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Term: Alien Forces

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Alien Forces: (Magick – Ceremonial) Are there such things? Are not all forces and beings part of a single and Divine Cosmos? Presumably, we have to say yes to that, but we also recognize that at different circumstances and times there are negative options. A snake bite can be poisonous. Even your pet cat can bite you and cause a severe, life-threatening infection. In the context of magick, we are excluding from the Circle anything alien or unfriendly to the intent of the operation. Note the instructions in the GBG Curriculum that the magician is to pace three times around the Circle while holding the concentrated thought that the circle is encompassing all good magick forces and is excluding all distractions and whatever alien forces. Circumscribing the Circle three times is traditional. Holding a “concentrated thought” is another way to state our “intention” to exclude unwanted influences. Important to this concept is to believe in the effect, and to have no fears or visions of frightful spirits or nasty forces trying to enter the Circle. In magick, as in any psychological practice, always keep the emphasis on the positive as already reality and avoid any thought of the negative while doing the operation. This practice of exclusion also applies to thoughts and fantasies and day dreams that are common indulgences. Especially in group working, members not active at a given moment sometimes do "drift off" and that interferes with the purity of the magickal atmosphere inside the Circle.Carl Llewellyn Weschcke


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Carl Llewellyn Weschcke—Father of the New Age
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Abracadabra
Some people have tried to associate the word with ancient Jewish mysticism and Kabalism. Typical examples say that it is derived from ab, ben, and ruach acadasch, words that respectively mean father, son, and Holy Spirit. Another supposed source is ...
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How to Practice Tratak
Introduction: This simple exercise of producing a vivid image floating in space before your eyes can be a profound experience. While it has a physiological basis it nevertheless creates a true mental image external to the body. Tratak is ...
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Health Programming
Health is an area often affected by early programming. Children are repeatedly told that if they get their feet wet or get chilled, they will catch cold. There is no scientific basis for this. Viruses cause colds. However, on any day across the ...
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Divinatory Practices
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Review of The Manga Tarot
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Review of The Fey Tarot
Summary: The Fey Tarot invites you into a world of joy and magic. The faeries in these cards are not traditional English spirits but altogether different and completely enchanting. Likewise, the meanings of the cards and the messages they give are ...
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Review of The Gilded Tarot
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Festivals
A year was called a bleidoni (twelve months, or thirteen in a leap year), and it was divided into two main seasons: samon, "summer," and giamon, "winter." A sonnocingos, "solar-march," was the term for a solar year of 365.5 days. A bleidoni ...
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Creating a rune amulet
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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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