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To: alt.magick,alt.magick.tyagi,alt.occult
From: (nagasiva)
Subject: Re: "BLUFF YOUR WAY IN THE OCCULT" rvw (was Magick for Dummies...)
Date: 29 Oct 1999 12:20:20 -0700

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nagasiva wrote:
>> > well "Bluff Your Way in the Occult" is a slant on a scattershot with
>> > humor (for those who know the subject) and sound historical 
>> > research. get it used if you don't want to afford the new price 
>> > (brief and economical). no index and no table of contents in my 1990 
>> > version! clever overviews, biased by the opinions of the authors. 
>> > amusing and informative.

Ashley Yakeley:
>> I have that (1988 Ravette Books edition, has contents, cost #1.95). 
>> I've made good use of it in arguments! Very funny especially since 
>> it's almost all true.

catherine yronwode :
>Could we get a sample quote -- let's say i picked the topic of ....
>hmmmm... Rosicrucianism. What would it tell me? 


	Watch out. Some people who call themselves Rosicrucians
	keep putting strange ads in the newspapers. Don't talk
	about present-day Rosicrucianism because one may be
	hanging around.

	The Order of the Rosy Cross is one of the all-time
	classic mysterious orders. It was invented as a joke
	by Johann Valentin Andreae, who published three short
	books anonymously in Germany around 1610.

	One of Andreae's books was *Fama Fratentitas* [sic],
	the story of Christian Rosenkreuz (the guy after whom
	the old order was named), who supposedly started a
	brotherhood of the Rosy Cross in the fifteenth
	century. Another of Andreae's tracts, *The Chemical
	Wedding*, was a typical piece of alchemical writing.
	It didn't make any sense. The place was buzzing with
	people who wanted to lay their hands on this secret

	Andreae later admitted to the world that his writing
	was gigantic put-on, but because mystics have a
	notoriously poor sense of humor, people refused to
	believe him and have claimed to possess this pool
	of knowledge in direct succession ever since.

	The claim is useful for bluffers because nobody has
	figured out what the brotherhood of the Rosy Cross
	was all about. Arthur Waite, who wrote a definitive
	book on the order, reached the same conclusion
	after more than 600 pages.
	"BLUFF YOUR WAY IN THE OCCULT", by Owens and Rae,
	 Centennial Press, 1990; pages 29-30.

blessed beast!
-- (nagasiva);
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