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: The Mirror of Magic: A History of Magic in the Western World, 6 edition
: Kurt Seligmann
: Inner Traditions
: 2018
: 177
: / English

In the occult classic The Mirror of Magic, renowned Surrealist Kurt Seligmann (1900-1962) draws from his encyclopedic practitioners knowledge and extensive antiquarian collection to offer a comprehensive, illustrated history of magic and the occult from Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt through the 18th century. He explores the gods and divinatory arts of the legendary Sumerians and the star-wise Babylonians, including the birth of astrology. He studies the medieval practices of devil worship, witchcraft, and black magic, as well as the Cabala in both its Hebrew and Christian forms. He also examines the art of the Tarot and many lesser known divination techniques. He explores the development of secret societies, including Freemasonry and Rosicrucianism, in the 17th century and the increase in occult publications and magical science in the 18th century.

First published in 1948, this history of magic and the occult seeks to mirror the magical worldview throughout the ages. Beautifully illustrated with images from the authors rare library, this collectors edition features all of the artwork--more than 250 images--from the original 1948 edition.


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