Practical Magick: History, Theory, and Practice

Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. CST/8:00- 9:30 p.m. EST 
February 16 – March 23 (6 classes) 
Price:  $100 TS members • $125 general public

practical magick with mitch horowitz

In this six-part course, acclaimed historian and esoteric thinker Mitch Horowitz (“solid gold”—David Lynch) explores the history, practice, theory, and purpose of magick. Mitch examines magick (using the early modern spelling) as a response to today’s world and its potential promise and pitfalls. Methods and ideas are critically and practically considered.

Mitch leaves ample time for questions and exchange. He augments each class with bonus readings and key terms. Every registrant receives a permanent link to make-up missed sessions or review favorites.


$100 TS members • $125 general public

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Course Syllabus:

  • A Brief History of Magick Mitch defines and discusses concepts of magick from antiquity to today, and how magickal practice weaves in and out of both mainstream and esoteric traditions.
  • Magick and Ethics What are the possibilities and perils of externalization of the individual wish? How do Vedic concepts of nonattachment relate to the magickal path? Mitch considers the complexities facing today’s seeker—and offers a vision of ethical reciprocity.
  • Modern Magick Mitch considers the background, uses, and hands-on application of enduring practices including sigil magick, sex transmutation, spellwork, talismans, and out-of-body experience.
  • Mind Metaphysics Mitch explores the metaphysics of thought causation, including the ideas of iconic figures such as mystic Neville Goddard, mind theorist Emile Coué, cosmetic surgeon Maxwell Maltz, as well as the frontiers of today’s mind-body medicine.
  • The Question of Divination Mitch considers our efforts at gleaning extra-physical sources of insight in fields including astrology, Tarot, intuitive sensitivity, and the I-Ching, asking whether such approaches withstand skepticism and how they are practiced.
  • Is Magick Necessary? Mitch explores the causes of magick, relating it to studies in quantum mechanics, string theory, inter-dimensionality, and psychical research. Are we, he asks, living in an era where our extra-physical capacities can be summoned without rite or ritual?


MitchMitch Horowitz is a historian of alternative spirituality and one of today’s most literate voices of esoterica, mysticism, and the occult. He is among the few occult writers whose work touches the bases of academic scholarship, national journalism, and subculture cred. Mitch is a writer-in-residence at the New York Public Library, lecturer-in-residence at the Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles, and a PEN Award-winning historian whose books include Occult America; One Simple Idea; The Miracle Club; and the forthcoming Daydream Believer. The Washington Post says Mitch “treats esoteric ideas and movements with an even-handed intellectual studiousness that is too often lost in today’s raised-voice discussions.” He has discussed alternative spirituality across the national media and collaborated with Emmy-nominated director Ronni Thomas on the feature documentary The Kybalion, shot on location in Egypt. Mitch’s books have appeared in Arabic, Korean, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, and Chinese. He received the Walden Award for Interfaith/Intercultural Understanding. The Chinese government has censored his work. Visit him at

Program Format

This is a live, interactive online program that will also be recorded for on-demand viewing. Our goal is to send recordings to you within two business days, often sooner. All recordings will be available for streaming from the Zoom server through April 6, 2022. Thereafter the class recordings will be available on Vimeo.

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