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Much of occultism's practices have taken on a new, more freely accepted label. New Age practices can be seen widespread throughout the commonplace world, even spanning within the local bookstores in their own segmented shelves. This first portion of Secrets of the Occult tackles the practitioners and their practices of such occultist dogmas, such as gazing into crystal balls, working with tarot cards, and the fabric of astrology. Numerous renowned names will surface in this portion, ranging as far back as Pythagoras himself and the seeming "creation" of occultist assemblies. However, many of these names will more than likely be foreign. It's a world of sÃ©ances, scrying, alchemy, and spiritual whimsy that has developed to quite an art.
The break-neck pacing through many a century in the Magicians portion of Secrets of the Occult can be a shade on the blinding side. As interesting as this material can be, the repeated dancing from subject to subject is rather dizzying. Though quick, it's still fairly engaging. Learning about the historical practitioners of sÃ©ances and the usage of scrying is rather compelling. Also, the history of Aleister Crowley and his control over people can be pretty intriguing as well. Introduction to the magicians of the cult in such a brief time period is a daunting task that is marginally successful. There is a great amount of room for expansion, even though this is a positive undertaking.