Spirit Book: The Encyclopedia of Clairvoyance, Channeling, and Spirit Communication

Spirit Book: The Encyclopedia of Clairvoyance, Channeling, and Spirit Communication

by Raymond Buckland
     
 

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The fascinating history of Spiritualism is coaxed into the material realm as the object of this perceptive and sweeping overview by that legendary author of the occult and supernatural, Raymond Buckland. Containing more than 500 entries and 100 illustrations, The Spirit Book is the comprehensive encyclopedia to Spiritualism and its related subjects. Plus it

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The fascinating history of Spiritualism is coaxed into the material realm as the object of this perceptive and sweeping overview by that legendary author of the occult and supernatural, Raymond Buckland. Containing more than 500 entries and 100 illustrations, The Spirit Book is the comprehensive encyclopedia to Spiritualism and its related subjects. Plus it provides full biographies of every prominent person connected to the field.

Drawing on decades of research, writing, and transcendence, Buckland describes sundry methods of channeling, events associated with Spiritualism, including séances and exorcism, organizations focused on clairvoyance, and a colorful host of mortals—famous and infamous—who delved into Spiritualism. Nostradamus, Helena Blavatsky, and Edgar Cayce receive their due, as well as Joan of Arc, William Blake, Susan B. Anthony, Winston Churchill, Arthur Conan Doyle, Mahatma Gandhi, Harry Houdini, and Mae West (look up and see her sometime). It explores Qabbalah, Sibyls, Fairies, Poltergeists; phenomena such as intuition and karma; objects useful in the attempt to cross the divide, including tarot cards, flower reading, and runes; and related practices such as Shamanism, transfiguration, meditation, and mesmerism.

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"The Spirit Book, the latest in Wicca Buckland's extensive occult oeuvre (Buckland's Book of Spirit Communications), cuts a wide swath through the history of spiritualism, its precursors, and widely related supernatural subjects…. There is nothing else quite like this resource on the market."— Library Journal

"Students of the goofily strange will go for this ‘encyclopedia of clairvoyance, channeling and spirit communication.’"— PEOPLE Magazine

Library Journal
The Spirit Book, the latest in Wicca Buckland's extensive occult oeuvre (Buckland's Book of Spirit Communications), cuts a wide swath through the history of spiritualism, its precursors, and widely related supernatural subjects. More than 500 alphabetically arranged entries cover topics (e.g., dowsing), terminology (e.g., astral body), and biographies of famous and infamous trance mediums (e.g., Edgar Cayce), occultists, and fraud chasers (e.g., Harry Houdini); there are bolded cross references to other sections, and citations-often to other Buckland titles-end each entry. Without a narrative, it is difficult to get a sense of the time frames and interconnectedness of the players. Buckland also indulges in a bit of name-dropping, and his biases regarding who is a fake and who is not are evident. Still, the format allows readers to jump to topics of their own interest, and overall Buckland does a credible job of referencing the various mediums, psychics, and channelers. Bottom Line There is nothing else quite like this resource on the market. A huge resource bibliography, great indexing, and Buckland's name recommend it for public libraries with an active parapsychology community.-Janet Tapper, Western States Chiropractic Coll. Lib., Portland, OR Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578591725
Publisher:
Visible Ink Press
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
911,316
Product dimensions:
7.72(w) x 8.64(h) x 1.05(d)

Meet the Author


Raymond Buckland is the author of several titles, including "The Witch Book," "The Fortune-Telling Book," and "Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft."

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