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Term: virtues

DEFINITIONS

Virtues: 1) The traditional or modern magickal associations of properties and powers attributed to herbs, stones, and creatures.

2) In the nine fold celestial hierarchy of the Christian study of angels, the seventh highest order.

Virtues: The fifth-highest rank of angels in Dionysius’ hierarchy. The are in charge of all natural laws to keep the universe working as it should. Because of this, they are also responsible for miracles that go against these laws. Archangel Michael is Prince Regent of the choir of Virtues. The other regents include Barbiel, Peliel, Raphael, and Uzziel.
source: Praying with Angels, by Richard Webster

Virtues: The cardinal virtues of ancient Greece were philosophy, justice, prudence, fortitude, and temperance. Justice, Strength, and Temperance are represented in the Major Arcana of the Tarot.
source: Tarot for Writers, by Corrine Kenner (Llewellyn Publications)


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Review of the Minchiate Tarot Deck
Summary Minchiate decks are an important part of the history of cartomancy. Similar to a Tarot but with the addition of a few more cards, a Minchiate deck can give a very nuanced reading. In addition, whether used for study or divination it brings ...
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Celtic Religion
Druidism can be used synonymously with the phrases Celtic religion and Celtic magic. In order to enter into this magico-religious system, a familiarity with mythology is necessary. Celtic mythology is best represented in the Irish Book of Invasions ...
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What is a rune?
The runes are a set of symbols that concisely embody the most potent magical system of the ancient world. Because rune magic was rarely described in written records, persecution by the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages succeeded in obliterating ...
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Can Runes Be Used for Divination?
The earliest allusions to runes concern divination. The Roman historian Tacitus, writing in 98 A.D., describes how the German priests would cut a bough from a tree and divide it into pieces, then distinguish them by carving into their bark "certain ...
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Number Symbolism
[The following is a description of the meanings of numbers as used by Corinne Kenner.] Zero. Most of us think of zero as a starting point from which we count our way up—or down into negative numbers. Because zero seems to precede all of the other ...
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Review of the Golden Tarot of Klimt
Summary: More than an art deck recreating some of Gustav Klimt’s styles and techniques, the Golden Tarot of Klimt is executed with taste and the judicious and delicious use of gold stamping. It is close enough to the Rider-Waite-Smith for ease in ...
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Review of Bach Flower Inspirational Cards
Summary: The gentle and wise guidance of the flowers, as Bach unveiled them, are here to help us find balance and enhance well-being. This charming and beautiful deck can be used as an inspiring oracle deck to find answers to troubling questions or ...
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"Writers will put things into a novel that they daren't put in sober prose, where you have to dot the I's and cross the T's."1 This quote is from Dion Fortune, to my mind the foremost magical teacher of the West. It tells us clearly that in writing fiction, magicians can go out on a limb. They can give us a taste, secondhand but deeply felt, of... read this article
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