Friday, 31. October 2008
Astrology For Dummies

Learn how to get your precise horoscope, decipher astrological symbols, and benefit from the phases of the moon with Astrology for Dummies, Second Edition.

You’ll learn how to construct your birth chart, interpret its component parts, and use that information to gain insight into yourself and others. With easy-to-follow, hands-on guidance, you’ll discover how to:

  • Identify the signs of the zodiac
  • Understand the Sun, the Moon, the planets, the rising sign, and the 12 houses
  • Discover the rulers of the signs
  • Map your own horoscope (or a friend’s)
  • Use astrology in daily life
  • Capture the heart of each sign of the zodiac, and more!

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Astrology for Dummies, Second Edition demystifies astrological charts and uses plain English to show you how you can take advantage of the wisdom of the stars. Whether you’re looking to assess relationships, examine your potential, or make some basic decisions — like, when to go on a first date — Astrology for Dummies, Second Edition helps you discover how understanding your position in the cosmos illuminates the secret corners of the self, provides a key to understanding others, and even offers a glimpse into the future.

Modern Magick: Astrology For Dummies, 2nd Edition by By Rae Orion
For Dummies, 2007 | 408 Pages | PDF | 5 MB


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Category: Astrology & Astronomy | Books & Magazines |




Saturday, 11. October 2008
Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

Im Wesentlichen enthält das Stundenbuch zwölf Monatsbilder mit gegenüberliegenden Kalenderblättern (römisch).

Über jedem Monatsbild wölbt sich ein tiefblauer Himmel mit einer Darstellung des Weltenherrschers mit Sonnenwagen, dem jeweiligen Tierkreiszeichen und astronomischen Daten. Letztes Bild im Zyklus ist eine geheimnisvolle Darstellung des "astronomischen Menschen". Diese männlich-weibliche Doppelgestalt voller abergläubischer Symbole ist eine Allegorie, sie zeigt den Menschen als Teil einer kosmischen Ordnung.
Der zweite Teil behandelt das Leben Jesu. Von Adam und Eva bis zum Ende der Welt reichen die schillernd-aufwändigen Darstellungen, in dem - wie Lilan Schacherl schreibt - manches Schloss dem Teufel die Schau stiehlt und die Stadtvignetten aus den Monatsbildern weiter in den sakralen Zyklus wandern - gleich stolzen Zeugen der biblischen Wunder.

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Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry (German version)
Unbedingt auch die englische Version anschauen, dort hat es noch viel mehr Bilder vom Herzog von Berry

The Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry is probably the most important illuminated manuscript of the 15th century. It is a very richly decorated Book of Hours, containing prayers to be said by the lay faithful at each liturgical hour of the day. The Très Riches Heures consists of 416 pages, of which about half are full page illustrations that are among the high points of International Gothic painting in spite of their small size.

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It was natural for a book of hours to contain a calendar, and the illustrations of months in the Très Riches Heures are filled with details of the delights and labors of the year, from the Duke's court to his peasants, a counterpart to the prayers of the hours. Each illustration is surmounted with its appropriate astrological hemisphere.

Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry
(English version)

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Category: Books & Magazines | Time & Calendar |




Seven Steps of Forgiveness

Let’s face it - most people probably think of forgiveness as the last resort of losers. It’s what you’re left with after you’ve been victimized and can’t figure out a way to inflict revenge. If there’s no way to even the score, then you might as well settle for feeling a little better about yourself by becoming noble. And if you forgive what happened to you, maybe someday you can forget all about it. Or, maybe whoever hurt you will eventually feel guilty about what they did, and come begging for your forgiveness. Then you get to decide whether they deserve it. (Probably not!)

However much lip service is paid to the religious ideal of forgiveness, my guess is that this is how the majority of people think about it. And that’s a shame, because real forgiveness is the key not only to healing victimization, but to actually preventing attacks while reducing anxiety, increasing intelligence, and maximizing creativity. In a time when our politics is obsessed with the fear of terrorists, real forgiveness is the best tool we have for fighting terror where it actually starts: in our own minds.

I keep saying “real” forgiveness because I am not referring to the occasional, reactive response of resignation that I described above. What I’m talking about is a daily, ongoing discipline of releasing one’s fears and resentments despite all the temptations to hold onto them. This is a spiritual discipline that can be practiced without any religious affiliation or even a belief in God.

I know this because I used to be an anxious, seriously confused cynic who actually believed the stuff I wrote in the first paragraph. But I got over it. I had to suffer through seven years of serious illness and self-confrontation to change the way I thought and felt, but when I came out on the other side I had begun to tap the potential of forgiveness, and I remain amazed at the changes it has wrought in my life. Besides overcoming my illness, I went from being a frustrated writer to widely published and productive author; I went from someone incapable of maintaining an intimate relationship to a happily married man; and I went from someone who believed vengeance was sometimes a good idea to someone who knows that forgiveness always works.

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One doesn’t have to be an acute observer of the political scene since September 11, 2001 to understand that fear makes people stupid. What’s less obvious is that forgiveness makes people smarter -- and thus better able to deal with whatever misfortune, attack, or outright evil they may encounter. That’s because forgiveness teaches you how fear, resentment, and terror work by progressively revealing these states of mind within yourself. When you successfully release a little grudge or fear (and guess what: fears and grudges are the same thing), you’ll see the next, bigger fear that was hiding behind the little guy. When you comprehend that bigger fear, you’ll begin to perceive the generalized anxiety behind it; as you begin to pierce the cloudy veils of anxiety and resentment in your mind, you may begin to see how you’ve been subtly terrorizing yourself for years. And you can rest assured that if you’ve ever terrorized yourself, you’ve intimidated someone else whether you meant to or not.

What we think of as terrorism for political purposes arises from exactly the same roots deep within the human mind; the symptoms are more violent, but the sickness is the same. When you personally understand how terror arises, grows, and feeds on itself within you, then you will understand how it works in other people, and you will be better able to spot where it’s taking root and help undo it without creating victims in the process. That’s why I don’t think we need a Patriot Act so much as we need a Forgiveness Act, but I’m no fool: that kind of legislation ain’t gonna get pushed through Congress anytime soon. That’s all right because forgiveness is ultimately democratic: it’s up to each of us to transform our hearts and minds, and then forgiveness will spread on its own.

Now I’m a provocateur at heart, so I wouldn’t leave you without a plan of action. Although you will soon discover that daily, ongoing forgiveness is an incredibly complicated process of unexpected revelation and personal revolution, the way into it is relatively simple. Over the years I have condensed my own discipline into seven steps that can be adapted to your own use, and they go like this:

    1. Select a bitter sorrow, a serious grievance against someone, or a punishing charge against yourself, and review it in complete detail.

    2. Hold in your mind the image of whatever is to be forgiven -­ yourself, another person, a past event ­- and say, “I release you from the grip of my sadness, disapproval, or condemnation.” Concentrate quietly on this intention.

    3. Imagine for a while what your life will be like without the sorrow or grievance that has been haunting you.

    4. Make amends with someone you’ve hurt or someone who has hurt you; tell a friend about your self-forgiveness; or otherwise bring your inner work to your relationships.

    5. Ask for God’s help to overcome fear or resistance at any step. If you do not believe in God, ask for help from nature, humanity, and the mysteries of your own mind. These are the channels through which aid is sent -­ and aid is always sent.

    6. Have patience. Forgiveness induces healing which follows its own order and timing. Whether you think you have accomplished anything thus far is less important than the fact that you have attempted a radical act that will call forth change likely to exceed your expectations. Go about your daily business, but stay alert to unexpected shifts in your thinking, feeling, and relationships.

    7. Repeat steps 1 through 6 as often as necessary, for life.


That’s it! You can fight terror today by forgiving the next little thing that bugs you ­- and then forgive whatever comes next. Rest assured that on your way to greater peace, sharper intelligence, and a true fearlessness, you’ll always find plenty of opportunities to forgive.


Source:
Exerpt from A Little Book of Forgiveness by D. Patrick Miller.
Available direct from the publisher at http://www.fearlessbooks.com
or at Amazon.

Listen also this 2 minute audio sample:

Category: Articles & Essays | Books & Magazines | Meditation & Mind |


Saturday, 04. October 2008
Nujum al-’Ulum (Stars of Sciences)

Each of the then known planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, together with the Sun and the Moon, which were also regarded as planets) were believed to rotate round the earth, each within their separate spheres.

Beyond this was the sphere of fixed stars and then the outermost sphere. This outer sphere is mentioned several times in the manuscript as the darkest heaven or crystalline sphere. From the sphere of fixed stars we see, to the right, the constellation of Ursa Major.

The stars are shown as golden dots.


Nujum al-'Ulum
(Stars of Sciences):

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Each of the seven planets is accorded attributes - including zodiacal signs and lunar mansions - representing the rotation of the sun and the moon round the earth. (Called nakshatra in India, the lunar mansions are 28 divisions of the sky, presumably selected as approximate ’Moon stations’ on successive nights.)

The Sun (regarded as a planet), portrayed as a human figure with four hands sitting cross-legged on a throne. His face is surrounded by two nimbi, penetrated by two layers of rays. The two lower hands, with their palms turned outwards, rest upon the heads of two lions sitting on either side of the throne. (The Sun is often painted with one or two lions, Leo being the zodiacal sign associated with the Sun.) The two upper hands of the Sun are raised. The right holds a shell and the left a mace, both symbols of authority.


One of the many treasures from the Wellcome Library’s celebrated Asian Collections is a rare example of an astrological work entitled Nujum al-'Ulum 'Stars of Sciences'. The Wellcome manuscript is a fragment copied from an earlier work (dated AD 1575), which was probably commissioned by ‘Ali’ Adil Shah II of Bijapur in India.

Among the illustrations in this text are representations of planets, some of which are shown as personifications. The planet Mercury, for example, is represented as a scribe. Particularly striking are the tiny miniatures, encapsulated in medallions, representing the thirty degrees of each of the zodiacal signs.

Illustrated texts – such as the ‘Stars of Sciences’ – were produced as manuals that set out the cosmological order of the heavens and explained their astrological significance.

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Category: Astrology & Astronomy | Books & Magazines |


Friday, 05. September 2008
Kybalion

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Die Hermetik stammt aus der alt-ägyptischen Lehre des Hermes Trismegistos – so nannten die Griechen den ägyptischen Gott Thot, Hermes, Gott der Weisheit und Hermes der Götterbote. Dass die "wirklichen" Bücher, welche als Corpus Hermeticum bezeichnet werden, nicht früher als im 1. vorchristlichen Jahrhundert entstanden sein konnten, wurde von Isaac Casaubon 1614 durch philologische Argumente nachgewiesen.


Die grossen Werke, welche die Hermetik beschreiben, sind die Tabula Smaragdina, das Picatrix, das Corpus Hermeticum und das Kybalion.
Heute bringe ich Euch das Kybalium. Hier ein Auszug:

"Alles ist zweifach, altes ist Pole; alles hat seine zwei Gegensätze; Gleich und Ungleich ist dasselbe. Gegensätze sind ihrer Natur nach identisch, nur im Grad verschieden; Extreme begegnen einander; alle Wahrheiten sind nur Halb-Wahrheiten; alle Paradoxa können in Übereinstimmung gebraucht wenden." -- Das Kybalion

Dieses Prinzip enthält die Wahrheit, dass "alles zweifach ist", dass "alles zwei Pole hat", dass "alles seine zwei Gegensätze hat". Alle diese Sätze sind alte hermetische Axiome. Das Prinzip erklärt die alten Paradoxe, die so viele Menschen verblüfft haben, indem sie feststellen, "Thesis und Antithesis sind ihrer Natur nach identisch, nur im


Grad verschieden"; "Gegensätze sind dasselbe, sie unterscheiden sich nur im Grad"; "Jedes Paar von Gegensätzen kann in Übereinstimmung gebracht werden"; "Extreme begegnen sich"; "Alles ist und ist nicht zu gleicher Zeit"; "Alle Wahrheiten sind nur Halbwahrheiten"; "Jede Wahrheit ist halb falsch"; "Jedes Ding hat zwei Seiten" usw. usw.

Hier das ganze Buch:

Das Kybalion - PDF (German)

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The Hermetic comes from the old-Egyptian apprenticeship of the Hermes Trismegistos. Hermes Trismegistos (Greek for "Hermes the thrice-greatest") is the syncretism of the Greek god Hermes and the Egyptian Thoth. That the "actual" books which are designated as Corpus Hermeticum could not have emerged earlier than in the 1st century BC was proved of Isaac Casaubon 1614 through philological arguments.

The series which describe the Hermetik are The Tabula Smaragdina, The Picatrix, The Corpus Hermeticum and The Kybalion. Today I bring you the Kybalium. An Extract:

"Everything is Dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled." -- The Kybalion.

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This Principle embodies the truth that "everything is dual"; "everything has two poles"; "everything has its pair of opposites," all of which were old Hermetic axioms. It explains the old paradoxes, that have perplexed so many, which have been stated as follows: "Thesis and antithesis are identical in nature, but different in degree"; "opposites are the same, differing only in degree"; "the pairs of opposites may be reconciled"; "extremes meet"; "everything is and isn't, at the same time"; "all truths are but half truths"; "every truth is half-false"; "there are two sides to everything," etc., etc., etc.


The complete book:

The Kybalion - PDF (English)
Category: Books & Magazines | Mystics & Alchemy |


Sunday, 31. August 2008
Modern Magick

"No one can give you magickal powers.
You have to earn them.
There is only one way to do this:
Practice! Practice! Practice!"


Excerpt:

Many magickal rituals will be given in these lessons for you to practice. These should aid you in your psychic and magickal development. However, even though thousands of people throughout history have successfully shown their proficiency in magickal techniques, quite frankly I cannot guarantee your success. This is because the ability to perform Magick successfully is dependent upon what you put into it. Many people, however, have told me of their great successes using the traditional techniques given in these pages.

The best way to use this book is to go through it, page by page, studying each of the ideas and practicing each of the techniques as they come up.

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Let me make clear at the outset that this course will not teach "BlackMagick." You will not be required to do anything contrary to your moral or ethical values. You will not be "summoning up" any demons, devils or evil entities.

Modern Magick: Eleven Lessons in the High Magickal Arts by Don Kraig
Llewellyn Publications, 2nd edition, 2002 | 600 pages | PDF | 29,2 MB
This is the ONE for beginners and experienced as well!
Category: Books & Magazines | Magick & Witchcraft |


Wednesday, 16. July 2008
The Science Of Getting Rich

Timeless wisdom and a practical prosperity program from a forgotten 1910 classic by Wallace D. Wattles.

    "The ownership of money and property comes as a result of doing things in a certain way. Those who do things in this certain way, whether on purpose or accidentally, get rich. Those who do not do things in this certain way, no matter how hard they work or how able they are, remain poor."

    "It is a natural law that like causes always produce like effects. Therefore, any man or woman who learns to do things in this certain way will infallibly get rich."

    Wallace D. Wattles, The Science of Getting Rich, Chapter 2


Wallace Delois Wattles wrote a number of books including Health Through New Thought and Fasting, The Science of Getting Rich, The Science of Being Great, The Science of Being Well, and a novel, Hellfire Harrison, but it is for his prosperity classic, The Science of Getting Rich that he is best known.

Little is known about Wattles' life. He was born in the USA shortly after the civil war, and experienced much failure in his earlier years. Later in his life he took to studying the various religious beliefs and philosophies of the world including those of Descartes, Spinoza, Leibnitz, Schopenhauer, Hegel, Swedenborg, Emerson, and others. It was through his tireless study and experimentation that he discovered the truth of New Thought principles and put them into practice in his own life. He began to write books outlining these principles. He practiced the technique of creative visualisation and as his daughter Florence relates, "He wrote almost constantly. It was then that he formed his mental picture. He saw himself as a successful writer, a personality of power, an advancing man, and he began to work toward the realization of this vision. He lived every page ... His life was truly the powerful life."


The Science Of Getting Rich - Quotes:




Keep yourself focused and get your free copy of this small book right here:
The Science of Getting Rich (PDF).

The file is 80 pages total and is designed to be printed as a normal book — front and back of the pages (40 sheets).
Enjoy!
Category: Books & Magazines | Philosophy & Metaphysic |


Saturday, 12. July 2008
Theology in Stone

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Thinking about church architecture has come to an impasse. Reformers and traditionalists are talking past each other. Statements from both sides are often strident and dogmatic. In Theology in Stone, Richard Kieckhefer seeks to help both sides move beyond the standoff toward a fruitful conversation about houses of worship. Drawing on a wide range of historical examples with an eye to their contemporary relevance, he offers refreshing new ideas about the meanings and uses of church architecture.

Kieckhefer begins with four chapters on the basic elements of church architecture-the overall arrangement of space, the use of an altar or pulpit as a centering focus, the aesthetics of church design, and the functions of sacred symbols.


He goes on to offer three extended historical studies, dealing with churches of medieval England, revival-style churches of America, and modern churches of twentieth-century Germany. Drawing on these case studies, he concludes with a vision of a new theology of church architecture--historically grounded, yet framed for our own time.

Theology in Stone by Richard Kieckhefer
Oxford University Press, 2004 | 390 pages | PDF | 3.4 MB


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Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome, interior. Engraving from Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Vedute di Roma.
Category: Books & Magazines | Buildings & Places |


Saturday, 05. July 2008
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Body-Mind Disciplines

Feng shui, magnet therapy, polarity therapy, qigong, reiki, therapeutic touch - what do they have in common? They are all "subtle energy practices," just one section in this wide-ranging encyclopedia.

Others include skeletal manipulation methods, mind/body medicine, sensory therapies, massage (from infant massage to myofascial trigger point therapy), movement therapy, somatic practices, and body-oriented psychotherapies. Editor Allison defines a body-mind discipline as "an organized program of activity that seeks to awaken and activate the links between body, mind, and spirit."

This very well arranged text is divided into 16 sections, each of which begins with an introductory essay discussing the disciplines included in that section. Each discipline is described by a certified practitioner in terms of history, basic principles, and potential benefits and risks. Short resource/reading lists follow each discipline description.

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Allison, a dancer and educator, has done an excellent job of pulling together information on some 125 therapies. Whether you want to know about brain gym or just plain old yoga, this encyclopedia is a great starting point.

Written by over 125 experts in their respective fields, the lavishly-illustrated encyclopedia includes boxed insets highlighting important facts about each discipline, annotated resource lists, and sources for further reading.

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Body-Mind Disciplines by Nancy Allison, editor.
Rosen Publishing Group, 1999 | 448 pages | PDF | 10.3 MB


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Traditional shamanic practices in Comalapa, Guatemala.
Category: Body & Health | Books & Magazines |


Palmistry for All

This Ebook is a powerful learning tool for anyone who wants to understand Palmistry, with over 50 illustrations of what to look for in the palm.

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Includes rules for rapid observation - how to observe at a quick glance the main characteristics of a person, and how to study hands for business people - helps to make a decision as to placing employees in a position that would be best for you.

So, Cheiro presents information of how by a mere glance at a hand, a quick grasp of the leading characteristics of that person is revealed. Hands cannot change as the result of a mere effort to please as with the face.

The character hands express are the real nature of the individual, the true character that has been formed by heredity or that has grown up with the person by long years of habit.


Palmistry for All by Cheiro.
Original published 1916 | PDF | 111 pages | 2.7MB
A wonderfull book by Cheiro the renowned Palm reader.


The lines of the hand:

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Also available at Project Gutenberg.
Category: Books & Magazines |


Friday, 04. July 2008
The Museum Of Lost Wonder

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Jeff Hoke, curator of the Museum of Lost Wonder and author of the book bearing the same title (also senior exhibition designer at California's Monterey Bay Aquarium), had a mission: To illuminate life's mysteries.

He writes that the eclectic museums and curiosity cabinets of the 1600s inspired him, and that he wants to return us to a time before "science became a belief system unto itself," a time when artist-alchemist-scientists were able to search for inner truth via mystical experiences and experiments without being ridiculed.

The museum is arranged with 7 halls (representing the seven stages of alchemical process) in which the questions of the universe unfold. It begins with The Calcinatio Hall where the featured exhibit is The Beginning of Everything and leads us into halls like The Sublimatio Hall, with the exhibit How To Have Visions. In The Separatio Hall the exhibit Where Are You Going challenges us in our own journey. Through each hall we are led into an exhibit that questions our own understanding of life and urges us into new ways of thinking.


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There is more information about the book on his website. Once there, you can also take an interactive tour of the Museum of Lost Wonder. Just click on the 'Tour' tab.

Step inside and discover your lost wonder!
The Museum Of Lost Wonder by Jeff Hoke.


Meet Jeff Hoke and The Museum Of Lost Wonder here:

Category: Books & Magazines | Mystics & Alchemy |


Saturday, 28. June 2008
Myths and Legends Explained

Taking an original photographic approach to look in detail at certain topics, these fascinating book provides deeper understanding and richer enjoyment of the worlds of myths and legends.

  • Looks into myths and legends of cultures from ancient Greece to Aboriginal Australia

  • Clear, informative text helps readers understand and appreciate the world of mythology

  • Features gloriously reproduced artworks and artifacts

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Myths and Legends Explained by Neil Philip, Ph.D.
DK ADULT, Revised edition 2007 | 128 pages | PDF | 21.3 MB


Calling the Gods (from the Voodoo gods of Haiti):

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The designs known as vevers are used to call the gods and are drawn on the earth in flour. At the centre of the circle in a Voodoo ritual would be the poteau-mitan, the center-post by which the gods make their entrance to the ceremony.
The ship symbol stands for Agwé, the god of the sea and formal consort of Erzulie. Agwé himself is generous, faithful, and strong.
Category: Books & Magazines | Mythology & Epics | Myths & Sagas |


Saturday, 21. June 2008
Dream Dictionary For Dummies

Dreams! What do they mean? You probably recognize a connection between the dream world and the "real" world, but did you know that you can actually do things to nurture your dream life? 'Dream Dictionary For Dummies' is the fun and fascinating guide that shows you not only how to decode your dreams, but how to remember them and even how to make a dream work for you.

Whether you're already a prolific dreamer or are just peeking into the unknown, you're sure to get results from the insights, techniques, and tips provided in this unique and transforming guide.

An A-to-Z list of dream symbols and their meanings helps you make sense of your dreams and harness them to increase your creativity, solve problems, find life purpose, and obtain accurate personal guidance. And, just by reading the dictionary definitions, you'll begin to understand symbology in a much deeper way. You’ll learn how to synchronize your body, emotions, mind, and soul to experience the full meaning of your dreams and, in some cases, make them your reality.

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Discover how to:

  • Recognize your dream cycles
  • Increase your ability to remember your dreams
  • Keep and use a dream diary
  • Notice your waking dreams
  • Uncover hidden messages in your dreams
  • Focus your dreams to solve problems or make decisions
  • Form a dream support group

So start dreaming and get back to reality with a little help from that guide.

Dream Dictionary For Dummies by Penney Peirce
For Dummies, 2008 | 336 pages | PDF | 5.6 MB


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Category: Books & Magazines | Dreams & Sleep |


The Seeker’s Glossary of Buddhism

Note to the second edition:

This is a revised and expanded edition of 'The Seeker's Glossary of Buddhism.' The text is a compendium of excerpts and quotations from some 350 works by monks, nuns, professors, scholars and other laypersons from nine different countries, in their own words or in translation.

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How to use the Glossary:

This book can be used in threeways: to find the definition of unfamiliar terms; to gain a broader understanding of specific Buddhist concepts; and also as an introduction to Buddhism. In the last instance, we suggest that readers begin with the entry on Parables, then move on to Practice, Obstacles to Cultivation and Ten Non-Seeking Practices.

Other entries of a more contemporary interest can be read with benefit by all. These include: Birth Control, Organ Transplants, Vegetarianism, Universe, Immortality.



The Seeker's Glossary of Buddhism
by Sutra Translation Committee of USA/Canada
STC of USA/Canada, 2nd ed 1998 | 999 pages | PDF | 4.8 MB


Also available at BuddhaNet and Urban Dharma.
Category: Books & Magazines | Religion & Early Cultures |


Saturday, 14. June 2008
Historical Atlas of the Celtic World

Pre-Christian Celts left no written records, so all the accounts we have of these people are from prejudiced Mediterranean writers.

Description:
The remarkable Celtic culture once encompassed most of western Europe; even after centuries of invasion and conquest it flourished in remote corners of the continent. This book is a beautifully illustrated survey of Celtic society, its history and belief, from its origins to the present day.

This book traces the development of Celtic religion and mythology, and describes the flowering of their unique metalwork, sculpture, and illumination. An expertly crafted view into the Celtic past, while emphasising the relevance of Celtic culture and identity today.

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Coverage includes:
  • Celtic Origins: Pre-Celtic Europe, La Tène and Hallstatt cultures, archaeological evidence
  • The Celtic Peoples of Europe: The Celtic migration, Gauls, Bretons, the Galatians
  • Early Celtic Art: Origins, La Tène Period art, Iron Age Celtic art
  • Celtic Belief: The calendar, death and the afterlife, sacrifice, the bog men, gods and divinities
  • The Celtic Peoples of the British Isles: Britons, Irish, Picts and Scots, Welsh
  • The Roman Invasions: Caesar's conquest of Gaul, Romans in Britain
  • The Druids: Witchcraft, prophesy and divination, archaeological evidence
  • The Celtic Warrior: Celtic warfare, arms and armor, warrior chieftains, resisting the Romans
  • The Post-Roman Celtic World: Barbarian invasions, Anglos and Saxons, Arthur of the Britons
  • The Renaissance of Celtic Art: The High Celtic Period, Celtic Christian art, Pictish symbol stones
  • The Coming of Christianity: St. Patrick, the Celtic church, illuminated manuscripts, the Book of Kells
  • Celtic Mythology: Irish Celtic myth/the Mabinogion, Arthurian myth
  • The Celtic Legacy: Celtic revival art, the Celtic fringe.


Historical Atlas of the Celtic World by Angus Konstam.
Checkmark Books, 2001, 2003 | 192 Pages | PDF | 61.7 MB |
In addition to the text, there are many illustrations and photos of Celtic art throughout the book.


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Category: Books & Magazines | Myths & Sagas | Religion & Early Cultures |


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