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Term: Ancient Wisdom


Ancient Wisdom: “The Ancient Wisdom” remains a mystery, perhaps a myth, perhaps lost history of a time when “Men were Gods.” Or, was it when “The Gods walked on Earth?” or when “Space Visitors seeded the Earth?” However we treat it, the Ancient Wisdom purportedly included knowledge of great powers and energies, of technologies still surpassing those of the modern world, and of wisdom that would transform our present world into one of Peace, Prosperity, and Progress. It’s the real concept underlying the belief in the “New Age,” and in Novus Ordo Seclorum - a “New Order of the Ages. Real or not, we are pushing back the edge of known history and finding that the artifacts we see— the Great Pyramid, the Great Sphinx, the mountain monuments in Peru, and much more—are much older than previously believed and indicative of technologies beyond still to be “rediscovered” today. Was that Ancient Wisdom hidden away in the Tarot? Are whispers of it contained in the symbols and signs of Freemasonry? Is it waiting for us in the practices of Magick, Yoga, and the Martial Arts? Can it be glimpsed in the ecstasies of Sex Magick? The mystery remains, all our esoteric practices are founded in the belief that we can each solve the mystery and move beyond the still luminescence of the Ancients.Carl Llewellyn Weschcke


Color Symbolism
[Editor’s Note: The colors on Tarot cards often communicate meanings without the use of words. Here are the attributions given by Corinne Kenner, author of Tarot for Writers.] Black: The color of night, it is linked to darkness and sleep, when our ...
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The Great Rite
THE GREAT RITE is a term for a sexual union, either actual or symbolic, that is usually part of the third-degree initiation ceremony in many Wiccan/Witchcraft Traditions. The Great Rite is the wedding of the masculine and feminine, the God and ...
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Yule Ritual
Setup The items needed for this ritual: 4 sprigs of holly; 1 long strand of gold Christmas tree garland the longer the better; tea light candles in holders that protect the flame. More specifically, these candles will be ...
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Crystal Learning
The quartz crystal can be a wonderful help in helping you to learn new information. The crystal is able to process information holographically, as compared to the computer, which stores and retrieves information bit by bit. Ancient people, ...
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Pagan Tarot (mini) Review
Summary: A brilliantly drawn deck using images of contemporary Pagans in ritual and everyday situations. Although the meanings are the same as the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, the new images may be jarring to those not involved in Paganism. However, for ...
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African American Tarot Review
Summary: Although actually more focused on African myth and lore rather than African American contributions to civilization, this deck is a wonderful introduction to both explorations as well as being close enough to the RWS tradition as to be ...
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Magickal Imagination
One should have good respect for this thing called "Imagination"—the Imago is a manifestation of the force of Spirit. To those having proper respect for the word imagination, it can be told that the Magickal Imagination may well be over 50% of ...
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Review of Dark Angels Tarot
Summary: The angels who serve the creator are sent to earth to comfort the remaining humans. As they explore a dying world, they discover love and pain, strength and weakness. Through their experiences, we explore our hidden selves and find ...
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Review of the Samurai Tarot
Summary: A deck that delicately imitates the soft pastels of colored Ukiyo-e art in an attempt to shoehorn a brief look at Samurai concepts into the Western Tarot paradigm. The art must be appreciated as should be the dedication of the designer. ...
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Review of The Pictorial Key Tarot
Summary: More than just another RWS copy, The Pictorial Key Tarot takes the original RWS concepts and brings them into the 21st century. It uses the same basic symbolism as the RWS, but enhances it in places to make Waite’s original ideas clearer ...
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Review of Bach Flower Inspirational Cards
Summary: The gentle and wise guidance of the flowers, as Bach unveiled them, are here to help us find balance and enhance well-being. This charming and beautiful deck can be used as an inspiring oracle deck to find answers to troubling questions or ...
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Stress and anxiety affect us on all levels. Be it the body's pounding heart, the rapid pace of breath, overwhelming feelings, racing thoughts, or a disconnection from our deeper beliefs, stress weaves its way into all levels of our experience. Yoga Therapy teaches us to understand how to address our stress on all layers of being. Ancient yogis... read this article
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