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Dark Star Rising
Magick and Power in the Age of Trump
By (author): Gary Lachman
9780143132066 Paperback, Trade English General Trade BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Ancient Mysteries & Controversial Knowledge May 29, 2018
$23.00 CAD
Active 5.45 x 8.2 x 0.66 in 256 pages Perigee TarcherPerigee
Within the concentric circles of Trump’s regime lies an unseen culture of occultists, power-seekers, and mind-magicians whose influence is on the rise. In this unparalleled account, historian Gary Lachman examines the influence of occult and esoteric philosophy on the unexpected rise of the alt-right.

Did positive thinking and mental science help put Donald Trump in the White House? And are there any other hidden powers of the mind and thought at work in today’s world politics? In Dark Star Rising: Magick and Power in the Age of Trump, historian and cultural critic Gary Lachman takes a close look at the various magical and esoteric ideas that are impacting political events across the globe. From New Thought and Chaos Magick to the far-right esotericism of Julius Evola and the Traditionalists, Lachman follows a trail of mystic clues that involve, among others, Norman Vincent Peale, domineering gurus and demagogues, Ayn Rand, Pepe the Frog, Rene Schwaller de Lubicz, synarchy, the Alt-Right, meme magic, and Vladimir Putin and his postmodern Rasputin. Come take a drop down the rabbit hole of occult politics in the twenty-first century and find out the post-truths and alternative facts surrounding the 45th President of the United States with one of the leading writers on esotericism and its influence on modern culture.

**This is THE unparalled, untold story of the magickal subculture around Trump.

**This is no conspiracist hoo-hah. Gary Lachman is a widely acclaimed and distinguished historian.

**Gary’s name has been building, he recently received major praise for all his works by the Washington Post. THIS is his breakout book.

**Must-reading for anyone struggling to make sense of the Trump phenomena—and its fallout.

**This is the one and only book to dissect and validate things that you have distantly heard about Trump and the shadowy influences that exist within his orbit.

Gary Lachman is the author of many books on consciousness, culture, and the Western esoteric tradition, including The Secret Teachers of the Western World; Beyond the Robot: The Life and Work of Colin Wilson; Rudolf Steiner: An Introduction to His Life and Work; In Search of P. D. Ouspensky; A Secret History of Consciousness; Politics and the Occult; and The Quest for Hermes Trismegistus. He writes for several journals in the US and UK and lectures on his work in the US, UK, and Europe. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and he has appeared in several radio and television documentaries. He is assistant professor in the Evolution of Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies. A founding member of the rock group Blondie, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. He can be reached at

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“Lachman writes about philosophical and mystical ideas with exceptional grace, forcefulness, and clarity.”

—The Washington Post

“Always immensely readable”—Philip Pullman

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