Tuesday, 31. May 2005
ABC of Yoga

Really ALL - about Yoga.

Welcome to ABC-of-Yoga, the world's leading Yoga Site for all Styles, Exercises, Poses, Breathing Techniques and Meditation. For anyone who enjoys Yoga: beginners, amateurs or professionals. On this informative website we give you all imaginable information about all types of Yoga: Bikram Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga and much more. We provide you with detailed descriptions of the Asanas and other Yoga Exercises. On Health and Yoga, we have everything about Yoga Diets, Yoga Health Benefits, the influences of Yoga on the Respiratory System, Endocrine System, Circulatory System and the Nervous System. We also touch on Meditation & Yoga.

ABC of Yoga

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Category: Yoga & Fitness |




Ashé - Journal of Experimental Spirituality

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Ashé is a project born of the alembic of connections and communications. It represents the manifestation of a joy in sharing diverse perspectives on the spiritual path--sometimes synchronous, sometimes discordant; sometimes beautifully ecumenical and others unforgiving and self-critical. Above all else, Ashé is intended to be a nexus for spiritual possibility. An interchange of voices often silenced or ignored. Ashé provides a space for seekers to speak for themselves without the academic filter of the 'objective observer.'

Ashé - Journal of Experimental Spirituality - edited by Sven Davisson.

Very interesting articles

Category: Books & Magazines |




Monday, 30. May 2005
Amulette und Talismane

Hätten Sie gerne mal wieder einen neuen Glücksbringer? Dann schauen Sie sich hier einmal um: Amulette und Talismane.

Lassen Sie sich verführen vom Zauber esoterischer Produkte. Amulette aus aller Welt, Räucherungen und Öle als wahre Düfte für die Sinne, Kristalle, Magie- Produkte für die praktische Anwendung, Feng Shui für ein harmonisches Heim, Fantasy, Kunsthandwerk und Wellness. Zur Zeit finden Sie über 2000 Produkte, zum ver- und selber schenken.

Ein wirklich umfangreiches Angebot findet sich im spannenden Produktkatalog von Talismane.de

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Category: Lifestyle & Trend | Products & Services |


The Arthurian Legends

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Arthurian legend has fascinated us from its earliest inception. Yet it owes so little to its historical roots that many doubt whether there even was such a person as Arthur. He is, rather, a creation of the storytellers who rescued him, whoever he really was, from the obscurity that engulfed so many figures in the Dark Ages. In their hands he and his followers have grown to represent, even amidst disappointment and defeat, amidst darkness and despair, the dream of a brighter world.

The Arthurian Legends by The Camelot Project at the University of Rochester. (English)

Arthurian texts, images, bibliographies and basic information

Arthurian Resources by Thomas Green. (English)

Arthur: A Man for the Ages by David White - Explorations in the History and Legends of Arthur. (English)

Arthurian Legend by Françoise Taylor - features illustrations for Le Morte d'Arthur, Pictures by the 20th century. (English)

Es war einmal, vor langer Zeit, ein mächtiger und gerechter König namens Artus. Sein prächtiges Schloss trug den Namen Camelot, und dort versammelten sich die edelsten und tapfersten Ritter des Landes. Man nannte sie: Die Ritter der Tafelrunde.
Der Ratgeber Artus' war der weise Zauberer Merlin, der den jungen König vor der Hochzeit mit Ginevra, in welche dieser sich verliebt hatte, warnte. Doch Artus befolgte den Rat des Magiers nicht und heiratete Ginevra. Diese verliebte sich in Lancelot, den besten und treuesten Ritter des Königs, und bald brachte die verbotene Liebe dem Reich den Untergang ...


Arthuriana - Auf der Suche nach König Artus (German)

Arthur, der König der Menschen von Stefan Kähmzow, Celtic Spirit. (German)
Category: Myths & Sagas |


Saturday, 28. May 2005
Von Feen und Elfen

Gute Deutsche Seiten über Elven zu finden ist gar nicht so einfach. Hier ein paar, die mir gefallen haben.

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Den Germanen waren sie als Alben, Alfen oder Nornen, den Griechen als Nymphen und Moiren, den Römern als Parzen bekannt. In Deutschland nannte man sie Saligen Fräulein, Weiße Frauen, Wilde Frauen, Wildweiblein, Buschweiblein, Elben, Feen und Elfen. Im Mittelenglischen wurde aus der fata eine Faerie, fay und endlich eine fairy. Bereits um 1000 n. Chr. wurde in Frankreich die, aus galloromanischer Überlieferung stammende, Fata erst in "faie" und dann in "fée" umbenannt.

Elfen und Feen von Elbereth Súrion, Cyberelfe. Gute Infos, FAQ, Lexikon und Bildergallerie.

Bild: Catch a Falling Star by David Delamare

Lange vor der Zeit, als die Geschichte der Menschen aufgeschrieben wurde, hatten die Naturgeister eine große Bedeutung in den verschiedenen Kulturen der Welt. Zu dieser Zeit, als noch jeder Baum und jedes Reh einen eigenen Namen hatte, lebten und wirkten sie auf dem Land in kleinen Ansiedlungen, überall, wo man die Lebensweise der Vorfahren achtete und fortführte.

Sehr liebevoll gemacht: Über die Elfenwelt und Einige Naturgeister vorgestellt von ChiraLoona, Elfenkristall.

Feenlicht von Solaria. Bis auf die Musik auch gut gemacht. Die Musik kann man unten auf der Seite abstellen.

Noch ein bisschen Fantasy gefällig? Wer sich für die Sprache der Elben interessiert, geht zum Sindarin-Lexikon. Sindarin ist die Sprache der Grauelben in J.R.R. Tolkiens bekanntem Mittelerde-Szenario, und wenn man den Elfen eine Sprache geben will, passt diese ganz gut.
Wobei ich persöhnlich der Meinung bin, Elfen - und auch andere Naturgeister - sprechen nicht wie wir eine sonore Sprache.
Category: Faeries & Nature Spirits |


Friday, 27. May 2005
Extraterrestrial

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Extraterrestrial offers an imaginative trip into the future. Don’t miss your chance to visit alien worlds from the comfort of your living room couch. “Extraterrestrial” is on the National Geographic Channel Monday, May 30 and Thursday, June 2. Check your local listings, or go to the National Geographic website.


National Geographic Channel: EXTRATERRESTRIAL. Check the Video.

Extraterrestrial: Imagining Other Worlds - an article by Edna DeVore

And check out the Extraterrestrial Blog by Dr. Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer, SETI Institute
Category: Ufo's & Aliens |


Thursday, 26. May 2005
How’d He Do That?

Mentalist Marc Salem explains his talent for 'mindreading'. With video.

How does he do it? Salem promises that he’s not getting any help from hidden cameras or spies in the audience, and he offers $100,000 to anyone who can prove otherwise. His tricks are mind-blowing. Some of them are magic; others make you believe he actually can read your mind.

How'd He Do That? by CBS News

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"What I do isn't psychic. What I do isn't supernatural. It has absolutely no relation whatsoever to those other realms, whether or not they even exist." Marc Salem
Category: News & Stories |


Tibetan Mandalas - Tibetische Mandalas

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Mandala is Sanskrit for circle, polygon, community, connection.
The Mandala is a symbol of man or woman in the world, a support for the meditating person.
The mandala is often illustrated as a palace with four gates, facing the four corners of the Earth.
The Mandala shown here is connected with the Buddha Vajrasattva, who symbolises the original crystalline purity.
In the centre is a lotus blossom with eight petals, resting on a bed of jewels.

In the next place are the walls of the palace with gates towards the four corners of the earth. The gates are guarded by four angry doorkeepers.
Before the meditating person arrives at the gates, she must, however, pass the four outer circles: the purifying fire of wisdom, the vajra circle, the circle with the eight tombs, the lotus circle.


An overview and glossary of mandala components: Exploring the Mandala by Jytte Hansen, Albertslund, Denmark. (English)

Another excellent overview: What is a Mandala by the Mandala Project. Check also the Mandala Gallery. (English)

Representations of the spiritual embodiment of the Buddha are dkyil khor, or mandalas. The word dkyil khor means "center-circumference," and describes both the essential geometric structure and ritual significance of mandalas. Mandala: Buddhist Tantric Diagrams by Patrick A. George. (English)

The collection featured 14 fine Tibetan paintings of mandalas dating from the 13th to the 16th centuries, from Rossi & Rossi, London. While six of the paintings in the exhibition are now in private collections, seven are still available for purchase.

Tibetan Painted Mandalas:
Text of the catalogue and Early Tibetan Mandalas: The Rossi Collection.

Images from the Creation of the Kalachakra - Sand - Mandala by Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland.

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Mandala and Temple Sacred Architecture in Tibet - Photographs by John Milton Lundquist.

Der tibetische Buddhismus setzt in einer Intensität wie keine andere Form des Buddhismus und wie kaum eine andere Religion bildliche Darstellungen zur Vermittlung tiefster religiöser Wahrheiten ein. Die Figuren und Malereien geben jedoch das, was sie darstellen sollen, nur andeutungsweise wieder. Sie sind nur Aspekte des Absoluten und Spiegelungen, nicht jedoch das Absolute selbst in seiner ganzen Pracht und Wonne.

Mandalas von TibetFocus. (German)

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Ein Mandala ist auf den ersten Blick leicht zu erkennen, denn es handelt sich um die Darstellung eines Kreises, der fast das gesamte Rollbild ausfüllt. Ein Thangka mit einer "Mandala"-Darstellung (Sanskrit für "Kreis", tibetisch: "dKyil 'khor" dient ausschließlich der Meditation. D.h. das Bild dient als Vorlage für eine bestimmte Visualisierung, die in der Meditation realisiert werden soll.

Struktur des Mandalas von Dharmapala Thangka Centre - School of Thangka Painting. (German)

Die Mandala-Darbringung - aus dem Tibetischen von Christof Spitz. (German)

Category: Meditation & Mind |


Wednesday, 25. May 2005
Alchemy Lab Directory

This website is dedicated to helping individuals understand and apply the principles of alchemy. The most basic tenet of alchemy is that there are two primary ways of knowing reality, and learning to work with both of them is how we must begin the journey of transformation.
The first way of knowing is the rational, deductive, argumentative, intellectual thinking that is the hallmark of science and our patriarchal Western culture. The alchemists called this Solar Consciousness and assigned it many code words, such as the Sun, Sulfur, the King, the Father, Spirit, and ultimately, the One Mind of the universe.

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Throughout this website, whenever the material involves left-brain activity like lists, linear thought, schematics, formulae, arguments and logic, the icon used will be Solar.
The alchemists called the other way of knowing Lunar Consciousness. This intelligence of the heart is a non-linear, image-driven, intuitive way of thinking that is an accepted tool of the arts and religion. Among its many symbols are the Moon, Mercury, the Queen, the Holy Ghost, Soul, and ultimately, the One Thing of the universe. Throughout this website, whenever the material involves right-brain activity dealing with drawings, paintings, mandalas, symbols, music, and meditation, the icon will be the Lunar glyph.
Whenever possible, material will be presented from both the King's and the Queen's viewpoints.


Alchemy Lab Directory by Dennis William Hauck
Highly recommended - you find an Introduction to Alchemy, The Emerald Tablet, Famous Alchemists, Original Alchemy Texts, an Alchemy Art Gallery (beautiful!) and much more.
Category: Mystics & Alchemy |


Introduction: Buddhism

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This web site were written for the students of my class on Buddhist Psychology. Although the religious aspects of Buddhism are discussed, I am far more interested in presenting Buddhism's philosophical and psychological side. It is not necessary to believe in heavens or hells, in gods, demons, or ghosts, or even in rebirth or reincarnation in order to benefit from the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama ... I encourage all of you to become familiar with Buddhism, and I humbly suggest that these pages are a good place to begin!

An Introduction to Buddhism by C. George Boeree, Shippensburg University

Comprehensive!

Buddhism - An other Introduction: The Buddha and his Teachings.

An Illustrated Life of the Buddha - 80 Pics and History.

Buddhist Solution for the Twenty-First Century.
All by the Mahidol University, Thailand.Beautiful Sites!
Category: Religion & Early Cultures |


Tuesday, 24. May 2005
History of Tarot and Cartomancy

Tarot, and related card divination systems, has a wonderfully bizarre history which ranges from wealthy Italian Renaissance families (who had their own decks sumptuously hand painted) to the 18th century seer, Mademoiselle LeNormand, fortune teller to the Empress Josephine. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the tarot was developed further by a variety of colourful characters in France, Britain and America, among whom one of the most colourful was undoubtedly the self-styled 'Great Beast', Aleister Crowley.

All in the Cards - The Unpredictable History of Tarot and Cartomancy by Huw Collingbourne.

This page focuses upon those packs which were conceived and/or published in England: Playing Cards, Tarot and Divination - The History of Playing Cards and Fortune Telling.

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Check out the rest of the site. A lot of great images and facts on the history of playing cards

The Museum contains 3603 decks in the moment, most of them complete, other in fragmentary form from all centuries of playing card history. The Time Line gives an overview about Decks and related articles from ca. 1370 - 1800. The links on this list lead often to sources, which are included in the Museum.

Tarot and Playing Cards Museum
Excellent!

A card-by-card summary of tarot history: Histories of the Trump Cards by Tom Tadfor Little from The Hermitage, A Tarot History Site.

An Hermetic Origin of the Tarot Cards? A Consideration of the Tarocchi of Mantegna by Adam McLean.
Category: Tarot & Oracles |


Monday, 23. May 2005
Phrenology - Phrenologie

Phrenology was a science of character divination, faculty psychology, theory of brain and what the 19th-century phrenologists called "the only true science of mind." Phrenology came from the theories of the idiosyncratic Viennese physician Franz Joseph Gall (1758-1828).

The History of Phrenology by Dr John van Wyhe (English).

Phrenology and the Fine Arts at The Boston College Fine Arts Department. Draws on Charles Colbert's book, A Measure of Perfection, Phrenology and the Fine Arts in America (1997). Nice collection of American phrenological images from S. Wells. (English)

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An Exhibition on Phrenology: Reading Heads & Ruling Passions by the Macleay Museum. Very good overview. (English)

The Phrenology Page by a modern believer in phrenology, Peter Van den Bossche, Ph.D. (English)

Gute deutsche Seiten zu diesem Thema sind rar.

Hier eine kurze Übersicht: Phrenologie - oder die Lehre des Geistes und seinen Organen von Edda Affeldt. (German)

Lesenswerter Artikel von der Zeitschrift FACTS: Die Beulen der Elite (German)
Category: Readings & Divination |


Sunday, 22. May 2005
Homöopathie - Homeopathy

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"Similia similibus curentur" = "Ähnliches soll durch Ähnliches geheilt werden". Das ist der Leitsatz von Arzt, Apotheker und Chemiker Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, dem Entdecker der wissenschaftlichen Homöopathie.

Homöopathie - Grundlagen und Prinzipien von der Schweizerischen Homöopathie Gesellschaft (German version)


"Simila similibus curentur" = "Let similar things be cured by similar things". This principle was created by the discoverer of scientific homeopathy, the physician, pharmacist and chemist Dr. Samuel Hahnemann.

Homeopathy - Fundamental and Principles by the Swiss Homeopathy Society (English version)

Das Hahnemann Institut ist seit 1991 bemüht, den alten homöopathischen Erfahrungsschatz und neues homöopathisches Wissen zu sammeln, zu dokumentieren und der Allgemeinheit zukommen zu lassen: Homöopathie Portal. (German)
In der Datenbank findet sich das vollständige Werk von Samuel Hahneman, Organon(h3)

Sehr empfehlenswert auch die Seite von Homöopathie Online. "Homöopathie, so aktuell wie nie zuvor ...". Chancen und Grenzen der Homöopathie, Komplexmittel und viele Tipps. Sehr übersichtlich. (German)

Viele verschiedene Fragen werden beantwortet: Dr. med. Thomas Walsers Homepage. (German)
About Hahnemann: Hahnemann Monument Project by the American Institute of Homeopathy. (English)

Enter your symptoms, answer a few questions, and the homeopathy remedy finder will suggest a remedy based on a detailed analysis of the symptoms you enter. Takes 5-15 minutes: ABC Homeopathy. (English)

Articles on Homeopathy presented by Sylvain Cazalet. (English)

PHOTOTHÈQUE HOMÉOPATHIQUE présentée par Homéopathe International (International)
First look at the photos from Dr. Samuel Christian Friedrich Hahnemann ...

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Category: Body & Health |


Saturday, 21. May 2005
Indian Gods and Goddesses

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SURYA is one of the three chief gods of the Vedas. As one of the spheres, the physical sun is the celestial form of fire, Agni, and source of all life. SURYA is at the center of the spheres.Above it are the esoteric spheres of the Supreme Ruler and below it are the manifest spheres of the moon and the earth.
The other name of SURYA is SAVITRI, which means brilliance. In the later ages, like other many Vedic gods, this god became more or less a mythical figure superseded by Vishnu, who came to be regarded by Hindus as the supreme manifestation of the self-Existent the Supreme God. Still the most celebrated mantra (hymn), known as GAYATRI Mantra, is the incantation addressed to SURYA. Also many of the forms of meditation, prayers and rituals used in the daily ceremonies of Hindu Brahmins are addressed to this god.


Indian Gods and Godesses by Indian Divinity

This websites bring you a lot of images and pictures:

A large collection of Gods: Hinduism Pictures Gallery by the Shaivism Homepage.

A few beautiful Images of Gods by Indian Heritage.

And the Gallery by Black Peacock.

In the hindu religion, the elephand head God Ganesh is also known as Ganapati, Ekadanta, Vinayaka, Heramba, etc. He brings joy and happiness to the family and may remove all the Obstacles. Innumerable crowds praise this benevolent Lord all over India. He is always worshipped first in temples and private houses.

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Ganesh, God of India by the Ganesh Website (1394 pictures on this site!)
Category: Gods & Goddesses |


Friday, 20. May 2005
Maya

The Mayan civilization created magnificent temples and excelled in the arts, astronomy and culture.

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The mystery of their demise, and the magnificence of their achievements both perplex and intrigue visitors. As you explore the temples, you will see panoramic views of the city, read about the history and culture of the Maya, view artifacts, and listen to the sounds that bring Tikal to life.


Journey through Tikal by Studio360 Inc. The Maya Calendar was the center of Maya life and their greatest cultural achievement. The Maya Calendar's ancestral knowledge guided the Maya's existence from the moment of their birth and there was little that escaped its influence.

The Maya Calendar by Maya World Studies Center Mérida, Yucatan, México (English)

The Maya Vase Database by Justin Kerr.

Each vase has been analyzed by its iconographic features, such as supernaturals, The Hero Twins, thrones, sky-bands, etc. The full list is presented here.

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Use the "Iconography"! For example, selecting "God L", press the upper search button will yield all vases with God L.
Auch ohne Englischkenntnisse ein Genuss! Spitzenbilder!

Numerous features distinguish the Maya from other cultures of ancient Mesoamerica, but one that has attracted explorers, scholars, and enthusiasts for centuries is Maya Hieroglyphic Writing. The calligraphic style and pictorial complexity of Maya glyphs are like no other writing system.

Maya Hieroglyphic Writing and Dictionaries from FAMSI: Foundation For The Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc. (English)

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Nach dem Glauben der Maya bestand das Universum aus drei Ebenen:
-einer neunschichtigen Unterwelt (Xibalbá),
-einer von den Menschen bewohnten mittleren Welt und
-einer himmlischen Welt, die von vier Himmelsträgern (Bacab genannt) getragen wurde.

Diese drei Ebenen wurden durch den Weltenbaum (Wacah Chan) miteinander verbunden. Er symbolisierte den Verbindungsweg zwischen der natürlichen und der übernatürlichen Welt.


Eine Übersicht: Maya von Antje Baumann aus IndianerWelt (German)


Sehr viel Information, mit einem interessanten (aber nicht ganz aktuellen) Magazin. Trotzdem sehenswert! Balam. (German)

„Die Ägypter Mittelamerikas" oder „Die Griechen der neuen Welt". Bei näherem Untersuchen dieser faszinierenden Kultur Mittelamerikas kommt man einfach um einen solchen Vergleich nicht herum, sei es, weil auch die Maya monumentale Pyramiden bauten, oder weil sie sich sehr intensiv der Erforschung der Natur widmeten.

Astronomie der Maya von Dieter Meyer, Astronomische Vereinigung Augsburg (German)
Category: Religion & Early Cultures |


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