This guide to superstitious lore is in two parts: the first examines the lighter side, detailing the historical and mythological roots of beliefs including hanging horseshoes over the door, telling stories to the bees and touching wood; the second looks into the darker side, with stories of hagstones, broken mirrors, black cats and the Evil Eye.
Change Your Life with Earth Magic
The Ancient Chinese Art of Harmonising Yourself with the Energies of the Earth and the Heavens
Noting that many books on the subject of Feng Shui oversimplify the practice, Gary Quelch begins by introducing the underlying principles of Chinese thought, medicine and philosophy. He goes on to outline how the reader can use traditional methods to work out their personal element and apply it in various ways to create harmony in all aspects of life. Slightly off-mint.
Though often wrongly confused with hedonism, the Epicurean ideal of achieving true happiness was in reality an austere, utilitarian philosophy of kindness, equality and moderation of appetites. This edition of Epicurus’ surviving works, as recorded by Diogenes Laertius, includes introductory chapters from Robert Drew Hicks’s Stoics and Epicureans (1910).
The Light of Sex
Initiation, Magic, and Sacrament
Maria de Naglowska (1883–1936) sets out her treatise on the spiritually transformative power of sex. She offers insights into the mystic rituals followed by occultists in 1930s Paris, explaining how it is possible to achieve enlightenment through the adoration of the female spirit.
The Curious Science of Our Bodies
Can the power of thought outwit ageing? What’s it like to be struck by lightning? Could 3D printers make body parts? These are among the intriguing questions discussed in stories that explore the stranger aspects of the human body. These 17 articles were originally published on mosaicscience.com, an online magazine created by Wellcome. Off-mint.
The Crystal Code
Balance Your Energy, Transform Your Life
Stones such as rose quartz, amethyst and tourmaline have long been associated with divinatory, healing and protective properties. Tamara Driessen explains the meaning and powers of 70 different crystals and offers a series of tutorials covering subjects including meditation, creating an altar and dowsing. Slightly off-mint.
The Journey within
Exploring the Path of Bhakti
In this sequel to his spiritual autobiography The Journey Home, the monk and activist Radhanath Swami combines personal anecdotes with the wisdom of gurus, saints and sacred texts. He guides the reader on the devotional path of bhakti yoga – ‘this timeless way of transforming consciousness’ – explaining how to awaken the potential to love, to balance our lives and to become instruments of change, showing kindness to others and care for our environment.
The Longevity Bible
The Definitive Guide to a Long, Healthy and Happy Life
Following the premise that ageing well is about staying motivated and content, this illustrated guide explains how to build the resilience to achieve a long and healthy life. Incorporating numerous yoga poses and balancing Eastern philosophy and Western science, it considers the importance of staying active and alert, eating a healthy diet and having a rewarding social life.
The Secret Language of Birthdays
Personology Profiles for Each Day of the Year
Based on psychology, history, numerology, tarot and astrology, this illustrated guide to personality offers a double-page spread for each day of the year, describing the characteristics, quirks and personality traits associated with each birth date. It includes detailed information about the twelve signs of the zodiac and how they are influenced by the elements, the planets and the seasons. Off-mint.
Warriors of Love
Rumi's Odes to Shams of Tabriz
The great Persian poet Rumi (1207–73) was inspired by his eccentric spiritual guide Shams to compose these lyrical odes as metaphors for his love of God. Cowan’s translation presents 49 poems, with an introduction on the men’s deep friendship and their contribution to Islamic spirituality.
Freud: The Key Ideas
From Psychoanalysis and Sex to Dreams, the Unconscious and More
The influence of Freud’s revolutionary ideas extends to art, literature and the language of everyday life. With clear and concise explanations of Freud’s technical terminology, this guide to his theories begins with a short biography, then explains how he developed each of the central concepts of psychoanalysis.
A Seventeenth-Century English Tragedy
By the spring of 1645, civil war had exacted a terrible toll on England. Disease, hunger, anxiety and lawlessness were rife, and belief in the supernatural was commonplace. In Essex, two gentlemen began interrogating women suspected of witchcraft. This study charts the grisly careers of ‘Witchfinder General’ Matthew Hopkins and John Stearne, and reveals how religious bigotry and the superstitious fears of ordinary people unleashed the most brutal witch-hunt in English history.
Taoist Astral Healing
Chi Kung Healing Practices Using Star and Planet Energies
Taoist astrology teaches that harnessing the energies of the stars can break cycles of attraction and addiction, promote longevity, and enable us to heal ourselves and others. This step-by-step guide explains its origins and principles and offers practical meditation techniques that are intended to allow the inner and outer universes to become more connected, expanding self-awareness, balancing the emotions and promoting spiritual growth.
The Complete Yoga Tutor
A Structured Course to Achieve Professional Expertise
This manual of Hatha Yoga, written by the founder of Dharma Yoga London, is aimed at serious practitioners and aspiring teachers. Step-by-step instructions for 65 asanas (postures) are given, accompanied by notes on the benefits of each and photographs of yoga practitioners executing the pose. Breathing, anatomy and the science and history of yoga are also covered in this comprehensive handbook.
Beat Stress with Meditation
Meditation can help to relieve stress and anxiety by developing a calmer and more balanced approach to everyday situations. This practical step-by-step guide describes how to master progressive exercises and integrate meditation techniques into daily life, emphasising the importance of a holistic approach to health for the body and the mind.
Mindfulness in Eight Weeks
The Revolutionary Eight-Week Plan to Clear Your Mind and Calm Your Life
With downloadable audio materials, this illustrated manual uses mental and physical exercises with clear step-by-step instructions to help readers to become aware of their habits, learn how to breathe, understand their feelings and reactions, and live mindfully.
Jung: The Key Ideas
An Introduction to Carl Jung's Pioneering Work on Analytical Psychology, Dreams and the Collective Unconscious
This accessible and methodical introduction to Karl Jung’s analytical psychology offers concise explanations of his key concepts, from archetypes and the collective unconscious to dream analysis and the eight psychological types. Illustrated with humorous cartoons, the book also explores his main influences, including his relationship with Freud and his deep interest in Eastern religion, as well as examining the numerous approaches he devised to help understand the human psyche.
The Body of Myth
Mythology, Shamanic Trance and the Sacred Geography of the Body
With a focus on Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian mythology, this innovative investigation into the biological basis of myths and dreams enlarges on the work of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell. The author concludes that myths have their origins in esoteric descriptions of what occurs within the human body during shamanic trance, a natural state which was once at the core of religious experience but was then distilled into such spiritual practices as the Indian tradition of yoga.
The Amazing Healing Powers of Nature
How Plants and Animals are Helping to Improve Our Health
How could a horse, a sea cucumber, or brown algae improve your health? This absorbing book contains more than 140 articles on the plants, animals and micro-organisms that have provided the basis for drugs combating such problems as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Illustrated with hundreds of photographs, this volume tells the behind-the-scenes stories of medical breakthroughs, discusses traditional medicines, and gives practical advice on using natural therapies to improve your health.
How to Reach Enlightenment
This inspirational guide contains practical advice to help you unlock your spirituality. Its chapters offer strategies for learning how to live a conscious life enriched by enlightenment; find quiet and balance; serve others with compassion; and step into your authenticity. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.