The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali: Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
This little work is comprised of a series of short statements on the Yogic system by the enigmatic figure of Patanjali, as analyzed and interpreted (using a prior translation) by Theosophist William Q. Judge. The actual subtopics are numerous; mystic powers, reincarnation, meditation, and so forth. It should be noted that Judges' surmising in the preface with regards to Patanjali...
Telling Fortunes by Tea Leaves: Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
This excellent little fortune telling work is illustrated with examples involving the telling of fortunes by tea, using a Nelros cup (still available for sale, it was quite popular then as it is now.) About seventy pages of the content is encyclopedic and solely involves listing the meanings of different figures in tea cups, left over from loose tea brewing; one of the most common...
The Religion of Ancient Palestine: Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
Here is another creation series work, one which I finished a week ago but which got caught up in Amazons' massively slow processing system. It is partly linguistic but unlike the last two titles is mostly about religious history and how the various spiritual systems that would contribute to Judeochristianity co-evolved and borrowed imagery and words and ideas from one another. It...
The Mythology of Ancient Britain and Ireland: Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
This short work is yet another creation series entry; essentially in part supplementary to Anwyl's "Celtic Religion" in the same set. It is partially linguistic in nature and traces the development of post-christian British Isle spiritual systems and folklore (especially in the Arthurian sense) from prior religious figures; namely, deities of various sorts.
The origin stories of...
Christ Or Buddha? Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
This short work of Rosicrucian lore essentially serves one purpose; to differentiate Eastern and Western occultism, favoring the latter and refuting the concept that- at least in the Rosicrucian path- Buddha or Eastern esoteric concepts held supremacy over the conception of Jesus Christ.
When we analyze this work it is important to note that it was a fairly common criticism of...
The Mystical Interpretation of Christmas: Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
This short work is another by Heindel, a decidedly Rosicrucian, and sometimes quite odd, title, comprised of five short lectures which range from a basic refutation of outright atheistic skepticism, to an embracing of the concept of earth spirits (salamanders, fairies, etc) a la Hermetic lore.
It is quite good; the symbolism of Christmas is covered in brief but comprehensive...
Mysteries of the Great Operas: Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
This is one of the best works I have edited thus far; and since I am rapidly approaching 280 edited works in total, that's not insubstantial.
Max Heindel, a Rosicrucian when he wrote this work, needs little introduction since his name is up in the ranks of Crowley or Steiner in terms of notoriety; suffice to say this little volume provides interesting- it not always invariably...
The Religion of Ancient Egypt: Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
This is yet another of the works from the creation series of the early 20th century. It is as rigorous and dense as the prior edition on Assyria and Babylon; much of the content is a very detailed list of major deities, their basic histories, and a bit of their evolution over time (Egyptian religion is far from homogeneous- it continued to develop longer than any other system...
Magic and Fetishism: Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
This is a very dense little work which is almost entirely comprised of notes and segments on African and Asian tribal groups and their use of physical objects in a ritual context, often as little charms or "fetishes" as they were termed then. Importantly, the modern (and sexual) use of this term does not here apply.
Some of the stories are outright humorous; most of them are fairly...
The Idea of God in Early Religions: Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
This work is one of the main texts crafted by FB Jevons; a relatively well known academic in his day, who managed to create, here, a work which would remain relevant after a century- it is a combination of strict religious history with linguistic anthropology; a fascinating field that most would benefit from studying at least in a basic sense.
Religious evolution is explored here;...
Jacobs Rod: Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
This is a text in two parts; first a translated late 17th century work by Baritel, then an "addendum" (really its own short work) by the translator, regarding mesmeric and dowsing experiments by his wife and him and various energetic lore related to finding mines or water using a hazel rod or the use of "mesmeric passes."
The second text is oddly more fun than the first in this...
The Lost Keys of Freemasonry: Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
This is the second piece of literature ever crafted by Manly P Hall. It is a very good guide to the basic premise of Freemasonry- the symbolic tale of Hiram Abiff forms the basic symbolic core of its tenets, along with some other themes explored herein. It is notable that Hall was not a Mason at the time of writing this work but was apparently applauded by the order anyways,...
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