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An alchemical year is not the same as a normal calendar year. Rather, it refers to the time necessary to complete an alchemical project such as raising gold from a lower element. It is called a year because there are four basic levels or grades to the work (with many sublevels), similar to the four seasons of a calendar year.


Guardian Angels
The concept of a guardian angel is extremely old. In Zoroastrianism, guardian angels were called fravashis. Before Christianity, the Romans had protective guardians. Men had a genius and women a juno. Jesus Christ confirmed the existence of guardian ...
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Astrology is a science that examines the action of celestial bodies upon all living beings, non-living objects, and earthly conditions, as well as their reactions to such influences. The study of the stars is one of the oldest sciences known to ...
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Growing Herbs
Growing herbs is a delightful past time. Not only can we enjoy the curious fragrances and often beautiful leaves and flowers of the plants themselves, but we’re also assured of a steady supply of herbs for use in magic. Most herb magicians grow at ...
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Goal of Ritual
The ultimate goal of ritual magic is fulfillment. As is true with most ultimates, it is seldom, if ever, reached. The degree to which it is approached signifies the success or failure of the practice of magic in the life of an individual. When ...
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Crowley's Gnostic Mass
The Gnostic Mass was written by Aleister Crowley while he was in Moscow in the year 1913. He had just been appointed the head of the British section of the O.T.O. He claimed that he was influenced by the Liturgy of St. Basil of the Russian Church. ...
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Creating a New You
The effectiveness of visualization as a method of dealing with psychological problems has long been recognized. Sigmund Freud believed that images were the "language" of the unconscious. "Thinking in pictures … approximates more closely unconscious ...
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Astral Projection and Survival
Of all the implications of the phenomenon of astral projection, surely the most profound is that we have an existence—a conscious existence, with intelligence, feeling, memory and perception—that is able to operate outside the physical body. If this ...
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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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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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Astral Projection Story #5 - Death's Other Side
One hot day in May 1967, 16-year-old Reinee Pasarow of La Crescent, California, awoke suffering from the effects of a severe allergic reaction. A doctor was summoned and he gave her an injection, then left, assuring her that she would be fine. Over ...
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Images of ESP
In recent years parapsychologists have conducted extensive research into what Charles Honorton, a pioneering investigator in this area, calls "internal attention states." Honorton and others have shown that ESP can be significantly enhanced if the ...
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While most people are probably familiar with legendary creatures such as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, the Chupacabra, and Jersey Devil, there is a myriad of weird beasts that are less known, but equally as elusive. What is surprising is that there are accounts of modern encounters with these enigmatic monsters on record, indicating that there... read this article
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