From raising the dead and foretelling the future to possession, curses, Kabbalah, alchemy, and more, this historical tour of the occult offers a captivating exploration of sorcery and ceremonial magic. Prepared by a noted French historian, it ventures into virtually all of the classical arts, with 375 high-quality black-and-white illustrations derived from paintings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and architecture, as well as a vast body of literature that includes many rare and beautiful manuscripts from private collections.
About the Author
A noted scholar of the occult, Grillot de Givry was a prolific author whose works include Pacts with Demons, Spells, and The Punishment of Sorcerers.
Table of Contents
I. THE WORLD OF SHADOWS AS RIVAL OF THE WORLD OF LIGHT
II. SACERDOTAL REPRESENTATIONS OF THE DARK WORLD
III. DIABOLIC MANIFESTATIONS IN THE RELIGIOUS LIFE
IV. THE SORCERER AS PRIEST OF THE DEMONIACAL CHURCH
V. THE PREPARATION FOR THE SABBATH
VI. THE SABBATH
VII. THE EVOCATION OF DEMONS
VIII. THE BOOKS OF THE SORCERERS
IX. PACTS WITH DEM0NS
X. SOME CONCRETE NOTIONS ABOUT DEMONS FURNISHED BY OLD AUTHORS
XI. INVOLUNTARY DEMONIACS
XII. POSSESSION BY DEMONS
XIII. "NECROMANCY, OR THE EVOCATION OF THE DEAD "
XV. PHILTRES AND DEATH-SPELLS
XVI. THE PUNISHMENT OF SORCERERS
I. THE JEWISH AND CHRISTIAN CABBALISTS
II. ASTROLOGY AND THE MACROCOSM
III. ASTROLOGY AND THE MICROCOSM
IV. "METOPOSCOPY, OR THE SCIENCE OF THE FRONTAL LINES "
VII. CARTOMANCY AND THE TAROT
VIII. THE DIVINATORY ARTS
WITCHCRAFT MAGIC AND ALCHEMY
IX. "RHABDOMANCY, OR THE ART OF USING THE DIVINING-ROD "
X. THE MYSTERY OF SLEEP AND CLAIRVOYANCE
XI. CURATIVE VIRTUES OF THE INVISIBLE FORCES
I. THE SECRET DOCTRINE
II. THE ALCHEMIC MATERIAL AND THE OPERATIONS OF THE WORK
III. THE LABORATORY OF THE ALCHEMISTS AND OF THE PUFFERS