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With over 3,000 cross-referenced entries on magical traditions around the world, this invaluable, authoritative guide provides succinct and informative definitions from the field of magical rituals, symbols and the occult. The book offers fascinating explanations of all things magical ¯ including creatures, spells and formulas ¯ and includes entries on secret symbols and the symbolism of transformation rites. This dictionary describes the nature of all types of mythic beings, including both Eastern and Western gods and goddesses, and examines the extent and context of claims to supernatural powers.
The Watkins Dictionary of Magic introduces the reader to the many mystical traditions such as the Kabbalah, the Tarot, the Hermetic traditions and Gnosticism, placing them in their geographical and historical context and describing their sacred esoteric texts. It features biographies of leading figures in the field, from renowned medieval occultist Cornelius Agrippa to Moses de Leon, author of the Kabbalistic work, The Zohar; recounts folklore and mythology from all over the world ¯ about this world and the next; examines many instances of unexplained phenomena ... and much, much more.
About the Author
Nevill Drury is the author or co-author of over sixty books and has been published in seventeen languages. His work includes writings on shamanism and the western magical traditions as well as contemporary art, holistic health and ambient music. He is well known both as a lecturer and for his workshops on magical visualization and shamanic drumming.
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Key of Solomon