The Origins of Psychic Phenomena
Poltergeists, Incubi, Succubi, and the Unconscious Mind
A psychologist and paranormal researcher argues that phenomena including alien abduction, split personalities, possessions and spontaneous combustion can be rationally explained by activity within the cerebellum. He calls this part of the brain, which produces dreams and was much larger in Neanderthals, the seat of the unconscious, and suggests its repressed functioning is externalized in a wide variety of otherwise inexplicable events.
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.
Masters of Wisdom of Central Asia
Teachings from the Sufi Path of Liberation
Hasan Lutfi Shushud, renowned Sufi saint and master, introduces the teachers known as the Khwajagan (‘Masters of Wisdom’), who lived during the golden age of Islamic Sufism among the Turks and who advocated maintaining an active connection with the world. He examines their writings and teachings, revealing how they followed the path of Absolute Liberation, allotted to ‘one out of a thousand perfect men’. Revised second edition.
And Other Occult Writings from La Flèche
These 20 articles are mostly taken from a newspaper published in the 1930s by Maria de Naglowska. The paper promoted her religious system – the Third Term of the Trinity – which taught that the Holy Spirit of Christianity was feminine, and that sex could uplift humanity. Most of the articles are written by Naglowska herself; they cover topics including sacred sexuality, religious philosophy and feminism.
Books on Fire
The Destruction of Libraries throughout History
Whatever the size of our libraries, we feel bound to enrich them and preserve them against the threats of fire and water, worms, war and earthquake. Polastron examines the world's libraries, from the Hebrew, Nordic and Islamic myths of a vast library which existed before the world's creation, to the catastrophic losses of the libraries of Alexandria, the Qing Dynasty and modern Iraq. He also asks whether the digitization of books threatens the very existence of the physical library.
Advanced Sex Magic
The Hanging Mystery Initiation
This sequel to Naglowska’s The Light of Sex – appearing for the first time in English since its French publication in 1936 – focuses on the Hanging Initiation and comes with a warning that this should never be attempted alone. Sensory deprivation practices were necessary for initiation into Naglowska’s Brotherhood of the Golden Arrow, which believed in the transformative power of sex.
The Universal Kabbalah
Deciphering the Cosmic Code in the Sacred Geometry of the Sabbath Star Diagram
Alongside her career as a professor of English, Leonora Leet spent two decades working on the Kabbalah and Pythagorean geometry to produce this magnum opus, in which she derives a new model from the Tree of Life and her own Sabbath Star Diagram, based on seven Star of David hexagrams. She thereby expands the four worlds of the classical Kabbalah, synthesizing science and spirituality as she provides a mathematical basis for aspects of the Jewish mystical tradition.
The Divine Library
A Comprehensive Reference Guide to the Sacred Texts and Spiritual Literature of the World
Covering a broad spectrum of spiritual literature, this guide offers succinct descriptions of 140 sacred texts, from the most ancient, such as the Chinese I Ching and Egyptian Pyramid Texts, to the Book of Mormon and the Baha’i Kitab-i-Iqan dating from the 19th century. It outlines the works’ cultural contexts, explains how they often grew from preliterate oral traditions and provides information on modern English translations and commentaries.
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.
Art and Spiritual Transformation
The Seven Stages of Death and Rebirth
Finlay Eversole presents a seven-step meditation journey designed to help the reader experience the spiritual energy embedded within art. To illustrate the stages, he examines works by, among others, the abstract expressionists Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko and the modern visionary artists Alex Grey and Ernst Fuchs, revealing how art contributes to the transformation and evolution of human consciousness.
Knight of the Goddess
Gawain, nephew of King Arthur, was once the most important knight at Arthur’s Court, yet as the popularity of the Arthurian legend grew his character evolved into a womanizing villain. Written by an expert on Arthurian mythology, this volume explores hundreds of years of British storytelling to uncover how such a transformation occurred and to restore Gawain’s reputation. This American edition was previously published in the UK as Gawain: Knight of the Goddess.
Eleanor of Aquitaine
Queen of the Troubadours
The wife of Louis VII of France, then of Henry II of England, and mother of Richard I and King John, Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122–1204) was a dominant figure in the twelfth century. For the French poet, philosopher and historian Jean Markale, she was pivotal: a paragon of beauty and virtue, the embodiment of sovereignty and 'heroine of a revolution that awakened the Middle Ages from its torpor'. First published in France in 1979; translated by Jon E Graham.