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Cults and New Religions

By Douglas E. Cowan,David G. Bromley
  • Book ID : 1118723503
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Pages : 248
  • Genre : Religion
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This unparalleled introduction to cults and new religiousmovements has been completely up-dated and expanded to reflect thelatest developments; each chapter reviews the origins, leaders,beliefs, rituals and practices of a NRM, highlighting the specificcontroversies surrounding each group. A fully updated, revised and expanded edition of anunparalleled introduction to cults and new religious movements Profiles a number of the most visible, significant, andcontroversial new religious movements, presenting eachgroup’s history, doctrines, rituals, leadership, andorganization Offers a discussion of the major controversies in which newreligious movements have been involved, using each profiled groupto illustrate the nature of one of those controversies Covers debates including what constitutes an authenticreligion, the validity of claims of brainwashing techniques, theimplications of experimentation with unconventional sexualpractices, and the deeply rooted cultural fears that cultsengender New sections include methods of studying new religions in eachchapter as well as presentations on ‘groups towatch’

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  • File Pdf: the-witches-almanac-2022-2023-standard-edition-issue-41.pdf

Book Summary:

The Witches’ Almanac is a sophisticated publication appealing to general readers as well as hardcore Wiccans. Founded in 1971 by Elizabeth Pepper, the art director of Gourmet magazine for many years, The Witches’ Almanac is a witty, literate, and sophisticated publication that appeals to all those devoted to the Craft. At one level, it is a pop reference that will fascinate anyone interested in folklore, mythology, and culture; but at another, it is the most sophisticated and wide-ranging annual guide available today for the mystic enthusiast. Modeled after the Old Farmers’ Almanac, it includes information related to the annual moon calendar (weather forecasts and horoscopes), as well as legends, rituals, herbal secrets, mystic incantations, interviews, and many a curious tale of good and evil. Although it is an annual publication, much of the content is both current and timeless—not specific to the date range of each issue. The theme of Issue 41 (Spring 2022–Spring 2023) is The Moon: Transforming the Inner Spirit. Also included are articles on geomancy, the lunar nodes, charms of the Welsh March, the Messenger of the Gods, the Orisha Sango, and much more.

Practising the Witch's Craft

By Douglas Ezzy
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Allen & Unwin
  • Isbn : 1741155088
  • Pages : 264
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Reads : 266
  • File Pdf: practising-the-witch-s-craft.pdf

Book Summary:

The writers of Practising the Witch's Craft 'provide deep insights for newcomers and for experienced witches into what it means to be a contemporary witch and how witches practise their art and integrate their magic with everyday life. Vivianne Crowley, author of Wicca: The Old Religion in the New Millennium and The Natural Magician Practising the Witch's Craft tells the stories of ordinary people who have discovered that life is enchanted and that Witchcraft works for them. Much more than a book of spells, it shows how Witchcraft celebrates the pleasure and mystery of life. Leaders of the Witchcraft movement and practitioners with many years of experience talk about what real Witches actually do. They describe powerful rituals and moving magical encounters, and discuss how they work with natural forces, including sexuality and the seasons. They also explain how to do spells, create personal rituals, use incense and herbs, and find a coven. Witchcraft is a living spirituality that gives meaning and purpose in life and helps practitioners cope with hard times. With insights from many different traditions including Wicca and Paganism, Practising the Witch's Craft invites you into the world of contemporary Witchcraft.

The Forest

By Edward Rutherfurd
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Isbn : 0804151024
  • Pages : 784
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 193
  • File Pdf: the-forest.pdf

Book Summary:

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • “Rutherford brings England’s New Forest to life” (The Seattle Times) in this companion to the critically acclaimed Sarum From the time of the Norman Conquest to the present day, the New Forest, along England’s southern coast, has remained an almost mythical place. It is here that Saxon and Norman kings rode forth with their hunting parties, and where William the Conqueror’s son Rufus was mysteriously killed. The mighty oaks of the forest were used to build the ships for Admiral Nelson’s navy, and the fishermen who lived in Christchurch and Lymington helped Sir Francis Drake fight off the Spanish Armada. The New Forest is the perfect backdrop for the families who people this epic story. The feuds, wars, loyalties, and passions of many hundreds of years reach their climax in a crime that shatters the decorous society of Bath in the days of Jane Austen, whose family lived on the edge of the Forest. Edward Rutherfurd is a master storyteller whose sense of place and character—both fictional and historical—is at its most vibrant in The Forest. “As entertaining as Sarum and Rutherford’s other sweeping novel of British history, London.”—The Boston Globe

Natural Magick

By Lindsay Squire
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Leaping Hare Press
  • Isbn : 0711266840
  • Pages : 176
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Reads : 750
  • File Pdf: natural-magick.pdf

Book Summary:

Whether you’re an out-and-proud witch in progress, or a witch in the broom closet, this spellbinding beginner’s book will teach you how to discover the natural magick within you, and use it to thrive! Natural magick is all about working in harmony with your environment, harnessing the power of nature to unlock your inner magickal potential. From foraging and using herbs in spells, to using sun or moonlight in cleansing rituals to understanding the changing of the seasons and their impact on your powers, this book is an invaluable guide to anyone interested in exploring natural magick. This magick has the power to transform your relationship with yourself, the people around you, and the natural world. Featuring introductions to everything you need to know to get started in your Craft, this is the ultimate guide that you will want to return to again and again as you develop your practice, and discover how magical Witchcraft is as a form of self-care. Including tried-and-true tips and tricks taken from The Witch of the Forest’s personal grimoire, learn about: How to build a budget-friendly practice using only simple tools and ingredients in your cupboards The witch’s wheel of the year Spellcraft Candle magick Herbs and foraging Divination, such as tarot, scrying and pendulum dowsing Creating your own sigils A witch’s relationship to the moon, sky and nature How to practice witchcraft discretely in the broomcloset ... and much more! Suitable for every type of witch and witchling – green, house, eclectic, solitary, or undecided! – this book also includes a pendulum board that you can remove to help answer all your questions. If you are a witch in the broom closet, simply remove the jacket from this book or download as an ebook for more discreet reading. Ground yourself in your magick, and embrace the simpler, but just as powerful side of the modern witching hour! The Witch of the Forest’s Guide to… series are a collection of guides for different areas of witchcraft, focusing on the relationship between magic, the natural world and the self.

Walking in the New Forest

By Steve Davison
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Cicerone Press Limited
  • Isbn : 1783628200
  • Pages : 208
  • Category : Sports & Recreation
  • Reads : 572
  • File Pdf: walking-in-the-new-forest.pdf

Book Summary:

This guidebook presents 30 walks in the New Forest in Hampshire and Wiltshire, Britain's smallest National Park. Easily accessible from Southampton, Bournemouth, Salisbury and Winchester, the New Forest encompasses varied landscapes, from ancient woodlands to open heaths, rivers and coastline. Routes of between 5 and 16km (3 and 10 miles) explore the Forest, mainly on fairly flat terrain, often on well-defined tracks and paths. Most walks are suitable for all the family and many can be combined to make longer outings. Each walk is described in detail, highlighting the many points of interest in this area - ancient sites and castles, picture postcard villages with thatched cottages or historic churches - with fascinating background detail. An extract of 1:25,000 OS mapping makes each route easy to follow, and suggestions for refreshment stops like pubs and tea rooms are included. All walks offer a good chance of seeing wildlife, including the famous New Forest ponies. This area has been protected and nurtured by ancient laws for over 900 years, and is the largest remaining area of lowland heath in Europe. It is this sense of history and the unique patchwork of habitats that make walking in the New Forest National Park such a rewarding experience.

The Witch Book

By Raymond Buckland
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Visible Ink Press
  • Isbn : 1578597919
  • Pages : 619
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Reads : 299
  • File Pdf: the-witch-book.pdf

Book Summary:

A look at Witches, Witchcraft and the Wicca tradition from the author of Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft From Abracadabra to Aleister Crowley to Gardnerian Witchcraft to Rosemary's Baby to sorcery and Zoroaster, The Witch Book by the late, great Raymond Buckland is unmatched in its coverage of witchcraft’s historical, practical, and cultural aspects. A student of the late Wicca pioneer Dr. Gerald Gardner, Raymond Buckland has been widely credited with introducing Wicca to the United States. He was one of the world’s foremost experts on Witchcraft, Wicca, and Earth religions. With 560 entries, a resource section, and 114 photos and illustrations, this is an exhaustive exploration of Witchcraft, Wicca, paganism, magic, people, places, events, literature, and more. It shows how, in pre-Christian and early Christian times, Witchcraft (with a capital “W”) was a magical and healing practice associated with early spirtual beliefs, including how the word "Witch" comes from the Old Anglo-Saxon wicce or wicca, meaning a “wise one”: the wiseman or -woman of the common people who had knowledge of herbs, healing, augury, and magic. It also tackles how Witchcraft and paganism were erroneously linked with Satanism, black magic, and pop-culture distortions. It defines both the darker Christian concept and the true concept of Wicca, concentrating on the Western European and later New World versions of Witchcraft and magic. The Witch Book is a broad and deep look at witches, witchcraft and the Wicca tradition.

Sport And Sportsmen Of The New Forest

By C. R. Acton
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Read Books Ltd
  • Isbn : 144748326X
  • Pages : 192
  • Category : Sports & Recreation
  • Reads : 393
  • File Pdf: sport-and-sportsmen-of-the-new-forest.pdf

Book Summary:

Originally published in the early 1930s. The illustrated contents contain chapters on: History of the New Forest Referring Chiefly to Sport – Folklore – Traditions – Superstitions – Fox Hunting – Otter Hunting – Shooting – Badger Digging – The Buckhounds – Hare Hunting – The Modern Forest etc. Many of the earliest sporting books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Home Farm Books are republishing many of these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Traditional Witchcraft for the Seashore

By Melusine Draco
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : John Hunt Publishing
  • Isbn : 1846948053
  • Pages : 159
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Reads : 225
  • File Pdf: traditional-witchcraft-for-the-seashore.pdf

Book Summary:

Although we are an island race, few are fortunate to live near enough to the sea to use the shoreline as a regular magical working area. And yet for the natural witch, born and bred by the sea, the beach and rocky shore are equally as magical as the inland woods and hills of more traditional approaches to witchcraft. The author takes us on a magical journey along the seashore and reveals how to work with the natural oceanic tides and energies. Learn how to harness the powers of the deep, and collect flotsam and jetsam for use as ritual tools. A book like no other.

Wicca Teachings - An Introduction and Practical Guide

By Tony Bell
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Lapwing Books
  • Isbn : 0956955533
  • Pages : 186
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Reads : 768
  • File Pdf: wicca-teachings-an-introduction-and-practical-guide.pdf

Book Summary:

The only book on Wicca you will ever need! Learn about Wiccan festivals, history and Wheel of the Year. Perform your own magic so you will never need to buy another spell book again. A comprehensive guide to herbs, crystals, rituals, chants and incantations. Set up an altar in your own personal way. A rundown on the many Gods and Goddesses. Information on every other aspect of Wicca - from birth and death to the significance of full moons. It doesn't matter if you're new to Wicca or have been practising for years; this book, unlike any other on the market, will benefit you in many ways. Uncover all there is to know about being Wiccan, learn about nature and rediscover your place within this beautiful world.

Solitary Witch

By Silver RavenWolf
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Llewellyn Worldwide
  • Isbn : 0738717622
  • Pages : 608
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Reads : 218
  • File Pdf: solitary-witch.pdf

Book Summary:

The Ultimate Book of Shadows for the New Generation This book has everything a teen Witch could want and need between two covers: a magickal cookbook, encyclopedia, dictionary, and grimoire. It relates specifically to today's young adults and their concerns, yet is grounded in the magickal work of centuries past. Information is arranged alphabetically and divided into five distinct categories: (1) Shadows of Religion and Mystery, (2) Shadows of Objects, (3) Shadows of Expertise and Proficiency, (4) Shadows of Magick and Enchantment, and (5) Shadows of Daily Life. It is organized so readers can skip over the parts they already know, or read each section in alphabetical order. Features By the author of the best-selling Teen Witch and mother of four teen Witches A jam-packed learning and resource guide for serious young Witches All categories are discussed in modern terms and their associated historical roots Includes endnotes and footnotes that cite sources or add clarification A training companion to Teen Witch and To Ride a Silver Broomstick