By Lewis Spence
The main recognized compendium of knowledge at the occult and the 1st entire paintings of its style, this quantity initially seemed in 1920. Subtitled "A Compendium of knowledge at the Occult Sciences, Occult Personalities, Psychic technological know-how, Magic, Demonology, Spiritism, Mysticism and Metaphysics," it was once compiled through Lewis Spence, the writer of diverse books on folklore, mythology and occult-related matters. Its 2,500 dictionary-style entries (many of which run to numerous pages) variety from famous phrases ("abracadabra," "poltergeist," "spells," "vampire") to extra arcane subject matters, and contain listings for historic figures with ties to the occult comparable to Nostradamus, John Dee, Mary Baker Eddy, and Catherine de Medici. An oft-cited source and a vintage of its style, this variation delivers to take pleasure in an rapid and lasting recognition.
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Walking around a bend in the road, I saw standing beside a small mound of stones the figure of a woman. Her body glowed even as mine. She stood naked with her back to me, unaware of my approach. As I drew near, the strangeness of her nature revealed itself. Through the glowing mist of her transparent torso I was able to distinguish the rocks that lay beyond her on the desert. Stopping behind her almost near enough to touch, I spoke. She trembled and slowly turned. Her face lacked all expression, and her open eyes showed only the whites, without their centers.
It danced and floated, a cloud of moonlight that changed its shape moment by moment as it moved across the desert with the irregular darts and pauses of a butterfly. Never had I seen any similar creature, nor did I remember hearing such a thing described. The thought came that it must be some kind of djinn. As I watched, my eyes distinguished its form from the obscuring glow. Elongated legs that folded beneath its haunches allowed it to hop across the sand. A large head with expanded mobile ears like those of a bat surmounted its slender body, and framed enormous black eyes and a wide mouth filled with needle-like teeth.
That which turns defines a center and opens it. All centers are at unity. To travel through a gate, you must go to the center and return from it. Yog-Sothoth is the way. I give you his seal. " He bent and drew a symbol in the sand. I stared at it. He recited words in an obscure tongue, harsh and guttural to my ears. The sand began to turn beneath my gaze and a black pit opened. I felt it tug at me like a hungry mouth. With a cry of dismay I tried to pull back from its widening lip, but was drawn into the darkness.
An Encyclopaedia of Occultism by Lewis Spence