This exciting multi-authored volume provides a fascinating overview of the many different pathways that help define esoteric belief and practice in modern Western magic. Included here are chapters on the late 19th century Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the influential Thelemic doctrines of Aleister Crowley, and the different faces of the Universal Goddess in Wicca and the Pagan traditions. Also included are chapters on Neoshamanism in Europe and the United States—and an account of how these traditions have in turn infl uenced the rise of techno-shamanism in the West. Additional features of this collection include insider perspectives on Seidr oracles, hybridised Tantra, contemporary black magic, the Scandinavian Dragon Rouge and Chaos magic in Britain—as well as profiles of the magical artists Ithell Colquhoun, Austin Osman Spare and Rosaleen Norton.

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6×9 in., Paperback, 484 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-9843729-9-7

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Edited by Nevill Drury

Contributors: Nikki Bado • Jenny Blain • Nevill Drury • Dave Evans • Amy Hale • Phil Hine • Lynne Hume • Marguerite Johnson • Thomas Karlsson • James R. Lewis • Libuše Martínková • Robert J. Wallis • Don Webb • Dominique Beth Wilson • Andrei A. Znamenski

Nevill Drury, editor of this collection, received his PhD from the University of Newcastle, Australia, in 2008. His most recent publications include Stealing Fire from Heaven: the Rise of Modern Western Magic and The Varieties of Magical Experience (co-authored with Dr Lynne Hume).

Table of Contents

Introduction–Nevill DruryLifting the Veil: An Emic Approach to Magical Practice–Lynne Hume

The Visual and the Numinous: Material Expressions of the Sacred in Contemporary Paganism–Dominique Beth Wilson

Encountering the Universal Triple Goddess in Wicca–Nikki Bado

Away from the Light: Dark Aspects of the Goddess–Marguerite Johnson

Neo-Shamanism in the United States–Andrei A. Znamenski

Neo-Shamanisms in Europe–Robert J. Wallis

Seiðr Oracles–Jenny Blain

Magical Practices in The Hermetic Order of The Golden Dawn–Nevill Drury

The Thelemic Sex Magick of Aleister Crowley–Nevill Drury

The Draconian Tradition: Dragon Rouge and the Left-Hand Path–Thomas Karlsson

Claiming Hellish Hegemony: Anton La Vey, The Church of Satan & The Satanic Bible–James R. Lewis

Modern Black Magic: Initiation, Sorcery and The Temple of Set–Don Webb

The Magical Life of Ithell Colquhoun–Amy Hale

Two Chthonic Magical Artists: Austin Osman Spare & Rosaleen Norton–Nevill Drury

Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted: Chaos Magics in Britain–Dave Evans

The Computer-Mediated Religious Life of Technoshamans and Cybershamans–Libuše Martínková

The Magic Wonderland of the Senses: Reflections on a Hybridised Tantra Practice–Phil Hine