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3 augustus 2020

Supernatural – Writings on an Unknown History

By Richard Smoley.

229 Pages | Published in 2013 | Softcover | Jeremy P. Tarcher / Penguin, a member of Penguin Group Inc., New York | ISBN: 9780399161827.

An illuminating journey into the history of the paranormal and how it has shaped our world.

Nostradamus . . . channeling . . . Atlantis . . . divination. Most serious people consider such topics nonsense. But look again. Writing with intellectual verve and a deeply critical mind, religious thinker Richard Smoley uses this anthology to explore and reconsider the supernatural in history and today. We are often conditioned to think of the Judeo-Christian tradition as the only valid, historically accurate, and rational spiritual philsophy. Occultism, magic, intrinsic worth. The pieces in Supernatural challenge this prejudice, illustrating that Western occult traditions are richer and more historically impactful than most of us imagine. The book reveals hidden diamonds and neglected ideas that characterize the magical tradition in the West. For any reader, at any level of experience, who has ever been curious about an arcane subject – from psychical powers to secret societies – here is a collection that delivers a complete yet precise, critical yet serious, and always respectful account of topics from the unseen world. Supernatural is a brilliant primer to the occult and magical history of the West.

From Chapter One – ‘An Encounter with the Ancient Wisdom’ (p. 17):

” Another British magus, Aleister Crowley, defined magic as ‘the Science and Art of causing Change in conformity with will’. One could add that this ‘Science and Art’ involves the use of power – the ‘electric’ atmosphere in the room during the ritual that was so powerful as to possess a sense of danger. From even this short discussion it should be obvious that power and attention are closely related. Perhaps at some level they are identical. In any event, power is, under ordinary circumstances, fairly diffuse. It is only when the will and the attention have been trained that it can be directed in the intense, ‘electric’ way that a magical ritual requires. “

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Dynamics of the Psychic World – Comments by H.P. Blavatsky

Comments by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891) compiled by Lina Psaltis.

132 Pages | 1972, Second reprint 2006 | Hard cover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170594863.

Psychic phenomena, magic, hypnotism, spiritualism, planes of perception, dreams, and spiritual progress – these are some of the subjects discussed in this collection of excertps from the writings of one of the most famous occultists of history:

In this small book the compiler has drawn together from various sources some of the important and interesting statements made by H.P. Blavatsky more than a century ago on subjects, which are arousing wide interest today. Her comments not only reveal something of her profound knowledge and wisdom, but are also fascinating, informative and relevant. They contain valuable advice to those who would dabble in psychic realms without being aware of their dangers and pitfalls.

From page 104/105:

” The key in each degree is the ‘aspirant himself’. It is not the fear of God, which is the beginning of Wisdom, but the knowledge of SELF which is WISDOM ITSELF. How grand and true appears, thus, to the student of Occultism who has commenced to realize some of the foregoing truths, the answer given by the Delphic Oracle to all who came seeking after Occult Wisdom – words repeated and enforced again and again by the wise Socrates: MAN KNOW THYSELF . . . ” 

  • From: Collected Writings, Vol. IX, p. 162.
auteur: Blavatsky, H.P./Psaltis, L. (comp.)
ISBN: 8170594863
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Changing Reality: Huna Practices to Create the Life You Want

332 pages | Paperback | Quest Books, 2013 by Serge King

“Reality is experience, and experience is reality,” says Hawaiian shaman Serge King, speaking of Huna, the esoteric tradition in which he was reared. King emphasizes that all of us have the ability to shift from one world to another. The difference is that shamans do it purposefully, while the rest of us are unaware of it. He trains us to engage in the process consciously in order to expand our human potential. Among books on Huna, this one is unique for offering actual practices for changing our reality to create the life we want.

auteur: King, S.K.
ISBN: 9780835609111
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In a user-friendly, conversational style, King’s chapters explain the four worlds of a shaman and basic Huna principles. Then, citing case studies, he guides us in how to change reality in each of the four worlds, bringing in ESP, telepathy, the perception of auras, telekinesis, dreaming, magical flight, and, finally, soul retrieval and the great power of healing. “It sounds simple,” says King, “and it is. The most difficult part is to accept the simplicity, because that means changing one’s idea about what reality is. And that’s what this book is all about.” “I am a huge fan of Serge Kahili King’s books, and his latest offering, Changing Reality, offers tools for understanding reality at a deeper level, and for changing your life in amazing ways.” — Mary Olsen Kelly, author of Path of the Pearl; Discover Your Treasures Within, Chicken Soup for the Breast Cancer Survivor’s Soul and Finding Each Other “If you want to go from aligning with reality to actually creating it, this book is your guide. Brimming with solid shamanic techniques for bringing the extraordinary into the realm of the ordinary, it will help you transcend your beliefs and assumptions so that you can not only experience, but live, the spirit of Aloha.” — Tamarack Song, author of Entering the Mind of the Tracker: Native Practices for Developing Intuitive Consciousness and Discovering Hidden Nature. “As an energy healer, I found the exercises, especially on how to increase your aura, both easy and effective. Whether you want to increase your own health and happiness, or work as a healer, this book clearly and concisely explains how to use the special shamanic tools available to us all. King has let out the secrets to shamanism!” — Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries Serge Kahili King, PhD, a master Hawaiian shaman, is the world’s foremost author of books on Huna; he founded Huna International, which leads workshops in personal effectiveness and trains shamanic healers to work in urban settings. Other titles by the author: Earth Energies: A Quest for the Hidden Powers of the Planet Kahuna Healing Mastering Your Hidden Self: A Guide to the Huna Way

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Cagliostro – Maligned Freemason and Rosicrucian

By William Rutherford Hayes Trowbridge (1866-1940).

311 Pages | Facsimile edition of the Brentano’s, New York 1910 edition, published on January 1st, 1992 | A4 Softcover | Kessinger Publication Company Ltd. | ISBN: 1564590631.

CONTENTS

Preface by the Author
Bibliography

PART I
Chapter 1 – The Power of Prejudice
Chapter 2 – Guiseppe Balsamo

PART II
Chapter 1 – Cagliostro in London
Chapter 2 – Eighteenth Century Occultism
Chapter 3 – Masked and Unmasked
Chapter 4 – The Conquest of the Cardinal
Chapter 5 – Cagliostro in Paris
Chapter 6 – The Diamond Necklace Affair
Chapter 7 – Cagliostro’s Return to London
Chapter 8 – ‘Nature’s Unfortunate Child’
Index

From the Preface (p. xvii & xviii)::

” Though much has been written about Cagliostro, most of it is confined to articles in encyclopedias and magazines, or to descriptive paragraphs in works dealing with magic, freemasonry and the period in which he lived. This material may be describes as a footnote, which has been raised to the dignity of a page of history. […] It has been said that every book on Cagliostro must be a book against him. With this opinion I totally disagree. In choosing Cagliostro as the subject of an historical memoir I was guided at first, I admit, by the belief he was the arch-imposer he is popularly supposed to be. With his mystery, magic, and highly sensational career he seemed just the sort of picturesque personality I was in search of. The moment, however, I began to make my researches I was astonished to find how little foundation there was in point of fact for the popular conception. The deeper I went into the subject – how deep this has been the reader may gather from the Bibliography, which contains but a portion of the material I have sifted – the more convinced I became of the fallacy of this conception. “

auteur: Trowbridge, W.R.H.
ISBN: 1564590631
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Hidden Wisdom – A Guide to Western Inner Traditions

By Richard Smoley and Jay Kinney.

400 Pages | First edition 1999, revised edition 2006, incl. suggested reading lists per chapter | Softcover | Quest Books U.S.A. | ISBN: 9780835608442.

For decades, our modern society has looked to the East for spiritual guidance and renewal. Here is a guide much closer to home. Its subjects range comprehensibly from Jungian psychology to the Kabbalah and Gnosticism, and from Freemasonry and the Templars to Alchemy, Shamanism, the work of Gurdjieff, Neopaganism, Sufism and esoteric Christianity.

Authors Smoley and Kinney speak with sensible, even-handed objectivity, covering the strengths and weaknesses as well as the history and ideas of each tradition. They also end each chapter with a wealth of resources for further exploration. Whether you are just beginning to seek a spiritual practice or want to know more about a particular teaching; Hidden Wisdom is an invaluable resource for finding the Path, that is right for you.

From Chapter 5 – ‘Magicians: Sculptors of the Astral Light’ (p. 105):

” Magic is the traditional science of the secrets of Nature, which has been transmitted to us from the Magi. By means of this science the Adept is invested with a species of relative omnipotence and can operate superhumanly – that is, after a manner which transcends the normal possibility of man. “

Richard Smoley is the former editor of <em>Gnosis</em> magazine and today is editor of Quest Books.

 

 

auteur: Smoley, R./Kinney, J.
ISBN: 9780835608442
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“Covering the gamut from Kabbalah, Gnosticism, and Sufism to shamanism, Neopaganism, Theosophy, and mystical Christianity, Hidden Wisdom is the handbook to the Western wisdom traditions. Also included are the teachings of C.G. Jung, G.I. Gurdjieff, Alice Bailey, and Rudolf Steiner. Authors Smoley and Kinney examine the key figures and movements of these traditions throughout history to offer a balanced and coherent view of esoteric Western practices. Accessible to all readers—whether they’re considering membership or long-term practice of any one tradition or teaching or they’re simply curious about their options—this book lends advice on how to find groups and like-minded individuals and how to best avoid possible pitfalls. This book is a reliable and truly helpful guide. It is clear, intelligent, grounded, and appropriately critical. If you want to add a vital dimension to your life, start with this book and discover a fascinating world that lies hidden all around you”. —Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and Dark Nights of the Soul

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Dynamics of the Psychic World – Comments by H.P. Blavatsky

Comments by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 – 1891), compiled by Lina Psaltis.

132 Pages | Reprint 1989 | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 817059121X.

Psychic phenomena, magic, hypnotism, spiritualism, planes of perception, dreams, and spiritual progress – these are some of the subjects discussed in this collection of excertps from the writings of one of the most famous occultists of history: Helena Petrovna Blavatsky.

In this small book the compiler has drawn together from various sources some of the important and interesting statements made by H.P. Blavatsky more than a century ago on subjects, which are arousing wide interest today. Her comments not only reveal something of her profound knowledge and wisdom, but are also fascinating, informative and relevant. They contain valuable advice to those who would dabble in psychic realms without being aware of their dangers and pitfalls.

From page 104/105:

” The key in each degree is the ‘aspirant himself’. It is not the fear of God, which is the beginning of Wisdom, but the knowledge of SELF which is WISDOM ITSELF. How grand and true appears, thus, to the student of Occultism who has commenced to realize some of the foregoing truths, the answer given by the Delphic Oracle to all who came seeking after Occult Wisdom – words repeated and enforced again and again by the wise Socrates: MAN KNOW THYSELF . . . ” 

  • From: Collected Writings, Vol. IX, p. 162.
auteur: Blavatsky, H.P./Psaltis, L. (comp.)
ISBN: 817059121X
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Leer en Ritueel der Hogere Magie

Door Éliphas Lévi (1810 – 1875).

406 Pagina’s | Oorspronkelijk geschreven tussen 1854 en 1856; dit is de 2011 editie | Softcover | Uitgeverij Schors, Amsterdam | ISBN: 9789063780227.

Leer en Ritueel der Hogere Magie, geschreven door een van de grootste vernieuwers van het esoterisch denken in de 19de eeuw in Europa, Éliphas Lévi , geldt nog steeds als het standaardwerk over magie. Dit ‘Opus Magnum’ van het Westers occultisme heeft dan ook niet alleen een zeer grote invloed uitgeoefend op de meest occulte en esoterische bewegingen vanaf 1870 tot heden, maar heeft tevens talloze actuele opvattingen over Hermetiek, Kabbala, Magie, Paranormale Verschijnselen en Tarot bepaald. De invloed van De Leer en Ritueel der Hogere Magie bleek zo groot dat occulte grootheden, zoals Papus, MacGregor Mathers en zelfs Aleister Crowley, Éliphas Lévi als hun leermeester zagen. Het werk bestaat uit twee delen.

Afkomstig uit Deel I ‘De Leer’, Hoofdstuk XXII – ‘Het Boek van Hermes’ (p. 249):

” Overigens leert de analogie ons de wetten der hiërarchie en de absolute wetenschap, die een almacht is, moet uitsluitend het deel der waardigen zijn. De verwarring van de hiërarchie is het werkelijk verval der maatschappijen, want dan geleiden de blinden de blinden, volgens het woord des Meesters. Als koningen en priesters weer ingewijden zullen zijn, dan zal er weer orde zijn. Als ik dan ook een beroep doe op de waardigsten, terwijl ik mij blootstel aan al de gevaren en al de verwenschingen, die een openbaarmaker omgeven, dan meen ik toch iets nuttigs en iets groots te doen; ik laat den adem van den God, die in de menschheid leeft, over den maatschappelijken chaos gaan en ik roep priesters en koningen op voor de toekomstige wereld. “

auteur: Levi, E.
ISBN: 9789063780227
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Magic – White & Black

298 pages | Paperback | TAT Foundation, 1980

This classic work addresses magic as the exercise of spiritual power obtained by practicing self-control. Dr. Hartmann considered the spiritual regeneration of Man the highest form of Magic. This book gives the reader a priceless formula for mental power and spiritual achievement.

“Magic may be said to be that science which deals with the mental and moral powers of man, and shows what control he may exercise over himself and others.”

“Before one can become a magician he must learn to control his own mind; for mind is the substance with which the magician acts, and the power to control it is the beginning of magic.”

“The beginning of all knowledge is the knowledge of self; the knowledge of the soul and not the vagaries of the brain.”

auteur: Hartmann, F.
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“True religion is the realization of truth.” “Truth never changes: but we ourselves change, and as we change so changes our aspect of the truth.” “Do not believe that there is anything higher in the universe than your own divine self, and know that you are exactly what you permit yourself to become.”

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Russian Magic – Living Folk Traditions of an Enchanted Landscape

By Cherry Gilchrist.

188 Pages | First Quest Edition 2009 | Softcover | Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 9780835608749.

‘The first time any Westerner has understood the Russian Soul . . . ‘

The Firebird, Snowmaiden, Father Frost, Baba Yaga . . . the names of such beloved Russian fairy-tale characters evoke a magical world. Yet Russia’s rich folk culture is usually seen only as a backdrop to political and historical studies. For the first time, Cherry Gilchrist shows how Russian fairy tales, native wisdom and folk art are interrelated. The Russian people – archaeologists, scientists, doctors and country folk alike – feel a close bond with their vast and scenic landscape and share a keen interest in psychic phenomena and faith healing. Gilchrist mines their awareness and brings an animated universe to life with:

  • Animal tales, myths and legends
  • Eyewitness accounts of magical creatures
  • Rituals, charms, beliefs and prophesies
  • Herbalism and healing
  • The magical worldview”s influence on art and architecture.

With gorgeous illustrations, here is probably the best guide to Russian lore available in English today. Entering its fascinating realm can lead us into the Soul of our own landscape and inspire us to magical creativity in our own lives.

From Chapter 5 – ‘The Secrets of Life and Death’ (p. 103 & p. 104):

Wolf wizards, psychics and healers

” Wizards were once part of a mighty class of sorcerers in Russia, whose powers were both coveted and feared. Although these were probably predominantly men, women were known to take part as well, and eventually, as their status declined, the men became the local wizards practising in village communities, offering rituals to mark rites of passage and to avert ill fortune, and their female counterparts became known as wise women, ‘znaharki’, who could provide magical charms and old remedies to heal. But up until at least the early eighteenth century, sorcerers were found practising in all ranks of society and there were high profile cases where those, who had offended royalty or nobility were executed, even in one instance on the order of Peter the Great himself (Farrell 1993: p. 738). “

auteur: Gilchrist, C.
ISBN: 9780835608749
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The Blossom and the Fruit – A True Story of a Black Magician

By Mabel Collins (1851-1927).

332 Pages | Facsimile edition of the original 1890 publication | Softcover | Kessinger Publications LCC, Montana U.S.A. | ISBN: 1564597032.

‘Only – One facet of the stone, One ray of the star, One petal of the flower of life, But the one that stands outermost and faces us who are men and women’.

This strange story has come from a far country and was brought in a mysterious manner; we claim only to be the scribes and the editors. We therefore ask that the reader will accept the theory of the reincarnation of Souls as a fact.

From the Introduction (p. 16):

” At last Wild Blossom’s Soul woke from its sleep, satiated; the hunger returned to gnaw at her heart; the longing to know reasserted itself. Holding tight the hand she held in hers, she sprang from the soft couch on which she lay. Then, for the first time, she noticed that the ground was so soft and pleasant, because there, where she had lain, had drifted great heaps of the fallen fruit blossoms. “

auteur: Collins, M.
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