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Pilgrims of the Night: Pathfinders of the Magical Way by Lars B. Lindholm.
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DESCRIPTION: Softcover: 222 pages. Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; (1993). If you are curious about the principal founders, societies, and schools of thought within the Western esoteric tradition, “Pilgrims of the Night” will give you a lively and exceptionally readable overview. Here Lars B. Lindholm presents a fresh and unprejudiced examination of the evolution of magical theory and practice in Western culture. In an entertaining style, the author traces the history of magic from ancient to contemporary times. You will begin your magical journey in ancient Atlantis, Egypt and Greece, and then move through the Middles Ages and the Renaissance. There you’ll meet colorful personalities such as Roger Bacon, Albertus Magnus, Thomas Aquinas, Henry Cornelius Agrippa, and John Dee.
Uncover the mysteries behind the Rosicrucian phenomenon and be there for the birth of the Golden Dawn movement during the occult revival of the 19th century, where you’ll encounter Eliphas Magi (“the last of the Magi”), Madame Blavatsky (founder of the Theosophical Society), and the most celebrated and notorious occult magician of modern time, Aleister Crowley. Finally acquaint yourself with present day magical orders and phenomena, including chaos magic and the acolytes of H. P. Lovecraft’s fictional scenarios.
In “Pilgrims of the Night” you’ll learn the truth about: Occultism within the Third Reich. The magical curriculum of the Golden Dawn. Hargrave Jennings, the Rosicrucian who saw sex symbols everywhere. Agrippa, a great magnus or mere compiler of other people’s works? The Freemasons, pricy to secret knowledge or pompous frauds? Aleister Crowley, saint or devil; magician or fake? Why the founder of the Golden Dawn peddled stock market tips in Paris. H.P. Lovecraft, mechanistic materialist, or failed magnus who balked at the Abyss? Modern magical groups with grand-sounding names, and no members.
“Pilgrims of the Night” will enlighten students of the occult about how they are carrying on the legacies of those who went before them. It offers a clear-eyed perspective of the Western esoteric tradition that will benefit anyone who wants to view the occult in a more holistic sense.
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REVIEW: With a healthy does of humor and skepticism, Lars B. Lindholm examines the most influential people and organizations comprising the western Esoteric tradition, with special emphasis on the 19th century order of the Golden Dawn and its 20th century descendants. Many magical endeavors and societies are of obscure and hidden origin, which can make it difficult for students of occult techniques to discover the roots of their chosen creeds. “Pilgrims of the Night” will illuminate the dark corners, and place events and ideas into historical content that will deepen the reader’s perspective.
If you are a student of the occult, discover how your greatest predecessors rose to incredible levels of attainment, despite their follies and eccentricities. Understand the legacy you are carrying forward, so you are able to draw upon the strength and successes of your forerunners, while avoiding their mistakes. In addition to providing a historical survey of and essay on Western magic, Lindholm also deals with some basic questions such as, what is the definition of magic? How does magic actually work? You’ll be sure to find his observations on these topics and others provocative and entertaining. If you are at all interested in viewing our Western magical tradition in a holistic sense, “Pilgrims of the Night” is a book you need to gain a deeper understanding.
Author Lars Lindholm was born in 1945 at Limhamm, Sweden. At the age of three months he left the country with his parents to live abroad. After dropping out of college in the last 1960’s, he studied art, intending to become a painter. He took up the study of astrology at the same time, and in 1973 he and his Norweigan wife settled in Malmo, Sweden, as astrologers, making horoscopes, giving Tarot readings, and teaching at the local adult night school circuit. He has spent much of his spare time at the university libraries at Lund and Uppsala studying medieval magic and history. Otherwise, he writes for Scandinavian magazines, and recently for the British occult magazine “Prediction”.
REVIEW: Here is a fresh, unprejudiced and exceptionally readable examination of the evolution of magical theory and practice in Western culture. In his often humorous style, Lars B. Lindholm traces the history of magic from the earliest times to modern, encountering colorful personalities such as Thomas Aquinas, Henry Cornelius Agrippa, John Dee, and Aleister Crowley along the way.
REVIEW: Traces the evolution of magical theory and its practice in Western culture from ancient to modern times. Explores works by Roger Bacon, Aleister Crowley, and others, as well as mystic movements and organizations. Black-and-white photos and illustrations.
REVIEW: Nonfiction overview of the Western magical tradition: the Golden Dawn, Agrippa, Freemasons, Aleister Crowley and H.P. Lovecraft. Includes Lovecraft's astrological chart. Both informative and entertaining. Sure to be especially appealing to students and enthusiasts of the ancient history of magick.
REVIEW: Do you think Wicca is a religion thousands of years old? Do you know about the connection between Freemasonry and the Golden Dawn and the Nazis? If you are interested in getting an overview of the history of magick, this is a good place to start. This fairly brief book (222 pages) provides an overview of many of the most influential persons and institutions of the western occult tradition. Some of the topics: Prehistoric and Ancient Magic, Dark Age and Medieval Magic, the Qabalah, the Church, Roger Bacon, Trithemius, Albertus Magnus, Agrippa, John Dee, the Rosicrucians and Freemasonry, Albert Pike, Cagliostro, Francis Barrett and "The Magus", Eliphas Levi, Madame Blavatsky, Westcott and Mathers and the whole Golden Dawn crew, Aleister Crowley, A.E. Waite (associated with the most popular form of the Tarot deck), Dion Fortune, Anton LaVey, Israel Regardie, magickal orders, occult Nazis, H.P. Lovecraft and more. It's not exhaustive, it is irreverant, and it will certainly introduce you to the historic cast of characters in the subculture of western magick.
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