By Jean Cooper
Here in one slender volume are the essentials to a tradition that dates back to 3,000 B.C. Among the topics covered here are: 1. The origins of Chinese alchemy 2. The quest for gold and immortality 3. The role of minerals and plants, medicines, astrology, yoga, and magic in Chinese alchemy 4. Alchemy in the East and in the West Chinese alchemy, largely associated with Taoism, has a recorded history of more than 2000 years, but traditionally it goes back even further, to the Yellow Emperor and his Three Immortal Ladies, some 3000 years BC. While Western alchemy was concerned with the search for spiritual and material gold, classic Taoist alchemy was a mystical quest for immortality. But like Western alchemy, it was as spiritual quest, its aim being union with the Absolute. J.C. Cooper describes the history and development of Taoist alchemy, compares it with similar traditions in India and Turkistan, and gives it context by contrasting it with the rationale of the Western hermetic tradition. As she writes in her concluding chapter: "The whole work of alchemy is summed up in the phrase 'To make of the body a spirit and of the spirit a body'...The goal of the Taoist alchemist-mystic was transformation, or perhaps more correctly, transfiguration, of the whole body until it ceases to 'be' and is absorbed into and becomes the Tao."
The Complete Book of Aquarian Magic: A Practical Guide to the Magical Arts
By Marian Green
Here, contained within one contemporary volume are two classic practical guides for modern witches:1. Magic for the Aquarian Age: A complete manual for magical techniques and preparing to practice the magical arts. Including exercises and techniques designed to awaken perceptions and senses that have been blunted by modern life, the guide aims to help unwrap the secret inner YOU and discover the submerged part of yourself that has the power to completely transform your life. 2. Experiments in Aquarian Magic: This guide draws on the ageless store of magical knowledge to enable you to make full use of its power and life expanding techniques. Included here is invaluable information regarding:- Vision journeys- Healing- Creating a magic temple- Time travel- Talismanic magicThe guide includes a new introduction by magical expert Judika Illes, author of four popular witchcraft encyclopedias: The Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells, The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft. The Encyclopedia of Spirits, and the brand new Encyclopedia of Mystics, Saints, and Sages.
By Ward Rutherford
Ward Rutherford's Celtic Mythology is a classic...It paints a brilliant portrait of the Celtic world and the way the people of those distant times interpreted the world around them though the creation of myths and legends. - John MatthewsIn this lively and absorbing account of the world of Celtic myth and the role it has played in the development of western culture, Ward Rutherford explores one of the jewels of European cultural heritage. In so doing he demonstrates how deeply Celtic mythology has become embedded in Western consciousness.With a new introduction from John Matthews - historian, folklorist, best selling author of Pirates and winner of the Benjamin Franklin award for The Winter Solstice, this book provides a highly literary and engaging insight into:The world of the Celts, including an historical overview from their emergence as an identifiable people around 1000 B.C. Also included is an explanation of their social structure. The contents of Celtic myths and the differences and similarities between their manifestation in Britain and Ireland.The geography of the supernatural world of Celtic myth, including discussion of Druids, Shamanism, and the occult meaning of Celtic myths. The influence of Celtic myth in English literature from Arthurian legend to the Grail legends.