The Black Artsby Richard Cavendish
This book describes in detail the practice, theory, and underlying rationale of black magic in all its branches -- the summoning and control of evil spirits, necromancy, psychic attack, Devil worship, witchcraft, the Black Mass, evil charms, and spells -- as well as other branches of occult theory: numerology, astrology, alchemy, the Cabala, and the tarot. Ancient black magicians of the past 150 years and the theories of cabalists, astrologers, and numerologists of the present day are all fully covered in this fascinating book.
"We are all black magicians in our dreams, in our fantasies, perversions, and phobias... In The Black Arts, Richard Cavendish has not only gathered many fascinating facts from the past and from our own time; he has also presented the philosophy of the black magicians and gives many excellent interpretations of their symbols and rites. He has done all this in such a concise and readable style that the reader is hardly aware of how much effort has gone into this work and how original are many of its ideas and interpretations...Works such as Cavendish’s are a reminder that we are living in an era of amnesia. We have forgotten those vital truths that man once knew and by whose strength he lived." -- Isaac Bashevis Singer, Book Week
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This book is for those after a surface knowledge of "black arts." It doesn't promote any one of them, it's more for informational purposes at best. Richard C. doesn't go into exhaustive detail; I found myself with more questions than answers after it's read. Due to the lack of foundation the book provides, it's more of a light-read, unfortunately. The author, from time to time subtly interjects his personal opinions of which he lacks the personage to merrit. There are quite a few instances where, for example he might say: this came from that a long time ago; without delving into time periods, origins, cultures, politics, and so on-- crutial knowledge if one is to truely understand. I'd imagine anyone would have a hard time holding a conversation-- if the topic ever arose-- based on the information contained in The Black Arts. It doesn't surprise me that there is just as little foundation and helpfulness with the book itself. There are no footnotes at the bottoms of pages for ease of understanding and context; only reference numbers to books, leaving YOU the reader to hunt down these books. Gee, thanks Rich. You might as well have left those out too and simply instructed to read the bibiligraphical texts. Overall the book is poorly constructed and poorly written. There was one happy moment, however; this book had me joyously saying, "NEXT!" right as I finished.
If anyone wishes to learn Dark Magic or is curious to see what it is all about, this is a beautiful book to read. To the core realism on what the dark arts focuses on.