A finished guide of greater than 1,000 magical phrases, words, symbols, and mystery alphabets
• Explains the origins, derivatives, and functional utilization of every note, word, and spell in addition to how they are often mixed for customized spells
• in line with the paranormal traditions of Europe, Greece, and Egypt and lately stumbled on unique grimoires from Scandinavia, France, and Germany
• comprises an in-depth exploration of mystery magical alphabets, together with these in accordance with Hebrew letters, Kabbalistic symbols, astrological symptoms, and runes
From Abracadabra to the now well-known spells of the Harry Potter sequence, magic phrases are not any longer constrained to the practices of pagans, alchemists, witches, and occultists. they've got develop into a part of the preferred mind's eye of the Western international. handed down from historical Babylon, Egypt, and Greece, those phrases and the rituals surrounding them have survived throughout the millennia simply because they paintings. And as student Claude Lecouteux finds, frequently the extra impenetrable they appear, the better they're.
Analyzing greater than 7,000 spells from the mystical traditions of Europe in addition to the mystical papyri of the Greeks and lately stumbled on exceptional grimoires from Scandinavia, France, and Germany, Lecouteux has compiled a complete dictionary of old magic phrases, words, and spells in addition to an in-depth exploration--the first in English--of mystery magical alphabets, together with these in accordance with Hebrew letters, Kabbalistic symbols, astrological indicators, and runes. Drawing upon hundreds of thousands of medieval debts and recognized manuscripts akin to the Heptameron of Peter Abano, the writer examines the origins of every be aware or spell, supplying unique directions on their profitable use, no matter if for cover, love, wealth, or therapeutic. He charts their evolution and derivations during the centuries, displaying, for instance, how spells that have been as soon as meant to place out fires developed to guard humans from witchcraft. He finds the inherent versatility of magic phrases and the way every one sorcerer or witch had a suite of inventory words they'd mix to construct a customized spell for the paranormal desire handy.
Presenting a wealth of fabric on magical phrases, indicators, and charms, either universal and vague, Lecouteux additionally explores the paranormal phrases and spells of historical Scandinavia, the Hispano-Arabic magic of Spain sooner than the Reconquista, the traditions handed down from old Egypt, and those who have stayed in use till the current day.
By Thomas G. Brophy, Laird Scranton
Are there 10,000-year-old mystery societies that also exist today?
Was there a race of giants that after inhabited the Americas?
Did historical Egypt and historical China have heretofore undiscovered ties?
Lost secrets and techniques of the Gods delves into those historic mysteries and lots of extra in articles by way of many of the world's such a lot intrepid and an expert researchers. The previous paradigms of background are being appreciably remodeled as we find extra facts of little-known cultures and what they achieved.
Many old cultures spoke and wrote of tourists that gave them wisdom and contributed to shaping their societies. Who have been they, and the place did they arrive from?
We now understand that many historic cultures had complex wisdom of technological know-how, agriculture, and astronomy, just some of which has been rediscovered within the final a hundred years.
Were The Iliad and The Odyssey fairly approximately an epic fight in pre-Celtic Europe? What occurred to the Persian military that perfectly disappeared from Egypt 2,500 years in the past? Did the ancients understand how to create psychic shield canine to guard sacred sites?
There is way extra to historical past than what has formally been recorded.
Lost secrets and techniques of the Gods unearths startling truths and asks interesting questions conventional historians have lengthy overlooked.
The historic international of Egypt, Greece, and Rome used to be domestic to a suite of magical and religious applied sciences, referred to as theurgy, that unite the perform of magic with the goals of faith. Theurgy, or "godwork," is the paintings of constructing an improved bond among the theurgist and his or her deities. the result of this superior bond have been imminently functional: more desirable magic, extra significant life, and a greater life. With the autumn of Rome, those strategies light into obscurity, and plenty of of them have been misplaced forever.
This ebook revives, restores, and reinvents those practices for a modern pagan or magical practitioner. a mix of scholarly study and exam of resource texts and bold experimentation and extrapolation results in a whole and conceivable method which could tell numerous practices, all provided in a calm, lighthearted, and readable way.
Whether you perform witchcraft, ceremonial magic, or chaos magic, you could enjoy the perform of theurgy. you are going to research ideas to create improved bonds with divine forces, name up and converse with non secular beings, summon a paranormal assistant, create statues imbued with divine spirit, and grasp your individual brain. the final word objective is union with the divine, yet theurgy is a pragmatic direction, and each step on that direction is designed to enhance your life.
By John Sweeney
Tom Cruise and John Travolta say the Church of Scientology is a strength for solid. Others disagree. Award-winning journalist John Sweeney investigated the Church for greater than part a decade. in the course of that point he was once intimidated, spied on and and the consequences have been extraordinary: Sweeney misplaced his mood with the Church's spokesman on digital camera and his notorious 'exploding tomato' clip used to be visible by means of hundreds of thousands around the globe. within the CHURCH OF worry Sweeney tells the entire tale of his studies for the 1st time and paints a devastating photo of this unusual supplier, from former Scientologists who inform heartbreaking tales of households torn aside and lives ruined to its present fans who say it's the technique to a lot of mankind's difficulties. this can be the genuine tale of the Church via the reporter who used to be courageous sufficient to take it on.
By Neil L. Whitehead
These essays, via prime anthropologists of South American shamanism, think about attack sorcery because it is practiced in elements of Brazil, Guyana, Venezuela, and Peru. They learn the social and political dynamics of witchcraft and sorcery and their relation to cosmology, mythology, ritual, and other kinds of symbolic violence and aggression in every one society studied. in addition they speak about the family members of witchcraft and sorcery to interethnic touch and the ways in which shamanic energy might be co-opted by means of the kingdom. In Darkness and Secrecy includes reflections at the moral and functional implications of ethnographic research of violent cultural practices.
Contributors. Dominique Buchillet, Carlos Fausto, Michael Heckenberger, Elsje Lagrou, E. Jean Langdon, George Mentore, Donald Pollock, Fernando Santos-Granero, Pamela J. Stewart, Andrew Strathern, Márnio Teixeira-Pinto, Silvia Vidal, Neil L. Whitehead, Johannes Wilbert, Robin Wright
By Mike Magee
The Matrikabheda Tantra is a quick Kaula textual content which, in spite of the fact that, includes a few fascinating threads alluded to in just a number of different tantras. for instance, there are
clear references to alchemy, so linking this paintings to Indian texts of the Raseshvaras - Lords of the Rasa or the quintessence. It additionally sincerely units out tools of meditation at the goddess as Kundalini on the root of the backbone, alludes to sexual options of the Kaulas, to the pre-eminence of the guru, to Chandi, and descriptions the significance of creating temples, developing tanks and the solidarity of the various different types of Shakti.
By Dion Fortune
Dion Fortune's vintage, the magical Qabalah, explores all points of the Qabalah, together with the esoteric sciences of astrology and tarot, which shape the root of the Western secret Traditions. It offers a key to the sensible operating of this mystical approach for either amateur and start up alike.
By Aleister Crowley
Now a vintage within the box, utilized by scholars of the Golden sunrise in addition to through those that are looking to comprehend Crowley's tarot. this can be the definitive learn of the Egyptian tarot and is used as a key to all Western secret disciplines. colour plates of 8 cards.
By Whitley Strieber, Jonathan Barry
Barry, a training witch, has collaborated with famous SF and horror author Strieber during this very asymmetric novel. In a feeling the e-book is a spokespiece for witchcraftand is best as suchnot black magic witchcraft, however the historic knowledge of worshipping the earth and the seasons, of residing with and respecting nature and the holy in humans and animals. the tale specializes in younger Amanda Walker, who has come to rural Maywell to paintings with Constance Collier on her most modern publication. yet Constance can be a witch, the religious chief of a giant coven, and unbeknownst to Amanda she has picked the woman to be her successor. To complicate issues, Amanda's eccentric uncle George, who's taken with learn in resuscitating the useless, has ultimately long gone over the sting and is seeking a fit younger girl as his subsequent topic. And Brother Simon Pierce, neighborhood fundamentalist preacher, himself fairly mad, is decided to implement the Biblical injunction, "Thou shalt no longer endure a witch to live." The booklet is harassed with erratic pacing and common and jarring temper alterations, yet virtually regardless of its clunky kind, it usually manages to entertain.
Examines the left-hand course and divulges the masters of the culture
• Explores the practices and ideology of many left-hand direction teams, together with the Cult of Set, the Hell-Fire membership, and heretical Sufi, Zoroastrian, Christian, and Muslim sects
• Investigates many notorious occult personalities, together with Helena Blavatsky, Aleister Crowley, the Marquis de Sade, and Anton LaVey
• Explains the real distinction among the right-hand direction and the left-hand path--union with and dependence on God as opposed to person freedom and self-empowerment
From black magic and Satanism to Gnostic sects and Gurdjieff’s Fourth manner, the left-hand course has been associated with many practices, cults, and participants around the a while. Stephen plants, Ph.D., examines the equipment, teachings, and ancient position of the left-hand direction, from its origins in Indian tantric philosophy to its underlying effect in present international affairs, and divulges which philosophers, magicians, and occult figures all through background can actually be known as “Lords of the Left-Hand Path.”
Flowers explains that whereas the right-hand course seeks union with and therefore dependence on God, the left-hand direction seeks a “higher legislation” according to wisdom and gear. it's the approach of self-empowerment and precise freedom. starting with historical Hindu and Buddhist sects and relocating Westward, he examines many alleged left-hand course teams, together with the Cult of Set, the Yezidi satan Worshippers, the Assassins, the Neoplatonists, the Hell-Fire membership, the Bolsheviks, the occult Nazis, and a number of other heretical Sufi, Zoroastrian, Christian, and Muslim sects. Following a gently crafted definition of a real adherent of the left-hand direction in response to major principles--self-deification and problem to the conventions of “good” and “evil”--the writer analyzes many recognized and notorious personalities, together with H. P. Blavatsky, Faust, the Marquis de Sade, Austin Osman Spare, Aleister Crowley, Gerald Gardner, Anton LaVey, and Michael Aquino, and divulges which occult masters have been Lords of the Left-Hand direction.
Flowers indicates that the left-hand course isn't really inherently evil yet a part of our history and our deep-seated wish to be loose, self sustaining, and in charge of our destinies.