The Black Arts By Richard Cavendish catalogs the practices and beliefs found within black magic. It covers summoning and ceremonial magic, Devil Worship and the Black Mass, charms spells and talismans, and other branches of the occult, like alchemy, numerology, astrology and the Tarot. Magicians and occult figures from the past to the present [circa 1950’s] are reviewed, along with descriptions of some of the popular Grimories of magic.
Along with this he delves into the philosophy of past and present magic workers, giving insightful interpretations of their work. This makes a great beginner’s book as it outlines the various branches of the occult, but with a darker flavor. While this book seems outdated for today’s era it is till a fun read.
One reviewer stated: “The Black Arts By Richard Cavendish focuses a lot on Western Esoteric Art. I still have the book in my Library/Den. It is well worth purchasing for the knowledge within, as with most Esoteric Books, those drawn to this area, are explorers, wanting to expand ones consciousness. It has been on my book shelf for over 35 years. Always enjoy coming back to read/study the House of Cavendish, “Black Arts.”
From the introduction by Richard Cavendish: “In occultism the serpent is a symbol of wisdom, and for centuries magicians have devoted themselves to the search for the forbidden fruit which would bring fulfillment of the serpent’s promise. Carried to its furthest extreme, the black magician’s ambition is to wield supreme power over the entire universe, to make himself a god.”
The Black Arts
A Concise History of Witchcraft, Demonology, Astrology, and Other Mystical Practices Throughout the Ages
By Richard Cavendish
TarcherPerigee; 40th Revised ed. edition (January 1, 1983)
ISBN-10: 0399500359 | ISBN-13: 978-0399500350