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Toil and Trouble: A Women's History of the Occult

by Lisa Kroger Author and Melanie R. Anderson Author

This celebration of women and the occult throughout the ages takes the reader on a tour through magical places and magical people, assessing their impact on the present and their legacy for feminism and witchcraft today. Author Lisa Kröger examines the ways that magic and mysticism have helped women in the past seize power and make a difference, from spirit mediums in the 19th century to activist witches today, working hard to hex the patriarchy. Discover the unbelievable but true stories of Dion Fortune, who tried to marshal a magical army against Adolf Hitler, Joan Quigley, personal psychic to Nancy Reagan, and Marie Laveau, voodoo queen of New Orleans. With the stories of these magical women and many more, Toil and Trouble is an essential volume for contemporary witches looking to connect with the history of the occult.