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Online Reference For Body, Mind & Spirit

Subject: Mythology and Folklore

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Called the Number of the Beast of in the Book of Revelations, modern Christians use it as the number of Satan. Using the Greek numerology of the time, it probably referred to Nero who was opressing the early Christians. Others have pointed to other potential numerological associations ranging from the nation of Babylon to President Ronald Reagan (his first, middle, and last name each have six letters).

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One of the most famous of spirits, also known as a demon or evil angel. Abaddon has been equated with Appolyon (spelled variously) and, by some writers, as the Devil himself. Also used as a name for the place of the dead.
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One of the regents of the moon and often invoked in rituals involving emotions, fertility, childbirth, and female mysteries.
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African little people, like leprechauns, but said to be only about two inches tall. Although obviously mythical, some believe that they may be based on the African bushmen who have a very short stature.
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A form of English ritual dance usually performed in September. The horns used at Abbots Bromley Manor in Staffordshire, England, come from reindeer that died some time around 1065 c.e.
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(Also spelled Abadiel) During the War in Heaven, Abdiel refused to rebel against God, and argued with Satan, saying that Satan had to be weaker than God as God had created him. According to John Milton’s Paradise Lost, Abdiel flew away, leaving Satan and his supporters behind. You should call on Abdiel in any matters concerning faith in yourself and faith in God.
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A little-known spirit whose major function seems to be uprooting large trees. If you cross his path, he would supposedly hit you with that tree.
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A spirit evoked to help foretell the future, and who can provide military advice and even aid. Abigor has been described in different ways, including as a knight, a ghost, or riding on a winged horse.
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Abrahamic religions trace their origins back to Abraham, who, according to tradition, gave birth to the Jewish and Muslim peoples. His story is featured in the Torah, Bible, and Koran. The Abrahamic religions include Judaism, Christianity and Islam, along with any religions related to or branching off from these three religions, such as Rastafarianism.
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One of several angels who specialize in carrying prayers to the Throne of God…can be invoked if you are sending a desperate prayer for help.
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A Greek spirit of the acanthus flower. She was once a nymph loved by Apollo the sun god. According to one myth, when she died Apollo transformed her into the sun loving acanthus plant. According to another myth she spurned him and scratched his face when he tried to rape her. In retribution he turned her into the plant. In yet another myth Acantha was a man who spurned Apollo’s advances and was turned into a nymph. Curiously, nymphs are associated with trees while the acanthus is a shrub ...
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An angel who helps people become more patient and accepting.
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The name, meaning "River of Woe," of one of the five rivers in Greek mythology that surround Hades. The other four rivers are the Cocytus ("River of Wailing"), the Lethe ("River of Forgetfulness"), the Pyriphlegethon ("The Fiery River"), and the Styx ("The Hateful River").

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Name used by the Cyrenean Greeks for Beelzebub.

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The spirit of the Cape of Good Hope. The Cape is an outcropping of land near the southernmost tip of Africa. Seeing the spirit is said to predict disaster for ships rounding the cape on the way to India. The former name of the Cape was the Cape of Storms.
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(Gaulish) - An offering or ritual in which something is given to the Deuoi.
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Code used in spells and recipes by Pagans, ancient doctors, alchemists, etc. going back to the Greek Magical Papyri. It means Dogstooth Violet or Plantain.


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The angel of independence, who looks after anyone involved in pioneering or adventurous activities. He also looks after Sagittarians and the month of November.
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Biblical character who murdered his father, an Assyrian king, while the king was worshiping an idol. Later he became associated with a demon of pride and stubbornness.
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She was Helios, the Greek sun god’s daughter and, like her sisters Circe and Pasiphae, a hypnotically beautiful woman, so beautiful and dazzlingly bright that when the earthborn Titans attacked the gods of Olympus, the earth mother Gaea placed Aega in a cave to hide her shimmering beauty. There she became Zeus’ nurse and he eventually put her among the stars. In other myths she was a descendant of Hephaestus, a nymph, or a goat. Her name may mean “a gale of wind,” and ...
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1.  The third and current Thelemic Aeon, characterized as the Aeon of the child and promoting individuality. Also referred to as the New Aeon.
2.  Following the channeling of Liber Legis—(which see)—The Book of the Law—in 1904, Crowley believed he was to lead a new age, the Aeon of Horus replacing the older matriarchal Aeon of Isis and the patriarchal Aeon of Osiris. The Aeon of Horus is based on the magical union of male and female polarities, and replaces all repressive religious traditions. According to Kenneth Grant, the Aeon of Horus will be followed by that of Maat, the Egyptian goddess of truth and justice.
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The first Thelemic Aeon, characterized by material power and worship of the Earth.
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The second Thelemic Aeon, characterized by paternal power and worship of gods of sacrifice, death, and resurrection (notably Osiris and Christ). Also referred to as the Old Aeon.
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A stone that can supposedly be found in the nest of an eagle. Others say it can be found in an eagle’s neck or stomach. Magickally used to protect mother and child during birth. The stone has a smaller, inner stone, so it rattles. It’s also said to make you sober, bring wealth, victory and popularity.
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A well-known spirit described in several grimoires. In the Goetia Agares is primarily known for teaching languages and causing earthquakes. Agares will also cause people to start dancing. The spirit can help stop runaways.
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To the Egyptians, an agathodemon was a positive spirit with the head of a man and the body of a snake. The ancient Greeks believed they brought good fortune and health. They protected fields and vineyards, so drinking a glass of wine after meals honored them. They are the opposite of cacodemons.
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The Voodoo Loa of the ocean, he protects all sea life as well as ships and boats. He is invoked using titles such as “Tadpole of the Pond” or “Shell of the Sea,” and is a protector of sailors and seafarers. His symbols include brightly colored oars and shells, and even small metallic fish. Specific rituals to him are typically performed near seas, rivers, or lakes, and you should have wet sponges and towels prepared for him for when he leaves the water. It is challenging ...
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One of the four creative elements in magick. It is commonly associated with mental activity and is considered masculine in nature. In an occult sense, “masculine” refers to the characteristics of specific types of energy rather than to gender.
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A concept within the Hawaiian Huna tradition. Aka is a sticky and elastic substance that, like the Western concept of ectoplasm, can stretch without breaking. In Huna, people are said to have three bodies. Each of these bodies has an etheric or “shadow” body. The shadow body is made of Aka. Aka threads or cords are the means by which all energy (mana) and information travel. The more you communicate with someone, the more your Aka threads intertwine.
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An angel who helps people who have problems with infertility. These include conception, sterility, and lack of libido.
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A Greek word meaning avenger, it was used as a title of Zeus in His role as the avenger of evil deeds, especially killings within a family. Later, the name was given to any spiritual entity that would punish wrongful human behavior. Still later, it became an insult similar to the concept of a scoundrel. In Christian terms, Alastor was a generic name for certain evil spirits, and specifically for a possessing spirit. Some have referred to it as the “evil genius of a house.”

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A large sea bird with some species having a wingspan of up to twelve feet. Although being one of the largest birds of the sea, they are remarkable for their flying prowess. Their ability to fly great distances is due to their strength and their use of various types of soaring. It is believed that if it flies around a ship at sea for a long time there will be bad weather. If an albatross is killed, it is said to bring bad luck. Samuel Taylor Coleridge turned this into the famous poem, The Rime ...
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A dwarf, sometimes called the King of the Dwarves, found in Old High German myths. In French he is called Oberon.

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One of the three Greek Erinyes or Furies along with Megaera and Tisiphone. She is the Greek goddess of war and death. She was the daughter of Gaea impregnated by the blood (?) of Uranus resulting from Cronus’ castration of Uranus.

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An early Greek goddess, daughter of Helios the sun, and Rhode. She was worshipped as a heroine on the island of Rhodes.

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The image of an eye in a triangle, often with the indication or expanding rays of light or a “glory” around it. Its original source was the Egyptian image of the Eye of Horus. In Medieval times, the surrounding triangle was added, with Christians saying this represented the Trinity. Mystically, it has become associated with Freemasonry as early as 1797, symbolic of the Great Architect of the Universe who is believed to observe the thoughts and deeds of the Mason. Fifteen years ...
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A description of Odin, who is considered the father of all, both gods and men.

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Popular in Germany, an Alraun was an image usually made from the root of a mandrake, although sometimes from an ash or other tree. It was supposed to be wrapped in a white cloth, offered food daily, bathed on Fridays, and kept in a box. If you did this it would bring good luck. If you didn’t, it would shriek until you paid attention to it. Alrauns could bring good luck and were used in various magickal rituals. Supposedly you can’t give it away or throw it away; you must sell it at a higher ...
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An angel mentioned in the Book of Enoch. He enjoys helping people who work with the soil, such as gardeners and farers. He can also be called upon to increase the potency of magic spells.
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Ambriel is the ruling angel of May. He can be invoked for any matters involving communication. He also assists people who are seeking new jobs or searching for more opportunities and responsibility.
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The food (or some say drink or a special substance) on which the Greek gods lived.

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The angel of truth. He can be called upon for help in any matters requiring honesty and integrity.
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One of the spirits found in the Lesser Key of Solomon. He is said to bring love and tell of all things past and in the future.
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Greek sea goddess. Originally the wife of Poseidon, she was later downplayed to merely being his consort and later to being merely symbolic of the sea. Her son was Triton and her daughter Rhode. 

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One of the Danaids, she was an early earth goddess after whom a fountain was named. She is represented by a water pitcher.

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Also known as Venus Anadyomene, her name means ”she who rises from the sea." She is a famous representation of Aphrodite, the sea-born Greek goddess of sexuality.

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(“The Grace of God,” also known as Haniel, Hagiel, or Hanael) The angelic Chief of both the Order of Principalities and Virtues. He is als the Lord of Venus and Ruler of the Third Heaven. As a result, he can be invoked for any matters concerning love, romance, affection, sexuality, peace, harmony, and inner peace. Because of his association with love and affection, he is probably the most frequently invoked angel. Anael is believed to have taken Enoch to Heaven. Anael helps people who are ...
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One of the angels of fertility. Anahita can be invoked for help in any matters concerning fertility and pregnancy.
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A Greek personification of the abstractions “destiny,” “necessity,” and “fate.” She is often shown holding a spindle and is seen as the dictator of fate and circumstance. As the Orphic mystery religion grew, Ananke fell in importance, eventually replaced by Eros as a force opposing both fate and death.

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Originally a Greek word that meant lifting something as an offering to the gods. The meaning has changed over time to virtually the opposite, including a curse (such as would be placed by a magician on another person) and part of the formula used by the Catholic church during the excommunication of a heretic. Other meanings include to be set apart, banished, exiled, or denounced.
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The angel of prosperity. He can be invoked in any matters concerning money or finance.
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“The Ancient Wisdom” remains a mystery, perhaps a myth, perhaps lost history of a time when “Men were Gods.” Or, was it when “The Gods walked on Earth?” or when “Space Visitors seeded the Earth?” However we treat it, the Ancient Wisdom purportedly included knowledge of great powers and energies, of technologies still surpassing those of the modern world, and of wisdom that would transform our present world into one of Peace, Prosperity, and Progress. It’s the real concept ...
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Although technically meaning a hermaphrodite, in occultism it refers to concepts and things that blend opposing aspects into one homogenous entity.

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She was a princess in ancient Greece. In punishment for her mother’s bragging, she was chained to a rock to be a sacrifice to a sea monster. Her future husband, Perseus, saved her. She may have been a pre-Hellenic moon goddess seen as being under attack by the demon of darkness. The myth was so popular it was converted into the legend of St. George and the Dragon.

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(Gaulish) - The Underworld / Otherworld / Netherworld which corresponds to the Greek Elysian Fields and Tartaros, and to the Teutonic Valhall and Hel. There are many isles of the Celtic Otherworld. Andumnos was later called Annwn in Welsh, and Andomhain in Early Irish (Gaelic).
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Another name used for the Greek Pandora. This name means “She who sends up gifts” implying food plants.

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Spelled in a variety of ways, including Angakok, it is a term used to describe a wise and spiritual figure who may function as a mediator and teacher. Traditionally, the Inuit or Eskimo people have rules or notions that compare to the Western concept of laws. There are three types: things to do, things to avoid, and things to follow. An Angakkuq could be called in to mediate when someone does not follow the rules. Also, a type of shaman. Techniques used by such a person include invocations, ...
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In Tibetan spirituality the empowerment in a particular ability, usually as passed from teacher to pupil.
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A living creature usually identified as having to feed, having sense organs, a nervous system, and able to respond to stimuli. Plants are able to create organic molecules (needed for survival and growth) from inorganic ones, while animals generally cannot do so. Various animals are recognized as having spiritual qualities.
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The scribe pictured on the Stele of Revealing.
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("AHN-ikki") Finnish nighttime goddess. Known as "she of good name."
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The Welsh Netherworld ruled by Arawn. Unlike many other Underworlds in mythology, Annwn is not a place of eternal torment or punishment, and mortals may visit it while still living. The legendary Wild Hunt, led by the god Herne, is said to commence from the gates of Annwn.
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A title for the Greek Hera meaning “flowering one.”

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A Christian concept of an evil person, several people, group, or entity who would pretend to be a world savior by producing all sorts of miracles and signs when, in fact, he/they are in total opposition to Christ and lead people to eternal damnation. Often mistakenly equated with Satan or the Devil. Throughout history, numerous people or groups have been attacked as being the Antichrist, most often due to opposing the religious or political aims of the writer. On the other hand, some have ...
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Egyptian guardian of Isis. Anubis is the son of the goddess of the dead, Nephthys, by Osiris. Depicted as jackal-headed, or simply as the jackal god. God of protection. Judge and protector (and comforter) of the dead and therefore, god of the dead and of embalming. Protector of tombs.

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(Pronounced “ah-nish”) Irish Celtic god of love, also a trickster character.
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Egyptian Bull deity whose line continued even when that of the Pharoahs failed. Apis was the most important sacred animal in ancient Egypt and was the only such animal never shown as a human with an animal’s head. Probably originally a fertility god.

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Greek term meaning "the destroyer." Obviously derived from the name of the Greek solar deity (and hence, god of growth), Apollo. This implies that the ancients understood that with energy of growth necessarily came the energy of destruction. With the rise of Christianity, Apollyon became a synonym of Satan. Although the name Apollyon appears in many grimoires, it is up to the magician using the grimoire to determine whether the use represents the positive and necessary energy of dissolution or ...
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A legendary medieval Witch in Italy whose name was popularized by Charles Godfrey Leland, popular nineteenth-century author and folklorist. According to legend, Aradia brought about the revival of the Old Religion, a pre-Christian European Witch sect that had been driven into hiding during the time of the Inquisition.
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Anything, especially a spiritual concept, that is hidden. Singular of the better-known term, arcana

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1.  In the Kabalistic hierarchy of heaven, archangels are beings who carry out the will of God. Each has limitations and is associated with powers represented by aspects of the divine which, in turn, are represented by names of God. Rather than carry out the divine will themselves, they may achieve these goals by commanding the angels they control.
2.  (Greek, “chief messenger/principal messenger”) A class of princely angels with authority over heavenly realms, early nations, or other angels. The term “archangel” does not actually appear in Jewish literature until almost modern times. Hebrew angelic terms include Irin (Watcher), Sar (Prince/Archon), or Sharet (Ministering angel).
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The prefix “arch” means chief, principal, or most important. Consequently, archangels are among the most important angels. According to the Book of Revelation there are seven archangels. The Koran recognizes four archangels but names only two: Djibril (Gabriel) and Raphael, and Uriel are the best-known archangels.
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An area on the coast of Dahomey (currently known as the Republic of Benin). It is from this area where the people often called aradas. This is also the source of the term Rada, a name for some of the oldest rites of Voodoo or Voudoun. The rites and rituals of this form of Voodoo are traditionally considered positive and beneficial.

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See Erelim.
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The Greek notion of excellence associated with the fulfillment of a purpose or function. It meant courage and strength in the face of adversity and was considered an aspiration for all people.

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Daughter of King Minos of Crete, she aided Thesus in overcoming her half brother, the Minotaur. Bride of Dionysus. She may have been a Great Goddess of Crete and “Mistress of the Labrynth” or even a Snake Goddess. 

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(“Lion of God”) Angel mentioned in the pseudepigraphal Book of Ezra and The Key of Solomon the King. He is believed to help Raphael cure illness and disease in humans, animals, and plants.
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A Hebrew word that means “fierce lion.” In the Jewish Bible, it is associated with a king of Eliasar. Much later, it was the name given to a fallen angel controlled by Satan in Milton’s famous poem Paradise Lost, first published in 1667.

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(Teiva ha-Eidut) A portable chest that served as the repository for the original Ten Commandments and the 13th Torah scroll written by Moses (the other twelve went to each of the tribes) during the Exodus. More importantly, the Ark served as a locus of God’s presence among the Children of Israel. At God’s commission the Biblical wonder-craftsman Bezalel built the ark while the Israelites sojourned in the desert.
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As described in the Christian Bible, the final battle between good and evil marking the end of the world. It is a "mythical reality," an image that challenges us to resolve.

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Angel who can be invoked when it is important to determine the truth of a matter.
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Angel traditionally invoked in matters relating to labor and childbirth. Gabriel and Temeluch are invoked to help the child while it is in the womb, but it is Armisael who is responsible for the birth process.
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Angelic Lord of Neptune. He looks after people who are involved in clairvoyancy and mediumship. He can also be invoked to help heal sick horses.
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This term for highly spiritual beings who are non-physical yet interact with humans originated with Blavatsky and the Theosophists. Other terms include "Elder Brothers" and "Mahatmas." Some believe they were once humans who, through spiritual development, no longer need to incarnate. This makes them similar to the Buddhist concept of the Bodhisattva.

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Ancient Greek God of health and healing.

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Angel who is one of the regents of the sign of Taurus. He can be invoked on any matters involving love and romance.
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Name of the goddess Astarte in Hebrew.
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A demon, some say a king of demons, most famous for his appearance as the evil character in the apocryphal book of Tobit. Asmodeus also appears in Talmudic legends and has been known as the "King of Nine Hells," one of the "Seven Princes of Hell," and as a lust demon who perverts sexual desires.

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Code used in spells and recipes by Pagans, ancient doctors, alchemists, etc. going back to the Greek Magical Papyri. It means Coltsfoot.



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The 29th spirit given in the Goetia. He is described there as a mighty & strong duke, with the appearance of an ugly angel riding on an infernal spirit similar to a dragon. In his right hand is a viper. He will answer questions about the past, present and future. It adds that he will help you discover all secrets and help you with knowledge in all of the liberal sciences. It seems rather clear that “he” is actually derived from the Phoenician goddess Astarte, herself derived from the ...
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In Tibetan spirituality a denizen of the Demi-God Realm.
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In the ancient Greek myth, Atalanta was abandoned by her father who wanted a son, nursed by a bear and raised by hunters who tought her to fight and hunt. She took an oath of virginity to Artemis, and later was famed for being in foot races in which no man could outrun her to earn her as a bride.

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A Greek word meaning “ruin, folly, delusion.” It referred to the actions of a hero who actions lead to death or downfall, usually because of hubris. A goddess of this name personifies this concept.

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(ah-the-gen-awss) - Rebirth; an incarnation or manifestation of a trait, talent, concept, spirit or divinity into human form. It is usually genetically passed down.
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Greek goddess of warfare, civilization, wisom, crafts, justice, strength. Patron goddess of Athens. 

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Commonly called a "lost continent" in the Atlantic Ocean, Atlantis is veiled in myth and speculation with little in the way of supporting fact. Occultists have speculated about a superior civilization in Atlantis escaping before it sank into oblivion to establish the Egyptian and other advanced civilizations, giving their peoples a head start in magical wisdom.


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Pronounced "Ohr-Ree-Ehl" in Hebrew, Auriel is the Archangel of the North and of elemental earth. Some traditions use other spellings and pronunciations.

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The Celtic Land of the Blessed, similar to the concept of paradise. First used by Geoffrey of Monmouth in 1136 c.e. It was where King Arthur’s sword, Excalibur, was forged, and where Arthur went to heal after his final battle at Camlann. Famed also for its apples.
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A symbol of power and light. In ancient Greece it was the symbol of thunder and Fire due to its tendency to produce sparks as it crashed loudly against armor in battle…[I]t became a symbol of blood sacrifice and later a symbol of royal blood. A double-headed axe was originally a symbol of matriarchal power, and of duality. In ancient Minoan Crete the double-bladed axe was a lunar symbol representing the waning and waxing crescent. In ancient times the double-headed axe was called a labrys.
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The female counterpart of Dambala. She is sometimes considered to be a serpent and at other times considered to be a rainbow. Sometimes the rainbow and serpent are considered to be her symbols. Ayida is also considered to be a mother goddess and is very submissive and delicate. However, as a serpent with her mate Dambala (also a serpent), they are representative of the energies of sexuality. Erzulie is also a wife of Dambala. Also known as Ayida Wedo, her “job” is to support or ...
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The primal or archetypal Mambo (Voudoun high priestess). She is sometimes called Grande Ai-Zan or Ayizan Velekete. Ayizan, with her husband Loco, guards religious traditions, initiation, and healing powers. She is also the priestess for the revering of parents and ancestor worship. Ayizan is the Loa of commerce and trade. Her colors are yellow, gold, and white.

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(“Whom God Helps”) Also Azriel. Azrael lives in the third heaven and has the monumental task of recording everybody’s names when they are born, and erasing them again when they die. In Jewish and Islamic lore he is considered the angel of death. This is probably because of his interest in reincarnation. He can be called upon when exploring past lives, or when investigating psychic topics.
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1.  The Great Mother, Sacred Whore, and priestess of Thelema; the archetypal woman.
2.  Mother Earth. Also the "Scarlet Woman" as the ruling spirit of Earth. Crowley said Babalon was the goddess of the New Aeon as found in Thelema, the religion he founded in 1904. She represents the female sexual impulse and the most fertile Great Mother, the womb of all life and the mother of each of us. She can be invoked into an actual woman as priestess in working Sex Magick to manifest the energies of the Aeon of Horus. She is the Liberated Woman. In Sex Magick she becomes the "Scarlet ...
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A code word used by ancient Pagans to mean “strawberry juice.” It was placed in code so people could not copy secret herbal formulas. In retrospect, this choice for a code word was not a good one.
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A Greek name for the god Dionysus which was adopted by the Romans. He was the deity of wine and winemaking, as well as of the grape harvest. Drinking the wine could result in drunkenness, however this could also be seen as a form of ritual madness, frenzy, or trance. Festivals dedicated to him were predecessors to the development and understanding of Greek theater. His wild female followers were known as maenads and his male followers were ithyphallic satyrs.

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The reciting of The Lord’s Prayer backwards. It is considered part of a “Black Mass,” an anti-Christian practice.

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A Hebrew word meaning “brilliance.” The Book of Brilliance, or Sepher ha-Bahir, is one of the earliest Kabalistic books. It focuses on a technique for meditation.
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A less common name for Buffers, talismans made from Class VII “Phosphates” class. They have the chemical earth power to help promote stability, balance, and centering.
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Angel who can be invoked to help in situations when you should forgive someone else, but find it difficult to do so.
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1.  A type of herb that has, or is believed to have, poisonous properties or will keep something away. Often used in combination with the name of what it is said to repel such as henbane or wolfsbane. In some instances, the herb is not poisonous in the sense of it killing or sickening a person, but rather, it may induce visions.
2.  In general, something that is considered bad, evil, or destructive.
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(or Barachiel) (“God’s Blessings”). Ruler of the Seraphim and governor of the month of February. He provides a positive outlook on life and good fortune. Gamblers desiring success with their wagers also invoke Barakiel.
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Plural bardoi (Gaulish, Brittonic, Goidelic) - The old Celtic term for a singer or minstrel who sang praises of great heroes and chieftains, or satires (curses and insults).
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Meaning “little king,” this mythical reptile has been described in a variety of ways. It’s called a “king” because on its head it has a feature that looks like a crown or mitre. It’s been said to have intensely-poisonous venom or poisonous breath or could kill by just looking at you.

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A charm against the evil eye worn by children in ancient Greece. Shaped like a phallus, it was also used to protect homes, forges, and chariots. Other names for it include probaskanion and fascinum. In Rome it was called a satyrica sigma
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See Bastet.

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Ancient Egyptian goddess also known as Bast. Originally a fierce lioness (or woman with a lion’s head) and a protectoress, over time she evolved into a goddess with the appearance of a domesticated cat. The goddess of intuition, magick, animalistic mind. Because cats have eyes that allow them to see in very low light, Bastet is said to see the future and the past. Naturally, the cat is Her sacred animal.

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Code used in spells and recipes by Pagans, ancient doctors, alchemists, etc. going back to the Greek Magical Papyri.It means Holly Leaf, which is probably due to the similarity in appearance between an actual bat's wing and the leaf of the plant.

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Code used in spells and recipes by Pagans, ancient doctors, alchemists, etc. going back to the Greek Magical Papyri. It means Moss.


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(or Bat Qol) (“Heavenly Voice”) According to ancient tradition, it was Bath Kol who was first to ask Cain where his brother was. He is also believed to have visited rabbi Simion ben Yohai, reputed author of The Zohar, while he was in prison. Bath Kol helps people engaged in prophecy. Diviners can call out Bath Kol’s name to help understand an omen or intuition. The next words the diviner hears are believed to contain the answer.
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A Greek goddess of pictured as an old woman (symbolic of the Crone aspect of the goddess), often shown in statues in postures similar in nature to the Sheila-Na-Gig. She attempted to cheer up Demeter who was mourning the loss of Persephone, her daughter. She told funny but lewd jokes, making her a goddess of laughter, and also indicates why her statues are so similar to the Sheila-Na-Gig. However, she also produced Demeter’s son, Iacchus, from under her skirts to comfort his mother.

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Code used in spells and recipes by Pagans, ancient doctors, alchemists, etc. going back to the Greek Magical Papyri.It means Lady's Mantle.


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The priest of Thelema; the archetypal man.
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First mentioned in Second Kings from the Bible, it was derived from the name of a Philistine god Zebub. Ba’al was simply a title meaning “lord,” so Ba’al Zebub or Beelzebub was worshiped in the ancient city of Ekron, located about 22 miles west of modern-day Jerusalem. Literally meaning “Lord of the Flies,” this deity was said to control and send away metaphoric flies representing a patient’s illness. Hence, Beelzebub was a god of healing. In Jewish ...
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One of the princes of Hell who has the curious ability of bringing people to the Devil by helping them create new things and inventions that make them rich. Probably began as an ancient Moabite deity known as Baal-Peor. The ancient Israelites became fond of this deity, and to bring them back to their own god, the priests demonized him, saying he would cause dissention, give wealth, and was associated with sexual deviancy. There is an unusual prime number that is also palindromic, meaning that ...
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According to the grimoire the Arbatel of Magick, Bethor is the name of one of the so-called Olympian Planetary spirits. It is associated with Jupiter. He is a spirit of healing and long life, and controls 45 kings, 35 princes, 28 dukes, 21 counselors, 24 ministers, 7 messengers, and 29,000 legions of spirits.
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A mythical animal that is a unicorn (famous for its unique single horn, jutting from its head) with two horns. It is believed to become fate due to its diet of kind and devoted husbands. It is also known as a "burrowing bicorn," as when it is chased it will quickly burrow into the ground. If captured, however, it is impossible to prove it is a bicorn because it will drop its horns just as some animals can drop their tails. The female version of the bicorn is the Chichevache. Unlike the bicorn, ...
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Code used in spells and recipes by Pagans, ancient doctors, alchemists, etc. going back to the Greek Magical Papyri.It means Germander or Speedwell. 

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A gem associated with the month of birth. Over the ages and in different countries there have been many versions of birthstones. In order to make preparation and advertising of birthstones easier for jewelers, in 1912 a professional organization, the Jewelers of America, announced a list that has become the most popular in the U.S. and other countries. The list is: January: Garnet February: Amethyst March: Aquamarine April: Diamond May: Emerald June: Moonstone (or Pearl) July: Ruby August: ...
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Code used in spells and recipes by Pagans, ancient doctors, alchemists, etc. going back to the Greek Magical Papyri.It means Lupine. 

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Code used in spells and recipes by Pagans, ancient doctors, alchemists, etc. going back to the Greek Magical Papyri.It means Bear's Breeches, a type of Acanthus.


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Code used in spells and recipes by Pagans, ancient doctors, alchemists, etc. going back to the Greek Magical Papyri.It means Mulberry tree's sap.


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Code used in spells and recipes by Pagans, ancient doctors, alchemists, etc. going back to the Greek Magical Papyri. It means blood of a spotted gecko.


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Code used in spells and recipes by Pagans, ancient doctors, alchemists, etc. going back to the Greek Magical Papyri. It means Hematite.


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Code used in spells and recipes by Pagans, ancient doctors, alchemists, etc. going back to the Greek Magical Papyri. It means a Tamarisk Gall.

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Code used in spells and recipes by Pagans, ancient doctors, alchemists, etc. going back to the Greek Magical Papyri. It means Purslane. 

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Code used in spells and recipes by Pagans, ancient doctors, alchemists, etc. going back to the Greek Magical Papyri. It means Wormwood. 

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Code used in spells and recipes by Pagans, ancient doctors, alchemists, etc. going back to the Greek Magical Papyri. It means Chamomile. 


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Code used in spells and recipes by Pagans, ancient doctors, alchemists, etc. going back to the Greek Magical Papyri. It means Foxglove.


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Code used in spells and recipes by Pagans, ancient doctors, alchemists, etc. going back to the Greek Magical Papyri. It means Bay Laurel.


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The pillars of light and darkness, mercy and severity, strength and stability, or spirit and matter than held the veil in the Temple of Solomon, the first Temple of Jerusalem. Boaz was King David’s great-grandfather. Joachin was a high priest.
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Code used in spells and recipes by Pagans, ancient doctors, alchemists, etc. going back to the Greek Magical Papyri. It means Buckthorn. 

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More accurately the “Book of Coming Forth by Day,” this is a collection of ancient Egyptian funerary texts including magical spells that help guide the deceased through the Duat (underworld) during their afterlife.

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1.  A name given to many books supposedly written by the ancient Egyptian deity of writing, Thoth.

2.  An old Egyptian story of a book, written by Thoth, that contains two spells. One allows the reader to understand what animals are saying. The other allows the reader to directly see the gods. The book was stolen by prince Neferkaptah. In punishment, the gods killed his wife and son. Neferkaptah commits suicide and the book is placed in his tomb. Decades later, the book is stolen from the tomb, and he is convinced by a beautiful woman to kill his children an humiliate himself in front of the ...

3.  A book on the theory, design, and use of the Tarot (that supposedly came from Thoth) written by Aleister Crowley. It explained a deck of cards, known as the Thoth Tarot, designed by Crowley and co-designed and painted by Frieda Harris. The deck was not published until after Crowley's death.

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The creator deity in Hinduism.
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Code used in spells and recipes by Pagans, ancient doctors, alchemists, etc. going back to the Greek Magical Papyri. Although it often means gum from a cherry tree, it can be used to indicate the gum of any fruit tree.


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The breath has always been associated with the spirit, or life force. Many ancient words for “breath” also mean “spirit.” Examples include: the Hebrew ruach, Greek pneuma, and Latin spiritus. The concept of breathing on something for luck has also been carried on for thousands of years. Gamblers still blow on their cards for luck today.
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(from Irish breithamhain) - A medieval Irish judge or jurist; a specialist of the old Druidic class that survived Christianization.
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Sir E. A. Wallis Budge (1857–1934) was the keeper of Egyptian Antiquities in the British Museum from 1892–1924). He translated and oversaw the publication of numerous Egyptian books, the most famous being the Book of the Dead. Although the text of that book was found in crypts, its actual name was The Book of Coming (or Going) Forth by Day. It is claimed by some that he was associated with the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
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The bull was anciently revered in many areas of the world, especially where bulls (including wild bulls) were a primary source of meat. Some Wiccan traditions refer to the Horned God as a bull god.
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Code used in spells and recipes by Pagans, ancient doctors, alchemists, etc. going back to the Greek Magical Papyri. It means Horehound. 


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Code used in spells and recipes by Pagans, ancient doctors, alchemists, etc. going back to the Greek Magical Papyri. It means Coltsfoot.


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Code used in spells and recipes by Pagans, ancient doctors, alchemists, etc. going back to the Greek Magical Papyri. It means Eggs of the Blister Beetle.



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Mythical Aboriginal Australian creature also known as a klanpraty. The bunyip is a large water creature, inhabiting swamps, waterholes, creeks, etc. Many different descriptions exist. One, for example, says that it has long claws but hugs victims to death.

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See Kakia.

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A type of evil spirit, cacodemons were capable of shapeshifting. In Enochian magick there are 1,024 cacodemons who do the work that creates the universe. They are the negative counterpart of agathodemons.
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(A winged wand entwined by two serpents.) Symbol of Mercury, messenger of the gods, the wand represents power, the snakes represent wisdom, and the wings represent diligence. Also, the wand represents earth, the wings represent air, and the serpents represent fire and water.
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Code used in spells and recipes by Pagans, ancient doctors, alchemists, etc. going back to the Greek Magical Papyri. It means Snapdragon.

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Pre-Hellenic goddess who was the personification of the force of instinct. In Greece, she became associated with being an eternally virginal nymph of Artemis. When Artemis discovers that she was seduced and impregnated by Zeus, she turns Callisto into a bear and puts her in the stars as the constellation, Ursa Major.

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I am rather at a loss to give definition to this. Culling calls it a quasi-Enochian Language. Researching, I find that Calypso is a West Indian musical style influenced by jazz; it’s also a small species of orchid (Calypso borealis), having a flower variegated with purple, pink, and yellow that grows in cold, bog-like localities in the northern part of the United States. It is also the name of a tiny moon of the planet Saturn, discovered in 1980, and in 1983 named for the goddess Calypso ...
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Traditionally, the offspring of a human and a demon, including an incubus or a succubus. More recently, the term has also been used to describe the offspring of an incubus and a succubus, without the need of a human.

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Code used in spells and recipes by Pagans, ancient doctors, alchemists, etc. going back to the Greek Magical Papyri. It means Valerian. 

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Also known as Caryatis. In ancient Greece, a walnut tree goddess.

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See Carya.

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Lord of Saturn and the sign of Capricorn. He is also Ruler of the Seventh Heaven. He helps people understand patience and encourages them to overcome longstanding obstacles and problems. He provides serenity and teaches temperance. Cassiel is associated with karma, and helps people understand the law of cause and effect. Because of his association with Saturn, Cassiel works slowly. As it takes Saturn four years to orbit the Sun, Cassiel can take up to years resolve a problem. Fortunately, ...
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According to ancient Greek mythology, Castalia was a nymph whom Apollo turned into a fountain at Delphi, home of the famous Oracle. Those who drank her waters would receive artistic (especially poetic) inspiration.

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Code used in spells and recipes by Pagans, ancient doctors, alchemists, etc. going back to the Greek Magical Papyri. It means Catnip.

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Code used in spells and recipes by Pagans, ancient doctors, alchemists, etc. going back to the Greek Magical Papyri. It means Canada Snake Root and/or Ground Ivy.

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(pronounced Kelt) - The ethnic group ancestral to the Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Cornish (of Cornwall), Breton, and Manx, and a high percentage of the French, Belgian and Swiss people. Celtic (pronounced either Kel-tik or Sel-tik) and Celtophile are derivatives of this word.
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Of or relating to the Celtic people and languages.
See Also:  Celt
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1.  In Greek mythology, this daughter of Nyx (the night) and sister to the fates was the goddess of violent death.

2.  Name for a malevolent ghost.

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A monstrous three-headed dog who, in Greek and Roman mythology, guarded the entry to the underworld and prevented those who had died and gone to the underworld from escaping. The heads represent past, present, and future, although some authority say they represent birth and youth, maturity, and old age. He was Hades’ watchdog.

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A Welsh mother goddess.
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The Greek name for ancient Celtic god Uindos, son of Noudons, who is featured in a group of great epic tales and romances called the Fenian cycle. Most famous incarnation is as Finn Mac Cumhail.
See Also:  Finn Mac CumhailUindos
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A small book of ideas and philosophical concepts supposedly revealing the Chaldean mysteries. The authorship is attributed to Zoroaster, but this is questionable.
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(or Camael, Camiel, Kemuel) (“He Who Sees God”) The head of the Choir of Dominions and is one of the seven great archangels. He can be called upon for any matters involving tolerance, understanding, forgiveness, and love. Chamuel is also one of the ten Kabbalistic archangels. He rights wrongs, soothes troubled minds, and provides justice. Chamuel is Ruler of Mars. You should call on Chamuel whenever you need additional strength, or are in conflict with someone else. Chamuel provides ...
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In Celtic and Irish lore, a fairy given to a family in exchange for a human child.
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In ancient Greek mythology, Charybdis was a beautiful naiad, the daughter of Poseidon and Gaia. She sided with her father against Zeus who turned her into a horrible sea monster. Later she was seen not as a monster per se, but as the goddess of terrifying oceanic whirlpools.

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The Greek Hera was sometimes seen as a triple goddess. Chera is her third aspect, the old wise
woman, the name meaning “widowed” or “divorced.” [As a young woman she is Pais and as an adult she is Teleia.]

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Singular form of “cherubim.” From the Hebrew “kerub.” A generic term for a celestial being, often shown in art as being a winged, chubby, young child.
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The second-highest rank of angels in Dionysius’ hierarchy. They are God’s record keepers and reflect his wisdom and divine intelligence. They pay careful attention to all the details.
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Female version of the bicorn, this mythic monster is believed to have survived by eating obedient wives and thus, was very hungry and skinny.

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Ancient Greek mythological fire-breathing monster. It is most often described as a lion with a goat coming out of its back and a tail that ended in a snake’s head, other descriptions have different versions. Today, the term is used to mean any fictional animal with parts taken from multiple animals or something that is highly imaginative yet implausible. Usually considered a female, seeing the chimera was an omen of storms and natural disasters.

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Literally a “young green shoot,” it is a title or name of the goddess Demeter.

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Choronzon's number is 9, also the number of Man. But Choronzon is also a "demon" within the Enochian writings of Dr. John Dee, likewise within Crowley’s system where Choronzon is "the Dweller in the Abyss," believed to be the obstacle between the adept and enlightenment. But Choronzon is also the name of the demon that guards the Abyss on the Tree of Life—separating the lower from the higher. It’s that Abyss that we must cross to fulfill our spiritual destiny. That demon is ...
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From the Greek chthon, earth. Refers to spirits or deities of the underworld or the souls of the dead.
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An amulet made from an animal’s claw provides the wearer with protection according to the strength of the animal. A tiger’s claw amulet will be more powerful than one made from a badger’s claw, for instance. A bear-claw amulet is believed to help women during childbirth.
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A beautiful Greecian water goddess who was the daughter of the river god, Asopos, and the river goddess Melope.

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Code used in spells and recipes by Pagans, ancient doctors, alchemists, etc. going back to the Greek Magical Papyri. It means Great Mullein.

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(Also spelled Cluricaune) A variation on the Irish leprechaun. Some say they went out drinking each night after finishing daily chores while others say they were always drunk. Treat them well and they’ll guard your wine cellar. Treat them poorly and they’ll give you bad luck and cause misfortune. They supposedly love to ride on dogs or sheep at night.

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A type of dragon with only two legs and a rooster’s head. It is said to be able to turn a person to stone or kill with a glance.

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The name, meaning "River of Wailing," of one of the five rivers in Greek mythology that surround Hades. The other four rivers are the Acheron ("River of Woe"), the Lethe ("River of Forgetfulness"), the Pyriphlegethon ("The Fiery River"), and the Styx ("The Hateful River").

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Code used in spells and recipes by Pagans, ancient doctors, alchemists, etc. going back to the Greek Magical Papyri. It means Mullein.

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Thracian goddess also known as Kotys, she was a goddess of sexuality similar to Dionysus. A riotous festival in her honor was called the Cotyttia, and her followers where known as the baptai, implying a part of what was required to follow her, a baptism. Her worship extended from Thrace to Italy and Sicily.

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(1743–1795) There is a debate as to whether Cagliostro was a unique person or an alias for Joseph (or Giuseppe) Balsamo, an occultist and con artist. As a result, comments about Cagliostro may refer to him, to Balsamo, or to both. Cagliostro/Balsamo travelled Europe and was involved with famous people, ranging from Cardinal Orsini to Benjamin Franklin. He seems to have been involved with the creation of sects of Freemasonry. Most famously, he was involved in the "Affair of the Diamond ...
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A mythic story used to explain the formation and existence of the phenomenal world.

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Code used in spells and recipes by Pagans, ancient doctors, alchemists, etc. going back to the Greek Magical Papyri. It means Ethiopian Earth.

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Supposedly an ancient Roman symbol which questioned the validity of Christianity. It consists of an equal-armed (solar) cross, however the four bars of the cross do not meet at the center. Instead, there is a dot in the middle. The decending bar is replaced by a sickle, giving the appearance of an inverted question mark. Popularized in recent times as a symbol used by the band Blue Oyster Cult.
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Code used in spells and recipes by Pagans, ancient doctors, alchemists, etc. going back to the Greek Magical Papyri. It means Cranesbill, wild geranium, or buttercup.

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See Ankh.
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Generic term used to define any species of animal whose existence has not been proven and that has not be categorized or accepted by scientific consensus. Examples include Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, the chupacabra, etc.

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(koo-khullin) - The great epic hero of old Ulster stories such as the "Cattle Raid of Cooley." He was the incarnation or manifestation of the Celtic high god of Lugus (Lugh or Llew).
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Code used in spells and recipes by Pagans, ancient doctors, alchemists, etc. going back to the Greek Magical Papyri. It means Great Mullein.

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1.  On the Kabalistic Tree of Life, an “extra” Sephira between the upper three Supernal Sephiroth and the lower seven. It is over the location known as the Abyss. The word is Hebrew for “knowledge.”

2.  Also spelled Daath, the "invisible" sephirah on the Tree of Life, Knowledge. A passageway across the Abyss.

  • Astrological Correspondence: Sirius
  • Body: the Neck
  • Colors: in Atziluth: lavender; in Briah: pale silver gray; in Yetzirah: pure violet; in Assiah: gray flecked with gold
  • Consciousness: Ruach, the conscious self with Neshamah, the higher spiritual self
  • Element: Air
  • Symbols: the Empty Room, the Pyramid
  • Tarot: the Major Arcana
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1.  Ancient Greek concept of a spirit who inspires genius.
2.  Not a “demon,” but a mythical being, part-human and part-god serving as an intermediary between God and humanity—an inspiring intelligence similar to if not identical to the Holy Guardian Angel. Note the role of “an intermediary between God and humanity.” Once attainment of the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel is achieved, the Great Work takes on added dimension. The role of a Co-Creator expands in service to all humanity, and to all life and ...
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An important Voudoun Loa. Damballah is seen as a sky serpent who is both wise and loving, but withdrawn. He likes food (and drink) that is colorless or white and does not have the power of human speech.

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Greek goddess of agriculture, she is also considered a goddess of health and birth. She also oversaw marriage. May be a form of Demeter.