Browsing posts tagged: Occult sciences
The Nature and Uses of Lotteries

Thomas Gataker was a disputatious Puritan divine. His The Nature and Uses of Lotteries (1627) was the first systematic exposition of a modern view of lotteries, not just as a form of gambling, but as a fair method of division. Gataker approved of these uses, but condemned divination and sorcery using random signs or spells. […]

Magical World of the Tarot

Using the Grimaud Tarot deck of Marseilles – the direct descendants of the earliest hand-printed designs and the basis for most of the later esoteric decks – Knight provides an in-depth introduction to the tarot deck. He presents nine lessons that combine basic instruction in the mechanics of divination with magical visualization techniques. Perhaps most […]

Magic in Theory

A useful manual for any magician or curious spectator who wonders why the tricks seem so real, this guide examines the psychological aspects of a magician’s work. Exploring the ways in which human psychology plays into the methods of conjuring rather than focusing on the individual tricks alone, this explanation of the general principles of […]

Mindfulness

Be calm, collected and in the moment Too often, life just races by. You don’t fully experience what’s happening now, because you’re too busy thinking about what needs doing tomorrow, or distracted by what happened yesterday. And all the time your mind is chattering with commentary or judgement. Mindfulness allows you to experience the moment […]

The Quest For Hermes Trismegistus

From the sands of Alexandria via the Renaissance palaces of the Medicis, to our own times, this spiritual adventure story traces the profound influence of Hermes Trismegistus — the ‚thrice-great one‘, as he was often called — on the western mind. For centuries his name ranked among the most illustrious of the ancient world. Considered […]

Dracula and Philosophy

Twenty-four nocturnal philosophers stake out and vivisect Dracula from many angles, unearthing evidence from numerous movies and showsmacabre, terrifying, tragic, and comic. Altmann decides whether Dracula can really be blamed for his crimes, since it’s his nature as a vampire to behave a certain way. Arp argues that Dracula’s addiction to live human blood dooms […]

The Magic of the Horseshoe

Superstitions still have a firm hold in cultures all across the world and have inspired countless books and films across the ages. But where did so many of them come from and how do myths and beliefs differ from country to country? Publishing on Friday 13th, discover this 1899 gem full of interesting facts and […]

Witchcraft Myths in American Culture

A fascinating examination of how Americans think about and write about witches, from the ‚real‘ witches tried and sometimes executed in early New England to modern re-imaginings of witches as pagan priestesses, comic-strip heroines and feminist icons.The first half of the book is a thorough re-reading of the original documents describing witchcraft prosecutions from 1640-1700 […]

Discovering Eris

In astrology, each planet in our solar system is symbolically associated with specific archetypes, characteristics, themes and patterns in human experience. The discovery in 2005 of Eris — a dwarf planet beyond Pluto — was therefore an event of great significance for astrology as well as astronomy. In this unique book, Keiron Le Grice considers […]

Life in the Labyrinth

Collected lectures on shamanism, multi-dimensional reality, time travel, voyaging beyond the ordinary, and exploration of expanded consciousness spaces.