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Term: Hod



Also spelled Hode

The eighth sephirah on the Tree of Life, Splendor, Renown. Located at the base of the Pillar of Form and Severity.

In Atziluth, the World or Origins, it is the Feminine Divine Power in each person.

Name of God: Elohim Tzabaoth

Archangel: Raphael

Angelic Host: Beni Elohim

Astrological Correspondence: Mercury

Body: left hip


Consciousness: the Intellect as part of Ruach, (the Conscious Self)

Element: Water

Magical Image: a warrior hermaphrodite

Symbol: the caduceus

Tarot: The four Eights

In Briah, the World of Creation:

Archangel: Raphael –

Conscience, the sense of right and wrong.

The mind as an instrument.

Learning from injury.


In Yetzirah  the World of Formation:

Angelic Host: Beni Elohim –

First Awareness of Divinity.


 In Assiah, the World of Expression:

Astrological Correspondence: Mercury

Intelligence as adaptability to the environment.


Instruction: the Hermetic Path

Rites & Rituals

Occult Texts

Both sexes in one person, searching for one another.

Mind as complement to Soul. 

Carl Llewellyn Weschcke


The Human Mind
The mind of man is a marvelous and complicated creation, possibly the least understood facet of the non-physical side of man. The mind is the nonphysical counterpart of the brain. It resembles but exceeds the finest computer assembled by man, in ...
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What Makes Runes Powerful?
Runes are the manifest symbols through which rune magic is worked. They can be employed for all of the magical purposes that other magical systems serve, but they possess unique aspects that make them superior for certain uses. Because they were ...
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What is the Golden Dawn
The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn is an initiatory magical group that was founded in London in 1888. It is a society that is dedicated to philosophical, spiritual, and psychic evolution. The history lecture of the Order states that, "The Order ...
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What Is Hypnosis?
Exactly what is hypnosis, or more accurately, self-hypnosis? Self-hypnosis is a self-induced, altered state of mental consciousness that allows you to give constructive suggestions directly to your subconscious mind. More simply put, you cause ...
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What Is Involved in Ritual Magic
By now you may be impatiently asking yourself what ritual magic is, and how to perform it. I want to point out before beginning that it is impossible to fully describe such an extensive subject in this small essay. That is why so many excellent ...
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What is Magic?
Magic is an art. In common with other arts, it draws its power from a deep well in the center of the human soul. Within this well are the waters of the unconscious, and below the surface dwell all possibilities and potentials, awaiting their turn to ...
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What is Divination?
Prophesy and information by "occult" methodologies.  By reading naturally produced signs ranging from the shape of clouds to the positions of planets (astrology). By reading artificially produced signs ranging from tea leaves to the throwing ...
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Past Life Regression
Belief in reincarnation has existed throughout history. It is a standard aspect of most forms of metaphysics and is found in virtually all religious systems. It is a part of the Kabalah, the mystical side of Judaism, and it was also a belief of ...
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Review of The Llewellyn Tarot
Summary: Close enough to the RWS deck to be usable by beginners and yet filled with the beauty of the Welsh legends, something that will fascinate anyone intrigued by that myths of the Mabinogion or who spiritually lives with that pantheon. A must ...
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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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Samhain Ritual
Setup Items for this ritual include: Two white candles and four black candles; Four small sprigs of bittersweet; One branch of bittersweet; Strands of black, white and red yarn cut to twelve-inch lengths placed in a basket on the altar; Pomegranate ...
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