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December lunar eclipse? Sorry!

NASA Night Sky Network image of Total Lunar EclipseOn the morning of Saturday, December 10, 2011 there will be a total lunar eclipse. While much of North America will be in a position to see this natural wonder, those of us east of the Mississippi are out of luck! Timing is everything in this case.

POST-ECLIPSE UPDATE: An excellent collection of December 10 eclipse photos is "up" and growing at . Visit: http://bit.ly/szTTYS

It's a Mystery 12/1/2011

Which ereader should I buy?

At the library, we get asked point blank, "What should I buy?" when it comes to ereaders.

November Reflections/ New Books/ Magic/ Approaching Astrological Influences

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With Thanks giving just around the corner and the winter holidays on the horizon, tradition encourages us to engage in certain kinds of reflection. We take stock of our lives, feel gratitude for what we have, and mark out a plan for the coming year.  How will we improve our situation? Can we have more of what we want? What do we really need?

Check out these books, currently in the New Room, which address these concerns in an Edgy way.

 

Asteroid just passin' thru

Tomorrow evening (Tuesday, Nov. 8) at about 6:28, a space rock a little over 1,300 feet in diameter will pass within about 202,000 miles of Earth. It will not hit our home planet nor will it have any other effect on us; it's just passin' through. Designated 2005 YU55, it is a potentially hazardous asteroid because of its size and near-Earth orbit. It was discovered on December 28, 2005 by Robert S. McMillan at Steward Observatory, Kitt Peak, Ariz.

Mind Over Matter

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Hello to All:

October is over and, with that, the displays on occult knowledge and paranormal phenomena are no longer up.  If you're still in the mood, you can find most of this material in the 130s area.  This would include anything on ghosts, hauntings, spirit possession, etc.  Witchcraft and Wizardry is at 133.4.  Check out the 299 area for information on Wicca, Druidry and other ancient religions. Metaphysical philosophy and materials on the nature of "evil" are in the 110s. 

Remaining bookmarks are in the plastic holders on the end cap at the end of the 100s.

The November display on my end cap features items, I believe Edge readers will be interested in, that are in sync with the Thanksgiving season. 

I'm going to focus initially on materials that explore the effect our thoughts have on material reality

It's a Mystery 11/1/2011

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A.K.A.

It seems fitting that in mystery novels, where things and people are seldom what they seem, you would also find a number of authors who write under pseudonyms, aliases, pen names, etc.  Just  like some of their characters, mystery authors use assumed names to conceal their identities for a variety of reasons.

Writing under an assumed name is not a new trend.  Historically, many women would write under men's names to hide their gender in a male-dominated profession.  One of the most well-known examples is English novelist Mary Anne Evans, who used the pen name George Eliot.  Sometimes women authors would use initials instead of first names (P.D. James), or gender-neutral names.

News from The Edge

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Greetings All,

Before I get back into Jung and Tarot imagery, I’d like to remind everyone to check out my October display at the front of the library.

Look for the sign shown here.

I’m pulling a variety of materials of interest to Edge readers from the regular nonfiction shelves for this display. I’ve just taken a quick inventory and right now, it contains items dealing with witchcraft, alchemy, wizardry, sorcery, and magic of all kinds; hauntings and spirit possessions; vampires and paranormal phenomena.


There’s also some interesting material exploring the relationship of paranormal phenomena to quantum physics and rumblings from the unconscious mind.

Books by C.G. Jung

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As promised, here are some titles by C.G. Jung. These should be of interest, not only to Tarot readers seeking to understand the symbolism of the Tarot, but to anyone seeking to understand themselves and the connection between psychology and spirituality for all of us. No one has done more to knit together our understanding of the two arenas of human "beingness".

Items on the first tier are currently in our collection. These include:

Best Tarot Deck/C.G.Jung

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Looking back over past posts, I realized I had promised to recommend books for the intermediate Tarot reader. I intend to fulfill that promise, but I thought I would first address a question that's come up a couple of times lately, regarding the beginning Tarot reader. The question I've been asked, and that beginners invariably ask, is "What's the best Tarot deck?"