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Term: yule log


Yule Log: An English tradition. A huge log is cut down with much celebration and fanfare, and then allowed to burn throughout the midwinter season. The ashes are kept for good luck. Source of the line in “Deck the Halls”: “See the blazing Yule before us.”
source: Bronwen Forbes


The Astral Flow Sleep Arrest Procedure
Introduction.  Astral Flow is a laboratory-tested program designed to arrest sleep and induce out-of-body travel to distant physical as well as astral realities. The program begins with a mind-clearing exercise to extinguish active thought and ...
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The Man Who Became a Light Bulb
In his Handbook of Astral Projection, Richard A. Greene discusses an OBE-producing visualization exercise calling for the practitioner to "transfer... consciousness into any object and try to see from the object’s point of view." One person who ...
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The End of Time
Eschatology is the end of time in a religious system. Celtic eschatology is not "linear" but cyclical, like the Hindu and Teutonic cycles of time. The Teutons believed in Ragnorok, which would mark the ending of this age. The world would be ...
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The Power of Negative Thinking
So far we have been considering visualization as a technique that works because it forces us to concentrate all our energies, psychological and psychic, on positive images. We have seen visualization as a method of transcending the many negative ...
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The Sacred Circle Tarot
Summary: The Sacred Circle Tarot features brilliant, realistic art and a totally Celtic Pagan orientation. Perfect for art collectors, Pagans, and people who already have experience with Tarot, its uniqueness is its high point and its challenge, as ...
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The Realms
According to ancient Celtic beliefs, three main realms co-exist: an Underworld associated with the past, an earthly realm of the middle world associated with manifested reality, and an Upperworld associated with potential reality and all possible ...
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Why Do Runes Have a Bad Reputation?
Runes have always been mysterious and forbidding. The very word "rune" means a secret, a mystery. In popular folklore runes are dangerous, evil, pitiless, and destructive. But how did runes get so wicked a reputation? Part of it can be attributed ...
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Visualizing Fear Away
Psychologists and psychiatrists increasingly make use of visualization techniques to deal with patients’ fears and anxieties. Two psychiatrists independently devised methods of using negative imaging for positive purposes. One of them, A. Beck of ...
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Visualization Power
Visualization is an extraordinarily powerful instrument. In focusing our psychological and psychic powers and drawing on the untapped potential of the unconscious, we are dealing with forces that in some ways seem almost magical. One writer on ...
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UFOs and Extra-Terrestrials
When someone asks if you believe in UFOs, they’re not asking if you believe there are occurrences in the sky which remain unidentified. They’re asking if you believe that Unidentified Flying Objects, UFOs, are piloted or controlled by intelligent ...
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Universal Goddess Tarot Review
Summary: Discover your own wisdom and beauty in this intriguing and layered tribute to goddesses from around the world and throughout time. Maria Caratti journeyed through the Tarot and visited with goddesses to create a deck that reveals both with ...
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Sitting here in the dark, watching the moon shine over the autumn landscape (my favorite time of year) I find myself reflecting on the question that is most frequently asked of me: "How do I know if my house is haunted?" The question seems so simple, so endearing and direct, but it is as complex as the human mind or the spiritual realm and it... read this article
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