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The New Encyclopedia of the Occult

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With this text, readers can gain an overview of the history and current state of the occult from a variety of Western European and North American traditions. Its pages offer useful knowledge for readers to make sense of the occult, along with references for further reading.
Paperback, 576 pages
Published October 8th 2003 by Llewellyn Publications (first published October 1st 2003)
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Danielle Parker
Book Review: ‘The New Encyclopedia of the Occult” by John Michael Greer
Llewellyn Publications, 2007
ISBN 13: 978-1-56718-336-8
531 pages

I once picked up a scholarly religious encyclopedia whose collective authors pursed their lips and looked aslant at their subject. They leavened their scholarly opinions on religious miracles with thoroughly modern scientific skepticism.
I suspect when they told of the walls of Jericho and their famous collapse, they considered various scientific theories on how t
Zan G
I have a bizarre interest in real-world theories on magic, metaphysics and whatnot. John Michael Greer is a major authority in the community and I have a couple of his books.
I don't really believe in this stuff but it is a really interesting topic, so if you have an interest in this kind of thing at all then the Occult Encyclopedia is a good place to start and a good reference for further reading.
Being a Greer fan, this might be a slightly biased opinion of this book. It has everything "occult" you could possibly imagine. I just wish there was a little more information, and maybe more visual additions.
Excellent resource to have if one has an interest or is studying the occult. Loads of information.
Nathaniel Nathaniel
Well researched encyclopedia of the occult. What I love about it is that the author, even if he's a druid and a magician, remains open minded, yet objective. None of the terms in the encyclopedia tries to persuade the reader to anything, on the contrary - terms are as objective and informing as possible.

It's a real encyclopedia, and not some "the world of the occult in my eyes" type of book. I recommend it for anyone who need a good reference occult encyclopedia.
Jedidiah Gainey
Perfect. Exactly as advertised. Invaluable. This is the go to, without equivocation. I have yet to think of a subject which isn't covered satisfactorily. I would suggest the reader also pick up Lewis Spence's "Encyclopedia of Occultism" for cross-reference.
This was selected as an Outstanding Reference Source for 2005. For the complete list, go to
Sam Jayne
Sep 28, 2007 Sam Jayne rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: witches, politicians
I own this fucker but it's the hardbound 60's press of the original 20's print! take that fools! real magic is for nerds!
Regina Hunter
Not much patience for a book where everything is thrown in the pile, ie religions and practices.
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John Michael Greer is an author of over thirty books and the blogger behind The Archdruid Report. He also serves as Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America. His work addresses a range of subjects, including peak oil and the future of industrial society. He lives in Cumberland, Maryland with his wife.
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