The Power of Magic: Ancient Secrets and Modern Mysteries

The Power of Magic: Ancient Secrets and Modern Mysteries

by Derek Parker, Julia Parker
     
 

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Spirits, spells, rites and rituals: throughout history, people have used magic to heal illness, control nature, and fulfill their desires. But what exactly is magic, and how does it work? Can psychological factors influence its success? What distinguishes it from religion, and do shamans and soothsayers really possess special powers? The answers are here, illuminated…  See more details below

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Spirits, spells, rites and rituals: throughout history, people have used magic to heal illness, control nature, and fulfill their desires. But what exactly is magic, and how does it work? Can psychological factors influence its success? What distinguishes it from religion, and do shamans and soothsayers really possess special powers? The answers are here, illuminated by color photos and illustrations of cave drawings, demons and devils, symbols, and sacred places that reveal the activities of every kind of conjurer and medicine man from time immemorial. Delve into both ancient practices and new ones to see how magicians contact the spirit world and what entities are alleged to exist there. Find out how actions, patterns, dance, and color invoke magic, and the truth about witchcraft, including how this religion finds new expression in our day. Extra added attractions: magic in the natural world, sexual magic, alchemy, talisman making, healing and medicine, numerology, and predictions.

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Library Journal
In this well-researched book for the general reader, the authors, who have written books on dreaming and astrology, provide an even-handed treatment of archaic sciences such as alchemy, numerology, healing, and astrology. They also cover primitive rituals, spells, talismans, and witchcraft. Their historical survey points out that while Islam accepted magic, Christianity opposed it, even while adopting liturgical rituals, protective spells, and other pagan practices. The authors delve into the historic rationales for magic, and, while they do not condone the various rituals, their sympathetic approach and the 150 paintings, photos, and diagrams that appear in the book will spur some readers to dabble in more than ``simple charms.'' That sources are rarely cited is a weakness. The book's virtue lies in its taking an open, objective approach while stressing that black magic does exist and is subject to moral and legal censure.-- Dara Eklund, Los Angeles P.L.
Pat Monaghan
This lovely book should draw the attention of the many patrons interested in New Age and magical arts. Although the text is rudimentary, covering only such basics as herbal lore and astrology, it's clear and concise. Also highly accurate, if that is the correct word for such a subject. Many traditions are covered, and each is treated respectfully. The whole is lavishly illustrated with full-color reproductions of medieval and Renaissance art, Asian sculpture and iconography, even cave paintings. In addition, scores of vivid original artworks decorate the pages. Not your conventional fantasy art, these works are powerful and stirring evocations of magical energy. A fine collaboration between writers and artists.

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ISBN-13:
9780671769215
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/02/1993
Pages:
224

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