Lorebriary

Most of the content of this blog are written from, and about, intuition and spiritual experience. Any references to which I can trace any influence are cited as they become relevant.

However, my main influences shall be collected in the pages of this Lorebriary. 

ALCHEMY

On Becoming an Alchemist by Catherine MacCoun (2008)
Read my review of it here.

 

The Mirror of Alchemy by Roger Bacon probably (1597)
Available at Levity.
While the language is archaic, it is short and simple.

 

Sexual Alchemy by Donald Tyson (2000)
When Tyson describes his spiritual experiences, they are spot-on with how I experience interactions with spirits (except without the sex) (okay, maybe with Foxglove,) however the writing style, while not archaic in language, is dry and difficult to read through. This is a dense read. The procedures and physical rituals are also unhygienic and I would not personally practice that.

The Twelve Keys of Basil Valentine (1602)
Pretty pictures. From this book I learned that I don’t speak birds.

 

Psychology and Alchemy by C.G. Jung (1980)

Alchemical Studies C.G. Jung (1983)

The Way of the Wizard by Deepak Chopra (1995)
Read my review of it here.

FAELATRY (and Occidental Paganism)

The Fairy Mythology by Thomas Keightley (1880)
Available at SacredTexts and Project Gutenberg

The Celtic Twilight by W.B. Yeats (1893)
Available at SacredTexts and Project Gutenberg

The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries by W.Y. Evans-Wentz (1911)
Available at SacredTexts

The Religion of the Ancient Celts by J.A. MacCulloch (1911)
Available at SacredTexts and Project Gutenberg.

British Goblins: Welsh Folk-lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditions by Wirt Sikes (1880)
Available at SacredTexts

Teutonic Mythology by Jacob Grimm (1882)

Lebor Gabála Érenn: The Book of the Taking of Ireland by R.A. Stewart Macalister (1932)

Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry by W.B. Yeats (1888)
More of a compilation than commentary, I personally prefer The Celtic Twilight above (also by Yeats) when it comes to applicability.

The English and Scottish Popular Ballads by Francis James Child (1882 – 1898, serialized)

A God Who Makes Fire: The Bardic Mysticism of Amergin by Christopher Scott Thompson (2013)
Available in eBook format (PDF, downloadable) on Lulu for less than $5 (PayPal compatible), or in print format for $20 that does not include shipment.
One of the most influential surviving texts about bardic mysticism is “The Cauldron of Poesy” by an anonymous 7th century Irish monk. In The God Who Makes Fire: The Bardic Mysticism of Amergin, author Christopher Scott Thompson not only provides a new translation, but compares past translations, and takes the reader through a line-by-line analysis of this seminal historical text. Thompson provides further cultural context by examining the figure of Amergin in Irish mythology, “The Song of Amergin” from The Book of Leinster (a similar form also included in the Lebor Gabala Erenn), “The Invocation of Graces” from Alexander Carmichael’s Carmina Gadelica compendium, and various ancient poems of the Celtic people. This book also features comparative religious passages, mostly involving Hindu and Indo-European faiths. With an instinct for detail, Thompson also brings to life the common daily concerns of an aspiring young bard in ancient times, attitudes towards gender, asceticism, the significance of specific meats and berries, and much more.

Strange and Secret Peoples: Fairies and Victorian Consciousness by Carole G. Silver

Science in Wonderland by Melanie Keene

PSYCHE

Liber Novus by C.G. Jung (2009)
Read my review here.

 

Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks (2012)

STORYTELLING

The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers (1991)

In Search of Authenticity: The Formation of Folklore Studies by Regina Bendix (1997)

SECULARISM

The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan (1995)

The Origins of Psychic Phenomena by Stan Gooch (2007)

The Moral Landscape by Sam Harris (2010)

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