Art and Imagination Series

The Art & Imagination series casts fresh light onto art, archetypes, cosmology and sacred traditions. Each title is fully illustrated with a wealth of rarely seen images. An impressive array of writers and scholars covers a vast range of topics, from the learned and erudite to the otherworldly.
General Editor: Jill Purce

Alchemy

Alchemy

The Secret Art

  • Paperback with flaps
With 193 illustrations, here is an introduction to the complex imagery and processes of both the alchemist’s art and alchemical artwork, in which gold is an emblem of its crowning glory, the elixir of life.

Books of the Dead

Books of the Dead

Manuals for Living and Dying

  • Paperback with flaps
Includes ancient Egyptian guides to the underworld, the 'Bardo Thödol' of Tibet on how to embrace enlightenment, the myths and ballgames of Mesoamerica, and the visions of Christian Europe

Buddha

Buddha

The Intelligent Heart

  • Paperback
Over 2500 years ago there lived a man who did not claim to be specially gifted, divinely inspired or chosen, yet whose teaching now attracts an ever-increasing number of followers from all walks of life.

Celtic Mysteries

Celtic Mysteries

The Ancient Religion

  • Paperback with flaps
Well laid out, with many lavish colour and black and white photographs – Northern Earth

Dreams

Dreams

Visions of the Night

  • Paperback
We can learn about dreams from cultures vastly remote from each other in time and place – from the Shamans of Malaysia, India or North America, the visionary artists of Europe and East Asia, the traditions of biblical, Koranic and classical philosophy, the ideas of analytical psychology and experimental science – how to understand the reality which lies in dreams.

Freemasonry: A Journey through Ritual and Symbol (Art and Imagination series)

Freemasonry

A Journey Through Ritual and Symbol

  • Paperback
This book explains Freemasonry's part in a long tradition of mysticism, going back to the Middle Ages if not beyond, and shows the Craft to be a complex framework for inner growth, a developmental psychology which presents the Mason with a viable discipline for the pursuit of self-knowledge.

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Kabbalah

Kabbalah

Tradition of Hidden Knowledge

  • Paperback
At the centre of the Kabbalah is the Tree of Life, the image of Divine balance of which all existence is reflection. Kabbalists use this principle to perceive in everyday life the same dynamics as are found in the inner and upper Worlds whose exploration leads man, the image of God, to gaze back upon the Divine.

The Mystic Spiral

The Mystic Spiral

Journey of the Soul

  • Paperback
In this original and engrossing book, Jill Purce traces the significance of one man’s central symbols from the double spirals of Stone Age art and the interlocking spirals of the Chinese Yin Yang symbol to the whorls of Celtic crosses, Maori tattoos and the Islamic arabesque. Many of the superb images here were intended as objects of contemplation; for the spiral is a cosmic symbol.

Sacred Geometry

Sacred Geometry

Philosophy and Practice

  • Paperback
These large-format, gloriously-illustrated paperbacks cover Eastern and Western religion and philosophy, including myth and magic, alchemy and astrology. The distinguished authors bring a wealth of knowledge, visionary thinking and accessible writing to each intriguing subject.

Tantra

Tantra

The Indian Cult of Ecstasy

  • Paperback with flaps