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Term: Family Tradition


Family Tradition: A system in which the Old Ways have been preserved through superstitions, practices or folkways among members of the same bloodline.
source: Italian Witchcraft, by Raven Grimassi


The Seven Heavens and Their Angels
Christians, Jews and Muslims all believe in heaven. Apocalyptic accounts of heaven range from one heaven to ten, but most agree on seven, probably because of the seven visible planets. The tradition of seven heavens probably originated in ...
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What is the Tarot?
The Tarot is a deck of cards that is primarily used to foretell the future. Forecasting the future, however, is only a superficial use of the massive powers of the Tarot. The Tarot is a very powerful tool that allows you to look deep inside your ...
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Astral Projection Story #1 - Astral Romance
One moonlit evening in 1924 a restless, depressed young man named Sylvan Muldoon came home from a walk. He collapsed on his bed without bothering to take off his clothes. Instead of relaxing, however, his body grew rigid. Muldoon, who had undergone ...
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The Sabbats
The Sabbats are a combination of solar and earthly celebrations. The daily cycle of the sun and the seasons of the earth determined the rhythms of activity for our ancestors. They lived close to the land and on an everyday basis observed its subtle ...
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The Renaissance of Herb Magic
Fortunately, the herbs didnít die out, and neither did much of the information. The great herbals by Theophrastus, Dioscorides, "Apuleius," Gerard, Coles and others preserved much herb magic, as did the works of Pliny, Agrippa, Porta and other early ...
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Visualization Beyond the Body
In traditional cultures the shaman functions as healer and seer. His role is to mediate between the material world and the spiritual world. When someone requests a healing, the shaman visualizes his soul traveling through other realms of existence ...
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What is a rune?
The runes are a set of symbols that concisely embody the most potent magical system of the ancient world. Because rune magic was rarely described in written records, persecution by the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages succeeded in obliterating ...
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What is Divination?
By stars, cards, and alphabets. These are the three most popular methods of divination that have survived into the twentieth-century. The three occult sciences governing these oracular techniques are astrology (divination by the placement of the ...
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Astral Reunion
Where do people go when they leave their bodies? Frequently they go to see those persons they most care about: absent family members, friends and sweethearts. One famous example of astral reunion occurred in 1862 and concerned a Bridgeport, ...
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Tarot of Metamorphosis Review
Tarot of Metamorphosis Review Summary: We are constantly going through various changes in our lives, but for the most part, that are beyond our conscious awareness and control. The Tarot of Metamorphosis aims to change this. Following the ...
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Synchronicity and Tarot
Most people who use a Tarot deck do so for giving readings or divinations, or for what some people would call "fortunetelling." How does the Tarot work for these purposes? I think we can pretty well ignore the "Demons control it" aspect simply ...
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The mighty dead, divination, and portals to other worlds… there are so many places to celebrate Samhain in the northeastern United States… The cooler weather, the colorful leaves, and, as the memes say, "Pumpkin everything!" Like so many witches, autumn is my favorite season, and Samhain, my favorite Sabbat. As a child I loved... read this article
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