Occult Reality and the Fictionalizing Mind

in The Place of Enchantment

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780226642017
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226642031 | DOI:
Occult Reality and the Fictionalizing Mind

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Although occultism could be directed toward ends other than mystical union with the divine, both occultism and mysticism were predicated on the authenticity and broader relevance of the manifestations of interiority. “Travelling in the Spirit Vision,” sometimes called Astral Projection or, more simply, Astral Travel, involved magicians in an immediate and firsthand exploration of the Astral Light. Magicians were taught how to conduct themselves in the Astral Light, recognize different astral planes and beings, “test” their experiences by reference to magical signs and passwords, and protect themselves in hazardous situations. Occultists had a sophisticated understanding of the relationship between God and the self and dedicated much of their work to the development of “the kingdom within.” Their conception of a verifiable occult “real,” however, forestalled interpretations of the numinous that begin and end solely with the self.

Keywords: occultism; Astral Projection; test; kingdom within; real

Chapter.  16825 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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