Condensed Chaos

Condensed Chaos

Author: Phil Hine

Publisher:

ISBN: 1935150669

Category: Magic

Page: 192

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This book provides a practical introduction to Chaos Magic, one of the fastest growing areas of Western Occultism. Through it you can change your circumstances, live according to a developing sense of personal responsibility, effect change around you, and stop living as a helpless cog in some clockwork universe. All acts of personal/collective liberation are magical acts. Magic leads us into exhilaration and ecstasy; into insight and understanding; into changing ourselves and the world in which we participate. Through magic we may come to explore the possibilities of freedom.

Magic and Mysticism

Magic and Mysticism

Author: Arthur Versluis

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 9781461639879

Category: Religion

Page: 187

View: 639

Magic and Mysticism: An Introduction to Western Esoteric Traditions is a concise overview, from antiquity to the present, of all the major Western religious esoteric movements. Topics covered include alchemy, Gnosticism, Hermeticism, Rosicrucianism, Theosophy and many more. Magic and Mysticism is ideal for students of Mysticism and New Religious Movements, as well as for general readers of Metaphysics and Esoterica.

Hands-On Chaos Magic

Hands-On Chaos Magic

Author: Andrieh Vitimus

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

ISBN: 9780738715087

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 409

View: 233

This irreverent guide to chaos magic emphasizes experimentation and finding out what works best for you. Andrieh Vitimus presents a revolutionary hands-on course of study for the average Jane or Joe. Vitimus banishes the severe tone of other esoteric orders, offering an accessible and practical approach that makes it easier to perform successful chaos magic that is uniquely your own. Praise: "Andrieh Vitimus is the real deal...honest-to-gods, in-your-face magic. Hands-On Chaos Magicis just what it says, and the next best thing to working with the master himself."--Lon Milo DuQuette, author of The Magick of Aleister Crowley, Homemade Magick, and Low Magick "A must-have for any magician."-- Taylor Ellwood, author of Multi-Media Magic "Written with intelligence, experience, and a genuine desire to empower readers."--Raven Digitalis, author of Shadow Magick Compendium "A usable introduction to the concepts and practical techniques of chaos magic."--Donald Michael Kraig, author of Modern Magick "A well-considered and thorough contribution to the chaos magic current."--Dave Lee, author of Chaotopia

Researching the Paranormal

Researching the Paranormal

Author: Courtney M. Block

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 9781538131459

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 343

View: 791

In this book, you’ll find an assortment of resources that seriously examine various paranormal topics. You’ll also learn how you can apply the components of credibility to find additional research as well as information on conducting your own paranormal investigations.

Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature

Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature

Author: Bron Taylor

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441122780

Category: Reference

Page: 1927

View: 903

The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, originally published in 2005, is a landmark work in the burgeoning field of religion and nature. It covers a vast and interdisciplinary range of material, from thinkers to religious traditions and beyond, with clarity and style. Widely praised by reviewers and the recipient of two reference work awards since its publication (see www.religionandnature.com/ern), this new, more affordable version is a must-have book for anyone interested in the manifold and fascinating links between religion and nature, in all their many senses.

Speculation, Heresy, and Gnosis in Contemporary Philosophy of Religion

Speculation, Heresy, and Gnosis in Contemporary Philosophy of Religion

Author: Joshua Ramey

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781786601421

Category: Philosophy

Page: 272

View: 238

This volume takes a multi-disciplinary approach to continental philosophy of religion, engaging with philosophy, theology, religious studies, anthropology, cultural studies, and new religious movements, to explore patterns of mind and mortality, existence and ecstasy, creativity and expression, political possibility and religious matrix.

Contemporary Esotericism

Contemporary Esotericism

Author: Egil Asprem

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317543572

Category: Philosophy

Page: 448

View: 911

The study of contemporary esoteric discourse has hitherto been a largely neglected part of the new academic field of Western esotericism. Contemporary Esotericism provides a broad overview and assessment of the complex world of Western esoteric thought today. Combining historiographical analysis with theories and methodologies from the social sciences, the volume explores new problems and offers new possibilities for the study of esoterica. Contemporary Esotericism studies the period since the 1950s but focuses on the last two decades. The wide range of essays are divided into four thematic sections: the intricacies of esoteric appeals to tradition; the role of popular culture, modern communication technologies, and new media in contemporary esotericism; the impact and influence of esotericism on both religious and secular arenas; and the recent 'de-marginalization' of the esoteric in both scholarship and society.

Religious Individualisation

Religious Individualisation

Author: Martin Fuchs

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110580938

Category: Social Science

Page: 1444

View: 553

This volume brings together key findings of the long-term research project ‘Religious Individualisation in Historical Perspective’ (Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, Erfurt University). Combining a wide range of disciplinary approaches, methods and theories, the volume assembles over 50 contributions that explore and compare processes of religious individualisation in different religious environments and historical periods, in particular in Asia, the Mediterranean, and Europe from antiquity to the recent past. Contrary to standard theories of modernisation, which tend to regard religious individualisation as a specifically modern or early modern as well as an essentially Western or Christian phenomenon, the chapters reveal processes of religious individualisation in a large variety of non-Western and pre-modern scenarios. Furthermore, the volume challenges prevalent views that regard religions primarily as collective phenomena and provides nuanced perspectives on the appropriation of religious agency, the pluralisation of religious options, dynamics of de-traditionalisation and privatisation, the development of elaborated notions of the self, the facilitation of religious deviance, and on the notion of dividuality.

Graven Images

Graven Images

Author: A. David Lewis

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826430267

Category: Social Science

Page: 380

View: 960

Comic books have increasingly become a vehicle for serious social commentary and, specifically, for innovative religious thought. Practitioners of both traditional religions and new religious movements have begun to employ comics as a missionary tool, while humanists and religious progressives use comics' unique fusion of text and image to criticize traditional theologies and to offer alternatives. Addressing the increasing fervor with which the public has come to view comics as an art form and Americans' fraught but passionate relationship with religion, Graven Images explores with real insight the roles of religion in comic books and graphic novels. In essays by scholars and comics creators, Graven Images observes the frequency with which religious material—in devout, educational, satirical, or critical contexts—occurs in both independent and mainstream comics. Contributors identify the unique advantages of the comics medium for religious messages; analyze how comics communicate such messages; place the religious messages contained in comic books in appropriate cultural, social, and historical frameworks; and articulate the significance of the innovative theologies being developed in comics.

H. P. Lovecraft and the Black Magickal Tradition

H. P. Lovecraft and the Black Magickal Tradition

Author: John L. Steadman

Publisher: Weiser Books

ISBN: 9781578635870

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 306

View: 908

Modern practicing occultists have argued that renowned horror writer H. P. Lovecraft was in possession of in-depth knowledge of black magick. Literary scholars claim that he was a master of his genre and craft, and his findings are purely psychological, nothing more. Was Lovecraft a practitioner of the dark arts himself? Was he privileged to knowledge that cannot be otherwise explained? Weaving the life story of Lovecraft in and out of an analysis of various modern magickal systems, scholar John Steadman has found direct and concrete examples that demonstrate that Lovecraft’s works and specifically his Cthulhu Mythos and his creation of the Necronomicon are a legitimate basis for a working magickal system. Whether you believe Lovecraft had supernatural powers or not, no one can argue against Lovecraft’s profound influence on many modern black arts and the darker currents of western occultism.

A Brief Guide to Secret Religions

A Brief Guide to Secret Religions

Author: David V. Barrett

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781849018111

Category: Religion

Page: 416

View: 705

This wide-ranging book explores the diversity of esoteric and occult beliefs. Neo-Paganism is one of the fastest-growing new religions in the western world where witchcraft or Wicca, Druidry, and Urban Shamanism are thriving. Alongside this there has been an upsurge in New Age ideas of an even wider variety, including astrology, Tarot, numerology, and many others. And then there are members of various schools of occult science, practising High Magic. Why this new interest in old beliefs? Why are millions of educated people today abandoning both the established religion of their parents and 21st century scientific rationalism and turning to magic and esoteric teachings? In their search for spirituality those who follow these paths claim to be applying ancient wisdom to the modern world. The Brief History of Secret Religions, a companion book to The Brief History of Secret Societies, looks at the history and variety of these esoteric movements, where they came from and what they tell us about the world today. Praise for The New Believers: 'an excellent guide to fringe religions that juxtaposes "respectable" movements and those conventionally dismissed as cults.' The Telegraph. 'no-nonsense, comprehensive survey packed with non-judgmental information about the beliefs, aims and activities of such movements. Daily Mail.

Rebel Witch

Rebel Witch

Author: Kelly-Ann Maddox

Publisher: Watkins Media Limited

ISBN: 9781786784681

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 224

View: 721

A truly contemporary take on how to be a witch, Rebel Witch is an antidote to the cookie-cutter witchcraft agenda that gives a new perspective on the craft, asking each reader to create a powerful, personalized practice that taps into the current mood of female empowerment and spiritual rebellion. Rebel Witch reminds witches of the wondrous opportunity to jump into experimentation and invent something wild and individual, a practice shaped by their individual personality and life journey, rather than allowing themselves to be spoon-fed. It challenges witches to design a nurturing practice that is truly theirs. There's information about all the elements of the craft, from energy raising, sacred space creation and receiving signs to casting spells, holding rituals, scrying, potions and much more … crucially, in each case the topic is discussed from an exciting contemporary perspective. So, when Kelly-Ann talks about sacred texts, she stresses that you can choose the texts that resonate with you – so why not Alice in Wonderland or Narnia? Maybe you want to move away from the traditional Wheel of the Year and create your own divisions? Instead of honouring a traditional deity, why not construct your own, choosing elements from rock stars, movie icons or fictional heroes? Or embody magical signs in your clothing and jewellery? Creativity and experimentation are encouraged, with tips to help the reader to be inventive. A curious reader with a desire to create an inspired, deeply personal path and free themselves from conformity will finish the book ready to take action and make magick happen!