Magic and Mysticism: An Introduction to Western Esoteric Traditions

By Arthur Versluis

Magic and Mysticism: An advent to Western Esoteric Traditions is a concise evaluation, from antiquity to the current, of the entire significant Western spiritual esoteric hobbies. themes lined comprise alchemy, Gnosticism, Hermeticism, Rosicrucianism, Theosophy and plenty of extra. Magic and Mysticism is perfect for college kids of Mysticism and New non secular routine, in addition to for common readers of Metaphysics and Esoterica.

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Arguing with Angels: Enochian Magic and Modern Occulture (SUNY Series in Western Esoteric Traditions)

By Egil Asprem

An exploration of John Dee’s Enochian magic of angel touch, its reinterpretation through the years, and its patience to the current day. This interesting paintings explores John Dee’s Enochian magic and the background of its reception. Dee (1527–1608/9), an complete average thinker and member of Queen Elizabeth I’s courtroom, was once additionally an esoteric researcher whose diaries aspect years of conversations with angels completed by using crystal-gazer Edward Kelley. His Enochian magic bargains a mode for contacting angels and demons in accordance with secrets and techniques present in the apocryphal publication of Enoch. analyzing this magical procedure from its Renaissance origins to offer day occultism, Egil Asprem exhibits how the reception of Dee’s magic is replete with struggles to build and negotiate authoritative interpretational frameworks for doing magic. Arguing with Angels bargains a singular, nuanced method of questions on how ritual magic has survived the appearance of modernity and demonstrates the ways that smooth tradition has recreated magical discourse. “Arguing with Angels is a massive contribution to the research of Western esotericism in most cases, and to the learn of Enochiana specifically. It areas the background and reception of the Enochian culture in the broader context of Western esotericism, thereby making Enochiana proper. Egil Asprem not just exhibits an intensive familiarity with proper theories, but additionally pertains to them significantly and argues convincingly for his personal interpretations and conclusions.” — Henrik Bogdan, writer of Western Esotericism and Rituals of Initiation Egil Asprem is a examine Fellow on the middle for background of airtight Philosophy and similar Currents on the college of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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Ouija: The Most Dangerous Game

By Stoker Hunt

The First e-book To Take a troublesome examine The Phenomenon referred to as "The Ouija Board"

Is it only a online game? for those who ask the Ouija board a query, who's it that solutions? What approximately these tales of Ouija-inspired prophecy and clairvoyance?

What are the hazards of the Ouija board? have you learnt the tales of Ouija-inspired murders, insanity, obsession and ownership?

Exalted via a few, condemned via others, there is no doubt the Ouija is arguable. during this interesting publication Stoker Hunt investigates the historical past and legacy of this "Mystic conversing Oracle."

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Western Esotericism: A Concise History (SUNY Series in Western Esoteric Traditions)

By Antoine Faivre

Greatly obtained in France, this short, finished advent to Western esotericism by means of the founding father of the sphere is finally to be had in English. A ancient and pedagogical advisor, the publication is written basically for college students and newcomers. In transparent, targeted language, writer Antoine Faivre offers an summary of Western esoteric currents considering that overdue antiquity. the majority of the ebook is laid out chronologically, from old and medieval resources (Alexandrian hermetism, gnosticism, neoplatonism), throughout the Renaissance as much as the current time. Its assurance contains non secular alchemy, Jewish and Christian Kabbalah, Christian theosophy, Rosicrucianism, Illuminism, mystical Free-Masonry, the Occultist present, Theosophical and Anthroposophical Societies, the Traditionalist college, and esotericism in modern initiatic societies and in New non secular activities. Faivre explores how those currents are hooked up, and refers to the place they seem in paintings and literature. The e-book concludes with an annotated bibliography, which makes it a necessary source for novices and students alike."

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Occult Knowledge, Science, and Gender on the Shakespearean Stage

During this ground-breaking research, Mary Floyd-Wilson argues that the early smooth English believed their affections and behaviour have been encouraged via hidden sympathies and antipathies that coursed in the course of the wildlife. those forces not just produced emotional relationships yet they have been additionally levers in which usual humans meant they can manage nature and convey new wisdom. certainly, it used to be the invisibility of nature's secrets-or occult qualities-that ended in a privileging of experimentation, aiding to displace a reliance on old theories. Floyd-Wilson demonstrates how Renaissance drama participates in average philosophy's construction of epistemological limitations via staging tales that investigate the knowledge-making authority of ladies healers and experimenters. concentrating on 12th evening, Arden of Faversham, A caution for reasonable girls, All's good That Ends good, The Changeling, and The Duchess of Malfi, Floyd-Wilson means that as experiential proof received medical flooring, women's presumed intimacy with nature's secrets and techniques was once both lowered or demonized.

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The New Orleans Voodoo Handbook

By Kenaz Filan

A advisor to the practices, instruments, and rituals of latest Orleans Voodoo in addition to the numerous cultural impacts at its origins

• contains recipes for magical oils, directions for candle workings, and instructions to create gris-gris baggage and Voodoo dolls to draw love, cash, justice, and therapeutic and for retribution

• Explores the main figures of latest Orleans Voodoo, together with Marie Laveau and Dr. John

• Exposes the various ethnic impacts on the middle of Voodoo, from the African Congo to Catholic immigrants from Italy, France, and eire

One of America’s nice native-born religious traditions, New Orleans Voodoo is a faith as advanced, free-form, and gorgeous because the jazz that permeates this steamy urban of sin and salvation. From the French region to the Algiers local, its famed vaulted cemeteries to its notorious Mardi Gras celebrations, New Orleans can't break out its wealthy Voodoo culture, which attracts from a mess of ethnic assets, together with Africa, Latin the United States, Sicily, eire, France, and local the USA.

In The New Orleans Voodoo Handbook, initiated Vodou priest Kenaz Filan covers the practices, instruments, and rituals of the program of worship in addition to the numerous points of its origins. Exploring the main figures of latest Orleans Voodoo, similar to Marie Laveau and Dr. John, in addition to Creole delicacies and the wealth of musical suggestion surrounding the Mississippi Delta, Filan examines firsthand records and old files to discover the reality in the back of a number of the city’s legends and to discover the oft-discussed yet little-understood practices of the basis medical professionals, Voodoo queens, and religious figures of the Crescent urban. together with recipes for magical oils, directions for candle workings, tools of divination, or even instructions to create gris-gris luggage, mojo fingers, and Voodoo dolls, Filan finds how one can name at the saints and spirits of Voodoo for romance, cash, retribution, justice, and therapeutic.

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The Eye in the Triangle: An Interpretation of Aleister Crowley

By Robert Anton Wilson, Israel Regardie, David Cherubim

Advent through Robert Anton Wilson
Preface by means of David Cherubim
this can be the masterful biography of the Magus Aleister Crowley, written by way of the only individual such a lot certified to jot down it. Israel Regardie was once a pal and scholar of Crowley, and served as his own secretary for a while. during this publication, Regardie manages to write down a good and balanced view of Crowley. it really is an clever and insightful check out Crowley's lifestyles, Magick and Mysticism. Dr. Regardie translates all this from the knowledge of expertise. A member of the Golden sunrise, O.T.O. and A.A., Regardie writes with deep perception and compassion, brazenly revealing his personal emotions, and hence offering a distinct perception into Crowley. This ebook is the vintage biography of Crowley!

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The Witches' Ointment: The Secret History of Psychedelic Magic

By Thomas Hatsis

An exploration of the ancient origins of the “witches’ ointment” and medieval hallucinogenic drug practices in line with the earliest assets

• information how early smooth theologians demonized psychedelic folks magic into “witches’ ointments”

• stocks dozens of psychoactive formulation and recipes gleaned from infrequent manuscripts from college collections world wide in addition to the practices and magical incantations priceless for his or her education

• Examines the practices of medieval witches like Matteuccia di Francisco, who used hallucinogenic medicines in her love potions and natural arrangements

In the medieval interval arrangements with hallucinogenic herbs have been a part of the perform of veneficium, or poison magic. This selection of magical arts used poisons, herbs, and rituals to bewitch, heal, prophesy, infect, and homicide. within the kind of psyche-magical ointments, poison magic might set off strong hallucinations and surrealistic desires that enabled direct event of the Divine. Smeared at the epidermis, those entheogenic ointments have been stated to let witches to commune with quite a few neighborhood goddesses, bastardized by way of the Church as journeys to the Sabbat--clandestine conferences with devil to profit magic and perform demonic orgies.

Examining trial files and the pharmacopoeia of witches, alchemists, people healers, and heretics of the fifteenth century, Thomas Hatsis information how more than a few rules from folks medicinal drugs to ecclesiastical fears over medication ladies merged to shape the classical “witch” stereotype and what heritage has known as the “witches’ ointment.” He stocks dozens of psychoactive formulation and recipes gleaned from infrequent manuscripts from college collections from worldwide in addition to the practices and magical incantations helpful for his or her practise. He explores the connections among witches’ ointments and spells for form transferring, spirit shuttle, and bewitching magic. He examines the practices of a few Renaissance magicians, who inhaled strong medicines to speak with spirits, and of Italian folk-witches, reminiscent of Matteuccia di Francisco, who used hallucinogenic medicines in her love potions and natural arrangements, and Finicella, who used drug ointments to visualize herself remodeled right into a cat.

Exploring the untold heritage of the witches’ ointment and medieval hallucinogen use, Hatsis finds how the Church reworked folks drug practices, in particular entheogenic ones, into satanic reviews.

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Qabalah, Qliphoth and Goetic Magic

By Thomas Karlsson

Qabalah, Qliphoth and Goetic Magic is a distinct useful creation to magic. the most thread of the e-book is the exploration of the Qliphoth and the darkish mysteries that have for therefore lengthy been a repressed a part of western esotericism. rather than ignoring and denying the darkish facet, the writer finds, step-by-step, how guy can get to understand his Shadow and, via this, achieve a deeper wisdom of the Self. through exploring and never by means of repressing the Shadow it may be remodeled from a damaging strength right into a inventive energy. The publication offers with the matter of evil, the symbolism at the back of the autumn of Lucifer and mans production approach based on Qabalistic philosophy. The theories which are provided during this ebook also are associated with perform. a number of examples of rituals, meditations, magical routines and occult correspondences are available inside. Qabalah, Qliphoth and Goetic Magic includes a couple of hundred demonic sigils and items of paintings that have been created in particular for this ebook. a distinct number of the entire sigils from the vintage grimoires Lemegeton: The Lesser Key of Solomon and the notorious Grimorium Verum also are integrated.

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