Summary: We dig into North American history and examine the 19th century period known as the “American Renaissance” with scholar, astrologer, and author Thea Wirsching. Come explore the legacy of figures like Paschal Beverly Randolph, Herman Melville, and the Fox Sisters as we look at the spiritual and magical sides of this era.
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Play: Episode 209 – American Spiritual Renaissance with Thea Wirsching
You can find Thea Wirsching’s work via her websites, The Pluto Babe and The American Renaissance Tarot. You can also order The American Renaissance Tarot online or through your local bookstore. She also has a chapter on Pamela Coleman Smith in the Palgrave Library of Esoterica: Essays on Women in Esotericism book.
We talk about a LOT of books this episode! Some to check out include:
- Radical Spirits by Ann Braude
- A Republic of Mind and Spirit by Catherine Albanese
- Lily Dale by Christine Wicker
- Occult America by Mitch Horowitz
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