Magnum Opus Hermetic Sourceworks Series by Adam McLean

The Magnum Opus series edited by Adam McLean was initially produced in the period 1979-1986. They were conceived as a vehicle for providing people with access to important alchemical and hermetic texts that had never been available in print in recent times. Many of these were translations of texts from manuscripts and early printed books in Latin, German, French and Italian. Each of these books required much in-depth research. They are not reprints of works from the 19th century occult revival, such as Waite’s Hermetic Musaeum, but each book was edited from original source material. Many of the volumes contain first ever translations of these texts into English.

This series of books provide a survey of the alchemical/hermetic tradition, and include key works such as the Crowning of Nature, the Rosary of the Philosophers, and works of Robert Fludd, Trithemius, Khunrath, Dee, Michael Maier. Many of these editions have extensive commentaries as well as introductory material. These allow the reader to approach closer to the true nature of alchemical and hermetic ideas, by going back to the source rather than merely reading the often muddled interpretations of 20th century commentators. To get the the truth one has to go back to the original material.

As they were not sold through book dealers, but only by direct mail order, these books have became collectors items, often fetching high prices on the second-hand market. Only a few copies remain of some of the books in this series, and these are sometimes available through this online bookshop. Stocks are extremely limited and often become unavailable for months while time is found to bind up another batch.

Nine of the earlier 23 volumes (Nos. 1, 4, 8, 9, 11, 14, 15, 18, 22) were issued by Phanes Press in paperback editions – though no more will be issued by Phanes which is now defunct. Since 1997 twelve more titles in this series have been issued with more to appear in the years ahead.

Each book in these limited editions is individually signed and numbered by Adam McLean. These books are produced in limited editions of 250 or 300 copies, but are made in small batches of about 10 or so at a time.

These books are entirely unique. They are bound by hand in a full leather binding. This process takes a great deal of time, up to three hours per book. This is why the prices are quite high, but it also means that bound copies of the books are not always instantly available.

Naturally, I am determined to not only own, but also have read and understood, to the best of my ability, each  and every book in this series, as well as his 8 Hermetic Studies Books.

Operating Manual For Spaceship Earth

Operating Manual For Spaceship Earth is a short book by R. Buckminster Fuller, first published in 1969. The book imagines our species as a crew, united by a shared fate, on a tiny spaceship traveling through infinity. The spaceship has a finite amount of resources and cannot be resupplied. It can be read even today as the most intelligent metaphor for thinking about humankind on this planet. Fuller accepted the challenge presented by this metaphor, using his inventions and writings to contribute to the safe operations of Spaceship Earth.

Magpul Dynamics – The Art Of The Tactical Carbine II DVD Set

Magpul Dynamics - The Art Of The Tactical Carbine II DVD Set

The Art Of The Tactical Carbine Volume 2 takes carbine operation to the next level. This 4 Disc Set has over 5 hours live fire class instruction, dynamic drills breakdowns, extensive gear discussion and weapon’s manipulations, and mindset methodologies necessary to survive when things go wrong.

Drawing on their vast combat, competition, and instruction experience around the globe, instructors Travis Haley and Chris Costa take advance students to failure points beyond their knowledge and prove that even the most advanced shooters have the ability to excel. $50 from Magpul.

Magpul Dynamics – The Art Of The Tactical Carbine DVD Set

Magpul Dynamics - The Art Of The Tactical Carbine DVD Set

The Art of the Tactical Carbine is a 3-disc DVD set featuring over four hours of actual live fire class instruction and additional instructional material. With extensive combat experience around the globe, instructors Travis Haley and Chris Costa cover not only the “how to” aspects of the Carbine but also the “mindset” required to employ a carbine effectively under stress. $40 from Magpul.

Tactical Combat Casualty Care

TCCC

Initiated by the elements of the Special Operations Command, the new strategies outlined in 1996 were collectively referred to as Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC). 90% of combat deaths occur on the battlefield before the casualty ever reaches a medical treatment facility. TCCC launched a total reassessment of practices with one overarching goal: Decrease Preventable Combat Death at the point of wounding. These new strategies based on historical wounding patterns in combat also bear a particular relevance to the operators of Tactical Law Enforcement who share many operational parallels with their military counterparts. Instead of the civilian-based approaches of the past, integrated strategies specific to combat realities continue to emerge. Compared to standard pre-hospital treatment modalities, which are fundamentally based on blunt trauma, TCCC distinguishes itself from the norm by focusing primarily on the intrinsic tactical variables of penetrating trauma compounded by prolonged evacuation times.

Red Cross and EMT courses are great, but in my opinion, save your money and take this.  If you want to be of help in a crisis, this is the course you need. You will learn how to prevent death and save lives. I was fortunate enough to attend one while I was in the military, but there are civilian training facilities that offer this course.

Some training materials available at NAEMT.org. NOTE: These training materials are NOT A SUBSTITUTE for taking the course by authorized instructors..

Spencerian Penmanship

Spencerian Penmanship

In the mid-1800’s, the Spencerian form of penmanship became a standard. An elegant handwriting was much prized. Today, in our computer age, a fine, beautiful, and legible handwriting brings a warm personal touch to our correspondence. These books, 5 copybooks and a theory book (available separately or as a set), may be used to introduce cursive writing to second or third graders or to improve the handwriting of older students or adults. The 6-book set is only $21 at Amazon.com.