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-- Richard Smoley, from the introduction
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Winter 1998
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by Jay Kinney

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News & Notes
The esoteric Prince Charles; the grande dame of herbalism; GNOSIS in Prague; Tarot enthusiasts unite.

Introduction: Patterns in a Subtle Light
by Richard Smoley
Why does divination work? As a matter of fact, does it work?

The Tarot: An Inquiry into Origins
by Ronald O. Decker
Does the Tarot go back to ancient Egypt? Maybe. But not in the way you might think.

Cards, Stones, Dice, and Bones
by Mary K. Greer
The noted Tarot expert surveys some of today's newest means of forecasting the future.

Oracles Within: The Inner Animal Teachings of G.I. Gurdjieff
by Rob Baker
How Gurdjieff helped his pupils get in touch with the animal within.

Extraordinary Guidance: The GNOSIS Interview with Liza Wiemer
by Jay Kinney
A dialogue with a respected intuitive about how to gain access to your own inner wisdom.

Astrology and Divination: Thinking Magically and Critically
by Erin Sullivan
Exactly what can an astrologer see in a chart?

The Way of Change
by Gary Lachman
Why working with the venerable Chinese oracle known as the I Ching feels like getting in touch with a living entity.

The Forgotten Oracle
by John Michael Greer
Geomancy is a nearly forgotten Western oracle that offers a simple means of forecasting what's to come.

Book Reviews
  • Carl Gustav Jung by Frank McLynn
  • The Aryan Christ: The Secret Life of Carl Jung by Richard Noll
  • The Channeling Zone: American Spirituality in an Anxious Age by Michael F. Brown
  • Aphrodite's Daughters: Women's Sexual Stories and the Journey of the Soul by Jalaja Bonheim
  • Athena: A Biography by Lee Hall
  • The Only Tradition by William W. Quinn, Jr.
  • Advice to the Serious Seeker: Meditations on the Teaching of Frithjof Schuon by James S. Cutsinger
  • The Case of Valentin Tomberg: Anthroposophy or Jesuitism? by Sergei O. Prokofieff
  • The Works of Plato translated by Thomas Taylor and Floyer Sydengam
  • The Illustrated Encylopedia of Divination by Stephen Karcher
  • Nature Spirits and Elemental Beings: Working with the Intelligence in Nature by Marko Pogacnik
  • A History of Heaven: The Singing Silence by Jeffrey Burton Russell
  • The Knitting Sutra: Craft as a Spiritual Practice by Susan Gordon Lydon
  • Magical Tattwa Cards by John Mumford

About our cover:
The Star card from an as yet unnamed Tarot deck by Stevee Postman, scheduled for release in the fall of 1998 from Inner Traditions International. More information can be found at The artist can be reached at (415) 905-9393 or

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