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

Kaia Ra is an Oracle for an Ascended Master High Council who are known as The Sophia Dragon Tribe – a radically new and different spiritual collective who are collaborating to promote the energy of the Divine Feminine on Earth during this time of humanity’s transition of consciousness. The Sophia Dragons are said to form part of a lineage that exists within the highest angelic order known as the seraphim. High Sovereignty In her book The Sophia Code, Kaia Ra explains how each dragon originates from two Creatrix Mothers. She…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 (Collected Works of 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Rainbow Body and Resurrection by Francis V. Tiso

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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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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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The Wildwood Way by Cliff Seruntine

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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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Neurodynamics by Theodore Dimon

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Living Beautifully by Pema Chodron

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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

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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

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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

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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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Wicca: Another Year and a Day by Timothy Roderick

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Embrace of the Daimon by Sandra Lee Dennis

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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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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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The Passionate Mind Revisited by Joel Kramer and Diana Alstad

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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

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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

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

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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

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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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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

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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Zen: The Authentic Gate by Yamada Koun

Zen: The Authentic Gate by Yamada Koun

Zen master Koun Yamada was one of the foremost authorities on the Buddhist path of Zen and is credited with introducing its central practices to students, drawn from a diverse range of religious faiths. In his critically-acclaimed book Zen: The Authentic Gate he describes the practice of Zen not as a religion per se but that, unlike faith-based religions, it aims to help us perceive reality and to find peace of mind based upon that reality. These comments are made in light of his observation that, whatever the modern world is, it…

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Tarot Interactions by Deborah Lipp

Tarot Interactions by Deborah Lipp

A common error that is found in even professional Tarot readers is to view each card as an individual statement of potential activity or impending action. A good Tarot reader will see beyond these rather limited ideas and will understand that deeper interpretation is held within a Tarot spread—not so much as a result of interpreting specific cards but in the close, or symbiotic, relationship that each card holds to its neighbours. Very few Tarot books these days really reveal these connections or even consider this most important element to…

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The Sacred Ego by Jalaja Bonheim

The Sacred Ego by Jalaja Bonheim

There are very few areas of debate within modern spirituality guaranteed to enflame passions more than that of the personal ego. On the one hand many feel that the ego is the most self-destructive of human traits whilst others deem it to be vyaly important in the armory of psycho-spiritual self-protection In her book The Sacred Ego: Making Peace with Ourselves and Our World Jalaja Bonheim. PhD approaches this somewhat delicate subject in somewhat more sympathetic terms. Within the book she offers a positive evaluation of the ego from the start…

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The Power of the Herd by Linda Kohanov

The Power of the Herd by Linda Kohanov

Freelance journalist Linda Kohanov initially bought her first horse as a way of disengaging with the corporate stresses that she was subjected to through her work as a classical music presenter on a local US radio station. Linda soon found that her horse, a thoroughbred, ex-racehorse, was a greater challenge than she at first expected. Despite this, and as she started to learn more about the animals’ unique characteristics, she began to gain the horses’ respect whilst adjusting to dislikes and needs. Linda describes in her book The Power of…

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Mabon: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for the Autumn Equinox by Diana Rajchel

Mabon: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for the Autumn Equinox by Diana Rajchel

As the summer warmth and life-enhancing energies of late-September start to give way to cooler days and lengthening nights we are reminded that the turning of the Wheel of the Year brings us into a new, more reflective phase of living. Mabon is the commonly used term used amongst witches and pagans to describe the Autumn Equinox—a festival which takes place at the end of September and which is, much like the Spring Equinox, considered to be an important time for reflecting upon the year and its fecundant energies. Mabon,…

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Dreams at the Threshold by Jeanne Van Bronkhorst

Dreams at the Threshold by Jeanne Van Bronkhorst

Jeanne Von Bronkhorst discovered the power of dreams over the ten years that she spent as a hospice social worker; and then it was only through a chance remark with one of her patients that she became aware of the important part that they played in the lives of those with whom she had daily contact. Amazingly, she found that dream recollection—rather than being embraced by the medical authorities as a powerful diagnostic tool, she found that it was something of a taboo subject within the profession in which she…

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Clearing Clutter: Physical, Mental, and Spiritual by Alexandra Chauran

Clearing Clutter: Physical, Mental, and Spiritual by Alexandra Chauran

For many people the annual Spring-clean offers a good opportunity to get rid of all that excess stuff that tends to accumulate over the course of a year. The job is not an easy one! How do we decide upon which items we can safely dispose of and those that we need to keep? What possessions do we currently have that are worth keeping in order to ensure our continued spiritual growth? Which are essential parts of ensuring a happy and health-sustaining domestic environment and which bring in dissonant energies…

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Chronicles of the Unexplained by Gary Gillespie

Chronicles of the Unexplained by Gary Gillespie

Some years ago Gary Gillespie bought a house for himself and his family at a way below market price. Nothing remarkable about that you might say and ordinarily this would be the case. Let me leave it to Gary to explain further in tbe opening chapter to his book on paranormal encounters, Chronicles of the Unexplained: True Stories of Haunted Houses, Bigfoot & Other Paranormal Encounters. In hindsight, I should have suspected something was wrong when I told the sellers they could take their time moving out. They still had…

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The Wild Edge of Sorrow by Francis Weller

The Wild Edge of Sorrow by Francis Weller

Emptiness, grief and sorrow are, as we are all too aware, significant aspects to personal loss and separation from anything in life that we nurture and cherish. But what of those times in our lives when we feel inexplicably empty of spirit, devoid of life and drained of emotional energy—times during which there appears to be no particular reason or explanation for the way that we feel. We live in a society in which it has become very easy for the medical or psychiatric profession to diagnose depression in patients…

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Tantra for the West by Marc Allen

Tantra for the West by Marc Allen

Whilst the term ‘tantra’ has become linked to the practise of sacred sexuality and kundalini work in its original form the word holds a much deeper spiritual meaning. In his book, Tantra for the West: A Direct Path to Living the Life of Your Dreams, New World Library founder Marc Allen defines the term tantra to mean …the awareness that every moment is a direct path to love, freedom, fulfillment and enlightenment. This process can, of course, express itself through the act of sexual union but in reality this is…

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Restorative Yoga Therapy by Leeann Carey

Restorative Yoga Therapy by Leeann Carey

Yapana is an ancient Sanskrit word meaning ‘the support and extension of life’. In her book Restorative Yoga Therapy: The Yapana Way to Self-Care and Well-Beingcertified instructor, Leeann Carey presents her readers a practical course of instruction in Yapana which she offers as a way to physical well-being. Her book is divided into three distinct stages or phases of asana work. These include: Doing or dynamic Being or relaxing and Still, the final state of relaxation As a way of aiding the work Leeann Carey includes the use of such…

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The Natural Psychic by Ellen Dugan

The Natural Psychic by Ellen Dugan

Being a natural and gifted psychic can put you into a very lonely and isolated position—the sort of place very few people would be comfortable living in for any period of time. Ellen Dugan is a successful psychic—someone who learnt from her earliest years not only that she was a naturally-gifted intuitive but also that being such would create a direct clash between who she is and those around her who were less-accommodating of her mystic gifts. In her book The Natural Psychic: Ellen Dugan’s Personal Guide to the Psychic Realm,…

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Lughnasadh: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Lammas by Melanie Marquis

Lughnasadh: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Lammas by Melanie MarquisLughnasadh: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Lammas by Melanie Marquis

Lughnasadh (pronounced LOO-nə-sə) is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals; the others being Samhain, Imbolc and Beltane. It is said to originate as a celebration of the onset of the period of harvest. This festival, also known as Lammas, was originally held each year on the 1st August—a date which equates to a point on the solar calendar roughly between the summer solstice and the autumn equinox. Over time the day chosen for the celebration has shifted and now tends to fall on the Sunday that is nearest to…

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Jane Eyre’s Sisters by Jody Gentian Bower

Jane Eyre’s Sisters by Jody Gentian Bower

Back in the 1980s the standard fare of almost all popular womens literature centered around a very narrow range of themes. For teacher and lecturer Jody Gentian Bower the stories that she read at that time were not only unimaginative and derivative but also left her feeling that they failed to reflect the essential dynamics within her own life—one which, as she points out in her book, ‘Jane Eyre’s Sisters: How Women Live and Write the Heroine’s Story’ …resembled the path a ball takes through a pinball machine. Then, whilst…

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Freedom From Anger by Alubomulle Sumanasara

Freedom From Anger by Alubomulle Sumanasara

Anger is one of the few human emotions that, or so we tell ourselves, we feel completely justified in expressing in a totally unconstrained way when the time is right. After all, when the kids make us cross by refusing to tidy their rooms, or when someone cuts us up at traffic lights we generally feel almost obligated to express all of our pent up feelings towards the guilty. But what if there was a better and more productive way of dealing with our anger—one that frees us from being…

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Free Your Mind: A Meditation Guide to Freedom and Happiness by Ajay Kapoor

Free Your Mind: A Meditation Guide to Freedom and Happiness by Ajay Kapoor

In 1995, Ajaay Kapoor founded the Z Meditation Center in Dharamsala, India. In Free Your Mind: A Meditation Guide to Freedom and Happiness, he explains how he coined the term ‘Z Meditation’ as a way of describing the process when an individual embarks on a journey with the intention of returning to a more natural state of calmness, balance and happiness which is often lacking in our daily lives. In defining this process, the author explains that The vision of Z Meditation is to bring those who are sincere and…

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A Cree Healer and His Medicine Bundle by David Earl Young, Robert Dale Rogers, Russell Willier

A Cree Healer and His Medicine Bundle by David Earl Young, Robert Dale Rogers, Russell Willier

Whilst we are witnessing an unprecedented rise of interest in spirituality here in the West it is very easy to forget that many indiginous cultures from all parts of the World are rapidly losing their own spiritual heritage. Sadly, through neglect, changing patterns in their society’s structures and onslaught from other cultures they are rapidly losing all connection to their tribal rituals, sacred customs and esoteric teachings. In their book A Cree Healer and His Medicine Bundle: Revelations of Indigenous Wisdom–Healing Plants, Practices, and Stories anthropologist David Young, mycologist Robert…

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The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra

The modern spirituality movement is based, to a large extent, upon ‘The New Thought Movement’—a late nineteenth-century philosophical system that was founded upon a cross-contamination between physics, science and religion. It spawned a large body of written work that focussed to a large part on man’s relationship to the Universe—and more specifically, upon the ability of the human mind, through spirit, to change events, circumstances and personal destiny. Of the many writers and thinkers that were borne from this era, many notable figures emerged who, subsequently, had a profound impact…

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Spirit Realms of Vietnam (Volume I): The Context by Judith Mann

Spirit Realms of Vietnam (Volume I): The Context by Judith Mann

Vietnam has been a nation only too aware of the catastrophic effects of death through warfare and, even though it is a country more at peace now than in its recent past, memories of the horrors of war remain with the persistent appearance of War Ghosts. These are spirits that suffered violent deaths and who continue to wander the earth all over the country. The way in which Vietnamese society approaches their ghosts and discarnate souls is completely different from our treatment of them here in the West. While we…

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The Trail of Gnosis by Judith Mann

The Trail of Gnosis by Judith Mann

In 1976, American writer, researcher and explorer Judith Mann was presented with the opportunity to travel to Europe with her son. Before she left, a friend suggested that she might spend her time in France and Yugoslavia to research the Gnostic sects of the Cathars and the Bogomils. From this initial interest in the Gnostic beliefs and spurred on by a number of coincidences while traveling, Judith began a study of Gnosticism that has lasted for over 25 years. In her book, ‘The Trail of Gnosis”, Judith shares her research…

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The Wheel of Healing with Ayurveda by Michelle S. Fondin

The Wheel of Healing with Ayurveda by Michelle S. Fondin

Ayurvedic medicine is a five-thousand-year old health system that originated in India. It is essentially a mind-body, holistic approach to health that requires an individual to take personal responsibility for their own state of being by turning inside and becoming more aware of their inner selves. In the opening to The Wheel of Healing with Ayurveda: An Easy Guide to a Healthy Lifestyle Michelle S Fondin re-enforces this essential need to take responsibility for your own health and well-being. She emphasizes how a major shift in focus is required by everyone…

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Holistic Energy Magic by Tess Whitehurst

Holistic Energy Magic by Tess WhitehurstHolistic Energy Magic by Tess Whitehurst

For those magickians, shamans/shamankas and lightworkers who are active participants in the unfolding mysteries of our Universe the idea that ‘everything is energy’ is a core tenet that underpins their magickal and spiritual philosophies. But what of those who do not engage in practical energy-work—how is it possible to engage with these same natural forces and to use them to our benefit in our daily lives? Holistic Energy Magic: Charms & Techniques for Creating a Magical Life by Tess Whitehurst offers the newcomer to the practice of energy-work a practical,…

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The Great Work by Tiffany Lazic

The Great Work by Tiffany LazicThe Great Work by Tiffany Lazic

In The Great Wheel, Tiffany Lazic explains that the intention behind writing her book …is to provide a map of the inner frontier that facilitates rescuing Essence from the dark. In making this statement, she is, of course, describing a particular process of spiritual transformation that can be initiated through the re-discovery of the fractured, isolated and disparate parts of ourselves that become trapped within that part of our inner worlds—an area most commonly referred to as the ‘Shadow Realm’. While Tiffany Lazic is a practising psychotherapist, her approach to…

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Easy Lenormand by Marcus Katz & Tali Goodwin

Easy Lenormand by Marcus Katz & Tali Goodwin

Lenormand is a tried and tested divination system that many people who do not take to the complexities of the Tarot prefer as a way of identifying the circumstances behind their lives. In today’s high-tech, push-button world, we want immediate answers to simple questions—rather ironic given that so many are now turning to Lenormand (a fortune-telling system that is over 150 years old) as a way of providing those insights. Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin—both of whom are highly respected Tarot researchers as well as acclaimed writers on the subject—have…

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Parenting in the Age of Attention Snatchers by Lucy Jo Palladino

Parenting in the Age of Attention Snatchers by Lucy Jo PalladinoParenting in the Age of Attention Snatchers by Lucy Jo Palladino

We no longer livE in a time in which youngsters are having to adapt to the challenges of a newly-evolving technological age. Instead, children from the very earliest age are now being introduced into a seductive, deeply-engaging and over-stimulating electronic world from the very moment that they are born. Grandparents who stare in wonder at the way in which their four year old kids so freely and intuitively navigate portable media devices such as the tablet and smart phone will wonder at the way in which young minds appear to…

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Opening to Meditation by Diana Lang

Opening to Meditation by Diana Lang

Can you imagine feeling good and natural and full of life? Imagine what it would feel like to feel calm and centered no matter what your circumstances might be. Imagine having high energy while engaging in everything you do, and feeling ever more connected in your life, day by day, breath by breath. With these opening words, spiritual counsellor and radio personality Diana Lang begins her introductory guide to the practice of meditation—a subject about which she knows a great deal, having been a teacher and active participant for over…

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Make Me One with Everything by Lama Surya Das

Make Me One with Everything by Lama Surya Das

Meditation is a spiritual practice that is increasingly touted as a panacea for most psycho-spiritual ills. Amongst other things it is said to change brain rhythms, enhance the mental faculties, connect us to the higher mind and stabilize our emotions. However, there are others who question this assertion and who who suggest that meditation does not offer these wide-ranging benefits to everyone. In his book, Make Me One with Everything, Lama Surya Das—an American-born lamas in the Tibetan Dzogchen tradition—makes the following challenging statement: Over the years, I have observed…

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Spirit Realms of Vietnam (Volume II): The Diaries by Judith Mann

Spirit Realms of Vietnam (Volume II): The Diaries by Judith MannSpirit Realms of Vietnam (Volume II): The Diaries by Judith Mann

Père Léopold Michel Cadière (1869–1955) was a French missionary of the Paris Foreign Missions Society. During his life, he wrote 250 research works about Vietnamese history, its religions, customs and linguistics—valuable historical material that he had gathered in the years leading up to the start of the First World War. More recently, writer, researcher and explorer Judith Mann became aware of his work ‘Croyances et Pratiques Religieuses des Vietnamiens’ and was intrigued by the Frenchman’s references to the standing stones and their associated spiritual traditions that he alluded to throughout…

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The Naked Voice by Chloe Goodchild

The Naked Voice by Chloe Goodchild

Sound has played an important role in the ritual practices of all religions. Its sacred and ceremonial use can be found at the heart of all spiritual teachings. Whether it is through music, group chanting or vocal intonation, the powerful effects of sound are used throughout the world as a way of shifting consciousness or even of changing the vibrational rate of physical matter. In her early years, writer and expert in the ritual use of sound Chloe Goodchild suffered from a variety of illnesses which also led to a…

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Wisdom of Birch, Oak, and Yew by Penny Billington

Wisdom of Birch, Oak, and Yew by Penny Billington

Hermann Hesse (the Swiss poet, novelist and painter) once said: Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life. There is a strong tradition of tree wisdom in the British Isles and one person who knows more about it than most is Penny Billingtom. Penny is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction books and an active member of the Order…

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Secrets of the Waite-Smith Tarot by Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin

Secrets of the Waite-Smith Tarot by Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin

The Rider-Waite Tarot is the most popular Tarot deck in use today. In fact, its position as the grand-daddy of all Tarot decks is evident when you see just how many imitators and replications it has spawned since it was published way back in 1910. As popular as it has become, the deck carries with it a rather dark and contentious history—one which, until the publication of Secrets of the Waite-Smith Tarot by Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin has not been fully told. In their book, these highly respected writers on…

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Circle of Eight by Jane Meredith

In normal life, the principle of direction is one that we all use every day to determine where we are going and to guage how long it wil take to reach our chosen destination. In magick, the concept of direction means something a little different. It denotes where everything is located with relation to ourselves and operates as a more static or stationary concept. In Paganism, the eight directions are commonly referred to in connection with the primary points on a compass as well as to the turning of the…

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Earth Calling by Ellen Gunter and Ted Carter

In a time when every developing culture in the world is turning towards an urban-based societal structure, the divide between those who understand the environmental challenges that humanity faces and those who are oblivious to the impending destruction of our natural world is ever-widening. In their book Earth Calling writers Ellen Gunter and Ted Carter set out to challenge the myopic mindsets not only of those indifferent to the welfare of our planet but also to those who, rather misguidedly, think that our environmental difficulties can be resolved purely through political…

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Time to Stand Up by Thanissara

Time to Stand Up by Thanissara

In these days of deep psychological soul-searching and spiritual re-assessment it is common to hear voices raised in support of the female energy of divinity. This has been an aspect of contemporary spirituality—probably initiated by Dion Fortune in the early 20th century, which has particularly grown in popularity in the West over the last few decades. However, widespread acceptance of a female aspect to divinity is starting to spread even further afield with several previously dogmatic faiths beginning to realize that our planet and its fragile ecosystems are in urgent…

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Love in the Age of Ecological Apocalypse by Carolyn Baker

Love in the Age of Ecological Apocalypse by Carolyn Baker

When the American folk-singer, Bob Dylan, way back in 1964, declared that ‘the times they are a-changing’ he clearly understood that a new era of rapid expansion was emerging—one that today is impacting upon every level of the human experience. Someone who has studied this rapid, and someone say also degenerative, transformative process is writer and psychotherapist Carolyn Baker. She firmly believes that we are failing to adapt to the changes that are taking place and that as a result society is plunging headlng into an abyss—one that potentially will…

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Evidence of Eternity by Mark Anthony

Evidence of Eternity by Mark Anthony

Without death, life would have neither meaning nor relevance. It would simply fail to offer us a context within which to assess our physical experiences. The question that arises is ‘what exactly is death like? Is there an afterlife? And, if so, what part does it play in the overall scheme of things?’ In Evidence of Eternity, author and psychic Mark Anthony, better known as The Psychic Lawyer™, explores the afterlife and offers his perspective on the world that he feels will greet us upon our demise. The book is primarily…

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Everyday Witchcraft by Deborah Blake

Everyday Witchcraft by Deborah Blake

Deborah Blake has been a practicing witch for seventeen years. For ten of those, she has been the High Priestess of her own Pagan group: Blue Moon Circle. Her latest book is the follow up title to her extremely successful The Goddess Is in the Details: Wisdom for the Everyday Witch. In this second publication, she has expanded upon her earlier work as well as continuing to express her opinions on what it means to be a modern Witch in an increasingly diverse spiritual landscape. In the opening pages, she…

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The Healing Light of Angels by Raven Keyes

The Healing Light of Angels by Raven Keyes

In a world where the prescription of chemicals and the wielding of the surgeon’s knife are judged to be the best approaches to health, it is rare to find the established medical profession working alongside the alternative health movement. However, some medical practitioners are starting to understand and incorporate a more holistic approach to healing. Raven Keyes is a Reiki master who works alongside surgeons and doctors to speed up patients’ own healing processes. Her approach to her work is somewhat unorthodox in that she also engages the help of…

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Dream Interpretation for Beginners by Diane Brandon

Dream Interpretation for Beginners by Diane BrandonDream Interpretation for Beginners by Diane Brandon

Oneirology is the Greek word for the study of dreams. The fact that the Ancient Greeks had a word for the practice indicates that it is worthy of everyone’s consideration! There are so many benefits to taking a little time each day to reflect on the important messages sent from your subconscious mind whilst you are asleep. For those who study dreams (oneirologists), dreams regularly reveal depths to ourselves that we could never imagine exist! For those who have yet to experience the benefits of dream recall and analysis, where…

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Jewels of Enlightenment by Erik Pema Kunsang

Jewels of Enlightenment by Erik Pema Kunsang

Tibetan Buddhism is formed from a cody of teachings on Buddhist religious doctrine. It is most popular within areas of Tibet, Mongolia, Tuva, Bhutan, Kalmykia and various other regions within the Himalayan mountains. This includes northern Nepal and India. Rather than remain an obscure and largely unrecognized form of Buddhism, it has spread and is estimated to be practiced by between ten and twenty million people. In the preface of Jewels of Enlightenment (a collection of Buddhist sayings compiled by Erik Pema Kunsang), the writer Lomgchen Rabjam describes how, from a…

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Beltane: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for May Day by Melanie Marquis

Beltane: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for May Day by Melanie Marquis

Beltane is one of the eight primary Pagan holidays, or sabbats as they are also known, that comprise the solar year. Most people are aware of the four primary days marked by the Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice. Fewer people are aware of the importance of the other four dates in the esoteric calendar. Falling in between the other main festivals, these are celebrated by Pagans and Witches as Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasadh and Samhain. In Wicca, Beltane marks the point when the sun begins to grow…

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The Calm Center by Steve Taylor

The Calm Center by Steve Taylor

What is the one thing that we carry around with us all day long but which we never seem able to find when we need it most? Our calm center — that place that exists within our inner psyches but which, mainly as a consequence of the busy lives we lead, we struggle to access and to regain a sense of balance and equilibrium. What exactly is the calm center? It is a place of mental and emotional stillness or inner spaciousness that the Buddha called ‘sunyata’ or empiness. Coincidently,…

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Parenting With Presence by Susan Stiffelman

Parenting With Presence by Susan Stiffelman

In life, there are very few roles that we are called upon to play for which we are quite so unqualified to carry out as that of child-rearing. For the most part, parents bluff their way through the job—usually learning along the way and hoping that they do not leave too much carnage in their wake. Raising a child or children is undeniably the most challenging job that we ever have to undertake and most of us do so with love and a deep commitment to providing the best for…

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Holistic Tarot by Benebell Wen

Holistic Tarot by Benebell Wen

Most of the beginner guides to learning the Tarot focus upon the task of getting the student up and running as quickly as possible, All too often, though, this is at the expense of teaching key Tarot philosophy concepts. In her book Holistic Tarot: An Integrative Approach to Using Tarot for Personal Growth‘ Benebell Wen takes this same traditional approach to teaching students the basics of Tarot card divination but significantly expands upon its core concepts and esoteric principles. The very fact that her book is itself over 800 pages…

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Tarosophy by Marcus Katz

Tarosophy by Marcus KatzTarosophy by Marcus Katz

Tarosophy is a term that emerged into the consciousness of writer, researcher and magickian Marcus Katz following his work on the Abramelin ritual some years ago. The word is a fusion of ‘tarot’ and the root of the Greek word for ‘wisdom’ and he describes it as meaning the Wisdom of the Tarot and refers specifically to …the living (divine) wisdom of the art and science of Tarot as practiced by Tarosophists. In Tarosophy: Tarot to Engage Life, Not Escape It, Katz also states …that tarot is an emergent system of…

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Babalawo by Frank Baba Eyiogbe

Babalawo by Frank Baba Eyiogbe

Ifá is both a religion and a system of divination that is practiced throughout the Americas—though it originally arrived in Cuba from West Africa, the Canary Islands, Azores and Madeira. Ifá plays a critical role in the traditions of Santería, Candomblé, Palo, Umbanda, Vodou and other Afro-American faiths as well as forming an integral part within some traditional African religions. Babaaláwo or Babalawo (meaning ‘father of the secrets’ in the Yoruba language) is a spiritual title that is conveyed upon a Priest of Ifá. According to practicing Santeria High Priest…

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Walking in Light by Sandra Ingerman

Walking in Light by Sandra Ingerman

Shamanism is one of the few spiritual practices practised throughout the World. In locations as geographically diverse as Russia, Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, North and South America a shamanic tradition exists with only small deviations in the way that it is honored. The word ‘shaman’ originates from the Tungus tribe in Siberia. It means ‘spiritual healer’ and reflects the fact that at its core the tradition features group or community healing. Shamans apply their skills to both physical and spiritual ailments. Shamanism, unlike religion and some more traditional spiritual doctrines,…

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Vibrational Healing by Jaya Jaya Myra

Vibrational Healing by Jaya Jaya Myra

The best time to heal yourself, or so they say, is when you are well. It is true that, by the time illness sets in, the dis-ease is already firmly established and creating disharmony within deeper levels of the psyche. Therefore, the key to attaining good health is to engage with healing energies at the point at which they are working to maintain the body’s essential processes. The question that you will be asking at this point, “how do you achieve this?”, underpins this self-healing publication by energy healer and…

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The Sacred Tradition of Yoga by Dr Shankaranarayana Jois

The Sacred Tradition of Yoga by Dr Shankaranarayana Jois

Like most esoteric practices, yoga has hidden depths to in that are generally infathomable to those unskilled in its use. Yoga offers the promise of self-empowerment and spiritual insight but actually reaching out and touching it is a challenge for the Western mind. Dr Shankaranarayana Jois is a Sanskrit scholar and Vedic astrologer who teaches yogic philosophy in Mysore, India. He is of the firm conviction that the way back to a condition of natural living and spiritual enrichment for those of us living in the decadence of the West…

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Taming Your Outer Child by Susan Anderson

Taming Your Outer Child by Susan Anderson

The world of psychology has changed greatly over the past 40 years. One of the comparatively recently developed areas of research into the human psyche is the identification of the archetype of the ‘Inner Child’. The Inner Child is an aspect of the psyche that develops during the years of infancy and early childhood. It is a powerful force that is responsible for many of our psychological pains and issues as adults. One of the more immutable laws to be found at work throughout our Universe is that everything in…

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Star Magic by Sandra Kynes

Star Magic by Sandra Kynes

Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered what or who created the constellations? Maybe, you have studied your newspaper horoscope at times and wondered why you are the star sign that you are. Most people are aware of the 12 standard zodiac signs. Yet, few know that modern astronomy uses 88 star constellations, 40 of which are based upon the figures established by Greek mathematician Claudius Ptolemaeus (100–170 CE)—a scholar otherwise known as Ptolemy. The additional 40 are derived from European star atlases drawn between the…

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Hunger Hope and Healing by Sarahjoy Marsh

Hunger Hope and Healing by Sarahjoy Marsh

Eating is one of the most enjoyable personal and social activities that we do. And yet few things make people as miserable as being overweight. We are advised of the dangers of obesity and its current worldwide epidemic shows no signs of abating. Yet, despite the massive growth in the dieting industry, there seems to be no real solution to the problems of being overweight. Suffering from an eating condition that led to overweightness is a problem that Sarajoy Marsh understands only too well. In the introduction to Hunger, Hope,…

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365 Ways to Develop Your Psychic Ability by Alexandra Chauran

365 Ways to Develop Your Psychic Ability by Alexandra Chauran

Psychic power can manifest in your life at a moments notice. Sometimes, it gives no warning at all before it strikes and, more often than not, it departs as unexpectedly as it arrived. Most people choose not to race after it, preferring to blame the experience on an otherworldly force. In truth, a psychic act is simply an undeveloped aspect of our natural human condition. In her book, 365 Ways to Develop Your Psychic Ability: Simple Tools to Increase Your Intuition & Clairvoyance, established psychic Alexandra Chauran shares her knowledge…

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Transforming Faith by Fred Howard

Transforming Faith by Fred HowardTransforming Faith by Fred Howard

After spending almost twenty years in the Baptist Church, and enjoying the sense of community spirit that it offered him, Fred Howard became disenfranchized with its core traditions of salvation and invitation. He began to feel that his chosen religion was failing to fill his growing spiritual needs. As he began to ask more penetrating theological questions of its elders, he was confronted by equally confusing and somewhat irrational answers from those within the church. Howard decided to search outside of the confines of his religion and to move away…

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Find Your Happily Ever After by Tiffany Johnson

Find Your Happily Ever After by Tiffany Johnson

Tiffany Johnson is a natural-born psychic whose psychic experiences began when she was contacted by spirits of the dead late at night around the age of three years. Her parents divorced when she was just five years of age and the experience taught the psychic a great deal about the issues that arise when relationships fall apart. She has now been working as a professional psychic for over twenty years and often works with clients who raise issues that relate to their love-lives and personal relationships. In her book Find Your Happily…

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To Be a Man by Robert Augustus Masters PhD

To Be a Man by Robert Augustus Masters PhD

Despite the softening in attitudes and growing acceptance by men of their feelings, the increased rights and freedoms of homosexuals and the growing domestic and nursing roles of men in society, there is still a powerful pressure within our culture for men to conform to the tribal blueprint of masculinity. The old ‘Alpha Male’ archetype is still very much alive in our financial institutions and plays a prominent role in national politics. But it is perhaps the strongest in that religion of mass-drama that we more commonly refer to as…

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Venus Signs by Jessica Shepherd

Venus Signs by Jessica Shepherd

When the Rosicrucian secret society encoded the cycles of Venus into their emblem of the rose, they touched upon a radiant and inherent feminine beauty of the planet and its cycles that few initiates were aware of. Today, the symbol of the planet itself—the modified Ankh -has come to be emblematic of the whole concept of femininity and womanhood. In Venus Signs astrologer Jessica Shepherd attributes a very modern and liberated set of associations to this enigmatic planet. She sees its role within astrology as the harbinger of love, eroticism, sexual…

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Classical Feng Shui for Romance, Sex & Relationships by Denise Liotta Dennis

Classical Feng Shui for Romance, Sex & Relationships by Denise Liotta Dennis

The greatest tragedy of modern society is the way that we have established our houses, streets and communities without reference to the surrounding environment; let alone with respect to principles of natural energy flow and geographical orientation. Feng Shui expert Master Denise Liotta Dennis is more aware of the negative effects of houses built without due respect to their immediate environment. In her book, Classical Feng Shui for Romance, Sex & Relationships: Design Your Living Space for Love, Harmony & Prosperity she reveals how poor or blocked flow of positive chi energy…

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Deeper Dating by Ken Page

Deeper Dating by Ken Page

Love, the desire to experience a deep connection with our friends and romantic partners, is a powerful, motivator in everyone’s lives. Sometimes though, in the rush and confusion of trying to find a suitable partner, we resort to expressing our extrovert or egoic nature in an attempt to impress a potential mate. This approach to dating might serve to create a certain impression of ourselves on first meeting but it leads to confusion and misunderstanding about our motives later on. Ken Page, author of Deeper Dating: How to Drop the…

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Feeling Wisdom by Rob Preece

Feeling Wisdom by Rob Preece

Most modern styles of spiritual practice emphasize the perceived importance of us getting in touch with our inner feelings. It is from this core belief that Western society has spawned an infinite number of psychotherapies, as well as psychotherapists, specifically designed to engage with the feelings and emotions of their clients. In his book Feeling Wisdom: Working with Emotions Using Buddhist Teachings and Western PsychologyRob Preece poses what to many in today’s spirituality movement is a sacrilegious question: might we be wrong in using emotions as the litmus test of our…

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The Mindfulness Habit by Kate Sciandra

The Mindfulness Habit by Kate SciandraThe Mindfulness Habit by Kate Sciandra

Kate Sciandra experienced something of an epiphany in her life the day she attended a lecture given by the Dalai Lama at the University of Minnesota. She was so impressed by his presence and presentation that very soon afterwards she enlisted the help and support of a teacher and started to practice mindfullness and meditation. Thus began her career teaching others the techniques that she had learnt. Now, twenty uears after she first started out, Kate Sciandra has distilled the essence of the wisdom that she has gained in her…

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How to Talk to Me After I’m Gone by Alexandra Chauran

How to Talk to Me After I’m Gone by Alexandra ChauranHow to Talk to Me After I’m Gone by Alexandra Chauran

Parting with a loved one is never easy. The pain of separation brought about by death is, however, made slightly easier if your spiritual philosophy allows for a belief in such concepts as karma, reincarnation and life after death. For some religious traditions, such as the Spiritualist Church, the process of re-connecting with a loved one after their demise is comparatively easy. But, for most of us, there are no specific procedures for communicating between the worlds of life and death. What if it was possible to actually prepare yourself…

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Life Could Be Verse by Kirk Douglas

Life Could Be Verse by Kirk Douglas

In many ways, Kirk Douglas is one of the most iconic of all American Hollywood screen actors. During the course of his illustrious film career, he received three Academy Award nominations, an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement and the Medal of Freedom. What is rather less well-known about Douglas is that, in 1991, he only just survived a helicopter crash. This close call with death led him to revive an interest in religion and spirituality—and, in particular, with his core philosophical family tradition of Judaism. Douglas celebrated a second Bar-Mitzvah ceremony in…

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Our Secret Territory: The Essence of Storytelling by Laura Simms

Our Secret Territory: The Essence of Storytelling by Laura Simms

Story-telling has been an important spiritual element of every culture and civilization throughout human history. Although we no longer sit together in small groups, sharing our stories and using the transformative powers of oral narration to teach, explore and reveal otherwise hidden aspects of our inner worlds, the tradition remains—albeit, in a diluted form, within such contemporary medium as films, books and television. Despite the lessening in popularity of one-to-one story exchanges, there are some spiritual teachers in the World today who use the medium of storytelling to initiate change and…

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No Mud No Lotus by Thich Nhat Hanh

No Mud No Lotus by Thich Nhat Hanh

Whilst it is a commonly-held belief in the West that personal happiness is only attainable through the absense or negation of emotional pain, this is not the Buddhist way of looking at life. Instead, the essentially Eastern philosophy sees suffering as an essential element to life and that it has an important role to play in who we are as individuals. In his book on the subject No Mud, No Lotus the acclaimed Buddhist philosopher and teacher Thich Nhat Hanh states that knowing how to suffer well is essential to realizing…

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Psychic Abilities for Beginners by Melanie Barnum

Psychic Abilities for Beginners by Melanie BarnumPsychic Abilities for Beginners by Melanie Barnum

Psychic abilities stir the human imagination more than almost any other skill or talent. We tend to be fascinated by others who can see the future, predict up-coming events, know what others are thinking or move objects purely through the power of the mind—all of which is rather strange, given that we are all psychic intuitives to one degree or another. In the main, those who are chosen to live a life formed around the development and honing of their psychic abilities are often looked upon, and treated with, reverence—though,…

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Radical Awareness by Catherine Dowling

Radical Awareness by Catherine Dowling

It often comes as a great surprise to anyone who decides to dedicate themselves to a spiritual life just how much personal work is first needed in order to clear sufficient inner space for the spirit to grow and develop. Before the ‘Great Work’ can even begin an initiate into any spiritual, magickal or mystical tradition will inevitably have to experience the long, hard road through mental and emotional self-analysis and psychological clearing. One of the more popular methods used today to prepare the ground for deeper states of mystical…

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The Priestess & the Pen by Sonja Sadovsky

The Priestess & the Pen by Sonja Sadovsky

Throughout history the role of the Priestess, as an emmisary of the Goddess or Great Mother, has changed greatly. In the great civilizations of the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians she played an essential role in the function of all of the great temples and was often engaged in healing and tending to the spiritual needs of the local populace. With the advent of patriarchal religions her role diminshed and was eventually iradicated altogther until she started to make a dramatic re-appearance in the teachings of a great deal of 20th century…

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Hop, Skip, Jump by Marney K. Makridakis

Hop, Skip, Jump by Marney K. Makridakis

Play is the portal to presence says Marney K Makridakis, author of Hop, Skip, Jump: 75 Ways to Playfully Manifest a Meaningful Life‘. With that as a central premise for living a creative life, this best-selling author explores the myriad of ways that we can tease out the essential creative essence that resides within us all. Throughout her book Hop, Skip, Jump Makridakis promotes the idea of play being vitally important, both in our pursuit of greater creativity and as a way of improving our general levels of mental health, well-being…

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Forevermore by Kristy Robinett

Forevermore by Kristy Robinett

Edgar Allan Poe (born January 19, 1809), one of America’s most popular and enduring authors and poets, died in rather mysterious circumstances on the evening of October 3, 1849. Whilst Poe’s acumen at writing short stories is not in dispute, he was clearly, like so many creative geniuses, a troubled man. Suspicions have remained to this day that he died at the hand of darker forces than even he had written about during his fraught career as a writer. In her book Forevermore: Guided in Spirit by Edgar Allan Poe psychic…

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A Book of Miracles by Bernie S. Siegel

A Book of Miracles by Bernie S. Siegel

Every minute of every day a miracle of one kind or another takes place. Without their intervention in our lives, life itself would not only be dreary and predictable, we would have no clear evidence that the Divine actually exists. Some of the most miraculous events occur within the sphere of physical well-being. These invariably take the form of unexpected and seemingly spontaneous improvements in a person’s health—even after the medical profession has diagnosed a terminal disease and effectively given up on them. Dr Bernie S Siegel was once a…

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Wise Mind Living by Erin Olivo PhD

Wise Mind Living by Erin Olivo PhD

Today, stress has become the single most common cause of serious illness. As a society, we find it easy to recognize its outward signs we are not so good at resolving the issues that generate it in our daily lives. Erin Olivo PhD argues that it is not stress per se that we need to learn to deal with. It is the underlying emotional patterns that cause us to fall victim to the life-style that induces stress that really need addressing. Olivo has developed a unique system for dealing with emotional imbalance…

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Rewilding Our Hearts by Marc Bekoff

Rewilding Our Hearts by Marc Bekoff

The fundamental premise that lies behind mainstream spirituality is to be found within the act of refinement, or of the process of turning the uncivilized into conscious control of the ordered and controllable. By adhering to this fundamentally ascensionist philosophy, are we not in danger of mis-understanding that the inherent spiritual beauty of nature is to be found only within its raw savagery and untamed wildness? Marc Bekoff (a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorador) proposes that what mankind essentially requires for his soul is a…

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The Relationship Handbook by Shakti Gawain

The Relationship Handbook by Shakti Gawain

The deep desire to form and nurture close harmonious relations with others is such an intrinsic part of who we are as human beings. Today, as our society becomes so homogenous, the form and nature of those close, emotional connections between us and our fellow man grows ever wider. It is common to come across others in same sex relationships, multi-ethnic and other socially-challenging forms of relational couplings. Shakti Gawain has been fascinated by relationships ever since she was young. In her book The Relationship Handbook, she takes a detailed examination of the…

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New Slow City by William Powers

New Slow City by William Powers

It is not easy, with the sheer pace of life today, to find the opportunity to relax and take a little time out to discover who we are as individuals. Those of us who also seek to follow a spiritual life can find this particularly challenging with the pressures of work, family responsibilities and social obligations. William and Melissa Powers are a young American couple who decided to change all this and to take a year off from their hectic professional lives to experience life at a much slower and…

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The Healing Power of Tea by Caroline Dow

The Healing Power of Tea by Caroline Dow

Drinking tea always used to be regarded as the right and priviledge of the upper classes who invariably established social protocols and ceremonial rites around its consumption. Today, while not as popular as coffee as the beverage of choice for the working man, tea has finally become recognized for its health benefits. But this is nothing new. The medicinal powers of tea date back to the Sumerians c.3000BCE. It is the Chinese who are most closely associated with the idea that tea offers major health benefits and, in the West, many…

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The Parliament of Poets by Frederick Glaysher

In this modern technological world where contemporary spiritual ideas can be shared with the world through the click of a button, it is important not to forget that, for thousands of years, most mythological and metaphysical traditions and concepts were shared through oral traditions. These included story-telling, prose and poetry—all of which naturally invite the narrator to engage with their audience in dynamic and energizing ways. One of the great traditions of story telling is the ‘epic’—a lengthy poem, although not one that necessarily rhymes, which generally tells the story…

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The Myth of the Enlightenment by Frederick Glaysher

Today, we live in a culture that encourages too many people to openly voice their ill-considered opinions on some topic or another. Social media and the Internet in particular encourage this sort of banal form of communication and egotistical promotion of sense of self. Thus, it is refreshing to come across a physical publication that contains some considered and authoritative commentary on some less popularist aspect of literature than the usual diet of horror, fantasy or erotica. The Myth of the Enlightenment by poet and visionary Frederick Glaysher is a…

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Celtic Tree Magic by Danu Forest

Few occult ciphers and cryptic alphabets are as fascinating or quite so old as the Ogham. This early Medieval alphabet was used throughout the Celtic regions of Britain and Ireland from the 4th century BC. In fact, they can still be found even today carved into some 400 stone monuments. In later centuries, the Ogham was dropped as a mundane alphabet and came to be used by Gaelic scholars and poets as the basis of grammar and poetry. Later sources ascribe each ogham letter to a tree and it was…

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Creativity on Demand by Michael J Gelb

Creativity on Demand by Michael J GelbCreativity on Demand by Michael J Gelb

Have you ever wondered what makes an artist such a uniquely-creative individual? If a work of art has ever deeply moved you—regardless of whether it was a painting, a piece of music or a sculpture—you will probably have wondered where the inspiration for that art sprang from. As a society, we tend to think of creative people as being part of a sub-set of our culture. They are usually revered as individuals that the Gods have gifted with spectacular talents and skills. Is that really true? Or is there an…

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365 Ways to Attract Good Luck by Richard Webster

Luck, so the saying goes, is something that you’ve either got or you ain’t! Everyone knows someone who seems to be endlessly, and annoyingly, blessed in the good fortune department. These are those people who appear to draw toward them universal benevolence wherever they go. Conversely. we also know of others who struggle through life with few breaks or opportunities presenting themselves along the way. The question that inevitably springs to mind is ‘Is luck a power that we are born with or is it something that we learn along…

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Who Killed Mister Moonlight? by David J Haskins

On January 3, 1979, a relatively unknown post-punk rock group performed their latest composition at the Romany pub in Kingsthorpe, UK for the first time. The band was called Bauhaus 1919 and was named after the Staatliches Bauhaus—a school of architecture based in Weimar, Germany. The composition that got its initial airing that night was the song ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’. Over the following years, ‘Bela’ launched the career of the now shortened ‘Bauhaus’ into the realms of international stardom. The song itself, probably the only rock and roll anthem ever…

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The Journey into Spirit by Kristoffer Hughes

Few people are more qualified to talk about death, dying and bereavement than those who worked with the deceased on a daily basis. Writer and researcher Kristoffer Hughes is one of those people who’s work in a morgue in England allows him a unique perspective on the nature of death—but what makes Kristoffer slightly different is that he is a practicing Druid and is someone who maintains an essentially Pagan perspective to his life and work. In many regards Kristoffer is caught between two worlds—that of the Christian-based civil systems…

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Practical Prosperity Magick by Ellen Dugan

In today’s commercial society, having enough money to live a quality life is vital. So much so that, from a magickal perspective, money could well be classed as that all elusive ‘fifth’ element. Money is, of course, a very externalized energy. It is a commodity that extroverts are more inherently in tune with and dispensed toward creating. The problem for most spiritual-seekers is that money lives in a sort of shadow realm. What magickians and occultists of all dispositions need is a little magick to bring the energy of money…

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Spiritual Democracy by Steven B. Herrmann

When you trace the history of the Western Hemisphere’s democratic system, certain glaring anomalies emerge. These fundamental errors, all of which crept into our social structure of accountability from the start, are becoming exposed as the decrepit and festering sores within the fabric of our social structures that they are. The over-whelming issue that we are confronted with when determining the form of governance that we require as individuals is whether the core structures that governments and democracies are founded upon can be modified to reflect the burgeoning thirst of…

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Polishing the Mirror by Ram Dass

Few spiritual seekers of the post-hippy generation will have failed to come across the classic text of its era, ‘Be Here Now’ by the author and teacher Ram Dass. The book itself began life in 1971 from very humble beginnings as a pamphlet published by the Lama Foundation but has since gone on to sell in excess of two million copies worldwide. Ram Dass is to many the grandfather of the spiritual renaissance movements that emerged from the psychedelic morass of the late 1960s. Now in his early 80s Ram…

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The Evolving Soul by Dr Linda Backman

Most spiritual traditions recognize that, during our brief time on planet earth, we are operating as a soul manifest in physical form. Whatever our path in life—irrespective of the decisions that we make—we are constantly seeking to increase our spiritual learning and following the path of our Soul’s directive. What is a Soul? How does it function? What does it want from us? These are all questions that spring to mind once you encompass the concepts of karma and re-incarnation. In fact, the way we approach our spiritual studies and apply…

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The Book of Celtic Magic by Kristoffer Hughes

Few spiritual disciplines are quite as enduring as the 3000-year-old tradition of Celtic magick. You can still see evidence of its widespread popularity within the landscape of the six primary Celtic nations: Brittany, Cornwall, Wales, Isle of Man, Scotland and Ireland. It is one of the few remaining pre-Christian religions and it continues to be so enduring since it is so closely tied to the land of its birth. Although some sources still maintain that Christianity superseded Celtic-Pagan worship, early Christian churches show evidence of their having infused Celtic myths…

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Vanquishing Ghosts and Demons by Sandrea Mosses

Sandrea Mosses was first drawn into the realm of ghost hunting following a terrifying experience that during her teens. From that event, she developed a powerful set of psychic skills which has enabled her to see and sense ghosts, demons and evil spirits. Using her psychic gifts, she dedicated her life to the art of banishing and energy clearing. Vanquishing Ghosts and Demons is a personal account of the exorcism work that she does with her dedicated team of fellow psychics as well as with the support of her own…

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The Divine Art of Dying by Karen Speerstra

The Divine Art of Dying by Karen Speerstra

Life, without death, has very little meaning but as we all know the actual process of dying is rarely experienced without it bringing trauma and deep emotional pain. Few of us understand the nature of such things until we are faced with the difficult task of caring and supporting someone who is terminally ill. It is at these times that challenging questions emerge regarding the best way to cope with somebody who is dying and being cared for in a hospice. The Divine Art of Dying is a book that seeks…

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Haunted Stuff by Stacey Graham

Have you ever bought an object or item from an auction or garage sale that, when you got it home, exhibits strange phenomena? If so, you are not alone. Every year, stories come to light of creepy hauntings of even the most mundane household objects. Sometimes, these can be traced back to the energy carried by its previous owner but there are occasions when even inanimate objects can display human characteristics. In Haunted Stuff, intrepid paranormal researcher and writer Stacey Graham (who has over twenty years experience in the field) collects…

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Crop Circles, Jung, and the Reemergence of the Archetypal Feminine by Gary S. Bobroff

Crop circles continue to confound both researchers and detractors alike. From the early years when they appeared in the fields of Southern England as simple circles through to the massively complex and staggering works of art that now manifest on a regular basis all over the world, every summer, these marvels of the landscape defy to conform to most rational explanations. In Crop Circles, Jung, and the Reemergence of the Archetypal Feminine, writer and researcher Gary S. Bobroff re-examines the phenomenon within the context of what he believes is a rising…

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The Tao of Intimacy and Ecstasy by Solala Towler

Tao or Dao (meaning ‘way’ or ‘path’) is a Chinese metaphysical concept that originated with Laozi. Its popularity grew such that it became a religion which is more commonly known as Taoism. In Taoism, as well as Chinese Buddhism and Confucianism, the focal point of all spiritual practice is to become one with the Tao through effortless action. While at its core this is an essentially Eastern mystical philosophy, interest in the Tao principles and practices has become extremely popular in the West in the last few decades. In a modern…

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We Walk Beside You Always by Bridget Benson

There is a good chance that, at some point in your life, you will experience the presence of a ghost or other kind of discarnate spirit. When you do, there is also the possibility that you will be able to identify who they were in life and even recogmize them as a member of your family. Imagine what it would be like if you could communicate directly with them and that they were still actively involved in your life. This was exactly the situation that psychic medium Bridget Benson found…

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Taming the Drunken Monkey by William L Mikulas

There is something ironic about a culture like ours that bombards its citizens with an endless stream of visual and mental stimulation and simultaneously expects them to remain grounded and focussed enough to function properly. There is little doubt that a great deal of the mental and psychological issues in our culture are born from such things as information-overload and chemical imbalances in the brain from food additives. In fact, on a daily basis, every one faces a thousand and one stimuli—all of which trigger our neural networks in one…

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Moving into Meditation by Anne Cushman

In recent years the spiritual practice of “mindfulness” has appeared in mainstream culture—much as yoga did two decades ago.. But how does mindful yoga evolve from a buzz-worthy concept to a lived experience? How do yoga asanas and pranayama support and express the practice of meditation? How do you explore the teachings of the Buddha through the vehicle of your own living, breathing, human body? As we quickly learn, the practices are inherently entwined. Experienced yoga and meditation teacher Anne Cushman answers all these questions and more in Moving into…

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Breaking Convention: Essays on Psychedelic Consciousness by Various (ed. David Luke)

From 1st to 3rd of April 2011, over 80 speakers and 600 delegates from 30 countries met in Canterbury, United Kingdom to witness the first conference of its type held in the UK. The main subject of this ground-breaking event was the effects of changes to human consciousness as a result of the ingestion of psychedelics. Also under consideration that weekend were the broader social, scientific, spiritual and artistic implications of entheogens throughout the world. Over the course of the weekend, a variety of experts from their chosen fields were…

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Clairvoyance for Beginners by Alexandra Chauran

Few things in this world are quite as disconcerting or disorientating than the experience of psychic awakening. Apart from the difficulties of having to adjust to a new range of seeming super-human powers, the process also, invariably, results in a dramatic changes to the way we view the world, how we see ourselves and how we relate to others. In the past, society has routinely condemned those who display extra-sensory powers as either insane or at best delusional. Whilst things have improved a little there is still no creditable system…

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Saving the White Lions by Linda Tucker

Saving the White Lions is a personal account of the pivotal role that she has played in the saving of a rare white lion cub called Marah. Marsha was born into the hands of the trophy-hunting industry of South Africa. The author had already spent nearly a decade working in Africa, trying to protect this rare breed from exploitation and probable eradication when she became aware of the birth of the cub in Bethlehem on the 25th December 2000. Understanding the huge significance of this event, she set into motion…

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Money Magic by Frater U D

No two occultists will ever agree on the magickal source of money. Ancient cultures have looked to our Sun to provide wealth and abundance to their communities whilst many magickal groups look instead to the Goddess and to the Sphere of Luna as a source of wealth and prosperity. Others insist that it is the planet Jupiter that bestows wealth upon us and other sources suggest that the dynamic of wealth is firmly rooted in the Earth—both the element and the planet. Into this mix of heady discussion has arrived…

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Financial Sorcery by Jason Miller

In Financial Sorcery Jason Miller, digs deep into magickal theory to present a more concise and focussed approach to manifesting wealth. Opening with a personal commentary on money and the spiritual community the book then explores money as the ancient spirit Mammon before investigating the importance of breath—along with some powerful deep-breathing exercises. The Breathe of Life, Chi or Akasha are, of course, core elements to many esoteric belief systems throughout the world. In chapter 4 the real magick, or sorcery, starts with a look at the spirits of magick…

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The Shaman Within by Claude Poncelet

Ever since the 16th Century scientific revolution which was heralded in by the likes of Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Bacon, Descartes and Newton there has been a clash of paradigms between contemporary science and metaphysics. Up until this point in history, this radical separation in man’s approach to the mysteries of our World did not exist until everything changed with the advent of the new reductionist philosophy—one which the spiritual and religious spheres felt unable to uphold. It is only the mutual disregard that each side holds of one another that…

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Animal Wisdom by Linda Bender

According to the 2012 U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook, there are about 70 million homes in the United States with a dog as a pet (around 36.5%) and a staggering 74 million with cats. That’s not the number of cats and dogs but the number of homes WITH cats and dogs. Many households probably have multiple pets as companions living with them! Further studies also show that pets of all types are becoming increasingly treated as core members of the family with major shifts taking place in the way…

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The Way of the Psychic Heart by Chad Mercree

If you consider a psychic to be someone with extra-ordinary gifts for seeing the dead or interpreting tea-leaves then this book will change your mind. In The Way of the Psychic Heart, Chad Mercree reveals how being psychic is in fact a natural extension of who we are as human beings. With a slight adjustment toward living and working from our hearts and less from our heads, the author proposes that we all have the capability to express ourselves in psychic and intuitive ways. The author begins by introducing you to…

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Building Your Business the Right-Brain Way by Jennifer Lee

According to the 2012 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Report, 69% of American entrepreneurs start their new businesses at home. The report also reveals that 72% of home-based businesses are operated by women. These statistics conjure up the image of the work-at-home mom. Someone looking to become financially independent or who wants to release their creative ideas to the world while supporting her family. Against the background of these statistics, Building Your Business the Right-Brain Way is writen by Jennifer Lee.She Lee is the founder of Artizen Coaching—a support group that has…

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365 Tarot Spreads by Sasha Graham

Learning different Tarot spreads is probably one of those areas of Tarot divination that students of the cards probably focus on least. Other than the Celtic Cross Spread or 3 and 5 card spreads, it is relatively rare for even professional Tarot readers to use the more advanced spreads. This is a pity as many Tarot readers are missing out on a powerful area of Tarot divination. If you are this sort of reader, you should remember that using the right spread is as important as understanding the cards’ meanings.…

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Drawing Down the Sun by Stephanie Woodfield

The Western Mystery Tradition has always considered the Sun, our life-sustainer and spiritual illuminator, to be masculine in nature. However, for many of the Worlds’ ancient cultures the Sun was more usually understood to express feminine rather than masculine characteristics. Drawing Down the Sun: Rekindle the Magick of the Solar Goddesses by Stephanie Woodfield examines these ancient traditions to see what, if anything, they might have to teach us about the role of Sun goddesses throughout history. The book includes research by the author into Important symbols and totems associated…

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Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love by Marcia Naomi Berger

Based on the author’s successful workshops and years of counselling married couples, ‘Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love’ gives easy-to-follow guidelines for how to set aside time each week to “meet” as a couple. Each meeting includes 4 parts: appreciation; chores; plans for good times; and problems and challenges. The meetings are designed to allow a forum where issues can be discussed and resolved but also the couple can celebrate what they love about each other and plan for future “dates” and make decisions about their families and lives together. One…

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Get It Done by Sam Bennett

In this push-button, instant gratification world, we believe that success is easily achieved through the flicking of a switch! Sad to say, it isn’t! Even the most productive artists, writers and musicians face a challenging, personal struggle before they are able to bring their project to fuition. Being creatively talented or having any sort of creative idea is not enough on its own. Without exception, you must conjure the self-discipline, belief and laser-focus necessary to overcome the powerful forces of inertia that stand in your way. The question that consistently…

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Tarot Beyond the Basics by Anthony Louis

it is often said that learning Tarot is like learning to play chess. You can pick up the basics in a weekend but it takes a lifetime to master. Where the Tarot differs from chess though is that, whilst it is primarily a system of divination, working with the cards forms an integral part of a process of self-initiation and inner insight. This means that the more you learn about the Tarot, the more you learn about yourself. Therefore, if you are new to the Tarot, or have only devoted…

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Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines by Patricia Monaghan

In 1980, when the first encyclopaedia of this type was published by Monaghan, there were the stirrings of a feminist revival in the Western World. Motivated by the increasing shadow of nuclear annihilation, the bra-burning, hippy-centric movement of the 1960s matured into the powerful and politically-astute groups of anti-war and nuclear disarmament movements. These were highly successful political forces who, over the following decade, managed to over-turn a great deal of American and European foreign policy. It was an era in which women not only found their voices but also…

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From the Cauldron Born by Kristoffer Hughes

Few areas of Western Europe are as rich in ancient remains as the British Isles. In fact, it is difficult to explore its beautiful landscape without tripping over historical remains from one era or another. Sadly, most of the sacred sites that once dotted of this beautiful land have long since lost their intrinsic magick, leaving behind the stoney remains of a once vital sacred mystery that few of today’s scholars can comprehend. Whilst the ancient mystical heritage has long since withdrawn from the land of the British Isles, there…

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Awaken the Inner Shaman by Jose Luis Stevens

Many spiritual sources, from the great mystics through to today’s advocates of the Law of Attraction, speak of the existence of an invisible power that is accessible to each one of us. A serious failing of both the ancient and modern references to this power is that they fail to explain why it exists, where it emanates from and how to use it in our daily lives. Writer and teacher Jose Luis Stevens, in his latest book, refers to this power as the ‘Inner Shaman’. He believes that it is…

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The Witch’s Broom by Deborah Blake

The first known reference to witches flying on broomsticks dates to 1453, when it was referred to by male witch Guillaume Edelin. Since then, broomsticks, along with black, pointed hats, cats, cauldrons and flying ornaments, have become synonymous with witches and Witchcraft. Despite the fact that broom traditions appear all over the World, there has been no authoritative examination of the broomstick or its uses in Witchcraft. At least, until now. In The Witch’s Broom, Deborah Blake reveals the history of the Witch’s broom, its ritual use and practical application in…

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Keeping the Faith Without a Religion by Roger Housden

To whom do you turn when questions regarding life and its meaning force their way up from deep within yourself? Not so long ago, at times of inner turmoil and desolation, we would have sought out the spiritual elders of our community, priest, pastor or vicar, for answers to our searching questions. Yet, the orthodox churches’ continuing instance on referencing every aspect of their ministries to dusty, out-moded and arcane holy texts—most of which were written several thousand years ago, has created a massive deficit in pastoral care. In Keeping…

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Collapsing Consciously by Carolyn Baker

Ever since the year 2000AD, the whole of the Western system of governance has appeared to enter into free-fall. Many of the weaker and more vulnerable members of our society have experienced these changes more than others. However, none are more keenly aware of the dramatic shifts that are taking place than those who are active within the psycho-spiritual community. Carolyn Baker PhD (a former psychotherapist and professor of psychology and history), is someone who is at the frontline of these changes. In Collapsing Consciously, she presents her perspectives on…

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The Electric Jesus by Jonathan Talat Phillips

The great spiritual visionary Mahatma Gandhi (1869–1948) is quoted as having said: “As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world—that is the myth of the atomic age—as in being able to remake ourselves.” If we are to follow Ghandhi’s insight into spiritual matters, we need to seriously examine ourselves, challenge our personal motivations and engage with the darker side of our egos. This, as many of us who have tried to initiate this process, and failed, know only too well, is a…

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The Emissary by Patricia Cori

Few sights in the natural world are more distressing than that of sea creatures beaching themselves for no apparent reason. Although the circumstances surrounding this worldwide phenomenon are unclear, there is a growing body of circumstantial evidence to suggest that the use of sonar by the military and other commercial enterprises is partly responsible. Whatever the cause, the trend is heart wrenching. Patricia Cori is an established writer, researcher and channeller. She has written a number of books, outlining and challenging the increasing plight of humans living within a collapsing political,…

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The Gods’ Machine by Wun Chok Bong

Throughout the World, our natural landscape is littered with extraordinary Neolithic remains. From cairns to stone circles, burial mounds to earthworks, our planet was evidently home to many ancient cultures who, not only venerated life and the Earth, they also possessed advanced mathematical and astronomical knowledge. Over the past few decades, there has been a great deal of research into the mysteries of these stone creations. It has looked at the planetary and stellar alignments, their proximity to other ancient sites as well as their placement on the landscape. In…

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The Boy Who Died and Came Back by Robert Moss

Robert Moss (www.mossdreams.com) is a popular writer on the nature of dreams from a Shamanic and dream-traveling perspective. His many insightful books, such as Dreaming the Soul Back Home and Active Dreaming, have won him a worldwide following and gained him a recognition as one of the world’s foremost investigators into the subject. I first came across Moss’ work after buying his ‘Dream Gates’ audiobook. As an avid recorder of my own dreams for over three decades, I found his approach refreshing and insightful so I was looking forward to reading…

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The Venus Blueprint by Richard Merrick

In 2010, Richard Merrick took a family trip to Scotland’s Rosslyn chapel: the enigmatic fifteenth-century temple made famous by Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. Little did he know he was about to embark upon an intellectual and personal journey that would lead to the discovery of a lost symbol—one that reveals the connection between the world’s most sacred temples and opens up a treasure trove of lost science and ancient secrets. The symbol he discovered—the Venus Blueprint—is based on that planet’s orbital pattern, which takes the shape of a…

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The Open-Source Everything Manifesto by Robert David Steele

The Open-Source Everything Manifesto by Robert David Steele

The term ‘Open Source’ refers to universal access to a product or service’s core design. Without it there would be no Internet—at least, not in the way we enjoy it—for it is in digital publishing and information sharing that Open Source has been such a powerful force for change by opening up access to information of any type, the whole of society benefits, rather than just a few elitist individuals/corporations. However, this is only one of many benefits that this model creates. Other advantages are said to include; the creation of collaborative…

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The Essential Lenormand by Rana George

The Essential Lenormand by Rana George

Lebanese-born Rana George has been reading the Lenormand cards for over three decades. ‘The Essential Lenormand’ is her first book on the subject. It is the result of her knowledge and experience she has gained from her years as a professional cartomancer. Rana started off using an old set of Lenormand cards that a family member bequeathed to her. Using their wisdom to guide her, she steered her life out of the most atrocious living conditions imaginable and became a respected psychic and Lenormand expert. The result of her hard…

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Animal Spirit Guides by Steven D Farmer

Animal Spirit Guides by Steven D Farmer

Animals and birds have long been associated with magickal work. Witches have been connected to cats and prophets with birds. Even Orion has a hunting dog to accompany him as he traverses the starry night sky. Few occult traditions are as indelibly linked to animal spirit guides as Shamanism. In every Shamanic tradition, inner plane guides take on the form of an animal, bird, fish or insect to guide the astral traveler. Most people become aware of their animal guides when they appear in dreams—or in those synchronious moments when they…

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Solar Revolution (English Translation) by Dieter Broers

Solar Revolution by Dieter Broers

Cultures all over the world have worshiped this stellar body ever since the dawn of man. However, as science begins to understand the role of the Sun as the central point in our Solar System, it becomes evident that its ancient mystical secrets could reveal the destiny of humanity. The scientific establishment is increasingly interested in the impact the Sun has upon this planet and its potential ability to destroy our electronic systems. As modern society grows more reliant on electric power to function, negative impacts on our electromagnetic spectrum…

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The Christ Blueprint by Padma Aon Prakasha

The Christ Blueprint by Padma Aon Prakasha

Before approaching this book, it is important to make a clear differentiation between Christ and Christianity. In this context, the Christ is an outpouring of power, love and energy from the cosmic source. Christianity, on the other hand, is a religion based upon a two-thousand-year-old philosophy of a man who may or may not have existed. This book deals with a very contemporary examination of the metaphysical changes that are occurring in our Solar System. They are impacting upon some of the most important dynamics that underpin our lives and the…

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Spiritual Bypassing by Robert Augustus Masters

Spiritual Bypassing by Robert Augustus Masters

In this push-button, ego-massaging world, it is no surprise that there is a vacuum in human values… a space that many spiritual and self-improvement fields feed off. It is against the backdrop of these distorted principles, the modern spiritual and New Age movements have reacted. Today, spiritual students have few options for understanding what being a psycho-spiritual being actually means. The number of available paths are diminishing and the quality of the advice that is available is weakening. In Spiritual Bypassing writer and integral psychotherapist Robert Augustus Masters lays down…

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Manifesting Minds by Various (ed. Rick Doblin)

Manifesting Minds by Various (ed. Rick Doblin)

The effect psychedelics have on the human mind is talked about a great deal. In any debate over their use, both positive and negative viewpoints are offered as if every single mind-expanding substance has the same effect on everyone in the same way every time. When drug use is examined within a broader context, the results, as clearly shown in Manifesting Minds, are so different from those found in academic studies and laboratory experiments. Many areas of society, such as music, spirituality and the arts, have long traditions of psychedelic and…

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The Nine Eyes of Light by Padma Aon Prakasha

The Nine Eyes of Light by Padma Aon Prakasha

Anyone who has any doubt about the current state of modern spirituality has only to look to the apocalyptic millennialism that surrounded the 21-Dec-2012 debacle to understand that, as a movement, it continues to be constrained in its growth and applicability by an increasingly irrelevant, lifeless and inconsequential Judeo-Christian mythos. In an era when newly unfolding paradigms promote radical evaluations of our ancient history, the global awakening to cosmic consciousness, inter-dimensional physics as well as the continued darkening of our political skies it is time that we seriously challenged the…

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The Wisdom of Hypatia by Bruce J MacLennan PHD

The Wisdom of Hypatia by Bruce J MacLennan PHD

If your experience of Greek philosophy is of sombre university lecturers, wearing academic hats, flowing gowns and covered in chalk dust, ‘The Wisdom of Hypatia’ might just change your opinion about a subject that is often seen as terminally tedious and utterly irrelevant to our modern technological age. Hypatia (c.400BC) was something of a rarity in an orthodox and masculine line of Greek philosophers that started with Pythagoras around 55BC and drew to a close, around 1000 years later, with Dionysius. Sadly, her radical Pagan philosophy eventually brought about her…

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The Mushroom in Christian Art by John A Rush

The Mushroom in Christian Art by John A Rush

In The Mushroom in Christian Art, author John A. Rush uses an artistic motif to define the nature of Christian art, establish the identity of Jesus, and expose the motive for his murder. Covering Christian art from 200 CE (common era) to the present, the author reveals that Jesus, the Teacher of Righteousness mentioned in the Dead Sea Scrolls, is a personification of the Holy Mushroom, Amanita muscaria. The mushroom, Rush argues, symbolizes numerous mind-altering substances—psychoactive mushrooms, cannabis, henbane, and mandrake—used by the early, more experimentally minded Christian sects. Drawing…

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Sacred Economics by Charles Eisenstein

Sacred Economics by Charles Eisenstein

It is extraordinary to think that, only a couple of generations ago, any man or woman had the freedom to walk out into the countryside, stake a claim on a piece of land, build a home and establish material security for themselves and their successors. At the same time, access to fresh air and water provided the core basics for good health and vitality. Also, access to natural food resources maintained an equally rich and varied diet, free from contaminants and artificial additives. This is no longer the case. Big…

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Daily Kabbalah by Gershon Winkler

Daily Kabbalah by Gershon Winkler

Kabbalah, for those who are unfamiliar, is an illuminating spiritual system that has become adaptable to many modern spiritual applications without losing much of its inherent value. Daily Kabbalah: Wisdom from the Tree of Life is a collection of 365 nuggets of wisdom, drawn from this ancient esoteric tradition. The idea is that you reflect on one per day. Each saying or quotation is from primary Kabbalistic texts, important Kabbalstic scholars and other ancient sources, such as the Babylonian Talmud. Many of them are also drawn from essential Jewish writings,…

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Entheogens and the Development of Culture by Various (Ed. John A Rush)

Entheogens and the Development of Culture by Various (Ed. John A Rush)

On the face of it, this would seem an odd book for me to review as my personal loathing of drugs of any kind is almost legendary! The way I see it, drug-taking is responsible for the moral and spiritual decline in so many countries around the world. At every level of society, vast sways of the population are slipping into a dependency upon one artificial stimulant or another and it makes me to se the increasing inability of most people to deal with their lives in a more meaningful…

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Cave and Cosmos by Michael Harner

Cave and Cosmos by Michael Harner

Interest in Shamanic studies has grown exponentially since the publication of Michael Harner’s first book on the subject, The Way of the Shaman, back in 1980. In fact, you might argue that it was this ground-breaking best-seller that initiated the Worldwide growth of interest in the subject. Since then, the cultural emphasis placed upon on shamanic research worldwide has shifted considerably. Today, we are a lot more open to the idea of inner worlds of spirits. The drug counter-culture of the 1980s and 1990s has led to a generally more…

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Killers on the Moor by Mike Freebury

Killers on the Moor by Mike Freebury

Dartmoor National Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty located in the South-West of England. It is known for its wild, open moorland and expansive terrain—populated mainly by wild ponies, rugged sheep and the occasional old farmstead. Dartmoors’s quaint trickling streams and delightful tors are an attraction to walkers and ramblers from all over the world who come to enjoy one of the few truly remote areas of the United Kingdom. However, as beautiful as the locality is during the day, by nightfall, the area becomes a quite different…

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The Velikovsky Heresies by Laird Scranton

The Velikovsky Heresies by Laird Scranton

Two of the first books I ever read on alternative history were Immanuel Velikovsky’s ‘Worlds in Collision’ (1950) and his follow-up Ages in Chaos (1952). I still recall the thrill of excitement that I felt reading the challenging astronomical ideas his books presented. In a time when information was strictly disseminated by a tightly-controlled scientific and religious order, Velikovsky’s ideas were a breath of fresh air. Then, despite the publication of other titles, such as ‘Earth in Upheaval’ and ‘Peoples of the Sea’, interest in Velikovsky—a man whom Carl Sagan described…

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Occupy Spirituality by Adam Bucko and Matthew Fox

Occupy Spirituality by Adam Bucko and Matthew Fox

Political revolutions and social upheavals have always been an essential part of human society. With the possible exceptions of the Cuban Revolution (1951), the French Revolution (1789) and the Bolshevik Revolution (1917), their impact has been limited. The word revolution is drawn from the core word ‘revolve’, meaning to turn, impling that change within society is necessary, healthy and inevitable. The truth of the matter is that most effective cultural and sociological change does not come about through force and direct opposition to the opposing or controlling forces. Instead, it…

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Journey of Your Soul by Shepherd Hoodwin

Journey of Your Soul by Shepherd Hoodwin

Even at birth, everyone is unique. Can heredity alone account for the complex differences in people’s temperaments and styles? “Michael” is a group of souls who teach that we are eternal beings journeying from the Tao and back again in an adventure of exploration and creativity. The Michael teachings, an extraordinary body of channeled work, propose that we are each unique souls who deliberately take on a specific combination of traits to give us the experiences we seek. In this fascinating book, Shepherd Hoodwin expertly discusses these teachings from his…

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Cosmic Cradle by Elizabeth and Neil Carman

Cosmic Cradle by Elizabeth and Neil Carman

It says a lot about modern society that most people only start to ponder the meaning of life once they are faced with their own demise.  Is there is an after-life? Do we re-incarnate at some later date and place? These complex questions are dealt with so much better in Eastern cultures and we in the West have a great deal to learn from them. However, not all is lost. In the book Cosmic Cradle, authors Elizabeth and Neil Carman present their research into pre-birth states in a way that challenges…

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Dispelling Wetiko by Paul Levy

Dispelling Wetiko by Paul Levy

In those far-off days when rational philosophical debate was the order of polite society (before celebrity tittle-tattle and petty consumeristic concerns became the order of the day), groups of socializing people would discuss the essential themes of humanity and the core meaning of life. Invariably, these would focus on what it means to be human, the true nature of reality and what, if anything, awaits us after death. Today, these subjects have, in the main, become all but taboo as we regard their consideration to the world of professional psychiatrists,…

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Exploring the Edge Realms of Consciousness by Various

One of the most frightening experiences of our lives is having our world view distorted in some way. To many people, it seems odd that there are those who search for ways to deliberately fracture their mindset. However, there have always been intrepid explorers seeking insights into the workings of human consciousness. These individuals often return with insights into strange inner worlds—information that, invariably, causes us to question our own personal paradigms. Exploring the Edge Realms of Consciousness is a collection of articles by a diverse set of esoteric writers,…

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Shamanic Secrets for Material Mastery by Robert Shapiro

Shamanic Secrets for Material Mastery by Robert Shapiro

To many people, the idea that the Earth contains an inherent spirituality is challenging. We live in an age where most of our esoteric beliefs focus on the above and the beyond. From these core concepts, humanity has evolved most of its current spiritual paradigms. They are based on the idea of ascension and union with the Infinite. However, some of the more traditional belief systems take a different approach. Instead of looking to an external being, they focus on planet Earth and its esoteric secrets. In recent years, there…

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A Witch’s World of Magick by Melanie Marquis

A Witch’s World of Magick by Melanie Marquis

The history of Witchcraft is often misunderstood. Many people believe it was eradicated during the 15th century Witchcraft trials. Others think it emerged in Britain with the publication of Witchcraft Today by Gerald Gardner in 1954 and many more see it as a commercial product of Hollywood and TV. Indeed, the Witchcraft and Magickal movements have become extremely diluted. As each new book on the subject is published, the core meaning of these ancient occult philosophies become increasingly confused. Into this lackluster stream of Pagan mishmash enters Melanie Marquis: a…

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The Wizard and the Witch by Oberon and Morning Glory Zell – Ravenheart

The Wizard and the Witch by Oberon and Morning Glory Zell – Ravenheart

Some people fall into Magick quite unexpectedly. Others read about the subject and become enthralled by it whilst many  take up the hobby to impress their friends or frighten their mothers. There is, of course, another important, but lesser known, band of individuals for whom Magick is the life-blood of their existence. It permeates every aspect of their lives, impacting every waking decision they make. ‘The Wizard and the Witch’ is an account of two such people who became America’s foremost advocates of Wicca and Paganism. Together, and in conjunction…

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