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Term: tree of life


Tree of Life: Cabalism, at least in the Western occult tradition, is built around a diagram called the Tree of Life. This diagram contains ten circles representing the Sephiroth (singular: Sephirah); that is, the "spheres," "numbers," or "emanations." The Sephiroth are the numbers 1 through 10 considered in their archetypal sense. Each Sephirah is an archetypal idea. Also, the Sephiroth represent emanations from God and describe the process of creation. In the material world, they represent the heavenly spheres according to the classical conception.
source: Godwin's Cabalistic Encyclopedia, by David Godwin


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Crystals for Psychic/Spiritual Development
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Science and the Mind's Eye
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Black Mass
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The traditional folk magic of African-American culture, also known as conjure magic and rootwork. (The origin of the word "hoodoo" itself is uncertain, although it may derive from a West African source.) Hoodoo is to occultism what the blues are to ...
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Demystifying the Paranormal
One of the newer goals of Paranormal research is to take the mystery out of the paranormal without loss of respect for the early pioneers and for the varieties of the subjects involved. Even where “scientific” understanding is still ...
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The Chakra System
The chakras are psychic  centers located in the aura functioning through the etheric body that exchange particular energies between the physical body and the personality, and the higher sources of energy associated with the planets, the Solar ...
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Healing through Visualization
One of the more spectacular cases involving the use of visualization to change or repair the body is told by Evelyn M. Monahan, a writer and lecturer who in the early 1960s was involved in a serious accident. Her head was badly injured and as ...
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