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Term: Great Chain of Being

DEFINITIONS

Great Chain of Being:

The belief in a hierarchical structure to the universe, from God down to angels, fallen angels (or demons), astronomical features, royalty, common folk, animals, plants, and down to precious and then common minerals. The concept began with Plato and Aristotle, but achieved a high level with the Neoplatonists and Kabalists. Since this structure was believed to be decreed by God, it gave royalty—including kings, queens, princes, and all nobles—superiority over common people, a belief that existed until the Enlightenment that began in the late 17th century and culminated in the American and French Revolutions.




ARTICLES

The Astral Ascent Procedure
Introduction. All hypnosis is truly self-hypnosis and you alone are best qualified to interpret and understand the archival memories. Like other out-of-body procedures, Astral Ascent requires a quiet, comfortable setting with indirect lighting. ...
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Review of the Celtic Dragon Tarot
Summary: A deck that will appeal to lovers of dragons, especially in a Celtic context. As this deck follows the RWS "standard," it will be usable by beginners and pros looking for an additional deck to add to their collection. A must for lovers of ...
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Review of the Wiccan Cards
Summary: The Wiccan Cards invite the userís intuition and imagination into each quiet image. Each card is a doorway leading to worlds waiting to be explored. By going through these charming and deceptively simple portals, seekers can find answers ...
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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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Review of the Wicca Oracle Cards
Summary: The Wicca Oracle Cards invite the user's intuition and imagination into each quiet image. Each card is a doorway leading to worlds waiting to be explored. By going through these charming and deceptively simple portals, seekers can find ...
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Lakota Wisdom
One of the most beautiful, synchronous aspects of the current shamanic reemergence is that it coincides with the great expansion in human consciousness and potential. The shamans of old may have had to rely on harsh experiences of physical and ...
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The Zodiac Tarot Review
Summary: A unique deck that can aid in understanding astrology basics and the correspondences between the Tarot cards and astrology as made by the Golden Dawn. Also great for psychologically oriented readings. Name of deck: Zodiac Tarot Publisher: ...
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Review of Legend: The Arthurian Tarot
Summary: If you are a collector, either of fine artwork or of Tarot decks, this is an excellent addition. If you are fascinated by the Arthurian myths but donít know too much about them, this deck, combined with the book included in the set, ...
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Past Life Story #1 - Lost Treasure
"Turn here? What do you mean, turn here? Thatís a dead end. I donít know why I let you talk me into this." "Please, Greg, just a little longer. I know weíre almost there." Greg turned the car into the short dirt lane and stopped as the ruts ended ...
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Review of the Shapeshifter Tarot
Summary: A stunning and transformative artistic deck that is good as an additional deck with a focus on major life changes and magickal work including meditation, shapeshifting, and spellwork. However there are some flaws and the differences between ...
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The Astral Telepathy System
Introduction. Central to the Astral Telepathy System (ATS) is the Astral Blue Beltway, a fluid stream of psychic energy used to convey telepathic messages. Blue imagery has long been associated with psychic activity and is often described as similar ...
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For thousands of years, people have used a wide variety of different ways to communicate with angels. Meditation, visualization, dowsing, crystals, prayers, and rituals are just some of the methods that have stood the test of time and are still used today. In recent years, angel cards have helped many people make contact with the angelic... read this article
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