mention how the spiritualistic movement consisted mostly of women, who found a way to excel in something as they were regarded as more "sensible", and thus more susceptible to travels into a spiritual realm.

If you are seeking historical information, I suggest you look for other resources.

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Great Overview

A great launching pad for anyone beginning a study in the history of Western Occultism.

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A good introduction to the occult!

A good place to start in researching the occult. The author drops a lot of names of authors, books, and famous occultists to do a deeper dive if you’re interested, and gives you a broad overview and some good history.

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Great timeline and explanation

The book is very thorough, provides great contextual comprehension. I would recommend this book to a serious practitioner

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lots of info, good sources and an engaging time.

an alternate take and perspective of a history few know anything about. how things became what they are now with religions and occultism.

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Concise, informative and interesting...but not what I was expecting.

This is an interesting listen, but as other reviews may state, it’s really just a list of dates, with snippets of information regarding all male figures, rather than in-depth information about the Occult itself. Still worth a listen if the occult is something that interests you.

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