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The Dictionary of Magic & Mystery |
Author: Melusine Draco
Publisher: Moon Books John Hunt Publishing
Category: Magic and Mystery Level: All
THE STORY BEHIND
THE DICTIONARY OF MAGIC & MYSTERY
Every book has a story behind the story of how it came to be written. It may be about a life-long passion, a personal journey, the need to share an experience or knowledge. It may have been fermenting in the brain for years, or sprung fully formed from a blinding epiphany. Whether it be fact or fiction, sometimes the story behind the story is almost as interesting as the published book itself …
THE DICTIONARY OF MAGIC & MYSTERY compiled by Melusine Draco
I’m often asked which of all my books has given me the most satisfaction and I can say without hesitation it would be The Dictionary of Magic and Mystery which I’d compiled over the years for my own private use. It went to press at 3, 333 entries, which made it the biggest dictionary available at the time but I’m still adding to my own private version.
Dictionaries are notoriously difficult things to compile for the simple reason that even before its release date, the text is out of date. There must be another 500 entries in my private version and these, more often than not, are the more esoteric terms that only come to the surface when you’re engaged on some really serious research, i.e. for the Temple House Archive novels.
Also, not only signs and sigils change with each generation, different words creep into the vocabulary which is why I commented in the introduction to the first edition, that every good reference book is both a product and a reflection of its time. My Dictionary reflects the magical and mysterious world of my time – but it can also act as an ‘ideas book’ for every pagan writer. I also took a leaf out of Aleister Crowley’s book when it comes to reading material – particularly esoteric books – and have saved myself hours wasted on lesser works in the process:
My plan of going from each author to those whom he quoted had a great advantage. It established a rational consecution in my research; and as soon as I reached a certain point the circles became re-entrant, so that my knowledge acquired a comprehensiveness which could never have been so satisfactorily attained by any arbitrary curriculum. I began to understand the real relation of one subject to another.
It was one of the most basic, but important magical lessons I’ve ever learned and I often find myself following a thread from one book to another when researching a subject. Research is like a labyrinth, or more often a maze, in that we follow the trail – sometimes down a blind alley – until we locate that nugget of pure information we’ve been seeking.
In The Dictionary of Magic & Mystery I have also added my sources that more often than not do not show up on the internet or Amazon listings! And obscure information is what makes a book readable …
“Melusine Draco, as her name suggests, has long been plugged into the powerful currents of traditional witchcraft and ritual magic. She is one of the real ones. Her provocative writing will show you how to move between the inner and outer worlds. Follow along behind her if you dare ...” Alan Richardson, author of Priestess and The Old Sod, biographies of Dion Fortune and W G Gray.
"I admit that I don’t normally ‘read’ dictionaries, but this one by Mélusine Draco really is as gripping as any thriller. The proverbial page-turner, with its tantalising introduction and often startling entries. Every fiction or non-fiction writer should give this wonderful reference book space on their desks, not only to show what lies beneath our present day, so-called ‘civilisations, ’ but also as a conduit to what may well lie beyond. To step from their comfort zones and give their work ambition, fresh interest. A need to take the reader on more unusual journeys.
I am convinced of a growing fascination with alternative spiritualities. Of other ways of living life and of dying. Melusine Draco, delivers her expert and painstaking research into all this in such a way that will surely ignite further enthusiasm. She takes us from the Argentinium Astrum - the Order of the Great White Brotherhood (Adepts) founded by Aleister Crowley; the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance; Alphitomancy - which will make you look at barley bread in a new light - to the Field of Reeds and Dead Man’s Teeth, to Sea Witches and beyond.
I found myself making excited notes on Podomancy, Cramp Rings and the Angel of Death – and already wondering where these different springboards could lead.
Within the dictionary format, the work is helpfully constructed into sections, ie; Black Magic, White Magic, while references for further research are relevant and not too copious.
In a crowded marketplace where the ups and downs in publishing are ever more pronounced, I’m convinced this amazing volume will stir the writer’s imagination and help to get their work noticed. Unique and memorable.”
Author of Cloven, Wringland and Cold Remains
Every good reference book is both a product and a reflection of its time. The Dictionary of Magic & Mystery is not just another compendium or dictionary of occultism: it is a jumping-off point for further research. Here, the reader will find the ancient and modern interpretation for magical and mystical terms, together with explanations for the differences between the varied (and often conflicting) approaches to magic. With over 3000 entries, The Dictionary of Magic & Mystery is the ultimate guide to the weird and wonderful, magical and mysterious, and includes an A-Z of mini-features …
The Ancestors in Traditional Witchcraft : Black Magic, White Magic : Charms and Spells : Discarnate Entities & Extraterrestrial Intelligences : Earth Mysteries : Folk-medicine: Natures’s Medicine Chest : Gemstones & Crystals : Harvest Home : Isles of the Blessed : Julian: the first pagan martyr : Karma & Reincarnation : Liber Ægyptius : Magic: What is it? : Natural Tides : Old Craft : The Power of Mythos: Qabalah : Roman Influence : Seasonal Observances : Thelema : Underworld and Otherworld : Psychic Vampires : Words or Names of Power : X-Factor : Yesod: Temple of the Moon : The Egyptian Zodiac.
Author's Notes: Melusine Draco originally trained in the magical arts of traditional British Old Craft with Bob and Meriem Clay-Egerton, and is the author of the 'Traditional Witchcraft' series, also published by Moon Books.
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