Stealing Fire from Heaven: The Rise of Modern Western Magic

Stealing Fire from Heaven: The Rise of Modern Western Magic

by Nevill Drury
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199750998

ISBN-13: 9780199750993

Pub. Date: 03/02/2011

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The Western magical traditions are currently undergoing an international resurgence. In Stealing Fire from Heaven, Nevill Drury offers an overview of the modern occult revival and seeks to explain this growing interest in ancient magical belief systems.

Gnosticism and the Hermetica, the medieval Kabbalah, Tarot and Alchemy, and more recently, Rosicrucianism and

Overview

The Western magical traditions are currently undergoing an international resurgence. In Stealing Fire from Heaven, Nevill Drury offers an overview of the modern occult revival and seeks to explain this growing interest in ancient magical belief systems.

Gnosticism and the Hermetica, the medieval Kabbalah, Tarot and Alchemy, and more recently, Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry, collectively laid the basis for the modern magical revival, which first began to gather momentum in Europe at the end of the nineteenth century. Western magic has since become increasingly eclectic, drawing on such diverse sources as classical Greco-Roman mythology, Celtic cosmology, Kundalini yoga and Tantra, shamanism, chaos theory, and the various spiritual traditions associated in many different cultures with the Universal Goddess.

Drury traces the rise of various forms of magical belief and practice, from the influential Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn to the emergence of Wicca and Goddess worship as expressions of contemporary feminine spirituality. He also explores Chaos Magick and the occult practices of the so-called Left-Hand Path, as well as twenty-first-century magical forays into cyberspace. He believes that the rise of modern Western magic stems essentially from the quest for personal spiritual transformation and direct experience of the sacred—a quest which the trance occultist and visionary artist Austin Osman Spare once referred to as "stealing fire from heaven." Considered in this light, Drury argues, modern Western magic can be regarded as a form of alternative spirituality in which the practitioners seek direct engagement with the mythic realm.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199750993
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/02/2011
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1. Medieval Precursors
2. Freemasons and the Rose Cross
3. New Light: The Rise of the Golden Dawn
4. Aleister Crowley and the Left-Hand Path
5. Three Magical Visionaries
6. The Rebirth of the Goddess
7. Dark Forces: Contemporary Satanism and Black Magic
8. Spirit, Myth, and Cosmos: From Shamanism to Chaos Magick
9. Archetypes and Cyberspace: Magic in the 21st Century
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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