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Term: first matter


First Matter: The original, unpurified material that is transformed in an alchemical operation. In physical alchemy, the first matter is lead; in spiritual alchemy, the unenlightened human.
source: The Thoth Companion, by Michael Osiris Snuffin

First Matter: A mixture of the Serpent and the Menstrum. Used in alchemy and sex magick.
source: Modern Magick, by Donald Michael Kraig

First Matter:

Together, the effluvia of the Lion and the Eagle, is the "First Matter," the original Creation. This First Matter is to be transmuted by the magickal imagination, by aspiration and inspiration and by the "Fire" which is the ecstasy. Ecstasy is, as it were, the magickal fire for transforming all into inspiration and aspiration.


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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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Astrological Houses
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Astral Healing and Rescue
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Astral Mind and Matter
Knowledgeable astral projectors are aware that their astral bodies may change from episode to episode. At times the second body may be quite "thin." At  other times it is "heavier." This is because the astral body is a composite, made up in varying ...
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The Lo Scarabeo Tarot Review
Summary:A unique and masterful blending of three of the most important Tarot decks, with beautiful and symbolic art. Highly valuable and usable by new and experienced Tarot workers. Name of deck: Lo Scarabeo Tarot Publisher: Lo Scarabeo ISBN: ...
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Magical Tattwa Cards
Summary: A unique deck of cards that unites the Eastern Tattwa symbols and the Western flashing colors. Great for broad, general divinations and for a wide variety of magical work. Especially good for Golden Dawn practitioners or for people ...
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