Occult America

Occult America

The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation

Downloadable Audiobook - 2009
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From the meaning of the symbols on the one-dollar bill to the origins of the Ouija board,"Occult America" briskly sweeps from the nation's earliest days of mystical and esoteric movements to the birth of the New Age era, tracing the many people and episodes that continue to exert such a powerful pull on the public today.
Publisher: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audio, 2009.
ISBN: 9781441711137
1441711139
Additional Contributors: Garcia, Paul Michael
Contents: Introduction: What is the occult? (and what is it doing in America?)
The psychic highway
Mystic Americans
Don't try this at home : Ouija and the selling of spiritualism
The science of right thinking
The mail-order prophet
Go tell pharaoh : the rise of magic in Afro-America
The return of the "secret teachings"
New deal of the ages : politics and the occult
The masters among us
Secrets for sale
"The greatest mystic who ever lived in America"
Epilogue: Aquarius rising : the new age dawns.
Summary: From the meaning of the symbols on the one-dollar bill to the origins of the Ouija board,"Occult America" briskly sweeps from the nation's earliest days of mystical and esoteric movements to the birth of the New Age era, tracing the many people and episodes that continue to exert such a powerful pull on the public today.

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tonycopple
Jun 02, 2015

- The secret history of how mysticism shaped our nation.
As a Christian, I read this for educational purposes, not for inspiration. It's a fascinating journey through the obviously occult, such as ouija boards and freemasonry, to quite a range of very bright seekers who wrote major books and gave major lectures on movements such as New Thought, New Age, and other groups who disobeyed Revelation 22:18, adding significantly to the prophetic in the Bible, and thereby risking plagues. I learned about Ernest Holmes, Frank B Robinson (Psychiana), Manley P Hall, and some less savory misguided individuals, as well as religious science, Christian Science, and other fringe movements. In many cases, these people were desperately seeking spirituality, yet had failed to find it in the Christian Church (where it is most fully realized) and that is often the church's fault.
Yet I have serious concerns. It seems that Horowitz is quite ready to accept supernatural power and insight emanating from occult sources such as Tarot cards, horoscopes, the Zodiac/astrology, just as many of the characters on the book. What he doesn't investigate is the source of occult power. The Bible warns us explicitly against meddling in all such dangerous activities - suggesting that occult power is real. Christians believe that there is a continual war between these powers of darkness and the powers of light. We call it 'spiritual warfare.' The powers of darkness are inspired and led by Satan/the devil/Lucifer. Acceptance of the existence of this demonic power explains so much in our broken world. That articulate men of intelligence would align themselves with such powers can only mean one thing: they don't realize where the occult power comes from.

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