© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/156798908X327302 Aries 8 (2008) 117-138 www.brill.nl/arie Die Bedeutung von Tradition und Geheimnis für praktizierende Magier des 21. Jahrhunderts: Ergebnisse einer Interviewstudie Gerhard Mayer Institut für Grenzgebiete der Psychologie und Psychohygiene e.V., Freiburg im Breisgau Abstract Th e Meaning of Tradition and Secrecy for Magical Practitioners in the 21st Century: Results of an Interview Study. Th is article addresses the question of the signiﬁcance of tradition and secrecy for magical practi- tioners from various occult groups of the twenty-ﬁrst century. Th e observations are based upon the results of an interview study alongside an analysis of contemporary literature concerning the practice of magic. Th e signiﬁcance which is attached to the “occult” tradition, the transmission of esoteric knowledge and the ﬁgure of the person teaching this knowledge correlates very strongly with the spiritual alignment of the magical practice. Th is is especially pronounced among mystery schools which are oriented towards “white magic”. Th ese concepts, however, play only a relatively marginal role. Th e same is not true with regard to aspects of secrets and secrecy. Although the distinct inﬂuence of a postmodern relativisation can be ascertained here, secrecy nevertheless remains signiﬁcant
Aries – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
Keywords: SECRECY; EMPIRICAL FIELD STUDY; POSTMODERNISM; CULTURAL RELATIVISM; MAGIC; CHAOS MAGICK
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