Over the centuries, artists have given form to the arcane, the obscure, and the mystic, ensnaring the imaginations of generations across the world with their creations. The Library of Esoterica combines these works into three fascinating books from Taschen. Each subject is showcased through old and new works brought together by private collectors, libraries, and museums worldwide. The result is a visual history, a study of dreams and nightmares, and showcases how we strive to connect to the world.
Witchcraft ~ A fascinating history of a magical practice initiating readers into the fascinating and complex history of Witchcraft; from the goddess mythologies of ancient cultures to the contemporary embrace of the craft by modern artists and activists, this expansive tome conjures up a breathtaking overview of an age-old tradition. In Witchcraft, we survey her many incarnations as she shape-shifts through the centuries, alternately transforming into mother, nymph, and crone—seductress and destroyer.
Astrology ~ Within the art of astrology, from ancient science to modern-day practice from the beginning of human history, individuals across cultures and belief systems have looked to the sky for meaning. The movement of celestial bodies and their relation to our human lives has been the central tenant of astrology for thousands of years. The practice has inspired reverence and worship and deepened our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.
Tarot ~ To explore the Tarot is to examine ourselves and to be reminded of the universality of our longing for meaning, purpose, and connection to the divine. This 600-year-old tradition reflects not only a history of seekers but our journey of artistic expression and the ways we communicate our collective human story.