With over 3000 cross-referenced entries, this is an invaluable reference to the mystical and esoteric traditions. It gives succinct definitions in the fields of magic, hermeticism, alchemy, spiritualism, parapsychology, Eastern and Western mysticism, mind and consciousness research, divination, tarot, and a variety of less well-known subjects. It also features biographies of leading figures in the field, with deals of their lives, philosophies and writings- from astrologer Evangeline Adams to the prophet Zarathustra.
We get a fascinating glimpse into the world of magical formulas; the natures of spiritual beings; the meanings of signs, symbols and secret rites and historical accounts of haunting and psychic occurrences. We can read extracts from religious and esoteric texts such as the Egyptian Book of the Dead, the Dad Sea Scrolls and the Zohar; profiles of characters both human and divine in the great legends and myths of the world; a variety of folklore form many lands, the nature of transpersonal psychology and the study of mystical states of consciousness-and much, much more.