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Term: Automatic Writing


Automatic Writing: A means by which a non-physical entity—classically a spirit of someone who has died—can communicate with the living. A person holds a pen or pencil on some paper in a relaxed and expectant state of mind (some believe it requires a trance state). Either the spirit moves the hand externally, or the spirit temporarily inhabits the body to do the writing to leave messages for the living. Often, the comments from the spirit are in answer to question asked by “sitters” at the séance or by the medium. Debunkers point out that this could easily be produced by fraud.Donald Michael Kraig

Automatic Writing:

A psychic strategy in which spontaneous or involuntary writing is used to bring forth information, typically from the subconscious mind or seemingly guided by spirits. A form of Channeling in which a person, sometimes in trance, writes or even keyboards messages generally believed to originate with spiritual beings, or with aspects of the subconscious mind. 

In automatic writing, the hand holding a writing pen typically rests lightly upon a sheet of blank paper and is allowed to write spontaneously. Not infrequently, meaningless scribble will precede meaningful writing that becomes the channel between consciousness and the information source during which specific messages from either the subconscious or directly from the spirit world are received through spontaneous writing and then communicated to conscious awareness.

Carl Llewellyn Weschcke


The Lo Scarabeo Tarot Review
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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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Summary of the Golden Dawn Tradition
With most of the Golden Dawn's secret teachings readily available to the public, today's magical students do not have to rely upon initiation into a magical group to insure their spiritual evolution. Many of the Order's most prominent members ...
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(Arabic tilsam, from Greek tetelesmenon, "that which has been consecrated") In magical lore, an object charged or consecrated with magical energies for the fulfillment of some specific purpose. Talismanic magic has had an important place in Western ...
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Understanding Astrological Houses
The chart’s houses symbolize different facets of the self. Think of them as the fields of experience upon which you live your life. Each relates to a certain environment and specific relationships. One way to understand the houses is to consider ...
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What Can You Expect from Ritual Magic?
Those who approach ritual magic for the first time usually harbor wildly unrealistic expectations shaped by their confused and erroneous notions of what magic is and how it works. There is nothing wrong with this—the practice of magic is a learning ...
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Review of The Witches Tarot
Summary: A deck with magnificent art that will specifically appeal to both ceremonial magicians and Witches, Pagans, and Wiccans. It will introduce many people to Kabalistic concepts that are associated with the Tarot. While great for magickal and ...
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Review of the Egyptian Tarot
Summary: A unique and beautiful simulation of ancient Egyptian art combining traditional Tarot concepts and the mysticism of Egypt as described by Jean Baptiste Pitois ("Paul Christian") in his fantastic and romanticized book, The History and ...
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Enochian Magick Rituals
The two main rituals in Enochian Magick are the Pentagram and the Hexagram Rituals below. These rituals are given as examples only and are not intended for use without proper preparation. Please study Enochian Magic: A Practical Manual or An ...
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The belief that souls of the dead are reborn in other bodies, human or animal; also called transmigration. Far and away the most common teaching on the afterlife in Western occult traditions… The rise of Christianity, with its insistence on eternal ...
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