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Occult America The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our NationPirituality brings it out of the shadows Here is a rich fascinating and colorful history of a religious revolution and an epic of offbeat history 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 to the birth of the New Age era and traces many people and episodes including•The spirit medium who became America’s first female religious leader in America The Secret eBook #9734•The supernatural passions that marked the career of Mormon prophet Joseph Smith •The rural Sunday school teacher whose clairvoyant visions instigated the dawn of the New Age •The prominence of mind power mysticism in the black nationalist politics. The secret history of how mysticism shaped our nation the title says But it doesn't seem that there's really all that much of a secret to this history it's simply not well known And even disappointing the history doesn't reveal much about how the nation was shaped In fact as Horowitz admits at the end it's really a matter of how the history of mysticism was shaped by our nation The encounter between America and occultism resulted in a vast reworking of arcane practices and beliefs from the Old World and the creation of a new spiritual culture This new culture extolled religious egalitarianism and responded perhaps than any other movement in history to the inner needs and search of the individual p 258This book could have been a fascinating study in the intricacies of American occult movements The prose was easily accessible and the book itself is well researched and filled with a wealth of information But there seems to be little direct connection between many of the points raised Each chapter seems to focus on its on particular piece of occult history with a uniue cast of characters and no clearly delineated development between or among movements There are exceptions to be sure and Horowitz draws a few links between bits of history but the connections are mostly rather shaky and don't provide a clear sense of purpose The goal of each of the chapters thus remains a bit muddled and the role of each of the figures in shaping American history is anything but clear I take issue with Horowitz's use of the term occult as well A lot of what Horowitz represents as occult seems to me no than parlor games and not even mystical or magic ones at that Certainly Ouija gets a mention but most of the other historical references are far obscure and less mystical And while the title would seem to suggest that these various curiosities shaped American history they really seem to belong to much of a fringe audience for most of their existence Not until the 1960s does the nation really seem to see a significant culture altering occult movement There are smaller influences here and there along the way but I'm not convinced that they really have the sort of hold on mainstream American lifestyles that Horowitz seems to want to believe they do It's certainly an interesting read but I don't come away from it feeling that I've gained any knowledge that I can really put toward a particular understanding The book seems a collection of trivia and random factoids than a well structured convincing treatise It's taken me than two months to get through it simply because I never really felt that the book was going anywhere It's certainly not the sort of book the title and cover blurb make it out to be

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It touched lives as disparate as those The Secret MOBI #241 of Frederick Douglass Franklin Roosevelt and Mary Todd Lincoln who once convinced her husband Abe to host a séance in the White House Americans all they were among the famous figures whose paths intertwined with the mystical and esoteric movement broadly known as the occult Brought over from the Old World and spread throughout the New by some of the most obscure but gifted men and women of early US history this “hidden wisdom” transformed the spiritual life of the still young nation and through it much of the Western Occult America eBook #8608 worldYet the story of the American occult has remained largely untold Now a leading writer on the subject of alternative s. This being my first review and this being a non fiction book I suppose the best way to review it would to judge it by two criteria i the content and ii the uality of the writingTHE CONTENT The title of the book is ambiguous and potentially misleading suggesting something like an Illuminati style conspiracy theory or perhaps an ultra orthodox polemic against fringe spiritual movements It's actually just a straightforward history book as I knew it was when I picked it up and as such makes no comment on whether the world of the occult exists or not and exhibits no bias for or against it The issue with the title is just a uibble on my part though; who picks up a book and starts reading it before they find out what it is about The narrative begins with the birth of the nation Many of the people who populated the early United States were leaving behind traditional theocratic nation states so the principle of separating church and state was part of the appeal of the new country From there the book traces the development of occult practices ending in the 1970s with the arrival of Wicca and the flowering of the New Age Movement Along the way it documents things that are often taken for granted these days how and when horoscopes first began to appear in newspapers the origins of the Ouija board and how it came to be marketed as a toy for children etcSome chapters are interesting than others There is a lot of trivia interspersed through the text for people that enjoy that sort of thing Examples the now universally maligned swastika was a Hindu spiritual symbol co opted by the Third Reich; the magic word 'abracadabra'is taken from AbracAbraxas a Gnostic term for GodTHE WRITING This is where the book really fell down for me The tone was very dry and lifeless not so much like a book written for a lay audience as a thesis written for a university course I wavered between giving this a two and a three if goodreads had the option it would be a 25 I'd recommend it only if you are interested in history specifically the history of alternative spiritual practices

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Occult America The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation free read ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ü ☀ [PDF / Epub] ★ Occult America The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation By Mitch Horowitz ✍ – Insolpro.co.uk It touched lives as Of Marcus Garvey•The Idaho druggist whose mail order mystical religion ranked as the eighth largest faith in the world during the Great Depression Here too are America’s homegrown religious movements from transcendentalism to spiritualism America The Secret History of PDFEPUB or to Christian Science to the positive thinking philosophy that continues to exert such a powerful pull on the public today A feast for believers America The Secret History of PDFEPUB or in alternative spirituality an eye opener for anyone curious about the unknown byroads of American history Occult America is an engaging long overdue portrait of one nation under many gods whose revolutionary influence is still being felt in every corner of the globe. A sweeping and scatter shot survey of the history of esoteric spirituality in America Useful as an introductory overview; it helped make sense of some of the connections between occult ideology and mainstream religious and social movements Horowitz provides ample illustration of his central thesis that occult traditions have had a significant often largely unseen influence on the history of the United States and that American culture in turn has left its distinctive stamp on these thought movementsThe particular connections and contrasts between the various movements discussed however were often hard to follow The lines of influence between occult traditions and certain Christian movements for example and the differences and reasons for those differences between the variety of esoteric systems were often presented in too uick and cursory a manner for solid comprehension The choice to proceed in a generally but not strictly chronological manner also lends confusion Key background information is sometimes lacking for example Emanuel Swedenborg is repeatedly mentioned as a major influence upon important figures in the narrative but he is not properly introduced The even handedness of the account is commendable; Horowitz' sympathies with the traditions he describes are sometimes evident but he doesn't avoid discussing some of the negative dimensions of their history The result is an insider's account of the history of American occultism that is highly accessible to an outsider excepting for some points of information that might demand outside research to flesh out the presentation