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Update: Although Fields Book Store closed our physical location on Polk Street on February 28, 2013, we continue on as a web- and phone-order based service. You can still have a panoramic view of our store's interior. Be sure to scroll upwards to see the ceiling murals.
Fields Book Store has served San Francisco and spiritual seekers worldwide since 1932. The store is still in its original location on Polk Street where George Fields first opened his doors to the City's writers and readers. Longtime friends of Fields may remember the store as a nexus for the Gurdjieff Work, and the contributions of previous owner Ruth Hill Cooke to local Fourth Way studies. (An interview with Mrs. Cooke at the age of 96, "Paid in Gold", is recorded in Parabola Magazine [17.1].)
Fields is committed to serving seekers and scholars in a broad range of religious traditions. In addition to Fourth Way material, we are known for our collections in Western esoteric and magical studies, classical and Renaissance philosophy, Buddhism, shamanism, Sufism, Jungian psychology, and modern healing arts. Our partnership with Pratum Book Company brings us rare volumes in hermeticism, philosophy, mythology, and psychical research. We also seek out the best and the newest in today's spiritual traditions.
As Polk Village's neighborhood bookstore, we carry Bay Area bestsellers on all topics. Fields has a proud history of full-service bookselling. We are happy to order books on any subject for you and to do book searches in our areas of expertise.
At our in-store events series you can meet scholars, healers, and practitioners from many traditions. In addition to talks from visiting speakers, we have ongoing lectures on Tarot from Thalassa, founder of the Daughters of Divination and impresario behind the Bay Area Tarot Symposium. Our events schedule is available through Google Calendar. Add it to your own Google calendar simply by adding our email address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come into our shop. Enjoy the classic atmosphere - vintage wooden shelves and tall ladders. Gaze upward at the celestial ceiling mural created by Shelley Masters -- stretching from an alchemical Sun over the eastern door to moon phases cycling in the twilit western sky. Take a respite from the busy city, and let us help you find the books that are perfect for you.
The Old Magic of Christmas: Yuletide Traditions for the Darkest Days of the Year
Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Not so very long ago, Yuletide was as much a chilling season of ghosts and witches as it was a festival of goodwill. In The Old Magic of Christmas
you'll find a Christmas bestiary and a White Witch's herbal, as well as tips for delving more deeply into your relationship with the unseen. Bring the festivities into your home with cookie recipes and ornament making while brushing elbows with veiled spirits and discovering the true perils of elves. Rife with the more frightful characters from...More
Salomonic Magical Arts: Being two Swedish Books of the Black Art (The Red Book and The Black Book)
Three Hands Press
Water, I exhort you olansgält. Lucifer, I exhort you with all your company, that you will bring my belongings back again. May the thief never come to peace, neither at night nor at day, sleeping or awake, riding or on foot or by any means, until he returns what he has stolen...
From A Spell To Catch Thieves
Amid the great genres of European magical books are the Scandinavian Svartkonstböcker or ‘Books of Black Arts’, the privately-kept practical man...
Orin Orisa: Songs for Selected Heads. New Revised and Revised Edition, with CD.
Yoruba Theological Archministry
New, expanded edition, and now includes a CD of chants.
This is the first comprehensive translation and review of close to 600 Yoruba songs that have been used in Cuba, by Africans and their descendents, for over two hundred years, and in the U.S. since 1960, to praise and invoke some 25 orisa/deities. The classical character of the music, songs, and historic/elemental archetypes is discussed fully.
This edition includes a 38-page b&w and 12-page color photo insert containing many rare a...
The Afflicted Mirror: A Study of Ordeals and the Making of Compacts
Three Hands Press
Measuring the connectivity between the visible and invisible, by using physicality as a signifier, brings another aspect to the fore. There appears to be good reason to believe there is a ratio in physical difference when it comes to observing how the metaphysical manifests partial presences. Exponential distortions correspond to how we retain a level of contact with the Other. When these abnormalities become exaggerated they prompt greater emotive responses, such as fear. By expressing an Ot...
Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
Scientology presents itself as a scientific approach to spiritual enlightenment, but its practices have long been shrouded in mystery. Now Lawrence Wright--armed with his investigative talents, years of archival research, and more than two hundred personal interviews with current and former Scientologists--uncovers the inner workings of the church. We meet founder L. Ron Hubbard, the highly imaginative but mentally troubled science-fiction writer, and his tough, driven successor, David Miscavige...More
Dion Fortune's Rites of Isis and of Pan. Edited by Gareth Knight
Skylight Press UK
Dion Fortune encoded much practical magical lore within her novels, leaving it up to the reader to work out how to make use of it. Behind the novels were two major rituals, the Rite of Isis and the Rite of Pan, which Dion Fortune occasionally performed in public in the 1930s as part of her drive to open up occultism beyond the closed walls of esoteric fraternities. Now for the first time, these important magical workings have been released from her society's archive in their complete and origina...More