Pathways in Modern Western Magic
6x9 in., Paperback, 484 pp.
This exciting multi-authored volume provides a fascinating overview of the many different pathways that help define esoteric belief and practice in modern Western magic. Included here are chapters on the late 19th century Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the influential Thelemic doctrines of Aleister Crowley, and the different faces of the Universal Goddess in Wicca and the Pagan traditions. Also included are chapters on Neoshamanism in Europe and the United States—and an account of how these traditions have in turn infl uenced the rise of techno-shamanism in the West. Additional features of this collection include insider perspectives on Seidr oracles, hybridised Tantra, contemporary black magic, the Scandinavian Dragon Rouge and Chaos magic in Britain—as well as profiles of the magical artists Ithell Colquhoun, Austin Osman Spare and Rosaleen Norton.
Contributors: Nikki Bado • Jenny Blain • Nevill Drury • Dave Evans • Amy Hale • Phil Hine • Lynne Hume • Marguerite Johnson • Thomas Karlsson • James R. Lewis • Libuše Martínková • Robert J. Wallis • Don Webb • Dominique Beth Wilson • Andrei A. Znamenski
Nevill Drury, editor of this collection, received his PhD from the University of Newcastle, Australia, in 2008. His most recent publications include Stealing Fire from Heaven: the Rise of Modern Western Magic and The Varieties of Magical Experience (co-authored with Dr Lynne Hume).
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Table of ContentsIntroduction--Nevill Drury
Lifting the Veil: An Emic Approach to Magical Practice--Lynne Hume
The Visual and the Numinous: Material Expressions of the Sacred in Contemporary Paganism--Dominique Beth Wilson
Encountering the Universal Triple Goddess in Wicca--Nikki Bado
Away from the Light: Dark Aspects of the Goddess--Marguerite Johnson
Neo-Shamanism in the United States--Andrei A. Znamenski
Neo-Shamanisms in Europe--Robert J. Wallis
Seiðr Oracles--Jenny Blain
Magical Practices in The Hermetic Order of The Golden Dawn--Nevill Drury
The Thelemic Sex Magick of Aleister Crowley--Nevill Drury
The Draconian Tradition: Dragon Rouge and the Left-Hand Path--Thomas Karlsson
Claiming Hellish Hegemony: Anton La Vey, The Church of Satan & The Satanic Bible--James R. Lewis
Modern Black Magic: Initiation, Sorcery and The Temple of Set--Don Webb
The Magical Life of Ithell Colquhoun--Amy Hale
Two Chthonic Magical Artists: Austin Osman Spare & Rosaleen Norton--Nevill Drury
Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted: Chaos Magics in Britain--Dave Evans
The Computer-Mediated Religious Life of Technoshamans and Cybershamans--Libuše Martínková
The Magic Wonderland of the Senses: Reflections on a Hybridised Tantra Practice--Phil Hine