Alchemy (Dover Books on Engineering)

Alchemy is assumed to have originated over 2000 years in the past in Hellenic Egypt, the results of 3 converging streams: Greek philosophy, Egyptian expertise and the mysticism of center jap religions. Its heyday was once from approximately 800 A.D. to the center of the 17th century, and its practitioners ranged from kings, popes, and emperors to minor clergy, parish clerks, smiths, dyers, and tinkers. Even such complete males as Roger Bacon, Thomas Aquinas, Sir Thomas Browne and Isaac Newton became interested in alchemical matters.
In its look for the "Philosopher's Stone" that may transmute base metals into silver and gold, alchemy took on many philosophical, non secular and mystical overtones. those and lots of different aspects of alchemy are explored with huge, immense perception and erudition during this vintage paintings. E. J. Holmyard, a famous student within the box, starts with the alchemists of historical Greece and China and is going directly to speak about alchemical equipment, Islamic and early Western alchemy; symptoms, symbols, and mystery phrases; Paracelsus; English, Scottish and French alchemists; Helvetius, cost, and Semler, and masses more.
Ranging over millennia of alchemical background, Mr. Holmyard exhibits how, like astrology and witchcraft, alchemy was once a vital part of the pre-scientific ethical order, arousing the cupidity of princes, the blind worry of mobs and the highbrow interest of discovered males. finally, notwithstanding, with the arrival and ascension of the medical procedure, the hopes and concepts of the alchemists light to the prestige of "pseudo-science." That transformation, in addition to alchemy's indisputable function as a precursor of contemporary chemistry, are brilliantly illuminated during this publication. scholars of alchemy, chemistry, the historical past of technology, and the occult, plus someone drawn to the beginning and evolution of 1 of mankind's so much enduring and influential myths, should want to have a duplicate of this masterly study.

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The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

By Claire North

SOME tales can't be instructed in exactly ONE LIFETIME.
Harry August is on his deathbed. Again.
No subject what he does or the choices he makes, while loss of life comes, Harry regularly returns to the place he begun, a toddler with all of the wisdom of a lifestyles he has already lived a dozen instances sooner than. not anything ever adjustments.
Until now.
As Harry nears the tip of his 11th existence, a bit lady appears to be like at his bedside. "I approximately ignored you, general practitioner August," she says. "I have to ship a message."
This is the tale of what Harry does subsequent, and what he did sooner than, and the way he attempts to avoid wasting a prior he can't swap and a destiny he can't permit.

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Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences

By Paul Perry

“There is presently extra medical facts to the truth of close to demise adventure (NDE) than there's for the way to successfully deal with sure sorts of cancer,” states radiation oncologist Dr. Jeffrey lengthy is his groundbreaking new booklet Evidence of the Afterlife. In 1998 Dr. lengthy and his spouse, Jody, started the close to loss of life event examine starting place with the target of making a discussion board for close to dying “experiencers” to percentage their tales. Grounded in first-hand facts culled from over 1,600 demonstrated NDE debts, Evidence of the Afterlife provides the most powerful argument but for the underlying fact of these who've died and again to percentage their stories.

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Pomba Gira: Pomba Gira and the Quimbanda of Mbumba Nzila

Fresh ebook. an important learn at the cult of Pomba Gira, this is often the main accomplished paintings within the English language at the Devil's mistress, whose Brazilian cult has bewitched such a lot of. it's a publication that these looking congress with the present of robust girl magical sexuality have lengthy wanted. A beguiling spirit, Pomba Gira provides solace to the damaged hearted, vengeance for the wronged, and a fierce direction for those who could take her as muse. In Pomba Gira Frisvold provides specific workings, baths and waters, her songs and chants. Her plant allies one of the nightshades are defined in a whole herbarium. The points of interest and hazards for either women and men who make cult to her are offered, as are her many faces. Pomba Gira has origins within the witchcraft of Portugal, the Basque state in addition to Congo and the local impacts of Brazil. The witchcraft fusion makes her cult quite obtainable to Westerners whose personal traditions proportion a lot flooring with Quimbanda. Frisvold rigorously unravels the skeins, revealing her starting place in ancient figures corresponding to Maria Padilha, yet extra deeply nonetheless via archetype and fantasy to the very essence of her pores and skin laying off nature. He reveals the beginning of her identify in Congo, the cult of divine ownership among the slave camps of Brazil, and brings us via to her extra smooth manifestations and his own paintings with the Queen of the Fig Tree in Hell. As an start up and devotee, he offers an insider's view with an analogous recognize and adventure he demonstrates in Palo Mayombe: The backyard of Blood and Bones. We stroll during the Queendoms of Lyre, Cemetery, Sepulchres, Streets, Crossroads, desolate tract, Soul, Oceanshore and Calunga. The workings of twenty 4 diverse Pomba Giras are given, from Cigana the gypsy to the cut up cranium face of Rosa Caveira. in the course of the razor blades in honey, the cigarette smoke and the candy anisette spilt within the graveyard, Pomba Gira takes seductive form.

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The Church of Fear: Inside The Weird World of Scientology

By John Sweeney

Tom Cruise and John Travolta say the Church of Scientology is a strength for solid. Others disagree. Award-winning journalist John Sweeney investigated the Church for greater than part a decade. in the course of that point he used to be intimidated, spied on and and the consequences have been fantastic: Sweeney misplaced his mood with the Church's spokesman on digicam and his notorious 'exploding tomato' clip was once visible through hundreds of thousands worldwide. within the CHURCH OF worry Sweeney tells the whole tale of his studies for the 1st time and paints a devastating photograph of this unusual agency, from former Scientologists who inform heartbreaking tales of households torn aside and lives ruined to its present fans who say it's the way to a lot of mankind's difficulties. this is often the genuine tale of the Church through the reporter who used to be courageous sufficient to take it on.

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The Secret History of the World: As Laid Down by the Secret Societies

The outstanding shock New York Times bestseller, packed with "breathtaking glimpses into worlds that heretofore were little explored" (Foreward)

they are saying that background is written by way of the victors. yet what if history-or what we come to understand as history-has been written via the inaccurate humans? What if every thing we have been instructed is just a part of the tale?

during this groundbreaking and now recognized paintings, Mark sales space embarks on a captivating journey of our world's mystery histories. ranging from a deadly premise-that every little thing we have now identified approximately our world's earlier is corrupted, and that the tales recommend via some of the cults and secret faculties all through historical past are true-Booth produces not anything wanting another historical past of the previous 3,000 years.

From Greek and Egyptian mythology to Jewish folklore, from Christian cults to Freemasons, from Charlemagne to Don Quixote, from George Washington to Hitler- sales space exhibits that heritage wishes a innovative reconsider, and he has 3,000 years of hidden knowledge to again it up.

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The Secret Temple

By Robert Wang

A vintage treatise at the occult written in session with the past due Israel Regardie. This small e-book includes all that's required to provide a symbolically exact temple and a whole set of tools to be used within the rituals of the airtight Order of the Golden sunrise. complete colour images of the temple and of the tools, in addition to the perfect hieroglyphs look during this paintings. directions are given for the development of the altar, pillars, Enochian pills, Rose go Lamen, wands, and so forth. The tough sigils were labored out thoroughly through the writer.

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The Trial of Gilles De Rais

Georges Bataille provides the case of the main notorious villain of the center a long time: Gilles de Rais. eager about the depths of human experience–the assembly issues of sexuality, violence, ritual, spirituality, and death–Bataille examines with dispassionate readability the mythical crimes, trials and confessions of this gruesome and still-horrifying 15th-century child-murderer, sadist, alchemist, necrophile and practitioner of the Black Arts. Gilles de Rais started his striking occupation as lieutenant to the religious martyr and saint Joan of Arc; after her execution, he fled to his estates within the nation-state of France, the place he started to ritually slaughter hundreds of thousands of kids. After his arrest and next trials, he used to be hanged and burned at Nantes, France on October 25, 1440. The latter component of The Trial of Gilles de Rais involves the particular ecclesiastical and secular trial transcripts, annotated through Bataille, and translated from the ecclesiastical Latin by way of Pierre Klossowski.

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