Occult America

January 6th, 2011 § 2 comments

Occult America by Mitch Horowitz

Occult America

Though often ignored, the United States has quite a long and profound mystical history. In Occult America: White House Seances, Ouija Circles, Masons and the Secret Mystic History of Our Nation, Mitch Horowitz takes us on a very entertaining tour of that history.

Starting in 1774 with Ann Lee, aka Mother Ann of the Shaking Quakers, he traces the American Occult movement through to the present-day New Age scene. Horowitz examines the influence of groups like the Freemasons, Rosecrucians, and Spiritualists on not only religion in America, but politics as well.

Victoria Woodhull, first American female presidential candidate

Victoria Woodhull

He frequently points to the close connections between the American occult, abolitionists and suffragette movements. Philosophies of equality, democracy and personal strength ran deeply through them all and have been part of American culture from its very inception.

Horowitz details the history of the Burned-Over District and the Psychic Highway. He introduces us to characters like Andrew Jackson Davis, the Poughkeepsie Seer, and Jemima Wilkinson, who was the first American-born woman to found a spiritual order.

Henry Wallace 33rd President of the United States

Henry A Wallace

Joseph Smith, Manley P. Hall, Victoria Woodhull, Henry A. Wallace, and the Ouija board are just a few of the many occult pioneers described in this book. And there are so many more.

Students of American social, religious or political history should take a look. But if you’re in the psychic or occult field, especially if you’re American, Occult America should be on your must-read list.

Not only are you likely to learn a lot, you’ll have a great time doing it.

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