Renaissance Magic and the Return of the Golden Age

Renaissance Magic and the Return of the Golden Age
Author: John S. Mebane
Publsiher: U of Nebraska Press
Total Pages: 308
Release: 1992-01-01
ISBN 10: 9780803281790
ISBN 13: 080328179X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Renaissance Magic and the Return of the Golden Age Book Review:

For all their pride in seeing this world clearly, the thinkers and artists of the English Renaissance were also fascinated by magic and the occult. The three greatest playwrights of the period devoted major plays (The Tempest, Doctor Faustus, The Alchemist) to magic, Francis Bacon often referred to it, and it was ever-present in the visual arts. In Renaissance Magic and the Return of the Golden Age John S. Mebane reevaluates the significance of occult philosophy in Renaissance thought and literature, constructing the most detailed historical context for his subject yet attempted.

The Magic Well

The Magic Well
Author: Herman Ammann
Publsiher: I. E. Clark Publications
Total Pages: 22
Release: 1972
ISBN 10: 9780886801229
ISBN 13: 0886801222
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Magic Well Book Review:

Here at last is a dramatization of Hansel and Gretel which English -speaking audiences (children or adults) can love, yet which retains the true German flavor of the original Grimms fairy tale. A strong ethnic flavor can be given to your production by using the German folk songs and dances suggested in the script. The Director's Production Script gives simple scores of all music needed plus full details on how to do the folk dances - and even a lesson in how to speak with a German dialect. However the music and dialect can be omitted. Adults or children can play the title roles, making the play ideal for community, university, high school, or elementary theatre. This two-act dramatization of the delightful Grimms fairy tale - premiered by Fort Worth's Casa Manana Theatre in February 1969 - may be presented as a musical, with songs and provisions for dances written into the plot. Or it may be presented as a straight play without music. The plot resolves around the twelve beautiful but highly independent daughters of the king. They mysteriously wear out their shoes every night. Where do they go? What do they do? How do they get out of the castle? Nobody knows - and the king is willing to pay dearly to find out. In fact, the man who discovers the secret will receive not only a kingdom to rule, but his choice of the princesses in marriage. Many adventurers have tried to win the reward, only to end up on the Horrible Headsman's chopping block. Then along comes Brand, a young soldier who is supremely confident of his ability to solve any problem - but even he discovers that he urgently needs help. And it comes from the most delightful Fairy Godmother ever to cross a stage. -- from back cover.

Prayer, Magic, and the Stars in the Ancient and Late Antique World

Prayer, Magic, and the Stars in the Ancient and Late Antique World
Author: Scott Noegel,Joel Walker Walker
Publsiher: Penn State Press
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2010-11-01
ISBN 10: 9780271046006
ISBN 13: 0271046007
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Big Magic Number Puzzles

Big Magic Number Puzzles
Author: Allyne Brumbaugh
Publsiher: Scholastic Inc.
Total Pages: 79
Release: 1995-11
ISBN 10: 9780590492751
ISBN 13: 0590492756
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Ritual Magic

Ritual Magic
Author: Donald Tyson
Publsiher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Total Pages: 270
Release: 1992
ISBN 10: 9780875428352
ISBN 13: 0875428355
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ritual Magic Book Review:

Ritual Magic, by Donald Tyson, provides a historical, theoretical, and practical introduction to the astonishing world of magic--not mere myth and delusion nor tricks and illusion, but real magic. In Ritual Magic you will learn what is possible with magic. Can magic bring rains from a clear sky? Can it calm stormy seas? Can real magic change the outcome of great battles? Can you use magic to improve your life? The answers to these and many other questions will be found in Ritual Magic. ·Explore the roots of magic ? its complete history ·Get answers to questions frequently asked by those approaching magic for the first time ·Discover how magic works ·Learn the similarities and differences among different magical paths, including Golden Dawn, Shamanism, Wicca, Thelema, Druidism, and more ·Receive complete instructions for rituals to awaken magical awareness and to accomplish a willed purpose ·Deepen your knowledge of ritual magic, with suggested programs of study and reading material ·Learn how and why magic can become an important part of your life Whatever you own particular occult interest, Ritual Magic will help you learn what it is about, where it comes from, and how to do it correctly. By using this book as a road map of Western occultism, you will discover the truth about magic and use it to improve your life.

Magic and Ritual in the Ancient World

Magic and Ritual in the Ancient World
Author: Paul Allan Mirecki,Marvin W. Meyer
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 468
Release: 2002
ISBN 10: 9789004116764
ISBN 13: 9004116761
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Magic and Ritual in the Ancient World Book Review:

This volume contains a series of provocative essays that explore expressions of magic and ritual power in the ancient world. The strength of the present volume lies in the breadth of scholarly approaches represented. The book begins with several papyrological studies presenting important new texts in Greek and Coptic, continuing with essays focussing on taxonomy and definition. The concluding essays apply contemporary theories to analyses of specific test cases in a broad variety of ancient Mediterranean cultures. Paul Mirecki, Th.D. (1986) in Religious Studies, Harvard Divinity School, is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Kansas. Marvin Meyer, Ph.D. (1979) in Religion, Claremont Graduate School, is Professor of Religion at Chapman University, Orange, California, and Director of the Coptic Magical Texts Project of the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity.

The White Magic Book

The White Magic Book
Author: John LeBreton
Publsiher: Health Research Books
Total Pages: 126
Release: 1996-09
ISBN 10: 9780787305468
ISBN 13: 0787305464
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Magical Realism

Magical Realism
Author: Lois Parkinson Zamora,Wendy B. Faris
Publsiher: Duke University Press
Total Pages: 581
Release: 1995
ISBN 10: 9780822316404
ISBN 13: 0822316404
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Magical Realism Book Review:

On magical realism in literature

Ancient Christian Magic

Ancient Christian Magic
Author: Marvin W. Meyer
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 409
Release: 1999
ISBN 10: 9780691004587
ISBN 13: 0691004587
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ancient Christian Magic Book Review:

This thought-provoking collection of magical texts from ancient Egypt shows the exotic rituals, esoteric healing practices, and incantatory and supernatural dimensions that flowered in early Christianity. These remarkable Christian magical texts include curses, spells of protection from "headless powers" and evil spirits, spells invoking thunderous powers, descriptions of fire baptism, and even recipes from a magical "cookbook." Virtually all the texts are by Coptic Christians, and they date from about the 1st-12th centuries of the common era, with the majority from late antiquity. By placing these rarely seen texts in historical context and discussing their significance, the authors explore the place of healing, prayer, miracles, and magic in the early Christian experience, and expand our understanding of Christianity and Gnosticism as a vital folk religion.

Envisioning Magic

Envisioning Magic
Author: Peter Schäfer,Hans Hans Gerhard Kippenberg
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 281
Release: 1997-01-01
ISBN 10: 9789004107779
ISBN 13: 9004107770
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Envisioning Magic Book Review:

This collection of twelve articles presents a selection of papers delivered in the course of a seminar 1994-95 and its concluding international symposium at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. The common theme is the interrelation between magic and religion, focussing particularly on the Mediterranean world in Antiquity - Egyptian, Graeco-Roman and Jewish beliefs and customs - but also treating the early modern period in Northern Europe (the Netherlands and Germany) as well as offering more general reflections on elements of magic in language and Jewish mysticism. The volume is characterized by an interdisciplinary approach and the use of varied methodologies, emphasizing the dynamic nature of the often contradictory forces shaping religious beliefs and practices, while dismissing the idea of a linear development from magic to religion or vice versa. The contributors are outstanding scholars in their fields: Ancient, Medieval and Modern History, Religious Studies, Jewish Studies, Classical Studies, Early Christianity, Islamic Studies, Anthropology, Egyptology and Comparative Literature. Without a doubt this re-evaluation of a fascinating age-old subject will stimulate scholarly discussion and appeal to educated non-specialist readers as well.

Self-Working Coin Magic

Self-Working Coin Magic
Author: Karl Fulves,Joseph K. Schmidt
Publsiher: Courier Corporation
Total Pages: 136
Release: 1989
ISBN 10: 9780486261799
ISBN 13: 0486261794
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Self-Working Coin Magic Book Review:

Clearly worded instructions, 251 step-by-step illustrations show novices, veterans how to seemingly pluck coins from the air, make a coin penetrate a tabletop, perform psychic tricks with coins and bills, much more. No special dexterity needed; no long hours of practice.

Magic Graphs

Magic Graphs
Author: W. D. Wallis
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 146
Release: 2001
ISBN 10: 9780817642525
ISBN 13: 0817642528
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Magic Graphs Book Review:

Magic squares, their origins lost in antiquity, are among the more popular mathematical recreations. Over the years a number of generalizations have been proposed, going back in the last century to Sedl cek (early 1960s) who asked whether "magic" ideas could be applied to graphs. Around the same time Kotzig and Rosa formulated the study of graph labelings, or valuations as they were first called. In the last decade, there has been a resurgence of interest in "magic labelings" and other graph valuations, e.g., graceful labelings, due to a number of interesting results that have applications and are related to the problems of decomposing graphs into trees. Trees remain an elusive subject. From the pure mathematics viewpoint, no progress has been made in answering the question: Does every tree have an edge-magic total labeling? However, the corresponding problem for vertex-magic total labelings has been solved, and the details are examined in this volume. The book also contains a number of recent constructions of magic graphs and verifications that families of graphs are magic. Key features: * short historical account of the subject * concise, self-contained text, systematic exposition from basic topics in graph theory to current research * applications of theorems from graph theory and interesting counting arguments * exercises, research problems covering a range of difficulties, extensive bibliography, index * solutions to many exercises This concise, self-contained exposition is unique in its focus on the theory of magic graphs/labeling and its applications to a number of new areas. It may serve as a graduate text for a special topics seminar in mathematics or computer science, or as a professional text for the researcher.

The Complete Book of Spells, Ceremonies, and Magic

The Complete Book of Spells, Ceremonies, and Magic
Author: Migene González-Wippler
Publsiher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Total Pages: 376
Release: 1988
ISBN 10: 9780875422862
ISBN 13: 0875422861
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Complete Book of Spells, Ceremonies, and Magic Book Review:

Offers comprehensive coverage of the history of magic rituals and practices throughout the world, presenting information on voodoo, ancient Egyptian and Hebrew magic, palm reading, secret symbols, astrology, exorcism and spells to overcome enemies and obtain wealth

Magic Words

Magic Words
Author: Craig Conley
Publsiher: Weiser Books
Total Pages: 360
Release: 2008-10-01
ISBN 10: 9781609250508
ISBN 13: 1609250508
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Magic Words Book Review:

Magic Words: A Dictionary is a one-of-a-kind resource for armchair linguists, pop-culture enthusiasts, Pagans, Wiccans, magicians, and trivia nuts alike. Brimming with the most intriguing magic words and phrases from around the world and illustrated throughout with magical symbols and icons, Magic Words is a dictionary like no other. More than seven-hundred essay style entries describe the origins of magical words as well as historical and popular variations and fascinating trivia. With sources ranging from ancient Medieval alchemists to modern stage magicians, necromancers, and wizards of legend to miracle workers throughout time, Magic Words is a must have for any scholar of magic, language, history, and culture.

Magic, Rhetoric, and Literacy

Magic, Rhetoric, and Literacy
Author: William A. Covino
Publsiher: SUNY Press
Total Pages: 189
Release: 1994-01-01
ISBN 10: 9780791420836
ISBN 13: 0791420833
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Magic, Rhetoric, and Literacy Book Review:

This book presents a selective, introductory reading of key texts in the history of magic from antiquity forward, in order to construct a suggestive conceptual framework for disrupting our conventional notions about rhetoric and literacy. Offering an overarching, pointed synthesis of the interpenetration of magic, rhetoric, and literacy, William A. Covino draws from theorists ranging from Plato and Cornelius Agrippa to Paulo Freire and Mary Daly, and analyzes the different magics that operate in Renaissance occult philosophy and Romantic literature, as well as in popular indicators of mass literacy such as "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and The National Enquirer. Magic, Rhetoric, and Literacy distinguishes two kinds of magic-rhetoric that continue to affect our psychological and cultural life today. Generative magic-rhetoric creates novel possibilities for action, within a broad sympathetic universe of signs and symbols. Arresting magic-rhetoric attempts to induce automatistic behavior, by inculcating rules and maxims that function like magic ritual formulas: JUST SAY NO. In this connection, the literate individual is one who can interrogate arresting language, and generate "counter-spells."

Spiritual and Demonic Magic

Spiritual and Demonic Magic
Author: Daniel Pickering Walker
Publsiher: Penn State Press
Total Pages: 244
Release: 2000
ISBN 10: 9780271020457
ISBN 13: 0271020458
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Spiritual and Demonic Magic Book Review:

First published by the Warburg Institute in 1958, this book is considered a landmark in Renaissance studies. Whereas most scholars had tended to view magic as a marginal subject, Walker showed that magic was one of the most typical creations of the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Walker takes readers through the magical concerns of some of the greatest thinkers of the Renaissance, from Marsilio Ficino, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, and Jacques Lefevre d&’Etaples to Jean Bodin, Francis Bacon, and Tommaso Campanella. Ultimately he demonstrates that magic was interconnected with religion, music, and medicine, all of which were central to the Renaissance notion of spiritus. Remarkable for its clarity of writing, this book is still considered essential reading for students seeking to understand the assumptions, beliefs, and convictions that informed the thinking of the Renaissance. This edition features a new introduction by Brian Copenhaver, one of our leading experts on the place of magic in intellectual history.

Magic in the Middle Ages

Magic in the Middle Ages
Author: Richard Kieckhefer
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 219
Release: 2000-05
ISBN 10: 9780521785761
ISBN 13: 0521785766
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Magic in the Middle Ages Book Review:

A fascinating 2000 study of natural and demonic magic within the broad context of medieval culture.

Puff, the Magic Dragon

Puff, the Magic Dragon
Author: Peter Yarrow,Lenny Lipton
Publsiher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
Total Pages: 24
Release: 2007
ISBN 10: 9781402747823
ISBN 13: 1402747829
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Puff, the Magic Dragon Book Review:

The adventures of a boy and his dragon friend are recounted in this classic song from the 1960s.

The Book of Black Magic

The Book of Black Magic
Author: Arthur Edward Waite
Publsiher: Weiser Books
Total Pages: 328
Release: 1972-01-01
ISBN 10: 9780877282075
ISBN 13: 0877282072
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Book of Black Magic Book Review:

The Secret Tradition in Goetia, including the rites and mysteries of Goetic therugy, sorcery and infernal necromancy. Completely illustrated with the original magical figures. Partial Contents: Antiquity of Magical Rituals; Rituals of Transcendental Magic; Composite Rituals; Key of Solomon; Lesser Key of Solomon; Rituals of Black Magic; Complete Grimoire; Preparation of the Operator; Initial Rites and Ceremonies; Descending Hierarchy; Mysteries of Goetic Theurgy; Mystery of the Sanctum Regnum; Method of Honorius.

Between Magic and Religion

Between Magic and Religion
Author: Sulochana Ruth Asirvatham,Corinne Pache,Corinne Ondine Pache,John Watrous
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 212
Release: 2001
ISBN 10: 9780847699698
ISBN 13: 0847699692
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Between Magic and Religion Book Review:

Between Magic and Religion represents a radical rethinking of traditional distinctions involving the term 'religion' in the ancient Greek world and beyond, through late antiquity to the seventeenth century. The title indicates the fluidity of such concepts as religion and magic, highlighting the wide variety of meanings evoked by these shifting terms from ancient to modern times. The contributors put these meanings to the test, applying a wide range of methods in exploring the many varieties of available historical, archaeological, iconographical, and literary evidence. No reader will ever think of magic and religion the same way after reading through the findings presented in this book. Both terms emerge in a new light, with broader applications and deeper meanings.