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Term: Black Book

DEFINITIONS

Black Book: This seems to be the original term used by Witches for the handwritten book for Witches to record their ideas and practices. Gerald Gardner seems to have introduced the expression “Book of Shadows” as a replacement for Black Book.


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What You Should Not Expect from Magic
Everyone who gets into ritual magic has pretty much the same goal—he 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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Principles of Ceremonial
Magical ceremonial can be built up and elaborated to forms of great subtlety and complexity, but the initial principles which cause its creation are simple in the extreme. In the first place, ceremonial is a different thing from meditation, and it ...
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The Qabalistic Cross and Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram
Take a steel dagger in the right hand. Face East. Touch thy forehead and say ATEH (thou art) Touch thy breast and say MALKUTH (the Kingdom) Touch thy right shoulder and say VE-GEBURAH (and the Power) Touch thy left shoulder and say VE-GEDULAH (and ...
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The Northern Tradition
The climate of the Northern world is mostly cold and wintery, and the land is rugged and more demanding than comfortably beneficent. Survival requires knowledge and planning, and strategy for survival. It necessitates protection against the harsh ...
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The Norse Universe
The universe has nine planes divided into three levels within Yggdrasil, the World Tree. In some sense the World Tree is like the Kabalistic Tree of Life for it is here that all the gods, forces, and their relations to manifested life and being are ...
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What is Enochian Magick
Enochian Magick is a special branch of magick that was begun in modern times by Dr. John Dee, court astrologer to Queen Elizabeth I, and his psychic partner, Edward Kelly. Dee and Kelly discovered an ancient language they called the Angelic, or ...
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What Is Rune Meditation?
Before the runes can be effective for works of magic or divination, they must be understood on the intuitive level and made to come alive in the unconscious. This will occur over time simply by using them, but the process can be encouraged through ...
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Scientific Astrology
Astrology is astronomy brought down to earth and applied to the affairs of men. —Ralph Waldo Emerson Astrology is the science that relates planetary patterns measured by positions in the sky and mapped in relation to the physical ...
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Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers
English occultist, 1854-1918. Born in London and educated at Bedford Grammar School, he came from a background of poverty and never attended university. He spent his early adult years living with his mother in Bournemouth, working as a clerk and ...
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Zohar
(Hebrew, "Splendor") The most important of all Cabalistic books, the Zohar is more a collection than a single treatise, comprising a series of separate tractates that fills five volumes in the standard printed editions. It presents itself as the ...
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The Moon
The 18th Major Arcanum image: a dog and a wolf baying at the rising moon by a body of water, or an owl flying beneath a full moon over water with swimming fish Hebrew letter: Qoph Divinatory meaning: delusion, the unknown, intuition Path on the ...
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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
Remaining Magickal in the Midst of Chaos
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