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Voices of Gnosticism

For several years, Miguel Conner has engaged the most prominent writers and scholars on Gnosticism and early Christianity on Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio. These interviews with 13 leading scholars represent one of the best ways to get to know ancient Gnosticism, the movement that has inspired Dan Brown, Philip Pullman, Philip K. Dick and The Matrix movies. Read what the best minds have to say about the Gnostic sects, the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Judas, Mary Magdalene, heresy, the origins of Gnosticism, and the original teachings of Jesus.

Elaine Pagels • Marvin Meyer • Bart Ehrman • Bruce Chilton • Stevan Davies • David Fideler • Birger Pearson • John Turner • Einar Thomassen • Jason BeDuhn • Karen King • Jane Schaberg • April DeConick

“Gets at the Gnostics as they were, not as many people today would like them to be.”
Bruce Chilton, author of The Way of Jesus and Rabbi Paul

“Aeon Byte is one of the most exciting and far-seeing programs in the world of Webcasting.”
Richard Smoley, author of Forbidden Faith, The Dice Game of Shiva, and Inner Christianity

“A great help to all who possess an interest in and/or devotion to the Gnostic tradition. Warmly recommended!”
Stephan Hoeller, author of Gnosticism: New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing and Jung and the Lost Gospels

“An invaluable resource for those interested in the history and continuing relevance of Gnosticism.”
Sean Martin, author of The Gnostics: The First Christian Heretics, The Cathars, and The Knights Templar

“Sophia and her aeonic friends should be delighted.”
Marvin Meyer, author of The Gospel of Thomas: The Hidden Sayings of Jesus, The Gospels of Mary

“You are holding in your hands a Gnostic gem, a book that contains the rich wisdom of thirteen world-renowned scholars who study Gnosticism and the classical world.”
April D. DeConick, author of The Thirteenth Apostle

   

Published Winter 2010 by Bardic Press. Perfectbound softcover, 242 pages, ISBN 978-1906834128, $19.95, £12.95.


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The Gnostic 3

The third issue of The Gnostic: A Journal of Gnosticism, Western Esotericism and Spirituality. Featuring a cover by C.G. Jung, Lance Owens on Jung's Red Book. Interviews with David Tibet of Current 93, Jacob Needleman and Zohar expert Daniel C. Matt. Articles on Gnostic anime, Robert Graves, Gnostic texts, the Gospel of Luke, William Blake, deja vu, coincidence, a ten page comic, reviews and much more.

   

Published Autumn 2010 by Bardic Press. Perfectbound softcover, 210 pages, ISBN 978-1906834043, $15, £9 €10.


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The Gnostic 3 The third issue of The Gnostic: A Journal of Gnosticism, Western Esotericism and Spirituality. Featuring a cover by C.G. Jung, Lance Owens on Jung's Red Book. Interviews with David Tibet of Current 93, Jacob Needleman and Zohar expert Daniel C. Matt. Articles on Gnostic anime, Robert Graves, Gnostic texts, the Gospel of Luke, William Blake, deja vu, coincidence, a ten page comic, reviews and much more. Published Autumn 2010 by Bardic Press. Perfectbound softcover, 210 pages, ISBN 978-1906834043, $15, £9 Ä10. Buy through Amazon.com Buy through Amazon.co.uk Buy through Amazon.ca Buy through Amazon.jp Buy through Amazon.fr Buy through Amazon.de Buy through Barnesandnobles.com For more information, visit the website for The Gnostic

The Gnostic 2

The second issue of The Gnostic: A Journal of Gnosticism, Western Esotericism and Spirituality. Featuring an interview with Colin Wilson and an indepth examination of his ideas on the occult. An interview with Tessa Dick, widow of Philip K Dick, plus an excerpt from her memoir and Anthony Peake's analysis of Dick's precognitive abilities. An interview with noted scholar April DeConick on the Gospel of John. The Gnosticism of the TV series The Prisoner. Kimetikos, Jeremy Puma's Gnostic practice. Tony Blake's meetings with remarkable people including J.G. Bennett, David Bohm and Idries Shah. Articles on asceticism, the symbolism of the Bible, Resurrection, Schrodinger's Gun, a short story by Andrew Phillip Smith. Extensive book reviews, original art and more.

   

Published Autumn 2009 by Bardic Press. Perfectbound softcover, 186 pages, ISBN 978-1906834029, $12, £8 €9.


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Planetary Types: The Science of Celestial Influence by Tony Cartledge

Do you believe in astrology? This ancient art has persisted as a tool of self-discovery for thousands of years, yet has not fared well under the unforgiving scrutiny of science. In Planetary Types: The Science of Celestial Influence, author Tony Cartledge charts a unique course between the true believers and the hard-core sceptics, to try and determine, once and for all, whether the planets influence human life. Tony Cartledge is an author and researcher and has published articles with WellBeing International, Conscious Living, and other magazines and web sites within the alternative fields. He is a features writer and sub-editor and writer for his local newspaper and lives in Queensland, Australia. A.T. Mann is a leading astrologer and author of many books including The Round Art of Astrology and Life Time Astrology.

   

Published September 2009 by Bardic Press. trade paperback, 254 pages, ISBN 978-1906834036, $19.95, £11.95, €14.

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The Gnostic: A Journal of Gnosticism, Western Esotericism and Spirituality
Featuring interviews with Alan Moore ands Sethian Gnostic expert John Turner, a full translation of the Gospel of Judas, articles on William Burroughs, Philip K Dick, the magical worldview, the alternative Judas, plus book reviews, columns and much more.
Published by Bardic Press, $12, £8, €9

   

Published Spring 2009 by Bardic Press. squarebound softcover, 140 pages, ISBN 978-1906834029, $12, £8 €9.

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The Quatrains of Omar Khayyam
Three Translations of the Rubaiyat
Edward Fitzgerald, Justin McCarthy, Richard Le Gallienne
Published by Bardic Press, $16.95, £9.99, €14.50

Though few translations have had as much impact as Edward Fitzgerald's Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, anyone who wishes to truly appreciate Omar Khayyám needs to read more than one translation. This volume contains Edward Fitzgerald's classic translation with all its variations, Justin McCarthy's elegant and mystical literal translation and Richard Le Gallienne's sharp and poetic version. For the first time the reader can appreciate the range of Omar Khayyám and his interpreters in a single volume.

Give me a flagon of red wine, a book of verses, a loaf of bread, and a little idleness. If with such store I might sit by thy dear side in some lonely place, I should deem myself happier than a king in his kingdom.

A book, a woman, and a flask of wine:
The three make heaven for me; it may be thine
Is some sour place of singing cold and bare—
But then, I never said thy heaven was mine.

 


Published August 2005 by Bardic Press. Softcover, 212 pages, ISBN 0-9745667-1-3, $16.95, £9.99 €14.50
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The Four Branches of the Mabinogi: Celtic Myth and Medieval Reality
Will Parker
Published by Bardic Press, $100, £50

   

Written in late twelfth century Wales, the Four Branches of the Mabinogi tells the story of the births, deaths and marriages among the warrior aristocracy, on the horizon of historical memory in the last generations of the pre-Roman foretime. The quarrels, affairs and fateful interactions of these flamboyant ancestral beings were recollected not merely as history and narrative entertainment, but also as a prophetic commentary on the medieval present, holding up a mirror to the troubled and violent world of their twelfth century descendants.

In this study medievalist Will Parker offers a new translation of this work along with an extensive review of the roots of this tradition in pre-Christian myth and tribal history. But of equal importance is the dynastic machinations of the native Welsh princes, whose fascinating Celtic-speaking culture represents an overlooked aspect of our islandís story. By exploring the cultural context of Welsh dynastic politics and native bardic learning, we are able to decode the distinctive view of life, death and human nature, articulated in elegant prose by our anonymous twelfth-century author, whose vision owes as much to the sacred histories of his pagan ancestors as to the Latinate Christianity of his own age.


Published 2007 by Bardic Press. Softcover, 712 pages, ISBN-13 978-0974566757, $100, £50 (£40 direct from author)


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The Door of the Beloved:
Poems of Hafiz
Translated by Justin McCarthy, with a foreword by Andrew Phillip Smith
Published by Bardic Press, $12.95, £7.50

   
The great fourteenth-century Persian poet Hafiz is noted for his mystical love poems. The poetry of Hafiz has reached new heights of popularity in the West, yet his poems have been translated into European languages for over two hundred years. Hafiz is not a poet to be captured in a single translation. This modernised edition of McCarthy's elegant prose translation gives us a direct Hafiz, full of clear imagery and personal poetry.

 

 


Published August 2006 by Bardic Press. Softcover, 156 pages, ISBN 0-9745667-9-9, $12.95, £7.50
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Boyhood With Gurdjieff; gurdjieff Remembered; Balanced Man

Fritz Peters, with a preface by Henry Miller
Published by Bardic Press, £29.95, €42.

 
“… a highly delectable book… Not only is it full of amazing anecdotes, it is also full of wisdom… I have read the book several times myself and each time with renewed interest. In a way of speaking I regard it as something on a par with Alice in Wonderland, a real treasure of our literature.”
Henry Miller

“…devastatingly funny child’s eyes vignettes…”
James Moore, author of Gurdjieff: a Biography

In 1924, at the age of eleven, Fritz Peters first met Gurdjieff, the great master who introduced the West to the teachings of the Fourth Way.
Boyhood with Gurdjieff covers Fritz Peters’ time as a young troublemaker at Gurdjieff’s Institute in Fontainebleau, France. Gurdjieff’s unconventional yet strangely logical behavior made him the only adult who made sense to Fritz Peters. In a series of brilliantly told anecdotes, Peters relates Gurdjieff’s impromptu and surprising responses to the day-to-day problems of the Institute.
In Gurdjieff Remembered, Peters describes his adult encounters with Gurdjieff from 1932 to 1947. As an adult, Peters is more circumspect about Gurdjieff, but Gurdjieff still makes a huge impression on him as a man who lives in the present, heedless of the opinions of others.
Peters’ third and final book about Gurdjieff, the rare Balanced Man, which has never before been published in the USA, looks back at the previous two books, and to the future of Gurdjieff’s teaching. This limited edition hardcover (300 copies) for the first time includes all three of Fritz Peters' books on Gurdjieff, which have been long out of print. Also included in this Bardic Press edition is a preface by Henry Miller, the author of Tropic of Capricorn and Tropic of Cancer, and an index. The cover illustration is a previously unpublished painting by Gregory Blann.


Published January 2005 by Bardic Press. Hardcover, 372 pages, ISBN 0-9745667-6-4, £29.95, €42.

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Don't Forget: P.D. Ouspensky's Life of Self-Remembering
Bob Hunter, with a foreword by Andrew Phillip Smith
Published by Bardic Press, $19.95, £11.95

   
Born in Russia in 1878, P. D. Ouspensky was one of the major esoteric thinkers of the twentieth century. Ouspensky had already travelled widely searching for esoteric knowledge, and was an expert on occult literature and the fourth dimension when he met G. I. Gurdjieff in 1915. The methods and ideas, both psychological and cosmological, that Gurdjieff gave Ouspensky exceeded anything he had previously encountered. Although he subsequently parted from Gurdjieff, Ouspensky never ceased to practise and teach the ideas of the system. Ouspensky's books In Search of the Miraculous, The Psychology of Man's Possible Evolution, and The Fourth Way are still the finest introductions to the Fourth Way. Don't Forget follows Ouspensky's outer life as the revolutions and wars of the first half of the twentieth century force him from Russia to Constantinople to Paris, London and New York, in parallel with the development of his inner life and thought. Bob Hunter's biography is the fullest and most detailed available, and contains previously unpublished material on the final phase of Ouspensky's life.

Published August 2006 by Bardic Press. Softcover, 272 pages, ISBN 0-9745667-7-2, $19.95, £11.95
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The Gospel of Thomas and Christian Wisdom
Second Edition
Stevan L. Davies
Published by Bardic Press, $19.95

   
“... may well be the best yet written on the theology of Thomas...” “... nobody has done it better than he has.”
John Dominic Crossan, author of The Historical Jesus and The Birth of Christianity

“The most original, challenging, and persuasive book about the Gospel of Thomas that I have ever seen.”
Morton Smith, author of Jesus the Magician and The Secret Gospel

“The Gospel of Thomas and Christian Wisdom... first raised my interest in this debated writing.”
Risto Uro, author of Thomas: Seeking the Historical Context of the Gospel of Thomas

Discovered in Egypt in 1945 as part of the Nag Hammadi Library, the Gospel of Thomas was long considered irrelevant to the study of Jesus’ teachings. Stevan Davies’ influential The Gospel of Thomas and Christian Wisdom overturned this view, and enabled the Gospel of Thomas to be taken seriously as a source for the earliest Christianity. This Bardic Press edition brings a classic work of accessible scholarshp back into print. A entirely new forty page introduction discusses recent developments in scholarship, looks at Thomas’ independence from the New Testament gospels, discusses the role of Mary Magdalene in the Gospel of Thomas, and offers a variety of valuable insights. A fascinating additional essay speculates that Thomas may have been used as an oracle text in a similar way to the I Ching.


Published January 2005 by Bardic Press. Softcover, 256 pages, ISBN 0-9745667-4-8, $19.95.


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New Nightingale, New Rose:
Poems from the Divan of Hafiz
Translated by Richard Le Gallienne
$12.95, £7.50, €11


   
Nightingale, have you heard the news!
The Rose has come back and the green and the blue,
And everything is as new as the dew—
New nightingale, new rose.

Hafiz of Shiraz was one of the very greatest Persian poets. Writing in the fourteenth century, his poems were collected as the Divan of Hafiz. The ghazals of Hafiz are erotic yet spiritual, both sensual and symbolic. Full of images of wine and the tavern, of the Beloved, of nightingales and roses, the poems of Hafiz have been regularly translated into English since the end of the eighteenth century. This new edition of Richard Le Gallienne’s moving and poetic translation finally brings one of the most popular versions of Hafiz back into print.

Hafiz is drunk in many different ways—
Drunk with the Infinite, Drunk with the divine,
With music drunk, and many a lovely face;
Also, he's drunk—with wine.

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Published January 2004 by Bardic Press. Softcover, 180 pages, ISBN 0-9745667-0-5, $12.95.

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Songs of Sorrow and Joy
Poetry by A.M. Ashford-Brown
$12.95, £7.50, €11


   
And through the days, the night's storm still within me,
whipping up the flames of the passions which will not cease licking me,
the surge of my blood aflood in my veins and my instincts at large without any reins,
I am as a bull that blinded with bleeding hurls its confusion, its darkness, its murder at the enclosure.
Whilst in a sea unseen the nets of angels flung like golden flags of sunlight waver in the wind and dredge the night from my soul.
From The Moon from Her Mouth the Night from My Soul A.M.
Ashford Brown was born in Wiltshire in 1953 and attended Marlborough College. He has won poetry competitions in England, has appeared on national and regional BBC radio and has recorded audiobooks. He has also written an autobiographical novel, Hedges, Ditches and Dreams.

 


Published 2007 by Bardic Press. Softcover, 128 pages, ISBN 0974566721, $9.95, £6.95.

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Christ in Islam
James Robson
Published by Bardic Press, $11.95, £6.95

   
Jesus (Peace be upon him) and the disciples with him passed by the carcase of a dog. The disciples said, "What a stench this dog makes!" Then he (Blessing and peace be upon him!) said, "How white are its teeth!" A man said to Jesus, son of Mary (Blessing and peace be upon him!), "Give me some advice." He replied, "Consider where your bread comes from." The Messiah (God bless him and grant him peace!) said, "The world is a bridge, so pass over it and do not inhabit it. Stories and sayings of Jesus are found throughout the Muslim tradition, in the Qur'an, in the writings of the Sufis and in the works of the great Islamic philosophers. James Robson's classic collection of these shows us the Islamic version of Jesus, a humble wanderer who was willing to learn from anyone, and who passed on his understanding to his disciples using pithy aphorisms and teaching situations.
James Robson was Professor of Arabic at Glasgow university.

 


Published August 2006 by Bardic Press. Softcover, 136 pages, ISBN 0-9745667-8-0, $11.95, £6.99


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