Red Thread: Occult to Science and Beyond

Non-Fiction - Education
242 Pages
Reviewed on 07/27/2023
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Author Biography

Anne Marie Kampf is fascinated by the in-between, by the both, and. She’s a Wienerin with Romanian roots; a polyglot who springs between three languages and understands two more; a scientist fascinated by astrology and myth.

Anne completed her degree in physics at the University of Bucharest and now works as a senior project manager in the energy industry. As a manager of people and as a mentor, she combines her deep understanding of her industry with her emotional intelligence to empower her teams and shelter them from storms.

Since a young age, Anne has also been intrigued by the things that make people – and peoples – tick. She delves into psychology, anthropology, and astrology, reading voraciously and taking every opportunity to travel. Her interests have led her to study Tarot, astrology and eye reading, most recently completing a masterclass in astrology and becoming a recognized practitioner of traditional Chinese astrology.

Her curiosity drives her to seek the threads that connect her two seemingly disparate areas of interest: science and the esoteric. This book sits with the unanswered questions, and suggests that the origins of the paths that led us to our modern world may be found further back in history than we think.

Anne lives with her family and their two cats in Vienna.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Foluso Falaye for Readers' Favorite

Red Thread: Occult to Science and Beyond by Anne Marie Kampf examines how science and the occult are linked and what this connection reveals about our universe. The book is a reader-friendly study of astrology, alchemy, palmistry, and contemporary science. It explains how our consciousness is filtered down through the 12 zodiac signs. Readers are given information on Aristotle's and the Greeks' views on the symbolism of the four elements: fire, earth, water, and air. Anne describes how understanding a crucial concept regarding the elements can lead to improved physical and psychological well-being. The importance of balancing yin and yang, as well as masculine and feminine energies, is highlighted. Every topic treated in Red Thread will bring you closer to understanding the world around you, both seen and unseen.

You know when you read a book and you're saying to yourself, "This is so true"? That summarizes my experience with the book. As I am an Aquarian, I felt like I was being described when I read about how Aquarian people often seem "as though they’re here physically, but mentally elsewhere." Since it explores different academic fields, Red Thread will appeal to a wide range of readers, including fans of history, philosophy, astrology, the occult, and science. Anne's conversational, straightforward language ensures that sophisticated concepts are accessible to both experts and casual readers. Reading this work will awaken your curiosity about the world and to see more deeply into what lies beyond the grasp of science. Anne Kampf's riveting, delightful, and remarkably enlightening book reignites a childlike eagerness to unravel the mysteries of the universe and become a fountain of youth for the soul.

K.C. Finn

Red Thread: Occult to Science and Beyond is a work of non-fiction in the culture, philosophy, and general discussion subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Anne Kampf. In this unique and approachable exploration of the interconnectedness between the occult and modern scientific developments, the author draws on expertise in both areas to explore ancient studies like astrology, alchemy, and palmistry. Kampf emphasizes the historical continuity and shared knowledge between these seemingly disparate fields, offering readers a fresh perspective on profound philosophical themes under the umbrella heading of the occult. With engaging language and vibrant illustrations, the book is designed to be accessible to a wide audience, making it an enlightening and compelling read.

Author Anne Kampf has crafted an intellectually stimulating and thought-provoking experience, and her ability to bridge the gap between the occult and the world of science was impressive and enlightening. The book's approachable style and engaging language make it an enjoyable read for anyone wishing to delve into the interconnectedness of these seemingly distinct realms. I particularly enjoyed the organization of the work as this made it so easy to refer back to particular parts and connect the themes. Kampf's insights and perspectives offered a fresh lens through which to consider existential questions and the knowledge we can glean from both ancient and modern sources. Kampf's expertise and engaging writing style make this book a valuable addition to anyone interested in the occult, science, and the profound philosophical questions that shape our understanding of the world. Overall, Red Thread is a well-crafted and insightful book that encourages readers to think beyond conventional boundaries and explore the interconnectedness of human knowledge.

Jamie Michele

Red Thread: Occult to Science and Beyond by Anne Kampf is a guide that examines the historical significance of esotericism, myth, astrology, alchemy, and science. Kampf discusses the belief in the supernatural elements in astrology and alchemy and the role of ancient astrologers and alchemists as magicians. Myths and symbols are seen as tools for self-discovery, while esoteric circles involve initiation levels. Kampf's work details energy transformation, the solar system's influence on Earth, and historical celestial understanding, then digs deeper into astrology's symbolic language, the four elements' significance, archetypes, and fate. Connections are made between myths to science, as are ancient Greek contributions to physics, cosmic influence on individuals and events, and the quest for understanding consciousness and the universe. Ultimately, Kampf champions striving for balance, seeking harmony over fixed states.

First things first, the synopsis of what Red Thread by Anne Kampf embodies is not as overwhelming as it appears. In fact, this is not even all of the topics covered by Kampf but readers can be assured that it is wholly digestible regardless of previous knowledge, if any, one has on the subjects going in. I did not have much of a foundation and found every part of the book to be completely accessible. Two areas in which I am somewhat versed are physics and, as a woman of East Asian heritage, traditional Chinese medicine. Given these areas of interest, the book's standout sections for me were Wu Xing's five elements theory, and face reading as a diagnostic tool in revealing both health and personality traits. I admit that I got a little more excited when thermodynamics and the intrinsic link between human life and molecular behavior and chemical reactions came up. Here's the most important bit though: a fourteen-year-old in my living room understood what I was reading, proving that Kampf's narrative is written simply but still extensively. Overall, this is a deeply engaging and highly enlightening work.