Comprehensive compendium of fascinating facts and myths explores the interwoven aspects of jewels, gems, stones, superstitions, and astrological lore. A wealth of abundantly illustrated material on meteorites and stones with magical, electrical and healing powers, on stones credited with conferring special powers on the wearer, the religious use of various stones and amulets, and more.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Lovestrology: Astonishingly Accurate Romantic Profiles and Compatibility Matchups for Every Birthday by Phyllis Vega
Have you ever wondered how your date of birth affects your love life, the unique qualities that define you, and the passions that drive you? Or why everyone seems to be talking about Mars and Venus, and their influence on intimate relationships? In Lovestrology, the author draws on the predictive powers of astrology and the ancient art of numerology to create revealing romantic portraits that provide everything you need to know to enjoy great relationships. The book is divided into two sections. Part One: The 366 Birthdays of the Year gives a comprehensive individual romantic profile for each birth date. Part Two: Men and Women are from Mars and Venus delineates the drives and passions associated with each Mars sign, shows the ways in which you share love and affection via each Venus sign, and provides readings for each of the 144 possible Mars/Venus combinations. The sign connections between the planets of love and passion on your birthdays indicate the compatibility potential between you and your lover. Lovestrology manages to be unfailingly upbeat and positive without sugarcoating the challenges and difficulties symbolized by each of the 366 birthdays and 12 zodiacal signs. This provocative book sheds new light on your prospects for finding and maintaining a successful love relationship.
Bestselling author, Thomas Weeks, III, reveals powerful thinking habits that will deepen your relationship with God and open the door for His blessings!
What’s on Your Mind? For many it’s a variety of anxious, worried, and negative thoughts about themselves or others. Thomas Weeks brings readers a new perspective for taking command of their thoughts and their lives. Not just another positive thinking book, Weeks shows readers the steps outlined in the Scriptures for healthy thinking and a successful life including a deeper relationship with their Father God. Readers are taken through three major passages in the book of Philippians. First, readers are encouraged to stop worrying by bringing their concerns to God with a thankful heart. Second, readers are shown where to focus their thoughts including things that are true, honorable, just, lovely, and kind. This kind of thinking draws readers to a closer, more intimate walk with God. Third, readers are encouraged to follow the Apostle Paul’s example in their actions. These dynamic principles will revolutionize reader’s daily lives and start them on the road to success in their spiritual and physical life!
Magic takes many forms. Supernatural magic is what our ancestors used in order to explain the world before they developed the scientific method. The ancient Egyptians explained the night by suggesting the goddess Nut swallowed the sun. The Vikings believed a rainbow was the gods’ bridge to earth. The Japanese used to explain earthquakes by conjuring a gigantic catfish that carried the world on its back—earthquakes occurred each time it flipped its tail. These are magical, extraordinary tales. But there is another kind of magic, and it lies in the exhilaration of discovering the real answers to these questions. It is the magic of reality—science.
Packed with clever thought experiments, dazzling illustrations and jaw-dropping facts, The Magic of Reality explains a stunningly wide range of natural phenomena. What is stuff made of? How old is the universe? Why do the continents look like disconnected pieces of a puzzle? What causes tsunamis? Why are there so many kinds of plants and animals? Who was the first man, or woman? This is a page-turning, graphic detective story that not only mines all the sciences for its clues but primes the reader to think like a scientist as well.
Richard Dawkins, the world’s most famous evolutionary biologist and one of science education’s most passionate advocates, has spent his career elucidating the wonders of science for adult readers. But now, in a dramatic departure, he has teamed up with acclaimed artist Dave McKean and used his unrivaled explanatory powers to share the magic of science with readers of all ages. This is a treasure trove for anyone who has ever wondered how the world works. Dawkins and McKean have created an illustrated guide to the secrets of our world—and the universe beyond—that will entertain and inform for years to come.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011
In The Sacred Magic of Ancient Egypt, Rosemary Clark presents a comprehensive guide to a modern practice of ancient Egyptian theurgy. Included are daily rituals, annual ceremonies, and the founding of a temple tradition for either the sole practitioner or a gathering of celebrants. The dimensions of Sacred Science-esoteric architecture, cosmic resonance, and magical practice-are outlined in detail and demonstrated in a program for practical, everyday use. Authentic and richly detailed, this guidebook also:
- Presents beautiful rituals patterned on ancient Egyptian texts for modern initiates
- Serves as an excellent reference on many aspects of the Egyptian mysteries that have not been accessible elsewhere
- Contains a complete repertoire of ancient hymns, litanies, spells, and ceremonies that allows for reading in the ancient tongue
Enter the timeless realm of Egyptian sacred ritual. Experience for yourself the ultimate realization of ancient Egyptian spirituality-the assumption of divine knowledge and grace.
The following brief history of Lodge of Antiquity, No. 178, was read before the Lodge, on September 21st of this year, and with some additional matter is now published at the request of the Brethren present. The proceeds, after paying the expenses of publishing, will be devoted to the Funds of the West Lancashire Masonic Educational Institution.
Hailed by reviewers as "a masterpiece," and as "the single most profound reference of its kind," The Qabalistic Tarot has become the standard in its field, a book essential to all students of Tarot symbolism. It is both a textbook and a sourcebook for the symbols of the Western Hermetic Qabalah, a corpus of mystical ideas which have, for centuries, exerted a powerful influence on the development of Western thought. Dr. Wang explains the Tarot as an externalization of a mystical system which has evolved from approximately the third century C.E. to our own time. He traces the development of Qabalistic ideas from the Neoplatonic through the Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern periods, systematically discussing each Sephira and Path on the Tree of Life. He uses the Tarot images as a point of visual reference, and provides a thorough explanation of the symbolic intricacies of the Paths. The Qabalistic Tarot is recommended as a comprehensive textbook for individual study or for the classroom. The first and only work based on the four major decks in use today, it is the ideal companion book for the Golden Dawn Tarot, the Thoth Tarot, the Rider-Waite Tarot, or the traditional Marseilles deck.
The gods of Olympus died with the advent of Christianity--or so we have been taught to believe. But how are we to account for their tremendous popularity during the Renaissance? This illustrated book, now reprinted in a new, larger paperback format, offers the general reader first a discussion of mythology in late antiquity and the Middle Ages, and then a multifaceted look at the far-reaching role played by mythology in Renaissance intellectual and emotional life.
Despite the dominance of scientific explanation in the modern world, at the beginning of the twenty-first century faith in miracles remains strong, particularly in resurgent forms of traditional religion. In Miracles, David L. Weddle examines how five religious traditions—Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam—understand miracles, considering how they express popular enthusiasm for wondrous tales, how they provoke official regulation because of their potential to disrupt authority, and how they are denied by critics within each tradition who regard belief in miracles as an illusory distraction from moral responsibility.In dynamic and accessible prose, Weddle shows us what miracles are, what they mean, and why, despite overwhelming scientific evidence, they are still significant today: belief in miracles sustains the hope that, if there is a reality that surpasses our ordinary lives, it is capable of exercising—from time to time—creative, liberating, enlightening, and healing power in our world.
The Mind-Body Makeover Project: A 12-week Plan for Transforming Your Body and Your Life by Michael Gerrish
uniquely interactive plan offers a head-totoe, inside-and-out makeover that shows them how to overcome their fitness obstacles and dramatically change their lives. In The Mind-Body Makeover Project, fitness consultant and psychotherapist Michael Gerrish shares the true-life success stories of seven men and women who participated in his 12- week makeover program. Gerrish and his acclaimed makeover team, which includes bestselling authors Cheryl Richardson and Debbie Ford, an image consultant, and others, documents how each participant experienced the transformation process, applying the techniques the author has used with hundreds of clients, including many professional athletes.
Psychologist Roy F. Baumeister teams with New York Times science writer John Tierney to reveal the secrets of self-control, and how to master it in Willpower.For years, our concept of the self and well-being has been dominated by the notion of self-esteem, while the old fashioned value of willpower has been disparaged by psychologists who argued that we’re largely driven by unconscious forces beyond our control. In Willpower Baumeister and Tierney turn this misinformation on its head to reveal self-control as arguably the single most powerful indicator of success.
Baumeister discovered that willpower actually has a physical basis to it: it is like a muscle that can be strengthened with practice, and fatigued from overuse. That’s why eating and sleeping—and especially failing to do either of those—have such dramatic effects on self-control.
Yet, while self-control is biologically rooted, we have the capacity to manipulate our nature. Willpower features personal stories from entrepreneurs, executives, parents and children who have managed to do just that. The characters range from Victorian explorers to modern homemakers, from college students pulling all nighters to entertainers. The practical lessons in self-control conditioning they provide are nothing short of life changing.
Combining the best of modern social science with the practical wisdom of David Allen, Ben Franklin, and others, Baumeister and Tierney here share the definitive compendium of modern lessons in willpower.
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