The Metaphysical Studies Shelf.
C. W. Leadbeater
c/o The Theosophical Publishing House
PO Box 270, Wheaton, IL 60189-0270
9780835609128, $16.95, www.amazon.com
Chakras, in Hindu metaphysical tradition and other belief systems, are centers of Pra a, life force, or vital energy. Chakras correspond to vital points in the physical body i.e. major plexuses of arteries, veins and nerves. Texts and teachings present different numbers of chakras. Their name derives from the Sanskrit word for "wheel" or "turning". The concept of chakra features in tantric and yogic traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism. "The Chakras" by C. W. Leadbeater was first published in 1927 and to this day continues to be the fundamental reference work on chakras for a Western readership. Of special note is the inclusion of a section of color photographs. Now made available to a whole new generation of appreciative readers, this Quest Books edition is enhanced with an informative foreword by Anodea Judith and features annotations by Kurt Leland. Also available in a Kindle edition ($10.59), this 180 page paperback compendium is highly recommended for both personal reading lists and academic library Metaphysical Studies reference collections.
The Qabalah Workbook for Magicians
665 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
9781578635351, $19.95, www.amazon.com
Hermetic Qabalah (From the Hebrew word meaning "reception" or "accounting") is a Western esoteric, occult and mystical tradition. It is the underlying philosophy and framework for magical societies such as the Golden Dawn, Thelemic orders, mystical-religious societies such as the Builders of the Adytum and the Fellowship of the Rosy Cross, and is a precursor to the Neopagan, Wiccan and New Age movements. The Hermetic Qabalah is the basis for Qliphothic Qabala as studied by left hand path orders, such as the Typhonian Order. In "The Qabalah Workbook for Magicians: A Guide to the Sephiroth", author Anita Kraft draws upon her more than 20 years of practice and research as a Qabalist, Magician, Bishop in the Ecclessia Gnostica Catholica, and Initiate of the ordo Templi Orientis to produce a 176 page compendium of information and instruction on the practice of Qabalah utilizing tools that range from tarot cards plants and stones, to perfumes, the zodiac, and other magical sources. Enhanced with the inclusion of two appendices offering additional exercises and Crowley's 777 Chart, "The Qabalah Workbook for Magicians: A Guide to the Sephiroth" is thoroughly 'user friendly' and highly recommended reading for students of the Qabalah and academic library Metaphysical Studies reference collections.
The Alien Abduction Files
Kathleen Marden & Denise Stoner
New Page Books
c/o Career Press Inc.
220 West Parkway, Unit 12
Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
9781601632715, $16.99, www.newpagebooks.com
Something has to be out there ... and is it contacting us? "The Alien Abduction Files: The Most Startling Cases of Human-Alien Contact Ever Reported" analyzes the potential of alien abductions and other extraterrestrial contact. Authors Kathleen Marden & Denise Stoner strive to understand to the purpose of these events, and what life can be like while facing them. "The Alien Abduction Files" is a worthwhile addition to metaphysical studies collections, highly recommended.
New World Library
14 Pamaron Way, Novato, CA 94949
9781608681785, $17.95, www.newworldlibrary.com
WILD MIND: A FIELD GUIDE TO THE HUMAN PSYCHE comes from a cultural visionary and wilderness guide who considers how to change our understanding of what it means to be human - and how to incorporate this understanding into modern cultural interactions. The key to future survival is a re-visioning and reshaping of human consciousness: WILD MIND uses four directions to describe the four facets of human self and personalities, and shows how to cultivate wholeness through reconciliation. Psychology, new age and self-help holdings alike will find this a solid reference.
Bear & Company
c/o Inner Traditions International, Ltd.
One Park Street, Rochester, VT 05767
Nicholas E. Brink's THE POWER OF ECSTATIC TRANS: PRACTICES FOR HEALING SPIRITUAL GROWTH AND ACCESSING THE UNIVERSAL MIND (9781591431527, $18.00) is a review and description of the nature and process of ecstatic trance, and explores both the psychology and physiology of such trance in a combination of historical review and practical insights. Trance journeying has been around for many decades, and though it was traditionally viewed as a vehicle for shamans, it also is a skill any can cultivate. Psychologist Nicholas Brink examines postures for such trance journeying, offering keys to understanding for audiences both experienced and inexperienced with such journeys. From discussions of the collective unconscious to reclaiming extrasensory abilities, this offers a full-faceted coverage especially recommended for new age holdings. Susan B. Martinez, Ph.D.'s THE LOST HISTORY OF THE LITTLE PEOPLE (9781591431459, $20.00) combines an exploration of ancient mysteries and mythology to present an examination of stories surrounding the First People, the "Old Ones" of prehistory who survived the Great Food and bright the first sacred traditions. It considers how the lost race of the Great Little People evolved, how they lived on the continent of Pan (or Lemusria) during the Great Food, and how their activities birthed legends, holy symbols and religious experience. Using worldwide evidence of pygmy tunnels, dwarf villages and tiny coffins, this reveals the little people as one of prehistory's missing links, and provides a satisfying coverage perfect for any new age collection.