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Pluto: New Horizons for a Lost Horizon - Astronomy, Astrology, and Mythology (New)
by Martel, J F
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Book ID: 9781583948972, 158394897X
Encompassing astronomy, mythology, psychology, and astrology, this anthology offers a wealth of knowledge about our most famous dwarf planet. Pluto, once defined as the ninth and final planet, is now the first dwarf planet in the second Kuiper Belt region of our solar system. Discovered as a new planet in 1930 and “demoted” in 2006, Pluto and its discovery and reclassification throw a unique light on how we generate meaning in science and culture.
Pluto is the target of a July 2015 assignation with NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft and will be the last of the original nine planets of the solar system to be imaged. This anthology is timed to appear in concordance with New Horizons’s approach to Pluto. The astronomical aspect of the anthology also explores Pluto’s moons (including Charon, a moon rivaling Pluto’s own size); the orbital resonances of the Plutonian moons; the characterization of Pluto as a swarm with a barycenter as opposed to a single world orbited by individual satellites; the plutinos (small planets sharing Pluto’s orbit at different trajectories and positions as a result of Neptunian resonance); other Kuiper Belt dwarf planets (the 14 or so other worlds, including plutinos, similar to Pluto in size, composition, satellite(s), and increasing distance from the rest of the solar system); the demotion of Pluto from planet to dwarf planet; and the prospective possible discoveries of New Horizons.
Certain astronomical features pertain to Pluto in terms of its distance from the Sun, coldness, and barrenness. These also inform its mythology and astrology as befitting a planet named after the God of the Underworld. Among the issues central to this collection are the meanings of darkness, loss, grief, inner transformation, rebirth, reincarnation, and karmic revelation, all of which are associated with the astrology of Pluto. Pluto also embodies the meaning of true wealth as being nonmaterial essence instead of property, conventional accolades, ego identity, achievement; it is the marker of negative capability.
The Sworn Book of Honorius: Liber Iuratus Honorii
Honorius of Thebes
Ibis Press / Nicolas-Hayes
As the title testifies, students were sworn to secrecy before being given access to this magic text, and only a few manuscripts have survived. Bits of its teachings, such as the use of the magic whistle for summoning spirits, are alluded to in other texts. Another key element of its ritual, the elaborate Seal of God, has been found in texts and amulets throughout Europe.
Interest in The Sworn Book of Honorius has grown in recent years, yet no modern translations have been attemptedunt...
Jailbreaking the Goddess: A Radical Revisioning of Feminist Spirituality
Allen, Lasara Firefox
Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
"Jailbreaking the Goddess
is an important contribution to the writings on Goddess tradition and feminist spirituality. . . . I love her political savvy, her sensitivity around issues of diversity and cultural awareness and appropriation, and her unabashed celebration of pleasure, sensuality, and life!" -- Starhawk
Jailbreaking the Goddess is a revolutionary revisioning of the feminine divine. Where the maiden, mother, crone archetypal system is tied to female biology and physic...
The House of Owls
Yale University Press
For a quarter century, Tony Angell and his family shared the remarkable experience of closely observing pairs of western screech owls that occupied a nesting box outside their forest home. The journals the author recorded his observations in, and the captivating drawings he created, form the heart of this compelling book a personal account of an artist-naturalist s life with owls. Angell s extensive illustrations show owls engaged in what owls do hunting, courting, raising families, and exercisi...More
The Blazing Dew of Stars
Smith, David Chaim
London: Fulgur Limited, 2013. Limited to 1001 copies only. Square landscape folio. For those who have had the joy of handling and experiencing The Sacrificial Universe
released last year, this new book will continue that fine tradition. The Blazing Dew of Stars
is a complex mystical text which speaks with many voices to introduce the practice of Kabbalistic contemplative alchemy. The volume offers glimpses of a rare view of direct application and immersion into the Real, intertwini...More
Beyond the Mauve Zone. Enhanced Edition.
London: Starfire Publishing, 2016. Limited Edition. A new, enhanced edition of BEYOND THE MAUVE ZONE, fully corrected by Michael Staley using Kenneth Grant's personal copy with his annotations. The volume has also been re-set, and includes a new index that should prove most useful. A FINE CLOTH COPY in illustrated dust jacket. Custom end papers. Colored frontispiece, and twenty-four page plate section with the majority of the images being in color. 324 pages, indexed. Octavo. This is the eighth,...More