Download E-books A Cultural History of Tarot: From Entertainment to Esotericism PDF

By Helen Farley

The enigmatic and richly illustrative tarot deck unearths a number of odd and iconic mages, akin to The Tower, The Wheel of Fortune, The Hanged guy and The idiot: over which loom the terrifying figures of dying and The satan. The 21 numbered cards of tarot have continuously exerted powerful fascination, method past their unique function, and the a number of resonances of the deck are ubiquitous. From T. S. Eliot and his ""wicked pack of cards"" in ""The Waste Land"" to the psychic divination of Solitaire in Ian Fleming's ""Live and permit Die""; and from the satanic novels of Dennis Wheatley to the deck's adoption through New Age practitioners, the playing cards have nowa days develop into inseparably hooked up to the occult. they're now seen as arguably the major medium of prophesying and foretelling. but, because the writer exhibits, initially the tarot have been used as leisure cards by means of the Italian the Aristocracy within the Renaissance. It used to be basically a lot later, within the 18th and nineteenth centuries, that the deck grew to become linked to esotericism prior to evolving eventually right into a diagnostic instrument for brain, physique and spirit. this can be the 1st publication to discover the remarkably different ways that tarot has inspired tradition. Tracing the altering styles of the deck's use, from video game to mysterious oracular equipment, Helen Farley examines tarot's emergence in fifteenth century Milan and discusses its later institutions with astrology, kabbalah and the Age of Aquarius.

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Download E-books The Mystic Ark: Hugh of Saint Victor, Art, and Thought in the Twelfth Century PDF

During this booklet, Conrad Rudolph experiences and reconstructs Hugh of St. Victor's forty-two-page written paintings, The Mystic Ark, which describes the medieval portray of an analogous identify. In medieval written assets, artworks will not be usually observed, not to mention defined in any aspect. virtually thoroughly overlooked by way of artwork historians a result of massive trouble of its textual content, Hugh of Saint Victor's Mystic Ark (c. 1125-1130) is likely one of the most unique assets we now have for an figuring out of medieval inventive tradition. Depicting all time, all house, all topic, all human background, and all religious striving, this hugely polemical portray offers with a chain of cultural concerns the most important within the schooling of society's elite in the course of one of many nice classes of highbrow switch in Western historical past.

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Download E-books Boehme: An Intellectual Biography of the Seventeenth-Century Philosopher and Mystic PDF

By Andrew Weeks

This can be a biography of 1 of the main unique and one of many least understood seminal writers of the Baroque global, Jacob Boehme.
In a interval laid low with mysteries and controversies, Boehme s visionary mysticism spoke back to the vexing quandaries confronting his contemporaries. His matters integrated the apocalyptic non secular disputes of his day, the havoc wrought through the Thirty Years conflict in his quarter, the disintegration of the outdated heart eu order, the increase of latest cosmic types from avant-garde heliocentrism to imprecise esoteric theories, and his recreation to specific by way of codes and emblems a brand new experience of the human, divine, and usual realms."

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Download E-books Living Gnosis: A Practical Guide to Gnostic Christianity PDF

By Tau Malachi

Gnostic revival is growing to be within the usa and Europe as everyone is getting to know the paranormal roots in their personal Western culture. This easy-to-read, deeply non secular advent to Gnostic Christianity is helping newcomers down the Gnostic route to esoteric  insights and knowledge.

Focusing totally on Sophian Gnosticism, Tau Malachi explains the origins, teachings, and nature of this dwelling culture. Readers additionally follow Gnostic practices, equivalent to confirmation, confident proposal, and inventive visualization, in everyday life. greater than a pragmatic consultant, this article invitations everybody to embark on a religious quest towards Spirit-connection and self-realization when it comes to Gnostic knowledge.

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Download E-books The Way of Hermes: New Translations of The Corpus Hermeticum and The Definitions of Hermes Trismegistus to Asclepius PDF

Paperback variation of the hot translation of the esoteric masterpiece, together with the 1st English translation of The Definitions of Hermes Trismegistus to Asclepius

• A source for students and spiritual seekers alike

The Definitions of Hermes Trismegistus to Asclepius presents new insights into the particular workings of the gnostic non secular direction

The Corpus Hermeticum, a strong fusion of Greek and Egyptian idea, is likely one of the cornerstones of the Western esoteric culture. a suite of brief philosophical treatises, it was once written in Greek among the 1st and 3rd centuries C.E. and translated into Latin in the course of the Renaissance by means of the nice pupil and thinker Marsilio Ficino. those treatises have been principal to the religious paintings of airtight societies in past due old Alexandria (200-700 C.E.) and aimed to rouse gnosis, the direct consciousness of the solidarity of the person and the preferrred.

In addition to this new translation of The Corpus Hermeticum, which seeks to mirror the inspirational motive of the unique, The means of Hermes comprises the 1st English translation of the lately rediscovered manuscript of The Definitions of Hermes Trismegistus to Asclepius, a set of aphorisms utilized by the airtight scholar to reinforce the brain in the course of meditation. With the correct psychological orientation, a country of natural conception might be accomplished within which the real face of God seems to be. This record is of large price to the modern pupil of gnostic reviews for its insights into the particular workings of this religious course.

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Download E-books Awakening to the Dream: The Gift of Lucid Living PDF

For centuries, philosophers and theologians have meditated questions comparable to Who are we? and What is the self? Awakening to the Dream is a ebook approximately you and your real identity.

Awakening to the Dream is a really transparent, approachable review of the enigmatic philosophy of Advaita Vedanta, often referred to as non duality. basically, this can be a booklet approximately you. It issues to and from the resource of your real identification. The transparent for the reason that it refers to is neither advanced nor easy. it's not anything unique for highbrow or non secular elite, neither is it distant or hiding sooner or later. it's all inclusive, natural presence, nearer than your breath. it's the middle of hearts, your birthright and innermost self. this can be your invitation to recollect what used to be by no means rather forgotten.

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Download E-books Practical Kabbalah: A Guide to Jewish Wisdom for Everyday Life PDF

By Laibl Wolf

Kabbalah is an old Jewish knowledge that explains the legislation of non secular power. Up until eventually very lately the Kabbalah was once reserved for the elite, those that merely after years of scholarship and perform have been allowed to go into this mystical realm. notwithstanding, one does not have to dedicate one's existence to severe research to harvest the wealthy rewards of the Kabbalah. With only a uncomplicated figuring out of some key techniques, our lives might be enriched immensely. we will be able to then start to satisfy our inner most goals and achieve our most vital pursuits, turning into the folks we lengthy to become.
        
By studying to appreciate the Sefirot--the ten religious homes that circulate from the cosmic resource into our heart--we can hook up with the universe and profoundly rework our event of everyday life. for instance, Hessed, or "loving-kindness," represents the will to be beneficiant, whereas Gevurah is the will to concentration closely or withhold. those houses needs to be balanced to ensure that concord and healthiness to take place. Rabbi Laibl Wolf exhibits find out how to hold that stability and revel in a fit and efficient lifestyles through the use of uncomplicated meditation and inventive visualization innovations to understand the religious nature of our life.
        
Practical Kabbalah attracts upon historical knowledge yet deals a latest interpretation and easy-to-understand thoughts for delving deeper into our selves and our global and for reaping the bounteous presents that have been consistently intended for us.

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