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Term: Gram


Gram: A Norse version of the magic sword, similar in some ways to the Arthurian Excalibur. Odin, king of the Norse gods, while in the disguise of a beggar, pushed Gram into a tree. He said that whoever removed it could have it as a gift. The only person who could do so was the hero Sigmund, resulting in adventures and sorrows. Eventually, during a battle, Sigmund went up against an old man, again Odin in disguise. Odin smashed the sword, taking away its powers, allowing Sigmund to be defeated and mortally wounded. Before he dies, he tells his wife that she is pregnant and that their son would eventually take the shards of the sword and make a great weapon. The son is Sigurd, hero of the Volsung Saga.Donald Michael Kraig


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The Work of the Medsen Fey - the Leaf Doctors of Haiti
Loulou Prince is the medsen fey (leaf doctor/herbalist and shaman) for a Haitian community of around 1,500 people who live in the vicinity of Jacmel, a small town close to the border with the Dominican Republic. In his daily practice, he deals with ...
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Enduring Beyond Oppression - The Truth About Vodou
Vodou is a religion born in slavery, which blends together a number of traditional African beliefs with elements from other faiths, notably Catholicism, the religion of the slave-owners, with which it has always been an uncomfortable bed-fellow. It ...
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Basic Instruments of Ritual
The basic framework of Western magic is made up of a few surprisingly simple instruments that function on the astral plane (another way of saying in the imagination). Usually they have their material correspondents. As the physical instrument is ...
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Ayahuasca – the Vine of Souls, the Medicine of Love
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The Middle Pillar Exercise
It is best to build up the Middle Pillar first. To do this stand up and raise yourself in imagination to your Kether--a brilliant light above your head. Imagine this light descending to Daath, at the nape of your neck, and thence to Tiphareth in ...
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Crystals in Meditation
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Preparing for Astral Travel During Sleep
Introduction. Since spontaneous astral projection does occur during sleep, why not make the most of it? A study was made to determine a good system to prepare for astral projection during sleep. This procedure is intended to prepare the body, to ...
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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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Review of The Robin Wood Tarot
Summary: A delightful delicacy in lively, stand-out color that modernizes the Rider-Waite-Smith deck in style while keeping most of the symbolism (including the medieval context) and making the characters’ personalities really apparent. This moves ...
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The History of the Golden Dawn
The story of the Golden Dawn, like that of any human organization, is replete with high points and low points—with human achievements and human failings. There is no need for us to try to whitewash or sugarcoat the faults of some of the individuals ...
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Sitting here in the dark, watching the moon shine over the autumn landscape (my favorite time of year) I find myself reflecting on the question that is most frequently asked of me: "How do I know if my house is haunted?" The question seems so simple, so endearing and direct, but it is as complex as the human mind or the spiritual realm and it... read this article
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