3 thoughts on “The Black Arts: A Concise History of Witchcraft, Demonology, Astrology, and Other Mystical Practices Throughout the Ages (Perigee)”

  1. 40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Intro to the occult, July 18, 2018
    By 
    JAWRJ

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    Great read for those interested in the occult. It’s a basic intro to various aspects of the occult, this is not an in depth analysis or historical book. Several reviews state that this isn’t in depth enough, but if you actually take the time to read what you’re buying you could have easily figured out this is an exploratory book. This is a CONCISE history of the occult, if you don’t know what the means I would suggest a dictionary before purchasing this book.

    The books touches on various branches of the occult such as witchcraft, spells, numerology, astrology, alchemy, kabbalah, tarot, charms, and summoning and control of spirits. It provides an insight to these topics but does not explore them fully.

  2. 22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Cover is very different from what is shown, September 12, 2018
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    Sydney Alice

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    The book itself is great, just a little upset that the cover doesn’t match the one pictured (I am very particular about aesthetics and was excited to display this on my shelf, but I don’t like the look of the other cover)
  3. 15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Comprehensive academic perspective, November 9, 2018
    By 
    Luna4x0 (Morris Plains, NJ)

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    This is great resource for those looking to get a general perspective on different occult practices. It covers general magic ritual, numerology, astrology, witchcraft, alchemy, and more.

    Because it covers so much, it doesn’t go into detailed analysis, but rather an overarching explanation of the basics and philosophies. This is a very good academic resource and it is written in neutral voice. It has some really neat historical references too. Some good visual aids included as well. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in occult topics.

    Note: The numerology section was a little rough to get through, but I think that was a topic issue, not necessarily the writing itself.

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