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Term: holy guardian angel

DEFINITIONS

Holy Guardian Angel: An expression meaning your Higher Self to some, a more knowledgeable non-physical entity to others. Contacting the H.G.A. is known as “The Knowledge and Conversation of Your Holy Guardian Angel.” Establishing this relationship is considered to be the same as achieving enlightenment or cosmic consciousness.
source: Modern Magick, by Donald Michael Kraig

Holy Guardian Angel:

The transcendent spiritual self that mediates between the Divine Self and the Lower Personality and serves as guardian and guide. The term was used by Abramelin the Mage as the focus of the magical operation known as "the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel." The HGA is also called the Higher Self, known also as the Augoeides of Iamblichus’ system, the All-Knower, the Divine Genius of the Golden Dawn, the Atman of Hinduism the True Ruler, Adonai, the Indwelling Spirit, etc. Carl Jung calls it his Daemon (not demon!) as did the Greeks.

Contact between the Higher, Divine Self, and the Lower Self/Personality, has to be initiated by the Personality, and then is experienced as a separate being. That contact is the first step in the Great Work (also known as the Knowledge and Convfersation) that leads to integration, and thus to Initiation. This is the discovery of one’s True Will.

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Middle Pillar Exercise
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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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Astral Projection and Skrying
The astral plane is a level of reality that is higher than the physical world, but lower than the divine or spiritual world. It is a place that is in-between. This realm is the invisible blueprint that lies behind all physical forms. All things ...
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Review of the Voices of SaintsTarot deck
Summary: A delightful deck with medieval-style illustrations of 78 famous Saints. The Little White Book gives one or two of their major feats along with brief divinatory meanings. For divination you must use the LWB as the images do not have the ...
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Wheel of the Year Tarot Review
Summary The Wheel of the Year Tarot beautifully and cleverly incorporates the setting and sensibility of the seasons. The combined symbols of seasonal holidays and traditional tarot enhance each other, making for a very beautiful deck that is a ...
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Review of the Tarot of the Silicon Dawn
Summary:  The Tarot of the Silicon Dawn stretches the very bounds of Tarot by swapping elemental associations, adding entire suits (but of only a few cards), mixing Roman and Arabic numerals with the Majors, adding strangely named new Major ...
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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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Ritual To Awaken Magical Awareness
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