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Ancient Astronomy and Celestial Divination (New)
by Swerdlow, N. M. (ed)
Publisher: MIT Press
Book ID: 9780262194228, 0262194228
In the ancient world, the collection and study of celestial phenomena andthe intepretation of their prophetic significance, especially as applied to kingsand nations, were closely related sciences carried out by the same scholars. Bothancient sources and modern research agree that astronomy and celestial divinationarose in Babylon. Only in the late nineteenth century, however, did scholars beginto identify and decipher the original Babylonian sources, and the process ofunderstanding those sources has been long and difficult.This volume presents recentwork on Babylonian celestial divination and on the Greek inheritors of theBabylonian tradition. Both philological and mathematical work are included. Theessays shed new light on all of the known textual sources, including the omen seriesEnuma Anu Enlil, which contains omens from as far back as the early second or eventhird millennium, and the earliest personal horoscopes, from about 400 B.C., as wellas the Astronomical Diaries, ephemerides, and other observational and mathematicaltexts. One essay concerns astronomical papyri that confirm the extensivetransmission of Babylonian methods into Greek; a study of Ptolemy's lunar theory suggests that Ptolemy relied more on his own observations than previously thought;and an analysis of Theon's commentary on Ptolemy's Handy Tables shows that Theonexplicated their meaning both conscientiously and competently.Contributors: Asger Aaboe, Alan C. Bowen, Lis Brack-Bernsen, John P. Britton, Bernard R. Goldstein, Gerd Grasshoff, Hermann Hunger, Alexander Jones, Erica Reiner, F. Rochberg, N. M.Swerdlow, Anne Tihon, C. B. F. Walker.
Deconstructing Gurdjieff: Biography of a Spiritual Magician
Inner Traditions / Bear & Company
In November 1949, architect Frank Lloyd Wright announced the death of "the greatest man in the world," yet few knew who he was talking about. Enigmatic, misunderstood, declared a charlatan, and recently dubbed "the Rasputin who inspired Mary Poppins," Gurdjieff's life has become a legend. But who really was George Ivanovich Gurdjieff?
Employing the latest research and discoveries, including previously unpublished reminiscences of the real man, Tobias Churton investigates the truth beneath th...
Grimoire of the Baron Citadel: The Book of the Four Ways.
Three Hands Press
As the governor of the Dead and the burial ground, the Baron Samedi is one of the most distinctive and potent loa of Haitian Vodou. An imposing figure in black raiment, he is most often pictured as a corpse. His other magical domains, less discussed in esoteric literature, include disruption, obscenity and -- importantly for the practicing sorcerer -- not only the arts of Magic but the very fabric of which it is made.
Emergent from the spiritual crossroads of traditional Vodou and English w...
Gnosis 19: The Trickster. A Journal of the Western Inner Traditions
"As long as we lie to ourselves, the Trickster will be with us.
He'll show up just when we least want him, to embarrass us on a
first date, to prove us fools in front of the learned company
we're trying to impress, to make us miss a power breakfast with
that all-important business contact."
- Richard Smoley, from the introduction
Contents -- Spring 1991
The Complete Mystical Records of Dr. John Dee: Transcribed from the 16th-Century Manuscripts Documen
Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
A lavishly packaged, two-volume box set containing the most faithful and accurate versions of John Dee's journals ever published. This is a must-have treasure for Dee aficionados and esoteric scholars who absolutely need the most meticulously detailed version of these highly influential works. A labor of love twenty years in the making, these volumes include transcripts of four manuscripts from the British Library and one from the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Two of these manuscripts have never b...More