If you’re about to get on a plane, what should you do--and avoid doing--to assure a safe flight? What does it mean if you see an ambulance zoom by? And is a black cat always unlucky? Though we may say we don’t believe in superstitions, they have an unmistakable power...and to be on the safe side, most of us secretly knock wood, don’t walk under ladders, and avoid opening that umbrella indoors. Broken up into categories such as animals, astrology, dreams, and flowers, this fascinating dictionary will alert you to thousands of beliefs, omens, and proverbs that you may never have known. Here’s just a few: * A dog hiding under a table means a storm is brewing. * To see an image of your f...
The world of magic is shrouded in mystery...until now! Little Giant® Encyclopedia: Card & Magic Tricks reveals some of the basic secrets of conjuring and illusion. It begins with 30 pages of card handling methods that any beginner will find worthwhile. The magical card section features 83 mathematical tricks using special props and novelties, and you’ll also find 66 magical sleights of hand using coins, silks and handkerchiefs, string, rope, and paper. There’s even a section on how to get the truly "magical” effects that will have your audience shaking their heads in disbelief and calling for more.
This introduction to Chinese and Western astrology puts the world--and the stars beyond--at your fingertips, allowing you to foretell the future, understand yourself and friends, read symbols, and interpret charts. With straightforward explanations and a glossary of terms, gaining important insights into your own nature is easy, whether it’s with regards to personality, appearance, behavior, work habits, love and sex, friends and partners, leisure interests, or health. Guaranteed for hours of entertainment, this pocket-sized reference might just lead to a better-balanced life. Use the valuable wisdom inside as a tool for living harmoniously with your genuine character--whatever your sign.
It has been said that dreams are the windows to the soul -- andnow those windows can be opened wide! The book you hold in your hands is a concise compendium of prescriptive information, an easy-to-use reference guide to the meanings and import of the remarkable visions that visit us while we sleep. Here in one volume are the essential keys to unlocking themysteries of the subconscious -- and to putting the power of dreams at your fingertips! The meaning behind more than 800 dream symbols The history of dream interpretation Lucid, repetitive, and sequential dreams Sleep patterns and the workings of the unconscious mind How to keep a "dream diary"
This extraordinary reference covers witches, shamen, voodoo priests and priestesses, and oracles; provides the low-down on pentagrams, exorcisms, coven rituals, and conjuring spirits; and tells how to cast spells for protection, invisibility, and illness prevention. Illustrations.
This thorough workbook provides a complete course in calligraphy, from basic alphabets and letterforms to templates, from spacing and layout to complex projects. It’s big, it’s complete, and it’s filled with the most detailed lessons on calligraphy anyone will ever need. A complete overview of the basic tools explains what each pen can do, and how inks and paints can affect the quality of the work. Several tasks are laid out for students to master: They can start with "skeleton letters,” and then gradually try more complex forms, including Rustica, Antique Uncials, and Carolingian. Prepare for a project by understanding line spacing, centering, layout, pasting up, and using color. Then, see how to make giftwrap, fashion handmade greeting cards, design posters, and copy poetry and prose.
Diagram groups are groups consisting of spherical diagrams (pictures) over monoid presentations. They can be also defined as fundamental groups of the Squier complexes associated with monoid presentations. The authors show that the class of diagram groups contains some well-known groups, such as the R. Thompson group $F$. This class is closed under free products, finite direct products, and some other group-theoretical operations. The authors develop combinatorics on diagrams similar to the combinatorics on words. This helps in finding some structure and algorithmic properties of diagram groups. Some of these properties are new even for R. Thompson's group $F$. In particular, the authors describe the centralizers of elements in $F$, prove that it has solvable conjugacy problem, and more.
It’s a little book with hundreds of pages of amazing fun—in fact, some of the most incredible and detailed mazes you’ll ever see. Will you go astray in the middle of the “serpents’ circle”—or will you work your way out? Or, as you look into the swirling black-and-white funnel, can you find the lines that lead from top to bottom? If you get lost along the way, the answers are your map out.