By Gary Lachman
Quick preview of A Dark Muse: A History of the Occult PDF
Best Occult books
The 1st e-book To Take a troublesome examine The Phenomenon referred to as "The Ouija Board"Is it only a video game? in the event you ask the Ouija board a query, who's it that solutions? What approximately these tales of Ouija-inspired prophecy and clairvoyance? What are the hazards of the Ouija board? have you learnt the tales of Ouija-inspired murders, insanity, obsession and ownership?
From the writer of the true historical past at the back of the Templars--the origins and tales at the back of end-of-the-world predictions all through heritage, from Revelations to 2012. In pleasing and sharp prose, historian Sharan Newman explores theories of global destruction from precedent days as much as the current day- theories which show as a lot approximately human nature as they do in regards to the primary ancient, clinical, and non secular ideals of the time.
Younger and filthy rich Englishman Sir John Babcock has came across that an historical felony order is getting ready to take over the realm. He seeks assistance from fantastic, but not going, consuming buddies--James Joyce and Albert Einstein--the in basic terms humans genius adequate to discover the wretched scheme!
The 1st thorough review of the sector of comparative faith in 40 years, this groundbreaking quantity surmounts the probably intractable department among postmodern students who reject the comparative pastime and people who verify it. The members show broader imaginative and prescient of faith, related to varied scales of comparability for various reasons, is either justifiable and valuable.
- Reliquary (Pendergast, Book 2)
- The Goetia Ritual Book
- Hidden Lore: The Carfax Monographs
- The White Dominican
Additional info for A Dark Muse: A History of the Occult
Prior to this, Marie von Sivers had prepared for Steiner to offer a chain of lectures in Russia, understanding that his hugely Christianized theosophy could pass down good with the turning out to be variety of "Godseekers" turning up one of the intelligentsia. The 1905 Revolution, even though, spoiled those plans, and despatched some of the seekers into exile. It was once then prepared for Steiner to provide his lectures within the exile capital of Europe, Paris, in 1906. one of the viewers have been a number of the such a lot influential figures within the Russian cultural Renaissance: Dimitri Merzhkovsky, Zinaida Hippius, Konstantin Balmont (friend of Briusov) and Nicolai Minsky. by way of 1913, whilst Steiner gave a sequence of lectures at Helsingfors in particular for his Russian fans, there have been already a number of anthroposophical chat groups and workshops in St. Petersburg and Moscow. In Steiner's esoteric approach, the Slavic folk-soul has an immense and well timed function to play. Russia, he believed, was once the rustic such a lot suited for include a brand new cultural epoch, whatever that some of the new mystically vulnerable intelligentsia believed besides. The Russian soul, Steiner informed them, could go beyond either the rational-materialist west and the mystical-spiritual east, inaugurating a brand new, holistic recognition, that might synthesize those opposites. Oddly, lots of Steiner's pronouncements at the Slavic soul echo Hermann Hesse's feedback on `Russian Man'. The Russian, Steiner acknowledged, used to be a "child. " "In the Russian state of mind, opposing options can carry sway concurrently. " "The Russian doesn't have the slightest knowing of what Westerners name `reasonableness'. " Madame Blavatsky, Steiner stated, was once a regular Russian: she went to extremes, didn't imagine logically, and was once childlike. but it used to be accurately those features that allowed her to intuit deep, non secular truths ... occasionally. Steiner's message hit domestic, even supposing no longer all one of the intelligentsia suggestion good of him. For the thinker Nicolas Berdyaev, anthroposophy had a "distinctly corrupting and disintegrating impression. " Berdyaev, who attended Steiner's Helsingfors lectures, used to be now not inspired, and observed in Steiner a type of black magician, casting a spell upon his viewers. His fans appeared "maniacs possessed by way of a few energy past their keep an eye on. " "Whenever they uttered the magic phrases `the health care provider (i. e. Steiner) said', they appeared to be seized by way of a few demon ... " Berdyaev was once additionally very cautious of a undeniable Anna Mintslova, whom he known as Steiner's emissary, "an gruesome, fats girl with sticking out eyes" who bore a likeness to Madame Blavatsky. Mintslova "was expert in her method of human souls," and her impact was once "absolutely unfavorable and demonic. " it truly is even attainable that she played a few type of magic spell or distant hypnosis on Berdyaev. He recounts how one evening, part asleep, he observed her face soaring in a nook of his room, "its expression was once really frightening - a face likely possessed of the entire powers of darkness. " Berdyaev additionally comments on her unusual disappearance, fading into skinny air one afternoon at the Kuznetsky Bridge in Moscow.