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Term: ritual

DEFINITIONS

Ritual: A repetitive practice. Such repetition may include words, actions, or the use of certain paraphernalia. Rituals may be to used to honor deities, mark life cycles, or achieve change (magick).


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Precognition via OBEs—Personal and Cosmic Expose
Part One: The Personal Expose Procedure Introduction. The induction phase of the Personal Expose procedure requires a white screen which is viewed from a comfortable seated position. The screen, typically situated at a distance of about ten feet, ...
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Making the Mirror
Making and using a magic mirror is an ancient tradition. There are many different variations on how to do this that have developed over the centuries, but the basics are very simple, especially since it is now possible to find the necessary curved ...
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Using the Astral Sweep Technique
Introduction. This Out-of-Body procedure does not require, but can include, astral travel to distant destinations. Here is the seven-step procedure: Step 1. Statement of Goals. For the focused form of the procedure, formulate your goals around a ...
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Precession of the Equinoxes
A slow shift in the positions of the Earth’s axis relative to the sun and the fixed stars, precession is the source of a great deal of myth, speculation, and esoteric theory. The Earth’s axis is tilted at an angle of just over twenty-three degrees ...
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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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Past Life Story #3 - Documented Reincarnation
One of the most intriguing documented examples of reincarnation is that of the present Dalai Lama. This Buddhist leader, exiled from his homeland of Tibet, is known as the Fourteenth Incarnation of the Dalai Lama. Shortly before the thirteenth ...
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Ouija Boards
Dabblers in "occult toys" such as Ouija boards and planchettes sometimes complain that the disembodied entities with which they believe they are communicating will not let them alone, even when they are not using the boards. The entities may try to ...
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Magic—White vs. Black
“I am trying to get in touch with the spiritual forces that built the universe so that I may be part of evolving life; he is trying to use them for his own ends. Working on his formula, Frank swells up like a bull frog and Ursula is like a ...
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Postures and Movements—East and West
“Postures” generally refer to Eastern yogic postures along with controlled breathing, and our familiar Western postures of standing and sitting. In addition, postures involve intentional movement—even if just sitting with grace and ...
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Witchcraft: What is it?
Candles gleam. Incense smoke swirls. Robed figures, chanting in a long-dead language, whirl around a rustic wooden table. On it sit sacred images—a robust female wearing a crescent Moon on her forehead, a horned male holding a spear in his upraised ...
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Oral Tradition and the Druidic Class
The ancient Druids considered it profane to record their teachings in writing. All of their teachings were handed down by spoken word in verses or stories. People at different levels taught different categories of the ancient lore. The highest in ...
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In the Major Arcana of the Tarot, the Fool goes on a journey. This is similar to the Hero's Journey in mythology, and some view the ups and downs of the Major Arcana as the pathway the Fool takes to wisdom. Most people take the "Fool's Journey" several times during their life. If we hold the journey up as a template against our own life, it can... read this article
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