Synopses & Reviews
Sketching out a fascinating network of historic figures, cults, and Christendom, this book by an occult-studies expert and respected authority on magic and sorcery takes Western spiritual traditions seriouslybut examines them with common sense and self-effacing humor. Working backward from the Freemasons to one of their original orders, the 14th-century Knights Templar, the account considers sorcery, heresy, and intrigues; explores the legend that the Knights possessed a powerful secret dangerous to the Church of Rome; and finds an essential clue to the order's practices in their connection to the biblical Solomon, king of Israel in the 10th century BC. This updated edition features new images, chapters on important symbols, and a new preface.
About the Author
Lon Milo DuQuette is the author of Angels, Demons & Gods of the New Millennium; The Magick of Aleister Crowley, and My Life in Spirits, a memoir of his life as a practicing ceremonial magician. He lives in Costa Mesa, California. James Wasserman specializes in esoteric literature and currently works in book production and graphic design. He lives in New York City. Mark Stavish is the Director of Studies for the Institute for Hermetic Studies, and is the author of Between the Gates: Lucide Dreaming, Astral Projection, and the Body of Light in Western Esotericism.