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=== About the book

Title: Persuasions of the Witchs Craft. Ritual Magic in Contemporary England
Author: T.M. Luhrmann
Year: 1991
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0-674-66324-1

To find out why reasonable people are drawn to the seemingly bizarre practices of magic and witchcraft, Tanya Luhrmann immersed herself in the secret lives of Londoners who call themselves magicians. She came to know them as friends and equals and was initiated into various covens and magical groups. She explains the process through which once-skeptical individualseducated, middle-class people, frequently of high intelligencebecome committed to the ideas behind witchcraft and find magical ritual so compellingly persuasive. This intriguing book draws some disturbing conclusions about the ambivalence of belief within modern urban society.



Part I  Speaking with a different rhythm: magicians in the modern world
1. What makes magic reasonable?
2. Initiation ritual: my introduction to the field
3. Journey to Aquarius: the sociological context of magical groups
Recent history
4. The goat and the gazelle: witchcraft
5. Meditations on the Tree of Life: the Western Mysteries
6. Space between the worlds: ad hoc ritual magic
7. The Old Ways: non-initiated paganism
8. The child within: a portrait of the practitioners
The novels
Chaos and control in the practical literature
Portrait of the practitioners

Part II  Listening to the Goddess: new ways to pay attention to the world
9. Introduction: the magicians changing intellectual habits
The ideas behind magical practice
10. Drinking from Cerridwens cauldron: learning to see the evidence
11. Astrology and the tarot: acquiring common knowledge
12. Seeing patterns in the jumbled whole: becoming comfortable with new assumptions

Part III  Summoning the powers: the experience of involvement
13. Introduction: working intuitively
14. New experiences: meditation and visualization
Mystical states
15. Knowing of: language and imaginative involvement
The ritual
Discussion group
16. Ritual: techniques for altering the everyday
17. The varied uses of symbolism
The phenomenology of symbols
The creation of mytho-poeic history
Symbolism as a language of selfhood
Secret knowledge
Appendix: core texts in magical practice

Part IV  Justifying to the sceptics
18. Introduction: coping with the dissonance
19. The magical plane: the emergence of a protective metaphor
20. In defence of magic: philosophical and theological rationalization
The realist position
Two worlds

Part V  Belief and action
21. Interpretive drift: the slow drift towards belief
22. Serious play: the fantasy of truth
23. Final thoughts
Why magicians practice magic: the romantic rationalists religion
What we learn: anthropological approaches

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