An authoritative, clear and simple survey of the whole field of the occult for the general enquirer. It starts with an outline history of how it all started far back in the days of ancient civilizations, through to the contemporary explosion of interest in this fascinating subject. There then follows a glossary of occult terms and subjects, with suggestions for further reading in any special topic that takes the interest of the reader in this vast field. Finally it contains a short practical section on how the reader can get started, with hints on meditation and techniques of occult visualisation that open up psychic and spiritual awareness. Copiously illustrated throughout with specially commissioned line drawings.