Download Arcana Mundi: Magic and the Occult in the Greek and Roman PDF

Editor/Contributor note Translated, Annoted & brought through Georg success. method calls for an editor or author.

Magic, miracles, daemonology, divination, astrology, and alchemy have been the arcana mundi, the "secrets of the universe," of the traditional Greeks and Romans. during this path-breaking choice of Greek and Roman writings on magic and the occult, Georg success presents a finished sourcebook and creation to magic because it was once practiced by means of witches and sorcerers, magi and astrologers, within the Greek and Roman worlds.

In this new edition, success has accumulated and translated one hundred thirty historic texts courting from the 8th century BCE throughout the fourth century CE. completely revised, this quantity bargains a number of new components: a complete common advent, an epilogue discussing the patience of historic magic into the early Christian and Byzantine eras, and an appendix at the use of mind-altering components in occult practices. additionally extra is an intensive thesaurus of Greek and Latin magical terms.

In Arcana Mundi Georg success provides a fascinating—and now and then startling—alternative imaginative and prescient of the traditional global. "For many years it used to be trendy to disregard the darker and, to us, maybe, uncomfortable facets of daily life in Greece and Rome," good fortune has written. "But we will be able to now not idealize the Greeks with their 'artistic genius' and the Romans with their 'sober realism.' Magic and witchcraft, the terror of daemons and ghosts, the desire to control invisible powers—all of this was once greatly part of their lives."

Show description

Read or Download Arcana Mundi: Magic and the Occult in the Greek and Roman Worlds: A Collection of Ancient Texts (2nd Edition) PDF

Best occult books

The Haitian Vodou Handbook: Protocols for Riding with the Lwa


"This hugely readable e-book should be helpful to each reader drawn to Haitian Vodou, and crucial should you intend to make the transition from highbrow wisdom to private adventure of a profound and unfairly overlooked faith. "

—John Michael Greer, writer of the recent Encyclopedia of the Occult, an international jam-packed with Gods, and The Druidry Handbook

The Haitian Vodou instruction manual explains tips to construct respectful relationships with the lwa, the spirits venerated in Haitian Vodou, and the way to rework the terror that frequently surrounds the Vodou faith. until eventually lately, the Haitian perform of Vodou used to be frequently pointed out with satan worship, darkish curses, and superstition. a few observed the saint pictures and the Catholic affects and wrote Vodou off as a "Christian aberration. " Others have been appalled through the animal sacrifices and the truth that the houngans and mambos cost cash for his or her prone. those that sought Vodou simply because they believed it can harness "evil" forces have been disenchanted whilst their efforts to achieve repute, fortune, or unending romance failed and so deserted their "voodoo fetishes. " those that controlled to get the eye of the lwa, usually got cosmic retaliation for treating the lwa as assault canines or genies, which simply extra cemented Vodou's stereotype as "dangerous. "

Kenaz Filan, an start up of the Societé l. a. Belle Venus, deals vast historical past info at the featured lwa, together with their mythology and ancestral lineage, in addition to particular directions on the best way to honor and have interaction fruitfully with those who make themselves available. this recommendation should be in particular beneficial for the solitary practitioner who doesn't have the non-public assistance of a societé to be had. Filan emphasizes the significance of getting a quickened brain which can learn the lwa's wishes intuitively on the way to keep away from setting up dogma-based relationships. This operating advisor to winning interplay with the complete Vodou pantheon additionally provides the function of Vodou in Haitian tradition and explores the symbiotic dating Vodou has maintained with Catholicism.

KENAZ FILAN (Houngan Coquille du Mer) was once initiated into Societé los angeles Belle Venus in big apple urban in 2003 after ten years of solitary provider to the lwa. Filan's articles on Vodou have seemed in newWitch, PanGaia, and Planet magazines and within the pagan neighborhood newspaper Widdershins.

The Occult World

This quantity provides scholars and students with a entire review of the attention-grabbing global of the occult. It explores the background of Western occultism, from historical and medieval assets through the Renaissance, correct as much as the 19th and 20th centuries and modern occultism. Written by means of a distinctive crew of participants, the essays examine key figures, ideals and practices in addition to pop culture.

The Ghost in the Coal Cellar: True Case Files from a Lone Investigator

A tender family's rocking chair strikes on its own, swaying backward and forward lower than the strength of a ghostly presence. An deserted schoolhouse, the positioning of a tremendous hearth, teems with stressed spirits. Deep in a countrywide wooded area, phantom lighting fixtures chase the terrified occupants of a motor vehicle. those chilling stories and extra anticipate you inside of those pages.

Anthropogeny: The Esoteric History of Man's Origin

This paintings is an holistic method of the cosmic beginning of humanity. the writer bargains with the complicated topic of Globes, Rounds and Chains, and offers an outline of the early races of guy on this planet. essentially illustrated with charts and diagrams.

Extra info for Arcana Mundi: Magic and the Occult in the Greek and Roman Worlds: A Collection of Ancient Texts (2nd Edition)

Example text

Divination was one of the specialties of the Etruscans, and the ‘‘Etruscan seer’’ was a familiar figure. Etruscan techniques of predicting the future were integrated into the Roman state religion, even though they could be called ‘‘magical’’ and ‘‘foreign’’ since they must have had their origin in Asia Minor. ∑≥ If we knew more about him, we would gain a better understanding of the occult arts as they were practiced in Rome. ) we catch a glimpse of some ancient types of magic practiced in Italy (and probably elsewhere).

Morgan (Atlanta, 1983). See also J. , 1987), pp. 46–70; Schi√man and Swartz, Hebrew and Aramaic Incantation Texts from the Cairo Genizah; J. Naveh and Sh. Shaked, eds. Magic Spells and Formulae ( Jerusalem, 1993); P. Schäfer and Sh. , Magische Texte aus der Kairoer Geniza, vol. 1, Texte und Studien zum antiken Judentum 46 (Tübingen, 1994). 42. , A. F. Segal, in Studies in Gnosticism and Hellenistic Religions, ed. R. van den Broek and M. J. Vermaseren (Leiden, 1981), pp. 340–75. 43. Betz, The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation, Including the Demotic Papyri, vol.

Opelt, ‘‘Barbar I,’’ RAC Suppl. 1 (2001), cols. 841–44. On the names ‘‘Iao’’ and ‘‘Jeu,’’ see D. E. Aune, RAC 17 (1996), cols. 1–12, 906–12. 18. Horsley, New Documents, 1: no. 69. 19. , no. 22. 20. See H. Thyen, ‘‘Ich-Bin-Worte,’’ RAC 17 (1996), cols. 205–9. This way of creating a magical or religious identity is also characteristic of Simon Magus who said of himself ‘‘I am the great Power of God’’ (Thyen, pp. 190–91). Some spells present the magus as a successor of an Egyptian priest. 21. J. Boucharlat, Magie, religion et folie: La Puissance sans la gloire (Paris, 1991).

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.72 of 5 – based on 5 votes