Allow Me to Introduce: An Insider’s Guide to the Occult
by Lon Milo DuQuette
Publisher: Weiser Books
Publication Date: February 1, 2020
Allow Me to Introduce… a most intriguing title. Indeed, this is a proper title for this book. Here, you have a collection of writings on many different occult topics. Mr. DuQuette has collected various introductions that he has penned for books, and has placed them here in this edition. There are many topics he has written about in these book introductions which include: Qabalah, Tarot, Thelemic Magic, Enochian Magic, and Masonry. These brief introductions give an overview of the author’s experiences with the various topics, often citing other scholars in that particular area.
I honestly must say that I struggled with this book. At first, I did not have the notion of how it was set up. I somehow missed that this was a collection of introductions and it was confusing for me to figure out what it was that I was reading. Once I was enlightened to the fact that this is a collection of book introductions, I finally understood why they were brief written pieces, somewhat and not quite connected, and often changing subjects and topics.
This is dense material. There is much written here on matters that are deep in the realms of magic and the occult. It is not the type of magic that I practice nor is it the type of magic that I am interested in other than Tarot. With that said, I again struggled; this time with the material itself.
Despite the subject matter being a bit difficult for me and much different than what I generally read about, I can say that I learned quite a bit from this book. It touches on areas that are a part of the large and vast history of magic and the occult, as well as witchcraft practices. Through his writings, it becomes obvious that Mr. DuQuette is a well-learned and a well-experienced man. His writings excellently relay this to the reader.
If you have an interest in or if you are a practitioner of the deeper magical arts, then I believe that this is a book you will enjoy. Exploration of this book is a good way to learn about other types of magic. Additionally, it will provide you with an introduction to other areas of research you may be drawn to.
Lon Milo DuQuette is the author of seventeen books that have been translated into twelve languages. He is an internationally recognized authority on Tarot, Qabalah and Ceremonial Magic, and he has written extensively about the life and work of Alister Crowley. He is currently the US Deputy Grand Master of Ordo Templi Orientis.
About the Author:
Tammy Andrews is a beginner in the area of all matters related to Wicca and witchcraft. She is interested in many areas of natural spiritual practice including the use of incense and oils, pendulum divination, oracle cards, and crystals. She is Reiki I certified with plans to obtain further Reiki levels. With her love of learning and reading, she is excited to join PaganPagesOrg as a book reviewer. Tammy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker employed in a community agency that provides counseling and case management services to clients who live with serious mental illnesses and addiction issues. The power of human survival and resilience never ceases to amaze her. She views social work as her passion and life calling. Tammy resides in CT with her husband, who is her greatest supporter, her cat and her dogs. She has enjoyed the opportunity to assist in the nurturing of her step-son to become a prospering young adult.
Tammy and her husband spend many Summer weekends at their cabin in VT where she loves the opportunity to renew her spirit in the peace and solitude of the trees. You can contact Tammy via email at [email protected]