Saturday, September 29, 2007

Third Eye Ritual

Third Eye Ritual Cover THIRD EYE RITUAL

Perform this neo-Pagan ritual to improve psychic powers three days before the
moon is full and preferably when it is in either the astrological sign of
Cancer, Pisces or Scorpio.

Begin by brewing a strong magickal tea made from yarrow or mugwort (herbs that
stimulate the psychic senses) and then light thirteen purple colored votive
candles to help attract psychic influences.

Drink the tea, then gaze fixedly into a magick mirror, crystal ball, or crystal
pyramid as you chant three times the following incantation:


After chanting, relax, breathe slowly and concentrate on opening your "Third
Eye". Do not permit any negative thoughts to contaminate your mind.

The Third Eye, an invisible chakra located in the middle of the forehead above
the space between the eyebrows, is the human body's highest source of power,
supernatural sight and clairvoyant vision.

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Friday, September 28, 2007

The Tarot History Symbolism And Divination

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Book: The Tarot History Symbolism And Divination by Robert Place

The Tarot is one of the few books that cuts through conventional misperceptions to explore the Tarot deck as it really developed in the Middle Ages and Renaissance Europe-not, as some would suggest, in the far reaches of Egyp-tian antiquity. Mining the Hermetic, alchemical, and Neoplatonic influences behind the evolution of the deck, author Robert M. Place provides a historically grounded and compelling portrait of the Tarot's true origins, without overlooking the deck's mystical dimensions.

This may be the best book ever written on that deck of cards decorated with mysterious images called the tarot. Dozens of books provide sketchy information on the cards' history and evolution before turning more discursive on how to interpret them. Place inverts that formula. Well-researched, entertainingly written chapters begin the book with information on where the tarot comes from and how it gained so much prominence as a tool for divination. Far from developing from deeply magical sources, as many have claimed, the tarot was originally just a deck of cards used for playing games. Even at the start, however, those games included some fortune-telling. Over the course of centuries, the cards' lore was enriched by thoughtful practitioners who added cards, elaborated their meanings, and connected their imagery to mythology and dreams. At the beginning of the Twentieth Century, an inspired young artist, Pamela Smith, drew upon her occult training and her own visions to create the now classic Rider-Waite deck. In a comprehensively researched and passionately argued chapter, Place restores Smith to her rightful position as the genius behind the deck. That Place also offers excellent guidance to actually reading the cards makes the book that much more appealing, as a how-to as well as a why-bother.

The real cream of this book comes not from the debunking (after all, Place is not the first author to set the record straight), but in his analysis of what Tarot truly is. This book is the only book available today that explores Tarot as it was intended by its creators, based on the influences and symbolism prevalent at the time of its creation. As someone long steeped in (and quite fond of) occult/Golden Dawn style Tarot practices, these insights are new and exciting approaches to Tarot. I get to be a beginner all over again! For devoted Tarot nerds like me, this is very good news.

Some folks might be put off by Place's style -- he doesn't allow much room for disagreements. Indeed, ordinarily such confidence would get up my nose, too. But his arguments are so convincing, and presented with none of the customary arrogance of many with strong opinions on magical topics, that I'm inclined to overlook that. His sincerity and love of his subject shine through every step of the way.

Place rounds out the book with solid sections on meanings and divination. He examines the Waite-Smith deck for his meanings section, drawing strong Interpretations from the artwork (you might learn an interesting fact or two about the symbolism employed by Waite & Pixie here). His approach to divination is his alone, and is quite liberating in its use of symbols, intuition and card placement rather than strict interpretations of memorized meanings. He provides plenty of examples to make sure that you get the gist of his techniques.

Indeed, Place uncommonly weds reliable historiography with a practical understanding of the intuitive help and divinatory guidance that the cards can bring. He presents techniques that offer new and valuable ways to read and interpret the cards. Based on a simple three-card spread, Place's approach can be used by either the seasoned practitioner or the new inquirer.

All in all, this is a sane, thoughtful, and (most importantly) useful approach to Tarot. It is now firmly on my short list of most recommended Tarot books, for beginners and advanced alike. Not to be missed.

I suppose I sound like I'm gushing, here, but the book really is that good!

Buy Robert Place's book: The Tarot History Symbolism And Divination

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Diane Purkiss - The Witch In History Early Modern And Twentieth Century Representations
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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Karmic Tarot

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Book: Karmic Tarot by William Lammey

This is a book for anyone who wants to understand and read the Tarot, whether just
beginning or continuing a life-long love affair with the cards. For reasons that you will
soon see, I titled this book Karmic Tarot and named the spread around which it revolves the
“Karmic Spread.”
Everything that happens in daily life is part of the unfolding of your divine purpose.
The more you can grasp the essence of that purpose, the more harmonious that unfolding
will be. This book introduces what I have called Karmic Tarot, a way of discerning your life
purpose, at once both chosen and divine. But it is also highly useful in your day-to-day
affairs. You can gather rich Information about specific issues and time factors affecting
your current situation. A Tarot reading with the Karmic Spread is not only diagnostic but
prescriptive. You are getting answers to the questions you are asking in your heart.
To be rich in meaning and valid in its insights, a reading must be both passive and
active; passive in the emotional and spiritual planes in order to listen and receive information,
and active in the physical and mental planes in order to validate and interpret all
Karmic Tarot explains the underlying principles and patterns at work in Tarot, rather
than having you memorize what numerous others say given cards mean. It kindles knowledge
hidden deep within you. When you discover the essence of the cards and their relationships
in the deck, their pertinent meanings will always be there when you need them.
When you read the cards, their meanings will bubble up from deep inside you with little or
no effort.
The Tarot is both a rational and an intuitive system, a marvelous blend of right- and
left-brain thinking. It is a logical system of archetypal symbols and structured layouts on
which the intuitive right-brain can play its half of the game. This makes it an excellent tool
for exercising and training the whole brain in any field of interest.
The Tarot is also an excellent and friendly Introduction to metaphysics, as it embodies
so many of the underlying mysteries of the universe. Karmic Tarot focuses on your movement
through your own universe, the evolution of your personal consciousness.
The book is organized into two parts. Part One is devoted to Principle and Part Two to
Practice. You may read either part first. The novice may want to begin with Part Two, which
will enable him to begin reading virtually immediately, later returning to Part One for more
in-depth study. This separation makes the book an on-going reference tool for the more
experienced reader as well.

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Saturday, September 1, 2007

Liber 058 Qabalah Or An Essay Upon Number

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Book: Liber 058 Qabalah Or An Essay Upon Number by Aleister Crowley

Also sometimes refered to as "Gematria" or "An Essay on Number". A General discussion of the Method and uses of the Qabalah. This was originally published as The Temple of Solomon the King, Part V in Equinox I v. See also: The Temple of Solomon the King in the Equinox: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI, Part VII, Part VIII, Part IX

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