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The New Encyclopedia of the Occult Paperback – October 8, 2003
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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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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
I cannot imagine the amount of time that must have went into researching this book and Greer's writings seem incredibly accurate even about some of the less known items.
The book also has a huge bibliography section which could be very useful to enlarge your magical library.
I was so impressed by this book that I will be ordering another one of Greer's books next.
The scholarship in this volume is excellent. Greer relies on a number of contributors and reviewers to fill in the gaps and smooth out the rough spots of his own considerable knowledge. About 99.9% of the time, the entries seem to stick to the facts, and they are always dealt with in a serious and respectful manner. There is no pseudo-skepticism in this work because it is the product of someone who actually practices occultism as a way of life. On the same token, it also isn't charaterized by a lack of critical thinking or by the naive hyperbole that so often gushes out of popular works on occultism. Solid scholarship plus practical experience make Greer's occasional analysis and commentary not only valuable, but pleasantly refreshing.
Why didn't I give it 5 stars? First, though it has some illustratios, the encyclopedia is obviously lacking in in this respect. Credit is due here for using that space to include more information, but there are a number of places where illustrations would have been very useful. Second, Greer intentionally avoids making entries on persons still in the flesh. There is a lot of wisdom in that practice, but there are a number of very influential authors and leaders still living, ones for which it would be nice to have at least some basic information.
Despite its minor shortcomings, this encyclopedia could easily live up to its billing as THE reference text in occult studies for many years to come.
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