North Atlantic Books

North Atlantic Books (NAB) is an independent, nonprofit publisher committed to a bold exploration of the relationships between mind, body, spirit, and nature. Founded in Vermont, in 1974, NAB aims to nurture a holistic view of the arts, sciences, humanities, and healing. Over the decades, it has been at the forefront of publishing a diverse range of original books in alternative medicine, ecology, and spirituality, with a pioneering publishing program that encompasses somatics, trauma, raw foods, craniosacral therapy, shamanism, and literature. NAB was incorporated as an educational nonprofit in 1980…

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Quest Books

Quest Books is the imprint of the Theosophical Publishing House, the publishing arm of the Theosophical Society in America. This organization, with 150 branches nationwide, is part of the International Theosophical Society founded in New York in 1875 with present headquarters in Adyar, Madras, India. Located at the national Society’s headquarters in Wheaton, IL, Quest Books is dedicated to publishing works compatible with the aims of the parent organization: To promote fellowship among all peoples of the world and to encourage the study of religion, philosophy, and science, so that…

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Sounds True

Sounds True was founded in 1985 by Tami Simon with a clear mission: to disseminate spiritual wisdom. Since starting out as a project with one woman and her tape recorder, we have grown into a multimedia publishing company with more than 80 employees, a library of more than 1500 titles featuring some of the leading teachers and visionaries of our time, and an ever-expanding family of customers from across the world. In more than three decades of growth, change, and evolution, Sounds True has maintained its focus on its overriding…

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Llewellyn

As the world’s oldest and largest independent publisher of books for body, mind, and spirit, Llewellyn is dedicated to bringing our readers the very best in metaphysical books and resources. Since 1901, we’ve been at the forefront of holistic and metaphysical publishing and thought. We’ve been a source of illumination, instruction, and new perspectives on a wealth of topics, including astrology, tarot, wellness, earth-based spirituality, magic, and the paranormal. From e-books to tarot-themed iPhone apps, Llewellyn has embraced the Digital Age to continue our mission. Llewellyn grew to include two…

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New World Library

New World Library publishes books and audios that inspire and challenge us to improve the quality of our lives and our world. The ultimate goal of the company is a sweeping one: personal and planetary transformation — awakening both individual consciousness and global social potential by publishing inspirational and practical materials on spirituality, personal growth, and other related areas. Books Reviewed

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The Collected Letters of Alan Watts (Ed. Joan & Anne Watts)

The Collected Letters of Alan Watts

Alan Wilson Watts, the popular and highly respected teacher of Eastern philosophy to Western students, was born born in Chislehurst, England in 1915. He moved to America in 1938 when he began his Zen training in New York. Later he attended Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, from which he received a master’s degree in theology and in 1945 he became an Episcopal priest. He left the ministry in 1950 and moved to California where he joined the faculty of the American Academy of Asian Studies and pursued his growing fascination with Eastern…

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Tarot Card Reading Through Time by Marcus Katz

Composition of esoteric objects, used for healing and fortune-telling on dark background

Tarot Card Reading Through Time In our latest book, Tarot Time Traveller, you will take an exciting journey of discovery through the vivid history of cartomancy—card-reading—an adventure that we have long wanted to share with our readers. As you travel through time with us, you will learn how the cards got their meanings, the reasons for their particular illustrations, and practical ways of reading cards—whether they are playing cards, Lenormand, Tarot de Marseille, or modern tarot cards. Each of the eras in the book, from the early pioneers of card-reading…

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Dogen: The Lost Genius of Zen by Brad Warner

Brad Warner

I first heard of Dogen when I was about 19 or 20 years old. I am 53 now. So, I’ve been acquainted with Dogen for most of my life. Dogen was a Japanese Buddhist monk and writer who lived around 800 years ago, from the year 1200 to 1254. He was barely older than I am now when he died. When I first heard of Dogen, I assumed I was a latecomer. I figured that the people of Japan had read and studied Dogen’s philosophy for the past 800 years.…

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The Forgotten Art of Love – Q and A with Dr. Armin Zadeh

Armin A. Zadeh

Who better than a cardiologist to unpack the many dimensions of love, the emotion that has long been depicted as emanating from the heart? A comprehensive, multifaceted exploration into the nature of love is precisely what Dr. Armin A. Zadeh, who is both a cardiologist and a professor at Johns Hopkins University, offers in his new book entitled The Forgotten Art of Love: What Love Means and Why It Matters. We hope you’ll enjoy this short interview with him about the book. # # # Why does a cardiologist write…

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Love and Religion – An excerpt from The Forgotten Art of Love by Dr. Armin A. Zadeh

The Forgotten Art of Love by Armin A Zadeh

Who better than a cardiologist to unpack the many dimensions of love, the emotion that has long been depicted as emanating from the heart? A comprehensive, multifaceted exploration into the nature of love is precisely what scientist Dr. Armin A. Zadeh, who is both a cardiologist and a professor at Johns Hopkins University, offers in his new book entitled The Forgotten Art of Love: What Love Means and Why It Matters. We hope you’ll enjoy this short excerpt from the book. # # # Can we separate love from religion?…

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Love and Health – An excerpt from The Forgotten Art of Love by Dr. Armin A. Zadeh

The Forgotten Art of Love by Armin A Zadeh

Who better than a cardiologist to unpack the many dimensions of love, the emotion that has long been depicted as emanating from the heart? A comprehensive, multifaceted exploration into the nature of love is precisely what Dr. Armin A. Zadeh, who is both a cardiologist and a professor at Johns Hopkins University, offers in his new book entitled The Forgotten Art of Love: What Love Means and Why It Matters. We hope you’ll enjoy this short excerpt from the book. # # # Love not only helps us live more…

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Love as an Art – An excerpt from The Forgotten Art of Love by Dr. Armin Zadeh

The Forgotten Art of Love by Armin A Zadeh

Who better than a cardiologist to unpack the many dimensions of love, the emotion that has long been depicted as emanating from the heart? A comprehensive, multifaceted exploration into the nature of love is precisely what scientist Dr. Armin A. Zadeh, who is both a cardiologist and a professor at Johns Hopkins University, offers in his new book entitled The Forgotten Art of Love: What Love Means and Why It Matters. We hope you’ll enjoy this short excerpt from the book. # # # Essentially everything we think and do…

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Mastering the Art of Love – An Excerpt from The Forgotten Art of Love by Armin A Zadeh

The Forgotten Art of Love by Armin A Zadeh

Who better than a cardiologist to unpack the many dimensions of love, the emotion that has long been depicted as emanating from the heart? A comprehensive, multifaceted exploration into the nature of love is precisely what scientist Dr. Armin A. Zadeh, who is both a cardiologist and a professor at Johns Hopkins University, offers in his new book entitled The Forgotten Art of Love: What Love Means and Why It Matters. We hope you’ll enjoy this short excerpt from the book. # # # Can love be learned? In principle,…

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A Handbook of Saxon Sorcery & Magic by Alaric Albertsson

A Handbook of Saxon Sorcery & Magic by Alaric Albertsson

Discover the secrets of Saxon sorcery, and learn how to craft rune charms, brew potions, cast effective spells, and use magical techniques to find love and prosperity. Exploring the practices and customs of the Anglo-Saxons hidden in English folk traditions, this book shares techniques for making wands and staffs, consecrating and using a ritual knife, healing with herbs (wortcunning), soothsaying, and creating your own set of runes. The meaning and magical properties of the thirty-three Old English Futhorc runes are classified by theme, helping you in your quest to know…

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Celtic Tarot by Kristoffer Hughes

Celtic Tarot by Kristoffer Hughes

Embrace the power and magic of the ancient Celtic mysteries. Journey with gods, goddesses, and magical allies into a world of enchantment and inspiration. This is not just a deck of cards; it s a storehouse of ancient myth, magic, and mystery. Based on the Rider-Waite system but designed to express and transmit the depth of the Celtic mysteries, this deck plunges both reader and querent into strong currents of magic.

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It Came From Beyond Zen by Brad Warner

It Came From Beyond Zen by Brad Warner

The Shobogenzo, or The True Treasury of the Dharma Eye is an 800-year-old Zen commentary written by the Japanese monk Eihei Dogen. It is considered to be one of the classics of philosophical literature; though, as Soto Zen priest and popular blogger Brad Warner observes in his book It Came From Beyond Zen it was largely ignored for the first seven hundred years of its existence. It was not until the eighteenth century that there was a small revival of interest in its author by Japanese scholars. A New Audience In the…

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Mystical Manga Tarot by Barbara Moore & Rann

Mystical Manga Tarot by Barbara Moore & Rann

Visually, the Mystical Manga Tarot sets out to captures the style and spirit of Japanese graphic novels. Illustrated by Rann and with commentary by tarot expert Barbara Moore this boxed-set includes a standard set of seventy-eight tarot cards and accompanying instruction manual. The Cards The Mystical Manga Tarot cards are a slightly different aspect ratio from normal with them being slightly taller than one might expect. I can see this being a slight issue when it comes to shuffling using petite hands but quite frankly I liked this readjustment to…

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Ghosts of the Civil War by Rich Newman

Ghosts of the Civil War by Rich Newman

Few countries have been quite so catastrophically torn apart by war as America was during the Civil War. The scars borne from the conflict took generations to heal after a bloody campaign that raged from 1861 – 1865 and which left over three-quarters of a million soldiers dead. With so many men, women and children losing their lives in such a tragic and brutal way it was inevitable that reports of ghostly encounters with those who lived through this calamitous period should emerge over time. An Intrepid Explorer Rich Newman…

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The Forgotten Art of Love by Armin A Zadeh

The Forgotten Art of Love by Armin A Zadeh

What is love? Is it a complex neurological process – one based solely upon the release of neurochemicals in the brain, is it nature’s way of encouraging the human species to procreate, or is it a process of energy exchange between two compatible souls? In his book The Forgotten Art Of Love cardiologist and professor Armin A. Zadeh confronts this challenging question head-on and weaves his way through the myriad of connections and influences that cause us from time to time to feel that we are are either in love,…

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Susanne F. Fincher

Susanne F Fincher

Susanne Fincher is a Jungian psychotherapist, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Registered Art Therapist. For more than 25 years Susanne has pursued a passionate interest in mandalas. Her journey has led her to explore Jungian psychology, Tibetan Buddhism, Dances of Universal Peace, and pilgrimages to Stonehenge, Iona and other sacred sites in Europe and the U.S. Susanne has produced a number of books about her explorations of mandalas. She is known internationally as an engaging lecturer and workshop presenter. Through her presentations she has introduced thousands of people to…

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Brad Warner

Brad Warner

Ordained as a Soto Zen priest, Brad Warner is also a punk bassist, filmmaker, and blogger who lives in Los Angeles. He is the founder of Angel City Zen Center in Los Angeles and the author of Hardcore Zen, Sit Down and Shut Up, and several other books about Zen Buddhism. His writing appears on SuicideGirls.com and in Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, Buddhadharma, and Alternative Press.

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The State of Mind Called Beautiful by Sayadaw U. Pandita

The State of Mind Called Beautiful by Sayadaw U. Pandita

Thorough guidance from one of the twentieth-century’s most influential Theravadan masters. In The State of Mind Called Beautiful, meditation master Sayadaw U Pandita lays out the breadth, depth, and wealth of the Theravadan tradition of Buddhism. U Pandita begins with the basic guidelines of Buddhism, and moves on to various practices: those that can be done for one minute a day, those that sweeten and strengthen the mind, those that heal societies and families, and those that lead to liberation. This book features are complete teachings on vipassana or insight…

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Tales for Transforming Adversity by Khenpo Sodargye

Tales for Transforming Adversity by Khenpo Sodargye

One of the world’s most popular Tibetan lamas shares accessible advice for working with adversity and living a spiritual life. Enjoy a variety of meditations on topics from flattery and jealousy to karma and compassion. In each brief chapter Khenpo Sodargye weaves in stories from ancient classics and modern headlines. Drawing on adages from the Buddha, Confucius, and even Mark Twain, he delivers simple and timeless insights about facing adversity and developing a good heart. With this English-language edition, you can now join the tens of millions who have already…

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Perceptual Intelligence by Brian Boxer Wachler

Perceptual Intelligence by Brian Boxer Wachler

Brian Boxer Wachler first began to become interested in the human mind and how it decides to interprets the information it receives via the sensory systems whilst a student at UCLA. This was not he chosen topic of study at the time but he very quickly decided to study psychology as well as biology. From then up until the present day Wachler has continued to follow his interest in the process of human perception and more specifically, in the way that we are easily fooled; either by ourselves, or other…

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Seeing Through Eyes of Love – An Excerpt from Breathing Love by Jennie Lee

Breathing Love: Meditation in Action by Jennie Lee

“So, it really manifests this way: at first sight, we find love; at our first true seeing, the love that is already there touches us.” ~ Mark Nepo The more devoted we become to practicing love, the more vigilant we must be in monitoring the ways in which the small self tries to limit us. The ego loves to filter our experiences and interactions based on its selfish needs and desires. And because we all want personal love that will fill us where we still feel empty inside, we often…

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Jennie Lee

Jennie Lee

Jennie Lee (Hawaii) is a certified yoga therapist who coaches people in the healing tradition of classical yoga and meditation. Using the practices that she writes about in Breathing Love, Jennie helps people overcome grief, depression, anxiety, and stress as well as create lives filled with greater joy. Author of the award-winning book True Yoga, Jennie’s writing has also been featured on dozens of wellness blogs and magazines. Website: www.JennieLeeYogaTherapy.com. Or see her in action on KHON Wake Up 2 Day

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Breathing Love by Jennie Lee

Breathing Love: Meditation in Action by Jennie Lee

Breathing Love is a spiritual guide to living love as an embodied meditation practice. Uniting us in a universally desirable goal, Jennie Lee builds bridges of peace by changing how we look at love; from something to be acquired and preserved, to something to be realized and breathed. Active conscious loving is the basis of the meditation practices offered in Breathing Love, providing you with inner solace and a deep sense of purpose. Through intimate personal stories from Jennie’s own life, you’ll feel deeply assured that this call to love…

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Conscious Ink by Lisa Barretta

Conscious Ink by Lisa Barretta

Tattoos have become more socially acceptable than they used to be. Once the identifying mark of reprobates and near-do-wells this ancient method of sacred artwork is being discovered by a new generation of spiritual warriors. In her book Conscious Ink Reiki practitioner, and astrologer, Lisa Barretta explores the use and application of tattoos from this important spiritual perspective and argues the case that rather than simply being a method of adornment and statement of individualisation there is hidden, powerful wisdom in tattoos. Inner Portal Tattoos have always served multiple functions;…

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Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern is a full-time author and journalist specializing in a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, UFO sightings, government conspiracies, alien abductions and paranormal phenomena. He writes regularly for the London Daily Express newspaper, Fortean Times, Fate, and UFO Magazine. His previous books include Three Men Seeking Monsters, Strange Secrets, Cosmic Crashes, and The FBI Files. Among his many exploits, Redfern has investigated reports of lake monsters in Scotland, vampires in Puerto Rico, werewolves in England, aliens in Mexico, and sea serpents in the…

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Llewellyn’s Little Book of Spirit Animals by Melissa Alvarez

Llewellyn's Little Book of Spirit Animals by Melissa Alvarez

Explore the world of spirit animals and how they can guide you to live your best life. Llewellyn s Little Book of Spirit Animals is a beautifully bound, pocket-sized tool to connect you to your spirit animals, whether they are lifelong companions or sent to deliver a single, specific message. Spirit animals can help you feel more balanced, peaceful, and confident in everything that you do. This mini reference book features more than 200 entries for wild, domestic, and mythical animals, allowing you to understand what each one symbolizes, how…

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Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell

Perhaps most responsible for bringing mythology to a mass audience, Joseph Campbell’s works rank among the classics in mythology and literature: The Hero with a Thousand Faces, the four-volume The Masks of God, The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers, and many others. Among his many awards, Campbell received the National Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Contribution to Creative Literature and the 1985 Medal of Honor for Literature from the National Arts Club. A past president of the American Society for the Study of Religion, Campbell was professor…

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The Ecstasy of Being by Joseph Campbell

The Ecstasy of Being by Joseph Campbell

Many know Joseph Campbell as the charming, erudite, best-professor-you-ever-had figure chatting with Bill Moyers in the The Power of Myth series. But Campbell’s posthumously published Collected Works (500,000 copies sold) reveal a perhaps unsuspected range of interests and knowledge. The Ecstasy of Being is a prime example. Modern dance was the profession of Campbell’s wife, Jean Erdman, and the project the pair collaborated on when Campbell retired from teaching and the couple formed their Theater of the Open Eye. In these writings Campbell explores the rise of modern art and…

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Clutter Intervention by Tisha Morris

Clutter Intervention by Tisha Morris

Go beyond basic decluttering and get to the root of why you have such a hard time getting rid of your stuff. Clutter Intervention teaches you about the psychological, emotional, and energetic attachments to live authentically. Everything in your home is an extension of your identity, and when you hold on to old stuff for too long, you get stuck in the past. Tisha Morris shows you how to move into a new phase of life by ridding yourself of everything holding you back. Using step-by-step instruction and easy-to-understand explanations,…

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Led By Light (Volume 2) by Rev. Joanna Bartlett

Led By Light (Volume 2) by Rev. Joanna Bartlett

Developing your psychic senses and mediumistic skills is not without its challenges, drawbacks, and dangers – which is a pity for, if Joanna Bartlett, author of Led By Light (Volume 2) is correct, living as an intuitive is a normal aspect to the human experience. Given that Rev. Bartlett – as someone who, as a certified medium with the National Spiritualist Association of Churches, is probably better qualified than most to offer advice and insights, her guidance and advice on how best to connect to the world of Spirit should…

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6 Myths About Ghosts by Carol Matsumoto

Empty room and nobody inside, horror situation and very creepy

I own a haunted inn in Connecticut called Captain Grant’s, 1754—built in, you guessed it,1754. In back of the home is a cemetery dating to the mid-1600s, and across the street is a new cemetery dating to the 1800s. This long history amplifies the paranormal activity at the inn. In doing the research for my book, The Ghosts of Captain Grant’s Inn I held hundreds of sessions talking with the spirits in the home. I did this with divining rods, crystals, and a bit of good intuition. What I have…

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Deborah Lipp

Deborah Lipp

Deborah Lipp was initiated into a traditional Gardnerian coven of Witches in 1981, became a High Priestess in 1986, and has been teaching Wicca and running Pagan circles ever since. She has appeared in various media discussing Wicca, including the A&E documentary Ancient Mysteries: Witchcraft in America, on MSNBC, in The New York Times, and in many smaller TV and print sources. Deborah has been published in many Pagan publications, including The Llewellyn Magical Almanac, Pangaia, Green Egg, The Druid’s Progress, Converging Paths, and The Hidden Path, as well as…

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Tali Goodwin

Tali Goodwin

Tali Goodwin (England) is a tarot researcher and co-director of the Tarosophy Tarot Association, the world’s largest professional tarot organization. She is responsible for the Cards of Antiquity campaign which set the ground for the return of Lenormand, Kipper, and other antique decks in the mass market. Her discoveries include A. E. Waite’s second tarot images and unearthing the Original ‘Game of Hope’ (Lenormand) in the British Museum. Visit her online at www.TaliGoodwin.com and www.TarotWayfarer.com.

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Marcus Katz

Marcus Katz

Marcus Katz (England) is a tarot teacher and co-director of the Tarosophy Tarot Association, the world’s largest professional tarot organization. He has studied and taught tarot for thirty-five years and has delivered more than ten thousand face-to-face readings. He is co-founder of the TarotCon and DivinaCon events worldwide and has taught internationally. He was the first student to be conferred an M.A. in Western Esotericism from the University of Exeter. Visit him online at www.MarcusKatz.com and www.TarotAssociation.net.

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Richard Webster

Richard Webster

Richard Webster was born and raised in New Zealand. He has been interested in the psychic world since he was nine years old. As a teenager, he became involved in hypnotism and later became a professional stage hypnotist. After school, he worked in the publishing business and purchased a bookstore. The concept of reincarnation played a significant role in his decision to become a past-life specialist. Richard has also taught psychic development classes, which are based on many of his books. Richard’s first book was published in 1972, fulfilling a…

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Crystal Magic by Sandra Kynes

Crystal Magic by Sandra Keynes

Crystal Magic is another comprehensive publication by Sandra Keynes and is a successor to her other previous titles including: Bird Magic, Sea Magic, Star Magic, and Plant Magic. Kynes is member of the Order Of Bards, Ovates and Druids as well as a yoga instructor and Reiki practitioner who has a deep love for the natural world. This is evident in all of her work and extends into this, an investigation into the world of mineral wisdom. Two Parts Crystal Magic is comprised of two specific parts. In the first…

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Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Divination by Richard Webster

Llewellyn's Complete Book of Divination by Richard Webster

We all hold a curious fascination regarding the future and in these days of complex, multi-choice paths of action it is even more encouraging to think that fortune and destiny are ridimg with us. Divination is that timeless pursuit of discovering what fate has in store for us around the corner and, for as far back as it’s possible to go in human history, different methods have been employed to see into the future. Richard Webster is someone who understands more than most the way that psychic practice of any…

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Glamour Magic by Deborah Castellano

Glamour Magic by Deborah Castellano

You will not find any reference to glamour magic tucked away in any dusty occult grimoire. Neither will you find it taught by masters of any of the mystery schools or find an ancient temple dedicated to its practice. Nevertheless, according to Pagan writer Deborah Constellano, it is a very real and legitimate form of spiritual work – one which enables you to follow your heart’s by totally engaging with your inner power. As she states in the opening to her book “Glamour isn’t a magic of landscapes that never…

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Benebell Wen

Benebell Wen

Benebell Wen is a practitioner of various metaphysical arts. She studies tarot, feng shui, the I Ching, numerology, and both Chinese and Hellenisic astrology. Wen is the author of Holistic Tarot: An Integrative Approach to Using Tarot for Personal Growth (North Atlantic Books, 2015). When not lecturing, teaching, or writing on metaphysics, Wen practices law in California and New York. She is of Taiwanese descent and currently lives in Northern California with her husband, James, and their beloved cat.

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Tess Whitehurst

Tess Whitehurst

Tess Whitehurst has been interested in all things magical since childhood. Her parents remember the way she casually referred to the “different colors around people’s heads and shoulders,” and her preschool age backyard activities included intuitively performing nature rituals and speaking with faeries. Now, for almost a decade, she’s helped thousands through her books, articles, feng shui consultations, live workshops, online classes, and intuitive counseling sessions. She truly loves sharing principles and practices that have so supported her (and continue to support her!) on her own healing journey. An award…

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Marney K. Makridakis

Marney K. Makridakis

Marney K. Makridakis is the founder of Artella Land, a groundbreaking online community for artists, writers, and creative individuals. Marney is a widely known voice in the creativity movement, frequently requested for interviews, guest columns, workshops, and speeches. She has created hundreds of online workshops and courses, and teaches virtual and in-person classes and workshops across the United States. Marney is publisher of Artella magazine, and bestselling author of Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life. Marney is also the originator of the ARTbundance approach…

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Robert Augustus Masters

Robert Augustus Masters

Robert Augustus Masters is an integral psychotherapist, relationship expert, and trainer of healing professionals. His work blends the psychological and emotional with the spiritual. He holds a doctorate in Psychology and is the author of many books, most recently Emotional Intimacy and To Be a Man.

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Monica Crosson

Monica Crosson

Monica Crosson is a master gardener who lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest happily digging in the dirt and tending her raspberries with her husband, three kids, many goats, chickens, and Rosetta, the donkey. She has been a practicing witch and educator for over twenty years and is a member of Blue Moon Coven. Monica writes fiction for young adults and is the author of Summer Sage. Visit her website at www.monicacrosson.com.

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Andrea Mathews

Andrea Mathews

Andrea Mathews has nearly thirty years of experience in the mental health and human services field providing and supervising others in the provision of therapy. She’s also a professional trainer and motivational speaker, frequently providing workshop and individual coaching in authentic leadership, conflict resolution, authentic relationships, and more. Andrea is the host of the radio show Authentic Living with Andrea Mathews. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama, and can be found online at www.andreamathews.com.

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Kidada Jones

Kidada Jones

Kidada Jones has worked as a model, fashion designer, stylist, and brand consultant. Kidada found her unique style at a young age, mixing the whimsical and contemporary to create her trademark aesthetic. Through it all, she has remained a spiritual seeker, and this book is the culmination of her journeys, presenting deep wisdom through an inviting, open combination of words and art. Kidada lives in California.

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Robert Aitken

Robert Aitken

Robert Baker Dairyu Chotan Aitken Rōshi (June 19, 1917 – August 5, 2010) was a Zen teacher in the Harada-Yasutani lineage. He co-founded the Honolulu Diamond Sangha in 1959 together with his wife. Aitken received Dharma transmission from Koun Yamada in 1985 but decided to live as a layperson. He was a socialist advocating social justice for gays, women and Native Hawaiians throughout his life, and was one of the original founders of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship.[1][2]

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Sandra Kynes

Sandra Kynes

Sandra Kynes is a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. Sandra is a yoga instructor and Reiki practitioner and loves connecting with the natural world through gardening, hiking, and ocean kayaking. Her work has been featured in various Llewellyn publications, Utne Reader, The Portal, Circle Magazine, and The Magical Buffet website. Her books include: Star Magic (2015), Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Correspondences (2013), Mixing Essential Oils for Magic (2013), and Sea Magic (2008).

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Patt Lind-Kyle

Patt Lind-Kyle

Author and thought leader, Patt Lind-Kyle has a broad range of interests. She has taught in the academic world, created a small business, practiced as a management consultant and executive coach and has had her own private counseling practice. Patt’s research and interest in the mind/brain field led her to develop a learning style assessment company to help children and parents understand how they learn. She has been involved in the teaching and application of personality styles to individuals and organizations for the past 25 years.

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Frater Barrabbas

Frater Barrabbas

Frater Barrabbas (Twin Cities, MN) is a practicing ritual magician who has studied magick and the occult for over thirty-five years. He is the founder of a magical order called the Order of the Gnostic Star and he is an elder and lineage holder in the Alexandrian tradition of Witchcraft. Visit his blog at fraterbarrabbas.blogspot.com.

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Linda Backman

Linda Backman

Dr. Linda Backman (Colorado) is a licensed psychologist with more than thirty years of experience in private practice. Dr. Backman studied, co-taught, and co-established The Society for Spiritual Regression (now the Newton Institute) with pioneering therapist and best-selling author Dr. Michael Newton. She has conducted hundreds of past-life and between-lives hypnotherapy regression sessions.

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Melissa Alvarez

Melissa Alvarez

Melissa Alvarez is a bestselling, award winning author who has written ten books and nearly five hundred articles on self-help, spirituality and wellness. As a professional intuitive coach, energy worker, spiritual advisor, medium, and animal communicator with over twenty-five years of experience, Melissa has helped thousands of people bring clarity, joy, and balance into their lives. Melissa teaches others how to connect with their own intuitive nature and how to work with frequency for spiritual growth. She has appeared on numerous radio shows as both a guest and host. Melissa…

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Melanie Klein

Melanie Klein

Melanie Klein, MA, is a writer, speaker, and professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies. She is a contributing author in 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice and is featured in Conversations with Modern Yogis. She is the co-editor of Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery + Loving Your Body, and co-founder of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition.

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Kavitha Chinnaiyan

Kavitha Chinnaiyan

Kavitha Chinnaiyan, M.D. is an integrative cardiologist and advance cardiac imaging specialist. She combines her medical expertise with eastern wisdom to promote wellness and freedom from suffering. She has studied Ayurveda, yoga, Vedanta, the Direct Path and Tantra with teachers across the globe, the elements of which form her various meditation-centered courses. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two daughters and dog.

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Yasmin Henkesh

Yasmin Henkesh

Yasmin Henkesh has always had dancing in her blood. A dedicated performer, teacher, trainer and workshop instructor, she now has over 40 years of cabaret and folkloric Middle Eastern Dance experience. A native of Washington D.C., she took her first belly dance class at age fifteen at “Adriana’s Mecca of Middle Eastern Dance” in upper Georgetown, a short bus ride from her high school, Sidwell Friends. Later, at Kenyon College, she spent most of her time in the theater department and was fortunate to perform as “the belly dancer” in…

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Sasha Graham

Sasha Graham

Sasha Graham was born in Saranac Lake, NY, to a free spirited hippie mother. The great grand niece of famous Chilean painter Alvaro Guevara and proud to descend from a long line of creative, outrageous women. Settling in Manhattan in the late 80’s, Sasha acted in over 15 B-horror films, received a BA in Literature at Hunter College and began working with Tarot. Sasha now organizes tarot events, teaches tarot classes and provides tarot outreach to young people all over NYC. Sasha and her tarot work have been featured on…

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Penny Billington

Penny Billington

Penny Billington is a Druid speaker and author. She is an active member of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids and has edited the Order magazine, Touchstone, for fifteen years. She regularly runs workshops, organizes rituals, and gives lectures. Penny is also the author of a Druid detective series of novels. She resides in Somerset, England. Visit her online at www.pennybillington.co.uk.

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Melanie Barnum

Melanie Barnum

Melanie Barnum (Bethel, CT) is a psychic medium, intuitive counselor, life coach, and hypnotist who has been practicing professionally for more than fifteen years. She was a VIP Reader at Psych Out, a gathering of the nation’s foremost psychics, organized by Court TV. Barnum is also an Angelspeake Facilitator, a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH), and the International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT). Visit her online at MelanieBarnum.com. Books & Articles

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Joanna Bartlett (Rev.)

Rev. Joanna Bartlett

Rev. Joanna Bartlett is an ordained Spiritualist minister, a certified medium with the National Spiritualist Association of churches, an award-winning professional writer and author, and an intuitive medium and spiritual development coach. She’s the author of several books including the Led by Light: How to develop your intuitive mediumship abilities series, The Spiritual Symbols Workbook: Create your personal dictionary of intuitive, psychic and metaphysical symbols, Intuitive Symbols Coloring Book: Unlock your intuition through meditative coloring, and The Awesomely Amazing Adventures of Cherry: Butterfly Buddies. Born in England, she spent her…

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Bryan E Robinson

Bryan E Robinson

BRYAN E. ROBINSON, PhD (Asheville, NC) is the author of 35 nonfiction books and two novels. His books have been translated into thirteen languages, and he s been featured on 20/20, Good Morning America, ABC s World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News, NBC Universal, The CBS Early Show, and CNBC s The Big Idea. Robinson maintains a private psychotherapy practice and lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains with his wife and four dogs. Website:

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M Temple Richmond

M Temple Richmond

American writer and researcher Maureen Temple Richmond is a professional astrologer and psychic. Born in 1951 she is a scholar and enthusiast of the Western Esoteric and Initiatory Tradition. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed publication Sirius which reveals the esoteric and metaphysical secrets of the Dog Star. Maureen is available for private astrological consultations.

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How to Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re an Adult by Ira Israel

How to Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re an Adult by Ira Israel

As children, we learned to get approval by creating facades to help us get our emotional and psychological needs met, but we also rebelled against authority as a way of individuating. As adults, these conflicting desires leave many of us feeling anxious or depressed because our authentic selves are buried deep beneath glitzy or rebellious exteriors or some combination thereof. In this provocative book, eclectic teacher and therapist Ira Israel offers a powerful, comprehensive, step-by-step path to recognizing the ways of being that we created as children and transcending them…

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Alexandra Chauran

Alexandra Chauran

Dr. Alexandra Chauran (Issaquah, WA) is a second-generation fortuneteller, a High Priestess of British Traditional Wicca, and the Queen of a coven. As a professional psychic intuitive for over a decade, she serves psychic apprentices and thousands of clients. She received a Masters in Teaching from Seattle University, a doctorate from Valdosta State University, and is certified in tarot. In her spare time, when she’s not teaching students of Wicca, she enjoys ham radio with the call sign WI7CH. She can be found online at SeePsychic.com To request a personalized…

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Express Yourself with an Herb Garden by Sandra Kynes

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While we may think of herbs as unassuming little plants, their importance and use is intertwined with human history. For thousands of years herbs have provided people with fragrance, taste, and healing. And when it comes to growing them, an herb garden is no different from a flower garden; it can be just as decorative and smell just as fabulous. Even before using herbs for cooking or remedies, they contribute to our overall health when we grow them because gardening is good exercise that gets us outside in the fresh…

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Zinovia Dushkova

Zinovia Dushkova

Zinovia Vasilievna Dushkova, Ph.D., is a Russian author, poet, philosopher, historian, and traveller. She has been honoured with a number of awards, prizes, and commendations for her contribution to the spiritual development of society, and for excellence in the domain of scientific research into the ecology of consciousness. She is a Fellow of the European Academy of Natural Sciences and the European Scientific Society, both based in Hanover, Germany.

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Lisa Barretta

Lisa Barretta

Lisa Barretta is a member of the National Council for Geocosmic Research -NCGR, American Federation of Astrologers – AFA, and the International Society for Astrological Research – ISR. She practices as an intuitive counselor, certified Reiki practitioner, and researcher in the fields of consciousness and psychic sensing. Lisa is also the author of Conscious Ink, The Street Smart Psychic’s Guide to Getting a Good Reading and The Book of Transformation.

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Alan Watts

Alan Watts

Alan Watts is best known as an interpreter of Zen Buddhism in particular and of Indian and Chinese philosophy in general. He earned the reputation of being one of the most original and unfettered philosophers of the twentieth century. He was the author of more than twenty books, including The Way of Zen, The Wisdom of Insecurity, The Meaning of Happiness, Psychotherapy East and West, The Book, This Is It, The Joyous Cosmology, In My Own Way, and Tao, the Watercourse Way (with Chungliang Al Huang). He died in 1973.

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Creating Mandalas with Sacred Geometry by Susanne F. Fincher

Creating Mandalas with Sacred Geometry by Susanne F. Fincher

Ancient mystical and occult traditions has always maintained that the Universe – as well as our own conscious reality, is maintained through mathematical and geometric patterning. For thousands of years mankind has attempted to replicate the fundamental laws that they underpin in a wide variety of ways. From sacred architecture through to mandalas, the linear expression of the Divine has been tapped into and utilised to anchor sacred energy and power. Sacred Artistry Susanne F. Fincher is an artist who spent more than forty years working in mental health. She…

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An Herbalist’s Guide to Formulary by Holly Bellebuono

An Herbalist’s Guide to Formulary by Holly Bellebuono

As health care costs rise exponentially and mounting evidence points to the continuing failure of allopathic medicines to deal with the root cause of illness, people are increasingly turning to alternative remedies when seeking healing. Anyone who feels drawn towards herbalism as one of these natural approaches to personal health might might be interested in An Herbalist’s Guide to Formulary by community herbalist and apothecary director Holly Bellebuono. Types of Classification In her book Bellebuono presents an easy to understand, four-tier system of classification for organising herbs. They are; 1.…

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The Fiery Hierarchy: Revealing the Secret Government of the World (The Teaching of the Heart) (Book 5) by Zinovia Dushkova

The Fiery Hierarchy: Revealing the Secret Government of the World (The Teaching of the Heart) (Book 5) by Zinovia Dushkova

No one currently involved in the modern spirituality movement will be unaware of the immense struggle taking place on this planet at this time between the dark rule of the old order and the conflicting powers of light trying to seed a new way ahead for humanity. However you define the dark powers, and they are credited with a wide number of names, their ability to organise themselves and formulate a stronghold around their kingdom is impressive. A strong counter-offensive is required. In Zinovia Dushkova”s Fifth volume of her The…

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The Sophia Code by Kaia Ra

The Sophia Code by Kaia Ra

Over recent years the Sophia Dragon Tribe have emerged as a radically new and different spiritual collective – although their origins are ancient. The group are currently collaborating to promote the energy of the Divine Feminine within the Earth sphere during this critically important time of humanity’s transition in consciousness. High Sovereignty Kaia Ra is the primary Oracle, or voice, for the Tribe and in her book The Sophia Code, she explains how each dragon that makes up the collective, originates from two Creatrix Mothers and that they form part…

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Daily Writing Resilience by Bryan E Robinson

Daily Writing Resilience by Bryan E Robinson

Chances are, whether you’re a seasoned author or an aspiring scribe, you’ve grappled with your share of rejection, setbacks, and heartbreak. However, literary agents say the number one key to writing success is perseverance in the face of disappointment. Daily Writing Resilience provides advice, inspiration, and techniques to help you turn roadblocks into steppingstones. You’ll find tips and support through exercises such as meditation, breath work, yoga, stress management, gratitude, de-cluttering, sleep, exercise, mindful eating, and more. These 365 meditations will help you navigate the ups-and-downs of your writing practice,…

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The Heart of Wellness by Kavitha Chinnaiyan

The Heart of Wellness by Kavitha ChinnaiyanThe Heart of Wellness by Kavitha Chinnaiyan

Transform your relationship with habits, lifestyle, health, and disease using Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan’s remarkable approach to health. The Heart of Wellness shows you how to optimize the workings of the body and mind so that the bliss of your true nature can be revealed. Presented in two parts, this book begins by exploring the nature of disease: the causative and risk factors, the role of diet, exercise, and medication, and how Eastern and Western medical practices can come together. A holistic practice is then outlined, based on the author’s successful…

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Yoga Rising by Melanie C Klein

Yoga Rising by Melanie C Klein

This follow-up to the groundbreaking work Yoga and Body Image is a collection of personal essays meant to support your journey toward self-acceptance and, in time, self-love. Sharing their own stories of individual and collective turning points, the contributors explore how body image and yoga practice intersect with race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, dis/ability, class and socioeconomic status, age, size, and society. These thirty pieces were collected and edited by participants in the Yoga and Body Image Coalition, an organization committed to body love through yoga that is…

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Zen Master Raven by Robert Aitken

Zen Master Raven by Robert AitkenZen Master Raven by Robert Aitken

A modern classic, now in a new expanded edition. In the tradition of the great koan collections and the records of ancient masters, Robert Aitken distills a lifetime of teaching down to its essence. Intriguing and deceptively simple, Zen Master Raven is a brilliant encapsulation of Zen in over a hundred koan-like encounters alongside many charming illustrations. Featuring curious beginners like Mallard and Mole and profound teachers like Brown Bear, Moose Roshi, and Zen Master Raven himself, this classic of contemporary Zen and will inspire seekers for generations to come.

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The Fountain Tarot by Jason Gruhl

The Fountain Tarot by Jason Gruhl

Anyone who considers tarot card reading to be too complex might wish to take a look at The Fountain Tarot. This is a deck that has been created as a tool for self-discovery and is different from other decks by virtue of not having been specifically designed as a tool of divination. The deck’s design has been formulated around two primary concepts – those of clarity and simplicity. In a sense it operates a little like a a mirror – one that reflects back personal potentialities with a hint of influence…

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School of Awake by Kidada Jones

School of Awake by Kidada Jones

In a world that seemingly has lost the ability to initiate the next generation into anything other than consumeristic values it is interesting to be introduced to a book that digs into the essence of what modern life is like for a young girl with a desire to engage with a more meaningful set of values. School of Awake is a book which its author, Kidada Jones “…wanted to write since I was 9 years old and the one I wish I had as a tween.” The result is a…

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The Art of Connection by Michael J. Gelb

The Art of Connection by Michael Gelb

In the opening to his book The Art Of Connevtion the pioneer in the field of creative thinking Michael J Gelb observes that three primary myths exist about leadership. These are that leadership is a function of position, title, or seniority; that it requires charisma and extroversion; and that leaders are born and not made.   Given that this is true what exact qualities are needed to forge, and maintain harmonious, creative and mutually-sustaining relationships within any group environment? Changing Times Gelb points out that over the decades the role…

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Embracing the End of Life by Patt Lind-Kyle

Embracing the End of Life by Patt Lind-Kyle

Death is, from our physical perspective, the final journey we make. Confronting the issues imposed by the final days of our lives is the greatest of all challenges.  Sadly, we do not live in a society that adequately prepares us for that last great leap into the unknown. Someone who is keenly aware of that fact is Patt Lind-Kyle; an author, teacher, therapist, speaker and consultant who’s book Heal Your Mind, Rewire Your Brain won the Independent Publishers Gold Medal Award and Best Book Award from USA Today News. In her…

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Shapeshifters by Nick Redfern

Shapeshifters by Nick Redfern

Stories of shape-shifting humans and animals have filled folklore and mythology throughout history. They form part of the myths of our land and the fairy tales that we tell our children. In his book Shapeshifters intrepid paranormal researcher Nick Redfern digs deep into the topic and reveals many strange, and often bizarre, aspects to the subject. He opens his book with reports of the best-known shapeshifting creatures, the Werewolf,. As an example of many of the appearances that have been noted of this creature he cites the case of a hairy,…

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Tarot Time Traveller by Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin

Tarot Time Traveller by Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin

In June 1983 Marcus Katz consulted his homemade tarot deck for guidance regarding the correct approach to his study of magick. The Celtic Cross spread that he employed revealed a powerful sequence of cards that portended the beginning of a dramatically spiritual new life for him.  Exactly thirty-three years later, and in his book Tarot Time Traveller, he looks back at that fated tarot card reading and ponders upon the road that he has subsequently travelled – along with that initial prompting all those years earlier. Retrospective and Introspective The concepts of time,…

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The Physics of God by Joseph Selbie

The Physics of God by Joseph Selbie

Almost one hundred years ago mankind rather unwittingly discovered that that light can behave either as a particle or a wave. What was most astounding about this discovery was that scientists realised that light only behaves like a stream of particles in the presence of an intelligent observer. The result of this revelation has come to be known as ‘quantum physics’ and is the first quantifiable bridge between the world of physics and spirituality. In his book The Physics Of God writer and teacher Joseph Selbie investigates the intersection of…

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The Ghosts of Captain Grants Inn by Carol Matsumoto

The Ghosts of Captain Grants Inn by Carol Matsumoto

When Carol Matsumoto purchased a dilapidated house in Poquetanuck, Connecticut she could never have foreseen the psychic and paranormal path that the house  would take her along. Originally built in 1754, this piece of important American history was clearly a challenge on many fronts – not least of all because it’s new owner took on its renovation with few resources other than a powerful sense of faith and divinely-inspire purpose. Today, Captain Grants Inn is a popular bed and breakfast establishment with visitors coming from all over the World to…

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Five Aids to Magical Thought: Dion Fortune and the Path of Occult Fiction by Penny Billington

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Druid and writer Penny Billington explores the process of occult instruction through the fiction of Dion Fortune. “Writers will put things into a novel that they daren’t put in sober prose, where you have to dot the I’s and cross the T’s.”1 This quote is from Dion Fortune, to my mind the foremost magical teacher of the West. It tells us clearly that in writing fiction, magicians can go out on a limb. They can give us a taste, secondhand but deeply felt, of genuine magical experience. Our esoteric training…

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Thirteen Pathways of Occult Herbalism by Daniel A. Schulke

Thirteen Pathways of Occult Herbalism by Daniel A. Schulke

Daniel A. Schulke’s forthcoming work The Green Mysteries (Arcana Viridia), due to be released August 2017, is an occult herbal 25 years in the making. Meticulously illustrated with over 250 original images by renowned artist Benjamin Vierling, its primary rubric is that of an original occult pharmacopeia written from the perspective of a contemporary magical herbalist. As a whole the book emerges principally from the discipline of Occult Herbalism, which encompasses the knowledge and use of the magical, spiritual, and folkloric dimensions of plants. As a foundational treatise introducing this…

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Llewellyn’s 2018 Tarot Calendar by Barbara Moore

Llewellyn's 2018 Tarot Calendar: Insights, Spreads, and Tips by Barbara Moore

It’s during this time of year, when the weather turns colder and the nights start drawing, that thoughts tend to be drawn towards the fact that the final stage of the year is upon us. Soon it will be time to think about the New Year and the prospect of the following twelve months and what it will bring us. For those who are students of the Tarot, Llewellyn’s 2018 Tarot Calendar may be found to be a practical addition to the household schedule as well as a useful way…

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Q and A with Author Scott Stabile about Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart

Scott Stabile

An Interview with author Scott Stabile about his book Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart Author and Facebook sensation Scott Stabile’s parents were murdered when he was fourteen. Nine years later, his brother died of a heroin overdose. Soon after that, Scott joined a cult that dominated his life for thirteen years. Through it all, he became evermore committed to living his life from love. In each chapter of his new book Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart, Scott shares a personal…

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On Being Kind – An Excerpt from Big Love by Scott Stabile

On Being Kind – An Excerpt from Big Love by Scott Stabile

Author and Facebook sensation Scott Stabile’s parents were murdered when he was fourteen. Nine years later, his brother died of a heroin overdose. Soon after that, Scott joined a cult that dominated his life for thirteen years. Through it all, he became evermore committed to living his life from love. In each chapter of his new book Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open, Scott shares a personal experience that pulled him from his center and the ways in which he brought himself back to peace, and to…

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Overcoming Your Difficult Family by Eric Maisel

Overcoming Your Difficult Family by Eric Maisel

It is often said that we can choose our friends but not our families – which is a bit of a pity given that we have, for better or worse, such a intricate and complex relationship with them. In his book Overcoming Your Difficult Family retired family therapist Eric Maisel tackles many of the problematic aspects to family life and offers eight specific skills tailored to help his readers deal with even the most challenging relationships. He also highlights several common types of dysfunctional family structures as well as offering…

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Contacting Your Higher Self by Shakti Gawain

Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain

If anyone can be called a self-help, self-actualization pioneer, it is Shakti Gawain. Years before “manifestation,” “the law attraction,” and “the secret” entered the lexicon, Shakti was sharing daily affirmations, meditations, and mental imagery practices that millions found could help them achieve goals, change habits, relax deeply, and significantly improve overall health and well-being.  We hope you’ll enjoy this excerpt from the new 40th anniversary edition of her international bestseller Creative Visualization.  # # # Your spiritual source is the supply of infinite love, wisdom, and energy in the universe.…

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Believe and Receive by Melissa Alvarez

Believe and Receive by Melissa Alvarez

The universe wants you to obtain your heart’s desires, and with this practical book’s guidance, you can! Believe and Receive is a reference book that examines forty natural laws of the universe through a realistic approach. These natural laws can be used to help you see the possibilities in any situation and work with positive intention toward your goals. Melissa Alvarez dedicates a chapter to each law, providing the law’s summary, history, an affirmation associated with it, practical application tips, and “try it now” exercises. This organization makes it easy…

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The Awakened Dreamer by Kala Ambrose

The Awakened Dreamer by Kala Ambrose

Your dreams can be an important part of your decision-making, relationships, and problem solving―if you know how to properly use them. The Awakened Dreamer shows you how to remember your nightly dreams, interpret what they are telling you, and use daydreams to manifest your desires into reality. Kala Ambrose helps you combine daydreams with powerful visualizations that can be channeled into your nightly dreams, strengthening the connection between your conscious and unconscious self. Learn how to use your mind, body, spirit connection to achieve your goals and discover valuable insight…

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The Magickal Family by Monica Crosson

The Magickal Family by Monica Crosson

Wicca and Paganism is generally thought of as a specifically adult practice – after all, messing with magickal ritual can be a somewhat dangerous pursuit! As a practitioner of the Old Religion for many years, Monica Crosson also believed this to be the case – that was until one July evening when she found her seven-year-old son dancing around outdoors completely naked. When she asked him why he was doing this he answered “I’m dancing naked under a full moon just like you and Daddy.” Up until that point, Monica Crosson had thought…

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Llewellyn’s Little Book of Dreams by Dr Michael Lennox

Llewellyn’s Little Book of Dreams by Dr Michael Lennox

Dreams are pictorial representations of what is going on beneath the surface of our mundane consciousness. This is the area of life where our true feelings, beliefs, desires and psychic mechanisms reside. It therefore stands to reason that the more we look to this rich vein of psychological material the greater the level of self-knowledge and conscious awareness we can have of ourselves. In this regard dreams are particularly important for they are capable of aiding us in the journey to deeper connections with, amongst other things, the Universal Spirit…

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Mastering the Addicted Brain by Walter Ling MD

Mastering the Addicted Brain by Walter Ling MD

In all probability there are very few of us who can, with hand on heart, declare that they are free of any sort of addiction. Everyone carries a crutch of one form or another – one that we lean on for help and support when the challenges of life exceed our capacity to deal with them. Neuropsychologist Walter Ling MD. Dr. Ling served as a consultant on narcotic affairs to the US Department of State and the World Health Organization. He is also the founding director of the Integrated Substance…

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A Life By Request by Carolyn Jaymes

A Life By Request by Carolyn Jaymes

The intense love affair between Carolyn and Jay brought together two free-spirits; each of whom had a shared love of life and a mutual passion for one another. As lovers they were about as closely connected to one another as it is possible for two people to be. Sadly though, their dramatically different careers – she was an entrepreneur and he was an actor, forged circumstances that challenged their relationship. Over time their respective careers placed them in and in totally different parts of the country and hastened the demise of…

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In the Moment: Coping with Strong, Sudden Emotions by Walter Ling, MD

Mastering the Addicted Brain by Walter Ling MD

Meditation and journaling are ideal for calm moments of reflection. However, what do you do in heated moments? Sometimes, strong emotions arise suddenly and we don’t know how to handle them. We can get swept up in our emotions and react and behave inappropriately. Or we may deny our emotions entirely; try to suppress an emotion we fear, such as anger; or mislabel our feelings. For example, we may say we are “a little upset” when in fact we are very angry or depressed. All these things can prevent us…

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The Heartspace Portal by Mark L Collins

The Heartspace Portal by Mark L Collins

Mark L Collins (Sriman Das) is a freelance writer and columnist who has written for publications such as Intrepid Magazine, and TAPS Paramagazine. His primary goal in life is to grow, to learn, in a sense of spirit and love – which, incidentally, also happens to underpin the main theme to his book The Heartspace Portal. Collins is clearly a man thirsty for knowledge and to glean as much insight as he can into life and its spiritual meaning. He opens his book by highlighting what he has discovered so far in…

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Getting Off Drugs: Detoxification and the Dangers of Relapse by Walter Ling, MD

Mastering the Addicted Brain by Walter Ling MD

An excerpt from Mastering the Addicted Brain: Building a Sane and Meaningful Life to Stay Clean by Walter Ling, MD Getting off drugs — detoxification, or detox for short — is the first step in overcoming addiction. It is often said to be the first step in the journey of a thousand miles — the long journey of recovery, or living a sane and meaningful life without drugs. Detox is where everyone who tries to overcome addiction begins, and it is the most common addiction “treatment” offered in this country.…

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Why Do People Take Drugs? by Walter Ling, MD

Mastering the Addicted Brain by Walter Ling MD

An excerpt from Mastering the Addicted Brain: Building a Sane and Meaningful Life to Stay Clean by Walter Ling, MD We have discussed how the brain works, how drugs affect the brain, how the brain becomes addicted, and how it stays addicted — as it learns and incorporates drug experiences into memory and as its reward circuitry overwhelms rational inhibitions. Now let’s ask perhaps the most important question of all: Why do people take drugs in the first place? Alan Leshner, former director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse,…

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Parthenogenesis by Den Poitras

Parthenogenesis by Den Poitras

Exploring Women’s Long-lost Ability to Self-conceive Our Rating 5/5 Life on this planet is short, intensive and tough. We are born, eat a lot, pay taxes, and then die – only to come back and do it all over again sometime later. For many younger and less-spiritually-aware Souls the cycle of in and out of successive incarnations; of trying a few new things, failing at even more. and then coming back down again for another round of challenges and trials, seems to be dependent upon the innate desire of members of…

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Plants of the Devil by Corinne Boyer

Plants of the Devil by Corinne Boyer

Three Hands Press has announced the up-coming publication of Plants of the Devil by Corinne Boye.  Plants of the Devil examinines the history and magic of herbs associated with Satan and his minions, delving into the folklore of ancient Europe and the British Isles. Examined in the book are the diabolical concept of the Wild Adversary and the Devil’s Garden, Temptation, plants that harm and curse such as Blackberry, Stinging Nettle, Briar Rose, and Thistle, Poisonous Plants, herbs of evil omen, and herbs for protection, or ‘Plants to keep the…

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How to Be Ultra Spiritual by J P Sears

How to be Ultra Spiritual by J P Sears

Religion is the worst thing that ever happened to spirituality. Something, that at its heart is so noble and worthy, underwent a terrible transition into dogma and creed around the time that certain men found it could be harvested, packaged and sold like any other commodity. At the same time that those who extracted and distorted its core values were doing so they also accidentally discovered that it was also possible to use religion as a control mechanism. This was, and still is, a method through which the minds of the…

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The Power of Archetypes by Marie D. Jones

The Power of Archetypes by Marie D. Jones

Have you ever caught yourself becoming so engrossed in the events and circumstances surrounding a character in your favorite TV series that you physically and emotionally sense every single personal experience that they have? On the other-hand have you ever felt a deep sense of vehemence towards a politician, a musician, or a celebrity – and for no apparent reason? If the answer to either of these questions is yes then you have probably fallen under the spell of one or more archetypes. Hidden Realms So then, what exactly is…

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The Compassion Revolution by Amy Leigh Mercree

The Compassion Revolution by Amy Leigh Mercree

Amy Leigh Mercree is a medical intuitive, author and wellness coach with a mission. She is someone who has made it her personal intention to introduce a greater level of compassion into society. The plan that she has formed to achieve this she calls The Compassion Revolution – a thirty-day programme of practical spiritual work which focuses upon the development and expression of a deeper and more empathetic way of living. Each day of her programme is devoted to a particular range of actions that a reader can take and…

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Asian Journals: India and Japan by Joseph Campbell

Asian Journals - India and Japan by Joseph Campbell

At the beginning of his career, Joseph Campbell developed a lasting fascination with the cultures of the Far East, and explorations of Buddhist and Hindu philosophy later became recurring motifs in his vast body of work. However, Campbell had to wait until middle age to visit the lands that inspired him so deeply. In 1954, he took a sabbatical from his teaching position and embarked on a yearlong voyage through India, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and finally Japan. Asian Journals combines the two hardcover editions of Campbell’s journals,…

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Born Aware by Diane Brandon

Born Aware by Diane Brandon

Heather recalls exactly where she was and what she was doing before she was born – she remembers that was an angel, working with other angels doing creative work. “Basically we worked in groups of four, and we were all kindred, and we would build planets. It was taking the energy of the Creator and building from it and that was what we did.” Heather is one of those rare individuals who has a conscious recollection of life before she was born. She also remembers how, just before she was…

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Why Some People are Born Aware by Diane Brandon

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Diane Brandon discusses why it is that some children enter into this world with a strong spiritual awareness. “I don’t want to be here again.” This is what I thought when I was born. I have never forgotten my awareness then or the perceptions I had—and I’m not the only one. There are people throughout the world who remember their thoughts at birth. I call this the “Born Aware” phenomenon. This phenomenon may seem strange; some people even consider it to be impossible. However, for those of us with these…

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Led by Light (Volume 1) by Joanna Bartlett

Led by Light (Volume 1) by Joanna Bartlett

The Rev. Joanna Bartlett did not choose to be a medium — being a medium chose her. In her book Led by Light she explains “…it’s not a matter of wanting to be one or not, I did, however, choose to pursue developing my gift, instead of continuing to repress and ignore them to the best of my ability.” Today those gifts have led Bartlett to become a certified medium with the National Spiritualist Association of Churches and the author of several books. She also offers intuitive mediumship mentoring and…

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Scarlet Imprint Publish Collector’s Edition of The Game of Saturn by Peter Mark Adams

The Game of Saturn by Peter Mark Adams

Scarlet Imprint Publish Collector’s Edition of The Game of Saturn by Peter Mark Adams The Game of Saturn is the first full length, scholarly study of the enigmatic Renaissance masterwork known as the Sola-Busca tarot. It reveals the existence of a pagan liturgical and ritual tradition active amongst members of the Renaissance elite and encoded within the deck. Beneath its beautifully decorated surface, its imagery ranges from the obscure to the grotesque; we encounter scenes of homoeroticism, wounding, immolation and decapitation redolent of hidden meanings, violent transformations and obscure rites.…

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East Anglian Witches and Wizards by Michael Howard

East Anglian Witches and Wizards by Michael Howard

Limited editions release of Michale Howard’s fourth book in the Witchcraft of the British Isles series. Michael Howard’s fourth book in the ‘WITCHCRAFT IN THE BRITISH ISLES‘ series has just arrived. Due to its popularity, the entire series is now being released in standard hardcover as well as paperback editions. All will retain their original covers by Bob Eames, and the interior text has been newly typeset by Joseph Uccello. A small number of leather bound editions of each title will also be released. Standard hard and softcover versions of the…

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The Heart of Infinity: Exploring the Universe (The Teaching of the Heart) (Volume 4) by Zinovia Dushkova

The Heart of Infinity: Exploring the Universe (The Teaching of the Heart) (Volume 4) by Zinovia Dushkova

Spirituality teaches us that the Universe is a vibrant, breathing, and energetic place — an environment that is more dynamic and conscious than astrophysicists would have us believe. Also, and once again despite what physics tells us, whilst the cosmos is a hot-bed of activity it is not a chaotic place. Stars, planets, and even whole solar systems are in order with one another and in doing so vibrate to cosmic laws and principles that define their particular role and function in the Grand Scheme. But what are these principles…

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The Order-Disorder Paradox by Nathan Schwartz-Salant

The Order-Disorder Paradox by Nathan Schwartz-SalantThe Order-Disorder Paradox by Nathan Schwartz-Salant

Why do the good die young? Why are rich people the least generous and why do only rotten people decide to become politicians? These may be generalised observations on modern life but they do have ring of truth about them. They also reflect a condition that exists throughout every area of life which is termed as paradox. In his book The Order-Disorder Paradox Nathan Schwartz-Salant explores one of the most compelling examples of paradox that we face in modern society. Why is it that whilst we create increasingly complex systems of order in…

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The Story You Need to Tell – Talking About Writing with Sandra Marinella

Notebook and pencil

Sandra Marinella has taught thousands of students and fellow educators, presented dozens of workshops at the Veterans Hospital, Phoenix, and the Virginia Piper Cancer Center, Scottsdale, and is expanding into a variety of health and wellness settings. She lives in Phoenix, AZ. Her website is www.storyyoutell.com. What is your book about? Most of us have a story — and sometimes we don’t even know that our story is waiting to be told. The Story You Need to Tell (Read our review) is about digging deep and finding the stories in…

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The Story You Need to Tell by Sandra Marinella

The Story You Need to Tell by Sandra Marinella

Sandra Marinella is a writing teacher and during her professional career she has taught thousands of students and presented hundreds of workshops. In a recent interview she explained that ‘There are well over 200 studies that demonstrate how writing our personal stories can help to heal us physically, psychologically, and even socially. Some studies indicate that writing can lower our stress, improve our moods, reduce symptoms of depression, and give us a feeling of greater psychological well-being.” For those suffering internal turmoil and pain this sure sounds like a powerful…

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The Fearless Path by Leah Guy

The Fearless Path by Leah Guy

“If you and I want to have peace and freedom, we must change the way we live our lives. We must follow our Soul’s desires, and strengthen our self-will. The first steps are accepting who you are and presenting your true self to the world.” With those encouraging words of advice intuitive transpersonal healer and spiritual teacher Leah Guy encapsulates her personal philosophy — not one that has been learnt or lifted from sacred books of any kind but one which has been forged through the sheer struggle and challenge…

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Letting Go of Good by Andrea Mathews

Letting Go of Good by Andrea Mathews

There can be little doubt that whilst a great deal of today’s New Age spirituality distances itself from established religions such as Christianity it still harbours more than a thin connection to their traditional values. The most prominent example of this exists in the idea that in order to be a worthy human being we have to be ‘good’, we have to do good things, or carry out good works. Similar ethical ideas permeate many other fringe areas of occult and mystical philosophy. As a result we find that many…

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Healing from Trauma and Awakening to Your Body’s Wisdom: An Interview with Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

While the English language frequently refers to what our bodies know — “gut feelings,” hearts “reaching out” to others, etc. — many of us have learned to ignore, deny, or even mistrust our body’s inherent wisdom. Even worse, a lot of people don’t like their bodies very much at all. As a result, we often cut ourselves off from one of our greatest allies. In Reclaiming Your Body: Healing from Trauma and Awakening to Your Body’s Wisdom, author Suzanne Scurlock-Durana provides the tools and guidance necessary to reconnect with our…

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Reclaiming Your Body by Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

Reclaiming Your Body by Suzanne Scurlcok-Durana

If you gave your body a voice, what do you think it would say to you? Maybe it would be happy and pleased with the way that you treat it each day; or perhaps it would tell you that it was sad and angry that the messages it sends to you regarding its state of health are regularly being ignored. As a society we are not used to the idea that we can engage deeply with our bodies and understand something about its innate wisdom. We tend to get doctors and other…

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Ways to Recognize and Develop Your Psychic Abilities by Melanie Barnum

Most people experience some type of psychic impressions during their lifetime but how can you tell if these are the start of developing psychic abilities? Let professional  psychic medium Melanie guide you. Do you question if psychic abilities are real, and truly exist? You may even doubt the validity of intuition. But, chances are, you actually do know, even if it’s buried deep down, that psychic abilities are indeed real and you’ve probably even had some of your own psychic experiences. Let’s celebrate your gifts and revel in the fact…

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3 Ways to Make Magic Work Better by Deborah Lipp

In my years of teaching magic, witchcraft, and that sort of thing, I’ve found that spells are a challenging subject for many. Spellcraft is often a mystery, even for people who know a lot about subjects like divination, altered states, and ritual. You might be doing spells, but finding them frustrating or unsatisfactory. You might be successful at magic, but feel like something is missing. Maybe you want to kick it up a notch, or maybe you’ve already given up on the whole “magic” thing. The truth is, there are…

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The Secret Nature of Matter by Richard Gordon

The Secret Nature of Matter by Richard Gordon

Richard Gordon likes to play around with life. He also likes to provide himself, and others, with proof that the rules he plays by are both tangible and verifiable. In his book The Secret Nature of Matter Gordon shares fifty-eight of his mind-magic experiments along with their modus operandi and observed outcomes. Gordon is a friend of natural curiosity and the enemy of chance. The Journey Begins In The Secret Nature of Matter the author opens by describing his book as existing between the seemingly opposing polarities of science and…

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Raindrops of Love for A Thirsty World by Eileen Workman

Raindrops of Love for A Thirsty World by Eileen Workman

LIFE is either something that happens to you or is something that flows through you. How you choose to determine your destiny or otherwise simply respond to what external circumstances throws at you is largely determined by the degree to which you accept that all-important principle of self-love. Assuming that you choose to become a channel for LIFE then what exactly are the means, the methods and the motivations that stream forth from the centre of all things? In her book Raindrops of Love author Eileen Workman steps back and…

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The Spiritual Symbols Workbook by Joanna Bartlett

The Spiritual Symbols Workbook by Joanna Bartlett

Life is a journey populated with trials, choices, and opportunities. Sometimes it can difficult to figure out which of the many paths that spring up in-front of us are the right ones to take and which of them will send us off in the wrong direction. At such times of important decision-making we need to be able to assess the situation with consideration of the sort of people that we truly are and the things that enhance our spiritual growth. For this to occur we need to develop a deeper…

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Messages From a Wonderful Afterlife by Kristy Robinett

Messages from a Wonderful Afterlife by Kristy Robinett

The faint odour of a remembered perfume, a slight tickle on the back of the neck, the unexpected smelling of a door or the tinkling of a tiny bell are all possible signs that a recently departed loved one is trying to make you aware of their continued presence. In Messages from a Wonderful Afterlife professional psychic medium, and author of It’s a Wonderful Afterlife (reviewed here), Kristy Robinett expands upon her previous work with a collection of personal anecdotal accounts from herself, her clients, friends and families, of signs…

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Life, Travel and Spiritual Reflections – An Interview With J Jaye Gold

Jaye Gold

In this exclusive interview with writer and spiritual teacher J. Jaye Gold we explore the mind and philosophy of someone with a clear mission to bring light to the world. Spiritual teacher J. Jaye Gold has been assisting people in their search for inner meaning for 35 years. He currently lives in the Sierra foothills of Northern California where he works with several dozen seekers of truth. Justin is the author of four books; Another Heart in His Hand, Highway of Diamonds, The Roca Group and his latest – a…

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Mediumship Scrying & Transfiguration for Beginners by Diana Palm

Mediumship Scrying & Transfiguration for Beginners by Diana Palm

A Guide to Spirit Communication. Our Rating 4/5 It was a Divine Timing, that specific moment in time when our Soul reveals to us our specific life path, that caused Diana Palm to realise that her true passion in life was healing and connecting with spirit. In that moment she looked within herself and realised that at that point everything at a much deeper level within herself had changed. Hence forth her life path would have to change. That subsequent reappraisal of her life caused her to move into the…

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Out of Your Mind by Alan Watts

Out of Your Mind by Alan Watts

By the early 1960s author and philosopher Alan Watts was receiving recognition for his radio talks and for his landmark books. This led him into working on a speaking circuit that included colleges and large public halls. By way of a contrast he was also actively engaged in presenting seminars to small, intimate groups. Following his death in 1973 his son, Mark Watts carried on his fathers work through the Alan Watts Electronic University and nearly ten years ago he selected six of the more important recordings from his fathers’…

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The Power of Forgiveness by Emily J. Hooks

The Power of Forgiveness by Emily J. Hooks

Very few emotions tear our Soul apart more than those of anger, hatred, and loathing and yet it is exactly these instinctual responses to the hurt and pain inflicted upon us by others that we can feel the most justified in expressing. Yet when you analyse the need for revenge, or some other form of payback for those who have damaged us emotionally or psychologically, it is we, rather than they, who end up being the most acutely disempowered. If we truly want to heal from our wounds then it…

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The Resonance Effect by Carolyn McMakin

The Resonance Effect by Carolyn McMakiThe Resonance Effect by Carolyn McMakin

In 1946 Australian osteopath Harry Van Gelder bought an osteopathic practice. As part of the equipment that came with it he found an odd machine that was built in 1922. Gelder tried out the contraption and found that it had the ability to resonate at a number of different set frequencies. These could be applied in healing and so he began to travel around the United States and Canada using the machine to heal the ailments of patients. In 1981 George Douglas, a doctor of chiropractic, studied under Harry Van…

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Meditation Saved my Life by Phakyab Rinpoche

Meditation Saved my Life by Phakyab Rinpoche

A Tibetan Lama and the Healing Power of the Mind Our Rating 5/5 On July 6, 1980 Phakyab Rinpoche under went ordination as a Buddhist monk. The event, which took place in a large cave in Tibet, featured the taking of vows and was attended by Lamas from far and wide. Starting on the Full Moon the festivities and celebrations then lasted for a whole week. On January 28, 1999, the Chinese Army who now had a stranglehold on every part of the country began a countrywide crackdown on Buddhism.…

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Boundless Heart by Christina Feldman

Boundless Heart by Christina Feldman

Woven within Buddhist teachings and the Buddha’s path of Awakening the student will find the process of developing the ‘boundless heart’. These are governed by the brahma viharas – or Four Immeasurables, which offer guidance for the cultivation of equanimity, joy, kindness and compassion. In her book on the subject, Boundless Heart, cofounder of the Gaia House retreat center in the U.K and established spiritual author Christina Feldman, explains that the word brama refers to the ‘noble tenet’ of these qualities whilst vihara is roughly translated as ‘the place we…

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Bring Your Tarot Readings to Life by Barbara Moore

Barbara Moore invites us to think about our tarot readings in new and challenging ways. “Thirty spokes share the wheel’s hub;
 It is the center hole that makes it useful. 
Shape clay into a pot; 
It is the space within that makes it useful. 
Build walls for a room; 
It is the space within that makes it useful.” —Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching In Hebrew theology there is the idea of tzim tzum, the act of God withdrawing in order to make space for creation to happen. Another interesting aspect…

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Tarot Court Cards for Beginners by Leeza Robertson

Tarot Court Cards for Beginners by Leeza Robertson

If you have ever studied the Tarot you will know only too well that it has a predisposition towards describing events, circumstances and outcomes. This bias also appears within most books on Tarot card meanings. Generally speaking the Major Arcana within a deck reveal important life-changing events whilst the Minor Arcana cards tend to refer to incidental experiences. To many students the third aspect of the Tarot, namely the Court cards, tend to be overlooked for they describe people rather than predict upcoming events. And as we all know people and their…

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Subtle Energy Techniques by Cyndi Dale

Subtle Energy Techniques by Cyndi Dale

There is no doubt that the previously deep-seated divisions between materialism and spirituality have eroded greatly over the past couple of decades. This has mainly come about through their joint acceptance of the premise that everything in our physical world is formed from energy. Where the two belief structures do differ is in the fact that all forms of spirituality are heavily invested in the idea that reality can be moulded through the intervention of consciousness upon it. Whilst science accepts everything is composed of minutely-sized atomic particles with no…

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Enlighten My Senses by Cintra Best

Enlighten My Senses by Cintra Best

Continuing to believe that life is good, that your God loves you and that everyone in your life means you well — despite all evidence to the contrary, can be a Herculean task when events work to conspire against you at every turn. When life continues to throw at you every piece of emotional, mental and psychological garbage it can muster — and still you somehow find the strength to struggle on despite it all, then you know that whatever else the message that life is trying to send to…

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Spirit Conjuring for Witches by Frater Barrabbas

Spirit Conjuring for Witches by Frater Barrabbas

The conjuration of spirits is an aspect of occultism that has been somewhat in decline over the past few decades. Once the core activity in many arcane practices it no longer features as heavily as it once did in the ritual workings of occultists — even to the degree that there is risk of us losing so much of the once deeply revered knowledge and understanding of this aspect of magic. Frater Barrabas is a practicing ritual magician who has studied Magick and the occult for over thirty-five years. He is…

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Deeper Awareness by Dr. Bennie Elgin Calloway III

Deeper Awareness by Dr. Bennie Elgin Calloway III

Dr. Bennie Calloway III has been a minister for twenty-five years and church pastor for eighteen. He currently serves as the Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Boston. His father was also a minister before him which means that ever since his early years Bennie Calloway has been closely involved within a community with tightly-knit religious values. Given his background and devotion to the religious life readers of his book Deeper Awareness will be somewhat surprised to read in the introduction to his book the following statement. ‘Religion is best described…

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Ghost Box by Chris Moon & Paulette Moon

Ghost Box by Chris Moon & Paulette Moon

When the wife of Thomas Edison died the famous inventor became extremely fascinated in the concept of life after death. Being of a scientific mind he started to consider the possibility that he could create a machine that had the capability of communicating with the spirits of the deceased. Edison began to build what has been called his Telephone to the Dead and soon posted project updates in periodicals such as Scientific American and Forbes, His ideas were not generally very well-received by his peers and sadly, Edison failed to…

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Woman Most Wild by Danielle Dulsky

Woman Most Wild by Danielle Dulsky

“A communal subterranean yearning for wild woman spirituality is drumming beneath our feet, and this longing has been born of the feminine’ spiritual starvation.” With those profound words artist, teacher, and writer Danielle Dulsky reveals the essential message contained within her book Woman Most Wild. So what, you might well ask, is ‘wild woman spirituality’? In Woman Most Wild Dulsky explains that it is essentially a living, breathing tradition that can be found deep within Witchcraft. She states that it is energised by a deep sense of freedom, sexuality and inherent…

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Decomposing the Shadow by James W. Jesso

Decomposing The Shadow by James W. Jesso

It is difficult to find anyone today who has not, at some point or other in their lives, been firmly and squarely bitten in the proverbial backside as the direct result of some innocent use of one drug or another. For James W Jesso it was the after effects of his initial consumption of the psilocybin mushroom that initiated him into a state of consciousness that was terrifyingly strange to his young mind. However despite his initial negative experiences with the powerful mind-bending drug he was drawn deeper into a…

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The Hearth Witch’s Compendium by Anna Franklin

The Hearth Witch’s Compendium by Anna Franklin

Anyone who has even the slightest degree of interest in Witchcraft will probably have been initially drawn into this world of mystery by the portrayal of the old Wise Woman as she appears in old childhood stories and nursery rhymes. Coupled with images of rambling roses outside the front doors of her old stone cottage, herbs drying in the kitchen and strange brews bubbling away for days on the open fire these scenes stimulate the senses and engage the Pagan passions in all of us. Sadly, Modern Witchcraft is no…

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Live Your Happy by Maria Felipe

Live Your Happy by Maria Felipe

Before she became an author and a minister, Reverend Maria Filipe was an actress, a model, and a TV sports presenter. Following an inward calling she changed her life-direction and studied at Pathways of Light which is an accredited religious school inspired by the book A Course in Miracles – one of the most influential books of all time with Worldwide sales of over 2.5 million. Live Your Happy is Filipe’s guide to the teachings of A Course in Miracles which she has gathered from more than twenty years spent…

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The Heart of the Community: Creating an Ideal Society (The Teaching of the Heart) (Volume 3) by Zinovia Dushkova

The Heart of the Community: Creating an Ideal Society (The Teaching of the Heart) (Volume 3) by Zinovia Dushkova

The World is in the midst of a period of great social change — probably as significant and far-reaching in its scope as those that occurred during late 1960s. For many people caught up in the shifting sands of time this is a frightening and deeply challenging period in World history. In many regards it seems like we are teetering on the brink of something dark and foreboding over which we have little or no control. For those who understand this revolution from a spiritual perspective the future is somewhat…

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Words at the Threshold by Lisa Smartt

Words at the Threshold by Lisa Smartt

Lisa Smartt was amazed and then confused when her father, towards the end of his life and whilst dying from prostate cancer, began to communicate to others in strange and unrecognisable ways. A man who was essentially indifferent to spirituality and any thoughts of the afterlife her father started talking in mystical ways and about seeing angels appearing before him predicting his point of death. After he passed over his daughter spent some four years collecting together accounts and transcripts from several health-care providers, friends and family members who also…

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Ayahuasca by Arno Adelaars and Christian Ratsch

Ayahuasca by Arno Adelaars and Christian Ratsch

The word Ayahuasca originates from Quechua – the language of the lost empire of the Incas. It translates to mean ‘vine of the dead’, ‘vine of the soul’, or spirit vine’ — all of which accurately describe the essence of the entheogenic beverage that has generated great interest within the Western alternative healing world. The properties, history and traditions of Ayahuasca are notoriously difficult to write about in any traditional sense for the real essence behind this sacred medicine only reveals itself to those who engage with its guardians spirits…

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The Witch’s Book of Shadows by Jason Mankey

The Witch’s Book of Shadows by Jason Mankey

Of all the tools to be found in an occultist toolbox none are quite so important, or valuable, as The Book of Shadows. For Pagan blogger Jason Mankey his own Book of Shadows was his first tool of Witchcraft: a small, plain Nepalese journal that he picked up in a local hippy-style store. His second Book was a blue leather-bound journal that he purchased at a Barnes and Noble store. This one proved to be a more purpose-built affair with uniform pages and ruled lines. He still has both in…

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The True Light of Darkness by James W. Jesso

The True Light Of Darkness by James W. Jesso

‘Just say no!’ has for several decades been the mantra of the ‘establishment’ in their well-meaning attempt to discourage drug use in the younger generation. Presented as the definitive statement on the subject by those in positions of authority its message is clear and unequivocal. ‘Drugs are bad. Why? Because we say so.’ If only life was that simple and clear-cut then we could solve all of our social problems in a flash. Questioning Mind One of those young and impressionable minds who were subjected to drug education at school was…

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Listening to Ayahuasca by Dr. Rachel Harris

Listening to Ayahuasca by Dr. Rachel Harris

Every generation of psychospiritual students have had their preferred stimulant of choice. From marijuana and LSD in the 1960s through to MDMA, DMT and psilocybin in subsequent decades; successive waves of consciousness explorers have used natural and manmade psychedelics as a way of speeding up spiritual development. The rising star in this long list of psychoactive substances; and one that is particularly well-suited to the increasingly Shamanic context to modern spirituality, is Ayahuasca. Whilst Ayahuasca its has actually been quietly used for thousands of years by the natives of the…

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The Bufo Medicinae Codex by Dr. Gerardo Ruben Sandoval Isaac

The Bufo Medicinae Codex by Dr. Gerardo Ruben Sandoval Isaac

In 2005 Dr. Gerardo R Sandoval Isaac experienced a dramatic spiritual event after ingesting the secretions of the Sonoran Desert Toad. In his book The Bufo Medicinae Codex he shares his divine revelation. “I saw this beautiful golden light emanating from me and connecting with all things, activating an Energetic/magnetic Force, I witnessed how my whole energetic body was launched towards the sun and after penetrating the sun I expanded in all possible directions. I became the whole Universe.” This life-changing event set him along a path towards the promotion…

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Animal Frequency by Melissa Alvarez

Animal Frequency by Melissa Alvarez

Your lifetime energy animal will be your guide, teacher and spiritual messenger throughout your incarnation and so befriending it, understanding its unique energy pattern, harnessing its power as well as learning the lessons it has to teach you is one of the most powerful and effective spiritual practices that we can follow. In addition to animals there are many other members of the natural world that can also flit in and out of our awareness at certain times in our lives. Each of them carries their own message and presents…

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5 Amazing Reasons to Create Your Own Tarot Spreads by Sasha Graham

Tarot and Stones

Wondering if you should create your own tarot spreads is rather like asking yourself if you should cook your own meals. Isn’t it easier to eat out at yummy restaurants, depend on friends, or heat up frozen dinners? No! Eating out is expensive, your friends will get annoyed with you, and frozen food is … eesh, unexciting. Cooking teaches you more about food than you could ever learn by just eating alone. Cooking reveals texture, taste, combination, timing, planning, and, most importantly, how and what you like. Cooking makes you…

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Sacred Space, Tarot, and Your Magical Practice by Sasha Graham

Magickal Tools

Do you recall the first time you cast a solitary spell? A real spell. Do you remember the moment when you took power into your own hands, lit flickering candles, burned tendrils of incense, called to the corners, created sacred space, and invoked your intention to manifest in the universe? It was memorable, wasn’t it? Like a teenager fumbling through the loss of virginity, there was likely an awkward reference back to the grimoire you were using, a bumbling pause to find right words, the correct order, or the proper…

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The Herbal Healing Deck by Sarah Baldwin

The Herbal Healing Deck by Sarah Baldwin

The history of plants being used for medicinal purposes stretches as far back as Palaeolithic times, approximately 60,000 years ago,  although there is evidence that prior to advent of Neanderthal man and even animals were aware of the healing properties of certain plants. Herbalism, as we know it today, has been practised ever since the time of the ancient Chinese, Indians, Egyptians and Babylonians. The ancient Greeks and Romans were also renowned herbalists as well as Native Americans. In fact there has not been a culture throughout the World that…

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction by Linda Lehrhaupt and Petra Meibert

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction by Linda Lehrhaupt and Petra Meibert

“To begin to practice mindfulness is to embark on a journey that has no end. Mindfulness is not something we “get” and complete. It is a practice for life and a lifelong practice. If you rake mindfulness to heart, it has the potential to enrich your life in countless ways.” With those words taken from Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction by Petra Meibert and Linda Lehrhaupt – founder and director of the Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches, the authors offer a tantalising glimpse of what they see as the primary therapeutic advantages of…

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Discover Your Master Chakra by Stephanie S. Larsen

Discover Your Master Chakra by Stephanie S. Larsen

It is often said that the single most effective approach to understanding the form and function of the Divine at work is simply through “knowing yourself”. Whilst this powerful piece of guidance may be effective it does lead one to wonder how exactly we do discover who we are and our specific role in this lifetime. Thankfully modern spirituality offers several tools that can help us along this journey of exploration. They include such tools as the tarot, astrology, dreamwork and past-life regression. The Internal Powerhouse In Discover Your Master…

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The Mythic Dimension: Selected Essays 1959-1987 by Joseph Campbell

The Mythic Dimension: Selected Essays 1959-1987 (Collected Works of Joseph Campbell)

Between the years of 1959 and 1987 when he died, Joseph Campbell published three of his most acclaimed works. These were The Masks of God, The Mythic Image and the Historical Atlas of World Mythology. During this period he also wrote in greater detail about some of the subjects that he only lightly covered in those works. Some of these expanded ideas he published as essays and these appeared in several small-circulation magazines and journals whilst others appeared as introductions or chapters in others’ books. The Collection The best of…

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Justin Time by J Jaye Gold

Justin Time by J Jaye Gold

There are many different ways in which a spiritual aspirant can dedicate their lives in the pursuit of a closer relationship to the Divine. Whilst some choose to follow a path of seclusion, living life away from the distractions of modern life, most seekers of the truth find they have to integrate the mundane practicalities of economic and domestic survival whilst seeking out the light. It is for this reason that when light-workers of any persuasion share an account of their lives with the rest of the world the result always…

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Psychic Vision: 3 Easy Ways by Melanie Barnum

Crystal Ball and OceanCrystal Ball and Ocean

Author and professional psychic Melanie Barnum shows you exactly how to open up your mundane consciousness to a world that is far beyond your normal senses. Hey! You there! Have you ever seen something that wasn’t there? I mean, really wasn’t there? Have you gotten the chills and just felt there was something going on or there was someone else there? This happens to me all the time. I, you see, am a professional psychic. I use my clairvoyance, or psychic sight, regularly to do readings for people all over the world.…

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Hidden Mandala Coloring Book by Jean-Louis de Biasi

Hidden Mandala Coloring Book by Jean-Louis de Biasi

Jean-Louis De Biasi first became fascinated by mandalas after coming across them in books about Buddhism and Tibet. Later on he discovered that Native Americans such as the Hopis and Zunis from the Southwestern part of the United States use complex artwork in much the same way — as representations of spiritual worlds as well they reside within the psyche. There they depict the various elements to the sacred invisible world using sand, pigments and other natural components in ceremonial settings. Sacred Geometry and Numbers De Biasi practices philosophical counselling…

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The God Molecule by Dr. Gerardo Ruben Sandoval Isaac

The God Molecule by Dr. Gerardo Ruben Sandoval Isaac

The story of Gerardo Ruben Sandoval Isaac’s fascination with entheogens begins at an early age. At just twelve years Isaac started to receive strange nightly dreams in which he was outside alone and in a desert region searching for peyote — the hallucinogenic cactus that grows natively in the wilds of Northern Mexico and Southwestern USA. The odd thing about these dreams was that at that time young Isaac did not actually know what peyote was nor that it is used as a hallucinogenic substance. A Hallucinogenic Quest In his book The…

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Betwixt and Between by Storm Faerywolf

Betwixt and Between by Storm Faerywolf

The Faery Tradition (not to be confused with the fairy tradition) in Witchcraft is seen as a comparatively recent offshoot of the traditional Gardenerian form of the Craft. Originating in the West Coast of America it is a path to personal power that actually has its roots in an ancient strain of the Craft and which today is enjoying a resurgence of interest. This is mainly due to the emerging experts in the field such as Storm Faerywolf. Hailing from San Francisco Faerywolf holds a Black Wand of a Master…

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The Magic of Trees by Tess Whitehurst

The Magic of Trees by Tess Whitehurst

Did you know that the Ash tree is an excellent protector of your home, that the linden tree is used to invoke the protection of the Goddess, or that hazel is associated with the planet Mercury? All this and many more facts and insights are featured in intuitive counsellor Tess Whitehurst’s comprehensive guide to the sacred wisdom and metaphysical properties of trees. Encyclopaedic Research In The Magic of Trees Whitehurst catalogs the ancient spiritual wisdom of more than one hundred trees. Ranging from common varieties such as beech, oak and…

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Four Ways Your Energy Animal Can Appear to You by Melissa Alvarez

Cat on black background

Animals. We share our world with them, we have them as pets, and they can be a source of comfort and love. Animals can also be spiritual guides for us during times of need or to help us grow on our spiritual path. I call them energy animals because I work with energy and animal frequency, but they’re also known as totems, spirit animals, power animals, familiars, and animal spirit guides. All of these terms describe animals that guide, teach, and connect with you in order to deliver messages from…

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The Art of Shadowscapes Tarot by Stephanie Put-Mun Law

The Art of Shadowscapes Tarot by Stephanie Put-Mun Law

Since its publication in 2011 The Shadowscapes Tarot has enjoyed a growing reputation among tarot students for being a deck with many outstanding qualities. The main reason why this deck is so quite loved, and even revered, is mainly due to the exquisite artwork featured in the cards by its author fantasy artist Stephanie Pui-Mun Law. Skilfully crafted, the deck features a blend of fairy tales, myth, and folklore drawn from several world cultures all of which are woven into the Rider-Waite format. So popular has the deck become that…

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Plant Magic by Sandra Kynes

Plant Magic by Sandra Kynes

Throughout human history ancient cultures have always held the belief that plants have not only medicinal properties but magical ones as well. From the earliest times in recorded history occult philosophers have continuously ascribed specific planetary influences to a wide variety of plants, shrubs and herbs. Even today the use of many common species of plants; including some that are commonly classed as weeds, is common throughout nearly all occult practices. Growth and the Wheel of Life In her book Plant Magic acclaimed author Sandra Kynes explores the world of…

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How to Talk to Angels by Lucinda Gabriel

How to Talk to Angels by Lucinda Gabriel

If you remain still for a moment and listen intently within the peace that envelopes your inner space you might just occasionally detect the delicate sound of an angel whispering quietly into your ear. If you do then you would be well advised to act upon the advice and guidance that they offer you for, as Reiki Master, author and medium Lucinda Gabriel states “Your angels and guides want to present themselves to you. They want to assist you on this journey we call life. They want you to be…

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Put Purpose into Raising Your Frequency by Melissa Alvarez

Silhouette of a man and the Sun

I’d never really put much thought into how I could effectively raise my frequency, the spiritual energy of my personal vibration, or why I should even attempt to do it until I began to notice a correlation between my frequency and the positive or negative things happening in my life. I became aware that a higher inner frequency resulted in more positivity in my life, and lower frequencies resulted in stressful, negative situations, so I began to focus on raising my frequency with purpose. The ultimate goal in raising frequency…

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Animal Frequency Oracle Cards by Melissa Alvarez

Animal Frequency Oracle Cards by Melissa Alvarez

The Animal Frequency® Oracle Cards is a 44-card oracle deck that was specifically designed by Melissa Alvarez to accompany her book Animal Frequency. Melissa Alvarez is a bestselling, award-winning author who has written ten books and nearly five hundred articles on the subject of self-help, spirituality and wellness. She is a professional intuitive coach, energy worker, spiritual advisor, medium and animal communicator. What is Animal Frequency? Alvarez is particularly knowledgeable on the subject of animals and their spiritual components. As a child she was brought up on a farm and enjoyed…

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Walking the Medicine Wheel: Healing Trauma and PTSD by David R Kopacz and Joseph Rael

Walking the Medicine Wheel: Healing Trauma and PTSD by David R Kopacz and Joseph Rael

Psychiatrist and holistic & integrative physician, David Kopacz, and Native American Visionary, Joseph Rael (Beautiful Painted Arrow), offer a healing path for veterans suffering trauma and PTSD. Our Rating – Book of the Month: March 2017 5/5 Trauma is a complex medical condition and one that is notably prevalent within the military: most specifically by soldiers who are returning home from time spent serving at the frontline. Treating it successfully can be equally complex. Whilst those working within the established medical profession believe that trauma is essentially a mental aberration; psychiatrist David Kopacz views trauma,…

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Llewellyn’s Little Book of Psychic Development by Melanie Barnum

Llewellyn’s Little Book of Psychic Development by Melanie Barnum

From our earliest years we learn to develop our five primary senses without really being aware that there actually many ways of experiencing the world available to us. However, It only takes one, completely unexpected and out-of-the-ordinary psychic experience to awaken us to the immense potential for experiencing another, wholly different, level to life. The question that arises is; “How do you deal with a newly emerging form of personal consciousness — one that forces you to fully appreciate the fact that at our core we are all powerfully psychic individuals?” Psychic…

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The Secret of the Temple by John Michael Greer

The Secret of the Temple by John Michael Greer

Ancient stories, hidden sacred traditions and arcane mythology are often found which suggest that certain buildings, when constructed within specific parameters, have a profound impact upon the fertility of the land that surrounds them. Seemingly both agricultural output and the general well-being of the local populace are directly influenced by the form, style, dimensions and orientation of its primary building. In his book The Secret of the Temple John Michael Greer traces these ideas back through history and unravels a line of research that suggests that this body of sacred architectural lore…

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Children of Covenant by Fred Howard

Children of Covenant by Fred Howard

Small-town America always has its prejudices; its own political intrigues and its deep secrets. In most cases this darkside to local communities is delicately hidden behind a thin veneer of group consensus and the need for social harmony. However every now and again the dam breaks open and the dark, repressed elements to small-town life are blown apart through through one form of scandal or another. Such is the theme of Children of Covenant – a novel by Fred Howard; a minister of the Unitarian Church of Valdosta, Georgia and…

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Beautiful Painted Arrow Visionary Cards – The Path of the Red Road by Joseph Rael

Beautiful Painted Arrow Visionary Cards – The Path of the Red Road by Joseph Rael

Joseph Rael, whose name, Tsluu teh koy ay means “Beautiful Painted Arrow,” was born in 1935 on the Southern Ute reservation to a chief’s granddaughter and a Tiwa-speaking Picuris native. Rael’s early connection with the Native American tradition enabled him to strengthen his visionary powers. These developed between the ages of 7 and 12 years and soon afterwards he began to assist the village holy man in their regular healing practices. In 1983 Joseph received a vision in which he was told that he had work to do in bringing peace…

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Trance Dance Your Way to Happiness by Yasmin Henkesh

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Sad? Depressed? Anxious? Stressed? Not feeling good enough—not the right height, the right shape, the right whatever? Wish you could click your ruby red slippers and forever banish self doubt? If so, push back the couch and make a little room—I have something I want you to try. Did you know you can dance your way to happiness? For the same reason many of us have “chased that disco ball around” after a relationship ended, dancing makes us feel better. In her article “Four Powerful Ways to Live a Joyful…

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The Illumination of the Heart: Experiencing a Divine Miracle (The Teaching of the Heart) (Volume 2) by Zinovia Dushkova

The Illumination of the Heart: Experiencing a Divine Miracle (The Teaching of the Heart Book 2) by Zinovia Dushkova

The Illumination of the Heart: Experiencing a Divine Miracle (The Teaching of the Heart Book 2 – sub-titled Leaves of Maitreya’ Garden, The Call of the Heart, is a collection of transcripts that reveal the continuing dialogue between the author and Ascended Master Maitreya. This is facilitated via a communication process which the author Zinovia Dushkova refers to as ‘The Fiery Experience. In her book Dushkova describes this form of communication as ‘the method which the Great Teachers traditionally use to transmit the Supreme Knowledge through their colleagues and disciples who…

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The Grace in Living by Kathleen Downing Singh

The Grace in Living by Kathleen Downing Singh

Life is a journey of discovery, revelation and continuous insight into the mysteries of life. The more years that pass and the further down that road we travel on our journey the more we become aware that the path we follow is a constant stream of personal transformations. To not engage with this constant inner drive towards enlightenment is a dereliction of our duty to engage with life itself. Life as a Pilgramage Kathleen Downing Singh is a Dharma practitioner who lives in Sarasota, Florida. She is also a speaker, teacher and…

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Mindful Money by Jonathan K. DeYoe

Mindful Money by Jonathan K Deyoe

Being wealthy might not make you happy but it is near impossible to make money unless you do so by focusing upon happiness first. Such is the tenet of Buddhist and financial advisor Jonathan DeYoe who, in his book Mindful Money sets out to guide his readers through the intricacies, obstacles, challenges and pitfalls of wealth creation. In his book DeYoe poses that fundamental question that everyone working a spiritual path has had to face at one time or another which is “How do we develop a serene relationship with…

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Psychotherapy East and West by Alan Watts

Psychotherapy East and West by Alan Watts

Psychotherapy East and West was originally published in 1961 and was the culmination of the author’s thirty years research into the varying divergent nature of Eastern and Western spiritualities. At the point of the book’s inception very few had dared to attempt to reconcile the loose Western approach to self-analysis through psychotherapy with the stricter disciplines inherent within Buddhism, Vedanta, Yoga, and Taoism. Inspired by such works as Richard Wilhelm’s The Secret of the Golden Flower (1929) and Geraldine’s Yoga and Western Psychology i(1934) Watts felt encouraged to share his own ideas in…

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Finding a Way to God and Thomas Merton with author Matthew Fox

Matthew Fox

In this interview author and theologian Matthew Fox discusses his search for God and his fascination for Thomas Merton. Matthew Fox is an internationally acclaimed theologian and spiritual maverick who has spent the past forty years revolutionizing Christian theology, taking on patriarchal religion, and advocating for a creation-centered spirituality of compassion, justice, and resacralizing of the earth. He has written more than thirty books, which have sold over 1.5 million copies in sixty languages. He lives in Oakland, CA. Q. What inspired you to write a book about Thomas Merton?…

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Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself – An Interview with Roger Housden

Roger Housden

Does life need to be so hard or can we afford to ease up a little? Author Roger Housden explains why he thinks we can and must stop the struggle. Roger Housden is the author of Dropping the Struggle and numerous other books, including the best-selling Ten Poems series, which began in 2001 with Ten Poems to Change Your Life and ended with Ten Poems to Say Goodbye in 2012. He offers writing workshops, both live and online, with an emphasis on self-discovery and exploration. Visit him online at www.RogerHousden.com.…

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Stay in the Moment with Tom Sterner

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Q. What inspired you to write Fully Engaged? A. In 2012 New World Library published the second edition of my first book The Practicing Mind. In that book I discussed what I had learned through many years of studying both Eastern thought and modern sports psychology. The main reason I had put so much time into this study was a quest to solve my own struggle with lack of discipline and impatience about reaching my goals. One of the things that fascinated me was the fact that both entities had…

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From Broke to Happiness – An Interview With Sam Bennett

Sam Bennett

Sam Bennett is the author of Start Right Where You Are and Get It Done. She created The Organized Artist Company to help creative people get unstuck and achieve their goals. She is a writer, actor, teacher, and creativity/productivity specialist who has counseled thousands of artists and entrepreneurs on their way to success. Visit her online http://www.startrightwhereyouare.com. Interview Q. Just twenty years ago, you were depressed, broke, exhausted, and fed up with yourself. What changed? A. I realized that the only way to be happy in the future was to…

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Discover the Life You Were Born to Live by Chetan Parkyn

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I can remember quite clearly a moment in my life when I realized nothing made sense to me, that everything I had done and was doing seemed out of tune, even meaningless. I was sitting alone at a campfire in the shelter of a small group of pine trees in the highlands of Kenya, enjoying the first opportunity to be by myself in over a year. My father had died eighteen months before, and I knew I had not come to terms with his passing, especially considering how I had…

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Awakening From the Daydream by David Nichtern

Awakening From the Daydream by David Nichtern

The Wheel of Life is a Buddhist allegorical painting that has been dated back to the times of ancient India. The painting is said to illustrate how it is that our sense of self and the world that we live in are determined by how we act and feel – in short, how we impose ourselves upon our own reality. In his book Awakening From the Daydream meditation teacher David Nichtern interprets the Wheel of Life as an indicator of the way that we live life by what he refers…

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Trance Dancing With the Jinn by Yasmin Hennish

Trance Dancing With the Jinn by Yasmin Hennish

 Collins English Dictionary defines trance as ‘a state of ecstasy or mystical absorption so intense as to cause a temporary loss of consciousness at the earthly level’. Of course modern use of the word tends to include impressions of raves and mind-bending electronic music played in sweaty venues to an audience most of whom are high on synthetic substances. However whilst the trance state is a powerful entrance into communicating with the spirit world’s the traditional approach has been to employ more natural tools such as chanting and drumming. Trance…

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The Book of Destinies by Chetan Parkin and Carola Eastwood

The Book of Destinies by Chetan Parkin and Carola Eastwood

The life that you are meant to lead is written in the stars – or so they say! However for Chetan Parkin and Carola Eastwood – teachers and consultants of the Human Design System, the key to our personal destiny can be revealed not so much through the traditional constellations of the Zodiac but more specifically by the Sun and the angle that it makes to the Earth at the exact moment that your enter life. In their latest book The Book of Destinies the authors offer a simple formula…

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The Magical Shield by Frater UD

The Magical Shield by Frater UD

It is my personal opinion that no practical spiritual work should be undertaken without the creation of a strong foundation in the art of psychic defence. It’s a dangerous world out there Inner Space and the terrain is replete with astral highwaymen, robbers and nairdowells who are only too happy to feed off your life force and lead you into spiritual pitfalls of many types. Holistic Security Magic Frater UD is a practicing occultist who has to date written more than thirty- five books on various subjects related to magic.…

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Voices in the Stones by Kent Nerburn

Voices in the Stones by Kent Nerburn

Kent Nerburn is the author of sixteen books on spirituality and is widely respected for his dedicated work bridging the gap between the Native and non-Native traditions. In the prologue to his latest book, Voices in the Stones he shares his impressions regarding the width and degree of that chasm and is not shy in exposing the ashes of destruction that can be found littering it When establishing the degree to which the Native American tradition conflicts with the fundamentalist Western mindset Nerburn states “They’re driving you from your homes,…

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Chakras Beyond Beginners by David Pond

Chakras Beyond Beginners by David Pond

OK, so you know what chakras are, where they are located in the human body and how they operate but do you know how to work with them in daily spiritual practice? In Chakras Beyond Beginners astrologer, author, speaker and workshop leader David Pound examines the role, form and function of Chakras and how they impact upon both our physical and spiritual lives. Using the traditional Eastern system he reveals how by working with the seven major chakras we can learn to increase the natural flow of energy through our…

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Creative Visualization (Updated) by Shakti Gawain

Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain

Spiritual practices come and go. Some fall in, and then out of, favor as tastes change. However the practice of visualisation is one of those that has remained consistently popular over the decades. Used for everything from manifestation work through to sports psychology and health therapy the use of the human imagination as a way of achieving and attaining has been been proven to be powerful and effective. As we all know it is also an essential component in the psychic toolbox of nearly all practitioners of the magical arts.…

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Spiritual Alchemy by Jenny Tyson

Spiritual Alchemy by Jenny Tyson

During the last week of May 2013 magickians Jenny and Donald Tyson attempted to contact the spirit of the Elizabethan occultist and alchemist Dr. John Dee (1527 – 1609) using a homemade spirit communication board. Their hope was that by making a connection to these legends of occultism they would glean a deeper understanding of Dee”s life, work and in general, the practice of Enochian Magic. The couple spent a few moments focusing upon a portrait of Dee and then invited him to make himself known to them. The response…

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Four Basic Steps for Effective Creative Visualization By Shakti Gawain

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If anyone can be called a self-help, self-actualization pioneer, it is Shakti Gawain. Years before “manifestation,” “the law attraction,” and “the secret” entered the lexicon, Shakti was sharing daily affirmations, meditations, and mental imagery practices that millions found could help them achieve goals, change habits, relax deeply, and significantly improve overall health and well-being. We hope you’ll enjoy this excerpt from the new 40th anniversary edition of her international bestseller Creative Visualization. # # # Creative Visualization is the technique of using your imagination to create what you want in…

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A Spiritual “Paradox”: An excerpt from the 40th Anniversary Edition of Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain

If anyone can be called a self-help, self-actualization pioneer, it is Shakti Gawain. Years before “manifestation,” “the law attraction,” and “the secret” entered the lexicon, Shakti was sharing daily affirmations, meditations, and mental imagery practices that millions found could help them achieve goals, change habits, relax deeply, and significantly improve overall health and well-being. We hope you’ll enjoy this excerpt from the new 40th anniversary edition of her international bestseller Creative Visualization. # # # Sometimes people who have studied Eastern philosophy or are on a certain spiritual path feel…

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Visualize Prosperity: An excerpt from the 40th Anniversary Edition of Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain

If anyone can be called a self-help, self-actualization pioneer, it is Shakti Gawain. Years before “manifestation,” “the law attraction,” and “the secret” entered the lexicon, Shakti was sharing daily affirmations, meditations, and mental imagery practices that millions found could help them achieve goals, change habits, relax deeply, and significantly improve overall health and well-being. We hope you’ll enjoy this excerpt from the new 40th anniversary edition of her international bestseller Creative Visualization. # # # A very important part of the whole creative visualization process is developing a sense of…

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Contacting Your Higher Self: An excerpt from the 40th Anniversary Edition of Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain

If anyone can be called a self-help, self-actualization pioneer, it is Shakti Gawain. Years before “manifestation,” “the law attraction,” and “the secret” entered the lexicon, Shakti was sharing daily affirmations, meditations, and mental imagery practices that millions found could help them achieve goals, change habits, relax deeply, and significantly improve overall health and well-being. We hope you’ll enjoy this excerpt from the new 40th anniversary edition of her international bestseller Creative Visualization. # # # Your spiritual source is the supply of infinite love, wisdom, and energy in the universe.…

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Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain

Spiritual practices come and go. Some fall in, and then out of, favor as tastes change. However the practice of visualisation is one of those that has remained consistently popular over the decades. Used for everything from manifestation work through to sports psychology and health therapy the use of the human imagination as a way of achieving and attaining has been been proven to be powerful and effective. As we all know it is also an essential component in the psychic toolbox of nearly all practitioners of the magical arts.…

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The Way of Rest by Jeff Foster

The Way of Rest by Jeff Foster

The path towards awakening and self-realisation is harder, longer and more dangerous than many give it credit. One of the greatest obstacles to be faced along the way is in having to deal with the deep personal sense of loneliness and isolation that accompanies it at all times. If you are one of those people who is truly struggling with the magnitude of the task in hand then you may gain a sense of comfort and support through the words of spiritual teacher and writer Jeff Foster Rest is Best…

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Make Peace With Your Mind by Mark Coleman

Make Peace With Your Mind by Mark Coleman

How many times a day do you openly criticise yourself for one perceived misdemeanour or another? We in the spiritual community with our self-imposed emphasis upon self-improvement are probably more aware than most of our own personal failings. As a result we tend to be more sensitive of those times when we fail to come up to our expectations of ourselves and are more critical of them. According to senior meditation teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Centre we are all suffering from a worldwide epidemic of self-criticism. Sometimes this habit…

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Lost Masters by Linda Johnsen

Lost Masters by Linda Johnsen

The roots of critical thinking and scientific analysts is, quite rightly, attributed to the work and ideas of the Ancient Greek philosophers. Without them we would not have developed many of our sciences nor advanced forms of mathematics and trigonometry that we use in every facet of our daily lives. However this emphasis upon ration and reason – and the way it is used to portray the Greeks in a singular light, that has led studies of the Greek philosophers to become so dry and academic. Most Greek studies now…

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Start Right Where You Are by Sam Bennett

Start Right Where You Are by Sam Bennett

Even when you know and understand the personal journey that lies before you in life the actual act of trying to get from where you currently are to where you want to be fraught with problems and challenges. In fact, the busier we become in our daily life more difficulties appear to be thrown up in front of us – issues that twart our every move and which try to deflect us from our path. What if there was only someone that we can call upon at such times, someone…

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Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Tarot by Anthony Louis

Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Tarot: A Comprehensive Resource by Anthony Louis

Whilst the history of the Tarot card’s can be traced back to the early-17th century most of our current understanding of how it works as a fortune-telling device is a lot more recent than that. Most decks these days draw their references from the early days of Tarot’s renaissance – a period of expanded interest in occult matters that occurred between 1880 and the 1930s. This was a time when Tarot was essentially used by only a few occultists and even only working within the context of the teachings of…

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The Witch’s Book of Power by Devin Hunter

The Witch’s Book of Power by Devin Hunter

One of the most significant advances in contemporary spirituality has been the growing general acceptance of Wicca as a legitimate form of religious and spiritual expression. On the other hand one of the most regressive and emaciating aspects to contemporary spirituality has been that core Wiccan principles have become dilitued in this move towards mass acceptance of the Craft through the addition of the many wish-washy philosophies of the New Age movement. One of the more damaging elements to this change has been the sublimation of the Witches drive towards…

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Whispers From the Wild by Amelia Kinkade

Whispers From the Wild by Amelia Kinkade

How many of us can honestly say that upon being confronted by a large male tiger we would be able to identify that it was suffering badly from toothache? Maybe a few of us could detect that there was something amiss if the animal was acting in an overly aggressive way and for no apparent reason, however it takes someone with a real degree of compassionate connection to animals to diagnose any health issues simply by psychically tuning into them. Hearing and Healing With this somewhat unorthodox approach to animal…

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Bird Magic by Sandra Kynes

Bird Magic by Sandra Kynes

Over a period of some twenty-five thousand years the Divine was represented as an image formed from a cross between a woman and a bird. This mythological creature was commonly known as the Bird Goddess. So it became that the bird was deemed to be more sacred than any other species in the natural kingdom and the most highly revered to worshippers of the Great Mother. Avian Totems In her book Bird Magic Sandra Kynes – a highly respected writer on Wicca and Magic; as well as member of the…

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The Yoga Lifestyle by Doron Hanoch

The Yoga Lifestyle by Doron Hanoch

Today yoga, as popular as it is, is often practised in isolation of other Eastern disciplines. This is a pity for although physical exercise and fluid joint movement are essential aspects to living a healthy life there are many other disciplines that, if added to regular yoga work, can result in even greater improvements. One of these additional practices is that of good diet; for the food types that we ingest can either ease or detract from the benefits that yoga brings us. A Variable Diet In his book The…

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The Second Book of Crystal Spells by Ember Grant

The Second Book of Crystal Spells by Ember Grant

Minerals are found in a variety of forms, textures, colours and densities; with many being integrated into ritual magical practices in a variety of ways. In her second book on the subject Pagan writer Amber Grant presents a further detailed look at stones, crystals, salts, and minerals along wit heir use and application in Wiccan and Pagan practice. Born From the Earth The Second Book of Crystal Spells opens with a look at various types of salts. Here the author explains how this mineral has been traditionally used in a…

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The New Science of the Paranormal by Carl Llewellyn Weschcke and Joe H Slate

The New Science of the Paranormal by Carl Llewellyn Weschcke and Joe H Slate

The further we head on into the 21st century the more the lines that once used to separate physics and metaphysics become increasingly blurred. As they do so, as spiritual adventurers, we have to consider and integrate into our philosophies many of the new ideas and paradigms that are emerging. One of the father-figures of parapsychology research; and someone who has worked to develop a new way of thinking about life and the human experience as a result of the merging of these two sciences, is J B Rhine. His…

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Dark Spirits by Steven Lancaster

Dark Spirits by Steven Lancaster

Steven Lancaster is a paranormal researcher who has been investigating ghosts since 1997. In 2007 he formed the Paranormal Investigations Team and is currently the producer of MonsterVisioTV, an independent Paranormal investigations program with nearly two million views worldwide. Such is his status as a paranormal researcher that he has been interviewed on his experiences on hundreds of radio shows. A Life Chasing the Darkness Lancaster has detailed some of the most terrifying investigations that he has been personally been involved with over the past fifteen years in his book…

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The Complete Book of Chakras by Cyndi Dale

The Complete Book of Chakras by Cyndi Dale

Our understanding of chakras – what they are and the part that they play in regulating our physical bodies, has developed greatly over the past few decades. This is mainly due to an increasingly number of therapists, a wide range of psychospiritual disciplines, are now working with these important energy centres and who are now sharing their insights and experiences; all of which is adding to our understanding and appreciation of these energy centres. Wheels of Life Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Chakras, written and compiled by Cyndi Dale – an…

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Forever in My Heart by Carroll Richardson

Forever in My Heart by Carroll Richardson

Personal journals, whether they take the form of a dream diary, a daily almanac or just a simple note-based repository for your thoughts and ideas, are easily one of the most powerful and effective ways in which you can clarify your deepest thoughts, opinions or feelings on any matter. Forever in My Heart by Tanya Carroll Richardson offers an interesting take on what could loosely be described as a cross between an open-letter, personal dialogue, and a book of remembrances. A Permanent Record This attractively presented, hard-cover notebook has been…

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Fully Engaged by Thomas M. Sterner

Fully Engaged by Thomas M. Sterner

Ever notice how little time we actually spend during the course of a day focussing upon the moment that we are in? As work loads increase, future deadlines loom, projects are planned, and to-do lists are made, we are constantly under pressure to operate from a need to catch up with the future. The result of this constant projection of consciousness out and away from the current moment means that we tend to miss out on the fact that we are constantly allowing ourselves to be driven relentlessly forward by…

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Witchy Mama by Melanie Marquis and Emily A. Francis

Witchy Mama by Melanie Marquis and Emily A. Francis

For most women pregnancy is a period of intense introspection and self-examination. It is a time when the gestation process takes its natural course and a dramatic new alignment to the more natural rhythms of life begins to take over within the psyche. However, in many regards the perspective that Wiccan mothers have during pregnancy can be even more intense for the spiritual basis upon which they form their lives invariably leads to an even more complex set of decisions when it comes to bringing new life into this world.…

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Dropping the Struggle by Roger Housden

Dropping the Struggle by Roger Housden

Very few of us are unfamiliar with the immense struggles that life presents us with. Sometimes these challenges intensify even further and push us to breaking point; occasionally they abate and our world returns to a more tolerable condition. Whatever our personal circumstances are and the type of problems that life throws up at us we, as humans, tend to make our personal suffering more intense through our own striving for personal improvement or in our constant search for material security. It seems, however that the more we struggle against…

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Medium by Konstanza Morning Star

Medium by Konstanza Morning Star

Those who think of mediumship as a talent only held by natural psychics may well be surprised to find that Spiritualist Medium Konstanza Morning Star believes that it is a skill that can be learnt by anyone. Konstanza is a professional medium and has been ordained through the National Spiritualist Association of Churches. Over her lifetime she has given thousands of high quality readings to those who are interested in contacting deceased friends and family members. In her book Medium she shares her unique perspective on working as a medium…

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The Toad of Dawn by Dr. Octavio Rettig Hinojosa

The Toad of Dawn by Dr. Octavio Rettig Hinojosa

The Sonora Desert has an area of two hundred thousand square kilometres and stretches from California and Arizona in the US to Sonora in Mexico. This is an inordinately harsh terrain with receives only a few centimetres of rain each year and has temperatures that can reach up to 45 degrees Celsius or 113 degrees Fahrenheit. Despite its harshness this is a region that features a variety of animals and plants – many of which are found only in this part of the World. It is also home to numerous…

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The Art of Money by Bari Tessler

The Art of Money by Bari Tessler

How good are you with money? Do you treat it with deep respect and care or are you rash and unrestrained in your spending? Money is one of the few areas of life that we are never really in control – for the most part it controls us. In her book The Art of Money money-management expert Bari Tessler explores the often taboo subject of money and helps her readers to better understand the personal relationships that we have with it – from practical through to emotional. A Structured Approach…

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The Call of Auberone by Jolene Kearney and Jason Tierney

The Call of Auberone by Jolene Kearney and Jason Tierney

The Call of Auberone is the story of a young, adventurous girl and her anciently-wise pet dragon. Together they embark upon many adventures whilst exploring the magical world in which they live. In of itself this is not an overly exciting plot-line for a book… except that this particular story is somewhat different; for rather than being penned from an unimaginative author it is an account of events taking place in a world parallel to our own. Regressive Explorations In the opening to The Call of Auberone the authors explain…

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365 Tarot Spells by Sasha Graham

365 Tarot Spells by Sasha Graham365 Tarot Spells by Sasha Graham

The Tarot has developed greatly over the past few decades and its exponential rise in popularity has meant that it has become the definitive teaching system for most students who are working within the sphere of magick and the occult. At some point in their studies of the Tarot most readers begin to notice that not only do the cards reveal the future but that they also seem to manifest their own sense of magick. This is this an aspect of the Tarot that has been rather less well documented…

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Practicing the Tao Te Ching by Solala Towler

Practicing the Tao Te Ching by Solala Towler

Lao-Tzu was an Ancient Chinese philosopher and writer who is the father of philosophical Taoism. He is specifically associated with his authorship of one of the most highly respected and influential metaphysical works of all time: The Tao Te Ching. In his book, Practicing the Tao Te Ching, Taoist meditation teacher Solala Towler offers a very modern interpretation of the original Lao-Tzu text. A New Examination Practicing the Tao Te Ching essentially examines each one of the brief 81 chapters of Taoist philosophy in a practical and easy to digest…

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Leaves of Maitreya’s Garden: The Call of the Heart (Teaching of the Heart) (Volume 1) by Zinovia Dushkova

Leaves of Maitreya’s Garden: The Call of the Heart (Teaching of the Heart) (Volume 1) by Zinovia Dushkova

Very few modern book on spirituality carry with them such a deep sense of history as The Teaching of the Heart by Zinovia Dushkova. This publication is the first of the long-awaited Dharma of Maitreya and is a book that is said to reveal the teachings for spiritual initiates for the promised Golden Age of light and love as it unfolds on this planet. It is a book that draws upon a rich heritage of Shambhala teachings – spiritual and esoteric teachings that spread from the channeled works of HP…

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The Book of Dog Magic by Sophia and Denny Sargent

The Book of Dog Magic by Sophia and Denny Sargent

It is estimated that as many as a third of all Americans have one or more canine companions. For many families the pet has become a central figure in their social and domestic life. Whilst dog ownership on this scale might be a relatively modern phenomenon there is evidence that suggests the relationship between humans and canines goes way back into the dark recesses of history. There is no doubt that dogs play a very specific supporting and nurturing role in most families who own them but there are, of…

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The Mindful Writer by Dinty W. Moore

The Mindful Writer by Dinty W. Moore

When it comes to feeling emotional pain very few experiences are quite so uncomfortable as that of writer’s block. Anyone who writes for a profession will know only too well of the sheer sense of desperation and frustration that one feels when the need to express oneself is there but the right words needed to convey those ideas through the written word simply refuse to formulate in your mind. As publication deadlines loom ever nearer and editors are impatient for your copy this additional psychological pressure can turn writing from…

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Inside the Miracle by Mark Nepo

Inside the Miracle by Mark Nepo

It is nothing less than extraordinary how serious illness, when approached appropriately, can radically change the trajectory of one’s life-path. Mark Nepo is an example of someone who, following repeated battles with cancer both within himself and his ex-wife, managed to confront the challenge of his illness and who emerged the other side not only healed but with a new vision of life. Telling the Story After his illness, Nepo wrote about his battle with cancer in a self-published book called Acre of Light: Living With Cancer in 1994. It…

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Yoga Therapy for Stress and Anxiety by Robert Butera and Erin Byron

Yoga Therapy for Stress and Anxiety by Robert Butera and Erin Byron

Comprehensive Yoga Therapy is becoming increasingly recognised as a scientifically validated approach to physical and mental health. It is a form of therapeutic work that seeks to work towards restoring body and life imbalances irrespective of a person’s age, weight or abilities. Comprehensive Yoga Therapy offers a structure for preventative health care known as the three Ps which are Proactive, Participatory and Personalized. A Rising Epidemic In the opening of Yoga Therapy for Stress and Anxiety its authors Robert Butera PhD, Erin Byron MA and Staffan Elgelid, PhD., P.T reveal…

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Taking Sacred Back by Nels and Judy Linde

Taking Sacred Back by Nels and Judy Linde

Formal group-ritual has often been open to the criticism that it is often somewhat dull, unimaginative and uninspiring. One the years several occult practitioners have sought to address this issue in a variety of ways but at the end of the day the core framework for ritual work has remained much the same. Sacred Ritual – Community Magic Among those who have worked to improve the group ritual experience and though their efforts are inspired to advance a new generation of Pagan initiates are Nelsinho Linde and Judith E Olson-Linde.…

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Expect the Extraordinary by Sue Pighini

Expect the Extraordinary by Sue Pighini

It has often been said that death marks the start of our greatest personal adventure. When the day arrives and the great unknown pulls us over the threshold and into a new existence we are said to be faced with fresh challenges within in a totally new environment. But what happens if our time to leave is up but another part of Soul’s determines that we are not yet ready to leave? What exactly occurs when we are saved from death and reminded that contrary to the Grand Plan we…

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Midsummer by Deborah Blake

Midsummer by Deborah Blake

Of all of the Pagan festivals celebrated through the year the most enduring one has to be the Midsummer celebration, or Summer Solstice as it is more commonly known. This is the one day of the year – generally around the 21st June, when the Sun remains visible in the sky for the longest time and when the night hours are at their shortest. It is time loved by everyone in the Northern Hemisphere for the joy and sense of fun that it brings with it. Turning of the Wheel…

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Discover Your Authentic Self by Sherrie Dillard

Discover Your Authentic Self by Sherrie Dillard

Who are you? Are you a living your life as a fully conscious being aware of every aspect of your true divine nature or are you little more than a train making its way along pre-defined tracks to an unknown destination? In order to survive in this world we all need to compromise our true ourselves to some degree by offering up only a small part of ourselves to society and even then in a way that keeps everybody feeling comfortable. For most of us this process occasionally becomes too demanding and…

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No Greater Love by Mother Teresa

No Greater Love by Mother Teresa

Very few people who were alive some thirty years ago can fail to recall the televised images of Mother Teresa weaving her way through crowds of poor, impoverished and downtrodden third world people in such a powerful, reverential and statesmanlike manner. Both back in the day and even today her Christian healing work has become so iconic that her name has entered common English language usage as a way of recognising the love and goodness at the heart of all remarkable and loving human beings. A Life of Devotion Mother…

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Good Night Yoga by Mariam Gates and Sarah Jane Hinder

Good Night Yoga by Mariam Gates and Sarah Jane Hinder

Good Night Yoga – a Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story is a collaboration between Mariam Gates and Sarah Jane Hinder. Gates holds a master’s degree in education from Harvard University. She is renown for her Kids Power Yoga program and has more than twenty years experience working with children. Hinder is a respected illustrator having produced acrylic artwork for a number of children’s books. The Story Their book features a single short story that is designed to help parents facilitate the gradual movement of young children into that of a relaxed state…

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The Linestrider Tarot by Siolo Thompson

The Linestrider Tarot by Siolo Thompson

The modern Tarot divination system has undergone some dramatic re-evaluations over the past couple of decades. Into this arena has arrived a new deck titled The Linestrider Tarot by artist Siolo Thompson. Described as being a bridge between magic and logic, the deck mainly calls upon typically Shamanistic elements such as power animals and underworld archetypes. It is also said to be a progression of the Fool’s journey and that it is based upon the Rider-Waite-Smith deck which is still immensely popular with students from all over the world. The…

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Blue Bird Lenormand by Stuart S Kaplan

Blue Bird Lenormand by Stuart S Kaplan

From the pen of highly respected and world renown expert on cartomancy Stuart S. Kaplan comes the Blue Bird Lenormand deck – a new interpretation of an equally well-loved and admired divination system. Book The booklet that accompanies this deck describes in some detail the history of the system’s original creator Marie-Anne Adelaide Lenormand (1772-1843). This is followed with guidance for the reader on how to create a full 36-card spread known as the Grand Tableau. After a brief few lines giving an interpretation of each of the cards the…

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Angel Insights by Tanya Carroll Richardson

Angel Insights by Tanya Carroll Richardson

The ancient and traditional image of winged-angels looking down upon humanity from a lofty position in the heavens is a myth that is becoming increasingly dispelled. As the veils separating the astral worlds become thinner, human contact as well as interaction with the angelic realm is becoming easier and more common. The result of this is that most people who are active within the world of spirituality now firmly believe in the existence of at least a single Guardian Angel in their lives. For others, a daily contact with any…

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The Witch’s Mirror by Mickie Mueller

The Witch’s Mirror by Mickie Mueller

The magic mirror, as an instrument of prophecy and as a tool for peering into the inner planes has re-entered popular culture during recent times. As a mythological concept it often appeared in folk-tales and fairy stories – such as the 19th century German folk tale of Snow White and her egocentric grandmother, but more recently it has re-emerged within the stories of Harry Potter. Witchcraft has, of course, had a long and deep heritage of using reflective surfaces as a tool for skrying. These have varied greatly in style…

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The Chaos Protocols by Gordon White

The Chaos Protocols by Gordon White

Now that the New Age of light is increasingly taking a hold of this planet and energizing the very core of our being of everything on it so the society of which we are all members is beginning to radically alter. One of the greatest changes that is being felt at this time relates to our relationships both with each other and to the fundamental values that we hold. One of the greatest shifts we are witnessing is in regards to finance for in many ways money is the glue…

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The Strength of Sensitivity by Kyra Mesich PsyD

The Strength of Sensitivity by Kyra Mesich PsyD

The idea that there exists a wave of lightworkers on this planet—all of whom are busy working within society for the betterment of mankind—has been a feature of contemporary spirituality for the past couple of decades. Several sources in many different fields of spirituality maintain that whole armies of spiritually-evolved, incarnated souls have entered our 3D experience specifically to help the planet to transit into a body of light. This may seem a little far-fetched but there is a lot of evidence available to support the idea. Whilst it might…

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Chan Heart Chan Mind by Master Guojun

Chan Heart Chan Mind by Master Guojun

Master Guojum is a guiding teacher of the Chan Community Canada and was the abbot of Dharma Drum Retreat Center in Pine Bush, New York. He is currently the abbot of Mahabodhi Temple in Singapore. In his book Chan Heart, Chan Mind: A Meditation on Serenity and Growth he pays homage to his ordination master, Songnian – a teacher who was also credited for his intricate and expert use of calligraphy. Making Ink Chan Heart, Chan Mind opens with the author recounting his early experiences with Songnian both as an…

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The Meditators’ Dilemma by Bill Morgan

The Meditators’ Dilemma by Bill Morgan

If, like me, you are one of those people sold on the benefits of regular meditation but who really struggle either to commit wholeheartedly to the practice; or who are confused by a lack of ability to attain the expected results that many meditation teachers suggest we should have, may be interested in The Meditators’s Dilemma by Bill Morgan. Morgan is a clinical psychologist with forty years of experience practicing and teaching meditation. He is also a founding board member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. Here, quite evidently,…

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Integral Meditation by Ken Wilber

Integral Meditation by Ken Wilber

Research suggests that human beings experience two quite different types of growth and development. These are defined as the processes of “Growing Up” and that of “Waking Up”. From a psychospiritual perspective it is quite common to come across individuals who are seen as being grown up – that is to say that they have matured as people, but who have yet to become spiritually awakened or enlightened. Conversely it is also possible for a person to be aware of their spiritual essence but who are relatively immature in nature.…

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The Story of Mu by James Cordova and Mark Morse

The Story of Mu by James Cordova and Mark Morse

Long before scientists proposed the idea that our Universe and everything within it proceeded from one might explosion, or Big Bang, religions all over the world maintained a similar idea – one that maintained physicality emerged from a single source of consciousness. Each religious philosophy has its own particular approach to explaining this Creation Myth but most of them contain similar concepts and themes. In The Story of Mu Zen practitioner and teacher James Cordova offers a very simple approach to creation theory for children. Along with included pictures by…

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The Five Roles of a Master Herder by Linda Kohanov

The Five Roles of a Master Herder by Linda Kohanov

It is often stated that it is the dog that is man’s best friend. Whilst this might be the case on a personal level equine expert Linda Kohanov argues in her latest book The Five Roles of the Master Herder that it has been the influence of nomadic cultures, along with their close working relationship to the horse, that has been most influential in determining the direction in which humanity has developed. In her book Kohanov suggests that the principle characteristics of the horse now exemplifies both the best as…

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The Magical Use of Prayer Beads by Jean-Louis de Biasi

The Magical Use of Prayer Beads by Jean-Louis de Biasi

Beads of various types have been traced as far back in human history’s as 82,000 years ago. Even way back then they appear to seem to have played an important role in ceremonial and symbolic activities. Exactly what these spiritual uses were are not clear today however, Malays, or Hindu, prayer beads are recorded as being used as early as the eighth century BC. In his book, The Magical Use of Prayer Beads author, lecturer and Hermetic philosopher Jean-Louis de Biasi (an initiate into several Western systems of magic) suggests…

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Crystal Grids by Henry M Mason and Brittani Petrofsky

Crystal Grids by Henry M Mason and Brittani Petrofsky

Crystals of many kinds feature heavily in New Age spirituality. For this reason books on the subject of crystals and crystal work can be found in some profusion. Most authors tend to approach the subject in a fairly linear mannerly – first offering insights into the specific qualities of minerals and gemstones followed by general advice on their perceived benefits and uses. Henry M Mason and Brittani Petrofsky are two leading experts on crystals who in their book Crystal Grids have approached the topic of advanced crystal work from a…

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The Goddess and the Shaman by J A Kent PhD

The Goddess and the Shaman by J A Kent PhD

J. A. Kent, PhD has both practiced and taught High Magic and Wicca as well as university courses in the fields of educational and developmental psychology. Kent is a natural psychic and has been trained in herbal medicine, homoeopathic medicine, and hypnotherapy and holds a graduate degree in counselling, psychotherapy as well as a doctorate in social ecology from the University of Western Australia. In her book The Goddess and the Shaman she reflects upon a lifetime of her own magical experiences whilst working within the Wiccan, magical and Shamanic mystery traditions. These…

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The Stress Solution by Arthur P Ciaramicoli

The Stress Solution by Arthur P Ciaramicoli

Although stress levels within our society are rising at an exponential rate it is a subject about which most people are woefully uneducated. This is an inevitable consequence of a culture and medical profession that finds it infinitely more convenient to prescribe chemicals of one type or another rather than spend any significant amount of time getting to the heart of any health issue. Arthur P Ciaramicoli is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been on the faculty of Havard Medical School as well as chief psychologist of Metrowest Medical…

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Animal Totem Tarot by Leeza Robertson

Animal Totem Tarot by Leeza Robertson

The traditional Tarot is a flexible divination system – one that can encompass a wide range of occult traditions and esoteric associations. One field of spirituality that has been gaining particular interest and a strengthening following over the past few decades has been that of Shamanism. Whilst the world becomes increasingly technical and scientific in its outlook the delicate reconnection that all Shamanic traditions offer to those wanting to find their core resonance with the natural world is alluring. The Animal Totem Tarot is a a Tarot deck that centres…

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The Art and Business of Teaching Yoga by Amy Ippoliti and Taro Smith

The Art and Business of Teaching Yoga by Amy Ippoliti and Taro Smith

There is absolutely no doubt that if you want to understand how to be successful in any line of business then you have to follow the instructions, directions and advice given by those who have been successful in the same niche of entrepreneurialism. Amy Ippoliti and Taro Smith are examples of two particularly successful entrepreneurs – people who have developed their talents through teaching yoga to appreciative students at their 90 Monkeys online yoga school. In their book The Art and Business of Teaching Yoga Ippoliti and Smith share their wealth…

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Whatever Arises, Love That by Matt Khan

Whatever Arises, Love That by Matt Khan

“A new spirituality has dawned, one that acknowledges your energetic sensitivity and unravels every burden by inspiring your deepest vulnerability to come out and play. This is a heart-centered journey of infinite joy and endless self-discovery, rooted in the beauty of compassion and anchored by the embodiment of your highest wisdom.” With those inspiring words author, spiritual teacher and highly attuned empath Matt Kahn opens his book of spiritual teachings – a book that compliments his work in his YouTube channel. Whilst the teachings are fresh and the medium for…

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The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing by Margaret Ann Lembo

The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing by Margaret Ann Lembo

If you are interested in finding out more about the uses and attributes if essential oils then you may be interested in the latest book on the subject by leading aromatherapy writer and teacher Margaret Ann Lembo. In her book The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing she breaks down the core spiritual qualities of sixty popular oils. These are arranged in alphabetical order for easy reference with oils ranging from Allspice through to Ylang Ylang. Personal Healing and Transformation Lembo has worked closely with essential oils for several…

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Mindfulness by Joseph Goldstein

Mindfulness by Joseph Goldstein

For those in the world of contemporary spirituality who feel that the Western psychospiritual movement has become overly dominated by analysis and examination of the human mind will appreciate the opening story in Buddhist teacher Joseph Goldstein’s book Mindfulness. In it he describes how he first started off along the road to enlightenment way back in 1974. At that time his initial attempt to locate a teacher who could advise and direct him was met with failure. Nevertheless he persisted and after visiting several ashrams he ended up at a…

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The Art of Spiritual Healing by Keith Sherwood

The Art of Spiritual Healing by Keith Sherwood

Energy healing is founded upon a number of core principles. These include a working knowledge of the human aura, the way in which chakras or vortices of energy regulate energy flow and most importantly the universal principles that determine the way that energy manifests and operates in our lives. Working knowledge of how all of these dynamics inter-operate used to be the provenance of advanced adepts with many years training but the whole subject – like so many other areas of spirituality, has been accessible to us all. A Manual for…

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Rituals for Beginners by Richard Webster

Rituals for Beginners by Richard Webster

You do not have to be practising any type of practical spiritual work in order to be engaged in the art and practice of ritual. In fact even before most people start their busy day’s routines they have invariably initiated one ritual or another for getting out of bed in the morning can be classed as a ritual act as can the action of getting dressed, eating breakfast and kissing your spouse goodbye before taking your usual train or bus ride each day to a place of work. Types of…

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Finding Freedom in Illness by Peter Fernando

Finding Freedom in Illness by Peter Fernando

There is a way of relating to illness that takes us directly to the experience of freedom. It is a way of peace, of awakening, and of deep self-kindness. It invites us to become our own best friend and to enquire into the nature of the present moment with freshness, curiosity, and courage. With those words mindfulness and meditation teacher Peter Fernando opens his book Finding Freedom in Illness Whilst Fernando is closely connected to the Thai Forest tradition having operated as a monk at the Abhayagiri Monastry in Redwood Valley…

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Spellcasting by Michael Furie

Spellcasting by Michael Furie

As a practical technique for initiating personal change in one’s world Magic is so often misunderstood. Indeed the practice can be so personal to the operator that it can take many years of hard work and exploration simply to ascertain the most effective and efficient methodology to follow. Spellcasting is such an essential aspect of most systems of practical magic that it deserves a book dedicated to the subject – which is exactly what American Witch of over twenty years and current priest of the Cailleach Michael Furie has written.…

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Hardcore Zen by Brad Warner

Hardcore Zen by Brad WarnerHardcore Zen by Brad Warner

One’s spiritual calling can come in odd and strange ways. For many it emerges at a moment of divine connection – perhaps through meditation or via communing with nature whilst for others it can occur in the blink of an eye. For some it only arrives after years of personal searching and introspective analysis which shows that there are no rules that govern the process but when the Universe calls you had better make sure that you are ready. Down in the Basement Brad Warner, author of Harcore Zen, describes…

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Essential Astrology by Amy Herring

Essential Astrology by Amy Herring

Few things are quite so beguiling or fascinating as one’s first look at an astrological natal birth chart. Whether you believe in the ability of the planets to influence our lives or not the first sight of the map of a horoscope with its technical data and esoteric symbolism is a humbling and moving experience. Natal birth charts are used to represent a point in time – one that is frozen and portrayed in a uniquely diagrammatic form. Only someone who us highly trained and experienced in interpreting its mysteries…

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A Way to God by Matthew Fox

A Way to God by Matthew Fox

It is an unfortunate fact that so many of the world’s greatest and most inspirational thinkers are only acclaimed for their contribution posthumously. It is also extremely remiss of societies teachers and educators that whilst some popular writers are venerated others pass through the net virtually unseen. Thomas Merton is one such writer and philosopher who has fallen foul of both these conditions. A life of Value Matthew Fox has endeavoured to renew interest in Merton’s works in his book A Way to God. So then, who was Thomas Merton?…

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Magic of the Iron Pentacle by Jane Meredith and Gede Parma

Magic of the Iron Pentacle by Jane Meredith and Gede Parma

The symbol of the Pentagram is both ancient and mysterious, modern and self-evident. As an occult glyph it is closely associated with today’s modern Witchcraft tradition – though its roots pre-date even Pagan times. As a contemporary symbol it is included in everything from corporate logos through to the national flags of many countries. In their book Magic of the Iron Pentagram writer Jane Meredith and Witch Gede Parma offer a new approach to this established symbol by extending the pentagram’s magical essence into new areas. A Tool for Reawakening…

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Dreaming the Divine by Scott Cunningham

Dreaming the Divine by Scott Cunningham

Dreamwork is addictive! The moment that you recognize the immense spiritual insights that dream recollection and interpretation can bring there is no turning back! Old wives tales speak of beliefs that dreams can be induced or their number increased through certain conditions – which is useful if you want more subject material to work with. Some of these techniques work but many of them do not for the human psyche has changed a great deal and what used to be efficacious in stimulating nocturnal experiences are not so any more.…

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Kindfulness by Ajahn Brahm

Kindfulness by Ajahn Brahm

Ajahn Brahm has been a practising monk for over thirty years and is currently the abbot and spiritual director of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia. He is a popular spiritual teacher and speaker wherever he travels in the world with several popular spiritual titles to his name; including books with titles such as Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung and Don’t Worry Be Grumpy He is also known as a mystic with more than a dash of a sense of humour! A New Word for an Old Concept. Brahm…

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How to Survive a Mercury Retrograde by Bernie Ashman

How to Survive a Mercury Retrograde by Bernie Ashman

Tracking the retrograde motion of the minor planets is a lesser-known aspect of modern astrology – which is rather surprising given that they offer the opportunity for a richer appreciation of the subtle, but nevertheless significant effect that planetary motion has on us. The term ‘retrograde’ is one that is used to describe the apparent appearance of a backwards motion of any planet. It is an effect which manifests not as a result of a planet actually halting its motion in the heavens and going into reverse but by the…

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Seeking Jordan by Matthew McKay PhD

Seeking Jordan by Matthew McKay PhD

Jordan McKay died a violent and seemingly pointlessly tragic death at the hands of unknown assailants one night in Sans Fransisco. This young man, who was known for his earthy sense of humor, musical prowess and fascination with the Stock Market, had everything to live for which made his passing even more tragic and senseless. At 02:00AM on September 17 – the exact moment Jordan died, Mauchi, his former friend and employer, awoke to sense the strong sense of the deceased spirit of Jordan close to his bed. The following…

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On the Verge by Cara Bradley

On the Verge by Cara Bradley

Cara Bradley is a former professional skater and mental strength coach. She is also the founder of Verge Yoga and hosts the popular podcast Real Women, Courageous Wisdom. As a professional athlete, Bradley experienced a supreme state of motivation which she describes as “high-definition, high-voltage living” or, as she personally describes it, “living on the verge”. In her book of the same name, she states that “The verge, by nature, is fleeting and elusive. You can!t hold on to it, and you can,t search for it. You simply need to…

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The Encyclopedia of Jewish Myth, Magic and Mysticism by Geoffrey W. Dennis

The Encyclopedia of Jewish Myth, Magic and Mysticism by Geoffrey W. Dennis

Judaism forms one of the oldest esoteric traditions in the world. Throughout the ages it has been instrumental in under-pinning a wide-range of esoteric practices; from magic and alchemy through to many divination practices such as astrology, numerology and dream interpretation. Today, Jewish mysticism, is considered to fall into three different eras of Jewish history. The best well-known is the Kabbalah, which emerged in 12th-century Europe but earlier forms emerged including Merkabah mysticism (100BCE–1000CE), and Chassidei Ashkenaz (early 13th century CE). Re-Discovering an Ancient Tradition For many millennia the sacred…

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The Great Spring by Natalie Goldberg

The Great Spring by Natalie Goldberg

Natalie Goldberg is best known as the author of Writing Down The Bones: Freeing The Writer Within Originally published in 1986 it is said to have “…broken open the world of creativity and started a revolution in the way we practice writing in this country.” Since then it has sold over one million copies and been translated into fourteen languages. Since its publication Natalie has been teaching seminars in writing as a practice. The influential Oprah Winfrey Show once sent a film crew to spend the day with Natalie for…

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Mythic Worlds, Modern Words by Joseph Campbell

Mythic Worlds, Modern Words by Joseph Campbell

Following his death, Joseph Campbell (1904 – 1987) left behind a large body of work that contained his ground-breaking research into the world of universal myths and symbols. In 1991 the Joseph Campbell Foundation was formed specifically to protect and preserve this work and over the years much of it has been edited and compiled for publication and been released to a new generation of students of mythology. A French Connection In 1927 Campbell, who at the time was a twenty-three-year-old postgraduate scholar living in Paris, discovered the works of…

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Compassion is the Key to Everything by Alexandra Chauran

Compassion is the Key to Everything by Alexandra Chauran

Do you consider yourself to have a compassionate nature? Most spiritual people are involved in some sort of work to help humanity or who are engaged in caring for another person on an individual basis would quite naturally consider themselves to be capable of expressing a high level of compassion towards those who might be less fortunate than themselves. But what exactly are the practical challenges involved in acting emphatically towards others? Do we put others needs before those of our own? Do we know when it is entirely appropriate…

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Happily Ever After…and 39 Other Myths About Love by Linda & Charlie Bloom

Happily Ever After and Other 39 Myths About Love by Linda & Charlie Bloom

As we all are aware all great romantic fairy and love stories end “And they both lived happily ever after.” These words have become so engrained within our minds that it is now a cultural belief that all loving relationships should strive towards this outcome as an optimum condition. In the opening to their book Happily Ever After and Other 39 Myths About Love Linda & Charlie Bloom say the following about accepted cultural beliefs. “Myths may or may not contain some truth, but whether or not they do, we…

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How to Heal Yourself When No One Else Can by Amy B Scher

How to Heal Yourself When No One Else Can by Amy B Scher

The single most astounding aspect to spiritual work is the gradual realization that we control more aspects and elements of our lives, and to a far greater extent, than we had previously thought to be the case. One of the core tenets of metaphysical beliefs is that we can control our reality – at least to a degree, through the way that we think about and choose to perceive our world. We not only have an immediate impact upon the external elements of our world but also on our internal as…

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A Short Path to Change by Jenny Mannion

A Short Path to Change by Jenny Mannion

The quality of life that we experience is not determined by how much money we have, the possessions we accrue or the social status that we hold. Instead it is set by the level of physical health that we enjoy. The human body is, by its very nature, a complex and intricate system which does go wrong and breakdown sometimes. The natural course of action is that most sufferers of an ailment will consult a medical professional when difficulties arise and seek the administration of drugs in order to return…

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Tapping Into Wellness by Kathilyn Solomon

Tapping Into Wellness by Kathilyn Solomon

EFT, or Emotional Freedom Technique TM, is an innovative healing technique that is proving to be an effective practice for the healing of emotional and psychological problems that have become stored as dead energy within the human body. For those new to this technique the practice is centered upon repetitive tapping of the fingers on primary energy points within the body. In many ways EFT uses the same meridian pressure points that are used in traditional acupuncture and with similar results. It has become extremely efficacious in healing the core…

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Where the Light Lives by Linda Cull

Where the Light Lives by Linda Cull

The process of spiritual awakening, when it comes, is radically different for everyone of us and coping with the changes that arise as the Spirit enters our waking consciousness can often be a challenge – one that can leave us feeling lost, confused and socially isolated. In her book Where the Light Lives author, visionary artists and blogger Linda Cull recollects some of her pivotal life experiences – events that accompanied her own psychospiritual unfolding and through her writing she reveals the particular issues that she faced along the way.…

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Nature Spirituality by Lupa

Nature Spirituality by Lupa

Do you have to be an active Pagan in order to appreciate the inherent spirituality within nature? The assumption made by many is that simply by opening up to the extraordinary transforming power of our natural world we are somehow regressing to ancient and arcane supernatural beliefs. This of course is untrue but it is an attitude that has prevailed for several centuries and added to the sad and dangerous disconnect that the human race currently has with the very world that supports and sustains it. A New Natural relationship…

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Sky Shamans of Mongolia by Kevin Turner

Sky Shamans of Mongolia by Kevin Turner

Although examples of the Shamanic tradition can be found in every corner of the world few areas are more closely connected to what many see as its most important and authentic strand as the region of Mongolia. This relatively small country is sandwiched between the countries of two of the leading super-powers of China and Russia and as a result of its geographical and political position it has been a country susceptible to the imposition of foreign values. Despite this, and the centuries of Buddhist and communist persecution, the country…

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The Vow-Powered Life by Jan Chozen Bays

The Vow-Powered Life by Jan Chozen Bays

“Vows are the forces that weave together the fabric of your life and of all life. Without vows, without purposeful action, life would cease to exist.” – with those affirming words regarding intent and purposed direction Jan Chozen Bays, MD, opens her book The Vow-Centered Life. It was through the authors learning at the hands of her teacher Maezumi Roshi that she came to understand the immense power inherent within the personal vow for, as she says I understood that when we make a vow, it becomes a force that…

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The Witch’s Athame by Jason Mankey

The Witch’s Athame by Jason Mankey

The word athame is believed to be a fairly recent addition to the Witches vocabulary having first appeared in the novel by Gerald Gardner titled. High Magic’s Aid in 1949. Someone who knows a thing or two about this type of ceremonial tool is Jason Mankey. As a practising Wiccan of over twenty years he has worked extensively with this magickal implement. In his book The Witch’s Athane – the third in a series of books about tools for Witches and Pagans ceremonial use by Llewellyn books, he explains that…

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Imbolc: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Brigid’s Day by Carl F. Neal

Imbolc: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Brigid’s Day by Carl F. Neal

There are eight sabbats, or holidays, in the Wheel of the Year that are celebrated in one way or another by Pagans of all persuasions. Imbolc, usually celebrated on the 1st of February, is one of the less well-known of the sabbats and the only one that is associated with a Pagan deity with an early-Christian heritage. At the point in the year in which Imbolc is celebrated, in the Northern Hemisphere at least, the ground is starting to thaw as temperatures rise slightly and this triggers an awareness of…

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Against the Pollution of the I by Jacques Lusseyran

Against the Pollution of the I by Jacques Lusseyran

Jacques Lusseyran (1924 – 1971) was a teacher, French author and political activist Born in Paris, France, he became totally blind as the result of a school accident at the age of eight and he spent the rest of his life learning to adapt to the circumstances that having no vision brought to him. Whilst many disabled people during that era were drawn to live very limited lives with equally self-limiting concepts about what they could do, this proved not to be the case with Lusseyran who, with the support…

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Llewellyn’s Shadowscapes Coloring Book by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law

Llewellyn’s Shadowscapes Coloring Book by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law

Llewellyn’s Shadowscapes Coloring Book is a collection of artist Stephanie Pui-Mun Law’s favorite drawings produced as colorable illustrations for relaxation and enjoyment. The creator of popular companion products Shadowscapes Tarot and the Shadowscapes Calendar, Stephanie combines mythological symbols and personal inspiration to create surreal scenes and evocative otherworlds. About the Artist Stephanie began her career as an illustrator for fantasy gaming companies and publishers, working on projects for Wizards of the Coast in Magic, White Wolf, Alderac Entertainment, LUNA Books, and Palazzo Editions. In 2004, she began working on the…

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Llewellyn’s Witch’s Coloring Book

Llewellyn’s Witch’s Coloring Book

Color your way to relaxation with these images of spells, charms, and magical power Llewellyn’s Witch’s Coloring Book is a collection of colorable artworks selected from our most popular illustrated projects: Llewellyn’s Witches’ Calendar, Llewellyn’s Magical Almanac, Everyday Witch Tarot, Llewellyn’s Sabbat’s Almanac, The Witch’s Athame, and more. Use your own intuitive vision to co-create these inspired artworks from some of the top witchy artists working today. Coloring is a proven way to achieve relaxing states of quiet reverie and flow, and these evocative drawings are the perfect guides to…

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Spiritual Balancing by Diana Burney

Spiritual Balancing by Diana Burney

Not so very long ago it used to be the case that devotion to the spiritual life was a path that we could consciously choose to take if we so wished.This is no longer the case. With new streams of cosmic energy flooding our planet in ever-increasing and diverse ways everybody is being lifted -somewhat begrudgingly in some cases, into a completely new state of consciousness. As registered nurse, certified hypnotherapist and certified Reiki Master Diana Burney states in the opening to her book ‘Spiritual Balancing’ As these higher frequencies…

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Don’t Be a Jerk by Brad Warner

Don't Be a Jerk by Brad Warner

The Japanese monk Eihei Dogen was born as the illegitimate son of a Japanese aristocrat in the year 1200. By the time he was just eight years of age both of his parents had died and as a consequence he entered a Japanese monastery at the age of 12 where he studied a form of Buddhism of which he quickly tired. As a result he traveled to China where he studied a purer form of Zen – one that had developed in India around 500BC. Dogen died in 1254 and…

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Ghostly Encounters: An Interview With the Thames Society of Paranormal Investigations

Ghostly Encounters: An Interview With the Thames Society of Paranormal Investigations

We have great pleasure in talking to Stephanie Sutera the Associate Director of Thames Society of Paranormal Investigations (TSPI) based out of New London County, Connecticut Welcome Stephanie and thank you for agreeing to talk with us about your society and your valuable work researching paranormal activity. Q. When was TSPI founded and what brought about its formation? A. Thames Society of Paranormal Investigations was founded in 2010 but I wasn’t a member until about six months in. Founder and Director Shamus Denniston grew up in a haunted home so…

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The Practical Art of Divine Magic by Patrick Dunn

The Practical Art of Divine Magic by Patrick Dunn

Modern magickal practice has steered away from the traditional methodologies of Greek, Egyptian and Roman theurgy mostly in favour of Hebrew and Kabbalistic attributions. Even many popular gnostic disciplines are increasingly failing to recognize ancient Mediterranean Gods and Goddesses and the primary function that they had in organizing ancient society. In his book ‘The Practical Art of Divine Magic’, Patrick Dunn PhD has sought to revive interest in these traditions. However, as he is keen to point out in the introduction to his book, this does not entail digging up…

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Clearing Emotional Clutter by Donald Altman

Clearing Emotional Clutter by Donald Altman

It is widely accepted within the spiritual community that ‘living in the light’ effectively means ‘traveling in the light’ – ‘light’ in this context referring to both spiritual power via our Sun and to the process of carrying as little psychospiritual baggage as possible. For many people the act of traveling the path of life completely uncluttered is a an optimum condition to be in but despite our best efforts there are invariably times when we are faced with deeper issues – the residue of problems that arise from unresolved…

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Dream ESP by Carl Llewellyn Weschcke

Dream ESP by Carl Llewellyn Weschcke

Few areas of modern spirituality have changed quite so fundamentally iver the past few decades as that of dream work. For a long time the common understanding regarding dreams was limited to that of a passive state. That is to say that the general belief surrounding dreams was that they were something strange, inexplicable and often the result of eating too much cheese for supper. Similar ideas permeated the world of spirituality for a long time with dream analysis very much rooted within dream dictionaries and folklore beliefs. A Modern…

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Beneath The Tor by Nina Milton

Beneath The Tor by Nina Milton

Whilst many prefer the impressive scale of construction in such sacred mystery sites as the Egyptian pyramids or Machu Picchu or Stonehenge there are very few sites are quite so impressive, mysterious or magickal as Glastonbury Tor. Residing on the very outskirts of that most bohemian of all spiritual centres, Glastonbury town, United Kingdom – a place know for its famous abbey and sacred well, the Tor stands towers high above the surrounding countryside as a solitary outcrop of hill upon which rests a single traditional church-like tower. In of…

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Stop Being Lonely by Kira Asatryan

Stop Being Lonely by Kira Asatryan

In this fast-paced, technological world that we live in, it is astounding to think of just how many people and different organizations we interact with during the course of a single day. From receiving regular emails and mobile phone calls, following trends on Twitter and watching out for the latest news posts place on Facebook – each of which requires some personal response from us, the list of connections that we make can run into the hundreds. Given all this high level of social interactivity why is it that we…

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Expectation Hangover by Christine Hassler

Expectation Hangover by Christine Hassler

We all expect so much from life. Whilst some of the things that we desire are within our grasp to attain others are not. In fact sometimes the expectations that are placed upon us are not based in reality. Either way life so very often pans out for us in ways that were either not planned but which emerge as obstacles and failings along the way. So often when we look back at the aspirations that we held in our youth and compare them to the reality of where we…

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Mala of Love: 108 Luminous Poems by Ravi Nathwani (Editor), Kate Vogt (Editor)

Mala of Love: 108 Luminous Poems by Ravi Nathwani (Editor), Kate Vogt (Editor)

To those who love the printed word a good book is a real and living encapsulation of mental energy, divine inspiration, passionate creativity coupled with no small amount of perspiration! To lovers of occult and spiritual books in particular the energy within their pages carries real power and etheric resonance. Whilst most books are magickal as an extension of their content it is interesting to ponder on whether a book can be created from esoteric principles – formulated deliberately in order to reflect divinity. The Number of the Book ‘Mala…

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Aldous Huxley’s Hands by Allene Symons

Aldous Huxley’s Hands by Allene Symons

Whilst clearing out personal effects stored in boxes in her family’s home in Long Beach, Allene Symons uncovered a collection of eleven by fourteen inch photographic prints. Doing so caused childhood memories to come flooding back from an earlier time when she had been fascinated by her father’s seven-year passion for a hobby that was referred to as the ‘Hand Project’. Opening Pandora’s Box A mystery that initially began as a casual observation by her father whilst shaking hands with students grew into a desire to photograph people”s hands with…

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The Teacup and the Skullcup by Chögyam Trungpa

The Teacup and the Skullcup by Chögyam Trungpa

Chogyam Trungpa (1940 – 1987) was, by all accounts a remarkable teacher, author, lecturer and artist. His many achievements include the founding of Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado; the Shambhala Training program; and an international association of training programs known as Shambhala International. In addition to this he was an accomplished artist, a writer for theater and film, as well as a counsellor on meditation for professionals from the fields of psychology, medicine, business and education. North America, 1974 On New Year’s Day 1974 Trungpa began teaching the first of two…

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Decorating With the Five Elements of Feng Shui by Tisha Morris

Decorating With the Five Elements of Feng Shui by Tisha Morris

Our homes are, to a great extent, the clearest indication that there is of the kind of person that we are at heart. We all, as a matter of course, decorate the insides of our homes according to our own particular tastes and the uniquely differing ways that we do this translates itself into an accurate portrayal of both our likes and dislikes. The ancient Oriental art of feng shui tells us that this is actually a two way process. It explains that our houses – along with their physical…

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You Are Not What You Think by David Richo

You Are Not What You Think by David Richo

One of the more contentious debates to be heard within the world of modern spirituality is that which surrounds the perceived role and function of the human ego and the part it plays in defining who we are. Some sources insist that in fact the correct approach to spiritual and psychological development is to completely subsume the ego – to relegate it to the position of inferior cousin and unwelcome outcast. Other sources go so far as to suggest that a strong, defensive and well-armoured ego is imperative to protecting…

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Sea Magic by Sandra Kynes

Sea Magic by Sandra Kynes

Who can ever forget those long hot summer days spent as a child exploring the magic and mystery of the seaside? From building sandcastles of seemingly epic proportions through to collecting seashells and fishing in rock pools, the sheer excitement of exploring wide and open beaches and its washed-up treasures remain one of the high points in a young person’s life. And then, no matter what your age, there is still the glorious fascination and calming effect of the constant ebb and flow of the ocean as it rises further and…

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Modern Tantra by Donald Michael Kraig

Modern Tantra by Donald Michael Kraig

Tantra is generally understood in today”s more open and better informed climate, to refer to a spiritual tradition of personal enlightenment and self-initiation. This was not always the case for, as the late Donald Michael Kraig, author of Modern Tantra, points out in the introduction to his book ‘Modern Tantra’ the subject has has so often been thought of as a rather open and licentious form of sexual practice. This perception – one that was mainly fuelled by the sexually-repressed, and inherently voyeuristic attitudes of the Victorians, has wiped away a rich…

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Love In the Stars by Brad Kronen

Love In the Stars by Brad Kronen

Sun sign astrology is the least complex variant of an ancient tradition that goes back to the dawn of mankind. It is the popularized form of the subject that we read about in our daily newspapers. Astrology of all kinds has been used ever since man first learned to trace the natural rhythms and cycles of the universe via the motion of planets such as the Sun and the Moon and then used them as a way of understanding the mysteries of life. No greater mystery forms a part of…

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The World’s Most Haunted Hospitals by Richard Estep

The World’s Most Haunted Hospitals by Richard Estep

Many of today’s modern TV dramas center around a hospital for the simple reason that hospitals are, by their very nature, places of high drama and emotional excess. It all makes for great entertainment. Whilst most of our actual, real-life hospitals present, on the face of it at least, an environment of scrupulous cleanliness, military-like order and high human virtue, this has not always been the case. Some of our older medical establishments have a hidden history of abuse, scandal and malicious intent born from a less enlightened and caring…

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Call of the Darkness from Within Strange Places – An Interview wIth Paranormal Investigator Richard Estep

Richard Estep

Welcome Richard and thank you for agreeing to talk with us during your visit to your native land of the United Kingdom. It is great to catch up with you during your busy schedule and to have the opportunity to hear a little more about your research into the paranormal. From reading your excellent book ‘In Search of the Paranormal’ I understand that you have been living and active in the paranormal field within the United States for over twenty years. Q. I am interested in the differences between paranormal…

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Rainbow Body and Resurrection by Francis V. Tiso

Rainbow Body and Resurrection by Francis V. Tiso

For followers of traditional Christian teachings the death and eventual resurrection of primary religious figures forms a key element to the religions central tenets. Indeed, even for non-Christians the story of the reappearance of Christ in the form of a body of light – just three days after his death on the cross, is a remarkably fascinating and mysterious tale. It is, however, also one that is far from being a unique spiritual experience. A Cloak of Light The body of light is said to emerge or manifest within days…

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Offerings: Guitar Meditations by Clarelynn Rose

Offerings: Guitar Meditations by Clarelynn Rose

As a practicing Buddhist and acoustic finger-style guitar player, Clarelynn Rose has explored the concept of ‘Guitar Dharma’ as a result of discovering that many of the principles of the Buddhist practice that she has learnt over the years can be directly applied to the art of musical performance and composition. Clarelynn freely admits that Playing guitar, for example, often gives me the same centered, grounded feeling as meditation. Guitar playing was my first meditation, which I only realised after starting formal meditation practice and immediately recognising the feeling as…

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Meadow Run by Clarelynn Rose

Meadow Run by Clarelynn Rose

Clarelynn Rose has two main loves in her life. One is playing the guitar and the other, which goes someway to inspiring and influencing her music, is to revel in the peaceful beauty and tranquility of woodland areas – a passion which began after falling in love with redwood forests while an undergrad at UC Santa Cruz. Her love of trees resulted in her becoming a SmartWood-certified Resource Manager as well as a consultant with SmartWood in which she assessed the sustainability of forestry operations in various locations in China…

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The Four Purposes of Life by Dan Millman

The Four Purposes of Life by Dan Millman

Life is thoroughly perplexing at the best of times but when we try to juggle our innate desire to be more spiritual with the daily routine of keeping body and soul together we are so often confronted with a challenge that can little less than daunting! Spiritual teachers of all persuasions have, for many thousands of years, attempted help those who have difficulty in resolving these issues by helping them to ground or integrate spirituality more deeply into their physical experience. Some of them have been more successful at this…

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Neurodynamics by Theodore Dimon

Neurodynamics by Theodore Dimon

Neurodynamics is a term that has been coined by Theodore Dimon to describe the psychophysical workings of the human body. The word is, as the author explains in his book ‘Neurodynamics::The Art of Mindfulness in Action’, closely related to the rapidly expanding world of neuroscience as well as to the ability of all of us to improve the functioning of our bodies through a more conscious awareness of its operation. A New Approach The human mind, to which the study of neuroscience first addresses itself, is the mechanism through which…

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The Dharma of Star Wars by Matthew Bortolin

The Dharma of Star Wars by Matthew Bortolin

Every ten or so years, when the national government carry out their population census, the question of religion always appears prominently on the form – a document which everyone is legally obliged to complete and return to the authorities. Ever since the release of the early Star Wars films in the late 1970s some citizens have declared on their census papers that they were ‘Jedi Knights’ – to begin with merely as anti-establishment joke but later on as a serious political statement. In 2008, 23-year-old Daniel Jones, along with his…

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The Witch’s Wand by Alferian Gwydion MacLir

The Witch’s Wand by Alferian Gwydion MacLir

Few tools are more closely associated with magick than the wand. Although it is an ancient instrument of conjuration it has, in recent years, gained almost legendary status with a generation of non-occult fans via its extensive use by all of the main characters in the Harry Potter films. There are few today who are not aware of the wand’s ability – both literal and imaginary, to focus, direct and manipulate metaphysical forces. The Crafter’s Craft It is common for magickians of all kinds to buy wand’s for ritual use…

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Tending Brigid’s Flame by Lunaea Weatherstone

Tending Brigid's Flame by Lunaea Weatherstone

St Brigid’s monastery at Kildare, Eire was originally founded in the 5th century by Saint Brigid. It is one of the earliest examples of Christian worship in Ireland. Although Brigid was originally a Celtic goddess – about which little was originally recorded, she was transposed as a religious figure into the much later form of Saint Brigid in which she predominantly remained until her more modern translation back into a goddess. For many Goddess worshipers today, Brigid and her associated sacred, and eternal flame, that still burns in her honor…

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The Body and Its Symbolism by Annick de Souzenelle

The Body and Its Symbolism by Annick de Souzenelle

Although not widely known outside of her native country of France and of Italy – where she still holds lecture tours even though in her early 90s, Annick de Souzenelle has been an esoteric scholar, lecturer and writer of high standing for over 50 years. Born in Rennes in 1922, Souzenelle, at an early age, became aware of the wider world she was born into – one which she soon assessed and questioned with a suspicious and judgmental eye as she witnessed the continuing aftermath of World War One. As…

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Mystery School in Hyperspace by Graham St. John

Mystery School in Hyperspace by Graham St. John

DMT, short for N,N-dimethyltryptamine, is a psychedelic compound with a rich and varied social history. Whilst the DMT molecule is a natural substance – one that has always been found in small quantities within the human brain as well as in citrus fruits such as oranges, it was eventually synthesized back in the 1930s. Whilst suspected of being a neurotransmitter the drug’s psychospiritual properties have been recognized by many Shamanic traditions for millennia. Here in the West the slow awakening to the powerful occult properties of DMT are beginning to…

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Portrait of a Past-Life Skeptic by Robert L. Snow

Portrait of a Past-Life Skeptic by Robert L. Snow

Irrespective of which stream of paranormal research, spiritual philosophy or metaphysics you study, as an independent researcher you are invariably greeted in your investigations with silence and non-committal from all types of authority figures. When they do speak out on any contentious and sensitive spiritual topic they invariably do so under a cloak of anonymity. Robert L Snow, a one time captain in the Indianopolis Police Department, where he served for thirty-eight years, understands only too well the risks run by those working as respected pillars of society when speaking…

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Living Mindfully by Deborah Schoeberlein David

Living Mindfully by Deborah Schoeberlein David

Mindfulness is often viewed by not only beginners to the subject but also as well by experts, as a daily meditation practice – something that you dedicate half an hour or so as time and opportunity permits. In her book ‘Living Mindfully’ mindfulness teacher Deborah Schoerberlein David expresses the personal belief that in fact this uniquely popular form of meditation can, and should, become an integral part of everyday living. She believes that the principles that underpin mindfulness can be extended into every aspect of life and to great personal…

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365 Ways to Strengthen Your Spirituality by Alexandra Chauran

365 Ways to Strengthen Your Spirituality by Alexandra Chauran

What does it mean to be spiritual? That is a question that confounds many people who are initially drawn towards a desire to live their lives by a more self-nurturing and less-materialistic set of personal values. Discovering for yourself, exactly what spirituality means to you personally is not a question that can be quickly and easily resolved. In fact, it can take a lifetime to reveal your unique relationship to the Infinite. Looking For Shortcuts Many who seek a quicker understanding of what it means to be spiritual are drawn…

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The Wildwood Way by Cliff Seruntine

The Wildwood Way by Cliff Seruntine

Most of us, at one time or another, have dreamt of giving up entirely on modern life, of selling up and moving away from the noise and chaos of the big city to live all alone in the peace and quiet harmony of mother nature. Those who do momentarily consider this dramatic change in lifestyle often become overwhelmed by many questions related to the sheer practicalities of surviving in a remote area. How would we survive living in any type of wild and desolate environment? Do we have the necessary…

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Living Beautifully by Pema Chodron

Living Beautifully by Pema Chodron

The teachings contained within Living Beautifully were originally given at Gampo Abbey, which is a Tibetan Monastery in Cape Breton, Nova Scocia, during a six-week winter retreat. Whilst they would originally have been offered via a teacher, in her book Pema Chodron chose to present these essentially Buddhist insights in a way that anyone, either religious or non-religious, can understand and appreciate. Her book opens with a consideration of the impermanence of the human experience and reflects upon the fluid nature to the life that we lead on a daily…

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Psychic Vision by Melanie Barnum

Psychic Vision by Melanie BarnumPsychic Vision by Melanie Barnum

Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s reports began to circulate from within the normally closed and secretive world of Communist Russia that the Soviets had developed an active interest in psychism and that they were exploring ways by which agents with psychic powers might be able to aid the military in their somewhat phoney Cold War with the West. This revelation sparked interest in the Americans who decided to investigate and to see whether there was any merit in the claims that witches and psychics were using their…

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Right Concentration by Leigh Brasington

Right Concentration by Leigh Brasington

Buddhism is, in many regards, a spiritual philosophy that lends itself more to practical involvement than theoretical teaching. This is particularly the case when one is learning the specialized discipline of the jhanas -an offshoot of meditation that develops around deepening degrees of mental concentration. In his book ‘Right Concentration’, Buddhist teacher Leigh Brasington warns his reader of the complexities behind jhana practice – one which he ready admits is …best learned on a ten-day or longer meditation retreat.. and which he also states …is a controversial topic… He admits…

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Yule: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for the Winter Solstice by Susan Pesznecker

Yule: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for the Winter Solstice by Susan Pesznecker

Very few days of the Great Pagan Wheel are quite so indelibly marked into the conscious of all of us than that of the Winter Solstice, or Yule. At this point in the year the days are at their shortest and the nigh-time seems, in the Northern aHemisphere at least, to last an interminable length of time. This is, nevertheless, still an important point in the magickal year for it offers us all the opportunity to pause at etc solstice, to reflect upon the passing year and to contemplate on…

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This Is Woman’s Work by Dominique Christina

This Is Woman's Work by Dominique Christina

The spiritual journey that make throughout our lives is one initially of exploration and then of transformation and finally integration. But what if we encounter problems along the way whilst trying to assimilate our life experiences into our psyches – what happens then? And what do we do with all that dark, suppressed, raw and disassociated material? How do we even find a way through to it in the first place? A Dark Road The unspoken and tragic history of women, throughout time, is one related to the constant struggle…

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La Santa Muerte by Tomás Prower

La Santa Muerte by Tomás Prower

You won’t find the history of La Santa Muerte in any textbook. Being a predominantly clandestine mystery school, the devotees of La Santa Muerte have preferred to keep this particular avatar of Death a secret known only to them and other initiates. With that that enticingly fascinating comment regarding the worship of one of the great mysteries of human existence, Tomas Prower reveals the essential context that surrounds his book ‘La Santa Meurte: Unearthing the Magic & Mysticism of Death’. The highly evocative cover image of his book, a skeleton…

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How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness by Toni Bernhard

How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness by Toni Bernhard

When Toni Bernhard became ill during a trip to Paris in May 2001 she could hardly have known the immense impact that her emerging health problems would end up having on her life. Today, she is an award-winning author of three books, ‘How to be Sick’, ‘How to Wake Up’ and her current title ‘How to Live Well With Chronic Pain and Illness’ – which also deals with the subject of illness in a general way. In ‘How to Live Well’, Toni talks openly and honestly about her own debilitating…

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Haunted by the Abyss by Sarah Soderlund

Haunted by the Abyss by Sarah Soderlund

Anyone who is of the mistaken opinion that anyone who holds any sort of belief in the paranormal or the supernatural is uneducated, superstitious and uncultivated needs to consider the work of a popular psychic and paranormal investigator – one who holds a master’s degree in forensic psychology, is a licensed hypnotherapist and holistic practitioner. Sarah Soderlund – or “Paranormal Sarah” as she is more commonly known, is that person and when you consider that the long list of paranormal subjects that she investigates includes, but is not limited to;…

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Everything Mind by Chris Grosso

Everything Mind by Chris Grosso

Any of us can spontaneously experience that transcendent state of being referred to as ‘ enlightenment’. It can occur at any time and initiated in a variety of different ways but for Chris Grosso it occurred one day whilst he was out on his daily jog. In his book ‘Everything Mind’ he recalls that as he continued running …a euphoric, almost overwhelming feeling of rapture engulfed what I can only describe as my entire essence of being. Whilst in that suspended state of consciousness he experienced what he refers to…

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Dream Alchemy by Ted Andrews

Dream Alchemy by Ted Andrews

If you really want to know what exactly is going on in your life then take a look at your dreams, for within them are contained the residue of your past, the true reflections of your present and the seeds of your future. Not only do dreams express an arcane language of their own, complete with cryptic messages and their own syntax, but they also act as an important interface between your mundane and higher levels of consciousness. In his book Dream Alchemy the late Ted Andrews refers to the…

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Essential Oils by Essence of Arcadia

Essential Oils by Essence of Arcadia

When buying essential oils for any purpose other than general home use – as a perfume or fragrance, it is important that you buy them from a reputable supplier – one which guarantees the oils are derived from good native plants (preferably organic) and are 100% pure with no additional additives. Essence of Arcadia are a company with a commitment to ensure the highest standards in their products. All of their essential oils are 100% organic, certified therapeutic, pure and undiluted essential oil. They do not add any sort of…

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Embrace of the Daimon by Sandra Lee Dennis

Embrace of the Daimon by Sandra Lee Dennis

Throughout its spiritual and religious history mankind has continuously evaluated its progress towards becoming civilised by its capacity to stretch onwards and upwards to the light; vanquishing perceived forces of darkness and evil that have traditionally been thought of as conspiring to thwart humanity’s emancipation along the way. However, other alternative, non-documented forms of history, offer a completely opposing narrative – tales that reveal something of what is a growing, 21st century dynamic where all of our collective nightmares are emerging from some deep underground cavern. With little we can…

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Love and the Mystery of Betrayal by Sandra Lee Dennis

Love and the Mystery of Betrayal by Sandra Lee Dennis

Just a few weeks prior to their impending marriage, Sandra Lee Dennis, was suddenly confronted with the heart-wrenching fact that her husband to be, and close soul companion of six years, wanted out of their relationship. In one swift moment her world turned into one of utter confusion – one that was rapidly taking her away from what she thought was going to be an exciting future with a man with whom she become deeply emotional bonded. The result of the breakdown in her relationship invoked from within her deep…

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Succulent Wild Love by SARK and Dr. John Waddell

Succulent Wild Love by SARK and Dr. John Waddell

Finding true love and the accompanying desire for a strong emotion bond with a loving and committed partner are probably two of the most powerful motivating principles that we experience in our lives. In their book ‘Succulent Wild Love’ SARK and John Waddell ask where there an ideal form of relationship – one that suits the requirements of both partners and which acts as a foundation for the continuing growth of love and emotional happiness of all? In their book the authors identify six specific habits or tendencies that lovers…

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The Healing of Jordan Young by Tobin Blake

The Healing of Jordan Young by Tobin Blake

During the turbulent few years that Tobin Blake spent helping his daughter’s boyfriend overcome his cancer he came to appreciate the fact that when a patient self-administers the correct healing modalities the universe responds to produce healing miracles that consistently astound and confound medical specialists. In his book ‘The Healing of Jordan Young’, Blake retraces the events, circumstances and decisive medical diagnoses that took place during 2012 when the young man, Jordan Young, was so riddled with cancer that his death seemed imminent and unavoidable. The narrative that tells the…

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Wicca: Another Year and a Day by Timothy Roderick

Wicca: Another Year and a Day by Timothy Roderick

The modern practice of Witchcraft is no longer the closed and impenetrable system of natural magick that it once was. In the introduction to his book ‘Wicca: Another Year and a Day’, Wiccan High Priest and Craft leader, Timothy Roderick – a practitioner of over 30 years, describes the hard task that he faced way back in the 1970s and 1980s when trying to find out more about this often misunderstood aspect of occultism. As he reminds us, back then few good books were available on the subject, at least…

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The Passionate Mind Revisited by Joel Kramer and Diana Alstad

The Passionate Mind Revisited by Joel Kramer and Diana Alstad

The Passionate Mind by Joel Kramer was first published in 1974 to a widely receptive audience who connected closely with its essential commentary on the process by which we can, as spiritually awakening individuals, become more aware of our internal psychological mechanisms and how they impact upon our thinking. In many ways the fundamental premises that underpinned the book have emerged to become, for both better and worse, even more significant and prominent in our society. In an update to the original book Joel Kramer, and now Diana Alstad, have…

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Sacred Commerce by Matthew and Terces Engelhart

Sacred Commerce by Matthew and Terces Engelhart

Matthew Engelhart and his wife/business partner Terces are the owners of a popular organic vegan restaurant chain called ‘Cafe Gratitude’. It has four locations in the San Fransisco Bay Area and has more than two hundred employees. The cafes all support local farmers as well as sustainable agriculture whilst serving living, organic food made with fresh ingredients. As one might expect with a business founded upon such strong ethical principles the Engelarts run every aspect of their enterprise in accordance with the same levels of personal and global conscience. Their…

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Awaken Your Genius by Carolyn Elliott

Awaken Your Genius by Carolyn ElliottAwaken Your Genius by Carolyn Elliott

We tend to associate the word “genius” with a person who displays exceptional intellectual ability In Ancient Rome, however, a slightly different connotation was placed upon the word; for them the ‘genius’ was the guiding, or instructional, spirit associated with either a house, place or a person. In her book Awaken Your Genius, Carolyn Elliott observes that from her perspective a genius is … a generative energy that manifests creations that are original, alive and individual – soulful. Her perspective on our personal genius – one that is the essence…

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Romance of the Grail: The Magic and Mystery of Arthurian Myth by Joseph Campbell (Ed. Evans Lansing Smith)

Romance of the Grail: The Magic and Mystery of Arthurian Myth by Joseph Campbell (Ed. Evans Lansing Smith)

It was way back in 1976, when Evans Lansing Smith was a twenty-six year old spiritual seeker, that he first worked with Joseph Campbell during a two-week field-trip around Northern France investigating the Arthurian romances of the Middle Ages. Smith could hardly have realized, whilst a young man, that his time spent travelling with Campbell, listening to his stories regarding the Arthurian legends, would ultimately lead him to travel a path in life so closely tied to his mentor’s unique and ground-breaking research into many classic mythological themes. Following Campbell’s…

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Samhain: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Halloween by Diana Rajchel

Samhain: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Halloween by Diana Rajchel

In the turning of the Great Wheel the festival of Samhain marks the end of the Solar cycle and the start of the long and dark yin period of the dark goddess or, as Wiccan priestess, Diana Rajchel describes it in her book Samhain, ‘…the goddess has descended into the underworld to be with her beloved…‘ and that ‘…the now barren land gives way to the rulership of the Crone.‘ On the night of the 31st October, it is said that the veil that separates our world from that of…

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Mindfulness A to Z by Arnie Kozak

Mindfulness A to Z by Arnie Kozak

As a term the word ‘mindfulness’, as freely admitted by Arnie Kozak PhD, in his book, ‘Mindfulness A to Z: 108 Insights for Awakening Now’, has become something of a buzzword. Today, throughout the West, it has to be one if the most popular practices in self-development work though its roots are firmly fixed in the Eastern philosophy of Buddhism. Mindfulness is effectively a way of fixing your focus or attention upon the present moment. It is a practice of which Kozak comments about its benefits that …it will bring…

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The Jeweled Highway by Ralph White

The Jeweled Highway by Ralph White

At the heart of human experience we all harbour a secret wish that we will be remembered for having lived a rich and worthwhile life. Some of us do but many of us, through no fault of our own, don’t. Despite this, we remain forever hopeful that the story we create for ourselves in this lifetime is at the very least worthy of being recorded for posterity in biographical memoirs of one sort or another. Ralph White is someone whom, having spent his life within the spiritual movement, has a…

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Freedom Is Your Only Choice by Ajay Kapoor

Freedom Is Your Only Choice by Ajay Kapoor

The challenge that we all face when trying to explore our spirituality is just how do we cultivate a life of peace and serenity within which our Souls can thrive and express itself. The problem that many of us face today is that sense of freedom for which we crave so deeply is becoming increasingly elusive; either through poverty, racial harrassment or political control. In his book, ‘Freedom Is Your Only Choice: 108 Questions To Discover Your True Self’, Ajay Kapoor sets out 108 questions and answers that he hopes…

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Chupacabra Road Trip by Nick Redfern

Chupacabra Road Trip by Nick RedfernChupacabra Road Trip by Nick Redfern

In 1995, around the Puerto Rico towns of Morovis and Orocovis, locals became terrified following the unnatural, overnight slaughtering of their animals. In most cases their animals were discovered with strange marks on their necks and a notable lack of blood left remaining in their carcasses. Many of those animals found so horrifically mutilated happened to be goats and so, with no other explanation for their killer, or killers, forth-coming the attacker was given the name ‘chupacabra’ which is Spanish for ‘goat sucker’. The Beast is Revealed Around August of that…

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Breathe Through This by Eline Snel

Breathe Through This by Eline Snel

There is little doubt that becoming a parent to one or more evolving souls is a challenge worthy of both saints and warriors! How you tackle the task is not so much determined by yourself as it is by the unique characteristics of your offspring. This means that, by being a parent, it is yourself that experiences true spiritual transformation and not so much the other way around. Breathe through This succinctly encapsulates the task in hand when she states that “The challenge when raising children is to achieve a…

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Anodea Judith’s Chakra Yoga

Anodea Judith’s Chakra Yoga

Once the preserve of publications related to Eastern mystical philosophy it is difficult today to open any book on spiritual practice without finding somewhere within its pages references to the word ‘chakra’. In fact nearly every modern derivation of occult practice – be it magick, psycho-spiritual development, healthy eating or simple meditation practice, tends to include references to some aspect of chakra therapy – or at the very least, some sort of recognition of the importance that chakras play in the development of health and spiritual consciousness. The worldwide awareness…

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Sidewalk Oracles by Robert Moss

Sidewalk Oracles by Robert Moss

All spiritual and religious traditions openly accept that there is, surrounding us – and yet at most times unseen, a parallel world of spirit that interweaves with our own and which occasionally even interpenetrates with it. For thousands of years we have been conditioned to believe that it is only initiated members of our spiritual communities that have the qualities necessary to enter into a state of intercourse with this world leading most people to fail to recognize that each one of us is a multi-dimentional being and that we…

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It’s a Wonderful Afterlife by Kristy Robinett

It's a Wonderful Afterlife by Kristy Robinett

If you have ever wondered whether the life of a top psychic is really the fun and frolics that it is painted then you only have to read the opening to Kristy Robinetts autobiographical account of her early years in It’s a Wonderful Afterlife: Inspiring True Stories from a Psychic Medium to discover that in fact opening up to the psychic world is not only challenging but also fraught with hidden dangers. Kristy was only three years of age when her initiation into the spiritual world began following a meeting…

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Imagination in Action by Shaun McNiff

Imagination in Action by Shaun McNiff

The world of the creative artist has always been inhabited by free and independent thinkers. In fact the vast majority of the most creative individuals the world has ever known have been mavericks in one way or another. In his book Imagination in Action Shaun McNiff explains exactly why this is the case. He states: The creative act involves doing things differently, sometimes even in unthinkable and illogical ways, which can be risky when the world values conformity and prescibed truths. He also suggests that …all creative individuals engage with…

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Mind Reading Quick and Easy by Richard Webster

Mind Reading Quick and Easy by Richard Webster

Have you ever had that inner sense that someone you know is thinking about you or you happen to be thinking about them the very moment that they send you an email or call you on your phone? Telepathy can be experienced at any time and in a variety of ways. Whilst, for most of the time, we experience telepathic exchanges in totally spontaneous ways it is possible to consciously project your thoughts at someone and to force them to act in ways that they might not be expecting. In…

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The Kindness Handbook by Sharon Salzburg

The Kindness Handbook by Sharon Salzburg

The Kindness Handbook is a collection of stories, meditation exercises, inspirations, poems and teachings all of which are designed, as the author, Sharon Salzberg, puts it ‘…as a guidebook through the wide-ranging landscape of kindness.’ In this sense it is a book that is not designed to be read in a linear fashion but instead to be opened at any page and consulted for its insights and advice. Sharon Salzberg is a life-long student of Buddhism and has taught meditation all over the world. In her book she introduces readers…

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An Intelligent Life by Koitsu Yokoyama

An Intelligent Life by Koitsu Yokoyama

These are Why, What, When and When – without their existence in our language we would have no ability to enunciate our inner desire for deeper understanding or expanded wisdom. As Koitsu Yokoyama points out in his book An Intelligent Life each of these interrogative pronouns are in fact some of the very first words uttered by a child as he or she begins to question the world and to evaluate their place within it. In reality we actually live in two worlds – a tangible world of experience and…

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Ghosts of Lincoln by Adam Selzer

Ghosts of Lincoln by Adam Selzer

Over many years Adam Selzer has amassed a huge collection of information on the life and strange, paranormal circumstances that have surrounded Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865). In his book, Ghosts of Lincoln: Discovering His Paranormal Legacy, he shares some of his research into one a man whose life and violent death has fascinated the American public for a very long time. In the opening to his book Adam expresses the opinion that ‘It’ fair to say that Lincoln haunts the United States, whether as an actual ghost, as several different ghosts,…

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Buddhism for Dudes by Gerry Stribling

Buddhism for Dudes by Gerry Stribling

Buddhism, as Gerry Stribling reminds us in his book ‘Buddhism for Dudes’ is not a religion but a moral philosophy – which came as a slight shock to him when he entered a temple in Sri Lanka and found monks in fervent worship. Having spent a little time with his Buddhist teachers, as well as a great deal more time spent chanting, Stribling eventually discovered for himself that Buddhism as a spiritual process does not impose fixed notions about life and how we should experience it. As he points out…

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In Search of the Paranormal by Richard Estep

In Search of the Paranormal by Richard Estep

A great deal has changed in the world of paranormal investigating since Richard Estep, author of ‘In Search of the Paranormal’ first became interested in the subject way back in the 1990s. In the introduction to his book, Estep explains how advances in technology along with changes to investigative procedures and the massive, worldwide interest in the subject by TV companies has changed both the practice, as well as the publics perception of ghost-hunting in particular Estep, who originates from England – a country well-documented for its paranormal activity, founded…

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Spiritual Regression for Peace and Healing by Ursula Demarmels

Spiritual Regression for Peace and Healing by Ursula Demarmels

Our previous lives effect us more deeply in this lifetime than we actually realize. Sometimes, when working on self-healing or a journey of inner exploration it is often useful to look back into our past for help and guidance on the correct way to move forwards. For many though, the question is – where does one begin to unravel the mysteries held within previous incarnations? Ursula Demarmels is a regression hypnotherapist who enjoys near celebrity status all over the world as a result of her popular TV regression documentaries. In…

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Seven Cups of Consciousness by Aleya Dao

Seven Cups of Consciousness by Aleya Dao

Everybody’s Soul purpose manifests in different ways and at different times in their lives. For healer Aleya Dao, it occurred in the middle of a sound healing session during which a bright light enveloped her and her awareness shifted into a higher realm. It was an experience that she describes in her book Seven Cups of Consciousness: as …simultaneously overwhelming, empowering and comforting. Less than six months later, her whole life had changed for the better and in previously unimaginable ways. During the intervening period, Aleya was forced to clear…

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