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A classic of its kind.,
This review is from: The Three Books of Occult Philosophy: A Complete Edition (Llewellyn's Sourcebook) (Paperback)
This is a curiosity from another age. In the 16th Century, much of what we would now regard as science was not based on observation or experiment but, rather like law, based on prescedent and the words of earlier writers and written sources of authority. This book is a treasure trove on contemporary magical beliefs, and techniques for making people fall in love with you, telling the future and so forth. Writers of books like this, especially Shakespeare's contemporary, Dr John Dee, are supposed to be the models for Prospero in 'The Tempest.'
WB Yeats, who subscribed to a kind of Jungian belief in a collective unconscious, used this book as a source of images for some of his poems. His idea was that people would instinctively know what he was talking about as they shared the same unconscious.
It is rather sad to see that some people living in 2007 should regard this book as a scientific text of some sort, but there you go.
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