The Erotic Sentiment
In the Paintings of India & Nepal
Since ancient times, Oriental cultures have viewed lovemaking as one of the highest forms of spiritual and artistic expression. Great artists illustrated exquisite erotic manuals known as pillow-books to instruct newlyweds in the art of love. This book reproduces 65 of the finest of these paintings, with an introduction, explanatory commentary and translations from authentic Tantric writings. Sexually explicit.
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.
A Bestiary of Devils, Demons, Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Magical Creatures
Every society has its monsters, and visual depictions have been created from the earliest times. Here, art historian Christopher Dell presents a broad selection of bestial images that span centuries, from the one-eyed giants of Japan and Ancient Greece to dragons, demons, werewolves and ghosts. Often with strangely similar attributes, Dell examines the cultural significance of these monsters and the insight they provide into the human mind.
Mabon and the Guardians of Celtic Britain
Hero Myths in the Mabinogion
The synopses and commentaries in this ‘explorative study’ help the reader to unlock the cultural significance and spiritual meanings of the ‘Four Branches’ and ‘Taliesin’, the most ancient myths in the Welsh Mabinogion. Matthews’ interpretations focus on the initiatory pattern of Britain’s inner guardians and the figures of the archetypal liberator Mabon and his mother, Modron the Great Goddess. Revised and updated edition of Mabon and the Mysteries of Britain.
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.
The Discovery of the Nag Hammadi Texts
A Firsthand Account of The Expedition That Shook the Foundations of Christianity
Jean Doresse was a member of the party of archaeologists who first investigated the important collection of Gnostic texts found during the 1940s at a remote site in Upper Egypt. In this volume (first published in French in 1958) he describes that expedition, presents information about each of the manuscripts and explains what the 44 texts reveal about early Christian beliefs. The book ends with a translation and analysis of the Gospel according to Thomas.
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.
Power Places of Kathmandu
Hindu and Buddhist Holy Sites in the Sacred Valley of Nepal
In Hindu mythology, the Himalayas have always been known as ‘the abode of the gods’. Below these mountains, the Kathmandu valley is rich in holy sites, where animism and shamanism have long coexisted with Buddhism and Hinduism. Illustrated with more than 100 colour photographs, this volume explores these ‘power places’ – focal points of divine energy – from simple caves to magnificent temples, in the order followed by pilgrims on the three main routes through the old kingdoms of Nepal.
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.
The Seven Sisters of Sleep
The Celebrated Drug Classic
Given the date of authorship (1860), Mordecai Cooke's examination of drug use and abuse is notable for its open-mindedness and even-handedness when discussing the addictions of world cultures beyond the tobacco habit of Victorian England. Exploring the science and social history of narcotic plants and the attempts to curb their use, the seven substances discussed are opium, cannabis, betel nut, coca, tobacco, the datura plant and the fly agaric mushroom.
Precessional Time and the Evolution of Consciousness
How Stories Create the World
This spiritual guide explores how the profound power of stories has given our world meaning and made us human. Exploring how ancient myths, megalithic structures, the formation of language and prehistoric cave art are narratives shaped by sacred proportion, Richard Heath explains that stories enable us to identify the spiritual aspect within the material world and to participate in the evolution of human consciousness.
The Templar Treasure at Gisors
When the French King Philip the Fair ordered the arrest of the Knights Templar and the confiscation of their property in 1307, the Order was one of the most powerful and wealthy forces in Europe, answerable only to the Pope. Focusing on the medieval city of Gisors in Normandy, Jean Markale tells the story of the hunt for the fabled wealth that disappeared with the Templars, and sheds new light on the activities of the mysterious Order.
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 gradually evolved into a womanizing villain. This scholarly study by a leading Arthurian expert explores how this happened over many hundreds of years of British storytelling, and seeks 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.