Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
View your shopping cart Shopping Cart | My Account | Help | Become a Fan on Facebook Become a Fan | Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us | Watch Us on YouTube Watch Us | Subscribe to our RSS Feeds Subscribe
Browse ProductsAuthorsArticlesBlogsEncyclopediaNewslettersAffiliate ProgramContact UsBooksellers
ENCYCLOPEDIA
Glossary
What's New
Most Popular
List of Articles

Email Exclusives
Sign up to receive special offers and promotions from Llewellyn.

Get the Latest Issue of New Worlds

January/February 2017 Issue

New Worlds Catalog

Get the FREE app for your tablet and mobile device. Now available in the iTunes Store and the Google Play Store

Also available as a PDF File.

Click for more information about New Worlds or to receive issues via mail.


The Llewellyn Encyclopedia
Print this Term Print this Article

Reincarnation

This article was written by John Michael Greer on April 01, 2005
posted under Reincarnation

The belief that souls of the dead are reborn in other bodies, human or animal; also called transmigration. Far and away the most common teaching on the afterlife in Western occult traditions…

The rise of Christianity, with its insistence on eternal salvation or damnation after a single lifetime, forced the idea of reincarnation into an underground existence. Several Gnostic sects appear to have taught the doctrine, but after the suppression of Gnosticism in the last centuries of the Roman Empire, the orthodox ideas of Heaven and Hell defined the nature of the afterlife for nearly everyone in the Western world for centuries.

The one living tradition that retained a belief in reincarnation during the Middle Ages was the Cabala. The idea of reincarnation seems to have entered Jewish thought sometime in the first few centuries of the Common Era, but it was a minority view at best until the rise of the Cabala; most of the important medieval Jewish philosophers rejected it. In early Cabalistic texts such as the Bahir, on the other hand, reincarnation is presented as a reality, although these early writings seem unsure what to make of it. Several of these sources suggest that reincarnation is a punishment for specific sins, rather than the usual form of the afterlife for all…

Most current occult traditions treat reincarnation as a simple matter of fact. Reincarnation has also become the standard interpretation of the afterlife among modern Pagans of nearly all stripes…The theory of reincarnation has also been accepted generally among followers of the New Age movement.

If one thing has been sacred to our species since time immemorial, it is our trees. Dwelling between the realms of earth and sky, we humans are beings of both worlds, and our very life is a balance and synthesis of form and spirit, below and above. What more appropriate symbol for this could there be than a tree, rooted in the earth, and... read this article
A Checklist to Discern Your Empathic Abilities
Being Physically Active: Plan for Success by Planning for Failure
The Witch's Crown: Sovereignty, Power, and the Faery Tradition
The 7 Habits You Must Adopt in 2017
Trance Dance Your Way to Happiness

Most recent posts:
Not just for tarot beginners
Tarot Fundamentals is the first in the three part series. This first volume provides over 600 pages of everything you need to develop a strong...

Into the Realm of Enchantment: Pop Culture and Magical Consciousness
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Storm Faerywolf, author of the new Betwixt & Between. Magic is the heart of witchcraft. The...

When Mindless is Better Than Mindful
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Sharon Lipinski, author of the new 365 Ways to Live Generously. Some things you have to think about...




Everyday Witch Tarot Everyday Witch Tarot
By: Deborah Blake, Elisabeth Alba
Price: $29.99 US,  $34.95 CAN
Llewellyn's 2017 Moon Sign Book Llewellyn's 2017 Moon Sign Book
Conscious Living by the Cycles of the Moon

By: Llewellyn
Price: $11.99 US,  $14.99 CAN
$9.59 US,  $11.99 CAN On Sale!
Llewellyn's 2017 Magical Almanac Llewellyn's 2017 Magical Almanac
Practical Magic for Everyday Living

By: Llewellyn
Price: $11.99 US,  $14.99 CAN
$9.59 US,  $11.99 CAN On Sale!
The Elusive Elixir The Elusive Elixir
By: Gigi Pandian
Price: $14.99 US,  $17.50 CAN
Llewellyn's 2017 Witches' Datebook Llewellyn's 2017 Witches' Datebook
By: Llewellyn
Price: $11.99 US,  $14.99 CAN
$9.59 US,  $11.99 CAN On Sale!