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Term: Egypt

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Egypt: A country in North Africa considered part of the Middle East. Known formally today as the Arab Republic of Egypt, it is popular today among mystics, occultists, and magicians due to its ancient, highly developed civilization and the amazing remnants of that civilization, the massive temples, burial memorials, pyramids, and mighty sphinx.

The pictographic written language of the ancient Egyptians in the form of hieroglyphs amazed both archeologists and occultists. Many occultists made assumptions (sometimes wild assumptions) as to the meaning of the symbols even before the key to their decipherment, the Rosetta Stone, was translated (originally by Thomas Young in 1814 but expanded on and credited to Jean-François Champollion in the 1820s). Mystical and spiritual texts were often translated literally, making them seem foolish. Thus, Aleister Crowley reinterpreted a text that had been described as the “Headless One” as the more mystically appropriated “Bornless One.”

Egypt has been credited as being the source of many kinds of magic. Some of these ideas are legitimate, while others are highly questionable. Some place the origination of the Freemasons and at least one Rosicrucian group in ancient Egypt. Occult groups such as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and the Ordo Templi Orientis use Egyptian symbolism and ideas in some of their rituals.Donald Michael Kraig


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Review of the Egyptian Tarot
Summary: A unique and beautiful simulation of ancient Egyptian art combining traditional Tarot concepts and the mysticism of Egypt as described by Jean Baptiste Pitois ("Paul Christian") in his fantastic and romanticized book, The History and ...
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Egyptian Magic
Ancient Egyptian religion was a complex and beautiful balance of monotheism and polytheism, along with a good dose of pure magic. For the Egyptians there was no such thing as a separation between magic and religion. One ancient writer, Clement of ...
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A Brief History of the Tarot
The Tarot is often called the oldest book known to humankind. According to occult legend, the original cards comprised "chapters" in a book known as The Book of Thoth. Thoth was the ibis-headed god of wisdom and represented knowledge of the ancient ...
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Talisman
(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 ...
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The History of the Golden Dawn
The story of the Golden Dawn, like that of any human organization, is replete with high points and low points—with human achievements and human failings. There is no need for us to try to whitewash or sugarcoat the faults of some of the individuals ...
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Review of the Tarot of the Silicon Dawn
Summary:  The Tarot of the Silicon Dawn stretches the very bounds of Tarot by swapping elemental associations, adding entire suits (but of only a few cards), mixing Roman and Arabic numerals with the Majors, adding strangely named new Major ...
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Quartz Crystals
Why use quartz crystals? What is it about them above all other stones that makes them so special? Quartz crystals have been used since ancient times as powerful healing objects and meditation tools, and to make medicinal elixirs. Wise adepts have ...
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Hypnosis
If you were to ask a dozen "experts" to give a definition of hypnosis, they would give you a dozen different answers. No matter what anyone says, there is no such thing as an accepted definition of hypnosis. No one knows exactly what it is. Some ...
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Principles of Ceremonial
Magical ceremonial can be built up and elaborated to forms of great subtlety and complexity, but the initial principles which cause its creation are simple in the extreme. In the first place, ceremonial is a different thing from meditation, and it ...
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Ancient Healing Techniques Rediscovered
The Simontons had rediscovered one of the world’s oldest systems of healing. It goes back at least as far as the ancient Egyptians. Hermes, the great Egyptian healer, believed physical diseases were caused by the mind along with the spirit and could ...
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