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Term: isis


Isis: One of the most popular and beloved goddesses. Her worship began in Egypt where she was known as Au Set, but in Greek it became Isis. Her worship spread throughout Europe, and when She appears in specialized forms, she is given different names. For example, she is Aphrodite (goddess of Love), Hecate (goddess of magic), and Demeter (goddess of grain).

It is estimated that She has been worshiped for 6,000 years. Rituals for initiation into her Mysteries appear in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses, or The Golden Ass (circa 100 CE). The ritual is similar to initiation into certain modern Witchcraft groups.Donald Michael Kraig


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Golden Dawn Time Line
1887   Westcott decodes the Cipher Manuscript. He asks Mathers and Woodman to join him in setting up the new Order. March 1, 1888 Isis-Urania Temple #3 is chartered. Westcott, Woodman, and Mathers are the Three Chiefs. Mina Bergson (Moina Mathers) ...
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Vodou - An African Shamanic Tradition
At first sight, shamanism and Vodou - what Hollywood has introduced into the popular imagination as "voodoo" - seem to have little in common. The former seems based on peaceful co-existence with nature and the elements, while the latter, in so far ...
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How Astrology Can (and Can't) Help You
Contrary to some ideas, astrology is neither a belief system nor a religion. It is not associated with any type of questionable therapy or cultish practice. In many respects, astrology is more like a specialized language. Learning the language takes ...
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Visualization Power
Visualization is an extraordinarily powerful instrument. In focusing our psychological and psychic powers and drawing on the untapped potential of the unconscious, we are dealing with forces that in some ways seem almost magical. One writer on ...
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Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers
English occultist, 1854-1918. Born in London and educated at Bedford Grammar School, he came from a background of poverty and never attended university. He spent his early adult years living with his mother in Bournemouth, working as a clerk and ...
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Astral Healing and Rescue
Among the many positive elements of the out-of-body experience is the fact that it can be used—at least when the astral body is in the "heavy" state to help sick and suffering persons. Many such astral healing miracles are attributed, for instance, ...
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Samhain Ritual
Setup Items for this ritual include: Two white candles and four black candles; Four small sprigs of bittersweet; One branch of bittersweet; Strands of black, white and red yarn cut to twelve-inch lengths placed in a basket on the altar; Pomegranate ...
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Visualizing Fear Away
Psychologists and psychiatrists increasingly make use of visualization techniques to deal with patients’ fears and anxieties. Two psychiatrists independently devised methods of using negative imaging for positive purposes. One of them, A. Beck of ...
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Near Death Visions of Tomorrow
A strange new aspect of the NDE phenomenon has come to light through the investigation of University of Connecticut psychologist Kenneth Ring. He has found that during the out-of-body phase of the event people sometimes are given information ...
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