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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


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Review of the Minchiate Tarot Deck
Summary Minchiate decks are an important part of the history of cartomancy. Similar to a Tarot but with the addition of a few more cards, a Minchiate deck can give a very nuanced reading. In addition, whether used for study or divination it brings ...
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Review of the Michelangelo Tarot Deck
Summary The Michelangelo Tarot makes spectacular use of Michelangelo's techniques and body of work to create a stunning deck faithful to the Rider-Waite-Smith model. It is a beautiful and readable deck for anyone who loves the works of this ...
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The Message from Stone: Stone & Rock Divination
The lessons of quantum physics and its new kid on the block, holographic theory, are that all things are connected through the energy that infuses the universe and all it contains. According to scientists, 90% of the universe is unknown - meaning ...
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The planets (including the Sun and Moon) are the actors in the astrological drama. They represent ten general categories of energy – ten sub-personalities – that reflect facets of your personality and ways that you function in the world. Each planet ...
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Review of The Enochian Tarot
Summary: Not a beginners deck, the energy and passion in the art, combined with a unique focus on the Enochian system that only loosely—very loosely—follows standard Tarot protocols, make this deck a powerful addition to any magickian’s toolkit, ...
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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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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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Lunar Trance
This was part of the curriculum of the G∴B∴G∴, and could be said to be more of a deliberate attitude than a traditional trance. The word "trance" is not used in the sense of a condition where a person is in a near complete ...
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Lughnasadh Ritual
Setup Items needed for this ritual include: Six pieces of fruit, vegetables or a combination placed in a basket near the altar; Chalice; A wand or athame can be used to cast the circle; Honey mead or other honeyed drink such as chamomile tea; ...
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Milton Model Language Patterns
After discovering some basic techniques that allowed the founding of what became known as Neuro-Linguistic Programming, the founders spent time with and modeled the techniques of Dr. Milton Erickson. Eventually, they formulated a set of verbal ...
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