Magic and Alchemy

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The word magic evokes many ideas, from a stage magician performing illusions to the pyrotechnics of witches and wizards often depicted in movies and on television. But there is a more practical definition of magic that has guided and inspired many people throughout human history. The purpose of this type of magic is to affect the real world, one's self, or other people by tapping into mental abilities and unseen mystical forces. Magical traditions have existed in some form in almost every culture throughout ...

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Overview

The word magic evokes many ideas, from a stage magician performing illusions to the pyrotechnics of witches and wizards often depicted in movies and on television. But there is a more practical definition of magic that has guided and inspired many people throughout human history. The purpose of this type of magic is to affect the real world, one's self, or other people by tapping into mental abilities and unseen mystical forces. Magical traditions have existed in some form in almost every culture throughout history. Often magic has been closely connected to alchemy, a form of magic that attempts to harness the elements to achieve enlightenment and wisdom. Magic and Alchemy covers the history, practices, and philosophies of these traditions in Western history.

Throughout history, people have experienced amazing things that they could not fully explain. From encounters with strange creatures to sightings of mysterious flying lights, and from ghostly apparitions to visions of the future, these occurrences have fueled the idea that entities, powers, and dimensions may exist outside the boundaries of the everyday world. Each book in the Mysteries, Legends, and Unexplained Phenomena series examines one area of the paranormal. Designed to inspire readers' imaginations while informing them of the known facts, these books are written by occult experts with firsthand experience in paranormal investigations.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Introduction 11

1 The Beginning of Magic 19

2 The Philosophy of Magic 37

3 The Practice of Magic 57

4 The History of Alchemy 71

5 The Principles of Alchemy 85

6 The Synthesis of Magic, Alchemy, and Kabalah 99

7 Magic and Alchemy Today 115

Timeline 121

Endnotes 125

Glossary 126

Bibliography 130

Further Resources 133

Index 135

About the Author 142

About the Consulting Editor 143

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