Free Videos & e-books by Michael Erlewine

 

Matrix is pleased to present a new collection of e-books by Michael Erlewine. Those of you who have followed Michael's astrological career know that he is a pioneer often on the cutting-edge of astrology exploring both new techniques and new philosophical approaches to astrology. These new e-books, an adjunct to the StarTypes software he has recently developed, are again challenging traditional thinking and attempt to move astrology into a new century. We hope you find them interesting.

Thank you,
Matrix Software

Spirit Grooves Videos by Michael Erlewine

Spirit Grooves is a channel of half-hour shows hosted by Michael Erlewine on alternative awareness that will launch in March of 2013 to an audience of some 540,000 viewers. This segment is on the role of eclipses and their psychological and emotional effect on us. It combines the traditions of both western astronomy and astrology with that of the Tibetan Buddhists and Chinese culture.

Click on the thumbnails below to watch the video.

Shamans: Spirit Guides
Video 24:02 minutes
Shamans - Spirit Guides
Solar Eruptions and Creativity
Video 23:55 minutes
Solar Eruptions and Creativity
Solar Flares and the Mystic Sun
Video 24:16 minutes
Solar Flares and the Mystic Sun
Solar Storms and the Psyche
Video 24:00 minutes
Solar Storms and the Psyche
The Vision of the Eclipse
Video 32:20 minutes
The Vision of the Eclipse
e-Books by Michael Erlewine

Michael Erlewine believes that a picture is worth 1,000 words, as the old saying goes, and his e-books show it; they are filled with full-color diagrams and illustrations. Erlewine writes: "Printers don't want to do color anymore, at least in any quantity. These e-books contain thousands of full-color illustrations, many of them Astro*Image cards, which are tarot-cards for astrologers."

If you like any of these books, they are available in paperback format at Amazon.com

 

Close-Up & Macro Articles of 2012 Dharma Chart, Karma Chart: Astrological Empowerment in the 21st Century
By Michael Erlewine
761 pages, 230 color illustrations

The traditional astrology chart combined with the astronomical chart for the solar system triangulates to create a 3-D perspective on a birth moment. Geocentric and heliocentric astrology, separate for some 400 years, come together to empower the astrology of the 21st Century. Download Now   Download PDF file
Close-Up & Macro Articles of 2012 Close-Up & Macro Articles of 2012
By Michael Erlewine
104 pages, illustrated

Thirty-six articles written in 2012 on focus stacking, close-up & macro photography, the Nikon D800E, focus rails, wide-aperture stacking, industrial and exotic Nikkors, and much more. Download Now   Download PDF file
Shamata Meditation: Allowing the Mind to Rest Naturally Shamata Meditation: Allowing the Mind to Rest Naturally
By Michael Erlewine
23 Pages

An introduction and commentary on basic sitting meditation that is easy to read. Download Now   Download PDF file
Solar Flares: Their Inner and Outer Effects Solar Flares: Their Inner and Outer Effects
By Michael Erlewine
32 Pages

An 32-page article on solar flares, CME events, and related solar phenomena as regards how they affect us psychologically, spiritually, and physically. Download Now   Download PDF file
Sun Storms: The Astrology of Solar Activity Sun Storms: The Astrology of Solar Activity
By Michael Erlewine
71 Pages

A series of articles on the active Sun, including solar flares, CME (Coronal Mass Ejection) events, and related phenomena from an astrological point of view, how these massive solar events affect us personally, psychologically, and spiritually. Download Now   Download PDF file
Sun Storms: The Astrology of Solar Activity Vision of the Eclipse: The Astrology of Lunations
By Michael Erlewine
71 Pages

Sixteen articles on the lunation cycle, with emphasis on the effect of New and Full Moon, and particular attention given to eclipses and their interpretation. Download Now   Download PDF file
The Loss of Substance Training the Mind: Dharma Practice
42 pages, 12 illustrations

Being twelve articles on the basics of mind training and dharma practice presented in an informal way. Included are complete instructions for Shamata sitting meditation and Tonglen, two classic mind training methods. Download Now   Download PDF file
Twenty-five easy-to-read articles on meditation Training the Mind: Book Two
119 pages

Twenty-five easy-to-read articles on meditation and mind training, including post-meditation practice, mixing your meditation with daily activities and more. Download Now   Download PDF file
Macro & Close-up Lenses Close-up and Macro Photography: A PrimerBook One: Macro & Close-up Technique
Includes Focus Stacking and Mini-Panorama
By Michael Erlewine
137 Pages, 150 full-color photographs

The first in a two-book series on close-up and macro photography. This volume covers close-up and macro technique, equipment, in-the-field use, and even motivation and the spirit of this kind of photography. Included extensive detail on focus stacking and the creation of mini-panoramas.This is a companion book to the second volume in this series on macro and close-up lens, their specs, photos, and photos taken through with the lenses. Download Now   Download PDF file
Macro & Close-up Lenses Close-up and Macro Photography: A PrimerBook Two: Macro & Close-up Lenses
By Michael Erlewine
153 Pages, 150 full-color photographs

The second volume in a two-book series on close-up and macro photography. This book has detailed specifications on 42 of the finest lenses used for macro and close-up photography on Nikon systems. Photos of the lens itself and several ultra-close-up photos through each lens are included. This is a companion book to the first volume in this series on macro and close-up photography technique and equipment. Download Now   Download PDF file
Karmapa at KTD Karmapa at KTD - 2011
177 Pages, 183 full-color photographs

In July of 2011 His Holiness the 17th Karmapa visited his seat in the Americas at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra. This is part of that story in photos. Download Now   Download PDF file
Karmapa at KTD Karmapa at KTD - 2008
208 Pages, 197 full-color photographs

In May of 2008 I was asked to be part of a video crew to film the first visit to the U.S. by His Holiness, Orgyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa and the head of the Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, much as the 14th Dalai Lama is head of the Gelugpa Lineage. He came to his seat in North Americal at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD) in the mountains above Woodstock, New York... Read More Download Now   Download PDF file
Some History of Matrix Software Some History of Matrix Software by Michael Erlewine
31 pages

Includes a brief history of Michael Erlewine and the founding of Matrix Software, plus something about the astrological scene at the time. Download Now   Download PDF file
Discovering Electric Blues in White America Searching for Roots - Discovering Electric Blues in White America
24 pages

In the late 1950s and early 1960s the interest in folk music and its roots in rural America and the European Continent reached a high pitch as thousands of young adults crisscrossed America documenting folksongs and sharing authentic music. Folklore societies sprung up at many major campuses. This was a folk revival, one that has not been repeated since. But old English and Scottish ballads were not the only music discovered during this time. There was another even more indigenous music that needed no revival. In fact this music was very much alive and probably playing somewhere just across town, separated only by a racial curtain: modern city blues. This article is about the heyday of folk music in the late 1950s and early 1960s and something about how white America discovered the blues. Download Now   Download PDF file
The Cities 2011 The Cities (a.k.a. The Prison Cities)
209 pages

Science Fiction.
This is an extended (non-standard) treatment for film that is in the general lineage of �Blade Runner,� a no-tongue-in-cheek drama, with no camp. A finished screenplay also exists, but to get an initial impression, it is hoped that this treatment will suffice. The film takes places in the future, but not very far into the future. Download Now   Download PDF file
The Loss of Substance Life as Mandala: Creating Sacred Space
5 pages, 4 illustrations

The concept of mandalas, their offering, and the creating of sacred space in everyday life. Download Now   Download PDF file
The Loss of Substance The Loss of Substance: Stories and Notes on Addiction
33 pages, 9 illustrations

A first-person and candid look at some of the most common addictions we humans succumb to: nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, sugar, eating meat, and overeating, along with ideas on how they might be handled. Download Now   Download PDF file
The Dharma of Meditation Experiences with Mahamudra: The Dharma of Meditation
78 pages, 239 hi-res full-color nature photos.

This book documents the author's personal journey in dharma practice, particularly as regards learning Mahamudra meditation.
This volume includes much of the previous book "The Lama of Appearances," and then adds more recent experiences, plus an introduction to learning about Buddhism and how to approach it. Download Now   Download PDF file
Urgency in Dharma Practice Urgency in Dharma Practice
13 pages, 7 full-color photographs

This short article addresses urgency in learning to experience your mind through meditation and other dharma practices, including the Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind Toward the Dharma. Download Now   Download PDF file
Nature in the Backyard Nature in the Backyard
232 Pages, 216 full-color photographs

Nature in the Backyard was written as a photographic introduction for the author's grandchildren to the world of nature, in particular the critters living in our own backyard, nearby parks, meadows, streams, ponds, and forests. Many of the more common frogs, toads, turtles, snakes, butterflies, beetles, spiders, and others are included, complete with hi-res macro photos and details on where to find them, what they eat, and how to (or not to) handle them... Read More Download Now   Download PDF file
The Lama of Appearances : Learning Dharma through Nature The Lama of Appearances: Learning Dharma through Nature
160 Pages, 162 full-color photographs

The Lama of Appearances provides an introduction to an important Tibetan teaching that is little known here in the West, and that is that nature herself, the world of appearances, is a perfect reflection of the mind, and can be a trusted guide to learning and practicing dharma, in particular where there is no dharma teacher available... Read More Download Now   Download PDF file
Dharma Poems and Other Writings Dharma Poems and Other Writings
146 pages

Author Michael Erlewine writes:
"Poetry for me has been a way to record my inner changes and spiritual experiences. I don't write poetry that often, but when I do it is always in response to some inner realization or other, something I am going through that finally becomes clear to me... Read More Download Now   Download PDF file
Dharma Practice Calendar Dharma Practice Calendar: 154-Year Buddhist Lunar Calendar
479 Pages

Most dharma practitioners have a meditation or practice schedule based on the lunar calendar, including not only New and Full Moon times, but exact times for the 30 lunar days in each lunar month. Here is a 150-year lunar calendar (1900-2054) that provides the following information for each lunar day: Day of Week .... Read More Download Now   Download PDF file
Dharma Practice Calendar Eclipse Charts 1750-2200
646 Pages

In the long history of astronomy eclipses are perhaps the preeminent celestial phenomena, visually striking in their effect and witnessed by all humanity. It is no wonder that astrology, the cultural form of astronomy, has built up a long history on the lore of the eclipse and what they mean for nations and in natal charts of individuals... Read More Download Now   Download PDF file
Dharma Practice Calendar StarTypes Visual Ephemeris: 1800-1900
619 Pages, 55.8 Mb PDF file.

I have been doing astrological readings for some forty-plus years. Back in the day, my most-used book was a little volume by Hugh McCraig called the "200-Year Ephemeris," which basically was a list of geocentric planets giving the planet positions at the first of each month... Read More Download Now   Download PDF file
Dharma Practice Calendar StarTypes Visual Ephemeris: 1900-2000
622 Pages, 55.9 Mb PDF file.

I have been doing astrological readings for some forty-plus years. Back in the day, my most-used book was a little volume by Hugh McCraig called the "200-Year Ephemeris," which basically was a list of geocentric planets giving the planet positions at the first of each month. Each month has a 360-degree open chart when with planets and aspect patterns... Read More Download Now   Download PDF file
Dharma Practice Calendar StarTypes Visual Ephemeris: 2000-2100
619 Pages, 56 Mb PDF file

I have been doing astrological readings for some forty-plus years. Back in the day, my most-used book was a little volume by Hugh McCraig called the "200-Year Ephemeris," which basically was a list of geocentric planets giving the planet positions at the first of each month. Each month has a 360-degree open chart when with planets and aspect patterns. ...Read More Download Now   Download PDF file
Startypes: Life Path Partners: Compatibility Astrology StarTypes: Life Path Partners: Compatibility Astrology
753 pages, 230 color illustrations

StarTypes is life-path astrology, interpreting large-scale planetary patterns in the sky above and charting the dharma or life path of an individual and their primary relationship role down here on earth. And you don't have to be an astrologer to understand this book... Read More Download Now   Download PDF file
Astrology of the Heart: Astro-Shamanism Astrology of the Heart: Astro-Shamanism
532 pages, 450 color illustrations

Astrology of the Heart will be of particular interest to the counseling astrologer or those astrologers who want to understand the shamanic nature of astrology at a deeper level. Many books are available about standard astrological techniques, but few about the inner meaning of astrology,
... Read More Download Now   Download PDF file
Astrology's Mirror
Astrology�s Mirror: Full-Phase Aspects
191 pages, 145 color illustrations

The heart of modern astrology is all about aspects between the Sun, Moon, and planets, a technique passed down from the ancient Greeks. All astrologers use aspects. What is not so well understood is the importance of looking at both right and left-handed aspects, what are called full-phase or mirror aspects... Read More Download Now   Download PDF file
Burn Rate: Retrogrades in Astrology
Burn Rate: Retrogrades in Astrology
1000 pages, 153 color illustrations

Perhaps no astrological factor has more different opinions and less agreement among astrologers than the phenomenon of retrograde motion, the fact that from the earth's view all planets appear to move backward in reverse motion through the zodiac, one or more times a year... Read More Download Now   Download PDF file
How to Learn Astrology
How to Learn Astrology
1071 pages, 950 color illustrations

This is a complete course in astrology from astrologer Michael Erlewine. Author Erlewine, who is an award-winning archivist and director of the Heart Center Astrological Library, the largest astrology library in North America open for research, has over 40 years experience... Read More Download Now   Download PDF file
Interface: Planetary Nodes
Interface: Planetary Nodes
288 pages, 233 color illustrations

Astrology is all about nodes. Nodes are sensitive points in the natal chart that can be interpreted. Obvious examples of nodes are the Nodes of the Moon. The Ascendant, Midheaven, Vertex, and other sensitive horoscope points are nodes. The 12 House Cusps are also nodes. The planetary orbits also create a system of... Read More Download Now   Download PDF file
Interpret Astrology: The 360 3-Way Combinations
Interpret Astrology: Three-Way Aspect Patterns
415 pages, 360 color illustrations

This 415-page book contains 360 Astro*Images, which are tarot-cards for astrology covering all of the traditional 3-way planetary combinations as used by professional astrologers. In addition to the Astro*Image cards are full written text interpretations... Read More Download Now   Download PDF file
Interpret Astrology: The House Combinations
Interpret Astrology: The House Combinations
332 pages, 276 color illustrations

This 332-page book contains 276 Astro*Images, which are tarot-cards for astrology covering all the major house system combinations used by professional astrologers. In addition to the Astro*Image cards, are 552 written text interpretations... Read More Download Now   Download PDF file
Interpret Astrology: The Planetary Combinations
Interpret Astrology: The Planetary Combinations
850 pages, 765 color illustrations

This 850-page book contains 765 Astro*Images, which are tarot-cards for astrology covering all the major planetary combinations using the sixteen standard aspects. In addition to the Astro*Image cards, are 1485 written text interpretations... Read More Download Now   Download PDF file
Local Space: Relocation Astrology
Local Space: Relocation Astrology
212 pages, 140 color illustrations

Founded by author/astrologer Michael Erlewine, Local Space is one of the main relocation techniques used by professional astrologers around the globe. Here is a quote from this definitive book.
"Local Space is no 'subtle plane,' but a personal landscape painted in bold and clear strokes and tailor-made to fit the psyche... Read More Download Now   Download PDF file
Mother Moon: Astrology of �The Lights'
Mother Moon: Astrology of 'The Lights'
447 pages, 304 color illustrations

In the tradition of astrology the Sun and Moon are called "The Lights," and this Sun-Earth-Moon relationship is a topic seldom covered in much detail, much less in any real depth. Mother Moon not only covers both the exoteric nature of the Moon (what science and tradition knows about it), but also the esoteric... Read More Download Now   Download PDF file
Our Pilgrimage to Tibet
Our Pilgrimage to Tibet
260 pages, 112 color photos

What happens when a Western businessman asks his dharma teacher a simple question and is told that to get the answer to that question he is to go to Tibet that very summer and find His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, the high lama on which the movie "The Golden Child" was based? What if this businessman and his wife... Read More Download Now   Download PDF file
The Art of Feng Shui
The Art of Feng Shui
563 pages, 500 color illustrations

Feng Shui is superficially about adjusting the living space around you so that you can live more fully, moving things around, and so on. More importantly Feng Shui is about learning to pay attention to the signals and signs your body has been getting all along — becoming aware of them and acting on this awareness... Read More Download Now   Download PDF file
The Astrology of Space
The Astrology of Space
512 pages, 162 color illustrations

Astrologer Michael Erlewine pioneered deep-space astrology back in 1976 when he published his book "Astrophysical Directions," a book long out of print and selling for $300 on Amazon.com. This is an updated version from Erlewine himself of that classic work with all new illustrations... Read More Download Now   Download PDF file
Tibetan Astrology Tibetan Astrology
827 pages, 579 color illustrations

Tibet, often called the spiritual and physical "roof of the world" has been the source of great inspiration to Westerners for over two centuries. Is Tibetan astrology as profound as its spiritual teachings? Well-known astrologer Michael Erlewine has spent the last thirty years finding out, including two trips to Tibet and China... Read More Download Now   Download PDF file
Tibetan Earth Lords: Tibetan Astrology and Geomancy Tibetan Earth Lords: Tibetan Astrology and Geomancy
223 pages, 156 color illustrations

In Tibetan astrology and geomancy the Sa-Dak are the spirits that surround and protect a particular place, the lords of that land — the Earth Lords. In the Tibetan and Chinese traditions, every place, that is: every mountain, stream, and canyon is something... Read More Download Now   Download PDF file
Discovering Electric Blues in White America Classic Posters - Interviews. Book One
304 pages, Illustrated

Poster expert Michael Erlewine interviews 18 of the greatest poster artists, promoters, collectors, and experts from the 1960s and beyond. These are fascinating in-depth interviews. Interviews with Chet Helms, Eddie Wilson and The Armadillo, Emek, Alton Kelley, David Singer, Ed Walker and S.F. Rock Posters, Eric King, Frank Kozik, Grant Mechinan, Penelope Fried, Phil Cushway, Greg Davidson, Russ Gibb, Randy Tuten, Stanley Mouse, Victor Moscoso, Dennis King, and Paul Grushkin. Download Now   Download PDF file
Discovering Electric Blues in White America Classic Posters - Interviews. Book Two
216 pages, Illustrated

A collection 101 articles on posters including 43 interview plus sections on the principal poster sets and lists of the most popular bands, venues, artists and promoters in various parts of the country and world. Download Now   Download PDF file
Discovering Electric Blues in White America Classic Posters - Collecting, Archiving, and More. Book Three
174 pages, Illustrated

A collection of 43 articles on posters by Michael Erlewine on their collection, value, history, archiving, storing, and you-name-it. Also some poster artists bios, terminology, artistic critiques - a veritable smorgasbord of information about valuable concert music posters. Open the PDF and read the table of contents. Download Now   Download PDF file
The Art of Focus Stacking: A Primer The Art of Focus Stacking: A Primer
120 pages, over 100 photos, PDF

An introduction to macro and close-up photography including focus stacking, the technique, equipment involved, examples of stacked photos, problems encountered in focus stacking, processing, and more. This 2nd edition includes a large section on macro terms, techniques, equipment, etc., answers to some of the questions many of you have been writing me with who would like to learn more about nature close-up and macro photography. Download Now   Download PDF file
The Art of Focus Stacking: Book Two: Photos The Art of Focus Stacking: Book Two – Photos
117 pages, over 100 photos, PDF

This is a workbook of photos using focus stacking with accompanying notes. Book two should be used with the main book "The Art of Focus Stacking: A Primer." Download Now   Download PDF file

 
 

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Astrologer Michael Erlewine

Matrix Software founder Michael Erlewine helped to revolutionize modern computerized astrology back in the early '70s. An archivist of popular culture, Erlewine pioneered Internet content by founding the All Music Guide, All Movie Guide, All Game Guide, and ClassicPosters.com, today some of the most popular entertainment sites on the web. In recent years, Michael Erlewine has found time to work with astrology once again, producing the StarTypes series of astrological programs. Combining tarot card-like graphic with astrological wisdom is something Erlewine has always wanted to do. "This is astrology as I like it, with lots of images to spark my imagination," he writes, "I hope you enjoy these programs as much as I do."