Modern Magic


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M. (Maxamilian) Schele de Vere was born in Sweden in 1820 and studied language in Germany before eventually becoming a professor of modern language at the University of Virginia in 1844 where he would teach for more than 50 years. During his time as a professor, he would write many books, mostly focusing on language. One of his last works, being first published in 1873, "Modern Magic" instead focuses on the occult. From the preface: "The main purpose of our existence on earth—aside from the sacred and paramount duty of securing our salvation—is undoubtedly to make ourselves masters of the tangible world around us, as it stands revealed to our senses, and as it was expressly made subject to our will by the Creator. We are, however, at the same time, not left without information about the existence of certain laws and the occurrence of certain phenomena, which belong to a world not accessible to us by means of our ordinary senses, and which yet affect seriously our intercourse with Nature and our personal welfare... The least that we can do is to ascertain the precise nature of these laws, and, after stripping these phenomena of all that can be proved to be merely incidental or delusive, to compare them with each other, and to arrange them carefully according to some standard of classification" - Summary by CaptainKetchup (15 hr 15 min)

Chapters

Preface 13:29 Read by Penny Witt
Witchcraft 54:19 Read by Heather Eney
Black and White Magic 1:00:51 Read by DJRickyV
Black and White Magic Continued 1:03:57 Read by DJRickyV
Dreams 32:43 Read by Owlivia
Visions 38:36 Read by Owlivia
Visions continued 23:35 Read by Owlivia
Ghosts Part 1 1:13:51 Read by DJRickyV
Ghosts Part 2 1:04:57 Read by DJRickyV
Ghosts Part 3 1:03:07 Read by DJRickyV
Ghosts Part 4 1:37:07 Read by DJRickyV
Divination 52:24 Read by Owlivia
Divination - Second Sight 18:49 Read by Owlivia
Divination -- Oracles and Prophesies 36:51 Read by Heather Eney
Divination -- The Divining Rod 7:26 Read by 4Laurie4
Possession 40:03 Read by Elizabeth Horan
Possession -- Vampirism 12:41 Read by Veronica Maresh Mead
Possession -- Zoanthropy 9:10 Read by Heather Eney
Magneticism 47:03 Read by Owlivia
Magnetism Continued 28:40 Read by Owlivia
Magnetism --Somnambulism 9:39 Read by Heather Eney
Miraculous Cures 36:06 Read by Heather Eney
Mysticism 29:58 Read by KHand