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Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > Alternative belief systems > Occult studies

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.

African Fetishes and Ancestral Objects (Hardcover, Bilingual Editi): Francois Neyt African Fetishes and Ancestral Objects (Hardcover, Bilingual Editi)
Francois Neyt
R1,458 R1,119 Discovery Miles 11 190 Save R339 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The seventy-plus carved objects from the Democratic Republic of the Congo presented in this book have something remarkable in common: They are permeated with the powers of magic and sorcery, and are believed to be inhabited by the spirits of nature and the ghosts of ancestors. Selected with great care by Patric Didier Claes, a Belgian expert in African art, the works are from the Kingdom of Luba, at the source of the Congo, and the Kingdoms of Kongo and Teke. Each sculpture is identified, indexed, meticulously described, placed in context, and pinpointed as an example of the particular carving style of a specific workshop. Text in English and French.

Developing Magical Consciousness - A Theoretical and Practical Guide for the Expansion of Perception (Hardcover): Susan... Developing Magical Consciousness - A Theoretical and Practical Guide for the Expansion of Perception (Hardcover)
Susan Greenwood
R2,966 Discovery Miles 29 660 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Offering a new template for future exploration, Susan Greenwood examines and develops the notion that the experience of magic is a panhuman orientation of consciousness, a form of knowledge largely marginalized in Western societies. In this volume she aims to form a "bridge of communication" between indigenous magical or shamanic worldviews and rationalized Western cultures. She outlines an alternative mythological framework for the latter to help develop a magical perception, as well as giving practical case studies derived from her own research. The form of magic discussed here is not fantastic or virtual, but ecological and sensory. Magical knowledge infiltrates the body in its deepest levels of the subconscious, and unconscious, as well as conscious awareness; it is felt and understood through the connection with an inspirited world that includes the consciousness of other beings, including those of plant, animal and the physical environment. This is anthropology from the heart rather than the head, and it engages with the messy area of emotions, an embodiment of the senses, and struggles to find a common language of listening to one another across a void of differences. The aim is to provide a non-reductive structure for the creative interplay of both magical and analytical modes of thought. Passion is a motivator for change, and a change in attitude to magic as an integrative force of human understanding is the main thread of this work.

Agents of Witchcraft in Early Modern Italy and Denmark (Hardcover): Louise Nyholm Kallestrup Agents of Witchcraft in Early Modern Italy and Denmark (Hardcover)
Louise Nyholm Kallestrup
R2,330 Discovery Miles 23 300 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book offers a comparison of lay and inquisitorial witchcraft prosecutions. In most of the early modern period, witchcraft jurisdiction in Italy rested with the Roman Inquisition, whereas in Denmark only the secular courts raised trials. Kallestrup explores the narratives of witchcraft as they were laid forward by people involved in the trials.

The Greater and Lesser Keys of Solomon the King (Hardcover): Aleister Crowley, S. L. MacGregor Mathers The Greater and Lesser Keys of Solomon the King (Hardcover)
Aleister Crowley, S. L. MacGregor Mathers
R757 R702 Discovery Miles 7 020 Save R55 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Witches and Pagans - Women in European Folk Religion, 700-1100 (Paperback, Annotated edition): Max Dashu Witches and Pagans - Women in European Folk Religion, 700-1100 (Paperback, Annotated edition)
Max Dashu
R606 R488 Discovery Miles 4 880 Save R118 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
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"

Satanic Panic - Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s (Hardcover): Kier-la Janisse, Paul Corupe Satanic Panic - Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s (Hardcover)
Kier-la Janisse, Paul Corupe
R601 R488 Discovery Miles 4 880 Save R113 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Witch Hunt - The Persecution of Witches in England (Paperback, New): David Pickering, Andrew Pickering Witch Hunt - The Persecution of Witches in England (Paperback, New)
David Pickering, Andrew Pickering
R306 R265 Discovery Miles 2 650 Save R41 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

It was not so long ago that the belief in witchcraft was shared by members of all levels of society. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, diseases were feared by all, the infant mortality rate was high, and around one in six harvests was likely to fail. In the small rural communities in which most people lived, affection and enmity could build over long periods. When misfortune befell a family, they looked to their neighbours for support - and for the cause. During the sixteenth century, Europe was subject to a fevered and pious wave of witch hunts and trials. As the bodies of accused women burnt right across the Continent, the flames of a nationwide witch hunt were kindled in England. In 1612 nine women were hanged in the Pendle witch trials, the prosecution of the Chelmsford witches in 1645 resulted in the biggest mass execution in England, and in the mid-1640s the Witch finder General instigated a reign of terror in the Puritan counties of East Anglia. Hundreds of women were accused and hanged. It wasn't until the latter half of the seventeenth century that witch-hunting went into decline.In this book, Andrew and David Pickering present a comprehensive catalogue of witch hunts, arranged chronologically within geographical regions. The tales of persecution within these pages are testimony to the horror of witch-hunting that occurred throughout England in the hundred years after the passing of the Elizabethan Witchcraft Act of 1563.

Renaissance Magic and the Return of the Golden Age - The Occult Tradition and Marlowe, Jonson, and Shakespeare (Paperback, New... Renaissance Magic and the Return of the Golden Age - The Occult Tradition and Marlowe, Jonson, and Shakespeare (Paperback, New Ed)
John S. Mebane
R609 R498 Discovery Miles 4 980 Save R111 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For all their pride in seeing this world clearly, the thinkers and artists of the English Renaissance were also fascinated by magic and the occult. The three greatest playwrights of the period devoted major plays (The Tempest, Doctor Faustus, The Alchemist) to magic, Francis Bacon often referred to it, and it was ever-present in the visual arts. In "Renaissance Magic and the Return of the Golden Age" John S. Mebane reevaluates the significance of occult philosophy in Renaissance thought and literature, constructing the most detailed historical context for his subject yet attempted.

Jesus the Sorcerer - Exorcist and Prophet of the Apocalypse (Paperback, New): Robert Conner Jesus the Sorcerer - Exorcist and Prophet of the Apocalypse (Paperback, New)
Robert Conner
R379 R253 Discovery Miles 2 530 Save R126 (33%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The most complete summation to date of the New Testament evidence for magical practice by Jesus and the early Christians. The very notion of Jesus being a sorcerer runs so against the grain of the Western cultural myth that even non-Christians are likely to find it far-fetched or even vaguely disturbing. Nevertheless, scholars steadily accumulated evidence for magical practices in the New Testament throughout much of the 20th century. It is that ever expanding body of knowledge that has made this book possible. This book examines the following: The nature of the earliest Christian documents, the defects of their trans-mission, and the evidence for the suppression of descriptions of magical acts. The closely related problem of the New Testament accounts as historical sources. The radically apocalyptic nature of Jesus' message and the expectations of the early church. The failure of the apocalypse to occur and the theological reaction to that failure. The role of magic and mystery religion in early Christianity. A revisiting of the story of the "beloved disciple" and what it may tell us about Jesus and suppression of evidence about his life. Contents: Documentary Evidence / Infancy Narratives / Confrontation / Resurrection as Ghost Story /Apocalyptic Prophet / Apocalypse Postponed, / Magic and Mystery, / Jesus the Magician / Spirit Versus Spirit, / Ecstatic Inner Circle, / Christian Mysteries, / Secret Gospel of Mark, / Beloved Disciple, / On the Use of Boys in Magic, / Apocalypse, Magic, and Christianity, / "Son of David." / Mary Magdalene

Powers of Darkness - Principalities & Powers in Paul's Letters (Paperback, New): Clinton E. Arnold Powers of Darkness - Principalities & Powers in Paul's Letters (Paperback, New)
Clinton E. Arnold
R575 R523 Discovery Miles 5 230 Save R52 (9%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Satan worship. Witches. New Age channelers. The last two decades have witnessed a vast upsurge in occult activity. Scores of popular books have warned Christians of the dangers and urged them to do battle against these spiritual forces. Few books, however, have developed a careful biblical theology on demons, principalities and powers. Clinton Arnold seeks to fill this gap, providing an in-depth look at Paul's letters and what they teach on the subject. For perspective, he examines first-century Greek, Roman and Jewish beliefs as well as Jesus' teaching about magic, sorcery and divination. Arguing against many recent interpretations that have seen principalities and powers as impersonal social, economic and political structures, Arnold contends that the New Testament view is that such forces are organized, personal beings which Jesus defeated at the cross and will bring into full subjection at his return. In his concluding section Arnold suggests practical ways in which Christians today can contend with the forces of evil. A thoughtful, biblical look at an urgent challenge facing the church.

The Devil - Perceptions of Evil from Antiquity to Primitive Christianity (Paperback, New edition): Jeffrey Burton Russell The Devil - Perceptions of Evil from Antiquity to Primitive Christianity (Paperback, New edition)
Jeffrey Burton Russell
R590 R525 Discovery Miles 5 250 Save R65 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"Evil-the infliction of pain upon sentient beings-is one of the most long-standing and serious problems of human existence. Frequently and in many cultures evil has been personified. This book is a history of the personification of evil, which for the sake of clarity I have called 'the Devil.' I am a medievalist, but when I began some years ago to work with the concept of the Devil in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, I came to see that I could not understand the medieval Devil except in terms of its historical antecedents. More important, I realized that I could not understand the Devil at all except in the context of the problem of evil. I needed to face the issue of evil squarely, both as a historian and as a human being."-from the Preface This lively and learned book traces the history of the concept of evil from its beginnings in ancient times to the period of the New Testament. A remarkable work of synthesis, it draws upon a vast number of sources in addressing a major historical and philosophical problem over a broad span of time and in a number of diverse cultures, East and West. Jeffrey Burton Russell probes the roots of the idea of evil, treats the development of the idea in the Ancient Near East, and then examines the concept of the Devil as it was formed in late Judaism and early Christianity. Generously illustrated with fifty black-and-white photographs, this book will appeal to a wide range of readers, from specialists in religion, theology, sociology, history, psychology, anthropology, and philosophy to anyone with an interest in the demonic, the supernatural, and the question of good and evil.

The Satanic Bible - 50th Anniversary Revision (Paperback): Satan The Satanic Bible - 50th Anniversary Revision (Paperback)
Satan; Michael A. Aquino, Stanton Zaharoff Lavey
R1,708 R1,579 Discovery Miles 15 790 Save R129 (8%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Quareia - The Apprentice (Hardcover, Combined volume): Josephine McCarthy Quareia - The Apprentice (Hardcover, Combined volume)
Josephine McCarthy
R1,302 Discovery Miles 13 020 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Magic: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback): Owen Davies Magic: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)
Owen Davies
R222 R198 Discovery Miles 1 980 Save R24 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Defining 'magic' is a maddening task. Over the last century numerous philosophers, anthropologists, historians, and theologians have attempted to pin down its essential meaning, sometimes analysing it in such complex and abstruse depth that it all but loses its sense altogether. For this reason, many people often shy away from providing a detailed definition, assuming it is generally understood as the human control of supernatural forces. 'Magic' continues to pervade the popular imagination and idiom. People feel comfortable with its contemporary multiple meanings, unaware of the controversy, conflict, and debate its definition has caused over two and a half millennia. In common usage today 'magic' is uttered in reference to the supernatural, superstition, illusion, trickery, religious miracles, fantasies, and as a simple superlative. The literary confection known as 'magical realism' has considerable appeal and many modern scientists have ironically incorporated the word into their vocabulary, with their 'magic acid', 'magic bullets' and 'magic angles'. Since the so-called European Enlightenment magic has often been seen as a marker of primitivism, of a benighted earlier stage of human development. Yet across the modern globalized world hundreds of millions continue to resort to magic - and also to fear it. Magic provides explanations and remedies for those living in extreme poverty and without access to alternatives. In the industrial West, with its state welfare systems, religious fundamentalists decry the continued moral threat posed by magic. Under the guise of neo-Paganism, its practice has become a religion in itself. Magic continues to be a truly global issue. This Very Short Introduction does not attempt to provide a concluding definition of magic: it is beyond simple definition. Instead it explores the many ways in which magic, as an idea and a practice, has been understood and employed over the millennia. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

The Aleister Crowley Collection - The Book of the Law, The Book of Lies and Diary of a Drug Fiend (Paperback): Aleister Crowley The Aleister Crowley Collection - The Book of the Law, The Book of Lies and Diary of a Drug Fiend (Paperback)
Aleister Crowley
R408 Discovery Miles 4 080 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Witches of America (Paperback): Alex Mar Witches of America (Paperback)
Alex Mar
R396 R321 Discovery Miles 3 210 Save R75 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Yorkshire Witches (Paperback, Uk Ed.): Eileen Rennison Yorkshire Witches (Paperback, Uk Ed.)
Eileen Rennison
R367 R300 Discovery Miles 3 000 Save R67 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

We no longer believe in witches as our ancestors once did. However, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, any unforeseen or unexplained events were likely to be attributed to witchcraft. The stories of the individuals within this book show how superstition and prejudice played an important and powerful part in the lives of the populace of Yorkshire from the Middle Ages right through to the nineteenth century

Alchemy & Mysticism (Hardcover): Alexander Roob Alchemy & Mysticism (Hardcover)
Alexander Roob
R496 R390 Discovery Miles 3 900 Save R106 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Hermetic Museum takes readers on a magical mystery tour spanning an arc from the medieval cosmogram and images of Christian mysticism, through the fascinating world of alchemy to the art of the Romantic era. The enigmatic hieroglyphs of cabalists, Rosicrucians, and freemasons are shown to be closely linked with the early scientific illustrations in the fields of medicine, chemistry, optics, and color theory. Even for those with no knowledge of the fascinating history of alchemy, this book is a delight to explore. Each richly illustrated chapter begins with an introduction and quotes from alchemists by specialist Alexander Roob. The roots of surrealism and many other more recent artistic movements can be found in this treasure trove.

Cautio Criminalis, or a Book on Witch Trials (Hardcover): Freidrich Spee von Langenfeld Cautio Criminalis, or a Book on Witch Trials (Hardcover)
Freidrich Spee von Langenfeld; Introduction by Marcus Hellyer; Translated by Marcus Hellyer
R1,771 R1,280 Discovery Miles 12 800 Save R491 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In 1631, at the epicenter of the worst excesses of the European witch-hunts, Friedrich Spee, a Jesuit priest, published the Cautio Criminalis, a book speaking out against the trials that were sending thousands of innocent people to gruesome deaths. Spee, who had himself ministered to women accused of witchcraft in Germany, had witnessed firsthand the twisted logic and brutal torture used by judges and inquisitors. Combined, these harsh prosecutorial measures led inevitably not only to a confession but to denunciations of supposed accomplices, spreading the circle of torture and execution ever wider.

Driven by his priestly charge of enacting Christian charity, or love, Spee sought to expose the flawed arguments and methods used by the witch-hunters. His logic is relentless as he reveals the contradictions inherent in their arguments, showing there is no way for an innocent person to prove her innocence. And, he questions, if the condemned witches truly are guilty, how could the testimony of these servants and allies of Satan be reliable? Spee's insistence that suspects, no matter how heinous the crimes of which they are accused, possess certain inalienable rights is a timeless reminder for the present day.

The Cautio Criminalis is one of the most important and moving works in the history of witch trials and a revealing documentation of one man's unexpected humanity in a brutal age. Marcus Hellyer's accessible translation from the Latin makes it available to English-speaking audiences for the first time.

Studies in Early Modern German History

The Magical Book of Shadows (Hardcover): Julia Caroline Scott The Magical Book of Shadows (Hardcover)
Julia Caroline Scott; Edited by Yirka Marjorie Rodriguez De Leon
R3,537 R2,654 Discovery Miles 26 540 Save R883 (25%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Witchcraft in Early Modern England (Paperback, 2nd New edition): Jim Sharpe Witchcraft in Early Modern England (Paperback, 2nd New edition)
Jim Sharpe
R771 R679 Discovery Miles 6 790 Save R92 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Witchcraft in Early Modern England provides a fascinating introduction to the history of witches and witchcraft in England from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. Witchcraft was a crime punishable by death in England during this period and this book charts the witch panics and legal persecution of witches that followed, exploring topics such as elite attitudes to witchcraft in England, the role of pressures and tensions within the community in accusations of witchcraft, the way in which the legal system dealt with witchcraft cases, and the complex decline of belief in witchcraft. Revised and updated, this new edition explores the modern historiographical debate surrounding this subject and incorporates recent findings and interpretations of historians in the field, bringing it right up-to-date and in particular offering an extended treatment of the difficult issues surrounding gender and witchcraft. Supported by a range of compelling primary documents, this book is essential reading for all students of the history of witchcraft.

Wicca Starter Kit - Wicca for Beginners, Finding Your Path, and Living a Magical Life (Paperback): Lisa Chamberlain Wicca Starter Kit - Wicca for Beginners, Finding Your Path, and Living a Magical Life (Paperback)
Lisa Chamberlain
R310 Discovery Miles 3 100 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
At Satan's Altar - A Collection of Prayers, Chants, Affirmations, Hymns, and Rituals (Paperback): Marie Ravensoul At Satan's Altar - A Collection of Prayers, Chants, Affirmations, Hymns, and Rituals (Paperback)
Marie Ravensoul
R349 Discovery Miles 3 490 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
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