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Term: halo


Halo: A circle of light that was said to surround the heads of saints. Often shown in art, primitive artists often showed this as a disk behind the head of the illustrated person. Also known as a “numbus,” some occultists believe it is related to the aura. High-energy electrophotography, also known as Kirlian Photography, show discharges around parts of the body such as fingertips, and may be related to this phenomenon.

In the Bible, when Moses descends the mountain with the Torah, it is written that there were rays of light (“karan ohr”) coming from his head. This, too, may be related to the halo. Because Hebrew has no vowels, it would be easy to use the consonants in different ways to have different meanings. Thus, if a person was not familiar with Hebrew, he or she could see the letters and think “keren,” which means “horns,” instead of “karan,” which means “rays.” St. Gerome made this mistranslation leading to many artistic visions of Moses with horns, the most famous being the statue of Moses by Michelangelo that was finished in 1515.


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There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of different forms of divination and clairvoyant practice. The following lists organize some of the more familiar by the major styles. It is a preliminary effort. Analytical Tables of Clairvoyant & ...
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Magical Oaths
The two oaths taken by the GBG members can be seen to be used to describe the importance of understanding the true nature of a magical oath—which is to establish a new relationship with your Higher Self that puts meaning into life. I swear ...
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Review of the Favole Tarot
Summary  Much sought after in the US because of its beauty, the Favole Tarot is a unique Marseilles-style deck. Adding to its gothic aesthetic are the creative suits: butterflies, masks, flowers, and crosses. Vampires, clowns, Witches, and ...
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The Moment of Death
The great clairvoyant Andrew Jackson Davis once described what happens at death in these words: "The feet first grow cold. The clairvoyant sees right over the head what may be called a magnetic halo, an ethereal emanation, in appearance golden, and ...
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The Realms
According to ancient Celtic beliefs, three main realms co-exist: an Underworld associated with the past, an earthly realm of the middle world associated with manifested reality, and an Upperworld associated with potential reality and all possible ...
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What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a daydream-like state. In this state, the person’s conscious mind becomes quiet or passive. The hypnotist introduces suggestions into the powerful subconscious mind. Let’s take a brief, slightly technical look at how the brain operates. ...
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