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Pagan and Witch Elders of the World Book by ,

Pagan and Witch Elders of the World Book
  • Author : ,
  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Release Date : 2020-10-07
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 508
  • ISBN Code: 1984507257

Summary: The Pagan or Witch Elder is a leader who has lead by example, and teaches their wisdom to those that will listen, they have cleared the path for those to follow. We must remember and know who these Spiritual and Magical Warriors were and are, some who are still fighting in the world for our acceptance and understanding. This book is filled with hundreds of Elders (some known and some not well known) who stood tall and fought the establishment with compassion and strength, endurance and wisdom, courage, and determination, to share an ancient knowledge that has been awakened by them in the 21st century. I write this book so that our Pagan community remembers and knows who these brave Spiritual Earth Warriors were and are, and what they have given, sacrificed, and shared for the future of our world. This book is to honour all our Elders, so they are never forgotten and always honoured. MERRY WE MEET, MERRY WE PART, AND MERRY WE MEET AGAIN!

The Inferno Book by August Strindberg

The Inferno Book
  • Author : August Strindberg
  • Publisher : Library of Alexandria
  • Release Date : 1962
  • Category: ,
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN Code: 146559437X

Summary: An American critic says "Strindberg is the greatest subjectivist of all time." Certainly neither Augustine, Rousseau, nor Tolstoy have laid bare their souls to the finest fibre with more ruthless sincerity than the great Swedish realist. He fulfilled to the letter the saying of Robertson of Brighton, "Woman and God are two rocks on which a man must either anchor or be wrecked." His four autobiographical works, The Son of a Servant, The Confessions of a Fool, Inferno, and Legends, are four segments of an immense curve tracing his progress from the childish pietism of his early years, through a period of atheism and rebellion, to the sombre faith in a "God that punishes" of the sexagenarian. In his spiritual wanderings he grazed the edge of madness, and madmen often see deeper into things than ordinary folk. At the close of the Inferno he thus sums up the lesson of his life's pilgrimage: "Such then is my life: a sign, an example to serve for the improvement of others; a proverb, to show the nothingness of fame and popularity; a proverb, to show young men how they ought not to live; a proverbÑbecause I who thought myself a prophet am now revealed as a braggart." It is strange that though the names of Ibsen and Nietzsche have long been familiar in England, Strindberg, whom Ibsen is reported to have called "One greater than I," as he pointed to his portrait, and with whom Nietzsche corresponded, is only just beginning to attract attention, though for a long time past most of his works have been accessible in German. Even now not much more is known about him than that he was a pessimist, a misogynist, and writer of Zolaesque novels. To quote a Persian proverb, "They see the mountain, but not the mine within it." No man admired a good wife and mother more than he did, but he certainly hated the Corybantic, "emancipated" women of the present time. No man had a keener appreciation of the gentle joys of domesticity, and the intensity of his misogyny was in strict proportion to the keenness of his disappointment. The Inferno relates how grateful and even reverential he was to the nurse who tended him in hospital, and to his mother-in-law. He felt profoundly the charm of innocent childhood, and paternal instincts were strong in him. All his life long he had to struggle with four terrible inner foesÑdoubt, suspicion, fear, sensuality. His doubts destroyed his early faith, his ceaseless suspicions made it impossible for him to be happy in friendship or love, his fear of the "invisible powers," as he calls them, robbed him of all peace of mind, and his sensuality dragged him repeatedly into the mire.

Exploring the Planets Book by Fred Taylor

Exploring the Planets Book
  • Author : Fred Taylor
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-02-26
  • Category: Science
  • Pages : 360
  • ISBN Code: 0191651354

Summary: The planets fascinate us, and naturally we care about our own Earth, and things like how well we can forecast the weather and whether climate is really changing. Exploring the Planets offers a personal account on how the space programme evolved. It begins in the era of the first blurry views of our Earth as seen from space, and ends with current plans for sophisticated robots on places as near as our neighbours Venus and Mars and as far away as the rainy lakelands of Saturn's planet-sized moon Titan. Examining the scientific goals of these complex voyages of discovery, and the joys and hardships of working to achieve them. The Space Age is now about 50 years old and for those lucky enough to be part of it at its inception, it's filled a worklong lifetime. Today, several satellites around the Earth have studied the atmosphere and the climate using instruments on board that the author helped design and build. 'Deep space' missions were embarked upon to visit the planets: all of the major bodies (six planets, the Moon and minor bodies, asteroids and comets) of the classical Solar System have been scrutinised close-up by experiments built in various laboratories worldwide. Most of the narrative is based on the author's experiences at the world's space agencies, research labs, and conferences, and at other places as diverse as Cape Canaveral and No. 10 Downing Street.

Mt Stromlo Observatory Book by Ragbir Bhathal,Ralph Sutherland,Harvey Butcher

Mt Stromlo Observatory Book
  • Author : Ragbir Bhathal,Ralph Sutherland,Harvey Butcher
  • Publisher : CSIRO PUBLISHING
  • Release Date : 2013-12-02
  • Category: Science
  • Pages : 344
  • ISBN Code: 1486300774

Summary: This book tells the story of the Mt Stromlo Observatory in Canberra which began with W.G. Duffield's idealism and vision in 1905. The Observatory began life as a government department, later becoming an optical munitions factory producing gun sights and telescopes during the Second World War, before changing its focus to astrophysics – the new astronomy. In the ensuing years programs were introduced to push the Observatory in new directions at the international frontiers of astronomy. The astronomers built new, better and larger telescopes to unravel the secrets of the universe. There were controversies, exciting new discoveries and new explanations of phenomena that had been discovered. The Observatory and its researchers have contributed to determining how old the universe is, participated in the largest survey of galaxies in the universe, and helped to show us that the universal expansion is accelerating – research that led to Brian Schmidt and his international team being awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics. These and other major discoveries are detailed in this fascinating book about one of the great observatories in the world.

Transcendental Magic Book by Eliphas Levi

Transcendental Magic Book
  • Author : Eliphas Levi
  • Publisher : Weiser Books
  • Release Date : 1968-01-15
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN Code: 1609253914

Summary: This is Eliphas Levi's (1810-1875) best-known book. This work arguably made Levi THE most influential writer on magic since the Renaissance. Originally issued in French, the English translator is A.E. Waite and it is doubtful that anyone else could have better captured the essence of Levi's work. The book is divided in two parts; the first is theoretical, the second practical. This is a fascinating and often debated work involving a discussion that covers almost the entire realm of Ritual and High Magic.

The Key Of The Mysteries Book by Eliphas Levi

The Key Of The Mysteries Book
  • Author : Eliphas Levi
  • Publisher : Jazzybee Verlag
  • Release Date : 2014-05-26
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Pages : 194
  • ISBN Code: 3849644456

Summary: This volume represents the high-water mark of the thought of Eliphas Levi. It may be regarded as written by him as his Thesis for the Grade of Exempt Adept, just as his "Ritual and Dogma" was his Thesis for the grade of a Major Adept. He is, in fact, no longer talking of things as if their sense was fixed and universal. He is beginning to see something of the contradiction inherent in the nature of things, or at any rate, he constantly illustrates the fact that the planes are to be kept separate for practical purposes, although in the final analysis they turn out to be one. This, and the extraordinarily subtle and delicate irony of which Eliphas Levi is one of the greatest masters that has ever lived, have baffled the pedantry and stupidity of such commentators as Waite.

The Book of Splendours Book by Eliphas Levi

The Book of Splendours Book
  • Author : Eliphas Levi
  • Publisher : Weiser Books
  • Release Date : 1973-06-01
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN Code: 9781609255510

Summary: This is the first part of Eliphas Levi's last great descourse on the mysteries of occultism that was continued and concluded in The Great Secret. In it, Levi examines with great precision and insight the inner meanings of Qabalism and their relationship to the occult sciences. Part One is a commentary on the Spihra Dzeniuta by Simeon BenJochal, which includes an examination of the affinities between Qabalism and Freemasonry. Part Two pursues the correspondences between Qabalism, Numerology and the Tarot. This edition includes an appendix by Papus (Dr. Gerard Encausse) summarizing Levi's doctrines and teachings and supplying some fascinating information on some of the master's many disciples.

The Great Secret or Occultism Unveiled Book by Eliphas Levi

The Great Secret or Occultism Unveiled Book
  • Author : Eliphas Levi
  • Publisher : Weiser Books
  • Release Date : 2000-11-15
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN Code: 160925421X

Summary: So concludes what Levi considered to be his testament, his most important and final treatise, and a summation of his esoteric philosophy. This volume is the conclusion of the work he started as Book One, The Heiratic Mystery or the Traditional Documents of High Initiation, published as The Book of Splendours (Weiser, 1984). The Great Secret contains his final two works. In Book Two, The Royal Mystery or Art of Subduing the Powers, Levi discusses such topics as Evil, the Outer Darkness, the Great Secret, Magical Sacrifice, Evocations, the Arcana of Solomon's Ring, and the Terrible Secret. In Book Three, The Sacerdotal Mystery or the Art of being Served by Spirits, he expounds on the subjects of Aberrant Forces, the Chaining of the Devil, Sacred and Accursed Rites, Divination, Dark Intelligence, and the Great Arcanum.

Pictures and Tears Book by James Elkins

Pictures and Tears Book
  • Author : James Elkins
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2005-08-02
  • Category: Art
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN Code: 1135950121

Summary: Art Does art leave you cold? And is that what it's supposed to do? Or is a painting meant to move you to tears? Hemingway was reduced to tears in the midst of a drinking bout when a painting by James Thurber caught his eye. And what's bad about that? In Pictures and Tears, art historian James Elkins tells the story of paintings that have made people cry. Drawing upon anecdotes related to individual works of art, he provides a chronicle of how people have shown emotion before works of art in the past, and a meditation on the curious tearlessness with which most people approach art in the present. Deeply personal, Pictures and Tears is a history of emotion and vulnerability, and an inquiry into the nature of art. This book is a rare and invaluable treasure for people who love art. Also includes an 8-page color insert.

Geek Love Book by Katherine Dunn

Geek Love Book
  • Author : Katherine Dunn
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2011-05-25
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN Code: 0307794482

Summary: National Book Award finalist Here is the unforgettable story of the Binewskis, a circus-geek family whose matriarch and patriarch have bred their own exhibit of human oddities (with the help of amphetamine, arsenic, and radioisotopes). Their offspring include Arturo the Aquaboy, who has flippers for limbs and a megalomaniac ambition worthy of Genghis Khan . . . Iphy and Elly, the lissome Siamese twins . . . albino hunchback Oly, and the outwardly normal Chick, whose mysterious gifts make him the family’s most precious—and dangerous—asset. As the Binewskis take their act across the backwaters of the U.S., inspiring fanatical devotion and murderous revulsion; as its members conduct their own Machiavellian version of sibling rivalry, Geek Love throws its sulfurous light on our notions of the freakish and the normal, the beautiful and the ugly, the holy and the obscene. Family values will never be the same.

A History of Caricature and Grotesque in Literature and Art Book by Thomas Wright

A History of Caricature and Grotesque in Literature and Art Book
  • Author : Thomas Wright
  • Publisher : CHATTO AND WINDUS
  • Release Date : 1976
  • Category: Caricature
  • Pages : 550
  • ISBN Code:

Summary: A History of Caricature and Grotesque in Literature and Art This will explain why my history of the different branches of popular literature and art ends at very different periods. The grotesque and satirical sculpture, which adorned the ecclesiastical buildings, ceased with the middle ages. The story-books, as a part of this social literature, came down to the sixteenth century, and the history of the jest-books which arose out of them cannot be considered to extend further than the beginning of the seventeenth; for, to give a list of jest-books since that time would be to compile a catalogue of books made by booksellers for sale, copied from one another, and, till recently, each more contemptible than its predecessor. The school of satirical literature in France, at all events as far as it had any influence in England, lasted no longer than the earlier part of the seventeenth century. England can hardly be said to have had a school of satirical literature, with the exception of its comedy, which belongs properly to the seventeenth century; and its caricature belongs especially to the last century and to the earlier part of the present, beyond which it is not a part of my plan to carry it.

The Occult Sciences - A Compendium of Transcendental Doctrine and Experiment Book by Arthur Edward Waite

The Occult Sciences - A Compendium of Transcendental Doctrine and Experiment Book
  • Author : Arthur Edward Waite
  • Publisher : Read Books Ltd
  • Release Date : 2020-07-14
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN Code: 1528767942

Summary: A. E. Waite's “The Occult Sciences” contains an extensive guide to all things occult, dealing with magical practices, spiritualism, mesmerism, theosophy, necromancy, and much more. Arthur Edward Waite (1857 – 1942), more commonly referred to as A. E. Waite, was an British scholarly mystic and poet. He was a prolific writer on occult and esoteric subjects who also co-created the Rider-Waite Tarot deck. Contents include: “Magic: Definitions”, “White Magic: The Evocation of Angels”, “White Magic: The Evocation of the Spirits of The Elements”, “Black Magic: The Evocation of Demons”, “Necromancy: The Evocation of the Souls of the Dead”, “Secret Sciences in Connection With Magic”, “Alchemy”, “The Elixir of Life”, “Crystallomancy”, “The Composition of Talisman”, etc. “The Occult Sciences” is highly recommended for those with an interest in the supernatural and occult, and it is not to be missed by collectors of vintage literature of this ilk. Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. It is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially-commissioned new biography of the author.

The Magical Ritual of the Sanctum Regnum - Interpreted by the Tarot Trumps Book by Eliphaz Levi

The Magical Ritual of the Sanctum Regnum - Interpreted by the Tarot Trumps Book
  • Author : Eliphaz Levi
  • Publisher : Read Books Ltd
  • Release Date : 2018-01-31
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Pages : 138
  • ISBN Code: 1528783271

Summary: "The Magical Ritual of the Sanctum Regum" is a 1896 occult book written by Éliphas Lévi focusing on tarot cards and their occult meanings. Éliphas Lévi (8 February 1810 - 31 May 1875) was a French author of the occult and ceremonial magician. Other notable works by this author include "L'assomption de la femme" ("The Assumption of Woman") (1841), "La mère de Dieu" ("The Mother of God") (1844), and "Le livre des Larmes" ("The Book of Tears") (1845). Contents include: "The Magician-Le Bateleur", "The Priestess-La Papesse", "The Emperor-L'empereur", "The Pope, or Hierophant-Le Pape", "The Chariot of Hermes-Le Chariot", "The Wheel of Fortune-La Roue de Fortune", "Death-La Mort", "Temperance-La Temperance", "The Star-L'etoile", etc. Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.

Russian Planetary Exploration Book by Brian Harvey

Russian Planetary Exploration Book
  • Author : Brian Harvey
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release Date : 2007-07-05
  • Category: Science
  • Pages : 354
  • ISBN Code: 0387496645

Summary: Illustrated with photographs from Soviet Venus and Mars probes, images of spacecraft, diagrams of flight paths and maps of landing sites, this book draws on published scientific papers, archives, memoirs and other material. The text reviews Soviet engineering techniques and science packages, as well the difficulties which ruined several missions. The program’s scientific and engineering legacy is also addressed, within the Soviet space effort as a whole.

Enchanted Islands Book by Mary D. Sheriff

Enchanted Islands Book
  • Author : Mary D. Sheriff
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 2018-08-16
  • Category: Art
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN Code: 022648324X

Summary: In Enchanted Islands, renowned art historian Mary D. Sheriff explores the legendary, fictional, and real islands that filled the French imagination during the ancien regime as they appeared in royal ballets and festivals, epic literature, paintings, engravings, book illustrations, and other objects. Some of the islands were mythical and found in the most popular literary texts of the day—islands featured prominently, for instance, in Ariosto’s Orlando furioso,Tasso’s Gerusalemme liberata, and Fénelon’s, Telemachus. Other islands—real ones, such as Tahiti and St. Domingue—the French learned about from the writings of travelers and colonists. All of them were imagined to be the home of enchantresses who used magic to conquer heroes by promising sensual and sexual pleasure. As Sheriff shows, the theme of the enchanted island was put to many uses. Kings deployed enchanted-island mythology to strengthen monarchical authority, as Louis XIV did in his famous Versailles festival Les Plaisirs de l’île enchantée. Writers such as Fénelon used it to tell morality tales that taught virtue, duty, and the need for male strength to triumph over female weakness and seduction. Yet at the same time, artists like Boucher painted enchanted islands to portray art’s purpose as the giving of pleasure. In all these ways and more, Sheriff demonstrates for the first time the centrality of enchanted islands to ancient regime culture in a book that will enchant all readers interested in the art, literature, and history of the time.