Best of
Magic

1998

Daughter of the Blood


Anne Bishop - 1998
    But this new ruler is young, and very susceptible to influence and corruption; whoever controls her controls the Darkness. And now, three sworn enemies begin a ruthless game of politics and intrigue, magic and betrayal, and the destiny of an entire world is at stake.

The Best of John Bellairs: The House with a Clock in Its Walls; The Figure in the Shadows; The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring


John Bellairs - 1998
    The series opens as Lewis Barnavelt, a newly orphaned ten-year-old, comes to live with his Uncle Johnathan. Little does Lewis know that Uncle Johnathan and his next-door neighbor, Mrs. Zimmerman are witches. Lewis finds that he himself owns magical powers, and soon is thrust in a supernatural battle between good and evil. The second tale focuses on Grampa Barnavelt's old coin. Lewis thinks the coin is an amulet, but when he starts to wear it around his neck, bizarre things start to happen - and not all of them good. The last tale shifts the focus to thirteen-year-old Rose Rita, who is embittered because she cannot go to camp like Lewis. so Mrs. Zimmerman offers Rita an adventure of her own. But when a magical ring disappears, Rita gets more of an adventure than she bargained for. John Bellair's vivid characterization and and excruciatingly suspenseful plots make this series a thrilling ride!

Green Rider


Kristen Britain - 1998
    But her thoughts are interrupted by the clattering of hooves as a galloping horse bursts from the woods, the rider slumped over his mount's neck, impaled by two black-shafted arrows. As the young man lies dying on the road, he tells Karigan that he is a Green Rider, one of the legendary messengers of the king, and that he bears a "life and death" message for King Zachary. He begs Karigan to carry his message, warning her not to read it, and when she reluctantly agrees, he makes her swear on his sword to complete his mission "for love of country." As he bestows upon her the golden winged-horse brooch which is the symbol of his office, he whispers on his dying breath, "Beware the shadow man..." Karigan's promise changes her life forever. Pursued by unknown assassins, following a path only her horse seems to know, and accompanied by the silent specter of the original messenger, she herself becomes a legendary Green Rider. Caught up in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces she cannot understand, Karigan is hounded by dark beings bent on seeing that the message, and its reluctant carrier, never reach their destination.

The Brothers' War


Jeff Grubb - 1998
    The Magic.Dominarian legends speak of a mighty conflict, obscured by the mists of history. Of a conflict between the brothers Urza and Mishra for supremacy on the continent of Terisiare. Of titantic engines that scarred and twisted the very planet. Of a final battle that sank continents and shook the skies.The saga of the Brothers' War.Linked to the Antiquities expansion of the Magic: The Gathering trading card game.

Dreamgates: An Explorer's Guide to the Worlds of Soul, Imagination, and Life Beyond Death


Robert Moss - 1998
    Shamanic practitioner, dream explorer, and author of "Conscious Dreaming" Robert Moss provides exciting, new conscious dreamwork techniques that can launch readers into other worlds and the furthest reaches of their imaginations.

Commentaries on the Holy Books and Other Papers


Aleister Crowley - 1998
    It is, however, a coherent text book in it's own right. It covers the essentials of the A∴A∴ system of initiation, from the preliminary stage of Student to the attainment of the Knowledge and Conversion of the Holy Guardian Angel. For the first time it makes available practical details that will be of immense value to students of Thelema.Beginning with Crowley's unpublished essay "Occultism," it offers several of the foundation papers of the A∴A∴, including Liber 185, Liber Collegii Sancti, which describes the oaths and tasks of each grade in its Outer College. A new paper presents the correct designs (with color illustrations) for the corresponding robes of each grade. This book's lengthy color section includes General J.F.C. Fuller's paintings for the Temple of A∴A∴ and Crowley's illuminated manuscript of an A∴A∴ Ritual for the Neophyte, Liber 671 vel Pyramidos.The central feature of this book is the Master Therion's lengthy and penetrating commentary to the inspired writing, The Book of the Heart Girt with a Serpent (Liber LXV). While Liber LXV gives the best account available of the attainment of the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel, it is couched in the language of mystical poetry. Crowley's commentary gives a more easily understood exposition, and it is some of his most lucid writing on magick and mysticism. Crowley's shorter commentaries to seven others of The Holy Books of Thelema are also included.This book also contains Madame Blavatsky's inspired text, The Voice of the Silence, with a commentary by Crowley that explores the various stages of consciousness in Mahayana Buddhist mysticism and their correspondences to Holy Qabalah.

The Celtic Spirit: Daily Meditations for the Turning Year


Caitlín Matthews - 1998
    Now, with this inspiring book of day-by-day mediations, renowned Celtic scholar Caitlín Matthews shows you how to reawaken the power of this age-old spiritual inheritance.Using poetry, myths, reflections, rituals, and visualizations, Matthews leads you on a yearlong pilgrimage that will help connect the cycles of your soul to the circle of the seasons. From the winter months of Samhain the summer months of Beltant, from mediations on the gifts and blessings of life to the insights and promises of the soul, she enables you to complete your own sacred circuit of the turning year.Brimming with the legends and lore of Ireland, Wales, Scotland, and Britain, The Celtic Spirit is a brilliant introduction to the sacred wisdom of the Celtic path--and a potent resource for daily spiritual renewal.

Witchcraft Medicine: Healing Arts, Shamanic Practices, and Forbidden Plants


Claudia Müller-Ebeling - 1998
    It does more than make one healthy, it creates lust and knowledge, ecstasy and mythological insight. In Witchcraft Medicine the authors take the reader on a journey that examines the women who mix the potions and become the healers; the legacy of Hecate; the demonization of nature's healing powers and sensuousness; the sorceress as shaman; and the plants associated with witches and devils. They explore important seasonal festivals and the plants associated with them, such as wolf's claw and calendula as herbs of the solstice and alder as an herb of the time of the dead--Samhain or Halloween. They also look at the history of forbidden medicine from the Inquisition to current drug laws, with an eye toward how the sacred plants of our forebears can be used once again.

The Apple Branch: A Path to Celtic Ritual


Alexei Kondratiev - 1998
    The traditions of Celtic-speaking communities in particular offer a highly effective method, expressed through mythology (as in the symbolic apple branch) and implemented through seasonal rituals.Alexi Kondratiev outlines rules for Celtic-circle membership and shows how to become conversant with Celtic culture and mythology, and at least one of the surviving Celtic languages. He also provides the actual formula of words given for each of the Celtic rituals and visualization sequences. These rituals are closely connected with the passage of time, especially the four seasons, as well as other feast days. In this book the ancient traditions of all six Celtic nations are brought to life. Alexi Kondratiev, who knows sixty-four languages well enough to teach them, conducts classes in a variety of Celtic subjects at the Irish Arts Center in New York City, and has been a contributor to a number of magazines and journals, including Keltoi, Carn, and Keltria.

A Compendium of Herbal Magick


Paul V. Beyerl - 1998
    Devas are the radiant light of the Universal Divine which permeates all things. Since the earliest times people were aware that all of Nature is divine. Great and wondrous myths were told which explained the presence of divine energy as it exists in thunder, in trees and in sunlight. Some of this lore was the foundation of religions. But the simpler stories such as those of a plant's energy explored day-to-day matters like health and love. This understanding of the world has been preserved in folklore through poems, chants, ditties and spells. From researching the history of folklore from cultures around the world, patterns emerge which enable us to approach the true nature of plants' devas. This compendium presents the lore and the corresponding usage for 330 magickal herbs. Great care was taken only to include folklore that was documented as being authentic.You will meet many new herbs in this text and explore fascinating magickal and religious uses. But most of all we hope you come to respect the divine that surrounds your everyday life.

The Ayurveda Encyclopedia: Natural Secrets to Healing, Prevention Longevity


Swami Sadashiva Tirtha - 1998
    Included are the basic principles of ayurveda; its history; and a generous selection of therapies including herbs, nutrition, aromas, meditation, colors, gems, exercise, special message techniques, and rejuvenating measures known as pancha karma. Pathology and diagnosis are covered in plain English along with a discussion of the most commonly used ayurvedic herbs. Other new information includes ayurvedic hatha yoga, general healing, pregnancy and post-partum, and stress reduction.

A Treasury of Bedtime Stories


Jane Jerrard - 1998
    Illustrations and photos geared toward young readers

The Essential Conan


Robert E. Howard - 1998
    The latter two volumes contained seven stories in all --they're relatively long "short" fiction. Besides the title stories, the selections included are "The Devil in Iron," "A Witch Shall be Born," "Jewels of Gwahlur," "Beyond the Black River," and "Shadows in Zamboula." Also included is Howard's essay "The Hyborian Age" (which outlines the imaginary "historical" background he created, supposedly in the mists of forgotten pre-history, as a milieu for Conan and other warrior characters such as Kull), and a map of the "Hyborian" world drawn from Howard's sketches.

Moola Bandha: The Master Key


Swami Buddhananda - 1998
    This book looks at all aspects of the practice - physical, mental, pranic, therapeutic, scriptural - and is an important work for serious students of Tantra and Kundalini Yoga.

The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience


Ralph Metzner - 1998
    Featuring dozens of illustrations, this book, now a "One Spirit" Book-of-the-Month-Club selection, is a brilliant cross-cultural examination of the power of archetypal metaphors to nurture profound experiences of transformation.

The Silmarillion, Volume 3


J.R.R. Tolkien - 1998
    Tolkien's tragic, operatic history of the First Age of Middle-Earth, essential background material for serious readers of the classic Lord of the Rings saga. Tolkien's work sets the standard for fantasy, and this audio version of the "Bible of Middle-Earth" does The Silmarillion justice. Martin Shaw's reading is grave and resonant, conveying all the powerful events and emotions that shaped elven and human history long before Bilbo, Frodo, Gandalf and all the rest embarked on their quests. Beginning with the Music of the Ainur, The Silmarillion tells a tale of the Elder Days, when Elves and Men became estranged by the Dark Lord Morgoth's lust for the Silmarils, pure and powerful magic jewels. Even the love between a human warrior and the daughter of the Elven king cannot defeat Morgoth, but the War of Wrath finally brings down the Dark Lord. Peace reigns until the evil Sauron recovers the Rings of Power and sets the stage for the events told in the Lord of the Rings. This is epic fantasy at its finest, thrillingly read and gloriously unabridged. (Running time: 14 hours, 6 CDs)

The Circuit of Force: Occult Dynamics of the Etheric Vehicle


Dion Fortune - 1998
    Gareth Knight provides subject commentaries on various aspects of the etheric vehicle, filling in some of the practical details and implications that she left unsaid in the more secretive esoteric climate of the times in which she wrote.

Tales of Wonder and Magic


Berlie Doherty - 1998
    Haunting illustrations complement the text beautifully.

Shapeshifter Tarot


D.J. Conway - 1998
    It's about using the unique and specialized talents of that animal, plant, or object. Nothing makes this technique and method more clear than the Shapeshifter Tarot.This amazing 81-card deck follows the traditional pattern, although the names of many of the Major Arcana cards have been shifted to fit the more Pagan approach to this deck. For example, the Fool becomes Initiation, the Magician changes to the Sorcerer, and the Hermit becomes The Seer. Three additional cards, The Double, The Journey, and The Dreamer are part of the tradition on which this is based and will add additional meaning to your readings and personal work.And there's more This boxed set comes with a 264-page book. Of course it has vivid interpretations of all the cards, revealing their symbolism and divinatory meanings. It also includes sample readings, key words to make readings easy, how to meditate with the cards, using the deck for spellworking, and the skill of shapeshifting itself.Combined with brilliant art of transcendent majesty and beauty, this uniquely shamanic deck is simply one of the most powerful Tarot decks available today. It is also one of the most potent tools for Pagans of all traditions. Whether you want this deck for personal work or for giving readings, one thing is very clear: you'll want to get and use this deck every day

Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy


Kurt Schnaubelt - 1998
    Aromatherapy is the fastest-growing segment of the body care industry, an effective and deeply pleasurable way to maintain well-being. Now, Kurt Schnaubelt, a chemist and longtime aromatherapy practitioner, provides scientific proof for the efficacy of essential oils, explained clearly and logically. Advanced Aromatherapy draws on the most recent research to demonstrate how essential oils work on the cells and microbes of the body. These chemical changes affect emotional states as well as physical ones. Advanced Aromatherapy explains how to treat symptoms ranging from hay fever to stress disorders with predictable results. An essential textbook for aromatherapy practitioners.

What I Did in My Holidays: Essays on Black Magic, Satanism, Devil Worship and Other Niceties


Ramsey Dukes - 1998
    Is it ok for a national government to negotiate with terrorists? Should we be prepared to make a pact with the demon Terrorism - or should we remain forever sworn to the demon No Compromise? Many old and new demons lurk on these pages: black magic, sexism, elitism, satanism, publishers, prejudice, suicide, liberalism, violence, slime, old age, bitterness, war and the New Age.Some reviewer comments: "Ramsey Dukes has a clarity, and creativity, of thought that means each of the many and varied chapters of this book leaves you with something to think about long after you've finished reading.""He should be required reading for anyone considering a move into the dark byways of occulture - he smashes preconceptions and enlightens with one fell swoop.""Remarkable, inspirational and thought provoking"

Encyclopedia of Native American Healing


William S. Lyon - 1998
    Designed for ease of use with maps, a detailed subject index, anextensive bibliography, and cross references, this book is sure tofascinate anyone interested in Native American culture and heritage.

To Touch the Stars


Tess Mallory - 1998
    Original.

The Holy Books of the Devas: The Secret Mythologies of the Herbal World


Paul V. Beyerl - 1998
    Twenty years in the making, this new, fourth edition will bring you great joy as it teaches you the meaning of life from the herbal perspective.

The Wisdom of the Elements: The Sacred Wheel of Earth, Air, Fire and Water


Margie McArthur - 1998
    She draws on neo-pagan traditions, Chinese medicine, the chakras and Native American spirituality to conjure up a world where the four natural elements are manifest in all aspects of human life.

The Wild Hunt: Vengeance Moon


Jocelin Foxe - 1998
    They have until the next full moon to fulfill their mission; failure means agonizing death in flame. But if any one of them finds a love great and pure, his curse will be lifted. Called upon to avenge an aristocrat's wrongful death, the Wild Hunt have sworn to destroy a monarch and his family. Aided by divine power, the Huntsmen will ensnare the royals in a web of deceit, death and destruction. And their plot must succeed.

Magic in the Ancient World


Fritz Graf - 1998
    Magical rites were seen as a route for direct access to the gods, for material gains as well as spiritual satisfaction. In this fascinating survey of magical beliefs and practices from the sixth century B.C.E. through late antiquity, Fritz Graf sheds new light on ancient religion.Evidence of widespread belief in the efficacy of magic is pervasive: the contemporaries of Plato and Aristotle placed voodoo dolls on graves in order to harm business rivals or attract lovers. The Twelve Tables of Roman Law forbids the magical transference of crops from one field to another. Graves, wells, and springs throughout the Mediterranean have yielded vast numbers of Greek and Latin curse tablets. And ancient literature abounds with scenes of magic, from necromancy to love spells. Graf explores the important types of magic in Greco-Roman antiquity, describing rites and explaining the theory behind them. And he characterizes the ancient magician: his training and initiation, social status, and presumed connections with the divine world. With trenchant analysis of underlying conceptions and vivid account of illustrative cases, Graf gives a full picture of the practice of magic and its implications. He concludes with an evaluation of the relation of magic to religion. Magic in the Ancient World offers an unusual look at ancient Greek and Roman thought and a new understanding of popular recourse to the supernatural.

The Hebrew Alphabet: A Mystical Journey


Edward Hoffman - 1998
    And its letters are no ordinary forms. The very word for letter, ot, means sign or wonder. The Hebrew Alphabet: A Mystical Journey reveals the spirituality and power of all 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet, from aleph, which signifies creative energy, to tav, symbolizing wholeness and joy. Each concise, historical, and poetic letter profile, written by Judaica scholar Edward Hoffman, is accompanied by a lustrous illustration wrought in hues of olive, blue, and silver. An exquisite gift and introduction to a beautiful spiritual practice, this insightful meditation delves into the rich mystical heritage of the letters, offering a modern link to ancient times, when contemplating the Hebrew alphabet could enlighten the inmost soul.

Simplified Magic: A Beginner's Guide to the New Age Qabala


Ted Andrews - 1998
    It gives methods and techniques for experiencing the energies and forces within the system and within ourselves. The perfect introduction for those who wish to pursue further the complex study of ceremonial magick.

Moon Magick: Myth & Magic, Crafts & Recipes, Rituals & Spells


D.J. Conway - 1998
    Your energy levels wax and wane just as the Moon does, sometimes urging you to start new projects and other times to sit back and plan. But if you don't know the Moon's effect on you, you may be fighting it instead of using it to your advantage. Whether the moon is making you feel adventurous and productive or tense and lathargic, you can use its energy to work for you instead of against you.

The Christmas Bear


Ian Whybrow - 1998
    How will Bear make it to Tom's house in time for Christmas morning? With plenty of novelties to play with, from flaps and tabs to wheels and mini pop-ups, little hands will love to follow Christmas Bear's adventures as he travels far and wide.

Vanishing Act


Cora Taylor - 1998
    To add extra spice, Jennifer has perfected her own disappearing act, which allows her to become invisible at will.