Originally published in 1982, The Shaman and the Magician draws on the author’s wide experience of occultism, western magic and anthropological knowledge of shamanism, to explore the interesting parallels between traditional shamanism and the more visionary aspects of magic in modern western society. In both cases, as the author shows, the magician encounters profound god-energies of the spirit, and it is up to the individual to interpret these experiences in psychological or mythological terms. The book demonstrates that both shamanism and magic offer techniques of approaching the visionary sources of our culture.
Foreword, Michael Harner
Preface and Acknowledgements
1. The World of the Shaman
2. Shamanic Trance
3. Magical Symbols and Ceremonial
4. Techniques of Magical Trance
5. New Directions: From Atavistic Resurgence to the Inner Light
Postscript: Why the Shaman?
Appendix A: Shamanism, Magic and the Study of Consciousness
Appendix B: Major ‘Mythological Correspondence’ in Western Magic
Appendix C: Organisations and Groups
The volumes in this set, originally published between 1978 and 1992, draw together research by leading academics in the area of the occult and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The collection examines occultism from a broad range of disciplines, from shamanism and the occult tarot, to the esoteric and spiritualism. It includes volumes across the disciplines of religion, covering new religious movements, spiritualism, ritual and magic practices. The three books that comprise this set include investigations into the evolution of occultism, as well as the history and practices of the occult as a religious movement. This collection brings back into print insightful and detailed books and will be a must-have resource for academics and students, not only of religion and anthropology, but also of history and psychology.