Esoteric Mystery School Books and Supplies

Esoteric Mystery School Textbooks & Supplies

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Purple cubes Optional



Catechumen Phase of the Mystery School


Tarot Deck of your choice, to search over 100 entries, click on the purple cube. The tarot deck was used as a secret coded “catechism” or teaching device by the underground Grail Heresy “Church” during the Middle Ages when the Roman Catholic Church would kill any alternative believers. The tarot is full of heretical Grail symbolism which can best be seen in the oldest decks. We recommend the Rider Waite also called the Waite deck because it is the oldest complete deck available. It comes in original, giant and miniature versions, all with the same symbols. For the best esoteric symbolism restored to Waite’s original intentions, get the Albano Waite deck. I use it the most. For divination purposes you may get any deck whose art appeals to you, as long as it has the traditional 78 cards. Rider Waite can be used for divination, too, of course, but sometimes people with an artistic bent feel drawn to one of the more modern decks done by professional artists. I like the Art Nouveau deck and Arthurian Tarot deck for instance. If you have any questions, or need help deciding, just ask. If you’re really paranoid about learning the meanings of the cards, get the Starter Tarot–it has the meanings printed right on the cards. They are a bit old fashioned, but you can usually figure them out.


Basic Magick, A Practical Guide by Phillip Cooper. This is an excellent book for beginners and advanced initiates, especially good for skeptics and intellectuals! But please note it is not required, whereas certain books after the Catechumen Phase are required (see red cubes)


Tarot in Ten Minutes.
by R. T. Kaser, But please note it is not required, whereas certain books after the Catechumen Phase are required (see red cubes)

Other Supplies for Catechumen Phase:

White robe or vest for water baptism.

Special oil of your favorite aroma for anointing and chrism.(You may wish to order the Catechumen Entry Kit, if you didn’t already receive it when you joined the Mystery School.)

Credant Phase (after Catechumen Lessons and the Water Baptism Rite of Kristian Initiation). Please note these are suggested reading, NOT required.

The three books following were recommended by Shadwynn, author of the famous esoteric Christian classic, The Crafted Cup: Ritual Mysteries of the Goddess & the Grail.


Understanding the Bible: An Introduction for Skeptics, Seekers, and Religious Liberals A thoughtful, warm, and witty introduction Understanding the Bible is designed to help empower skeptics, seekers, nonbelievers, and those of a liberal and progressive outlook to reclaim the Bible from literalists. In making accessible some of the best contemporary historical, literary, political, and feminist readings of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, it encourages all who would find in the biblical heritage an ally and not an enemy in the quest for a more just and humane world.


The Gospel of Gabriel: A Life of Jesus the Christ by Edward Hays


Prayers for a Planetary Pilgrim: a Personal Manual for Prayer and Ritual by Edward Hays

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Diakon / Diakonissa Phase (includes Archdiakon/issa level)

Inner Christianity: A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition by Richard Smoley


A Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science, and a Voyage from 1 to 10 by Michael S. Schneider


Click on the red cube to see how many used copies are available at AmazonExperience of the Inner Worlds: A Course in Christian Qabalistic Magic by Gareth Knight.Needed for both the Archdiakon/issa course and also Presvyter/a degree.

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Presvyter / Presvytera (Priest / Priestess) Phase

An Interfaith Minister’s Manual by Angela Plum This book is available through Amazon.com but it takes about 4 weeks to ship. We stock them here at the Esoteric Theological Seminary. Use our Catalog to order one and have it on its way to you within 24 hours. Our price is $31 which includes shipping.


Hidden Wisdom: A Guide to the Western Inner Traditions by Richard Smoley and Jay Kinney (one of Dr. Katia’s favorite books)


The Inner West: An Introduction to the Hidden Wisdom of the West by Jay Kinney, editor of the former magazine, Gnosis


Jesus Christ, Sun of God: Ancient Cosmology and Early Christian Symbolism, by David Fideler (Starbird used this in her research)

Putting on the Mind of Christ: Inner Work of Christian Spirituality, by Jim Marion (you will especially enjoy this book if you are a practicing Christian mystic, and feel drawn St. John of the Cross and/or have read Ken Wilber)

For more books required and suggested for the Presvyter Phase,click here.

Order of the New a name=”KTemplar” style=”text-decoration: none”>Knights Templar& Daughters of Tsion, the Ladies Templar.


The Warriors and The Bankers by Alan Butler & Stephen Dafoe A history of the Knights Templar from 1307 to the present.


The Knights Templar Revealed, formerly titled, The Templar Continuum by Alan Butler & Stephen Dafoe Where did the Knights Templar come from. Were they a reflection of early twelfth century Christian thinking or from a much more ancient tradition of goddess and god, esoterica and mystery teachings?


Holy Blood, Holy Grail. by Michael Baigent, et al A must read. Not because we believe in all the authors’ conclusions, we don’t. But because this book is vital to understanding the current Mary Magdalene-married-to-Jesus Christ movement. This book was used as a source for the novel DaVinci Code. It covers the Knights Templar, Gnostics, Heretics, Jesus’ wife and kids, intrigue and mysterious manuscripts–it’s all there. Well researched, but some of the theories require you to decide for yourself.


The Monks of War an excellent book on the TemplarsThe Monks of War, the Military Religious Orders, by Desmond Seward. Stormtroopers of the Middle Ages in the savage conflict with Islam, yet some of these orders still exist today. (As we well know). General history of these Orders, Templars, Teutonic Knights, Hospitallers.


The Templars: The Dramatic History of the Knights Templar, the Most Powerful Military Order of the Crusades, by Piers Paul Read


The New Knighthood : A History of the Order of the Temple, by Malcom Barber

Tarot of the Templars aka Le Tarot des Templiers


Templar Tarot deck, by “Mary Magdalene”, painted by Allen Chester. Before buying see TemplarTarot.com for pictures of some of the cards.


The Art and Science of Fencing by Nick Evangelista


Fencing and the Master by Laszlo Szabo


Foil, Saber, and Epee Fencing : Skills, Safety, Operations, and Responsibilities by Maxwell R. Garret, Emmanuil G. Kaidanov, Gil A. Pezza


The Messianic Legacy by Michael Baigent, et al Sequel to Holy Blood, Holy Grail. Very thorough, hard to put down, and more focused than HBHG.

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Suggested Fictional Reading for Templars, both Knights & Daughters of Tsion


The Temple and the Crown by Katherine Kurtz and Deborah Turner Harris Great adventure…brilliantly evoked…a dazzling battle of good vs. evil.


The Temple and the Stone by Katherine Kurtz and Deborah Turner Harris New novel of the Knights Templar: the medievel warrior priests who, according to legend, wielded vast occult powers to guide the course of history.


Tales of the Knights Templar edited by Katherine Kurtz The author of the classic bestselling Deryni series has gathered nine original stories by the top talent of the fantastic to explore the most mystic and mysterious army ever.

Suggested Music for Templars, Daughters of Tsion, Angelic Alliance and all other Spiritual Warriors


Moment of Glory, the Scorpions and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Cosmic, Monumental and Hauntingly Spiritual. You will “hear” the mighty angelic hosts clashing swords with the demon armies, hear the prayer-song of angels and men together in one of the songs titled, “Send me an Angel.” Close your eyes while listening and visions will come. Happens to me everytime.

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Order of Mary Magdala


The
Woman with the Alabaster Jar; Mary Magdalene and the Holy Grail
. by Margaret Starbird. Required for the
1st Degree


The Goddess in the Gospels: Reclaiming
the Sacred Feminine
. by Margaret Starbird. Required
for the 2nd Degree


Holy Blood, Holy Grail. by Michael Baigent, et al Required
for the 1st Degree or Postulant level.
A must read. Not because we believe in all the authors’ conclusions, we don’t. But because this book is vital to understanding the current Mary Magdalene-married-to-Jesus Christ movement. This book was used as a source for the novel DaVinci Code. It covers the Knights Templar, Gnostics, Heretics, Jesus’ wife and kids, intrigue and mysterious manuscripts–it’s all there. Well researched, but some of the theories require you to decide for yourself.


Required
for the 2nd Degree
Magdalene’s Lost Legacy:
Symbolic Numbers and the Sacred Union in Christianity
by Margaret Starbird. Author Margaret Starbird decodes the symbolic numbers embedded in the original Greek phrases of the New Testament-revealing the powerful presence of the feminine divine. The New Testament contains wide use of gematria, a literary device that allows the sums of certain phrases to produce sacred numbers. Exploring the hidden meanings behind these numbers, Starbird reveals that the union between Jesus and his bride, Mary Magdalene, formed a sacred partnership that was the cornerstone of the earliest Christian community.


Required
for the 2nd Degree
The Gospel of Mary Magdalene (written in 150 A.D.) translated and with commentary by Jean-Yves Leloup. If you want to know the earliest teachings of Yeshua and MM, and happen also to be intrigued with the similarities between transpersonal psychology, Hinduism / Vedanta, Tibetan Buddhism and the earliest form of Christianity, you simply must read this book.


Required
for the 3rd Degree
The Gospel Of Philip: Jesus, Mary
Magdalene, And The Gnosis Of Sacred Union
by Jean-Yves Leloup


Required for the
3rd Degree
The Mary Magdalene Within by Joan Norton

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14 Steps to Awaken the Sacred Feminine: Women in the Circle of Mary Magdalene by Joan Norton and Margaret Starbird

Women’s circles have been called a “revolutionary-evolutionary movement hidden in plain sight” by Jean Shinoda Bolen and have been hailed as capable of affecting global change. Magdalene Circles are groups of women who focus their shared energies on the wisdom of Mary Magdalene to gain insight into the role of the sacred feminine in their own lives and to help them advance on their spiritual paths.

This book offers 14 lessons to help understand the wisdom offered by Mary Magdalene’s story and mythos. Among the lessons are prophecies of the bride, why we need the bride, Magdalene’s archetypal pattern of descent, and how modern women carry the Grail. Well-suited for the individual reader as well as a group, each lesson includes an introduction, guided meditation, questions for journaling, and an essay by Margaret Starbird as well as suggestions for group sharing. Placing Mary Magdalene within the pattern of “cyclic renewal” of earth-based religions, this book offers the chance to incorporate the sacred feminine wisdom of Mary Magdalene into everyday life for Christians and spiritual feminists alike.


The Feminine Face of Christianity by Margaret Starbird. Starbird notes the early pattern of gender equality in the early Christian community, noting the “sister-wives” who accompanied male disciples on their missionary journeys, forging a new understanding of the “sacred marriage” at the heart of the Christian Gospels. She points out that fundamental Christian values such as compassion, reconciliation, and the healing of crippled bodies and broken hearts are all strongly feminine in nature.


The Sacred Embrace of Jesus and Mary
: The Sexual Mystery at the Heart of the Christian Tradition
by Jean-Yves Leloup Practiced and thorough with his extrapolation of the sacred texts, Leloup (founder of the Institute of Other Civilization Studies and the International College of Therapists and author of The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, The Gospel of Philip and The Gospel of Thomas) addresses the current debate about the relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene. This thoughtful and detailed discussion has a more academic tone than some of his other books and may seem daunting, but fans of Leloup and true seekers of the meaning of love, the holiness of sexuality and the deeper aspects of the relationship between Jesus and Mary won’t be disappointed.


The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant. You will NOT be able to put this book down! Gripping, riveting tale of ancient biblical goddess worship and womens’ spirituality following the life Dina, daughter of Jacob-Israel, thus the head of the 13th Tribe of Israel. 22 pages of this book are online (at Amazon) for viewing if you click on the purple cube.


Sarah the Priestess: The First
Matriarch of Genesis
, by Savina J. Teubal. Amber Satterwhite, also known as Oiled Lamp, one of our Mystery School Initiates comments: Probably the most illuminating book ever published on the story of Sarah, Abraham, and the genesis of the Jewish nation. Read it, or continue to misread Genesis.


Mary Magdalene, Bride in Exile by Margaret Starbird Starbird, a writer experienced in biblical history, is among the latest to focus on the woman called “the apostle to the apostles.” Starbird, who primarily looks at the way Mary’s story merges into myth, paints with a bit of New Age patina, yet her book is more focused and organized. Starbird thinks that the Magdalene and Mary of Bethany were one; other writers think Mary was poor; Starbird styles her as rich.


Ancient Sisterhood: The Lost Traditions
of Hagar and Sarah
, by Savina J. Teubal


Invoking Mary
Magdalene: Accessing the Wisdom of the Divine Feminine
book and CD by Siobhan Houston In Invoking Mary Magdalene, Siobhán Houston shares the compelling story of Jesus’ preeminent female disciple to help us rediscover the long-eclipsed feminine heart of Christianity.


Isis Magic: Cultivating a Relationship
with the Goddess of 10,000 Names
by M. Isidora Forrest Isis Magic is complete, well researched, and deeply experiential. It is the perfect resource for the individual seeker, to inspire your circle or coven, or as a program of personal development for those called by Isis to be Her Priestesses and Priests.


Living Gnosis: A Practical Guide to Gnostic
Christianity
by Tau Malachi Gnostic revival is growing in the United States and Europe as people are discovering the mystical roots of their own Western Tradition. This easy-to-read, deeply spiritual introduction to Gnostic Christianity helps beginners down the Gnostic path to esoteric insights and wisdom.

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Order of the Northern
Way:
Shamanism, Celtic, Teutonic and Earth-based Mysteries


Northern Magic, Rune Mysteries
and Shamanism
by Edred Thorsson (Required for Norse & Anglo-Saxon, Teutonic, Germanic studies)


Northern Mysteries & Magick: Runes,
Gods, and Feminine Powers
by Freya Aswynn


By Oak, Ash & Thorn : Modern
Celtic Shamanism
, by D.J. Conway, Required for Druidry Course


Advanced Celtic Shamanism, by D.J. Conway, Required for second part of Druidry Course


Druid Magic: The Practice of Celtic
Wisdom
, by Maya Magee Sutton, Nicholas R. Mann, Philip Carr-Gomm (Preface)


Principles of Druidry, by Emma Restall Orr


Gods and Myths of Northern Europe by H.R. Ellis Davidson


American Folk Magick: Charms,
Spells & Herbals
by Silver Ravenwolf


Mountain Magick, Folk Wisdom from
the Heart of Appalachia
by Edain McCoy

Karri at Veggigoddess@hotmail.com says… The historian and writer Ann Moura published a book on this very issue [Hindu & Celtic culture are one], called, The Origins of Modern Witchcraft. It delves into the complex history and influences of early civilizations…tracing beliefs through time…revealing the real roots of our beliefs and how politics and migration, commerce and
conquests led to the variations on the vedic theme that so many systems share today.

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Order of Melchizedek,
and
the Merkabah Riders


The Power of the Word: The Secret
Code of Creation
, by Donald Tyson. This book has been renamed and republished! It used to be called: Tetragrammaton, The Secret to Evoking Angelic Powers and the Key to the Apocalypse.


Modern
Magick: Eleven Lessons in the High Magickal Arts
. by Donald Michael Kraig The best hands-on manual of Kabbalah!

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Order of the DivineMother:


Required
for the 1st Degree
The Hebrew Goddess by Raphael Patai The Jewish religion, far from being pure monotheistic, contained from earliest times strong polytheistic elements, chief of which was the cult of the mother goddess. Lucidly written and richly illustrated, this third edition contains new chapters on the Shekhina.


Required
for the 2nd Degree
The Feminine Face of Christianity by Margaret Starbird. Starbird notes the early pattern of gender equality in the early Christian community, noting the “sister-wives” who accompanied male disciples on their missionary journeys, forging a new understanding of the “sacred marriage” at the heart of the Christian Gospels. She points out that fundamental Christian values such as compassion, reconciliation, and the healing of crippled bodies and broken hearts are all strongly feminine in nature.


Circle of Mysteries: The Women’s
Rosary Book,
by Christin Lore Weber. Amber Satterwhite, also known as Oiled Lamp and one of our Initiates, comments: The single most important book I have ever read on the Rosary. Combines traditional Catholic prayer with a Goddess meditation that will blow your mind and enliven your soul.


New American Bible, Fireside Edition Optional; though you will need a Bible of some sort, the translation is optional and was suggested just because it’s the one the instructors use most often.


Isis Magic: Cultivating a Relationship
with the Goddess of 10,000 Names
by M. Isidora Forrest Isis Magic is complete, well researched, and deeply experiential. It is the perfect resource for the individual seeker, to inspire your circle or coven, or as a program of personal development for those called by Isis to be Her Priestesses and Priests.

Initiate Stephen Andrew of our
Order of the Divine Mother suggests the following wonderful books,
the first two of which are used in our advanced lessons:


The Most Holy TrinoSophia and the New
Revelation of the Divine Feminine
by Robert A. Powell, which makes the case that just as there is a “male” trinity, there is also a female, the “Mother-Daughter-Holy Soul.” The author uses the Star of David, a la Margaret Starbird, to illustrate the inter-connectedness of these male and female triads.


Sophia-Maria: A Holistic Vision
of Creation
by Thomas Schipflinger, which asserts that the Virgin Mary was the physical manifestation of Sophia just as Yeshua was the manifestation of the Logos. This book does a superb job of exegeting the Hebrew Wisdom literature and of linking it with Mary as she is depicted in the Gospels, Acts and some of the Gnostic sources.


The Sophia Teachings AUDIO CASSETTE, by Robert A. Powell Summary of his book above, plus a few extras.


Alone of All Her Sex: Myth & Cult
of Virgin Mary
by Marina Warner Stephen Andrew writes: For those interested in a historical survey of the Marian cult, the Black Madonnas, and (to a certain extent) the Magdala’s role in the Church, there is no better book than this one.

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Third Millennium Angelic
Alliance


Angels A to Z by James R. Lewis and Evelyn Dorothy Oliver. This book is excellent, one of Dr. Katia’s personal favorites. Has information in here on everything from Melchizedek to fallen angels, to facts about the archangels you never knew. Painstakingly researched, references given for every entry, even the ancient manuscripts from which much of the information is taken. I love this book. It went out of print for awhile and t’was awful. Now it’s back and you can even get used copies for only $6.50 says Amazon.


Angels A
to Z : A Who’s Who of the Heavenly Host
by Matthew Bunson. This is a good one, too.

Suggested Music for Angelic Alliance, Templars, Daughters of
Tsion, and all other Spiritual Warriors


Moment of Glory, the Scorpions and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Cosmic, Monumental and Hauntingly Spiritual. You will “hear” the mighty angelic hosts clashing swords with the demon armies, hear the prayer-song of angels and men together in one of the songs titled, “Send me an Angel.” Close your eyes while listening and visions will come. Happens to me everytime.

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Kabbalah
Course


A
Garden of Pomegranates: Skrying on the Tree of Life
, by Israel Regardie, et al (the Ciceros) Published in 1999. Reads like a “fun” book, not a study book. Lively and hands-on, you don’t need to be a student to want this book.


A Kabbalah for the Modern World by Migene Gonzalez-Wippler


Lords of Light. by Deepak Chopra. A thrilling novel that actually teaches Kabbalah and spiritual physics.


The Mystical Qabalah by Dion Fortune


God is a Verb: Kabbalah & the
Practice of Mystical Judaism.
by Rabbi David Cooper


Basic Sigil Magic, by Phillip Cooper


Candle Magic : A Coveted Collection
of Spells, Rituals, and Magical Paradigms
, by Phillip Cooper

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Eternal Order of the Magi

Earth Air Fire and Water More Techniques in Natural Magic by Scott Cunningham Earth, Air,
Fire & Water, More Techniques of Natural Magic
, by Scott Cunningham. Some call this folk magic, others wicca, but we use it as our natural magic textbook. You’ll need it after the postulant phase, for the Signs degree (first degree), so order it before your first Magi initiation.

A
Garden of Pomegranates: Skrying on the Tree of Life
, by Israel Regardie, et al (the Ciceros) Published in 1999. Reads like a “fun” book, not a study book. Lively and hands-on, you don’t need to be a student to want this book.


Write Your Own Magic: The Hidden
Power in Your Words
, by Richard Webster. “There is enormous power in words…” There will soon be lessons written for this book, and you will need it in the First Degree.

Making Magick, click on purple cube to read more about this book

Making Magick, What it is and How
it Works
; by Edain McCoy


Basic Magick: A Practical
Guide
by Phillip Cooper. This is an excellent book for beginners and advanced initiates, especially good for skeptics and intellectuals! Covers modern non-lodge ceremonial magick, by a British author (He’s a friend of D.M. Kraig, an author below)


Modern Magick: Eleven Lessons in
the High Magickal Arts
. by Donald Michael Kraig Simply THE best hands-on manual of Kabbalah and Magick! This book is required for the 2nd Degree.

Kabbalistic Astrology


Kabbalistic Astrology: The
Sacred Tradition of the Hebrew Sages
by Rabbi Joel Dobin. Modern writer. Very scholarly, but lots of excellent information. 22 pages are displayed on line at Amazon, click on the purple cube to see.


Magical Tattwa Cards : A Complete
System for Self-Development
: Combining Elemental Powers & Flashing Colors for Divination, Scrying & Meditation, by Dr. Jonn Mumford. Complete Book and Card Set


Chi Gung: Chinese Healing, Energy
and Natural Magick
, by L. V. Carnie


Basic Sigil Magic, by Phillip Cooper


Candle Magic : A Coveted Collection
of Spells, Rituals, and Magical Paradigms
, by Phillip Cooper

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Tarot in Ten Minutes. by R. T. Kaser


Tarot Deck of your choice, to search dozens of decks, click the red cube. The tarot deck was used as a secret coded “catechism” or teaching device by the underground Grail Heresy “Church” during the Middle Ages when the Roman Catholic Church would kill any alternative believers. The tarot is full of heretical and Grail symbolism which can best be seen in the oldest decks. We recommend the Rider Waite also called the Waite deck because it is the oldest complete deck available. It comes in original, giant and miniature versions, all with the same symbols. For the best esoteric symbolism restored to Waite’s original intentions, get the Albano Waite deck. I use it the most. For divination purposes you may get any deck whose art appeals to you, as long as it has the traditional 78 cards. Rider Waite can be used for divination, too, of course, but sometimes people with an artistic bent feel drawn to one of the more modern decks done by professional artists. I like the Art Nouveau deck and Arthurian Tarot deck for instance. If you have any questions, or need help deciding, just ask. If you’re really paranoid about learning the meanings of the cards, get the Starter Tarot–it has the meanings printed right on the cards. They are a bit old fashioned, but you can usually figure them out.


Meditations on the Tarot: A Journey Into
Christian Hermeticism
, by Anonymous, translated by Robert Powell. A Tarot classic, a must read.


Tarot Journeys: Adventures
in Self-Transformation
by Yasmine Galenorn Tarot Journeys take you into the realm of self-knowledge and enlightenment with 22 beautiful guided meditations, one for each of the major arcana.


The Tarot Trumps and The Holy Grail by Margaret Starbird Academic and writer, Margaret Starbird, has spent years researching the stories of the Holy Grail. The tarot was a teaching tool used by the Grail Christian heretics of the Middle Ages.

Tarot as a Way of Life: A Jungian Approach
to the Tarot
by Karen Hamaker-Zondag This book shows you how to use the cards to guide your life. You can do a life reading, or an annual reading. You can work with the symbols to solve a problem, or for long-range insights into where you are going with your life. The author includes working with dreams, visualization, the I Ching, color and number combination, mythology, and all kinds of traditional symbolism, to make it easy to use.

Tarot and the Tree of Life: Everyday Wisdom
in the Minor Arcana
by Isabel Radow Kliegman Few books look in depth at the fifty-two Minor Arcana or suit cards of the Tarot deck. In refreshingly down-to-earth terms and with joyous common-sense wisdom, celebrated Tarot teacher Isabel Kliegman teaches us to use these “overlooked mirrors” of everyday life to access our inner knowing and learn more about ourselves.

Sacred
Psychology Elective
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Awakening
the Heroes Within: Twelve Archetypes to Help us Find Ourselves
& Transform Our World
, by Carol Pearson

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