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The Complete Book of the Occult and Fortune Telling [Paperback]

M. C. Poinsot
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27 Oct 2013
This is a new release of the original 1939 edition.

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Literary Licensing, LLC (27 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1494114682
  • ISBN-13: 978-1494114688
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,809,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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OUR amiable "introducer" having undertaken the task of vindicating one after another the greater part of the various so-called occult sciences, we shall not enlarge greatly, in the case of each of them, on a demonstration already carried out, being content, by putting in order and collecting into a seeming whole the numerous notes communicated to the writer of the preface, with completing it on certain points, adding to it a few historical sketches and a few remarks and anecdotes, expanding theory and practice as clearly as we are able so as to render this Encyclopaedia really popular. Read the first page
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This is a printing, under a different name, of the Encyclopedia of Occult Sciences. The encyclopedia covers the main areas one would expect it to. In the first part, Astrology, Physiognomy, Chiromancy (Palmistry), Graphology, Cartomancy and Oniromancy (Dream Interpretation) are dealt with. There is also a chapter on Secondary Divinations, by which is meant such things as Omens, Clairvoyance and Psychometry. The second part is devoted to Magic, high and low. The third part encompasses Magnetism and Spiritism (an old name for Spiritualism).
The writing of the text must have concluded in 1925 as there are no references cited later than that year. The introduction is by M.C. Poinsot. It has been suggested that Monsieur Poinsot is the author of the entire work, but having scoured the internet for confirmation, I can find no proof of that. Monsieur Poinsot does share some linguistic traits with the encyclopedia’s author, however. Both refer to individual tarot cards as ‘leaves’, although this may simply reflect a tendency at the time and within France to see tarot cards a leaves detached from the fabled Book of Thoth.
The encyclopedia will be 90 years old in 2015 and it is a salutary experience to be exposed to the beliefs and hopes of another era. Physiognomy today is a discredited science, as much in the esoteric world as the exoteric. But here can be found the elements of Physiognomy as understood by French occultists during the years between World War One and World War Two. Also the author anticipates that Theosophy will become the next world religion, something that clearly didn’t happen.
All subjects covered are viewed through French eyes, a tendency most noticeable in the two sections on the tarot.
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