The Occult Tradition by David S. Katz is a book I read a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed, mainly because it didn’t just discuss dubious claims of current witches dating back their ancestry to ancient Egypt, but took an in-depth look at ‘occult’ concepts in a very literal sense – in the sense of discussing hidden or obscure material.
A lot of the book focused on Jewish and Christian mysticism, which was interesting because again this isn’t something that’s always heavily discussed in books on occult themes.
Selected quotes from A Woman’s Guide to the Earth Traditions by Vivianne Crowley.
“The word Pagan is derived from the Latin. Pagans were those who worshopped the deities of the pagus or locality, rather than the new solo male god.”
I read A History of Pagan Europe several years ago, while I was working on the research project. At the time, I made notes on the bits that I found particularly interesting, and now I’m going back through all my old notebooks to see what I’d written.
I’m currently doing that thing where I’m reading a book that’s both really long and really good. This means I’m trying to read it slowly to savour it more, and thus I’m not reading as many books as usual. But it’s worth it.
This week, two reviews: European Witchcraft and a novel by Joanne Harris.