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Catastrophobia: The Truth Behind Earth Changes in the Coming Age of Light
Catastrophobia
The Truth Behind Earth Changes in the Coming Age of Light
Paperback      ISBN: 1879181622
In Catastrophobia Barbara Hand Clow shows that a series of cataclysmic disasters 11,500 years ago rocked the world and left humanity's collective psyche chronically scarred. This unprocessed fear is responsible for our constant expectations of apocalypse, from Y2K to the famed end of the Mayan calendar in 2012. But according to the author there is every indication that the changes in consciousness over the last 30 years are the beginnings of a collective healing from these deep fears.
The Genesis and Geometry of the Labyrinth: Architecture, Hidden Language, Myths, and Rituals
The Genesis and Geometry of the Labyrinth
Architecture, Hidden Language, Myths, and Rituals
Paperback      ISBN: 0892819227
A groundbreaking look at the phenomenon of the labyrinth, connecting this ancient symbol to modern scientific principles. • Illustrated with labyrinths from around the world and throughout history. • Demonstrates how the labyrinth differs from a maze and how it is a tool for interpreting ancient myths and religious beliefs. • Draws parallels between the labyrinth and quantum physics, showing how through the secrets of the labyrinth we can unlock the mystery of life itself. The powerful symbol of the labyrinth exists in countless cultures spanning the globe from Africa and ancient Greece to India, China, and pre-Colombian North and South America. For centuries they have been used for religious rituals, meditation, and spiritual and physical healing. In the labyrinth humanity finds a model of the quintessential sacred space that depicts the most profound levels of consciousness. Its center is regarded in many cultures as a door between two worlds, thus providing individuals with the ideal place for self questioning and meditation. In a comprehensive exploration of this time-honored symbol, Patrick Conty shows how the geometrical construction of the ancient labyrinth corresponds exactly with today's modern geometry, illustrating that recent developments in math and physics parallel the science of ancient civilizations. By looking at the way the two systems complement each other, Conty draws new conclusions about the ancient world and how that world can benefit us right now. Conty explores not only physical labyrinths but also reveals how the same transcendent principles are at work in Celtic knot work; the designs of ancient Chinese cauldrons; the tattoos and tracings of primitive art; the textiles of Africa, Peru, and Central America; and the geometric patterns in Islamic art.
Zuni Fetishes: Using Native American Objects for Meditation, Reflection, and Insight
Zuni Fetishes
Using Native American Objects for Meditation, Reflection, and Insight
Paperback      ISBN: 0062500694
The Zuni have traditionally used small stone carvings of animal figures as power objects and mediators between themselves and the spirit world. Any object that has special meaning can be used as a fetish. In this fascinating, informative, and beautifully illustrated guide to the fetishes of the Zuni people of New Mexico, Hal Zina Bennett explores key principles of Native American spirituality and how early Zuni teachings can benefit us all today. He provides an excellent guide to Zuni traditions and an intriguing picture of their early life, along with detailed instructions for using fetishes for mediation, reflection, and insight in modern life. He describes key fetish figures, including the Guardian of the Six Regions, their legendary meanings, and the personal qualities each figure can support and help its owner develop. In explaining the nature of fetishes and the psychological and spiritual benefits that we can gain from their use, Bennett provides illuminating cross-cultural comparisons, stimulating exercises, and journaling opportunities.
Farewell Waltz
Farewell Waltz
Paperback      ISBN: 0060997001
Set in a Central European town, the story focuses on the interaction between eight characters: a pretty nurse, her repairman boyfriend, an oddball gynecologist, a rich American, a popular trumpeter and his obsessively jealous wife, and a former politicalprisoner and his young ward
Irish Folk Tales
Irish Folk Tales
Paperback      ISBN: 0679774122
Gathers traditional stories about kings, saints, ghosts, writers, fools, wise people, fairies, treasures, witchcraft, and the past
The Grail: The Celtic Origins of the Sacred Icon
The Grail
The Celtic Origins of the Sacred Icon
Paperback      ISBN: 0892817143
Showcases the history, legends, and lore of the holy grail in Christian and Celtic myth, popular archetypes surrounding the unattainable quest for a marvelous object, and the adoption of the grail symbol by the Knights Templar
Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga
Hell's Angels
A Strange and Terrible Saga
Paperback      ISBN: 0345410084
"California, Labor Day weekend . . . early, with ocean fog still in the streets, outlaw motorcyclists wearing chains, shades and greasy Levis roll out from damp garages, all-night diners and cast-off one-night pads in Frisco, Hollywood, Berdoo and East Oakland, heading for the Monterey peninsula, north of Big Sur. . . The Menace is loose again." Thus begins Hunter S. Thompson's vivid account of his experiences with California's most no-torious motorcycle gang, the Hell's Angels. In the mid-1960s, Thompson spent almost two years living with the controversial An-gels, cycling up and down the coast, reveling in the anarchic spirit of their clan, and, as befits their name, raising hell. His book successfully captures a singular moment in American history, when the biker lifestyle was first defined, and when such countercultural movements were electrifying and horrifying America. Thompson, the creator of Gonzo journalism, writes with his usual bravado, energy, and brutal honesty, and with a nuanced and incisive eye; as The New Yorker pointed out, "For all its uninhibited and sardonic humor, Thompson's book is a thoughtful piece of work." As illuminating now as when originally published in 1967, Hell's Angels is a gripping portrait, and the best account we have of the truth behind an American legend. From the Hardcover edition.
The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends and Their Meanings
The Vanishing Hitchhiker
American Urban Legends and Their Meanings
Paperback      ISBN: 0393951693
Presents a collection of examples of major American urban legends, one of the most common forms of contemporary American folklore, and explains their popular appeal
The Sorcerer's Companion: A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter
The Sorcerer's Companion
A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter
Paperback      ISBN: 0767908473
An intriguing look at the centuries old folklore, legends, mythology, and history that inspired J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series details the magical practices and rituals, creatures, personalities, and events that appear in the books, offering stories about the Basilisk, magic wands, love potions, and other objects from around the world. Original.
The Voyage of Argo: The Argonautica
The Voyage of Argo
The Argonautica
Paperback      ISBN: 0140440852
Written in the third century BC in Alexandria, this is the only full surviving account of Jason's legendary quest for the Golden Fleece. It describes the thrilling adventures of the Argonauts on their voyage to Colchis to plead with king Aeetes for the fleece, his greatest treasure - and the Eros-inspired passion felt by his daughter, the beautiful witch-princess Medea, for the scheming Jason. Chronicling a journey that sees Jason and his crew traverse perilous seas, negotiate the treacherous Cyanean Rocks, and confront the lure of the Sirens' song, The Voyage of Argo is a masterful depiction of distinctly human heroism and betrayal caused by love. An eloquent marriage of romance and realism, it tells the definitive version of one of the greatest legends of the classical age: an epic tale of bravery, prophecy and magic.