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Talisman
By John Michael Greer, The New Encyclopedia of the Occult, John Michael Greer (Llewellyn Publications)
(Arabic tilsam, from Greek tetelesmenon, "that which has been consecrated") In magical lore, an object charged or consecrated with magical energies for the fulfillment of some specific purpose. Talismanic magic has had an important place in Western ...

Baneful Herbs and Flying Ointments
By Scott Cunningham, The Truth About Herb Magic
One of the darkest chapters in the history of herbs has been in the traditional usages of "baneful" (poisonous) herbs. Such herbs, including henbane, hemlock, hellebore, mandrake and datura, were popular in Renaissance magic for inducing visions, ...

What Is A Horoscope?
By Gloria Star, The Truth About Astrology
Your astrological chart, or horoscope, is drawn from calculations based upon the date, time, and place of your birth. Every element of the horoscope (which, if itís like most Western horoscopes, will be drawn on a circular wheel) is expressed ...

Introduction to Ceremonial Magick
By Donald Michael Kraig, Truth about Psychic Powers
Ceremonial Magick is one of the most complicated systems of spiritual attainment in the world. It is a mixture of Jewish, Christian and ancient Egyptian philosophy mixed with ancient Indian and Chaldean ideas spiced with a hint of earlier Paganism. ...

The Message from Stone: Stone & Rock Divination
By Ross Heaven,
The lessons of quantum physics and its new kid on the block, holographic theory, are that all things are connected through the energy that infuses the universe and all it contains. According to scientists, 90% of the universe is unknown - meaning ...

Astrological Houses
By Llewellyn George, New A to Z Horoscope Maker and Delineator
First House The First House rules the personality, natural disposition and tendencies, self-interest and worldly outlook generally. The parts of the body represented are the head and face. Second House Financial affairs, monetary prospects, gain or ...

The Sensual Wicca TarotReview
By Donald Michael Kraig, Certified Tarot Grandmaster,
Summary: A brilliant attempt to present the Tarot, Wicca, and the Wiccan aspects of sexuality that doesnít quite succeed due to limitations of format and skill. Still, at times this deck soars above the limitations and is filled with brilliance and ...

Time
By Tadhg MacCrossan, Truth about Druids
The earliest Indo-European measurement of time was by the moon, and this reveals the nature of the Celtic calendar. The Celts never deviated from lunar time measurement, as their Druids had preserved it from the Indo-European tradition. Luckily for ...

Psychic Self-defense Story #1: Supernatural Assault
By Keith Randolph, Truth about Psychic Self-Defense
Some years ago an English colonial official stationed at a remote post on a Caribbean island became seriously ill from a cause the district medical officer could not determine. The official asked to be transferred elsewhere, saying he was sure he ...

Magic Provides an Alternative Viewpoint
By Donald Tyson, Truth about Ritual Magic
Where in the world is magic? It is not in science, which denies the reality and value of anything not amenable to the scientific method. It is not in religion. The Church has historically looked upon magic as devilish, and in modern times regards it ...


In today's modern society, we are trapped by our day-to-day lives. Step by step, and from generation to generation, we are losing our primal intuition. No longer do most of us feel that type of intuition, that which takes over our actions to protect ourselves and what is ours. The comforts of our modern society do nothing to keep our internal,... read this article
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Hoarding to Fill Emptiness: How to Tell if Spiritual Lack is Causing Clutter Accumulation
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