Monday, 16. June 2008
Llewellyn Encyclopedia

The Llewellyn Encyclopedia is more than just a simple New Age dictionary. This Occult encyclopedia aims to be the most authoritative source for accurate and in-depth information on a wide variety of subjects like Kundalini, Chakras, Qabalah, Alchemy, Astral Projection, astrology, Divination, Numerology, Gematria, and witchcraft.

Whether you are new to the investigation of the mysteries of the mind and the universe, or have followed spiritual practices for years, you will find the Llewellyn Encyclopedia to be the most authoritative source for accurate and in-depth information on a wide variety of subjects.

Llewellyn Encyclopedia

Category: Lexica & Overviews |

Friday, 02. May 2008
The Catholic Encyclopedia

The Catholic Encyclopedia, also referred to today as the Old Catholic Encyclopedia, is an English-language encyclopedia published by The Encyclopedia Press. The first volume appeared in March 1907 and it was completed in April 1914.


The Catholic Encyclopedia, as its name implies, proposes to give its readers full and authoritative information on the entire cycle ofCatholic interests, action and doctrine. What the Church teaches and has taught; what she has done and is still doing for the highest welfare of mankind; her methods, past and present; her struggles, her triumphs, and the achievements of her members, not only for her own immediate benefit, but for the broadening and deepening of all truescience, literature and art -- all come within the scope of the Catholic Encyclopedia. It differs from the general encyclopedia in omitting facts and information which have no relation to the Church. On the other hand, it is not exclusively a church encyclopedia, nor is it limited to the ecclesiastical sciences and the doings of churchmen. It records all that Catholics have done, not only in behalf of charity and morals, but also for the intellectual and artistic development of mankind. It chronicles what Catholic artists, educators, poets, scientists and men of action have achieved in their several provinces.

The Original Catholic Encyclopedia - Over 11000 articles, plus full-scale page scans, Map Gallery (color images) and Art Gallery (including full-page color plates, photos, illustrations, etc.).

See also:
The Catholic Encyclopedia on New Advent.
The easy-to-search version on Catholicity.
Category: Lexica & Overviews | Religion & Early Cultures |

Saturday, 15. March 2008
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.


This fifth edition of the Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology (EOP) continues the tradition established by its predecessors in providing the most comprehensive coverage of the fields of occultism and parapsychology.

The first edition, published in 1978, brought together the texts of two of the standard reference works in the field, Lewis Spence’s Encyclopedia of Occultism (1920) and Nandor Fodor’s Encyclopedia of Psychic Science (1934). Later, editor Leslie Shepard took on the task of updating their observations and supplementing the volume with new entries.


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
Category: Books & Magazines | Lexica & Overviews | Para & PSI |

Saturday, 05. January 2008
Dictionary of Occult, Hermetic and Alchemical Sigils


Alchemical, astrological, and medical-chemical (chemiatric) texts are notoriously difficult and often made completely inaccessible through interlarding with "occult" ciphers. These are "sigils" that are neither abbreviations nor hieroglyphic symbols, but belong to a category of their own. They were probably meant to exclude the profane reader or else to place on record an imagined discovery or new recipe for transmutation without giving the secret away. Some of the sigils are consistent and what they stand for has been known for a long time in a well-established tradition. However, there are innumerable variants and problems of deciphering that remain.

A historical and graphical basis of the sigils can be found in various archetypal alphabets, notably those related to ancient Hebrew scripts and the extant "secret" alphabets that are derived from them.

It falls into two main parts, first the Lexicon proper with its 1500 subject-entries and pictographs in alphabetical order, and second an index of sigils for their identification by counting strokes (1-5) and recognizing curvings and additional circles. (from the review by Walter Pagel)

Dictionary of Occult, Hermetic and Alchemical Sigils by Fred Gettings.
Viking Pr, 1981 | 410 pages | PDF | 29,7 MB
Category: Books & Magazines | Lexica & Overviews | Symbols & Geometry |

Saturday, 01. December 2007
World Religions Reference Library

This five-volume set (and an included, separately bound index) offers accessible information on a broad scope of topics.

Two volumes are devoted to biographies, two contain an almanac, and one volume contains primary sources. The cumulative index for the set is contained within a paperbound pamphlet. The almanac consists of chapters summarizing the history, traditions, and world views of 16 religions both ancient and modern as well as an introductory essay on what religion is, and a chapter on agnoticism and atheism. Each of these volumes is indexed and a glossary is provided. Books, periodicals, and web sites are identified as sources of further information; there is no cross-referencing.

Biographies of 50 men and women are contained in two volumes, ranging from figures in ancient Egypt (Akhenaten) to current figures (Thich Nhat Hahn, Desmond Tutu). The volume on primary sources contains 18 excerpts from a broad variety of sacred texts, each of them accompanied by thorough explanatory material, including an introduction, study questions, additional facts, and definitions of terms in the text's margin. The texts are grouped according to theme, whether creation stories, characteristics of the divine, or religion as a guide to living.

Details see after the jump.

World Religions Reference Library - All 5 Volumes + Index
U·X·L Thomson Gale 2007 edition | PDF | 98.5 MB | 1002 Pages
Highly Recommended!
Might take a while to load, but it's worth the wait ...

The Full Reference Library is also available for download in separate parts:
World Religions RL. Vol. 1. Almanac (22 MB)
World Religions RL. Vol. 2. Almanac (22 MB)
World Religions RL. Vol. 3. Biographies (22 MB)
World Religions RL. Vol. 4. Biographies (18 MB)
World Religions RL. Vol. 5. Primary Sources (13 MB)
World Religions RL. Vol. 6. Cumulative Index (1 MB)


Category: Books & Magazines | Lexica & Overviews | Religion & Early Cultures |

Saturday, 27. October 2007
Encyclopedia of Buddhism


Providing a comprehensive overview of one of Asia's most important religious and social forces, the Encyclopedia of Buddhism describes the Buddhist world view, basic teachings and practices of Buddhism, as well as its different schools and sects. In addition to containing entries on Buddhist scriptures, art, architecture, saints, demons, monastic orders, festivals, rites and ceremonies, this book explores the history of Buddhism, the different forms it has taken in different parts of the world, and how Buddhism has blended with other religions like Shinto, Confucianism, Daoism and Christianity.

The nearly 500 entries are alphabetically arranged, signed by their authors, and conclude with see references and supplemental bibliographies. Article length ranges from 50 to 4,000 words. There are illustrations throughout, including three maps on the diffusion of Buddhism in Asia. The set ends with several time lines of Buddhist history and a good index.

Encyclopedia of Buddhism by Robert E. Buswell
MacMillan Reference Books, 2003 | 1000 pages | PDF | 31 MB

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Category: Books & Magazines | Lexica & Overviews | Religion & Early Cultures |

Friday, 23. February 2007
Internet Encyclopedias of Philosophy

Three of my all-time favorite philosophers:


The philosopher Socrates remains, as he was in his lifetime, an enigma, an inscrutable individual who, despite having written nothing, is considered one of the handful of philosophers who forever changed how philosophy itself was to be conceived.

All our information about him is second-hand and most of it vigorously disputed, but his trial and death at the hands of the Athenian democracy is nevertheless the founding myth of the academic discipline of philosophy, and his influence has been felt far beyond philosophy itself, and in every age.

Socrates (469𤭿 B.C.E.)

Plato is one of the world's best known and most widely read and studied philosophers. Known as the student of Socrates and the teacher of Aristotle, he wrote in the middle of the fourth century B.C.E.

His earliest works are regarded as the most reliable of the ancient sources on Socrates. His later works, including his most famous work, the Republic, blend ethics, political philosophy, moral psychology, epistemology, and metaphysics into an interconnected and systematic philosophy.

Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.E)



Aristotle was born at Stagirus, a Greek colony and seaport on the coast of Thrace. His father Nichomachus was court physician to King Amyntas of Macedonia, and from this began Aristotle's long association with the Macedonian Court, which considerably influenced his life. While he was still a boy his father died. At age 17 his guardian, Proxenus, sent him to Athens, the intellectual center of the world, to complete his education. He joined the Academy and studied under Plato, attending his lectures for a period of twenty years.

Aristotle (384-322 B.C.E)

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
While of high quality, the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (IEP) is in general more accessible and introductory than the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP). With interaction both are great.
Category: Lexica & Overviews | Philosophy & Metaphysic |

Saturday, 23. September 2006
Alchemy Electronic Dictionary

To find out the meaning of a word or a symbol in the world of Alchemy:

Alchemy Electronic Dictionary


Category: Lexica & Overviews | Mystics & Alchemy |

Saturday, 06. May 2006
The Thain’s Book

Artist unknown - Click the picture for a larger view

For example: Gandalf

Gandalf was one of the Order of Wizards sent to Middle-earth to oppose Sauron. During his 2,000 years in Middle-earth, Gandalf came to understand and love the land and its peoples, particularly Hobbits. Gandalf worked ceaselessly to counter Sauron's plans to dominate Middle-earth, and he set in motion a chain of events that ultimately resulted in the Dark Lord's downfall.

Gandalf was one of the Maiar, spirits who helped and served the Valar. When he lived in the Undying Lands he was known as Olorin, and he was the wisest of the Maiar.

He sometimes walked among the Elves unseen or as one of them and shared wisdom and fair visions with them.

For much of the time, Olorin dwelled in Lorien, the gardens of the Vala Irmo for which the woods of Lothlorien in Middle-earth were named. Olorin also frequently visited Nienna in her home in the far west near the walls of the world. It was said that Olorin learned pity and patience from Nienna. But Olorin seems to have been most closely associated with the Valar Manwe and Varda, and it was they who sent Olorin to Middle-earth around the year 1000 of the Third Age.

The Maiar who were sent by the Valar to Middle-earth were given the bodies of old men and were known as Istari, or Wizards. Their mission was to help the free peoples of Middle-earth oppose Sauron without seeking domination or power for themselves. Olorin was the last of the five Wizards to arrive at the Grey Havens in northwestern Middle-earth. There Cirdan the Shipwright gave him Narya, one of the Three Rings of the Elves, saying:

"Take this ring, Master, for your labours will be heavy; but it will support you in the weariness that you have taken upon yourself. For this is the Ring of Fire, and with it you may rekindle hearts in a world that grows chill. But as for me, my heart is with the Sea, and I will dwell by the grey shores until the last ship sails. I will await you."
Appendix B:
"The Tale of Years," p. 366

The Thain's Book - an encyclopedia of the people, places, creatures, things, and events in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.

© Douglas Carell - Click the picture for a larger view

Artist unknown - Click the picture for a larger view

Entries include descriptions, histories, important dates, genealogies, etymologies, illustrations, sources and cross-references. (English)
Category: Fantasy & Utopia | Lexica & Overviews |

Thursday, 23. February 2006
Internet Encyclopedia of Religion


The Internet Encyclopedia of Religion, a collection of hundreds of definitions and illustrated encyclopedia articles on religion, spirituality, philosophy, and other supernatural terms and concepts. Here you can find informative, balanced, introductions to religions old and new, sacred places, religious concepts, historical events, doctrines, religious rituals and practices, philosophers, religious leaders, paranormal phenomenon, gods and goddesses, and much more.
The Internet Encyclopedia of Religion has been developed with two main goals in mind: convenience and reliability.

It is convenient because numerous sources have been compiled into one place under each alphabetical entry, all on a single site - no need to check a bunch of books or slog through search results to get a comprehensive, well-rounded idea of the concept.

A - Z: Internet Encyclopedia of Religion. (English)
You can also browse the Subject Index.

Another one:
We have not taken up religion "in itself." Neither the great religious founders nor subsequent generations of theologians are to be found here. When an exception is made to this rule, it is because of a unique encounter with the social sciences, as in the case of Paul Tillich or Gayraud Wilmore. There are certainly great encyclopedias of both philosophy and theology for those who wish to pursue these lines. .


The index to this volume will provide the names of those figures in both philosophy and theology of whose work the social scientific study of religion has taken account.

Encyclopedia of Religion and Society. (English)
This one is less than the one above.
Category: Lexica & Overviews | Religion & Early Cultures |

Sunday, 06. November 2005
A Modern Herbal

A Modern Herbal, first published in 1931, by Mrs. M. Grieve, contains Medicinal, Culinary, Cosmetic and Economic Properties, Cultivation and Folk-Lore of Herbs.
Plant & Herb: Index More than 800 varieties of herbs & plants.
Index of Recipes: A listing of 29 plants that include recipes.
Index of Poisons: A listing of 44 plants that are listed as poisonous.

Regarding cultivation - Keep in mind that this was written in England, with a climate similar to the Pacific Northwest in America.

For Medicinal Use - Bear in mind it was written with the conventional wisdom of the early 1900's. This should be taken into account as some of the information may now be considered inaccurate, or not in accordance with modern medicine.

"A Modern Herbal" continues to be one of the most popular resources for herbal information. The advise is both timely and historical. A great read. (English)


Check also Trees from "A Modern Herbal" by Mrs. M. Grieve, Edited by Mrs. C.F. Leyel. (English)

This is a growing reference that includes plant images, pictures of affected animals and presentations concerning the botany, chemistry, toxicology, diagnosis and prevention of poisoning of animals by plants and other natural flora.

Poisonous Plants Home Page by Cornell University. (English)
Category: Herbs & Kitchen | Lexica & Overviews |

Friday, 28. October 2005
Patron Saints Index - Heiligenlexikon


Who's the patron of your state (political or spiritual)? Condition (physical or spiritual)? Vocation (monetary or spiritual)? Maybe you can find out here.
This site has information on topics with patron saints, and profiles of those saints. Profiles have portraits, biographical information, areas of patronage, prayers, links to related sites, readings, etc. It's heavily cross-indexed, and there are several ways to access the information, none of which require frames, image maps, applets, or scripts. It's not complete - I keep finding new topics, there are thousands of saints not yet listed, and there's lots of information to add, so the site will continue to grow and change.

Patron Saints Index (English)

Heilige nach heutigem Sprachgebrauch überspringen die Mauern der Konfessionen. Als Heilige werden Franziskus von Assisi, Mutter Teresa, Martin Luther King, Dietrich Bonhoeffer oder Mahatma Gandhi in einem Atemzug genannt.

Unser umfangreiches Lexikon enthält die Lebensgeschichten und Legenden von über 3.500 Frauen und Männern: von Heiligen, Seligen und wichtigen Persönlichkeiten
• der katholischen Kirche,
• der orthodoxen Kirchen,
• aus den protestantischen Kirchen,
• und aus der anglikanischen Kirche.

Dazu gibt es Landkarten zur Orientierung, viele Abbildungen zur Illustration und viele links zu weiteren interessanten Seiten im Internet

Das Ökumenische Heiligenlexikon (German)


Category: Lexica & Overviews | Religion & Early Cultures |

Monday, 24. October 2005
Alternative Health Dictionary, A-Z

This work is a dictionary in the sense that it features a list of expressions that pertain to a particular subject and describes their referents briefly. It concerns alternative medicine in the broadest senses of the expression "alternative medicine" and its synonyms (which number more than 30). More specifically, this work concerns particular methods of alternative medicine, including self-contained methods, component methods, groups of methods, systems, and substyles. It is reasonably describable as concerning both alt-med methods and close relatives of alternative medicine.


Alternative Health Dictionary - With an emphasis on theories, it succinctly describes well over 1,300 health-related methods - ranging alphabetically from abhyanga to Zulu Sangoma bones - that are medically non-mainstream in the Western Hemisphere. (English)
Category: Body & Health | Lexica & Overviews |

Saturday, 06. August 2005
Paranormality - The A to Z Index

The Internet's premier A to Z guide and reference source for anyone interested in unusual, strange, unexplained, paranormal and supernatural phenomena. The site contains over 350 strange and unusual topics, ranging from: acupuncture to zenner cards.

Paranormality - the A to Z index of Paranormal, Supernatural and Unusual Phenomena.


Category: Lexica & Overviews | Para & PSI |

Monday, 13. June 2005
Das Lexikon der Astrologie

Viele Fachausdrücke sind für den Laien kaum verständlich. Um Ihnen die faszinierende Welt der Astrologie zugänglich zu machen, sind hier die wichtigsten astrologischen Fachbegriffe von A - Z aufgelistet.

Das Lexikon der Astrologie vom AstrologieService Regina Binder.
(German only)


Nicht nur das Lexikon, auch die Artikel im linken Bereich sind inhaltlich sehr gut. Der Webmaster allerdings lässt sehr zu wünschen übrig, denn man kann nur von der Haupseite aus navigieren. Alle untergeordneten Links funktionieren nicht. Also den "zurück"-Button benutzen.

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Category: Astrology & Astronomy | Lexica & Overviews |

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