An Encyclopaedia of Occultism

An Encyclopaedia of Occultism By Lewis Spence, An Encyclopaedia of Occultism This compendium of information on the occult sciences occult personalities psychic science demonology spiritism and mysticism was one of a kind when it was first published in and is still co
  • Title: An Encyclopaedia of Occultism
  • Author: Lewis Spence
  • ISBN: 9781596052376
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Paperback
  • An Encyclopaedia of Occultism By Lewis Spence, This compendium of information on the occult sciences, occult personalities, psychic science, demonology, spiritism, and mysticism was one of a kind when it was first published in 1920 and is still considered the best in its field today Spence organizes a world s worth of magic from Ab a magical month in the ancient Semitic calendar to Zulu witch finders intThis compendium of information on the occult sciences, occult personalities, psychic science, demonology, spiritism, and mysticism was one of a kind when it was first published in 1920 and is still considered the best in its field today Spence organizes a world s worth of magic from Ab a magical month in the ancient Semitic calendar to Zulu witch finders into 2,500 dictionary style entries that explore concepts and personalities both familiar Freemasonry, Morgan le Fay and obscure palingenesy a process by which plants or vegetables are destroyed and then resurrected , Leonora Galigai a 17th century Italian aristocrat who was burned as a witch A delight for devotees of the weird and the strange, and a valuable resource for students of mythology and the evolution of scientific thought, this important volume is at home in the libraries of all book lovers Scottish journalist and folklorist LEWIS SPENCE 1874 1955 was a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, and Vice President of the Scottish Anthropological and Folklore Society He published than 40 works on mythology and the occult, including History of Atlantis, An Introduction to Mythology, and Myth and Ritual in Dance, Game and Rhyme.
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    1. Lewis Spence

      James Lewis Thomas Chalmers Spence was a Scottish journalist, poet, author, folklorist and student of the occult.After graduating from Edinburgh University he pursued a career in journalism He was an editor at The Scotsman 1899 1906, editor of The Edinburgh Magazine for a year, 1904 05, then an editor at The British Weekly, 1906 09 In this time his interest was sparked in the myth and folklore of Mexico and Central America, resulting in his popularisation of the Mayan Popul Vuh, the sacred book of the Quich Mayas 1908 He compiled A Dictionary of Mythology 1910 and numerous additional volumes.Spence was an ardent Scottish nationalist, He was the founder of the Scottish National Movement which later merged to form the National Party of Scotland and which in turn merged to form the Scottish National Party He unsuccessfully contested a parliamentary seat for Midlothian and Peebles Northern at a by election in 1929.He also wrote poetry in English and Scots His Collected Poems were published in 1953 He investigated Scottish folklore and wrote about Brythonic rites and traditions in Mysteries of Celtic Britain 1905 In this book, Spence theorized that the original Britons were descendants of a people that migrated from Northwest Africa and were probably related to the Berbers and the Basques.Spence s researches into the mythology and culture of the New World, together with his examination of the cultures of western Europe and north west Africa, led him almost inevitably to the question of Atlantis During the 1920s he published a series of books which sought to rescue the topic from the occultists who had or less brought it into disrepute These works, amongst which were The Problem of Atlantis 1924 and History of Atlantis 1927 , continued the line of research inaugurated by Ignatius Donnelly and looked at the lost island as a Bronze Age civilization, that formed a cultural link with the New World, which he invoked through examples he found of striking parallels between the early civilizations of the Old and New Worlds.Spence s erudition and the width of his reading, his industry and imagination were all impressive yet the conclusions he reached, avoiding peer reviewed journals, have been almost universally rejected by mainstream scholarship His popularisations met stiff criticism in professional journals, but his continued appeal among theory hobbyists is summed up by a reviewer of The Problem of Atlantis 1924 in The Geographical Journal Mr Spence is an industrious writer, and, even if he fails to convince, has done service in marshalling the evidence and has produced an entertaining volume which is well worth reading Nevertheless, he seems to have had some influence upon the ideas of controversial author Immanuel Velikovsky, and as his books have come into the public domain, they have been successfully reprinted and some have been scanned for the Internet.Spence s 1940 book Occult Causes of the Present War seems to have been the first book in the field of Nazi occultism.Over his long career, he published than forty books, many of which remain in print to this day.

    314 thoughts on “An Encyclopaedia of Occultism”

    1. This book is exactly what the title says it is Spences Encyclopedia of Occultism was originally published in the 1920s I think so its pre Crowley, and before new age and UFO stuff was in the mainstream It was or less impossible for me to read this cover to cover like I do 95% of what I review before I had to return it to the library but I can t see why anybody with an interest in Occultism wouldn t find this to be a useful resource to have around.


    2. If you have just one occult book around for research, consider making it this one If you can luck into the older, hardback and slip covered edition, even better It looks quite lovely and scholarly on a bookshelf It is exactly what it claims to be, an Encyclopedia of the Occult You name it, it s probably got a listing in this work.


    3. Probably the last major work of occultism not to include Crowley, mainly because Thelema was still nascent when it was released Valuable for reference to the state of occult knowledge prior to Crowley, as the prevalence of Crowley s opinions and those who have followed has changed the landscape than we know Invaluable.



    4. Indispensable to any student of the occult and esoteric, a real treasure trove which has served my own studies well and often served as a spring board to further analyses cogitations.




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