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Term: Symbol

DEFINITIONS

Symbol:

An image, figure, sign, etc. used to represent something else. Symbols commonly represent gods, elements, goals, etc. for magickal and ritual purposes. Often the magickal tools are considered to be symbols. For example, the chalice may be considered a symbol of elemental water, the Goddess, the source of life, etc. 




ARTICLES

Druidic Vestments
The appearance of the Druid is known to us from two main sources: Greco-Roman writings and medieval Irish tradition. There is also some evidence from Irish and Scottish folklore. Druids wore white tunics, which in early Ireland ...
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The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage
The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage is actually composed of three books written by a person calling himself Abraham the Jew and is supposedly intended as a gift to his son named Lamech. It was supposedly written originally in ...
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A Sense of Direction
Visualization doesn’t always manifest that dramatically, of course, and it is not solely a psychic phenomenon whose effects are accomplished through telepathy, clairvoyance, astral projection, precognition or psychokinesis. It is much more than ...
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Meditation
Meditation is one of the most popular ways of relaxing and becoming more in tune with yourself, your God and your environment. Yet, there is more bad information about meditation than there is good. This is a shame, because it is such a valuable ...
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Beyond Dreaming
A technique developed by Joe H. Slate at Athens (Alabama) State University for "true dreaming," it specifies a certain goal and then focuses the dream experience upon it. Beyond Dreaming not only promotes psychic dreaming, it activates the ...
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Power Objects
It has been said, power is effective energy. In the shamanic philosophy all aspects of the universe have energy, which has potential use and power. Developing a relationship with objects in Nature, or in Spirit, to use their energy is called ...
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Past Life Regression
Belief in reincarnation has existed throughout history. It is a standard aspect of most forms of metaphysics and is found in virtually all religious systems. It is a part of the Kabalah, the mystical side of Judaism, and it was also a belief of ...
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Amulet
A magical device for general protection and good fortune. An amulet differs from a talisman in that talismans are made and ritually consecrated for specific tightly focused purposes, while amulets are more general, and are often not formally ...
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Review of the Visconti Tarots
Summary: An amazing and beautiful recreation of one of the oldest and most complete Tarot decks extant. Suitable for any reading for which you might use a Rider-Waite-Smith-based deck, it’s also ideal for working in costume, at renaissance fairs, ...
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The Yoga Tarot Review
Summary: The Yoga Tarot combines two powerful tools of self-discovery into one. This deck encourages a turning inward, a self-examination, and a questioning that may, for a while leave the reader with more questions. But then, eventually, the path ...
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Hypnosis in Ritual
Some rituals utilize hypnosis for particular purposes, including those concerned with the evocation and direction of particular psychic powers—including Astral Projection, Remote Viewing, Past Life Reviews, Reading of Akashic Records, Local ...
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Sensitive people have gotten a bum rap. We live in a world that doesn't embrace the values of sensitivity, so we get told that we are weak, unusual, touchy, and hard to please. The sad truth is that we hear these messages in many ways throughout our lives. Even if it is from a well-meaning teacher or parent who tries to "toughen us up," the crux... read this article
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