The Meanings of Magic

The Meanings of Magic

As these essays show, magic defines the limit of both science and religion but as such remains indefinable.

Author: Amy Wygant

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 1845451783

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 241

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The notion of "magic" is a current popular culture phenomenon. Harry Potter, the Lord of the Rings, the commercial glamour of the footballer and the pop idol surround us with their charisma, enchantment, and charm. But magic also exerts a terrifying political hold upon us: bin Laden's alleged March 28 e-mail message spoke of the attacks on America in form of "crushing its towers, disgracing its arrogance, undoing its magic." The nine scholars included in this volume consider the cultural power of magic, from early Christianity and the ancient Mediterranean to the curious film career of Buffalo Bill, focusing on topics such as Surrealism, France in the classical age, alchemy, and American fundamentalism, ranging from popular to elite magic, from theory to practice, from demonology to exoticism, from the magic of memory to the magic of the stage. As these essays show, magic defines the limit of both science and religion but as such remains indefinable.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

The Meanings of Magic

The Meanings of Magic

They will not define magic, but they will show us some of the contexts and developments which have produced an historical moment at which magic defines us. While avoiding the fool's errand which would be an attempt to pin 'magic' down, ...

Author: Amy Wygant

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781800734128

Category: Social Science

Page: 252

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The notion of "magic" is a current popular culture phenomenon. Harry Potter, the Lord of the Rings, the commercial glamour of the footballer and the pop idol surround us with their charisma, enchantment, and charm. But magic also exerts a terrifying political hold upon us: bin Laden's alleged March 28 e-mail message spoke of the attacks on America in form of "crushing its towers, disgracing its arrogance, undoing its magic." The nine scholars included in this volume consider the cultural power of magic, from early Christianity and the ancient Mediterranean to the curious film career of Buffalo Bill, focusing on topics such as Surrealism, France in the classical age, alchemy, and American fundamentalism, ranging from popular to elite magic, from theory to practice, from demonology to exoticism, from the magic of memory to the magic of the stage. As these essays show, magic defines the limit of both science and religion but as such remains indefinable.
Categories: Social Science

Synchronicity The Magic The Mystery The Meaning

Synchronicity  The Magic  The Mystery  The Meaning

This book is for those who are looking for -Signs to confirm you are on the right spiritual path -Affirmations, confirmation, validation that you are on the right track in life -Understanding about the meaning of your own synchronicities ...

Author: Kenneth Harris

Publisher:

ISBN: 1945252715

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 162

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There Are No Coincidences Synchronicities are all around us and they can help us on our path to evolving spiritually, mentally and emotionally. Many of us can recall a time where we set out to do one thing and something else happened that created something special for us. Perhaps you've had the experience of meeting someone whom you deeply felt was meant to be in your life at that time. Synchronicity: The Magic. The Mystery. The Meaning is a collection of the author's real-life stories about synchronicity that can serve as a guide to help you remember the hidden meanings of your own synchronicities. This book is for those who are looking for Signs to confirm you are on the right spiritual path Affirmations, confirmation, validation that you are on the right track in life Understanding about the meaning of your own synchronicities Author, Dr. Kenneth Harris offers a blueprint for understanding the hidden meaning of your own synchronicities. It defines the seven types of synchronicities, answers the six reasons they happen to us, and gives you five questions to ask yourself for interpreting your synchronicities and gives you four practices to ensure having more synchronicities. In Synchronicity you will discover When you connect the dots you will discover nothing is random No one has been sent into your life by accident: they are either a lesson or blessing That the Universe will align you with the right people, things, and situations that guide you on your path To trust the universe to send the right people into your life at the right time If you are looking for more meaning, purpose, and connection in your life pay attention to the signs the Universe is sending through synchronicities. Begin reading the first chapter now using Amazon's "Look Inside" feature. Find out how to interpret those moments of serendipity in your life-order your copy of Synchronicity today. Available in Kindle and paperback.
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Numbers

Numbers

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ISBN: OCLC:1000579249

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Legacy of the Luoshu

Legacy of the Luoshu

In this riveting account of cultural detective work, renowned mathematics educator, Frank J. Swetz relates how he uncovered the previously h

Author: Frank Swetz

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781439865323

Category: Mathematics

Page: 228

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A symbol of the Divine, a good luck charm, a cosmogram of the world order, a template for fengshui-through the ages, the luoshu, or magic squre of order three, has fascinated people of many different cultures. In this riveting account of cultural detective work, renowned mathematics educator, Frank J. Swetz relates how he uncovered the previously h
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Runes for Beginners

Runes for Beginners

In Runes for Beginners, you'll learn all you need to know to start working with runes, including: - The history of the runes and their role within the framework of the Germanic magical worldview - The origins of runic wisdom in Norse ...

Author: Lisa Chamberlain

Publisher:

ISBN: 1912715546

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Page: 142

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Everything You Need to Know to Begin Working With Runes The enigmatic nature of the runes is undeniable. In fact, the English word "rune" comes to us from the Norse word runa, which means "a secret," or "to whisper." As symbols, the runes mean little to the untrained eye, yet the magical energies they activate can be used for positive, impactful change in your everyday life. But what are runes, exactly? On the surface level, runes are the characters in a writing system used by the ancient Germanic peoples of Europe. But unlike our modern letters, the runic symbols had been used for magical purposes long before they were fashioned into an alphabet. This is known from runic inscriptions found on ancient artifacts as well as Germanic myth and lore handed down over the centuries. Indeed, those who work with the runes today are taking part in an age-old magical tradition established by our Northern European pagan ancestors. In Runes for Beginners, best-selling author Lisa Chamberlain shines the light on these ancient symbols, showing you how to discover and utilize their unique magical energies. With both an eye toward tradition and a multicultural spirit, Lisa combines an appreciation for the Germanic roots of the runes with a more eclectic Neopagan approach. Unlike many other books on the topic, Runes for Beginners is completely accessible to those with no experience in Northern European magical traditions, yet it doesn't ignore those traditions altogether. You will emerge from this guide with a basic understanding of the runes' role in ancient Germanic paganism, as well as a solid foundation of knowledge to build your own runic practice, regardless of your religious or spiritual path. Foundations in Runic Magic and Divination The runes represent various aspects of the human experience of the Universe-both tangible and intangible. Each runic symbol embodies a natural force, or type of energy, which the rune worker can attune to and then manipulate in various ways. Runes can be sent out into the Universe to manifest a magical goal, or they can be used to consult with the unseen realms about a situation at hand. In Runes for Beginners, you'll learn all you need to know to start working with runes, including: - The history of the runes and their role within the framework of the Germanic magical worldview - The origins of runic wisdom in Norse mythology - An overview of the Elder Futhark, the oldest-known runic alphabet and most widely used rune system in contemporary Neopaganism - Basic techniques of rune magic, including rune scripts, bind runes, and creating runic talismans - How to make your own runes - Instructions for traditional rune-casting as well as contemporary rune spreads - Tips for successful divination - The divinatory meanings and magical uses of each rune in the Elder Futhark - A suggested reading list for further exploring the runes and the magical and spiritual traditions of the ancient Germanic peoples - Detailed tables of correspondence for a handy condensed magical and divinatory guide By the end of this guide, you will have a working knowledge of the runes that will enable you to use them with confidence in magic and divination. However, when it comes to truly mastering the runes, the importance of time and practice can't be emphasized enough. Indeed, working with runes can truly become a lifelong journey, but Runes for Beginners is an excellent first step along the way. If you're ready to start exploring the runes for yourself, just scroll to the top of the page and hit the Buy button!
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Magic and Meaning

Magic and Meaning

Author: Eugene Burger

Publisher:

ISBN: 0945296142

Category: Magic tricks

Page: 189

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Floriography

Floriography

In her new book, Sally Coulthard, takes a fascinating look at floriography and shows how we still use this secret language across the world.

Author: Sally Coulthard

Publisher: Hardie Grant Publishing

ISBN: 9781787136311

Category: Nature

Page: 144

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Flowers can talk. Red roses say ‘I love you’, white lilies offer condolence and poppies invite us to remember. For thousands of years, humans have used flowers as a language, a short-hand for emotions and meanings. In her new book, Sally Coulthard, takes a fascinating look at floriography and shows how we still use this secret language across the world. She delves into the meanings of flowers and where they came from, whether it’s ancient mythology or hedgerow folklore. Covering 50 well-loved flowers and plants, from peonies to sweetpeas, ivy to irises, Floriography is a beautifully illustrated guide that will take the reader on an intriguing journey through the history, legend, anthropology and literature of flowers, showing how modern-day society still relies on the meaning of flowers. From the Chinese lotus flower to the Celtic bluebell, the myth, magic and language of flowers is still blossoming today.
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The Meanings of Things

The Meanings of Things

This definition of religion does not fit into many others endorsed by a number of scholars. Malinowski (1961) sees a religious rite as an end in itself, which has no immediate or obvious objective. He regards magic as being ...

Author: I. Hodder

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317762324

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

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This unique and fascinating book concentrates on the varying roles and functions that material culture may play in almost all aspects of the social fabric of a given culture. The contributors, from Africa, Australia and Papua New Guinea, India, South America, the USA, and both Eastern and Western Europe, provide a rich variety of views and experience in a worldwide perspective. Several of the authors focus on essential points of principle and methodology that must be carefully considered before any particular approach to material culture is adopted. One of the many fundamental questions posed in the book is whether or not all material culture is equivalent to documents which can be 'read' and interpreted by the outside observer. If it is, what is the nature of the 'messages' or meanings conveyed in this way? The book also questions the extent to which acceptance, and subsequent diffusion, of a religious belief or symbol may be qualified by the status of the individuals concerned in transmitting the innovation, as well as by the stratification of the society involved. Several authors deal with 'works of art' and the most effective means of reaching an understanding of their past significance. In some chapters semiotics is seen as the most appropriate technique to apply to the decoding of the assumed rules and grammars of material culture expression.
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Numbers

Numbers

2020 Reprint of the 1924 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition and not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software.

Author: Isidore Kozminsky

Publisher:

ISBN: 1684224802

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 110

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2020 Reprint of the 1924 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition and not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. Numerology is any belief in the divine or mystical relationship between a number and one or more coinciding events. It is also the study of the numerical value of the letters in words, names, and ideas. It is often associated with the paranormal, alongside astrology and similar divinatory arts. Kozminsky was a well-known Jewish occult and esoteric author, reputed to have been a leading member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. His works reveal a very broad knowledge of esoteric tradition and astrological knowledge. During his life Kozminsky wrote several valuable books on astrology and numerology, including this treatise, which continues to be cited through to the present.
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Dog Works

Dog Works

Like Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Giza, some phenomena of man and beast feline aesthetics with WHY CATS PAINT, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to publish the landmark DOG WORKS: THE MEANING AND MAGIC OF CANINE CONSTRUCTIONS.

Author: Vicki Mathison

Publisher:

ISBN: 1580082440

Category: Pets

Page: 96

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Why does a Golden Retriever arrange sticks in the form of a pyramid? Why would a Hungarian Vizsla mound up piles of autumn leaves in the shape of a cross? Such canine phenomena have left animal behaviorists baffled for centuries. Are dogs erecting these structures as a result of primeval impulses, or are they responding to otherwordly forces we humans have yet to comprehend? Like Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Giza, some phenomena of man and beast feline aesthetics with WHY CATS PAINT, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to publish the landmark DOG WORKS: THE MEANING AND MAGIC OF CANINE CONSTRUCTIONS. In this enchant and confound us in their enigmatic silence. Having staked out brave new theoretical ground in the field of exhaustively researched, lavishly illustrated study, author Vicki Mathison explores the spiritual yearning that lurks beneath canis familiaris's facade of contentment and obedience. Beautiful, insightful, and intriguing—and certain to send shock waves through universities around the world—DOG WORKS will ensure you'll never look at how a dog buries a bone in the same way again.
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The Meaning of Witchcraft

The Meaning of Witchcraft

CHAPTER VII Magic Thinking Perhaps at this point it would be a good idea to ask the questions : " What is Magic ? Why do people believe in it ? ... Modern science is constantly attempting the same thing . I define magic ...

Author: Gerald Brosseau Gardner

Publisher: Weiser Books

ISBN: 1578633095

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 288

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Thought to be the father of modern witchcraft, Gerald Gardner published The Meaning of Witchcraft in 1959, not long after laws punishing witches were repealed. It was the first sympathetic book written from the point of view of a practicing witch. The Meaning of Witchcraft is an invaluable source book for witches today. Chapters include: Witch's Memories and Beliefs, The Stone Age Origins of Witchcraft, Druidism and the Aryan Celts, Magic Thinking, Curious Beliefs about Witches, Signs and Symbols, The Black Mass, Some Allegations Examined. The Meaning of Witchcraft is a record of witches' roots-and a tribute to a founding pioneer with the courage to set that record straight.
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The Meaning of Being Illuminati

The Meaning of Being Illuminati

Hence, from an elevated perspective, Imagic" means wisdom put into action with faith and focused thought in order to produce history according to oneГs will.10 This notion of magic is explicitly referred to in the Bible, specifically, ...

Author: Nicolas Laos

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527534971

Category: Philosophy

Page: 445

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This book articulates a new research program, called “Ur-Illuminism,” which consists in an integrated and systematic study of humanity’s quest for “illumination,” namely, for the highest and noblest possible mode of being. Thus, it takes on the challenge of revising widely accepted ways of understanding and interpreting the ontological underpinnings of civilization and the ontological potential of humanity. It allows the reader to delve into a creative “rediscovery” of Platonism, medieval Christian mystics’ and scholars’ writings, and various “illuminist” systems, from the Orphic mystical cult to the European Enlightenment and thence to the eighteenth-century Illuminati fraternities and beyond. Moreover, the book studies major issues in the history of philosophy, politology, and esoteric systems (such as Hermeticism, the Kabbalah, alchemy, the Rosicrucian movement, Freemasonry, and the Bavarian Illuminati). It maintains that a postmodern “rediscovery” of premodern metaphysics, specifically, a postmodern esoteric theocracy (as distinct from old sacerdotalism and religious formalism), is the best bulwark against oppression and the ontological degradation of humanity, as well as the best path to the attainment of that wisdom and spiritual self-knowledge which constitute the existential integration and completion of the human being. In this context, it proposes a peculiar and intellectually fecund synthesis between Tory Anarchism, Libertarianism, Platonism, and Byzantine Hesychasm, as they are elucidated here.
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The Meaning and Explanation of the Glorious Qur an Vol 1 2nd Edition

The Meaning and Explanation of the Glorious Qur an  Vol 1  2nd Edition

meaning, magic. However, neither did Solomon disbelieve nor did Allah send magic with the two angels. The devils, on the other hand, disbelieved and taught magic to the people of the Babylon of Harut and Marut.

Author: Muhammad Saed Abdul-Rahman

Publisher: MSA Publication Limited

ISBN: 9781861797636

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This is the 2nd edition of volume 1 of the ten volumes of The Meaning And Explanation Of The Glorious Qur'an. The first edition of this book contained many formatting and typing errors. In this new edition, we have corrected all the errors found in the first edition. We have also re-arranged the structure of the book and added the full Arabic Text of the thirty Parts of the Qur'an. The reader is now able to read not only the meaning, the transliteration and the tafsir (explanation) of the Glorious Qur'an but also the full Arabic text as well. Our mission is to gather in one place, for the English-speaking public, all relevant information needed to make the Qur'an more understandable and easier to study. This book tries to do this by providing the following: 1. The Arabic Text for those who are able to read Arabic 2. Transliteration of the Arabic text for those who are unable to read the Arabic script. This will give them a sample of the sound of the Qur'an, which they could not otherwise comprehend from reading the English meaning. 3. The meaning of the qur'an (translated by Dr. Muhammad Taqi-ud-Din Al-Hilali, Ph.D. and Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan) 4. Background introductions by two famous Islamic scholars, Maududi and Ibn Kathir 5. Explanation (abridged Tafsir) by Ibn Kathir (translated by Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri) We hope that by doing this an ordinary English-speaker will be able to pick up a copy of this book and study and comprehend The Glorious Qur'an in a way that is acceptable to the understanding of the Rightly-guided Muslim Ummah (Community).
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Runes A Guide To The Magic Meanings Spells Divination Rituals Of Runes

Runes  A Guide To The Magic  Meanings  Spells  Divination   Rituals Of Runes

In this book, we unravel the mystery of runes and examine significant facts and history that provide us with a better understanding of how they can enhance your intuition, connect with the sources of energy, healing & love.

Author: Sofia Visconti

Publisher: Sofia Visconti

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Category: Social Science

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Runes might sound like something strange that you only find in the World of Warcraft or Harry Potter, But... Runes are, in fact, real artifacts - stones with runic inscriptions. They have both factual and mythological roots. From German tribes to Vikings and Odin to New Agers, runes have played a powerful part in history. If you are curious about runes, their meanings, and how they can enhance your intuition, keep reading. Runes help us discover that the real power comes from inside ourselves when we find the wisdom and power within each symbol and internalize them. In this book, we unravel the mystery of runes and examine significant facts and history that provide us with a better understanding of how they can enhance your intuition, connect with the sources of energy, healing & love. The book goes in-depth with the different backgrounds of runes and how to read runes, meanings, magic & misconceptions, spell casting, and how to use it as a divination tool, as well as how to master your Psychic Ability. Indeed, this book is a perfect balance of relevant information and interesting facts. It includes an overview of all the great runes as we take theories of each rune and roll them into one book. Interestingly, it has exercises you can do to learn the runes that are fun. More specifically, in this book, you'll be guided on: History, origin and early runic inscriptions How a 1,200-year-old tomb, discovered in Denmark, is shedding light on the mysterious birth and development of the Viking alphabet. Dispelling myths around attracting bad omens The 24 different runes that you can use to discover your future and how you can change it Rituals & Exercises to connect to your higher self and deal with the challenges of life Facts about the Blank Rune and whether you should read it Apply the three Runic spread to understand the issues you are facing How the magical god of wisdom Odin discovered the Runes Days of the week for casting Runes and why Sunday is the best day to help you get rid of negativity The 24 different plants that represent the runes and their associated properties for healing & success Why you should learn Runes, even if it's just for fun or because you're curious Spell casting and divining And much, much more…. It's time to take a fascinating journey through the magic of the ancient Runes. If you're ready to start exploring Runes for yourself then get started with This Book
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The Book of Primal Signs

The Book of Primal Signs

In this study of symbols, Nigel Pennick explores glyphs as agents of higher consciousness and ports of access to the collective unconscious, acknowledging the continuity of tradition, both deliberate and not, as well as how interpretations ...

Author: Nigel Pennick

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781620553169

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 240

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An in-depth study of the sacred meanings behind ancient and enduring symbols • Explains the multiple forms and uses of symbols from ancient times to the present day, reflecting their roots in folk magic and the Western Mystery tradition • Examines more than 40 glyphs, such as the cross, fleur de lis, and pentagram, as well as several families of symbols, such as craftsmen’s marks and runes • Includes more than 300 unique woodcuts, drawings, calligraphy, and photographs--many never before reproduced From ancient rock and cave art to the contemporary brand logos of politics and business, human beings have always created symbols to denote specific ideas, groups, or important objects as well as to convey deeper information than can be communicated in words. Many glyphs have retained their meanings over millennia whereas some have modern meanings vastly different from the original connotation. In this study of symbols, Nigel Pennick explores glyphs as agents of higher consciousness and ports of access to the collective unconscious, acknowledging the continuity of tradition, both deliberate and not, as well as how interpretations of some symbols, such as the swastika, have changed dramatically. With more than 300 unique woodcuts, drawings, calligraphy, and photographs--many never before reproduced--Pennick examines ancient and enduring glyphs in detail, such as the circle, cross, eye, pentagram, fleur de lis, tree of life, and horseshoe, as well as several families of symbols, such as craftsmen’s marks, runes, symbolic beasts, human heads and skulls, and the sigils of Mammon. The author explains the multiple forms and uses of each from ancient times to the present day, reflecting their roots in the Western Mystery tradition. He explores the symbols of high magic such as the glyph of John Dee’s monad, those of folk magic such as the traditional cock on the weather vane, and the creation of modern glyphs such as the peace sign and the anarchy symbol. Contrasting the hi-jacked use of power symbols in modern advertising with the vital role of symbols in traditional arts and crafts, Pennick reveals how symbols link the cosmic with the terrestrial and allow us to infuse the mundane with the numinous.
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