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Pagan Portals-Hedge Witchcraft (Paperback): Harmonia Saille Pagan Portals-Hedge Witchcraft (Paperback)
Harmonia Saille
R201 Discovery Miles 2 010 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book will guide you if you wish to read more about hedge witchcraft as a pathway, or are already following such a path and wish to progress. It only has a little about hedge riding as this book has too small a scope to include it. Please read the accompanying book in the Pagan Portal series, Hedge Riding.

In the Company of Demons - Unnatural Beings, Love, and Identity in the Italian Renaissance (Paperback): Armando Maggi In the Company of Demons - Unnatural Beings, Love, and Identity in the Italian Renaissance (Paperback)
Armando Maggi
R770 Discovery Miles 7 700 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Who are the familiar spirits of classical culture and what is their relationship to Christian demons? In its interpretation of Latin and Greek culture, Christianity contends that Satan is behind all classical deities, semi-gods, and spiritual creatures, including the gods of the household, the lares and penates." "But with "In the Company of Demons," the world's leading demonologist Armando Maggi argues that the great thinkers of the Italian Renaissance had a more nuanced and perhaps less sinister interpretation of these creatures or spiritual bodies.
Maggi leads us straight to the heart of what Italian Renaissance culture thought familiar spirits were. Through close readings of Giovan Francesco Pico della Mirandola, Strozzi Cigogna, Pompeo della Barba, Ludovico Sinistrari, and others, we find that these spirits or demons speak through their sudden and striking appearances--their very bodies seen as metaphors to be interpreted. The form of the body, Maggi explains, relies on the spirits' knowledge of their human interlocutors' pasts. But their core trait is compassion, and sometimes their odd, eerie arrivals are seen as harbingers or warnings to protect us. It comes as no surprise then that when spiritual beings distort the natural world to communicate, it is vital that we begin to listen.

Magic - A History of Its Rites, Rituals and Mysteries (Paperback): Eliphas Levi Magic - A History of Its Rites, Rituals and Mysteries (Paperback)
Eliphas Levi
R386 R317 Discovery Miles 3 170 Save R69 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A great work of literature as well as a pioneering classic of occultism, this 1860 survey traces the roots and manifestations of magic through the ages. Subjects include the mathematical magic of Pythagoras, magical monuments, magic and Christianity, the devil, the Knights Templar, alchemy, the illuminati, hallucinations, and much more.

Mojo Workin' - The Old African American Hoodoo System (Paperback): Katrina Hazzard-Donald Mojo Workin' - The Old African American Hoodoo System (Paperback)
Katrina Hazzard-Donald
R664 R562 Discovery Miles 5 620 Save R102 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this book, Katrina Hazzard-Donald explores African Americans' experience and practice of the herbal, healing folk belief tradition known as Hoodoo. Working against conventional scholarship, Hazzard-Donald argues that Hoodoo emerged first in three distinct regions she calls "regional Hoodoo clusters" and that after the turn of the nineteenth century, Hoodoo took on a national rather than regional profile. The first interdisciplinary examination to incorporate a full glossary of Hoodoo culture, Mojo Workin': The Old African American Hoodoo System lays out the movement of Hoodoo against a series of watershed changes in the American cultural landscape. Throughout, Hazzard-Donald distinguishes between "Old tradition Black Belt Hoodoo" and commercially marketed forms that have been controlled, modified, and often fabricated by outsiders; this study focuses on the hidden system operating almost exclusively among African Americans in the Black spiritual underground.

Physics and Psychics - The Occult and the Sciences in Modern Britain (Hardcover): Richard Noakes Physics and Psychics - The Occult and the Sciences in Modern Britain (Hardcover)
Richard Noakes
R2,434 Discovery Miles 24 340 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is the first systematic exploration of the intriguing connections between Victorian physical sciences and the study of the controversial phenomena broadly classified as psychic, occult and paranormal. These phenomena included animal magnetism, spirit-rapping, telekinesis and telepathy. Richard Noakes shows that psychic phenomena interested far more Victorian scientists than we have previously assumed, challenging the view of these scientists as individuals clinging rigidly to a materialistic worldview. Physicists, chemists and other physical scientists studied psychic phenomena for a host of scientific, philosophical, religious and emotional reasons, and many saw such investigations as exciting new extensions to their theoretical and experimental researches. While these attempted extensions were largely unsuccessful, they laid the foundations of modern day explorations of the connections between physics and psychic phenomena. This revelatory study challenges our view of the history of physics, and deepens our understanding of the relationships between science and the occult, and science and religion.

Witchcraze (Paperback, New edition): Anne Llewellyn Barstow Witchcraze (Paperback, New edition)
Anne Llewellyn Barstow
R374 R312 Discovery Miles 3 120 Save R62 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"In the sixteenth century, a rise in sexual violence in European society was exacerbated by pressure from church and state to change basic sexual customs...As the centuries since have shown escalating levels both of violence, general and sexual, and of state control, the witchcraze can be considered a portent, even a model, of some aspects of what modern Europe would be like."

Over three centuries, approximately one hundred thousand persons, most of whom were women, were put to death under the guise of "witch hunts", particularly in Reformation Europe. The shocking annihilation of women from all walks of life is explored in this brilliant, authoritative feminist history Anne Llwellyn Barstow. Barstow exposes an unrecognized holocaust -- the "ethnic cleansing" of independent women in Reformation Europe -- and examines the residual attitudes that continue to influence our culture.

Barstow argues that it is only with eyes sensitive to gender issues that we can discern what really happened in the persecution and murder of these women. Her sweeping chronicle examines the scapegoating of women from the ills of society, investigates how their subjugation to sexual violence and death sent a message of control to all women, and compares this persecution of women with the enslavement and slaughter of African slaves and Native Americans.

Ultimately Barstow traces the current backlash against women to its gynophobic torture-filled origins. In the process, she leaves an indelible mark on our growing understanding of the legacy of violence against women around the world.

The Orphic Hymns - A New Translation for the Occult Practitioner (Hardcover): Patrick Dunn The Orphic Hymns - A New Translation for the Occult Practitioner (Hardcover)
Patrick Dunn
R894 R606 Discovery Miles 6 060 Save R288 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Orphic hymns are fascinating historical artifacts 87 devotions, invocations, and entreaties to the Greek gods that are as powerful today as they were when they were originally developed thousands of years ago. Designed to be used in contemporary spiritual practice and spellcrafting, this premium hardcover edition features spectacular new English translations by Patrick Dunn along with the original Greek on facing pages. These translations are complete, accurate, and poetic perfect for integrating into rituals and magical workings for every conceivable purpose, from protection to prosperity and everything in between. Written by a poet and occultist specifically for contemporary practitioners of magic, this must-have book also includes detailed notes to help you understand esoteric passages as well as suggestions for incense selection and the practical use of the hymns.

Alchemical Active Imagination (Paperback, Reissued Rev. Ed): Marie-Louise Franz Alchemical Active Imagination (Paperback, Reissued Rev. Ed)
Marie-Louise Franz
R425 R340 Discovery Miles 3 400 Save R85 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The medieval alchemists were as interested in the discipline of psychological and spiritual transformation as they were in the transmutation of lead into gold. In fact, Jung's study of alchemical texts uncovered a symbolic language that expressed many of his own insights into psychological processes. Here, von Franz examines texts by the 16th-century alchemist Gerhard Dorn, to show the relationship between alchemy and analytical psychology.

Satanic Rituals (Paperback): Anton Szandor LaVey Satanic Rituals (Paperback)
Anton Szandor LaVey 1
R220 R154 Discovery Miles 1 540 Save R66 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Book of Shadows & Magic Coloring Book - An Enchanted Witch's Fantasy Coloring Activity Book with Intricate Mandala... Book of Shadows & Magic Coloring Book - An Enchanted Witch's Fantasy Coloring Activity Book with Intricate Mandala Designs, Crystals, Spells, Mythical Creatures, Pentacle, Unicorn and Zodiac Coloring Pages to Relieve Stress and Relax (Large print, Paperback, Large type / large print edition)
Luna Greyson
R251 Discovery Miles 2 510 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Alchemy Tried in the Fire - Starkey, Boyle, and the Fate of Helmontian Chymistry (Paperback): William R. Newman, Lawrence M.... Alchemy Tried in the Fire - Starkey, Boyle, and the Fate of Helmontian Chymistry (Paperback)
William R. Newman, Lawrence M. Principe
R829 Discovery Miles 8 290 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What actually took place in the private laboratory of a mid-seventeenth century alchemist? How did he direct his quest after the secrets of Nature? What instruments and theoretical principles did he employ?
Using, as their guide, the previously misunderstood interactions between Robert Boyle, widely known as "the father of chemistry," and George Starkey, an alchemist and the most prominent American scientific writer before Benjamin Franklin as their guide, Newman and Principe reveal the hitherto hidden laboratory operations of a famous alchemist and argue that many of the principles and practices characteristic of modern chemistry derive from alchemy. By analyzing Starkey's extraordinary laboratory notebooks, the authors show how this American "chymist" translated the wildly figurative writings of traditional alchemy into quantitative, carefully reasoned laboratory practice--and then encoded his own work in allegorical, secretive treatises under the name of Eirenaeus Philalethes. The intriguing "mystic" Joan Baptista Van Helmont--a favorite of Starkey, Boyle, and even of Lavoisier--emerges from this study as a surprisingly central figure in seventeenth-century "chymistry." A common emphasis on quantification, material production, and analysis/synthesis, the authors argue, illustrates a continuity of goals and practices from late medieval alchemy down to and beyond the Chemical Revolution.
For anyone who wants to understand how alchemy was actually practiced during the Scientific Revolution and what it contributed to the development of modern chemistry, "Alchemy Tried in the Fire" will be a veritable philosopher's stone.

Wicca Crystal Magic - A Beginner's Guide To Practicing Wiccan Crystal Magic, With Simple Crystal Spells (Paperback): Diane... Wicca Crystal Magic - A Beginner's Guide To Practicing Wiccan Crystal Magic, With Simple Crystal Spells (Paperback)
Diane J Lockhart
R370 Discovery Miles 3 700 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Wicca Book of Herbal Spells - A Beginner's Book of Shadows for Wiccans, Witches, and Other Practitioners of Herbal Magic... Wicca Book of Herbal Spells - A Beginner's Book of Shadows for Wiccans, Witches, and Other Practitioners of Herbal Magic (Paperback)
Lisa Chamberlain
R170 Discovery Miles 1 700 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Black Magic and Bogeymen - Fear, Rumour and Popular Belief in the North of Ireland 1972-74 (Hardcover): Richard Jenkins Black Magic and Bogeymen - Fear, Rumour and Popular Belief in the North of Ireland 1972-74 (Hardcover)
Richard Jenkins
R972 R810 Discovery Miles 8 100 Save R162 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is an analysis of a popular scare about black magic and Satanism in the North of Ireland between 1972 and 1974. The book gives an insight into a particularly grim period during the early 1970s in Northern Ireland, using an extremely unusual episode - the black magic rumours - as a privileged window onto a world that may now be behind us, but which continues to fascinate many readers. The book provides a fascinating insight into some of the problems and procedures of social history. The author demonstrates that phenomena like the black magic rumours cannot be understood without taking a multidisciplinary approach, taking in perspectives and comparative evidence from anthropology, sociology, folklore and media studies.

Lemegeton: The Complete Books I-V (Paperback): Victor Shaw Lemegeton: The Complete Books I-V (Paperback)
Victor Shaw
R495 Discovery Miles 4 950 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Book of Shadows for Coloring - Wicca Journey into Wheel of the year, Gods, Herbs, Incenses, Zodiac, and Oils (Paperback):... Book of Shadows for Coloring - Wicca Journey into Wheel of the year, Gods, Herbs, Incenses, Zodiac, and Oils (Paperback)
Aleena Alastair
R404 Discovery Miles 4 040 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Wicca Essential Oils Magic - A Beginner's Guide to Working with Magical Oils, with Simple Recipes and Spells (Paperback):... Wicca Essential Oils Magic - A Beginner's Guide to Working with Magical Oils, with Simple Recipes and Spells (Paperback)
Lisa Chamberlain
R167 Discovery Miles 1 670 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Grimoires - A History of Magic Books (Paperback): Owen Davies Grimoires - A History of Magic Books (Paperback)
Owen Davies
R542 R423 Discovery Miles 4 230 Save R119 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What is a grimoire? The word has a familiar ring to many people, particularly as a consequence of such popular television dramas as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Charmed. But few people are sure exactly what it means. Put simply, grimoires are books of spells that were first recorded in the Ancient Middle East and which have developed and spread across much of the Western Hemisphere and beyond over the ensuing millennia. At their most benign, they contain charms and remedies for natural and supernatural ailments and advice on contacting spirits to help find treasures and protect from evil. But at their most sinister they provide instructions on how to manipulate people for corrupt purposes and, worst of all, to call up and make a pact with the Devil. Both types have proven remarkably resilient and adaptable and retain much of their relevance and fascination to this day. But the grimoire represents much more than just magic. To understand the history of grimoires is to understand the spread of Christianity, the development of early science, the cultural influence of the print revolution, the growth of literacy, the impact of colonialism, and the expansion of western cultures across the oceans. As this book richly demonstrates, the history of grimoires illuminates many of the most important developments in European history over the last two thousand years.

Classical Culture and Witchcraft in Medieval and Renaissance Italy (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018): Marina Montesano Classical Culture and Witchcraft in Medieval and Renaissance Italy (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Marina Montesano
R1,896 R1,657 Discovery Miles 16 570 Save R239 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book explores the relationships between ancient witchcraft and its modern incarnation, and by doing so fills an important gap in the historiography. It is often noted that stories of witchcraft circulated in Greek and Latin classical texts, and that treatises dealing with witch-beliefs referenced them. Still, the role of humanistic culture and classical revival in the developing of the witch-hunts has not yet been fully researched. Marina Montesano examines Greek and Latin literature, revealing how particular features of ancient striges were carried into the Late Middle Ages, through the Renaissance and into the fifteenth century, when early Italian trials recall the myth of the strix common in ancient Latin sources and in popular memory. The final chapter also serves as a conclusion, to show how in Renaissance Italy and beyond, classical accounts of witchcraft ceased to be just stories, as they had formerly been, and were instead used to attest to the reality of witches' powers.

The Iranian Metaphysicals - Explorations in Science, Islam, and the Uncanny (Paperback): Alireza Doostdar The Iranian Metaphysicals - Explorations in Science, Islam, and the Uncanny (Paperback)
Alireza Doostdar
R694 R551 Discovery Miles 5 510 Save R143 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What do the occult sciences, seances with the souls of the dead, and appeals to saintly powers have to do with rationality? Since the late nineteenth century, modernizing intellectuals, religious leaders, and statesmen in Iran have attempted to curtail many such practices as "superstitious," instead encouraging the development of rational religious sensibilities and dispositions. However, far from diminishing the diverse methods through which Iranians engage with the immaterial realm, these rationalizing processes have multiplied the possibilities for metaphysical experimentation. The Iranian Metaphysicals examines these experiments and their transformations over the past century. Drawing on years of ethnographic and archival research, Alireza Doostdar shows that metaphysical experimentation lies at the center of some of the most influential intellectual and religious movements in modern Iran. These forms of exploration have not only produced a plurality of rational orientations toward metaphysical phenomena but have also fundamentally shaped what is understood as orthodox Shi'i Islam, including the forms of Islamic rationality at the heart of projects for building and sustaining an Islamic Republic. Delving into frequently neglected aspects of Iranian spirituality, politics, and intellectual inquiry, The Iranian Metaphysicals challenges widely held assumptions about Islam, rationality, and the relationship between science and religion.

Black Sun - Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism, and the Politics of Identity (Paperback): Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke Black Sun - Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism, and the Politics of Identity (Paperback)
Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke
R867 R571 Discovery Miles 5 710 Save R296 (34%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Uncovers the mindset and motives that drive far-right extremists More than half a century after the defeat of Nazism and fascism, the far right is again challenging the liberal order of Western democracies. Radical movements are feeding on anxiety about immigration, globalization and the refugee crisis, giving rise to new waves of nationalism and surges of white supremacism. A curious mixture of Aristocratic paganism, anti-Semitic demonology, Eastern philosophies and the occult is influencing populist antigovernment sentiment and helping to exploit the widespread fear that invisible elites are shaping world events. Black Sun examines this neofascist ideology, showing how hate groups, militias and conspiracy cults gain influence. Based on interviews and extensive research into underground groups, the book documents new Nazi and fascist sects that have sprung up since the 1970s and examines the mentality and motivation of these far-right extremists. The result is a detailed, grounded portrait of the mythical and devotional aspects of Hitler cults among Aryan mystics, racist skinheads and Nazi satanists, and disciples of heavy metal music and occult literature. Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke offers a unique perspective on far right neo-Nazism viewing it as a new form of Western religious heresy. He paints a frightening picture of a religion with its own relics, rituals, prophecies and an international sectarian following that could, under the proper conditions, gain political power and attempt to realize its dangerous millenarian fantasies.

Rediscovering Renaissance Witchcraft (Paperback): Marion Gibson Rediscovering Renaissance Witchcraft (Paperback)
Marion Gibson
R768 Discovery Miles 7 680 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Rediscovering Renaissance Witchcraft is an exploration of witchcraft in the literature of Britain and America from the 16th and 17th centuries through to the present day. As well as the themes of history and literature (politics and war, genre and intertextuality), the book considers issues of national identity, gender and sexuality, race and empire, and more. The complex fascination with witchcraft through the ages is investigated, and the importance of witches in the real world and in fiction is analysed. The book begins with a chapter dedicated to the stories and records of witchcraft in the Renaissance and up until the English Civil War, such as the North Berwick witches and the work of the `Witch Finder Generall' Matthew Hopkins. The significance of these accounts in shaping future literature is then presented through the examination of extracts from key texts, such as Shakespeare's Macbeth and Middleton's The Witch, among others. In the second half of the book, the focus shifts to a consideration of the Romantic rediscovery of Renaissance witchcraft in the eighteenth century, and its further reinvention and continued presence throughout the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including the establishment of witchcraft studies as a subject in its own right, the impact of the First World War and end of the British Empire on witchcraft fiction, the legacy of the North Berwick, Hopkins and Salem witch trials, and the position of witchcraft in culture, including filmic and televisual culture, today. Equipped with an extensive list of primary and secondary sources, Rediscovering Renaissance Witchcraft is essential reading for all students of witchcraft in modern British and American culture and early modern history and literature.

The Oxford Illustrated History of Witchcraft and Magic (Hardcover): Owen Davies The Oxford Illustrated History of Witchcraft and Magic (Hardcover)
Owen Davies
R818 R555 Discovery Miles 5 550 Save R263 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This richly illustrated history provides a readable and fresh approach to the extensive and complex story of witchcraft and magic. Telling the story from the dawn of writing in the ancient world to the globally successful Harry Potter films, the authors explore a wide range of magical beliefs and practices, the rise of the witch trials, and the depiction of the Devil-worshipping witch. The book also focuses on the more recent history of witchcraft and magic, from the Enlightenment to the present, exploring the rise of modern magic, the anthropology of magic around the globe, and finally the cinematic portrayal of witches and magicians, from The Wizard of Oz to Charmed and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Island Possessed (Paperback, New edition): Katherine Dunham Island Possessed (Paperback, New edition)
Katherine Dunham
R716 Discovery Miles 7 160 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Just as surely as Haiti is "possessed" by the gods and spirits of vaudun (voodoo), the island "possessed" Katherine Dunham when she first went there in 1936 to study dance and ritual. In this book, Dunham reveals how her anthropological research, her work in dance, and her fascination for the people and cults of Haiti worked their spell, catapulting her into experiences that she was often lucky to survive. Here Dunham tells how the island came to be possessed by the demons of voodoo and other cults imported from various parts of Africa, as well as by the deep class divisions, particularly between blacks and mulattos, and the political hatred still very much in evidence today. Full of the flare and suspense of immersion in a strange and enchanting culture, Island Possessed is also a pioneering work in the anthropology of dance and a fascinating document on Haitian politics and voodoo.

Music in Renaissance Magic - Toward a Historiography of Others (Paperback, New edition): Gary Tomlinson Music in Renaissance Magic - Toward a Historiography of Others (Paperback, New edition)
Gary Tomlinson
R720 Discovery Miles 7 200 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Magic enjoyed a vigorous revival in sixteenth-century Europe, attaining a prestige lost for over a millennium and becoming, for some, a kind of universal philosophy. Renaissance music also suggested a form of universal knowledge through renewed interest in two ancient themes: the Pythagorean and Platonic "harmony of the celestial spheres" and the legendary effects of the music of bards like Orpheus, Arion, and David. In this climate, Renaissance philosophers drew many new and provocative connections between music and the occult sciences.
In "Music in Renaissance Magic," Gary Tomlinson describes some of these connections and offers a fresh view of the development of early modern thought in Italy. Raising issues essential to postmodern historiography--issues of cultural distance and our relationship to the others who inhabit our constructions of the past --Tomlinson provides a rich store of ideas for students of early modern culture, for musicologists, and for historians of philosophy, science, and religion.
"A scholarly step toward a goal that many composers have aimed for: to rescue the "idea" of New Age Music--that music can promote spiritual well-being--from the New Ageists who have reduced it to a level of sonic wallpaper."--Kyle Gann, "Village Voice"
"An exemplary piece of musical and intellectual history, of interest to all students of the Renaissance as well as musicologists. . . . The author deserves congratulations for introducing this new approach to the study of Renaissance music."--Peter Burke, "NOTES"
"Gary Tomlinson's "Music in Renaissance Magic: Toward a Historiography of Others" examines the 'otherness' of magical cosmology. . . . [A] passionate, eloquently melancholy, and important book."--Anne Lake Prescott, "Studies in English Literature"

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