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Term: Psyche



Greek goddess of the soul, symbolized by a butterfly. Her myth is that she was a mortal so beautiful that Aphrodite hated her and ordered Eros to make her fall in love with the most hideous man. But he loved her and whisked her away to his palace, ordering her to never look at his face. She eventually does and he abandons her. She searches the world for her lost love, and ends up serving Aphrodite who orders her to do a series of difficult tasks, including a trip to the Underworld. Eventually she is reunited with Eros and they are married with the gods attending. Psychologically her journey is symbolic of the individual’s path to wholeness.


In the sciences the term refers to the mind.


A spiritual term meaning "the soul."


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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Review of the Dark Grimoire Tarot
Summary: As dark and mysterious as the mythic world created by H. P. Lovecraft, The Dark Grimoire Tarot is strongly recommended for those mature enough and brave enough to examine their darker sides, and by coming to know and control those aspects ...
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Principles of Ceremonial
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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Review of Legend: The Arthurian Tarot
Summary: If you are a collector, either of fine artwork or of Tarot decks, this is an excellent addition. If you are fascinated by the Arthurian myths but donít know too much about them, this deck, combined with the book included in the set, ...
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The Developmental Process
From even before birth, we grow into our Psyche just as we also grow into our Psychic Potentials. Our childhood experiences are the foundation of the Personality, but we live most our lives as adults and not as children. As the Bible says, we have ...
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Synchronicity and Tarot
Most people who use a Tarot deck do so for giving readings or divinations, or for what some people would call "fortunetelling." How does the Tarot work for these purposes? I think we can pretty well ignore the "Demons control it" aspect simply ...
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The Higher Self
The higher self is that part of your psyche which links you with what one writer calls "the supply of infinite love, wisdom and energy in the universe." Mystics who have experienced it in its pure form describe it as a blinding white light. Mystics ...
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Symptoms of Psychic Attack
How do you know when you are under psychic attack? First, a word or two of common sense: Donít jump to conclusions. If you find yourself having problems, being plagued by bad dreams or suffering from illness without immediate apparent cause, first ...
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A Sense of Direction
Visualization doesnít always manifest that dramatically, of course, and it is not solely a psychic phenomenon whose effects are accomplished through telepathy, clairvoyance, astral projection, precognition or psychokinesis. It is much more than ...
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Sports Visualizations
Visualization plays a key role in the successes of many great athletes. Most obviously, of course, visualization in-creases confidence and motivation. Less obviously, it affects and sharpens playersí muscles. This was discovered by physiologist ...
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