A beautiful new edition of a classic work of landscape history, in which Alfred Watkins introduced the idea of ancient 'ley lines' criss-crossing the English countryside. First published in 1925, THE OLD STRAIGHT TRACK described the author's theory of 'ley lines', pre-Roman pathways consisting of aligned stone circles and prehistoric mounds, used by our Neolithic ancestors. Watkins's ideas have intrigued and inspired generations of readers – from historians to hill walkers, and from amateur archaeologists to new-age occultists. This edition of THE OLD STRAIGHT TRACK, with a substantial introduction by Robert Macfarlane, will appeal to all who treasure the history, contours and mystery of Britain's ancient landscapes.
Inspired and Inspirational: A collection of lyrics and rhymes to lift your spirit, including songs from The Folk of the Twill. Influences from Ramacharaka to Louise Hay and Lazaris. Subjects: from Reality Creation to Faeries and Angels and Quantum Physics; personal growth, spiritual development, environmental issues and even a recipe for a soup!
Of all the countries in the world, England has the richest history of magical lore and practice. English authors such as J.R.R.Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Terry Pratchett, and J.K.Rowling, dominate the world of magic in fiction, but from the earliest times, England has also acted as home to generations of eccentrics and scholars who have researched and explored every conceivable kind of occult art. Most people are torn between a fascination with magic and an almost instinctive fear of the occult, of a world redolent with superstition and illusion. And yet more people now practice magic in England than at any time in her history. The Book of English Magic explores this hidden story, from its first stirrings to our present-day fascination with all things magical. Along the way readers are offered a rich menu of magical things to do and places to visit.
Druids, Ley Hunters and Archaeologists in Pre-War Britain
Author: Adam Stout
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Social Science
Creating Prehistory deals even-handedly and sympatheticallywith the creation of several different sorts of prehistory duringthe volatile period between the two World Wars. Investigates the origins of professional archaeology in Britainduring the inter-war period Brings to life many fascinating and controversial personalitiesand their creeds, including the archaeologists O. G. S. Crawford,Mortimer Wheeler and Gordon Childe; Grafton Elliot Smith and W. H.R. Rivers (of ‘Regeneration’ fame); Alfred Watkins andThe Old Straight Track; and the thunderous George Watson MacgregorReid, who brought the Druids back to Stonehenge Examines the production of archaeological knowledge as a socialprocess, and the relationship between personalities, institutions,ideology, and power Addresses the ongoing debates of the significance of sites suchas Stonehenge, Avebury, and Maiden Castle
The Encyclopedia of Clairvoyance, Channeling, and Spirit Communication
Author: Raymond Buckland
Publisher: Visible Ink Press
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
The fascinating history of Spiritualism is coaxed into the material realm as the object of this perceptive and sweeping overview by that legendary author of the occult and supernatural, Raymond Buckland. Containing more than 500 entries and 100 illustrations, The Spirit Book is the comprehensive encyclopedia to Spiritualism and its related subjects. Plus it provides full biographies of every prominent person connected to the field. Drawing on decades of research, writing, and transcendence, Buckland describes sundry methods of channeling, events associated with Spiritualism, including séances and exorcism, organizations focused on clairvoyance, and a colorful host of mortals—famous and infamous—who delved into Spiritualism. Nostradamus, Helena Blavatsky, and Edgar Cayce receive their due, as well as Joan of Arc, William Blake, Susan B. Anthony, Winston Churchill, Arthur Conan Doyle, Mahatma Gandhi, Harry Houdini, and Mae West (look up and see her sometime). It explores Qabbalah, Sibyls, Fairies, Poltergeists; phenomena such as intuition and karma; objects useful in the attempt to cross the divide, including tarot cards, flower reading, and runes; and related practices such as Shamanism, transfiguration, meditation, and mesmerism.
The definitive exploration of the unknown and paranormal. BORDERLANDS contains hundreds of personal accounts of strange phenomena ranging from surviving mammoths in Siberia to intelligent clouds over New Zealand, from frozen frogs to plagues of murderous manhole covers. It also examines how and why these stories are reported and what they mean. The book sets out the scientific and psychological explanations for these phenomena, while remaining accessible to the casual reader. BORDERLANDS is the first complete critical survey of an extraordinary fast developing field.
It is the ultimate quest for the ultimate treasure. Chasing a map tattooed on human skin. Across an omniverse of intersecting realities. To unravel the future of the future. Kit Livingstone’s great-grandfather appears to him in a deserted alley during a tumultuous storm. He reveals an unbelievable story: that the ley lines throughout Britain are not merely the stuff of legend or the weekend hobby of deluded cranks, but pathways to other worlds. To those who know how to use them, they grant the ability to travel the multi-layered universe of which we ordinarily inhabit only a tiny part. One explorer knew more than most. Braving every danger, he toured both time and space on voyages of heroic discovery. Ever on his guard and fearful of becoming lost in the cosmos, he developed an intricate code—a roadmap of symbols—that he tattooed onto his own body. This Skin Map has since been lost in time. Now the race is on to recover all the pieces and discover its secrets. But the Skin Map itself is not the ultimate goal. It is merely the beginning of a vast and marvelous quest for a prize beyond imagining. The Bright Empires series—from acclaimed author Stephen R. Lawhead—is a unique blend of epic treasure hunt, ancient history, alternate realities, cutting-edge physics, philosophy, and mystery. The result is a page-turning, adventure like no other. “Anything but ordinary . . . Dynamic settings are mixed with unpredictable adventures [and] parallel worlds.” —BookPage
The Endless Thread is a clearly written account of the discovery of a very ancient and hitherto secret Celtic oral tradition, dating back to a time long before the Celts became known to history. This tradition is a cornucopia of knowledge and beliefs, which are relevant to the present time and demand a total re-evaluation of our most cherished beliefs. This knowledge was held is secret, because in historical times, it could not have been understood. Church and state would have sought to extinguish it, seeing it as a threat to their power. Western culture has now reached a stage at which what has been so carefully preserved can be considered by minds not burdened by dogma, religious or scientific. Important aspects of the ancient knowledge are encoded in the Book of Kells, now in the keeping of Trinity College, Dublin. A detailed explanation is given here. Other sources are described and illustrated. The author has made a major discovery, hidden for millennia in the prehistoric Glastonbury Zodiac. This too is illustrated. Other discoveries are also described. What was the deluge, remembered in the lore of many peoples throughout the world? An explanation is suggested here. Although the existence of Atlantis is usually denied as a geological impossibility, the Celtic tradition sidesteps this view with a radical alternative, also accounting for the fabled continent of Mu. Personal experiences of the author and others are interwoven with the main theme of this book, some surprising, some harrowing, and some humorous. The Endless Thread commends itself to those seeking answers, but not to the gullible or to sensation-seekers.