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    This book tells the inside story of Leary's early LSD research at Harvard. Known throughout the world as the guru who encouraged an entire generation to "turn on, tune in, and drop out," he draws on wit, humor, and skepticism to debunk the power of psychotherapy and to advocate reprogramming the brain with psychedelics. Discussing how various drugs affect the brain, how to change behavior, and how to develop creativity, he also delves into psychopharmacological catalyzing, fear of potential, symbol and language imprinting, and brain reimprinting with Hinduism, Buddhism, and LSD. MsSVig

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    Every Thing You Need to Know About the Ancient Secrets of Wicca


    In Wicca Power Spells Aurora Rede shares spells handed down in generation through her family. You'll discover the secrets to magnetizing money, gaining power over people, attract and keep a lover, discover and achieve your heart's deepest desire. Plus, you'll also learn how to ward off negative energy and spells and keep yourself and your family protected.

    I noticed the audiobook of this is on the site already ( so I thought people might want the book as well
    :-) enjoy
    At the Wicca Power Spells website they offer this free mp3 of making a protection charm bag if you sign up for their newsletter: I've uploaded it to mediafire if anyone wants it :-D
    Aurora - Magic Pocket
    kaizokuhime MsSVig

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    Lama Surya Das, author of the bestselling Awakening the Buddha Within, is the most highly trained American lama in the Tibetan tradition. In this elegant, inspiring book, he integrates essential Buddhist practices with a variety of other spiritual philosophies and wisdom traditions, to show you how to create a personalized spiritual practice based on your own individual beliefs, aspirations, and needs. Through reflections on his own life quest, thoughtful essays, and entertaining stories, Surya Das examines the common themes at the heart of any spiritual path, including faith, doubt, love, compassion, creativity, self-inquiry, and transformation. He then explores prayer, yoga, chanting, guided meditations, breathing exercises, and myriad other rituals, providing practical examples of each that we can use day-to-day to nurture our inner spirit.

    Surya Das is like a Buddhist Johnny Appleseed, galavanting across the countryside, planting seeds of spirituality in bare patches of ground. He believes that we are all fertile soil for cultivating the sacred in everyday life. "We all have spiritual DNA," he says. In Awakening to the Sacred, Surya Das heightens his efforts to increase the planet's spirituality quotient by teaching people how to take advantage of their own spiritual resources. Whether Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, or atheist, we can all enhance our spiritual side. Certainly meditating is a good way, and there's no one better to teach us than this limpid lama. But even more familiar activities can help, like praying, creating a spiritual notebook, or reading spiritual books--even gardening and walking count. Surya Das excels at demystifying the mystical and urges the reader to capitalize on resources closest at hand. No need to look too far when we can draw inspiration and practices from our own traditions. So take that apple seed, thumb through Awakening to the Sacred, and nourish those precious roots of spirituality. --Brian Bruya

    The truth is that I feel as though I learn as much from my students as they do from me, writes Surya Das, an American lama in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and the author of the popular Awakening the Buddha. Here in the West, he adds, it seems appropriate that student and teacher should share Dharma in this way, finding their way together. In this affable, conversational tour of spiritual ideas and practices, the author, calling himself a spiritual player-coach, reaches out to the broad audience in this country who experience spiritual longing yet arent harnessed to a particular teacher or tradition. Dividing his book into three sections, Surya Das moves from a discussion of such major themes as rebirth and faith to spiritual practices, giving clear, simple instructions in meditation and the cultivation of the moment-by-moment awareness that Buddhists call mindfulness. With a disarming lack of pretension or reticence, the author explains his personal take on fasting, psychotherapy and prayer. Some of the prayers that I use include the concept of God or Divine Source or spirit, he writes. As a Buddhist and a Westerner, I am completely comfortable doing this. Others may feel differently. The book concludes with Surya Dass description of his own Buddhist tradition of Dzogchen: Dzogchen is about recognizing and realizing who we are. The author emphasizes that Dzogchen is grounded in principles of naturalness, openness and authenticity, and he demonstrates these qualities throughout. Offering the reader fresh, authentic impressions that are clearly the result of his own spiritual work and reflection, Surya Das emerges here as a genial post-denominational spiritual teacher, one whose straightforward approach to the esoteric deserves to reach a wide readership.
    Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. MsSVig

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    New version without DRM.

    Practices for the “swift, direct path” of Tibetan Buddhism’s pinnacle teaching, Dzogchen.

    One moment of total awareness is one moment of perfect enlightenment. This is the ultimate insight of Dzogchen, or the Great Perfection, the pinnacle teaching of Tibetan Buddhism.

    With his previous bestselling books, including Awakening the Buddha Within, American-born Tibetan Buddhist teacher Lama Surya Das has taught millions about the innate wakefulness and liberation that can be our natural ways of being. Now, with Natural Radiance, he offers his first complete daily practice program for the personal experience of the “swift and direct path” of Dzogchen.

    Dzogchen affirms that we are all buddhas by nature—infinitely open, luminous, compassionate, wise, and free. This profound realization, say the teachings, cannot be understood intellectually or studied mentally, but it can be passed from teacher to student through the spoken word. With Natural Radiance, it is now possible to learn these time–honored practices as they have been shared for centuries—through direct transmission from an accomplished master of the tradition.

    Join Lama Surya Das as your trusted guide to help you awaken to the sky-like nature of mind—what is known in Tibetan as rigpa, or total and pure presence. “This is the time of Dzogchen,” says Lama Surya Das, “when we most need this immediate teaching of the inherent perfection of being … the natural state of enlightenment.” Includes seven guided Dzogchen techniques.

    Sounds True MsSVig

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    For those interested in Human Design MsSVig

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    The Rave I'Ching is a book that gives a brief description of the Hexagram (Gate) and a description of each of the 6 lines for each Gate. You will also see the names of the Incarnation Crosses.


    This is our most complete reference book. It describes each gate and each line. It includes: Gate & Hexagram Name, Channel Name, Harmonic Gate, Circuit the gate is apart of, Astrological position and sign, Hexagram image, Line names and descriptions, a life lesson for each of the lines (illustrated in blue), The Incarnation Crosses (Right, Juxtaposition & Left for each gate), etc....

    Full Review: MsSVig

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    To mark Good Friday, Melvyn Bragg sets out to unravel the many questions surrounding one of the Bible's most enigmatic and controversial figures: Mary Magdalene.

    In the gospel accounts, Mary Magdalene plays a central role in the Easter story. She is there at the cross when Jesus is crucified and she is the key witness to the resurrection.

    So why, despite no reference to it in the Bible, is Mary Magdalene remembered by so many primarily as the seductive prostitute whom Christ redeems?

    Melvyn uncovers the real story behind Mary Magdalene's legendary status, from her vital role in the first centuries of Christianity to her portrayal in Jesus Christ Superstar and the Da Vinci Code MsSVig

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    The Great Secret of Mind: Special Instructions on the Nonduality of Dzogchen
    Tulku Pema Rigtsal (Author), Keith Dowman (Translator)

    Dzogchen (Great Perfection) goes to the heart of our experience by investigating the relationship between mind and world and uncovering the great secret of mind's luminous nature. Weaving in personal stories and everyday examples, Pema Rigtsal leads the reader to see that all phenomena are the spontaneous display of mind, a magical illusion, and yet there is something shining in the midst of experience that is naturally pure and spacious. Not recognizing this natural great perfection is the root cause of suffering and self-centered clinging. After introducing us to this liberating view, Pema Rigtsal explains how it is stabilized and sustained in effortless meditation: without modifying anything, whatever thoughts of happiness or sorrow arise simply dissolve by themselves into the spaciousness of pure presence.

    The book is divided into chapters on the view, meditation as the path, conduct, the attainment, and the four bardos. Each chapter consists of mini-sections that can be read as stand-alone Dharma talks. Pema Rigtsal has studied and lived with several authentic Dzogchen masters and has surprising stories to tell about their unconventional methods to introduce students to the subtle view of Dzogchen.

    “I pray with whatever prayers I know that the great waves of benefit that [Tulku Pema Rigtsal] generates for Buddha’s teaching in general, and particularly the study and practice of the Kama and Terma teachings of the Nyingma and Tersar traditions, from his ancestors up to his holy father, increase like rivers in summertime, and that he has a long life.”—Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

    “I strongly recommend this work to all those who meditate. I believe this work will bring benefit to people of both the West and the East who have an interest in Dzogchen, and I urge everyone who wants to practice buddha-dharma to take time to read this book.”—Domang Yangtang Tulku

    “The fundamental teachings of Mahayana Buddhism in general and of Dzogchen in particular are elucidated in this book in the clearest possible way. For anyone who is open to learning the sacred secret of the mind that we all treasure, this is an eye-opening book to read.”—Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, author of Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth

    “The Great Secret of Mind is the condensed meaning of buddha-dharma and particularly the Nyingma teachings. . . .  I am pleased by his work and pray to the Triple Gem and bodhisattvas that it may benefit all students of Buddhism.”—His Holiness Penor Rinpoche

    About the Author

    Tulku Pema Rigtsal is one of the last Tibetan tulkus to receive the benefit of a full traditional training with no disruption from political conflict, and one of the last to head a traditional monastery. He lives in Nepal. MsSVig

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    At the Wicca Power Spells website they offer this free mp3 audio file about making a protection charm bag if you sign up for their newsletter. I've decided to upload it here in case there's anybody interested but feels uncomfortable giving their email away. :-)
    alternatively you can sign up for the newsletter here:
    Wicca Power Spells - Ebook
    Wicca Power Spells - Audiobook MsSVig

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    The development of the human sensory system is one of the major themes of Yogi Bhajan's recent lectures. It is an important point of reference for the coming 11 years as we move from the Piscean to the Aquarian Age.
    The Human Sensory System
    The human sensory system is going to be our greatest asset in the Aquarian Age. We can cultivate our sensory system by consciously connecting to our breath, strengthening our nervous system, activating our glandular system, balancing our emotional energies and channeling our mental energy to intuitive awareness. As we cultivate a subtle sensitivity to our being, we will experience a sense of completeness within ourselves that will give us great satisfaction. We will sense our own divinity. We will sense, "This is me." We will have the capacity to feel calm, contained, content and straight. We will no longer feel the need to be validated from outside because energetically we will validate ourselves by going deep inside our own being...
    This book containes Lectures as well as Meditations by Yogi Bhajan about the Self-Sensory Human. It can be used by teachers for teaching special One-Day-, Two-Day-, or even longer courses. It is also a great tool for students of all levels.
    57 pages MsSVig

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    A must for a woman who wants to understand who she really is and what the reason of her existence truly means.

    A rich Compilation of several courses and workshops for and about woman. An in-depth understanding of the being of a woman. Also topics about pregnancy, nurturing and the days after you had your child-birth through yoga.

    Please note that the Grace of God Manual for Teaching Women's Courses and Workshops is NOT 1) a teacher's training manual or 2) a general yoga manual or 3) a general woman's manual. This manual offers tips on teaching, but it does not teach 'how to teach.' It offers some information regarding the general concepts of Kundalini Yoga, but it is primarily  concerned with yoga for women. This is why, for example, you will not find information on how to apply root lock, or any other basic yoga technique. Thirdly, this manual is EXCLUSIVELY concerned with Yogi Bhajan's teachings on women. With the exception of information regarding a woman's physiology, all information is based on Yogi Bhajan's teachings. MsSVig

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    An Introduction to Ritual Magic (with Gareth Knight) -- in Greek Language

    Greek Title: Εισαγωγή στην Τελετουργική Μαγεία

    By Dion Fortune , Gareth Knight
    Published by Iamblichus, 2007
    ISBN 9789602681855

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    English Description
    This unique collaboration of two magical practitioners and teachers, presented with a valuable and up-to-date text on the practice of ritual or ceremonial magic as a practical, spiritual, and psychic discipline. In a work that has hitherto appeared only in fragmented form in rare journal articles, Fortune deals in successive chapters with Types of Mind Working; Mind Training; the use of Ritual; Psychic Perception; Ritual Initiation; the Reality of the Subtle Planes; Focusing the Magic Mirror; Channelling the Forces; the Form of the Ceremony; and the Purpose of Magic - with appendices on Talisman Magic and Astral Forms. Each chapter is supplemented and expanded by a companion chapter on the same subject, by Gareth Knight. He fills in practical information that Dion Fortune might have included had she been writing today.

    Greek Description
    Η θεωρία και η πρακτική της τελετουργικής μαγείας παρουσιάζονται από μια ειδήμονα σε αυτόν τον τομέα, η οποία θεωρείται πως έχει επηρεάσει σημαντικά τον ρου της δυτικής εσωτερικής παράδοσης. (. . .) Μια από τις καλύτερες επιλογές για όποιον επιθυμεί να μάθει περισσότερα για τις τελετουργικές μεθόδους της δυτικής παράδοσης. MsSVig

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    Nan Huai-Chin - The Story of Chinese Zen

    Library Journal
    Nan presents the development of Zen thought in China as influenced by Chinese culture-meaning primarily literature and politics-and also highlights the influence of Taoism and Confucianism on the particular form Buddhism took there. Nan is at his best when discussing specific Zen teachings. But he often does not present enough background on Chinese history and literature to enable the reader easily to follow his thoughts on their influence. Also, Nan's preference is clearly for Mahayana Buddhism over Theravada, which he refers to with the pejorative term Hinayana (lesser vehicle). The book would be best used along with other books that present Chinese history, such as Heinrich Dumoulin's two-volume Zen Buddhism: A History of India and China (Macmillian, 1988-89). Recommended as a thorough presentation of several aspects of Zen in China, as long as the library has some books on Chinese history to provide background.-David Bourquin, California State Univ., San Bernardino

    Table of Contents
    About the Author
    Pt. I Background 1
    Ch. 1 Connections Between Buddhism and Historical Chinese Culture 3
    Pt. II A Brief Introduction to the Contents of Buddhist Study 19
    Ch. 2 The Background of Indian Culture 20
    Ch. 3 The Contribution to Humankind and the World Made by Shakyamuni's Leaving Home and Attaining Enlightenment 25
    Ch. 4 Mahayana Buddhism and Hinayana Buddhism 38
    Ch. 5 Mahayana Thought 49
    Pt. III An Outline of the Zen School 63
    Ch. 6 Zen and Its Roots 64
    Ch. 7 Influences on the Development of Zen Before the Early T'ang Dynasty 82
    Ch. 8 The Sixth Patriarch of Zen 87
    Ch. 9 The Great Flourishing of Zen in the Early T'ang Dynasty 103
    Pt. IV Some Keys to Studying Zen 113
    Ch. 10 On the Use of Colloquialisms 114
    Ch. 11 Understanding Some Important Technical Terms 118
    Ch. 12 Important Points in Reading Zen Classics 131
    Pt. V The Heart and Goal of Zen 147
    Ch. 13 The True Goal of Zen Study 148
    Ch. 14 The Process of Zen: Mental Work and Insight 155
    Ch. 15 Nirvana and the Aim of Zen 173
    Ch. 16 On the Zen Fashion of Emphasizing Concentration on a Word or Saying During and After the Sung and Yuan Dynasties 182
    Ch. 17 The Doctrine of the Three Barriers and the Realm of Zen Investigative Meditation Since the Yuan and Ming Dynasties 191
    Pt. VI The Relationship Between Zen and Neo-Confucianism 195
    Ch. 18 The Sources of Zen Buddhism's Influence on Neo-Confucianism 196
    Ch. 19 Neo-Confucianism and the Sayings and Doings of the Zen Masters 208
    Pt. VII Zen and Chinese Literature 219
    Ch. 20 Zen and the Evolution of the Realm of Ideas in Literature of the Sui and T'ang Dynasties and Thereafter 220
    Ch. 21 The Importance of the Relationship of Zen and Literature 253

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    2011 | 774 pages |

    Embark on the journey of a lifetime—master the psychic tools and techniques required to develop your highest potential and enjoy success beyond your wildest dreams.

    Psychic empowerment is a continuous process of growth and self-discovery. When we are psychically empowered, we become increasingly aware of the boundless power within ourselves and the unlimited possibilities and opportunities around us and beyond. Through psychic empowerment, we can unleash vast inner sources of new growth potential and achieve new levels of personal fulfillment. We can lift our consciousness to a higher plane and add depth and greater meaning to our lives.

    Written by Carl Llewellyn Weschcke and Joe H. Slate, Ph.D., this is the most comprehensive psychic development guide available anywhere. It is richly supported by detailed tables, charts, and developmental exercises. Incorporating the latest discoveries in quantum physics, it organizes the concepts of psychic empowerment into a progressive, cohesive plan that features straightforward instruction on a wealth of psychic empowerment methods and practices:


    Each technique strengthens the divine spark of greatness existing in everyone—and leads to better health, happier relationships, greater financial success, and enhanced spiritual growth. MsSVig

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    We really need a "traditional witchcraft" option in the type list.  P:

    From Amazon:

    The field of witchcraft studies is continually over-turning new information and research about traditional witchcraft practices and their meanings. A Deed Without a Name seeks to weave together some of this cutting-edge research with insider information and practical know-how. Utilising her own decades of experience in witchcraft and core-shamanism Lee Morgan pulls together information from trial records, folklore and modern testimonials to deepen our understanding of the ecstatic and visionary substrata of Traditional Witchcraft. Those who identify themselves as 'Traditional' tend to read a lot of scholarly texts on the subject and yet still there remains a vast gulf between this information and knowledgeably applying it in practice; this book aims to close that gap. MsSVig

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    In Was Jesus God? Richard Swinburne presents a unique cumulative case for Jesus as God incarnate. The case can be seen as linking together the answers to the following questions: (1) Why think there is a God? (2) What might we expect God to do in response to evil and suffering? (3) Do we have evidence that God has made a response?

    Why think there is a God? Swinburne presents the barest outline of his arguments for God’s existence and refers the reader to other books for arguments leading to the conclusion that a divine person exists. He notes however that his arguments from natural theology yield only the conclusion that God the Father exists. Christianity, of course, posits that the Godhead is triune. Swinburne then presents an ingenious argument suggesting that because God the Father is a perfectly good being, there would be two other divine persons. He notes that if his argument is correct, then the existence of two further divine persons is a necessary consequence of God’s essentially good nature. Therefore, Christian theism cannot be accused of violating Ockham’s Razor. In any case, the doctrine of the Trinity has been consistently and almost universally expounded by the Apostolic Church, which (as he will later argue) serves to further underwrite its plausibility.

    What might we expect God to do in response to evil and suffering? Good parents, Swinburne argues, will sometimes share in suffering they have justly imposed on their children—and take pains to ensure that the children are aware of their co-suffering. For example, if persons are drafted in a just war, a parent might insist his son join the Army but also do so himself to express solidarity with his son. The father would also make sure that the son knows he has done so. Analogously, a perfectly good God might be expected to join in our suffering by adopting a human nature and sharing in our suffering. Such suffering might be expected to end in a painful, unjust death[3] to fully express God’s solidarity with us. God Incarnate might also be expected to claim to be God and atone for our sins, present plausible moral teaching, live a perfect life, and found a Church which would proclaim his message to all humans. Further, a perfectly good God would make his approval of the prophet and his message via a super-miracle.

    Do we have evidence that God has made a response? Swinburne then turns to the historical evidence regarding the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. First, he argues that the New Testament has earmarks of authenticity (e.g., the criterion of embarrassment being met through reporting women as eyewitnesses of the empty tomb and Jesus having been baptized by John the Baptist despite his supposed sinlessness), independent attestation that is both early and multiple, mention of persons and events which can be verified in non-Biblical sources, and so forth. Second, Swinburne argues that Christ argued at least implicitly pre-Resurrection for his divinity, and more openly following the Resurrection. Swinburne finds this pattern unsurprising, as the Jews of the day would have understood claims of divinity as claims to be the avatar of a pagan God. Third, Swinburne argued that Christ claimed to make atonement for our sins and gave us plausible teaching as revelations from God. Fourth, Swinburne argues that Christ lived a perfect life, citing such features as his accompaniment of the oppressed and despised, his public teaching to all who were willing to hear him. Fifth, Swinburne argues that Christ founded a Church which has, for the last two millennia, proposed plausible interpretations of his teaching to the world. Sixth, Swinburne argues that there is good historical evidence that the Resurrection (God’s ‘stamp of approval’ on the life and teaching of Jesus) is well attested historically.

    Swinburne then argues that Jesus is the only serious candidate in human history who lived the right kind of life and whose work was capped by a well-attested super-miracle. Many other prophets did not claim to be divine, and many religions may claim miracles but provide much less evidence for their actual occurrence. Still, because it is logically possible (though, he judges, improbable) that Jesus was not God Incarnate, he notes that (a) the real-but-not-yet-happened incarnation would have to provide massive amounts of evidence to outweigh the evidence that we already have. This, Swinburne suggest, might reach such a level of undeniability that man’s free will would be violated, and might excite the selfish motivation of avoiding the consequences of angering a holy and omnipotent God.

    In the final chapter, Swinburne notes that there are still unresolved questions regarding some doctrines.


    But given that there is a significant prior probability of the existence of God, and that the historical evidence about the life and resurrection of Jesus which was God’s signature on his teaching (and that of the apostolic church) is as strong as I represented it, any other doctrine taught by the church will be made much more probable by the very fact of its being taught by the church


    Swinburne’s approach is fascinating and illustrates the impressive (and sometimes daunting) systematic nature of his approach to philosophy of religion. His approach is quite different from the ‘minimal facts’ approach and should be more widely known among evangelicals. This is yet another work which illustrates why Swinburne is considered one of the greats in philosophy of religion.


    Guys. This is my third upload. Since I am relatively new to the forum, would appreciate if I can get some reviews regarding my uploads. Would help me align my uploads as per the needs of the forum members. You guys are awesome! Thanks


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    Dr. David R. Hawkins - Power Vs. Force [Video]


    Power VS. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior

    Dr. Hawkins, who worked as a "healing psychiatrist" during his long and distinguished career, uses theoretical concepts from particle physics, nonlinear dynamics, and chaos theory to support his study of human behavior.

    From the Author of Power vs. Force:

    All human endeavors have the common goal of understanding or influencing human experience. To this end, man has developed numerous descriptive and analytical disciplines: Morality, Philosophy, Psychology, and so on. Regardless of what branch of inquiry one starts from—philosophy, political theory, theology—all avenues of investigation eventually converge at a common meeting point: the quest for an organized understanding of the nature of pure consciousness. To explain that which is simple can be difficult indeed.


    The book found here:

    Much of  book is devoted to the process of making the simple obvious. If we can understand even one simple thing in depth, we will have greatly expanded our capacity for comprehending the nature of the universe and life itself.


    This enlightening video walks you through the use of muscle-testing in its application to consciousness research. Watch it with an open mind.


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    The field of witchcraft studies is continually over-turning new information and research about traditional witchcraft practices and their meanings. A Deed Without a Name seeks to weave together some of this cutting-edge research with insider information and practical know-how. Utilising her own decades of experience in witchcraft and core-shamanism Lee Morgan pulls together information from trial records, folklore and modern testimonials to deepen our understanding of the ecstatic and visionary substrata of Traditional Witchcraft. Those who identify themselves as 'Traditional' tend to read a lot of scholarly texts on the subject and yet still there remains a vast gulf between this information and knowledgeably applying it in practice; this book aims to close that gap.

    Thanks to bitterwitchx for the original upload in azw3 format that can be found here :

    P.S. It kills me to put this in the "Wicca" category. :-/

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    An anthology of Traditional Witchcraft.


    Prelude: The Other Blood - Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold
    The Witch's Cross - Gemma Gary
    The Spirit of True Blood - Shani Oates
    Lezekoak - Arkaitz Urbeltz
    A Gathering of Light and Shadows - Stuart Inman and Jane Sparkes
    The Fall and Rise of an English Cunning One - Tony MacLeod
    Stregoneria, A Roman Furnace - Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold
    But the House of my Father will stand - Xabier Bakaikoa Urbeltz
    Bucca and the Cornish Cult of Pellar - Steve Patterson
    Exorcists, Conjurors and Cunning Men in Post-Reformation England- Richard Parkinson
    The Liturgy of Taboo - Francis Ashwood
    Trolldom - Johannes Gardback
    Bogomilian and Byzantine influences on Traditional Craft - Radomir Ristic
    But to assist the Soul's Interior Revolution, the art of Andrew Chumbley and aspects of Sabbatic Craft - Anne Morris
    Passersby: Potential, Crossroads & Wayfaring on the Serpent's Road- Jesse Hathaway Diaz
    The Mysteries of Beast, Blood and Bone - Sarah Lawless MsSVig

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    ‘The Religious Life of Nabataea’ examines the evidence for the religious practices and beliefs of the inhabitants of the Nabataean kingdom. It analyses material produced in the large area of the north-western Arabian Peninsula that was under the rule of the Nabataean king until the annexation of his kingdom by Rome in AD 106. Because of the scarcity of literary sources describing Nabataea, this study is largely dependent on inscriptions, with architectural and archaeological remains helping to put these better into their context.
    It is argued that a number of methodological problems with earlier studies have produced an inaccurate picture of a ‘Nabataean religion’ that cannot be easily reconciled with this material. The focus has been on recovering the identities and characteristics of individual gods and the relationships between them. Inconsistencies and diversities in the evidence have often been minimised in order to produce a coherent model or system of beliefs that ‘the Nabataeans’ followed. Underpinning this has been the scholarly perception of Nabataea as a culturally monolithic bloc that was inhabited by a people following the same way of life.
    This study takes a different approach, analysing the material first and foremost in its local context. Each chapter therefore focuses on a different centre or region of Nabataea, before the conclusion compares these to consider the kingdom as a whole. It is concluded that there is very little sign of a coherent pattern of religious practice covering Nabataea. On the contrary, it is the variety of practices that emerges most strongly. Although this area was all under the control of the Nabataean king, its religious life was dominated by a diversity of much more local traditions. MsSVig

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