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the dreamlife of families by edward bruce bynum - reviewed at spiral nature

The Dreamlife of Families, by Edward Bruce Bynum

In The Dreamlife of Families, Bynum has found the balance between rigorously tested scientific literature on the physical dreaming process and the deeper spiritual content and meaning of the dreams, and how this plays out in unexplainable synchronicities in waking life.
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What is mindfulness, anyway? Reviews of five new books

Sure, mindfulness won't solve all your problems, but it may bring realization, joy, and more spiritual awareness into your life.
Traditional Magic Spells for Protection and Healing, by Claude Lecouteux

Traditional Magic Spells for Protection and Healing, by Claude Lecouteux

Magick has been around for a long time, longer than modern medical science, which explains why there’s such a large section of texts devoted to magically healing people. Traditional Magic Spells for Protection and Healing by Claude Lecouteux gathers noteworthy, if little known these days, practices from around Europe.
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The Path of Modern Yoga, by Elliott Goldberg

Yoga is a complex and rich tradition that I have come to love very much. Because of my own interest, I jumped at the chance to review Elliott Goldberg's The Path of Modern Yoga: The History of an Embodied Spiritual Practice.
Autumn mist with pumpkins, photo by liz west

Five books to guide you into the spirit world

With the coming of winter and the lengthen of the night, many cultures and practices believe that the veil, the wall between our world...

Sekhmet, by Nicki Scully

The Egyptian pantheon is one that has enchanted people for centuries. For many people, this is their first experience in working with gods and goddesses and although some may move onto other pantheons, others choose to stick with the popular gods and goddesses. Sekhmet: Transformation in the Belly of the Goddess by Nicki Scully is a guide to working with one of these powerful deities.

Deconstructing Gurdjieff, by Tobias Churton

I enjoyed Deconstructing Gurdjieff most when the author, Tobias Churton, speculated about events and circumstances surrounding Gurdjieff's life.
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Tantric Kali, by Daniel Odier

Tantric Kali is a slim but potent book. It is filled with lore, symbolism, and the bare bones of a powerful practice devoted to Kali.
Five Meditations on Death, by Francois Cheng

Five Meditations on Death, by Francois Cheng

Death might be a frightening subject but this is not a depressing or distressing book. As an expression of humanity, it will uplift and encourage.
The Finger and the Moon, by Alejandro Jodorowsky

The Finger and the Moon, by Alejandro Jodorowsky

The Finger and the Moon is a collection of Japanese and Japanese Zen stories, teachings, and koans as recounted by Alejandro Jodorowsky.
Dictionary of Ancient Magic Words and Spells, by Claude Lecouteux

25 occultnik books reviewed and ranked from 2016

Spiral Nature published more than 95 reviews of books and tarot decks in 2016, and we thought it might be handy to share some of the most popular.
Dictionary of Ancient Magic Words and Spells, by Claude Lecouteux

Dictionary of Ancient Magic Words and Spells, by Claude Lecouteux

The Dictionary of Ancient Magic Words and Spells brings a range of influences together to weave a useful fabric in the Western occult tradition.

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