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Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > Alternative belief systems > Occult studies

The Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology (Paperback): Rosemary Ellen Guiley The Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology (Paperback)
Rosemary Ellen Guiley; Foreword by John Zaffis
R623 R526 Discovery Miles 5 260 Save R97 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This is the truth about demons and demonology - in more than 400 entries. The conflict between good and evil can be found in every culture, mythical tradition, and religion throughout history. In many cases, the source of evil has been personified as demons or devils, and in many belief systems, both are considered to be real entities operating outside the boundaries of the physical world to torment people or lead them astray. In some traditions demons are believed to be the direct opposite of angels, working against the forces of good and challenging them. Real or not, demons are at the heart of many fascinating beliefs and traditions, several of which are widely held today. ""The Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology"" explores this dark aspect of folklore and religion and the role that demons play in the modern world. This comprehensive resource presents more than 400 entries and more than 80 black-and-white photographs documenting beliefs about demons and demonology from ancient history to the present. The key topics covered include: Demons in different cultural and religious traditions; Demons in folklore and popular culture; Exorcism and other means of confronting demons; Historical cases of possession and demon activity; The history of demonology; Magic and witchcraft; Possession and other demonic phenomena; Modern-day demonologists and exorcists; Strange creatures and entities related to demons; and, Types of demons.

European Magic and Witchcraft - A Reader (Paperback): Martha Rampton European Magic and Witchcraft - A Reader (Paperback)
Martha Rampton
R963 Discovery Miles 9 630 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Magic, witches, and demons have drawn interest and fear throughout human history. In this comprehensive primary source reader, Martha Rampton traces the history of our fascination with magic and witchcraft from the first through to the seventeenth century. In over 80 readings presented chronologically, Rampton demonstrates how understandings of and reactions toward magic changed and developed over time, and how these ideas were influenced by various factors such as religion, science, and law. The wide-ranging texts emphasize social history and include early Merovingian law codes, the Picatrix, Lombard's Sentences, The Golden Legend, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. By presenting a full spectrum of source types including hagiography, law codes, literature, and handbooks, this collection provides readers with a broad view of how magic was understood through the medieval and early modern eras. Rampton's introduction to the volume is a passionate appeal to students to use tolerance, imagination, and empathy when travelling back in time. The introductions to individual readings are deliberately minimal, providing just enough context so that students can hear medieval voices for themselves.

The Gospel According To Satan - Eight Lies About God That Sound Like The Truth (Paperback): Jared C Wilson The Gospel According To Satan - Eight Lies About God That Sound Like The Truth (Paperback)
Jared C Wilson
R320 R264 Discovery Miles 2 640 Save R56 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Not every lie sounds untrue. Some lies are repeated so often they seem to be common sense. That's why lies about God are so dangerous. The Gospel According to Satan examines eight lies the enemy wants us to believe and provides eight lines of counterattack against them. The lies include: God just wants you to be happy; you only live once you need to live your truth; and just let go and let God. Jared C. Wilson reveals why these lies appeal to us, shows how they harm us, and provides ways to counteract them. We can renounce Satan's counterfeit gospel, but first we must see it for what it is.

Wicca For Beginners - A Guide To Safely Practice Rituals, Magic & Witchcraft While Learning About The True Wiccan History and... Wicca For Beginners - A Guide To Safely Practice Rituals, Magic & Witchcraft While Learning About The True Wiccan History and Beliefs (Paperback)
Serena Crow
R222 R195 Discovery Miles 1 950 Save R27 (12%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Surrealism & the Occult (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Nadia Choucha Surrealism & the Occult (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Nadia Choucha
R341 R233 Discovery Miles 2 330 Save R108 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Wiccapedia Journal - A Book of Shadows (Hardcover): Shawn Robbins Wiccapedia Journal - A Book of Shadows (Hardcover)
Shawn Robbins
R402 R268 Discovery Miles 2 680 Save R134 (33%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The popular Wiccapedia gets the ultimate companion journal! A Book of Shadows is a journal that witches keep close at hand for jotting down their spells--and this beautiful keepsake edition, by the authors of Wiccapedia, is the perfect accompaniment to that popular guide for modern witches. A concise first section features basic information on essential tools for spells, key herbs and crystals, moon phases and magick, and a wheel of yearly Wiccan holidays. Over 225 pages of journal pages follow, where you can record all the details of your spellcraft such as the date, the phase of the moon, the ingredients . . . and the results.

An Exorcist Tells His Story (Paperback, New edition): Gabriele Amworth An Exorcist Tells His Story (Paperback, New edition)
Gabriele Amworth; Translated by Nicoletta V. MacKenzie
R388 R322 Discovery Miles 3 220 Save R66 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In this powerful book, the renowned exorcist of Rome tells of his many experiences in his ministry as an exorcist doing battle with Satan to relieve the great suffering of people in the grip of evil. The importance of the ministry to "expel demons" is clearly seen in the Gospels, from the actions of the Apostles, and from Church history. Fr. Amorth allows the reader to witness the activities of the exorcist, to experience what an exorcist sees and does. He also reveals how little modern science, psychology, and medicine can do to help those under Satan's influence, and that only the power of Christ can release them from this kind of mental, spiritual or physical suffering. An Exorcist Tells His Story has been a European best-seller that has gone through numerous printings and editions. No other book today so thoroughly and concisely discusses the topic of exorcism.

Remembering Satan (Paperback, Vintage Books ed.): Lawrence Wright Remembering Satan (Paperback, Vintage Books ed.)
Lawrence Wright
R345 R286 Discovery Miles 2 860 Save R59 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In 1988 Ericka and Julie Ingram began making a series of accusations of sexual abuse against their father, Paul Ingram, who was a respected deputy sheriff in Olympia, Washington. At first the accusations were confined to molestations in their childhood, but they grew to include torture and rape as recently as the month before. At a time when reported incidents of "recovered memories" had become widespread, these accusations were not unusual. What captured national attention in this case is that, under questioning, Ingram appeared to remember participating in bizarre satanic rites involving his whole family and other members of the sheriff's department.

Remembering Satan is a lucid, measured, yet absolutely riveting inquest into a case that destroyed a family, engulfed a small town, and captivated an America obsessed by rumors of a satanic underground. As it follows the increasingly bizarre accusations and confessions, the claims and counterclaims of police, FBI investigators, and mental health professionals. Remembering Satan gives us what is at once a psychological detective story and a domestic tragedy about what happens when modern science is subsumed by our most archaic fears.

The Complete Anunnaki Bible - A Source Book of Esoteric Archaeology (Paperback, 10th Anniversary ed.): Joshua Free The Complete Anunnaki Bible - A Source Book of Esoteric Archaeology (Paperback, 10th Anniversary ed.)
Joshua Free
R652 Discovery Miles 6 520 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Ban of the Bori - Demons and Demon-Dancing in West and North Africa (Hardcover, New Impression): Major A.J.N. Tremearne Ban of the Bori - Demons and Demon-Dancing in West and North Africa (Hardcover, New Impression)
Major A.J.N. Tremearne
R2,950 Discovery Miles 29 500 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

First Published in 1968. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Ars Notoria - The Grimoire of Rapid Learning by Magic, with the Golden Flowers of Apollonius of Tyana (Hardcover): Stephen... Ars Notoria - The Grimoire of Rapid Learning by Magic, with the Golden Flowers of Apollonius of Tyana (Hardcover)
Stephen Skinner, Daniel Clark
R2,016 R1,541 Discovery Miles 15 410 Save R475 (24%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A deluxe, new edition of a classical esoteric text with unparalleled color plates.

Witches and Witchcraft (Paperback): David Nash Witches and Witchcraft (Paperback)
David Nash
R207 R177 Discovery Miles 1 770 Save R30 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, entire communities, particularly in central Europe were gripped by a fear of witches and witchcraft, and pursued witches in order to bring them to justice. Professor David Nash unlocks the sometimes opaque history of the phenomenon of witchcraft in Britain, Europe and America. The book explores the development of witchcraft and belief in witches, the obsession with witches and witchcraft that spawned witch-hunting, the hey-day and decline of witch-hunting, and the fascinating 'afterlife' of witchcraft: covering not only the survival of some beliefs into the nineteenth century but the academic interest in witchcraft in the early twentieth century, which culminated in the interest shown in the phenomenon by experts serving the interests and ideology of Nazi Germany. Among the themes that the author will examine are the geographical spread and regional differences in witchcraft and witch-hunting across Britain, Europe and America; the theories on the rise of witch-hunting; and gender differences: why so many more women were accused and convicted of witch-hunting than men.

Nostradamus - A Healer of Souls in the Renaissance (Hardcover): Denis Crouzet Nostradamus - A Healer of Souls in the Renaissance (Hardcover)
Denis Crouzet; Translated by Mark Greengrass
R1,356 Discovery Miles 13 560 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

One of the most enigmatic figures in history, Nostradamus - apothecary, astrologer and soothsayer - is a continual source of fascination. Indeed, his predictions are so much the stock-in-trade of the wildest merchants of imminent Doom that one could be forgiven for ignoring the fact that Michel de Nostredame, 1503-1566, was a figure firmly rooted in the society of the French Renaissance. In this bold new account of the life and work of Nostradamus, Denis Crouzet shows that any attempt to interpret his Prophecies at face value is misguided. Nostradamus was not trying to predict the future. He saw himself, rather, as prophesying , i.e. bringing the Word of God to humankind. In a century marked by the extreme violence of the Wars of Religion, Nostradamus profound Christian faith placed him among the evangelicals of his generation. Rejecting the confessional tensions tearing Europe apart, he sought to coax his readers towards an interiorised piety, based on the essential presence of Christ. Like Rabelais, for whom laughter was a therapy to help one cope with the misery of the times, Nostradamus saw himself as a physician of the soul as much as of the body. His unveiling of the menacing and horrendous events which await us in the future was a way of frightening his readers into the realisation that inner hatred was truly the greatest peril of all, to which the sole remedy was to live in the love and peace of Christ. This inspired interpretation penetrates the imaginative world of Nostradamus, a man whose life is as mysterious as his writings. It shows him in a completely new dimension, securing for him a significant place among the major thinkers of the Renaissance.

Solomon's Secret Arts - The Occult in the Age of Enlightenment (Hardcover): Paul Kleber Monod Solomon's Secret Arts - The Occult in the Age of Enlightenment (Hardcover)
Paul Kleber Monod
R737 Discovery Miles 7 370 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries are known as the Age of Enlightenment, a time of science and reason. But in this illuminating book, Paul Monod reveals the surprising extent to which Newton, Boyle, Locke, and other giants of rational thought and empiricism also embraced the spiritual, the magical, and the occult. Although public acceptance of occult and magical practices waxed and waned during this period they survived underground, experiencing a considerable revival in the mid-eighteenth century with the rise of new anti-establishment religious denominations. The occult spilled over into politics with the radicalism of the French Revolution and into literature in early Romanticism. Even when official disapproval was at its strongest, the evidence points to a growing audience for occult publications as well as to subversive popular enthusiasm. Ultimately, finds Monod, the occult was not discarded in favour of reason but was incorporated into new forms of learning. In that sense, the occult is part of the modern world, not simply a relic of an unenlightened past, and is still with us today.

Harry Potter Knitting Magic (Hardcover): Tanis Gray Harry Potter Knitting Magic (Hardcover)
Tanis Gray 1
R475 R380 Discovery Miles 3 800 Save R95 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Introducing the first official Harry Potter knitting book - a deluxe guide to creating over 25 authentic Harry Potter knits based on the iconic films. Channel the magic of the Harry Potter films from the screen to your needles with the ultimate knitter's guide to the Wizarding World. Featuring over 25 magical knits, the book includes patterns for clothing, home projects and keepsakes pulled straight from the movies - and even includes a few iconic costume pieces as seen on-screen. With yarn suggestions based on the true colours used in the films, projects ranging from simple patterns like the Hogwarts house scarves to more complex projects like Mrs Weasley's Christmas jumper, knit your own wizarding world. Projects: Crafty Creatures: patterns for Hedwig; Cornish Pixie; Fluffy the Three-Headed Dog. Wizarding Wardrobe: patterns for Mrs Weasley's Home-Knit Christmas jumpers; and Hogwarts' house scarves. Inspired Apparel: clothes and accessories inspired by characters, artefacts and themes from the films such as a Expecto Patronum! mittens and Quidditch socks. Delightful Decor: dress your home with Harry Potter decorative accessories such as Hogwarts House mug cosies and Seven Horcruxes tea towels. A true fan must-have, this book also includes fun facts, original costume sketches, film stills, and other behind-the-scenes treasures. Harry Potter Knitting Magic is sure to have fans everywhere summoning needles, conjuring yarn, and practicing their best knitting wizardry.

Book Of Shadows - 150 Spells, Charms, Potions and Enchantments for Wiccans - Witches Spell Book - Perfect for both practicing... Book Of Shadows - 150 Spells, Charms, Potions and Enchantments for Wiccans - Witches Spell Book - Perfect for both practicing Witches or beginners. (Paperback)
Shadow Books
R144 Discovery Miles 1 440 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
La Casa Embrujada (English, Spanish, Paperback): Ed Warren, Lorraine Warren La Casa Embrujada (English, Spanish, Paperback)
Ed Warren, Lorraine Warren
R396 R336 Discovery Miles 3 360 Save R60 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Paganism for Beginners - The Complete Guide to Nature-Based Spirituality for Every New Seeker (Paperback): Althaea Sebastiani Paganism for Beginners - The Complete Guide to Nature-Based Spirituality for Every New Seeker (Paperback)
Althaea Sebastiani
R396 R337 Discovery Miles 3 370 Save R59 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Practical Magic for Beginners - Exercises, Rituals, and Spells for the New Mystic (Paperback): Maggie Haseman Practical Magic for Beginners - Exercises, Rituals, and Spells for the New Mystic (Paperback)
Maggie Haseman
R345 R291 Discovery Miles 2 910 Save R54 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Runes for Beginners - A Guide to Reading Runes in Divination, Rune Magic, and the Meaning of the Elder Futhark Runes... Runes for Beginners - A Guide to Reading Runes in Divination, Rune Magic, and the Meaning of the Elder Futhark Runes (Hardcover)
Lisa Chamberlain
R492 Discovery Miles 4 920 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Spell Book of the Good Witch of Pendle - Reliable Magic for Success in All Circumstances (Paperback): Joyce Froome Spell Book of the Good Witch of Pendle - Reliable Magic for Success in All Circumstances (Paperback)
Joyce Froome
R208 R173 Discovery Miles 1 730 Save R35 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Iranian Metaphysicals - Explorations in Science, Islam, and the Uncanny (Paperback): Alireza Doostdar The Iranian Metaphysicals - Explorations in Science, Islam, and the Uncanny (Paperback)
Alireza Doostdar
R649 R543 Discovery Miles 5 430 Save R106 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What do the occult sciences, seances with the souls of the dead, and appeals to saintly powers have to do with rationality? Since the late nineteenth century, modernizing intellectuals, religious leaders, and statesmen in Iran have attempted to curtail many such practices as "superstitious," instead encouraging the development of rational religious sensibilities and dispositions. However, far from diminishing the diverse methods through which Iranians engage with the immaterial realm, these rationalizing processes have multiplied the possibilities for metaphysical experimentation. The Iranian Metaphysicals examines these experiments and their transformations over the past century. Drawing on years of ethnographic and archival research, Alireza Doostdar shows that metaphysical experimentation lies at the center of some of the most influential intellectual and religious movements in modern Iran. These forms of exploration have not only produced a plurality of rational orientations toward metaphysical phenomena but have also fundamentally shaped what is understood as orthodox Shi'i Islam, including the forms of Islamic rationality at the heart of projects for building and sustaining an Islamic Republic. Delving into frequently neglected aspects of Iranian spirituality, politics, and intellectual inquiry, The Iranian Metaphysicals challenges widely held assumptions about Islam, rationality, and the relationship between science and religion.

Modern Wicca - Beliefs and Traditions for Contemporary Life (Paperback): Rowan Morgana Modern Wicca - Beliefs and Traditions for Contemporary Life (Paperback)
Rowan Morgana
R329 R274 Discovery Miles 2 740 Save R55 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Kybalion: Centenary Edition - Hermetic Philosophy (Hardcover): "Three Initiates" The Kybalion: Centenary Edition - Hermetic Philosophy (Hardcover)
"Three Initiates"; Introduction by Richard Smoley
R343 R324 Discovery Miles 3 240 Save R19 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Pseudomonarchia Daemonum - The False Monarchy of Demons (Paperback): Reginald Scot Pseudomonarchia Daemonum - The False Monarchy of Demons (Paperback)
Reginald Scot; Johann Weyer
R163 Discovery Miles 1 630 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
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