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Term: Hod



Also spelled Hode

The eighth sephirah on the Tree of Life, Splendor, Renown. Located at the base of the Pillar of Form and Severity.

In Atziluth, the World or Origins, it is the Feminine Divine Power in each person.

Name of God: Elohim Tzabaoth

Archangel: Raphael

Angelic Host: Beni Elohim

Astrological Correspondence: Mercury

Body: left hip


Consciousness: the Intellect as part of Ruach, (the Conscious Self)

Element: Water

Magical Image: a warrior hermaphrodite

Symbol: the caduceus

Tarot: The four Eights

In Briah, the World of Creation:

Archangel: Raphael –

Conscience, the sense of right and wrong.

The mind as an instrument.

Learning from injury.


In Yetzirah  the World of Formation:

Angelic Host: Beni Elohim –

First Awareness of Divinity.


 In Assiah, the World of Expression:

Astrological Correspondence: Mercury

Intelligence as adaptability to the environment.


Instruction: the Hermetic Path

Rites & Rituals

Occult Texts

Both sexes in one person, searching for one another.

Mind as complement to Soul. 

Carl Llewellyn Weschcke


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Baneful Herbs and Flying Ointments
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Unconscious in the Astral
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What You Should Not Expect from Magic
Everyone who gets into ritual magic has pretty much the same goalóhe or she wants to rule the world. They may not admit it even to themselves, but they are thinking: Suppose, just suppose, I could learn to hurl lightning bolts from my fingertips, ...
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The Initiatory Tarot of the Golden Dawn Review
Summary: The Initiatory Tarot of the Golden Dawn is an evocative and provocative deck exploring a new vision of tarot that is fresh and exciting while remaining consistent with the Golden Dawn tradition. This deck would be suitable for someone with ...
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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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The Structure of the Golden Dawn
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The Shamanism of Today
We all have the capacity to follow a shamanic path. In our increasing attunement to Earth wisdom, we have all become like shamans mapping our journeys and our relationships with Nature. Shamanism is an ancient art, a creative craft, and a way of ...
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