The Witches' Ointment: The Secret History of Psychedelic Magic

By Thomas Hatsis

An exploration of the historic origins of the “witches’ ointment” and medieval hallucinogenic drug practices according to the earliest resources

• information how early sleek theologians demonized psychedelic people magic into “witches’ ointments”

• stocks dozens of psychoactive formulation and recipes gleaned from infrequent manuscripts from collage collections worldwide in addition to the practices and magical incantations beneficial for his or her training

• Examines the practices of medieval witches like Matteuccia di Francisco, who used hallucinogenic medicinal drugs in her love potions and natural arrangements

In the medieval interval arrangements with hallucinogenic herbs have been a part of the perform of veneficium, or poison magic. This choice of magical arts used poisons, herbs, and rituals to bewitch, heal, prophesy, infect, and homicide. within the kind of psyche-magical ointments, poison magic may perhaps set off strong hallucinations and surrealistic desires that enabled direct adventure of the Divine. Smeared at the pores and skin, those entheogenic ointments have been stated to let witches to commune with numerous neighborhood goddesses, bastardized through the Church as journeys to the Sabbat--clandestine conferences with devil to benefit magic and perform demonic orgies.

Examining trial documents and the pharmacopoeia of witches, alchemists, folks healers, and heretics of the fifteenth century, Thomas Hatsis information how a variety of principles from folks medicines to ecclesiastical fears over medication ladies merged to shape the classical “witch” stereotype and what background has referred to as the “witches’ ointment.” He stocks dozens of psychoactive formulation and recipes gleaned from infrequent manuscripts from collage collections from around the globe in addition to the practices and magical incantations precious for his or her training. He explores the connections among witches’ ointments and spells for form moving, spirit commute, and bewitching magic. He examines the practices of a few Renaissance magicians, who inhaled robust medications to speak with spirits, and of Italian folk-witches, resembling Matteuccia di Francisco, who used hallucinogenic medicinal drugs in her love potions and natural arrangements, and Finicella, who used drug ointments to visualize herself reworked right into a cat.

Exploring the untold heritage of the witches’ ointment and medieval hallucinogen use, Hatsis finds how the Church remodeled people drug practices, in particular entheogenic ones, into satanic studies.

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Fever Dream (Agent Pendergast series)

By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

Yesterday, targeted Agent Pendergast nonetheless mourned the lack of his loved spouse, Helen, who died in a sad twist of fate in Africa twelve years ago.

Today, he discovers she was once murdered.

Tomorrow, he'll research her so much guarded secrets and techniques, leaving him to ask yourself: Who used to be the lady I married? Why used to be she murdered? And, primarily . . . Who murdered her?


Revenge isn't really candy: it really is crucial.

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Dogme Et Rituel De La Haute Magie Part I (Illustrated English Version)

Dogme et Rituel de los angeles Haute Magie (English: Dogma and formality of excessive Magic) is the identify of Eliphas Levi's first released treatise on ritual magic, which seemed in 1855. this is often half I, The Doctrine of Transcendental Magic. Chapters comprise The Kabalah, Necromancy, The Tetragram, The Triangle Of Solomon, The Pillars Of The Temple, Initiation, Astrology, Black Magic, Bewitchments, The Stone Of The Philosophers – Elagabalus and Charms And Philtres.

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Arguing with Angels: Enochian Magic and Modern Occulture (SUNY Series in Western Esoteric Traditions)

By Egil Asprem

An exploration of John Dee’s Enochian magic of angel touch, its reinterpretation through the years, and its patience to the current day. This attention-grabbing paintings explores John Dee’s Enochian magic and the historical past of its reception. Dee (1527–1608/9), an complete common thinker and member of Queen Elizabeth I’s courtroom, used to be additionally an esoteric researcher whose diaries aspect years of conversations with angels accomplished simply by crystal-gazer Edward Kelley. His Enochian magic bargains a style for contacting angels and demons in keeping with secrets and techniques present in the apocryphal booklet of Enoch. reading this magical method from its Renaissance origins to provide day occultism, Egil Asprem indicates how the reception of Dee’s magic is replete with struggles to build and negotiate authoritative interpretational frameworks for doing magic. Arguing with Angels bargains a unique, nuanced method of questions on how ritual magic has survived the arrival of modernity and demonstrates the ways that sleek tradition has recreated magical discourse. “Arguing with Angels is a tremendous contribution to the examine of Western esotericism quite often, and to the research of Enochiana specifically. It areas the historical past and reception of the Enochian culture in the broader context of Western esotericism, thereby making Enochiana proper. Egil Asprem not just indicates a radical familiarity with appropriate theories, but in addition pertains to them severely and argues convincingly for his personal interpretations and conclusions.” — Henrik Bogdan, writer of Western Esotericism and Rituals of Initiation Egil Asprem is a examine Fellow on the heart for heritage of airtight Philosophy and comparable Currents on the college of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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The Book of Secrets: Esoteric Societies and Holy Orders, Luminaries and Seers, Symbols and Rituals, and the Key Concepts of Occult Sciences through the Ages and Around the World

By Daniel Pineda

From the unusual symbols on a one-dollar invoice to the key symptoms of the Knights Templar and Freemasons, invisible societies, and the area of magic and alchemy, The publication of Secrets is a finished creation to the area of mystery and esoteric wisdom all through heritage. It bargains a doorway into the initiated mystery traditions of the attention-grabbing unseen religious global: its symbols, mystery societies, and seers. You’ll observe: Key ideas: the nice paintings, the common strength, Polarity, the 4 parts, Magick and Mysticism, Esoteric Anatomy, Qabalah, Alchemy, Astrology, the Astral airplane, and extra. Symbolism: greater than a hundred secrets and techniques symbols, phrases, gadgets, together with their meanings and the key powers they invoke. mystery Societies and Holy Orders: The gatekeepers and the transmitters of sacred wisdom: Freemasons, O.T.O., Cathars, Templars, Assassins. Pineda locations all of them in historical past and geography and explains who they are/were and what they stood for. Luminaries and Seers: greater than 2 hundred legends and historic personages: Hermes Trismegistus, Jesus, Siddartha, Osiris, and different seers from the center a while, the Renaissance, the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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The Way of Tarot: The Spiritual Teacher in the Cards

By Alejandro Jodorowsky

Filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s insights into the Tarot as a non secular course

• Works with the unique Marseille Tarot to bare the roots of Western knowledge

• offers the most important to the symbolic language of the Tarot’s “nomadic cathedral”

• Transforms an easy divination instrument right into a automobile for self-realization and therapeutic

Alejandro Jodorowsky’s profound learn of the Tarot, which started within the early Nineteen Fifties, unearths it to be way over an easy divination equipment. The Tarot is initially a robust tool of self-knowledge and a illustration of the constitution of the soul.

The approach of Tarot exhibits that the total deck is based like a temple, or a mandala, that is either a picture of the realm and a illustration of the divine. The authors use the sacred artwork of the unique Marseille Tarot--created in the course of a time of spiritual tolerance within the eleventh century--to reconnect with the roots of the Tarot’s Western esoteric knowledge. They clarify that the Tarot is a “nomadic cathedral” whose parts--the seventy eight playing cards or “arcana”--should continuously be considered with an knowledge of the full constitution. This knowing is vital to completely take hold of the Tarot’s airtight symbolism.

The authors discover the key institutions in the back of the hierarchy of the playing cards and the correspondences among the fits and energies inside of people. every one description of the key Arcana comprises key note summaries, symbolic meanings, conventional interpretations, and a bit the place the cardboard speaks for itself. Jodorowsky and Costa then take the artwork of studying the Tarot to a intensity by no means earlier than attainable. utilizing their paintings with Tarology, a brand new mental procedure that makes use of the symbolism and optical language of the Tarot to create a reflect snapshot of the character, they provide a robust software for self-realization, creativity, and therapeutic.

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The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book)

By Don Miguel Ruiz, Janet Mills

Within the 4 Agreements, bestselling writer don Miguel Ruiz unearths the resource of self-limiting ideals that rob us of pleasure and create useless ache. in response to old Toltec knowledge, The 4 Agreements provide a robust code of behavior which could speedily rework our lives to a brand new event of freedom, actual happiness, and love.

• a brand new York instances bestseller for over eight years
• Over 6 million copies bought within the U.S.
• Translated into forty languages world wide

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Introduction to Magic: Rituals and Practical Techniques for the Magus

By Julius Evola

The rites, practices, and texts accumulated by way of the mysterious UR staff for using aspiring mages. 

• infrequent airtight texts released in English for the 1st time.

• comprises directions for constructing psychic and magical powers. 

In 1927 Julius Evola and different major Italian intellectuals shaped the mysterious UR crew. Their aim: to carry their person egos right into a nation of superhuman strength and expertise during which they can act "magically" at the global. Their tools: the perform of old Tantric and Buddhist rituals and the examine of infrequent airtight texts. such a success have been they that rumors unfold all through Italy of the group's energy, and Mussolini himself turned fairly terrified of them. Now for the 1st time in English Introduction to Magic collects the rites, practices, and data of the UR workforce for using aspiring mages.

Included in Introduction to Magic are directions for developing an etheric double, conversing phrases of strength, utilizing fragrances, interacting with entities, and making a "magical chain." one of the arcane texts translated are the Tibetan teachings of the Thunderbolt Diamond course, the Mithraic secret cult's "Grand Papyrus of Paris," and the Greco-Egyptian magical textual content De Mysteriis. an individual who has exhausted the probabilities of the mundane global and is able to take the stairs essential to purify the soul within the mild of information and the hearth of commitment will discover a variety of specialist mentors right here.

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