The Dictionary of Magic & Mystery

Author: Melusine Draco

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 184694807X

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 377

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Every good reference book is both a product and a reflection of its time. The Dictionary of Magic & Mystery is not just another compendium or dictionary of occultism: it is a jumping-off point for further research. Here, the reader will find the ancient and modern interpretation for magical and mystical terms, together with explanations for the differences between the varied (and often conflicting) approaches to magic.
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Magic Words

A Dictionary

Author: Craig Conley

Publisher: Weiser Books

ISBN: 9781609250508

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 360

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Magic Words: A Dictionary is a one-of-a-kind resource for armchair linguists, pop-culture enthusiasts, Pagans, Wiccans, magicians, and trivia nuts alike. Brimming with the most intriguing magic words and phrases from around the world and illustrated throughout with magical symbols and icons, Magic Words is a dictionary like no other. More than seven-hundred essay style entries describe the origins of magical words as well as historical and popular variations and fascinating trivia. With sources ranging from ancient Medieval alchemists to modern stage magicians, necromancers, and wizards of legend to miracle workers throughout time, Magic Words is a must have for any scholar of magic, language, history, and culture.
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John Dee's Five Books of Mystery

Original Sourcebook of Enochian Magic

Author: John Dee,Joseph H. Peterson

Publisher: Weiser Books

ISBN: 9781578631780

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 479

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Discovered in a hidden compartment of an old chest long after his death, the secret writings of John Dee, one of the leading scientists and occultists of Elizabethan England, record in minute detail his research into the occult. Dee concealed his treatises on the nature of humankind's contact with angelic realms and languages throughout his life, and they were nearly lost forever. In his brief biography of John Dee, Joseph Peterson calls him a "true Renaissance man"? detailing his work in astronomy, mathematics, navigation, the arts, astrology, and the occult sciences. He was even thought to be the model for Shakespeare's Prospero. All this was preparation for Dee's main achievement: five books, revealed and transcribed between March 1582 and May 1583, bringing to light mysteries and truths that scholars and adepts have been struggling to understand and use ever since. These books detail his system for communicating with the angels, and reveal that the angels were interested in and involved with the exploration and colonization of the New World, and in heralding in a new age or new world order. While Dee's influence was certainly felt in his lifetime, his popularity has grown tremendously since. His system was used and adapted by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and subsequently by Aleister Crowley. This new edition of John Dee's Five Books of Mystery is by far the most accessible and complete published to date. Peterson has translated Latin terms and added copious footnotes, putting the instructions and references into context for the modern reader.
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The Complete Enochian Dictionary

A Dictionary of the Angelic Language As Revealed to Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelley

Author: Donald C Laycock,Edward Kelly,Dr John Dee

Publisher: Weiser Books

ISBN: 9781578632541

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 288

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In 1581, Dr. John Dee, an advisor in the court of Queen Elizabeth I, began a series of experiments intended to explore the ability to contact the spirit world. With Edward Kelley acting as the medium in these experiments, Dee was able to record these communications as they were transmitted in Enochian -- the language of the angels. Donald Laycock has thoroughly analyzed the work of Dee and Kelley. In this volume, he recounts the history of their experiments. The rest of the work consists of a pronunciation guide for the twenty-one letters, significant to untangling both the meaning and the derivation of the messages handed down from Dee and Kelley, and a basic Enochian-English/English-Enochian dictionary. The result is a fascinating linguistic and magical mystery story, integral to any study of the Enochian tradition. Stephen Skinner's lucid Preface sets the tone and historical context for today's readers.
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A Lapidary of Sacred Stones

Their Magical and Medicinal Powers Based on the Earliest Sources

Author: Claude Lecouteux

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1594775087

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 376

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A comprehensive dictionary of sacred and magical gem lore that draws on the rarest source texts of Antiquity and the Middle Ages • Reveals the healing and magical virtues of familiar gemstones, such as amethyst, emerald, and diamond, as well as the lore surrounding exotic stones such as astrios, a stone celebrated by ancient magicians • Examines bezoars (stones formed in animals’ bodies) and “magnets” that attract materials other than metal • Based on ancient Arabic, Greek, Jewish, and European sources, ranging from the observations of Pliny the Elder to extremely rare texts such as the Picatrix and Damigeron’s Virtue of Stones Our ancestors believed stones were home to sacred beings of power, entities that if properly understood and cultivated could provide people protection from ill fortune, envy, and witchcraft; grant invisibility and other magical powers; improve memory; and heal the sick from a wide variety of diseases. These benefits could be obtained by wearing the stone on a ring, bracelet, or pendant; through massage treatments with the stone; or by reducing the gem into a powder and drinking it mixed with water or wine. Drawing from a wealth of ancient Arabic, Greek, Jewish, and European sources--from the observations of Pliny the Elder to extremely rare texts such as the Picatrix and Damigeron’s Virtue of Stones--Claude Lecouteux provides a synthesis of all known lore for more than 800 stones. He includes such common examples as the emerald, which when engraved with the figure of a harpy holding a lamprey in its claws will banish panic and nightmares, and beryl, which when appropriately carved can summon water spirits or win its owner high renown, as well as more exotic stones such as astrios, a stone celebrated by ancient magicians and whose center glows like a star. Lecouteux also examines bezoars--stones formed in animals’ bodies--as well as “magnets” that attract materials other than iron, such as gold, flesh, cotton, or scorpions. This comprehensive dictionary of sacred and magical gem lore, drawn from the rarest sources of Antiquity and the Middle Ages, represents a one-of-a-kind resource for gem enthusiasts and magical practitioners alike.
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Decoding the Enochian Secrets

God’s Most Holy Book to Mankind as Received by Dr. John Dee from Angelic Messengers

Author: N.A

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1594778566

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 240

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The ultimate source text of Enochian Magic never before available in book form • Contains the actual and complete Tables of Enoch given to Dr. John Dee by the Angels • Explains the difference between Dee’s Tables of Enoch and the apocryphal Book of Enoch • Includes directions for powerful magic rituals and meditations using these tables • Presents a reconstruction of the possible 49th missing Table of Enoch Originally considered a vital part of inspirational literature used by the early church, the Book of Enoch never made it into the cannon or accepted books of the Old Testament because of its strange and mysterious content about Enoch’s experiences in the higher realms, or heavens. The real Book of Enoch, which is a set of almost 100 mystical tables, was given again to humankind in the 1580s, when it was conveyed directly by angels to Dr. John Dee, a 16th-century mathematician, scientist, occultist, and the astrologer of Queen Elizabeth I. Called “the most important book ever given to man by God” by Dee’s angelic messengers, the Book (or Tables) of Enoch is said to hold all the secrets of heaven and earth and the physical and spiritual realms. Decoding the Enochian Secrets reproduces for the first time ever the exact and complete copy of these tables, which are housed in the British Library. The tables are written in the handwriting of Dr. Dee and Edward Kelly, Dee’s assistant and scryer. The tables also include the phonetic pronunciations, written by Dee in the margins, of all the magical Enochian Calls. Covering the history of this Book or Tables of Enoch, John DeSalvo explains the difference between these tables and the apocryphal Book of Enoch and examines how later magicians such as Aleister Crowley used them. Including Enochian Magic Meditations and rituals, Decoding the Enochian Secrets presents the source text to the most powerful form of magic known to mankind.
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The Watkins Dictionary of Magic: Over 3000 Entries on the World of Magical Formulas, Secret Symbols and the Occult

Author: Nevill Drury

Publisher: Duncan Baird Publishers

ISBN: 1780283628

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 320

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The Dictionary of Magic provides fascinating explanations of all things magical - including creatures, rituals, spells and formulas. It includes entries on the meaning of secret symbols and the symbolism of rites of transformation, gives detailed information on the nature of all types of mythic beings, and examines the extent and context of claims to supernatural powers. The book introduces the reader to mystical traditions such as the Kabbalah, the Tarot, the Hermetic traditions and Gnosticism, putting them in their geographical and historical context, as well as looking at their sacred esoteric texts. It features biographies of leading figures in the field, recounts folklore and mythology from all over the world, examines cases of unexplained phenomena...and much, much more.
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The Mysterious, Magical Cat

Author: D. J. Conway

Publisher: Gramercy

ISBN: 9780517163016

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 224

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Few species of animals have evoked such a variety of feelings as the cat. These mysterious, mystical creatures are credited with everything from predicting earthquakes and volcanic eruptions to gaining the power of speech at a certain advanced age! The Mysterious, Magical Cat offers a comprehensive and heartwarming look at the amazing feline that has been worshiped, adored, feared, and admired for more than 18,000 years. ¸ The Cat in Ancient History and Superstition ¸ Feline Deities ¸ Felines in Folklore, Literature, and Art ¸ Cat-Vampires and Demon Cats ¸ The Uncommon Common Cat ¸ Cat Body Language The Mysterious, Magical Cat includes everything you want to know about the special qualities of cats, complete with fascinating illustrations and an extensive appendix of cat breeds explaining the special characteristics of each. This charming book explores the history of the world's most popular animal. A special book for cat lovers everywhere.
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The Dictionary of the Esoteric

3000 Entries on the Mystical and Occult Traditions

Author: Nevill Drury

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.

ISBN: 9788120819894

Category: Mysticism

Page: 344

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With ovear 3000 cross-referenced entries this is an invaluable reference to the mystical and esoteric traditions. It gives succinct definitions in the fields of magic hermeticism, alchemy, spiritualism, parapsychology, eastern and western mysticism, mind and consciousness research divination, tarot, and a variety of less welll-known subjects. It also features biographies of leading figures in the field with details of their lives, philosophies and writings- from astrologer Evangeline Adams to the prophet Zarathustra.
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The Glamour of Grammar

A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English

Author: Roy Peter Clark

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 9780316089067

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

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Early in the history of English, the words "grammar" and "glamour" meant the same thing: the power to charm. Roy Peter Clark, author of Writing Tools, aims to put the glamour back in grammar with this fun, engaging alternative to stuffy instructionals. In this practical guide, readers will learn everything from the different parts of speech to why effective writers prefer concrete nouns and active verbs. THE GLAMOUR OF GRAMMAR gives readers all the tools they need to"live inside the language"--to take advantage of grammar to perfect their use of English, to instill meaning, and to charm through their writing. With this indispensable book, readers will come to see just how glamorous grammar can be.
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A Magical Mystery Time

Author: Brooke Halpin

Publisher: Booktango

ISBN: 1468956272

Category: Fiction

Page: 1

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From February 1964 to 1970, it was a magical, mysterious time when The Beatles were a powerful force that shaped an entire generation of teens throughout the world. Trevor Hampton, the character in Brooke Halpin' s new novel, was one of those teens. Trevor was so infatuated with and enamored by The Beatles, that he thought he was a Beatle. A Magical Mystery Time, based on a true story, is about Trevor’s musical dreams and aspirations of becoming a successful rock and roller, who devoutly followed everything The Beatles did. But there were pot holes and dead ends on this obstacle laden long and winding road, that led Trevor to disillusionment and shattered dreams. Before he could move forward -- away from his false identity and life beyond The Beatles -- he had to get back to his past and resolve outstanding issues.
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The Book of Grimoires

The Secret Grammar of Magic

Author: Claude Lecouteux

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1620551888

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 272

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An extensive study of ancient books of magic and the magical practices preserved in the few surviving grimoires • Includes spells, talisman formulations, and secret magical alphabets reproduced from the author’s private collection of grimoires, with instructions for their use • Explains the basic principles of medieval magic, including the doctrine of names and the laws of sympathy and contagion • Offers an overview of magic in the Western Mystery tradition Grimoires began simply as quick-reference “grammar books” for sorcerers, magicians, and priests before evolving into comprehensive guides to magic, complete with spell-casting rituals, magical alphabets, and instructions to create amulets and talismans. With the advent of the printing press, some grimoires were mass produced, but many of the abbreviations were misinterpreted and magical words misspelled, rendering them ineffective. The most powerful grimoires remained not only secret but also heavily encoded, making them accessible only to the highest initiates of the magical traditions. Drawing on his own private collection of grimoires and magical manuscripts as well as his privileged access to the rare book archives of major European universities, Claude Lecouteux offers an extensive study of ancient books of magic and the ways the knowledge within them was kept secret for centuries through symbols, codes, secret alphabets, and Kabbalistic words. Touching on both white and black magical practices, he explains the basic principles of medieval magic, including the doctrine of names and signatures, mastery of the power of images, and the laws of sympathy and contagion. He gives an overview of magic in the Western Mystery tradition, emphasizing both lesser-known magicians such as Trithemus and Peter of Apono and famous ones like Albertus Magnus and Hermes Trismegistus. Creating a universal grimoire, Lecouteux provides exact reproductions of secret magical alphabets, symbols, and glyphs with instructions for their use as well as an illustrated collection of annotated spells, rituals, and talismans for numerous applications including amorous magic, healing magic, and protection rites. The author also examines the folk magic that resulted when the high magic of the medieval grimoires melded with the preexisting pagan magic of ancient Europe.
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A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art

Author: Ian Chilvers,John Glaves-Smith

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199239657

Category: Art

Page: 776

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This unique and authoritative reference work contains more than 2,000 clear and concise entries on all aspects of modern and contemporary art. Its impressive range of terms includes movements, styles, techniques, artists, critics, dealers, schools, and galleries. There are biographical entries for artists worldwide from the beginning of the 20th century through to the beginning of the 21st, from the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto to the French sculptor Jacques Zwobada. With international coverage, indications of public collections and publicly sited works, and in-depth entries for key topics (for example, Cubism and abstract art), this dictionary is a fascinating and thorough guide for anyone with an interest in modern and contemporary culture, amateur or professional. Formerly the Dictionary of 20th Century Art, the text has been completely revised and updated for this major new edition. 300 entries have been added and it now contains entries on photography in modern art. With emphasis on recent art and artists, for example Damien Hirst, it has an exceptionally strong coverage of art from the 1960s, which makes it particularly ideal for contemporary art enthusiasts. Further reading is provided at entry level to assist those wishing to know more about a particular subject. In addition, this edition features recommended web links for many entries, which are accessed and kept up to date via the Dictionary of Modern Art companion website. The perfect companion for the desk, bedside table, or gallery visits, A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art is an essential A-Z reference work for art students, artists, and art lovers.
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The Complete Dictionary of Symbols

Author: Jack Tresidder

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

ISBN: 9780811847674

Category: Reference

Page: 544

View: 1918

Describes the origins, history, and meaning of a variety of signs and symbols that appear in art, literature, mythology, and religion, covering more than two thousand symbols, figures, and themes and drawing from classical myth, biblical text, and other traditional and cultural items. Original. 17,500 first printing.
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The Dictionary of Imaginary Places

Author: Alberto Manguel,Gianni Guadalupi

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780156008723

Category: Fiction

Page: 755

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Describes and visualizes over 1,200 magical lands found in literature and film, discussing such exotic realms as Atlantis, Tolkien's Middle Earth, and Oz.
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A Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes

Author: Richard Kostelanetz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136806202

Category: Music

Page: 736

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A Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes recognizes that change is a driving force in all the arts. It covers major trends in music, dance, theater, film, visual art, sculpture, and performance art--as well as architecture, science, and culture.
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La Santa Muerte

Unearthing the Magic & Mysticism of Death

Author: Tomás Prower

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

ISBN: 0738745510

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 312

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This is the first book that presents the eclectic history, modern culture, and step-by-step magick spells of La Santa Muerte’s mystery schools to the non-Spanish-speaking world. As the patron saint of lost causes, the LGBT community, addicts, and anyone who has been marginalized by society, La Santa Muerte has a clandestine following of millions of devotees in the U.S. alone—and she’s only becoming more popular. Join author Tomás Prower as he shows step-by-step instruction for spells, magick, and prayers for practical results and long-term goals, including money, love, sex, healing, legal issues, protection, and more. La Santa Muerte also includes detailed information on: • History, myths, and symbols • Language, etiquette, and names • Tools, altars, and offerings
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