A list of books for reference that are a great jumping off point for the topics I bring up through out the site.
The Brain and Neurology
- The Strange Order of Things Life, Feeling and the Making of Cultures – Antonio Damasio.
- The Feeling of What Happens – Antonio Damasio
- The strange Order of Things – Antonio Damasio
- Descartes’ Error – Antonio Damasio
- 71/2 Lessons about the Brain – Lisa Feldman Barrett
Astrological and Signatures
- Star Lore of All Ages – William Tyler Olcott
- Ptolemy – Tetrabilbos – this second century work gives a peak into the distant past. Signatures were used to classify all things for a very long time apparently. It is a short but fun read. This work makes it to Europe by 1100 or so.
- The Signature of All Things – Jacob Boehme – In 1650 Boehme had printed this beautifully written book that describes the signature of all things form the view of a Christian mystic. A man worth reading a bit of and learning a bit about, Jacob Boehme is not the average mystic of his time.
- The Christian astrologer – William Lilly – William Lilly was a peer of Jacob Boehme, their two works published just a few years apart. Lilly less a mystic and more an astrologer discusses many signatures in his works as he teaches astrology. A wonderful book which is surely the bedrock upon which all of Western Astrology is founded.
- Culpepper’s Complete Herbal and English Physician – Nicholas Culpepper – A classic text, this encyclopedia of herbal usages for plants from 1826 more often than not has the “governance,” of each plant specified. The art is beautiful another wonderful book to own.
- Horary Astrology – C.C. Zain – This book is the best system I have come across of for a chart delineation system. A consistent structured system that does it’s best to ensure one does not miss anything as they work their way through a chart.
- A to Z Horoscope Maker and Delineator – Llewellyn George This may be the Rosetta Stone of modern western Astrology that takes advantage of psychological precepts. This book was/is a corner stone of the New Age.
- A Spiritual Approach to Astrology – Myrna Loftus does a wonderful job rewording the works of the prior two books mentioned. She gives some nice insights and her explanations fill in a lot of the small bits that are lost in translation form the older works.
- The Four Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz
- The Art of Worldly Wisdom – by Balthazar Gracian
- The Fourth Way – P.D. Ouspensky
- Beelzebub’s tails to his Grandson – G.I. Gurdjieff
- Meetings with Remarkable Men – G.I. Gurdjieff
- Life is Real Only Then When I Am – G.I. Gurdjieff
- In Search of the Miraculous – P.D. Ouspensky
- The Philosophy of G.I. Gurdjieff – Paul Beekman Taylor
- The Enneagram in the Writing of Gurdjieff – Richard J. Defouw
- Synchronicity – Carl Jung
Cultural Wisdom and Traditions
- Yoga Philosophy of Patanjali -Swami Hariharananda Aranya
- The Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet – Rabbi Michaeal Munk
- Sefer Yitzirah The Book of Creation – Aryeh Kaplan
- I-Ching -The Richard Wilhelm Edition by Bollinger Press
- Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu Richard Wilhelm edition
- The Secret of the Golden Flower – Richard Wilhem
- The Analects – Translated by David Hinton
- Illusions The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah – Richard Bach
- The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran
- Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse
- Strange Life of Ivan Osokin – P.D. Ouspensky