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Saturday, 12. April 2008
The Gale Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained
'The Gale Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained' consists of fourteen broad-subject chapters covering a wide range of high-interest topics: Afterlife Mysteries; Mediums and Mystics; Religious Phenomena; Mystery Religions and Cults; Secret Societies; Magic and Sorcery; Prophecy and Divination; Objects of Mystery and Power; Places of Mystery and Power; Ghosts and Phantoms; Mysterious Creatures; Mysteries of the Mind; Superstitions, Strange Customs, Taboos, and Urban Legends; and Invaders from Outer Space.
Each chapter begins with an Overview that summarizes the chapter’s concept in a few brief sentences. Then the Chapter Exploration provides a complete outline of the chapter.
The Gale Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained Vol 1
Gale Cengage, 2003 | 377 pages | PDF | 7.1 MB
The Gale Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained Vol 2
Gale Cengage, 2003 | 335 pages | PDF | 9.2 MB
The Gale Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained Vol 3
Gale Cengage, 2003 | 357 pages | PDF | 7.2 MB
by Brad Steiger and Sherry Hansen Steiger.
The Dictionary of Dreams: 10 000 Dreams Interpreted
What does it mean to dream of running, playing an accordian, catching frogs, riding a stallion, eating honey, dying; or to see an eagle, apples, a tunnel, a shoemaker, or a field of growing wheat in your dreams?
The Dictionary of Dreams: 10 000 Dreams Interpreted
by Gustavus Hindman Miller.
Fireside; 1st Fireside Ed edition, 1985 | 592 pages | PDF | 1.4MB
Also online at Project Gutenberg.
Saturday, 05. April 2008
Nostradamus: The Complete Prophecies
The Complete Prophecies by Michel Nostradamus.
Year 1555 | 197 pages | PDF | 1.3 MB
Complete text in French and several English translations of the prophecies of Nostradamus, cross-linked and collated: The Prophecies of Nostradamus.
Tuesday, 01. April 2008
Ian Ridpath’s Star Tales - Constellation Mythology
Corvus and Crater
These two adjacent constellations are linked in a moral tale that goes back at least to the time of Eratosthenes.
But in a famous legend from Attica (the area around Athens), recounted by the mythographer Hyginus, the constellation represents Maera, dog of Icarius, the man whom the god Dionysus first taught to make wine.
Ian Ridpath's Star Tales - Constellation Mythology
Full version - great book - great illustrations!
Saturday, 29. March 2008
Ayurvedic Astrology: Self-Healing Through the Stars
This is probably the first book available that jointly examines both Ayurveda and Vedic astrology in detail for the modern reader.
Ayurvedic Astrology: Self-Healing Through the Stars by Dr. David Frawley
Lotus Press, 2005 | 268 pages | PDF | 13.9 MB
Vamadeva Shastri in his latest book, "Ayurvedic Astrology," unlocks ancient astrological understandings of the human body's inherent weaknesses based on positions of die planets and stars at birth. In so doing, he guides us to avert sickness by applying detailed traditional Vedic remedial measures and then helps us understand the karma behind illnesses when they do manifest. Here, for the first time in a single book, two of India's remarkable gifts to mankind—Vedic knowledge of healing and Jyotish—are interwoven in a tapestry of wellness, providing invaluable tools for professional astrologers, ayurvedic practitioners and novices of both sciences.
-- Acharya Ceyonswami, Hinduism Today
The Devil’s Dictionary
The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce, is a satirical book published in 1911. It offers reinterpretations of terms in the English language which lampoon cant and political double-talk. Fun to read as well as thought-provoking. Just because the dictionary is 90 years old doesn't make it any less apropos for modern readers.
First published as The Cynic's Word Book (1906) and later reissued under its preferred name in 1911, Bierce's notorious collection of barbed definitions forcibly contradicts Samuel Johnson's earlier definition of a lexicographer as a harmless drudge. There was nothing harmless about Ambrose Bierce, and the words he shaped into verbal pitchforks a century ago--with or without the devil's help--can still draw blood today.
The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce
Oxford University Press, 1999 | 179 pages | PDF | 1.08 MB
Saturday, 22. March 2008
Draw Your Own Celtic Designs
This is not just an exciting step by step guide to drawing Celtic designs! Starting with an illustrated introduction to the Celts, this book has also some wonderful photographs of carvings, illustrated manuscripts, etc., and fascinating text by David James of the history of the Celts and their art.
Beautiful to look at, and exquisitely executed in themselves, each artwork has been carefully constructed so that readers can follow its build up from start to finish with no possibility of error. The chapter on Celtic lettering contains a specially commissioned double-page artwork of the Celtic alphabet for readers to copy, and is followed by instructions on how to embellish each of the letter forms in Celtic styles.
Draw Your Own Celtic Designs by David James and Vitor Gonzalez.
David & Charles Publishers, 2003 | 128 pages | PDF | 19 MB
Related Entry: The Celts
Tuesday, 18. March 2008
Patanjali, the patron saint of yoga, said that mastery combines a balance of science and art. Knowledge of science is like the colors on an artist’s pallet – the greater the knowledge, the more colors available. The body is the canvas and the asanas are the art we create.
Check out the sample chapter in pdf format.
Saturday, 15. March 2008
How To Read Your Astrological Chart
If you have been practicing for a year and don't feel comfortable reading an actual horoscope, then this is the book you need!
The more we learn and the more astrological factors we know about, the more complex it can become to read a chart. Cunningham takes us back to the basics in a way that brings new richness to every chart you will read.
How To Read Your Astrological Chart: Aspects of the Cosmic Puzzle
by Donna Cunningham
Weiser Books, 1999 | 203 pages | PDF | 1.3 MB
Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology
A wealth of knowledge!
'Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology' by Spence Lewis is a compendium of information on the Occult Sciences, Magic, Demonology, Superstitions, Spiritism, Mysticism, Metaphysics, Psychical Science, and Parapsychology, with Biographical and Bibliographical Notes and Comprehensive Indexes. Edited by J. Gordon Melton.
Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology - VOL 1: A-L
Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology - VOL 2: M-Z
Gale Group, 5th edition, 2001 | 954 + 989 pages | PDF | 8.5+ 8.8 MB
Saturday, 08. March 2008
Maximize Your Brainpower
Maximize Your Brainpower: 1000 New Ways To Boost Your Mental Fitness
by Philip Carter and Ken Russell.
Wiley, 2002 | 240 pages | PDF | 6.6 MB
Ashtanga Yoga As Taught
Ashtanga Yoga is an ancient system of Yoga that was taught by Vamana Rishi in the Yoga Korunta. This text was imparted to Sri T. Krishnamacharya in the early 1900's by his Guru Rama Mohan Brahmachari, and was later passed down to Pattabhi Jois during the duration of his studies with Krishnamacharya, beginning in 1927.
How To Use This Manual:
Most of all, have fun! Enjoy the process of building your yoga practice and bringing peace into your life and those around you.
Ashtanga Yoga As Taught by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois by Larry Schultz.
Nauli Press, 2000 | 84 pages | PDF | 5.2 MB
To learn more about the method of Ashtanga yoga visit Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Website
Saturday, 01. March 2008
Feng Shui and Money
Eric Shaffert has a sense of humor and easy reading style, so it is not too overwhelming and you can make adjustments in small and joyful ways.
This book takes you through a comprehensive journey with insightful exercises and rituals - ones that are more feng shui oriented and ones that are more "self help" oriented.
Finally, readers will find a nine-week action plan that shows how to translate these feng shui principles into an individual, achievable program of financial and spiritual renewal. Written by an experienced psychotherapist and feng shui consultant, this pragmatic yet sensitive book offers a refreshing, lively blend of Asian spirituality and Western psychological insight.
Feng Shui and Money: A Nine-Week Program for Creating Wealth Using Ancient Principles and Techniques by Eric Shaffert.
Allworth Press, 2002 | PDF | 244 Pages | 8.4 MB
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga: A Practical Guide to Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit by Deepak Chopra and David Simon.
Wiley, 2005 | PDF | 224pages | 2.5 MB
Saturday, 23. February 2008
Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment
Chopra is best known for his spiritual how-to books. Here, he turns to fiction, writing about the life of Prince Siddhartha, who became the Buddha.
Chopra's "Practical Guide to Buddhism" at the end were instructional stepping off points, a guide with commentary and teachings on core Buddhist principles. Written so they make sense to the western mind.
A refreshing novel, and an inspiring read!
Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment by Deepak Chopra.
HarperOne, 2007 | PDF | 288 pages | 2.1 MB