Friday, July 31, 2009

New Age – I Ching

The I Ching or Chinese Book of Changes is the only divinatory system I consult with any regularity these days. I have always found its advice to be spot on. It was famously used in the Phillip K Dick novel, The Man in the High Castle.

I have discovered that I have quite a few versions of the I Ching, but I think the Richard Wilhelm version (translated by Cary F Baynes with a forward by C G Jung) is the best by far.


Interestingly enough one can draw up a hexagram through binary numbers as below:

Think of a number, say 62

62 by 2 = 31 (quotient 0)
31 by 2 = 15 (quotient 1)
15 by 2 = 7 (quotient 1)
7 by 2 = 3 (quotient 1)
3 by 2 = 1 (quotient 1)
1 by 2 = 0 (quotient 1)

The hexagram for the number 62 is derived by counting 0 as a broken line and 1 as an unbroken line resulting in Hexagram 43 Kuai (Breakthrough/Resoluteness) –quite a favorable hexagram.


Anyway, here are the various versions of the I Ching in my possession except the Alfred Douglas (no he was not Oscar Wilde’s lover) version, published by Penguin in 1971 which is too battered to scan and moreover at my workplace. It is however one of the better versions of the I Ching and readily available second hand.

iching_anthony iching_reifler iching_riseman

Next – Amulets, Charms and Talismans

New Age – Numerology

Numerology as the name makes obvious, is the study of the significance of numbers in a person’s life. Some people even change their names (I’ve known a few) to get a better numeric outcome. You don’t want to be stuck with bad luck numbers.

To complement other books in the New Age category, I have several books on the subject.

daysarenumbered markgruner_numbers
modern_numerology secrets_innerself

And I Ching Numerology…


…which leads me into the next post – I Ching

Thursday, July 30, 2009

New Age – Books on the Tarot

There are not half as many books on the Tarot as there were on Astrology. What I have in my library are below, starting with Aleister Crowley’s Book of Thoth and The Equinox an essay on his own Thoth Tarot designed by Lady Frieda Harris. I do have a pack of the Thoth Tarot cards and they are very beautiful and powerful.

bookofthoth crowley_equinox

Another major Tarot pack was the Rider Waite pack designed by Pamela Coleman Smith. I have a miniature pack of these – handy for carrying around should I feel inclined.

The below book is a hard cover of Arthur Edward Waite’s Pictorial Key To The Tarot.


Two more books on the Tarot – The Devil’s Picture Book, A Complete Guide to Tarot Cards: Their Origins and Their Usage by Paul Huson and The Definitive Tarot by Bill Butler.

devils_picturebook butler_definitivetarot

Next - Numerology

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

New Age – Astrology – The Final Post

This entry will display the last of the Astrology books - a mixture of the frivolous and the serious.

So here they are:

Grant Levi’s Astrology for the Millions and Heaven Knows What for a start.

heavenknowswhat astrol_millions

Followed by a few books on Synastry – the study of relationships within star signs.

synastry leo_synthesis

And finally Marc Edmund Jones Guide To Horoscope Interpretation and an Ephemeris for the years 1890 to 1950, a rather handsome (though battered by time) hardcover book.

jones_guide ephemeris_1890_1950

Next - Tarot

New Age – Astrology in Popular Culture

Every man and his dog must have had a copy of Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs on their bookshelf back in the 1970s. As did I, as well as a copy of Linda Goodman’s Love Signs.

goodman_sunsigns goodman_lovesigns

Perhaps not as well known as Linda Goodman, Liz Greene also produced books with similar titles. I preferred her interpretations – they had a more intelligent approach. I always thought her book on Saturn was an excellent book on that much maligned planet. I was interested in Saturn as my own horoscope has a very dominant Saturn, which I figure has given me my phlegmatic and stoical approach to life along with a certain dour seriousness and an appreciation for black humour.

greene_starsigns greene_relating


Another book in the popular context is Moon Signs by Sybil Leek and Sun Sign Revelations by Marie Elise Crummere.

moonsigns sunsign_revelations

Back to the more studious side of Astrology there is also A Handbook for the Humanist Astrologer by Michael Meyer and Astrology for the Aquarian Age by Alexandra Mark

humanistic_astrologer aquarianage

Next – yes, you guessed it, more Astrology

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

New Age – Astrology of the Oriental Kind

As well as conventional (if you could call it that) Astrology I also have several books on Chinese Astrology. They more or less vary in quality of information, but here they are anyway.

chinese chinese_astrology_theway
chinese_handbook chinesechance

Next - and yes, there's more Astrology

New Age Books – More Astrology

Every self respecting Astrologer would probably have in their library a copy of The Sabian Symbols by Marc Edmond Jones.


The Sabian Symbols were developed in San Diego in 1925 by Marc Edmund Jones, a well known astrologer, and Elsie Wheeler, a spiritualist medium. They consist of 360 word images corresponding to the 360 degrees of the zodiac (each zodiac sign has 30 degrees)

They add depth to a horoscope and are vividly pictorial. These days apparently they are used as an oracular device.

To give an example:.

Today (28 July 2009) the planetary position for the Sun is 05.04°: in Leo

The Sabian symbol for this planetary position is “Rock Formations Tower Over A Deep Canyon”

An Astrological Mandala by Dane Rudhyar is another reference and reinterpretation of the symbols.


The books displayed below are texts relating other oracular systems to Astrology and various old astrological books I picked up second hand, which were once owned by an Ernest S McIntyre in the 1930s. Waite’s Compendium contains Ernest’s notes on the mental characteristics of the planets.

astrology_iching raphaels_keys
raphaels_tables waites_compenduim

Next - Yet more Astrology

Monday, July 27, 2009

New Age Books – Astrology

As well as containing Art books, Science Fiction and Fantasy, the medium bookshelf also has two shelves of New Age literature.

During the 1970s I developed, along with many of my peer group, an interest in Astrology, Tarot, Numerology, I Ching and other fortune telling systems. I taught myself how to draw up and interpret horoscopes, learnt to read the Tarot, developed a familiarity with the I Ching, played around with pendulums and became reasonably adept at Numerolgy.

Scanning the books, as I have done over the past weekend, I had forgotten just how many books on Astrology I had collected during the 70s decade. Therefore I have discovered a fine reference library of most of the important Astrological texts, as well as the more popular sun sign paperbacks of the time. It will take several posts to display them all.

First and foremost in the Astrological texts are the books of Charles E O Carter. A famous Astrologer, Carter’s work is still known for its perception and relevance even today. In 1955, he accurately predicted his own death in 1968.

carter_accidents carter_essays
carter_psychology carter_principals


I have always regarded Carter’s The Astrological Aspects as one of the best books for interpreting aspects i.e. the relationship between planets formed by the angles which they occupy on a chart. For those who don’t know about aspects, this site explains them quite well.

Anyway, I am not going to explain the finer details of horoscopes here, but just display the covers.

Some more well regarded astrological text books, such as Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology, the A to Z Horoscope Maker & Delineator (very comprehensive) by Llewellyn George as well more esoteric texts are below.

oken_completeastrology atoz_horoscopemaker

12doors astro_innerspace astrol_karma_transform

More astrology coming…