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Term: King Tut\'s Curse


King Tut's Curse: In 1922, British archeologist Howard Carter (1874–1939) discovered the previously unopened tomb of the Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankamun, known popularly as “King Tut.” He informed his benefactor Lord Carnavon (George Herbert, 1866–1923), who set off from England to join Carter in opening the tomb. Carter claimed a tablet over the tomb said “Death will slay with his wings whomever disturbs the Pharaoah’s peace.” However, the tablet has never been found or seen by anyone else and it is believed by some that this was a ruse by Carter to keep people away from the tomb.

At 1:55 a.m., just few months after opening the tomb, the lights in Cairo went out and Lord Carnavon was found dead. He had cut his face shaving over an infected mosquito bite leading to blood poisoning and pneumonia. Was it the curse taking its first toll?

Within seven years, 13 people at the opening of the tomb were prematurely dead, although all by natural means. Another nine associated with the finding had also died. Carter died of natural causes at the age of 65, a skeptic of the supposed curse.


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Magical ceremonial can be built up and elaborated to forms of great subtlety and complexity, but the initial principles which cause its creation are simple in the extreme. In the first place, ceremonial is a different thing from meditation, and it ...
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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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Crystal Power
Crystals have a history of capturing people's imaginations. The crystal structures are aesthetically pleasing as well as precise, implying an order to the universe thatis reassuring to the pattern-seeking human mind. But crystals are more ...
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Meditation is: An emptying of the mind of all thoughts and "chatter" often by concentration only on the slow inhalation and exhalation of breath and is characterized by slow alpha and theta waves. It induces relaxation and a "clean slate" ...
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Astrological Houses
Your astrological chart is divided into twelve sections called houses. They are numbered from the left side counterclockwise around the chart. The chart represents the planets against a background of the signs of the zodiac, and these signs rise in ...
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Review of the Egyptian Tarot
Summary: A unique and beautiful simulation of ancient Egyptian art combining traditional Tarot concepts and the mysticism of Egypt as described by Jean Baptiste Pitois ("Paul Christian") in his fantastic and romanticized book, The History and ...
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The Contemplative Tarot Review
Summary: The Contemplative Tarot is designed for meditation, for self-discovery, and for self-improvement. It is suitable for beginners and advanced tarot users if the user desires a tool for reflection not for learning traditional tarot usage, that ...
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Review of the Universal Fantasy Tarot
Universal Fantasy Tarot Review Summary: Although loosely based on the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, the Universal Fantasy Tarot also plumbs fantasy writing and art, ranging from the stories of H. P. Lovecraft to the art of Arthur Rackham and Barry ...
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Developing and Working with the Body of Light
After you have learned basic astral projection, the next step is for you to produce a Body of Light that can be used as your vehicle of consciousness on the inner planes. Unlike the basic training we adapted from Ophiel’s “Little ...
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Signs of the Zodiac
The signs of the zodiac are the most widely known part of the astrological system. As mentioned earlier, almost everyone knows your Sun sign. The daily horoscopes in the newspaper are based on the position of the Sun in the zodiac. The zodiac is ...
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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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