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In his introduction, Greer states that his book is the first written by an "occult practitioner" who has consulted the scholarly texts that have recently been written about the history of occult traditions. This combination has produced a reference work that is sympathetic to the arcane lore but avoids many of the common errors found in occult literature. The volume arranges its 1,500 entries in alphabetical order. Topics include magic, Tarot, astrology, and other forms of divination; magical orders such as the Golden Dawn; biographies of significant individuals; and spiritual movements such as Wicca, Theosophy, and the modern Pagans. Where appropriate, entries contain see references to other entries and to books found in the extensive bibliography. Illustrations include charts, diagrams, and photographs.
The essays are clearly written and are very informative. The book is useful for the practitioner as well as for the curious because the contents are factual and concise. The author promises that as new information becomes available on topics, he will publish a revised edition to maintain the integrity and accuracy of the volume. This is an important source for libraries to have in their collections to assist anyone seeking information about the many aspects of occult traditions. RBB
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John Michael Greer (Western Maryland) has been a student of occult traditions and the unexplained for more than thirty years. A Freemason, a student of geomancy and sacred geometry, and a widely read blogger, he is also the author of numerous books, including Monsters, The New Encyclopedia of the Occult and Secrets of the Lost Symbol, and currently serves as the Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA), a contemporary school of Druid nature spirituality. Greer has contributed articles to Renaissance Magazine, Golden Dawn Journal, Mezlim, New Moon Rising, Gnosis, and Alexandria.
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Fairly comprehensive, and the author sticks to well documented facts without a lot of "woo-woo" speculation. Read morePublished 7 months ago by John Grant Carr-shanahan
The most complete book of it's kind. I had no idea how much more there is to the occult world that I haven't even heard a whisper of yet. All here in a nice alphabetical book. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Gandalf The Grey
I am a student of religion and belief systems so I enjoy reading about different beliefs even when I don't happen to agree with them in practice. Read morePublished 14 months ago by jwoodard
Thorough and comprehensive encyclopedia on all subjects involving the occult.
It is very well written and researched, and it is clear to see how much of an effort went into... Read more
"The New Encylopedia of the Occult" is a 550-page work by John Michael Greer, who seems to be a member of about a dozen secret societies and occult groups, including three Druid... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ashtar Command
a great add to library. i found in it references that i never even heard of and its full explanation. love it1Published on May 20, 2013 by neobella