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Subject: Magic and Ritual

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In Greek numerology, ninety-three is the value of the word “thelema,” or “will.” This is the word that has been adopted to represent the teachings of Aleister Crowley, as typified by the expression, “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.” Although this seems to mean “do whatever you want,” in actuality it means find out what your true will is, your God-oriented purpose in life, and then do only those things that will lead to achieving it. The second part of this ...
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The Qliphothic Sentinel of Ayin, the 26th Path on the Tree of Life. His number is 237. His name should be uttered in the key of "A."

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A member of the Golden Dawn, he broke it into pieces by demanding that they cease doing magick and that advancement in the Order not be due to knowledge and work but mere time in the Order. He wrote several books that were basically compilations from other sources with his comments. His writing style is not considered modern, and whatever wisdom he may have wished to share (suspect as some hold it to be) is often hidden beneath turgid prose.
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1.  This is a special abbreviation for the name of a magical order, the Astrum Argentum (sometimes the words are reversed or spelled differently) which means “Silver Star” in Latin. The three dots that form a triangle after each “A” not only mean that there is something further that is hidden (that is, there is a spiritual abbreviation), but also form a Masonic symbol indicating that the order possesses the mysterious “Lost Word” of Masonry.
2.  (Argenteum Astrum, or Order of the Silver Star) A magical order founded in 1907 by Crowley after leaving the Golden Dawn. It was reputed to reflect Crowley’s bisexuality. See the website http://www.ordoaa.org/ for information and essential instructions for aspirants of the A.A.
See Also:  The Astrum Argentum
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The Trumpeter of the Enochian Watchtower of Fire. He heralds the presence of the Great King in court. This name is intersected by the 38th Governor. By Gematria it equals 2.

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The first of the Six Seniors found on the Enochian Watchtower of Fire, Martial in nature. This name is intersected by the 20th, 24th, 38th, and 41st Governors. By Gematria it equals 467, a Prime Number. 

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The second of the Six Seniors found on the Enochian Watchtower of Air, Jupiterian in nature. This name is intersected by the 43rd, 45th, 53rd, and 56th Governors. By Gematria it equals 149, a Prime Number.

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The fourth of the Six Seniors found on the Enochian Watchtower of Fire, Venusian in nature. This name is intersected by the 38th and 39th Governors. By Gematria it equals 181, a Prime Number. 

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Group founded in 1942 by an excommunicated Mormon who believed he had contacted the angel Elias five years earlier.
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The first Gate of the Sepher Yetzirah. It has a value of three. There is an opposition in the meanings of the letters A, or the Hebrew aleph meaning ox and the B, or the Hebrew Bet meaning house as well as their respective Tarot correspondences of The Fool and The Magician. AB has the meanings of father, master, source, and ancestor. Astrologically this Gate corresponds to Air and Mercury, which brings to mind the elasticity of the god Mercury; however this is before he is sent on a mission (as ...
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The 56th Enochian Governor. This Angel is believed to rule over the region of northwest France and Belgium, and resides in the Enochian Aire known as POP. He has 6732 Servitors. By Gematria, the word itself has a value of 138.

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The name of a small commune dedicated to the practice of magick. It was formed in 1920 by Aleister Crowley and his "Scarlet Woman," Leah Hirsig (her magickal names was Alostrael) at Cefalù, a city in the province of Palermo on the northern coast of Sicily, Italy on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Other people, including his secretary, Israel Regardie, joined them there. One of the people who came there, a young man named Raul Loveday, drank water from a nearby well. The well was contaminated and ...
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A name for a banishing. To abjure.

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Literally "to swear away from," (from the Latin Ab, meaning "away from" and jurare, meaning "to swear"). To abjure means to banish or exorcize.

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A charm of the Gnostics, written in the form of a triangle with one point down. It was used to protect against the forces of evil. Although it doesn’t show well in English because the “th” was originally one letter, it is actually a palindrome, written the same way forward and backward. Traditionally, it would be written from ink derived from the dried acorn cups of the Valonia oak, a majestic, semi-evergreen (the leaves thin from October until January) native to the eastern side of the ...
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Although commonly used to mean washing yourself or a ritual wishing, among alchemists it means to wash away what is impure through repeated cleansings, that reducing the matter you have to a pure state.

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1.  A traditional word of power, used by Western magicians from classical times to the present. Written in the falling way, it was used in talismans to cure fevers and asthma: ABRACADABRA ABRACADABR ABRACADAB ABRACADA ABRACAD ABRACA ABRAC ABRA ABR AB A In recent times, Abracadabra has mostly been used by stage magicians. English mage Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) altered the spelling to make it fit his new magical religion of Thelema, and in this new form the word has been much used in ...
2.  The spelling of the word was changed by Aleister Crowley to “Abrahadabra” to place the name Had, the second person of Crowley’s Thelemite trinity, at the center. Abracadabra is traditional outside the Thelemite community.
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1.  A rewriting of the famous magical word Abracadabra by Aleister Crowley. This places the name “Had,” a short form of the Egyptian Hadith that, according to some sources, represents Horus of Behedet, an area in Egypt. Hadith is the second person of the Thelemic trinity. Crowley believed it was the Word of the Aeon. One aspect of this is that it has eleven letters, thus linking the symbol of humanity, the pentagram (five identical letters) with the number of God, the hexagram, (six diverse ...
2.  Not to be confused with “Abracadabra.” Crowley declared Abrahadabra to be the “Word of the New Aeon” that would unite microcosm with macrocosm in the new phase of human evolution. In itself, the word is understood as a formula of sex magick performed within the Great Work.
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The name of an Egyptian magician cited in The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage, a magical text translated by S. L. Mathers. The French manuscript was written in the eighteenth century, but it purports to be a translation from an original text in Hebrew, dating from 1458. The grimoire contains elaborate instructions in the form of a six-month program of purification and prayer, designed to lead the magician to higher states of consciousness in which "knowledge and conversation with ...
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A mixture of four parts olibanum, two parts storax, and one part lignum aloes. If the last ingredient is unavailable, then cedar, rose, or citron will suffice. These must be turned to fine powder. Although many sources give frankincense as another name for olibanum (and that's what you get when you buy it), they are actually two different species of the genus Boswellia in the Burseraceae family. Due to their similarity, however, either can be used. 

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The formula for this scented oil comes from The Book of the Sacred Magick of Abramelin the Mage and is mentioned in Crowley's The Book of the Law (Liber Al). It is made from eight parts cinnamon, four parts myrrh (described as being in the form of "tears"), two parts galangal, and seven parts olive oil.

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A popular magical deity in the ancient world, Abraxas (also called Abrasax) was depicted on classical amulet gems as a humanlike figure with a rooster’s head and serpents for feet, wielding a charioteer’s whip. The letters of his name in Greek add up to 365, the number of days in a year, which marked him as a solar deity and a lord of time. In modern times, Abraxas has achieved a new popularity by way of the writings of psychologist Carl Jung, who gave him a central place in his Gnostic ...
See Also:  Abrasax
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1.  The void between the supernal sephiroth and the lower sephiroth on the Tree of Life that separates the ideal and the real.
2.  A division on the Tree of Life separating the top three sephiroth from the rest of the Tree. A separation of the noumenal from the phenomenal, and the perceived separation between the upper, unmanifest, trinity of Kether, Chokmah and Binah, and the lower seven Sephiroth that are manifest. It is believed that only adepts can access those higher levels.
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A form of Biblical interpretation and making codes. See Temurah.
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Another term for the high magickal arts.
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1.  Generally considered someone following a particular spiritual path, it specifically means person who assists in a ritual.
2.  (Magick – Ceremonial) “Morvan’s duty was to keep this brazier fed and at an even height temperature, also to serve him generally as an acolyte serves a priest. She had, however, a much more important part to play in the actual ritual, which was to fix her mind unwaveringly on the work, to do her best to make it fluid, so that in welding it with his as it were, he derived added strength. For this concentration of the will upon the object of the ritual there must be no means of distraction. ...
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Latin for “at one’s pleasure,” it means to make things up as you go. Once you know the basic concepts of rituals and magick, it is possible to make up parts of rituals “on the fly” rather than depending upon repeating memorized scripts or reading written instructions. Often shortened to “ad lib.”
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1.  The human body projected upon the Tree of Life.
2.  The primordial man.
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1.  A person who is very skilled or proficient in a particular ability as in “When it comes to magick, he is an adept.” A description of such a person as in “He is adept at astrology.” In certain magickal orders, an adept is a person who has achieved a certain level of advancement in that group, sometimes using the original Latin form of the term, adeptus. In the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, there are two different grades, the Adeptus Minor and the Adeptus Major. Each has subgrades, ...
2.  Unfortunately, the term is used loosely and variously to mean either one who has reached a recognized higher grade in one of the initiatory orders, one who has made contact with their Holy Guardian Angel, one who has "crossed the Abyss," or for an advanced student. It is not a “grade” or “credentialed position” universally recognized like an academic degree. Beware of the self-annointed!
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Literally, the "Exempt Adept." In the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a title given to people who have reached the 7° of the Order. Initially, the 5th and 6th degrees each had four sub-degrees. In many modern versions of the Golden Dawn, the sub-degrees are ignored and as a result of passing tests, members move directly from the 5th to the 6th, and 6th to the 7th.

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Literally, the "Greater Adept." In the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a title given to people who have reached the 6° of the Order. Initially, the 5th and 6th degrees each had four sub-degrees. In many modern versions of the Golden Dawn, the sub-degrees are ignored and as a result of passing tests, members move directly from the 5the to the 6the, and 6th to the 7th.

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“Lesser Adept,” the title of the lowest level of the second Order of the Golden Dawn. The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was actually composed of three groups. The Outer Order, the Golden Dawn per se, was where students learned about magick and some of its very basic techniques. After going through all the degrees of this Outer Order, a student might be invited into the second or Inner Order, known as the Roseae Rubeae et Aureae Crucis (R.R. et A.C.). Here the student first starts ...
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A command made to stop another from doing something. In magick, most commonly used to order an evoked spirit not to do something harmful. The strength of an adjuration may be compounded by using a deity’s name.
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The name of a famous book on alchemy from the 17th century. It is a Hebrew expression meaning “purifying fire.”
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A spiritual plane of initiation in the Enochian system of magick.
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A type of silica, primarily chalcedony, known for their bright colors and clear layers that appear to be lines. Magically, it is a stone of strength and protection. It is believed to strengthen the intellect. It can also be used to cleanse and stabilize the aura and supposedly can bring invisibility.

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Famous as part of the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, AGLA is actually an acronym for Ah-tah Gee-boor Lih-oh-lam Ah-doh-nye or “Thou art great forever, my Lord.”
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The fourth of the Four Kabalistic Worlds in descending order. It is the World of Action.
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1.  Without Limit. A description of the ultimate, unknowable divinity.
2.  "(Kabbalah – Tree of Life) Limitless.” The middle of the three veils of negative existence.
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In the system of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a symbolically decorated dagger. It is used by an adept to direct elemental air energy.
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1.  The entity who communicated the Book of the Law to Aleister Crowley.
2.  The name of Aleister Crowley’s Holy Guardian Angel. Crowley spent many years trying to determine if Aiwass was merely his higher self or was, in fact, a non-physical being.
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The 11th Mansion of the Moon, corresponding to part of the constellation Virgo.
Influence: Creates harmony between lovers
Spirit: Neciel
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The 19th Mansion of the Moon, corresponding to part of the constellation Sagittarius.
Influence: Causes misfortune for enemies
Spirit: Amutiel
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The 26th Mansion of the Moon, corresponding to part of the constellation Andromeda.
Influence: Aids the fisher
Spirit: Tagriel
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The 28th Mansion of the Moon, corresponding to part of the constellation Aries. Influence: Aids in reconciliation Spirit: Amnixiel
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The second Mansion of the Moon, corresponding to part of the constellation Taurus. Note similarlity to the star name, Aldebaran.
Influence: Ill will, separation, revenge
Spirit: Enediel
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The fifth Mansion of the Moon, corresponding to part of the constellation Gemini.
Influence: Secures material desires
Spirit: Gabriel
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The 24th Mansion of the Moon, corresponding to part of the constellation Pegasus.
Influences love and favor.
Spirit: Abrinael
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The 25th Mansion of the Moon, corresponding to parts of the constellations Pegasus and Andromeda.
Influence: Fouls liquids
Spirit: Aziel
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The 13th Mansion of the Moon, corresponding to part of the constellation Virgo.
Influences friendship and good will
Spirit: Fazeriel
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The third Mansion of the Moon, corresponding to the constellation Orion.
Influence: Favor with authority
Spirit: Anixiel
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The fourth Mansion of the Moon, corresponding to part of the constellation Gemini.
Influence: Secures love
Spirit: Azariel
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The eighth Mansion of the Moon, corresponding to part of the constellation Leo.
Influence: Aids in childbirth and healing
Spirit: Amnediel
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The 14th Mansion of the Moon, corresponding to the constellation Libra.
Influence:Material increase
Spirit: Ergediel
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The 16th Mansion of the Moon, corresponding to part of the constellation Scorpio.
Influence: Aids against poisons
Spirit: Azeruel
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The 18th Mansion of the Moon, corresponding to part of the constellation Sagittarius.
Influence: Aids the hunter
Spirit: Egibiel
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The sixth Mansion of the Moon, corresponding to the constellation Cancer.
Influence: Aids in battle
Spirit: Dirachiel
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The 23rd Mansion of the Moon, corresponding to part of the constellation Aquarius.
Influence: Aids the harvest, and plants in general
Spirit: Requiel
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The 21st Mansion of the Moon, corresponding to part of the constellation Aquarius.
Influences destruction and decline
Spirit: Bethnael
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The 20th Mansion of the Moon, corresponding to the constellation Capricorn.
Influence: Aids the fugitive
Spirit: Kyriel
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The 22nd Mansion of the Moon, corresponding to part of the constellation Aquarius.
Influence: Aids fertility in animals
Spirit: Geliel
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The tenth Mansion of the Moon, corresponding to part of the constellation Leo.
Influence: Causes disharmony between lovers
Spirit: Ardefiel
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The 27th Mansion of the Moon, corresponding to part of the constellation Aries.
Influence: Aids in the destruction of enemies
Spirit: Atheniel
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The 17th Mansion of the Moon, corresponding to part of the constellation Scorpio.
Influence: Aids childbirth
Spirit: Adriel
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The twelfth Mansion of the Moon, corresponding to part of the constellation Virgo.
Influences divorce and separation
Spirit: Abdizuel
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The seventh Mansion of the Moon, corresponding to part of the constellation Leo. Spirit: Scheliel
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The first Mansion of the Moon, beginning at the Pleiades and corresponding to part of the constellation Taurus.
Influence: Good fortune
Spirit: Geniel
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The ninth Mansion of the Moon, corresponding to part of the constellation Leo.
Influence: Causes fear or reverence
Spirit: Barbiel
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Name for any person who practices alchemy.
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1.  The word alchemy is an Arabic term comprised of the article "al" and the noun "khemi.” The later word relates to "Khem" the Coptic name of Egypt. Alchemy thus means, "that which pertains to Egypt.” Thus the words alchemy and chemistry are a reminder of the scientific legacy of Egypt. Another possible origin of the word is the Greek "cheo" which means "I pour" or "I cast"—a word often used in reference to the ancient Greek metalworkers who used many alchemical formulae. Together, alchemy ...
2.  Alchemy is the art and science of transformation. This is not an easily understood art, because the primal medium of alchemical expression is through the use of allegory and mythological symbols, which can be interpreted simultaneously both at a material and a spiritual level. The primary goal of alchemy is to bring all things, including humanity to its pre-ordained state of perfection. To that end, the alchemical theory states that eternal wisdom remains latent, dormant and obscure in humanity ...

3.  The art and science of creating medicines from plants and minerals for healing physical and psychic diseases, thereby restoring the alchemist to a state of perfect harmony. These medicines can be either liquid, such as the Elixir of Life, or solid, such as the Philosopher’s Stone. Alchemy is also known as the Royal Art.

4.  The alchemy of the occultist and of sex magick is the transformation of the "baser" self into the "gold" of the higher self. The procedures, tools and materials of the physical alchemist become symbols for the psychological and magickal operations of the occult alchemist.
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Born Edward Alexander Crowley, he was a remarkable poet, writer, mountain climber, and occultist. His strong positions on magick (his spelling), including the use of sexuality in magick, have made him highly controversial. He “received” (what today might be called “channeled”) a short text, The Book of the Law, in 1904, and modified the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn’s magical system to fit this revelation. It also became a religious system. Followers of this system are called ...
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The first letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Represents the number 1. The first of the three "mother letters." A Hebrew word meaning "ox." Corresponds to the element of Air, the 11th Path (between Kether and Chokmah), and Tarot trump The Fool.
See Also:  AlifAlef
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1.  One of the books of The Lesser Key of Solomon.
2.  General term for a talisman made from pure, white wax, and inscribed with various names and symbols.
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English occult order, founded after the breakup of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in 1900 by former GD head Samuel Liddell Mathers and his supporters. There were two temples in Great Britain, one in London and the other in Edinburgh. The former Golden Dawn temples in the United States—Thme No. 8 in Chicago and Thoth-Hermes No. 9 in New York City—sided with Mathers during the breakup and became part of the Alpha et Omega afterwards. Three other American temples were founded after the ...
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In the GBG magickal order, Alphaism means first or beginning because alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet. Alphaism was the beginning of the GBG instruction on Sex Magick. Alphaism simply means no sexual intercourse. Erotic thoughts of imaginations should not even be entertained in the mind during the one or two months that the practice was required. Instead of sex, the Alphaist member was to begin with the first verse of the first chapter of The Book of the Law, and take one ...
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1.  At the center of the circle is placed the altar, which magically represents the center of the universe and the center of the self. It is the working surface of ritual, the focus of awareness and power. When there is no space for a material altar, one may be visualized in the astral. The altar is square on top, cubic or doubly-cubic in dimension, and should be made of, or contain, natural stone. All these aspects symbolize that the altar is the material foundation that supports the work; it is ...

2.  An altar is really a work bench holding your magickal tools. Usually it is placed at the center of the circle or working area. Sometimes it may be moved to face any of the four corners. Traditionally it is composed of two equal size cubes, one on top of the other.

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Candles used to provide light for an altar during a magickal ritual or worship. Altar candles are usually white.
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A word used at the end of prayers and sections in Jewish and Christian rituals, as well as in some Pagan and ceremonial magick rituals. It is usually translated as “so be it,” thus equating with the magickal expression, “so mote it be.” However, it is actually a notarikon or Kabalistic acronym for the Hebrew words, “El Melech Ne’eh-mahn,” meaning “God is a faithful king.” Thus it signifies that concept that by repeating certain phrases, prayers, or rites, God will be faithful ...
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Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis, they claim to be the Rosicrucian Brotherhood. Although most Rosicrucians date themselves to early 17th century manifestos, AMORC claims to go back to Pharaoh Thutmose III of Egypt circa 1500 b.c.e. The order itself was founded in the US by Harvey Spencer Lewis (1883–1939), who had worked in advertising as an illustrator. Around 1915, Lewis hit upon the idea of marketing AMORC via mail order, and their ubiquitous advertisements appeared in numerous popular ...
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1.  A magical device used for protection. Although often used synonymously with talisman, amulets are made to keep things away (such as illness) while talismans are used to bring things to you (such as good luck).
2.  A device of some sort worn to protect the wearer from some specific evil or malady. The term amulet seems to be derived from the Latin word amulteum, a “means of defense.” Amulets are Barrier and Guardian talismans.

3.  Usually a physical object of metal or stone that has been deliberately crafted to represent and be additionally charged with particular energies believed to inspire or stimulate corresponding energies in a person carrying or wearing the amulet. Most often, the material is associated by traditional correspondences, and then is shaped or inscribed with symbols likewise derived from correspondences. The amulet may be activated and its energies transferred by prayer, manipulation, or magical use

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Greek word meaning “rise up” and referring to the concept of the resurrection of the dead. However, it is also used to mean the point in an initiation ritual where the candidate moves from the old life to the new life, reborn as an initiate in a new existence.

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Word of Power used in Hexagram rituals, it is a Notarikon stating that the ultimate divinity is unitary in nature.
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Originally intended to have nine books, we only have the first book, “Isagoge,” that concerns the basics of magickal procedure in general. It contains 49 “aphorisms,” divided into groups of seven called “septenaries,” which must be learned and followed in order to succeed in magickal experiments.
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Something that is understood by only a few people. Mysterious or secret.
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A magickal theoretician; one who theorizes about magick and its techniques but does not actually perform any rituals. Some practicing magickians use it as a derogatory term for people who don’t “practice what they preach.”
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A secondary use of talismans from the isometric crystal system. These talismans have an internal structure that is perfectly arranged and holds the energy we need to help us arrange our life in a more orderly manner. When there is a need for arranging our paths through life, establishing equality or equilibrium, reducing chaos, aligning priorities, or just “squaring” things away, talismans made from crystals from this system are very powerful.
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Another name for High Magick.
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Like an elemental, but created by a magician for a specific purpose related to the qualities associated with a particular magickal element.
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The practice of shaking or sprinkling water to purify and/or consecrate individuals, places, or things as part of a ritual.
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A special device, a leaf, bundle of herbs (usually fresh), etc., used to sprinkle water during a ritual purification or consecration. Also, the title of the person using such a device.
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A special device—usually a type of brush or a small container perforated with small holes, used to asperge during a ritual.
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One who aspires to something. It frequently is used to describe a person who seeks or aspires to membership in an occult order or, once a member, seeks to move to a higher level in that order. In the occult Order of the Astral Star, "Aspirant" is the title of someone in the "zero degree" of associate membership. It corresponds to Earth of Earth in the Sephirah Malkuth (In the Golden Dawn's coloring, the black colored quarter of Malkuth using the Queen Scale of color).

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1.  The "Material World." The final, fourth, and most dense of the four Qabalistic worlds or stages of manifestation. Assiah is the dense world of action and matter. It is attributed to Malkuth, the element of earth, and the Hebrew letter Heh (the final letter Heh, as opposed to the second letter Heh in the name Yod Heh Vah Heh).

2.  The World of Action. The fourth and lowest of the Kabbalistic worlds corresponding to the material level, the world of sensation, the dominion of Primordial Earth and its four elements. Assiah pictured either on the Tree of Life as Malkuth only, or as a fourth Tree of life below the other three.

Suggested Reading – Regardie & Ciceros: A Garden of Pomegranates

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A technique used in several magickal systems. The magician creates the image of a deity by various means, including visualization of an archetypal image of the deity, concentration of the sigil of the deity, vibration of the deity’s name, etc. Once created, the magician “steps into” the image (this may be done mentally, physically, or both). The magician then functions as a manifestation of that deity. This is typically done in certain initiatory rituals, so that it is a deity performing ...
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A place on the astral plane or in the imagination created by force of will and visualization as an astral location that is represented on the physical plane by a magician’s actual temple. When magicians consciously project into the astral plane, this is usually the first place they will go. As it is familiar to the magician, it can be used as a place of refuge in case of attack or perceived danger on the astral plane.
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See A∴A∴ .

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1.  A tool used by Witches that combines the functioning of both wand and sword is the athame, or magical knife. It is an all-purpose instrument, used for making the material objects of ritual and also for projecting power. Some Witches even use it in their cooking! They explain that since magic embraces all of life, cooking is an integral part of their Art and this is no profanation. The magical knife is quite old. In medieval times it was divided into two—a knife with a white hilt, used for ...
2.  Possibly a misspelling of “Arthame” taken from the grimoire known as The Greater Key of Solomon (or perhaps vice versa). The Athame is primarily used by Witches and Wiccans. It is traditionally sharp on both sides and has a black handle. It may have symbols on it. To many, the Athame is seen as an extension of their ability to direct energy. As such, although sharp, it is not used to cut any physical object. It is only used to direct energy or cut non-physical energy streams. To ...
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In alchemy, a special type of oven. In sex magick, the penis.
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The uppermost of the Four Kabalistic Worlds. It means the World of Archetypes or Emanations.
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1.  The "World of Nobility." The highest and most abstract of the four Qabalistic worlds or stages of manifestation. Atziluth is the divine world of archetypes. It is attributed to Kether, the element of fire, and the Hebrew letter Yod.

2.  The first and highest Kabbalistic world, the divine world of the Archetypes. The domain of Primordial Fire. It corresponds to Kether, Chokmah and Binah.

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1.  Latin for "Gold of the Sun." A magical order founded in England in 1897 by George Stanton and Charles Kingold which claims descent from the Ogdoadic Tradition of the Western Mystery Tradition. It is best known through the published works of two of its leaders, Melita Denning and Osborne Phillips, pseudonyms of Vivian Godfrey and Leon Barcynski. Together, they authored many books on magical practice, such as Astral Projection and Creative Visualization, and The Magical Philosophy. More ...
2.  An initiatic Order reactivated under this name in England in 1897 by George Stanton and Charles Kingold. Focused on Theurgy, High Magick, and Hermetism, it claims to descent from the Ogdoadic (Hermetic) Tradition of Ancient Egypt and then Greece. It is one of the main schools that offer a modern powerful training in the foundation of the Western Mystery Tradition. It is best known through the published works of three of its leaders, Melita Denning and Osborne Phillips (pseudonyms of Vivian ...
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A concept similar to automatic writing. The basic idea is that a person goes into a trance and is able to transfer information from their unconscious (and from whatever sources might be influencing the unconscious) into paintings or drawings. In chaos magick, a technique often used to design sigils for use as a talisman.
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A term meaning “strongly opposed to” something. In magick, it generally refers to a practice used against someone or something.
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The sixteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, a "voiced laryngal spirant." Represents the number 70. The tenth of the twelve "single letters." A Hebrew word meaning "eye." Corresponds to Tiphareth and Hod), and Tarot trump XV The Devil.
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1.  A word composed of the first and last letters of the Hebrew and Greek alphabets. It is also called the Akasha or Astral Light. It appears as brightness and is changeable according to a person’s will.

2.  The universal “medicine” that is the living spirit.

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The Builders of The Adytum. Founded by Paul Foster Case, a member of the Golden Dawn, it was the first organization to present a deck of Tarot cards with the Golden Dawn correspondences of Hebrew to each Major Arcana card. In his rituals he removed all mention of Enochian magick.
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Latin for a stick or staff, it is a name used as an alternative for a wand. In animal physiology, it is a special bone found among some mammals that aids in sexual intercourse, also known as a penile bone.
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Literally, the "Bath of Mary," it is the original name for the common double boiler used in cooking. The "Mary" in this instance was a Jewish woman who lived in ancient Alexandria and was known to be one of the earliest practitioners of alchemy. It was used to slowly heat substances, a practice necessary for alchemy.

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Baneful herbs are poisonous. Such herbs - including henbane, hemlock, hellebore, mandrake and datura - were popular in Renaissance magic for inducing visions, creating the illusion of psychic awareness, drawing love, tormenting the mind and even dulling the pain of those about to be executed for the “crime” of magic.
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Any spell, ritual, or technique that is used in a way that is harmful—mentally, physically, emotionally or spiritually—to the subject of the magick.
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To send away. On a spiritual level, a ritual or technique used to send away unwanted entities or energies.
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1.  To send away. In metaphysical terms, a banishing is a ritual or technique that has the effect of sending away unwanted energies, entities, etc. Although banishings are used in healing (sending away the ailment), they are most often used in conjunction with magickal rituals. They are used before such rituals to make the area blank, a tabula rasa, leaving it open for any magickal work. They are used after such rituals to disperse any energies or entities that may have been attracted to the energy ...

2.  A ritual approach to psychic self-protection. Many books provide the details of the practice, but a beginner should also gain understating of the theory. The suggested title does that.

Suggested Reading – Regardie, with Chic and Sandra Tabatha Cicero: The Tree of Life: An Illustrated Study in Magic.

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A banner displayed in the east of Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn temples used to represent the dawning light. It consists of a white background on which is a golden cross, over which are interlaced red and blue triangles, forming a hexagram. In the center of this is a white “T.” It has red tassels and is suspended by a red cord.
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A banner displayed in the west of Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn temples used to represent the fading light. It consists of a black background on which is a white triangle. Inside the triangle is a red cross.
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A term that first appeared during the trials of the Knights Templar. Although there have been many suggestions as the source of the term, including mystical ones, its etymology is unknown. In a book by occultist Eliphas Levi, he produced a drawing of Baphomet that he also identified as “The Sabbatic Goat.” It has been adapted as part of the Devil card found in many Tarot decks.
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These are really "words of power," whether intelligible or not. Originally, the name comes from the languages spoken by the "barbarians," those who did not speak Greek when the Greeks thought they had invented civilization.  In ritual, barbarous words and names don't have to make sense or be understood by the ritualist. Many are derived from Hebrew, ancient Egyptian and Persian; some are based on the Enochian language provided to us by Dr. John Dee. Rather than rational sense, they make ...
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Talismans made from minerals that form in the triclinic crystal system possessing the form of a trapezium, a structure with no right angles. This structure gives these talismans strength in all directions, allowing them to provide barriers to attack from all directions simultaneously. Their crystal structure gives Barrier talismans the crystal energy to form an effective amulet that can aid in defending against the misfortunes of this world.
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A type of pool or tank of water, appropriately decorated, that is used in some Voudoun rituals. It is used by participants who are ridden (possessed) by serpent Loa that are aquatic in nature and who enjoy a watery plunge.

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This term has two meanings in Voudoun. First, it is the name of a set of drums. Second, during a ritual, it is a rhythm that marks a division of the ritual, often between the opening section and that of the actual rite. This rhythm has everyone playing together, and may include people clapping hands, drums, and the asson (sacred rattle).

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The second letter of the Hebrew alphabet, B or V. Represents the number 2. The first of the seven "double letters." A Hebrew word meaning "house." Corresponds to the planet Mercury, the 12th Path (between Kether and Binah), and Tarot trump I The Magician.
See Also:  Bet
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This is based on the concept that there is a physical plane or “world” and a non-physical or astral world. It is in this non-physical world where magickal practices have their initial effect. Later, this manifests on the physical plane. As physical beings we exist in the physical world. When performing magickal rites it is common to first create a circle or magickal space. This space is neither wholly in the physical or non-physical worlds, but “between” both. Thus, when sacred space is ...
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1.  See Fascinate.

2.  A common and literary expression having nothing to do with Witchcraft. Rather it is used to represent an affliction—more often emotional than physical—of an unknown and bewildering nature. Also used in connection with an emotional attachment to another person similar to the expression of being under that person’s "spell."

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See Fascinate.
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1.  The third Sephirah of the cabalisticTree of Life, the topmost Sephirah on the Pillar of Severity. The term is a Hebrew word meaning "Understanding." It represents the archetype of the number 3, the feminine aspect of the Godhead. It corresponds to the divine name YHWH Elohim, the archangel Tzaphqiel, the angelic choir called Aralim (The Mighty Ones) and Shabbathai, or heavenly Sphere of Saturn.
2.  In Binah is a thick darkness which yet veileth the Divine Glory in which all colours are hidden, wherein is mystery and depth and silence, and yet, it is the habitation of the Supernal Light. There is the Supernal Triad completed. And the Sphere of its Operation is Shabbathai, or rest, and it giveth forms and similitudes unto chaotic matter and it ruleth the sphere of action of the planet Saturn. And Jehovah Elohim is the perfection of Creation and the Life of the World to Come. And its ...
3.  Aima Elohim, the Divine Mother, the third Sephirah on the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, Understanding. It is the primal feminine power. Also known as Ama, the dark sterile mother; Aima, the bright fertile mother; and Marah, the great sea. It is located at the top of the Pillar of Severity. Name of God: Tetragrammaton Elohim Archangel: Tzaphqiel Angelic Host: Aralim Astrological Correspondence: Saturn Body: right side of head Colors:  in Atziluth: crimson,  in Briah: ...
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1.  (Noun) A type of magickal restraint used on something or someone.

2.  (Verb) To magickally restrain someone or something.

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Made up of combinations of two or more rune-staves, bind-runes expand and further refine the power and aim of runic formulas.
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Magickal acts ranging from a complex ritual to a simple spell that have the goal of preventing someone from committing a specific action or set of actions.
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In the O.T.O., the first part of the seventh degree of the Order. Part of the second or "Lover" Triad. Also known as Magus of Light.

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Pronounced Bee-toh-em, it is the Enochian name for the Spirit of Fire.
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There are two beliefs as to the source of the term. The word root “necro-“ means “dead” or dead body.” Originally, “necromancy” was a term describing a form of divination using parts of dead bodies. By about 1300, it came to mean divination by communicating with the dead. Unfortunately, this became confused with the Middle Latin word root niger (pronounced nee-gair) meaning “black.” Thus, “nigromancy” or communicating with the dead became a “black art.” Alternatively, ...
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1.  Black Magick's aim is to harm yourself or another either purposely or accidentally. Some magicians feel that it would not be working to hurt someone else, except that they, themselves will suffer as a consequence. "As you sow, so shall ye reap" is not merely a philosophical aphorism to a magician, it is an actual physical fact. Most magicians do not want to chance getting "zapped" by the law of Karma for a foolish act of Black Magick.

2.  Magic performed to cause harm. Louis Culling’s point about "it is prevailing mental aberration of the ignorant to label as 'Black Magic' the pentagram with two points upward" is that it not the tools of magic that are evil but only the intentions of the magician. A pentagram is a pentagram no matter which end is up; a knife is a knife no matter how it is used, and a gun is a gun no matter it held by a policeman or a murderer. 

See Also:  Black Magick
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Traditionally a blessing is a magickal act wherein spiritual energy imbued with positive concepts is conferred to another person. Today, it often means simply wishing a person good luck.
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The blood from a woman’s menstrual cycle. It is considered by some magicians to contain a great deal of magickal power and is highly desired. A small amount was traditionally baked into the Gnostic Catholic Church’s “Cakes of Light.”
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An alchemical term that, in sex magick, means semen.
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One of the two pillars found in a temple of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. It is black in color, and has white drawings on it of certain Egyptian images. It is feminine in nature and associated with the Pillar of Severity on the Kabalistic Tree of Life.
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In Voudoun, a bokor (sometimes called a boko) is a magician or sorcerer who will perform magick for people in exchange for money or some other form of payment. Although most practitioners will only do positive magick, bokors are known for working with "both hands," meaning that they will also do negative or harmful magick as well as mind control.

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1.  A white-handled knife used by some Witches and Wiccans for carving items, especially items used in ritual. For example, it would be used to carve a sigil on a candle used in a ritual. For some, it would also be used for many daily cutting purposes. To people who use the white knife in this way, the better-known black-hilted knife, the Athame, is not used to cut anything physical. Rather, it is used to direct energy.

2.  Also spelled "Bolline." A Witch tool. A knife used for non-ritual functions. It often has a brown wood handle.

See Also:  Athame
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Talismans that are made from minerals that form in the Class VIII-5 “Sheet Silicates” class. These crystals are formed when silicate tetrahedrons connect in sheets producing very cohesive minerals. They are very tough to cut. They are outstanding minerals that have the chemical earth power to make effective talismans when the need to create something that is bound tightly. Bonder talismans are useful in cementing relationships and agreements.
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A term that became popular in the 1960s and 1970s to refer to people who attempted to collect Books of Shadows from as many covens and traditions as possible. Usually used in a derogatory fashion as Book Collectors were generally either academics with no interest in actually practicing, or individuals seeking the secrets of other groups without dedicating themselves to the practice of that tradition.
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Obviously, "M.N." is to be replaced with your Magickal Name. I make this point simply because I have found some people so literal that they use such abbreviations in their rituals. So, if the instructions say "Call the Angel,'" that is exactly what they do rather than calling the Angel by its name. 

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1.  The Book of the Law, also known as Liber AL vel Legis, was channeled by Aleister Crowley in Cairo in 1904 from a "preternatural" entity calling himself Aiwass. It is divided into three sections, respectively attributed to the Egyptian deities Nuit,Hadit, and Ra-Hoor-Khuit. Its chief tenets are "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law," "Love is the law, love under will," and "Every man and every woman is a star."
2.  This book, also known as Liber AL vel Legis [or just Liber AL], is composed of three chapters, each written down by Crowley in one hour starting at noon April 8, 9, and 10 in 1904 in Cairo, Egypt. The words were spoken to Crowley by an entity named Aiwass, later referred to as Crowley’s Holy Guardian Angel.  The Book of the Law is the holy book for Crowley’s followers. It teaches the Law of Thelema, usually represented by these two phrases: Do what thou wilt shall be the ...
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1.  The idea that if you have a strong magickal defense, the result of a spell worked against you will bounce the negative current back to the sender like a boomerang returning to the person who threw it. Those who accept the three-fold law believe that the effect will be three times as potent as the attacking force.

2.  Negative telepathic messages and psychic-energy transfers have a traditional "return to the sender" phenomenon noted in magical literature as bouncing back with a three-fold increase in power.

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Interruptions in concentration. Aleister Crowley gave techniques to develop concentration and overcome these breaks.
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The second of the Four Kabalistic Worlds in descending order. It means World of Creation.
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1.  The "World of Creation." The second of four Qabalistic worlds, consisting of Chokmah and Binah. Briah is the realm of archangels. It is attributed to the element of water and the Hebrew letter Heh.

2.  The second of the Kabbalistic four Worlds, the archangelic and creative world of pure intellect. The world of Creation and the dominion of Primordial Water. It corresponds to Chesed, Geburah, and Tiphareth on the Tree of Life.

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Talismans made from Class III “Halides.” That are often very brightly colored, among the brightest of the mineral kingdom. These crystals and minerals such as Halite and Fluorite are prized for their ability to bring out the beauty in something. As talismans, the Brighteners have the chemical earth energy to help us in enhancing efforts that focus on the sensual aspects of life in which some aspect has become dull, tarnished, or dingy.
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Archaic term for someone following a negative spiritual path. Alternatively, those who follow a materialist path rather than a spiritual one. Sometimes called a "black magician."
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Talismans made from Class VII “Phosphate” minerals. These minerals are mostly derived from phosphoric acid which forms compounds that buffer, balance, and neutralize both acids and alkalis. Other talismans from this class have similar chemistry. Buffers have the chemical earth power to help us when we need to promote stability, balance, and centering. Also sometimes called Balancers.
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Talismans made from minerals of the Class V “Carbonates” classification. These are minerals that are rarely in their final forms, but rather in a transitional state. The Builders have the chemical Earth Power that is needed in applications in which something new needs to be made from something old. Woodworkers, stoneworkers, artists, painters, and others efforts involved in the creative arts benefit from these types of talismans. The Builder talismans can help artists and craftsmen to focus ...
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A tool used in rituals by the Aboriginal people of Australia. It consists of a small piece of wood tied to the end of a string. When swung through the air it produces a buzzy, humming sound. Shown being used as a signaling and communications device in the film Crocodile Dundee.
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Cabala...is a system of mysticism with its origins in Judaism, stemming in part from the "chariot" visions of first-century mystics, in part from Gnosticism and Neoplatonism, in part from the theological speculations of medieval Spanish Jews, and in part from later thinkers. For many centuries, cabala was the accepted form of mysticism and theology within Judaism, but for the most part it has now fallen out of favor in religious contexts. Nevertheless, many rabbis and Jewish scholars still take ...
See Also:  KabbalahQabalahQabala
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A human-made pile of rocks. They may be very simple or quite elaborate and often are made in the form of a cone. In modern times they are used to mark such things as a path or the top of a mountain. In ancient times they may have marked burial sites, astrological sites, or as aids for hunting.
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1.  A term for a summoning, sometimes used to indicate the summoning of a spirit as part of an invocation or evocation.

2.  When testing for ESP using such things as guessing which playing card an investigator is holding, each response to a question such as “What card am I holding?” is known as a “call.”

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Usually performed near the start of a ritual, the practice of evoking protective entities, deities, or powers that correspond to the specific energies of the cardinal directions as determined by the beliefs of the tradition being followed.
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An officer of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. In a full temple, this officer is present on the dais when the temple is open for Neophytes. The purpose of this officer (the name is Latin for “chancellor”) is to keep records. When this office is held by a woman, she is called the Cancellaria.
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“The use of candles in magic dates back many centuries, but the specific system of magic in which colored, anointed candles are the primary tools is a relatively recent innovation, developed in the nineteenth century out of Catholic devotional practices using candles of various kinds. The southern United States, with its rich heritage of hoodoo magic and African tradition, seems to be the homeland of candle magic, with New Orleans probably the original place of invention. “The basic ...
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A stone that completes the top of a structure. When it is placed at the top of a column, it usually has a pyramidal shape. This is found in the pillars used by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. It is symbolic of the highest level of one's consciousness.

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Also known as the “cardinal directions,” they are the North, South, East, and West. Many magickal rituals are directed toward one of the cardinal points, and some rituals have work done at each point. In mathematics, points dividing the cardinal points, such as the northeast, southwest, etc., are known as “ordinal points,” but in magickal traditions they are frequently called “cross-quarter points.”
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The practice of using a ritual to spiritual build a magick circle (as opposed to the physical movement of objects into the area) for use in magickal rituals and religious rites. Some say it is the activating of the spiritual aspects of a Wiccan or Pagan Temple.
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An incense burner. Traditionally, a censer is a metal container, filled with incense, that is swung on the end of a chain.
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In European magical traditions of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, a method of using the eyes to prevent another magician from gaining control of one’s mind and will. To use the central gaze, the magician focuses his or her eyes intently on a point between the attacker’s eyebrows, at the location of the “third eye” center. The crucial point lies in not allowing oneself to meet the attacker’s gaze directly, even for a moment; concentration must be maintained on the chosen point.
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1.  Ceremonial Magick is one of the most complicated systems of spiritual attainment in the world. It is a mixture of Jewish, Christian, and ancient Egyptian philosophy mixed with ancient Indian and Chaldean ideas spiced with a hint of earlier Paganism. This is mixed with the ceremonial aspects of Catholicism and Masonry. It usually heavily involves the study of the Kabbalah, the mysticism of the world put into Jewish and Judeo-Christian terms.

2.  The object of ceremonial magick is to stimulate the senses, to power-up the emotions, and to firmly conceptualize the purpose of the operation—which is to create a transcending experience to unite Personality with the Divine Self. To this end, rituals, symbols, clothing, colors, incenses, sound, dramatic invocations and sacraments are selected in accordance with established "correspondences" of one thing to another to transport the magician towards a mystical reality.  

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A person living in the area of ancient Babylon (modern Iraq) associated with the Sumerian city of Ur, which was eventually ruled by the Chaldees (the biblical “Ur of the Chaldees”). Chaldea was associated with magic, and by the seventeenth century in Europe, any person who was an astrologer, diviner, or magician was generically known as a “Chaldean.”
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A large goblet, frequently stemmed, used to hold wine in religious rituals. Also used to represent the element of Water in magickal rites.
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1.  The process of repeating sounds, words, or phrases. This can be done melodically or simply rhythmically. The goal is to induce an altered state of consciousness that may be used for magickal purposes.

2.  The repletion of words or short phrases in a vibrating voice that stirs psychic energy and may induce trance.

Suggested Reading: Andrews, Ted: Sacred Sounds: Magic & Healing Through Words & Music

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The act of vocalizing and usually repeating a chant.

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(Pronounced "kay-oh-ist) Term for a practitioner of Chaos magick. Such a person could also be referred to as a "Chaote."
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A term coined by Peter Carroll in 1978 in his book Liber Null (published in the US in combination with another work as Liber Null and Psychonaut) to describe a system of magick that its practitioners (who usually call themselves Chaoists or Chaotes) consider to be radically different from previous forms of magick. Important concepts in this tradition include the power of belief (expressed as “fake it until you make it”), the Gnostic state (being extremely focused) as necessary for most ...
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(Pronounced “kay-oat”) A term that describes a person who practices Chaos magick.
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The process of infusing some object with magickal power for a specific purpose. For example, a ring, pendant, or belt can be charged to protect the person who wears them.
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To infuse an object with magical power.
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A large cup (or small bowl) that contains sanctified (or exorcised) water. Usually located on the main Altar. It is carried around an area to asperge the Circle and coven members. Also called the water bowl.
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1.  An object imbued with some type of energy for magical purposes. See “talisman.”
2.  Term that comes from the same root as charisma and chant. A magick spell, particularly one that makes you more attractive to another person as in, “She charmed me.” Also, an object that has been magickally charged. Another term for a talisman or amulet.
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A small bag, usually made of cloth with a string around the top that allows you to close it and either wear it as a necklace or attach it as a pendant to a necklace. The owner or magician making it will place in it various herbs (making it similar to a sachet) stones, crystals, talismans, and other magickal objects turning the charm bag into a potent magickal tool.

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1.  The fourth Sephirah of the cabalistic Tree of Life, the middle Sephirah on the Pillar of Mercy. The term is a Hebrew word meaning "Mercy." It represents the archetype of the number 4, the merciful aspect of the Godhead. It corresponds to the divine name El, the archangel Tzadqiel, the angelic choir called Chashmalim, and Tzedek, or heavenly Sphere of Jupiter.
2.  In Chokmah is the Radix of blue and thence is there a blue colour pure and primitive, and glistening with a spiritual Light which is reflected unto Chesed. And the Sphere of its Operation is called Tzedek or justice and it fashioneth the images of material things, bestowing peace and mercy; and it ruleth the sphere of the action of the planet Jupiter. And Al is the title of a God strong and mighty, ruling in Glory, Magnificence and Grace. And the Archangel of Chesed is Tzadkiel, the prince of ...
3.  The fourth sephirah on the Tree of Life, Mercy. It is also called Gedulah, Greatness. Located at the center of the Pillar of Mercy. Name of God: El Archangel: Tzadkiel Angelic Host: Chashmalim Astrological Correspondence: Jupiter Body: left shoulder Colors: in Atziluth: deep violet, in Briah: blue, in Yetzirah: deep purple, in Assiah: deep azure flecked in yellow Consciousness: Memory as part of Ruach (the Conscious Self) Element: Water Magical Image: An old but mighty king on a ...
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The eighth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, Ch or H. Represents the number 8. The fourth of the twelve "single letters." A Hebrew word meaning "fence" or "enclosure." Corresponds to Cancer, the 18th Path (between Binah and Geburah), and Tarot trump VII The Chariot.
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1.  The second Sephirah of the cabalistic Tree of Life, the topmost Sephirah on the Pillar of Mercy. The term is a Hebrew word meaning "Widsom." It represents the archetype of the number 2, the masculine aspect of the Godhead. It corresponds to the divine name Yah, the archangel Raziel, the angelic choir called Ophanim (Wheels) and the Mazloth, or heavenly Sphere of the Zodiac.
2.  In Chokmah is a cloud-like grey which containeth various colours and is mixed with them, like a transparent pearl-hued mist, yet radiating withal, as if behind it there was a brilliant glory. And the Sphere of its influence is in Masloth, the Starry Heaven, wherein it disposeth the forms of things. And Yah is the Divine Ideal Wisdom, and its Archangel is Ratziel, the Prince or Princes of the knowledge of hidden and concealed things, and the name of its Order of Angels is Auphanim, the Wheels or ...
3.  The second sephirah on the Tree of Life, Wisdom. The primal masculine. Located at the top of the Pillar of Mercy. Name of God: Yah Archangel: Raziel Angelic Host: Auphanim Astrological Correspondence: the Zodiac, Sphere of the Stars Body: left side of head Colors: in Atziluth: pure sort blue; in Briah: gray; in Yetzirah: iridescent pearl gray; in Assiah: white flecked with red, blue and yellow. Consciousness: Chiah, the spiritual will Element: Fire Human Soul: Chiah, the Divine ...
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Also known as the C∴C∴, it appears to have been a magical group active in Chicago as early as 1931 and at least as recently as 1979. Exactly what it was, or is, is confusing and probably of no pertinence to our study here. According to the occult scholar P. R. Koenig, in 1933 a small group of homosexual men split off from C. F. Russell's original group in order to practice Crowley’s XI°. It was led in recent history by Michael P. Bertiaux teaching Haitian Voodoo and ...
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A collection of loose papers that are the original source of the Golden Dawn ritual and magical system, and which played a complex and still uncertain role in the founding of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
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1.  The magic circle is drawn in the astral world about the Magus and the place where the ritual is worked. It forms a division between the magical place and the ordinary world, setting the interior space apart. This allows the region inside the circle to hold a heightened charge of magical potency, and because it is a pure space devoted to worship and magic, it permits the manifestation of spiritual Intelligences that could not be readily perceived in the ordinary environment. The circle also acts ...
2.  A temporary boundary within which a séance or magical operation may take place. The theory is that is becomes a kind of psychic container for the energies used in the operation and a barrier to unwanted energies from outside. The Magick Circle—whether drawn physically or in the imagination—is the "container" of magickal operations. The "Opening" and the "Closing" of the Temple—or of the Circle—is an operation that is both magickal and psychological. The rituals ...
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Small ring carved from Preseli Bluestone, the substance from which the Inner Ring of Stonehenge is made. It is used with Touchstones on the equinoxes and solstices to unify talismans—combining their power with all other talismans.
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1.  A magickal circle wherein magick workers are protected from unwanted entities and energies.
2.  A circle of people, often holding hands, at a séance.
3.  Part of the popular game Magic: The Gathering, which protects you from certain types of damage.
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A concept based on the idea of an electrical circuit, which must be complete for a device on the circuit to function. That is, there must be a source of electrical energy, the device to be powered, and then a ground, usually associated with or near the source. This is translated to psychic or magickal energy, where some hold that there must also be a completed circuit to be effective. Thus, when you are sending healing energy to someone, you are the source, the person to be healed is the ...
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A ritual developed from the Middle Pillar Ritual wherein you move spiritual energy throughout and around your body.
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To walk in a circle. In temples of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, this was a clockwise circling of the temple. It was said to represent the rise of Light. In the Golden Dawn’s inner order, the circumambulation of the temple by initiates would create energy in the form of a cone or vortex. This may be the source of the Pagan/Wiccan concept of a “Cone of Power,” although the influence may have gone the other way. A reverse circumambulation, going anti-clockwise, was symbolic of the ...
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A term most often used by ceremonial magicians describing moving within a magickal circle either as part of a ritual or as a way of raising magickal energy.
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The destination of the Adept crossing the Abyss. The City of Pyramids is located in Binah.
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A term used to describe the removal of forms of negativity. This can be done spiritually (as in the performance of a banishing ritual) or physically (as in covering an area with salt and then sweeping the purifying salt away).
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There are many advanced magical techniques, but there are also simple folk practices. Here are a few:

  1. String some garlics, or strew some garlic cloves, about the place. Leave over night, then take up and burn.
  2. Place an onion in a prominent place when unpleasant visitors are expected. Afterwards, burn the onion.
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The end of a ritual. At the beginning or opening, the magick circle was formed. During the closing, the circle is taken down, returning the space to its normal level of sacredness. If people have dedicated temple space, they may choose to close or end the ritual but allow the sacred space to remain as charged by the ritual.
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The G∴B∴G∴ calls for simplicity. The requirement is only that the ritual clothing be different from one’s customary clothing. While fancy ceremonial robes would fulfill this requirement, they would be contradictory to the G∴B∴G∴ emphasis on the Great Work in contrast to the accessories. A simple garment cut from cloth with holes for neck and arms could be sufficient, as could an inexpensive bath robe or night shirt. In some Wiccan circles ...
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In Postmodern magick, a set of filters through which we deal with any aspect of life. We have a set of codes for money, health, sex, learning, etc. The group of codes that allows us to live in the “real world” is called a “semiotic web.” Magick allows us to change our codes.
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A necklace. Specifically, a ritual necklace that is given to a Voudoun initiate to mark their initiation into the group.

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In the O.T.O., the third part of the fifth degree of the Order. Part of the second or "Lover" Triad. Also known as Illustrious Knight (Templar) of the Order of Kadosch.

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A term used by the G∴B∴G∴ to describe intercourse used in sex magick.

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See Conjure.

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Originally a practice that may have included such things as chanting and physical motions with the purpose of evoking a spirit. Now often used as a generic term for “magic.”
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The process of dedicating a person, place, or thing to a spiritual path or entity, usually a deity. Often follows a cleansing (or banishing or purification).
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Focusing your attention on something. The second step in true meditation.
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Abbreviation for “Circle of Protection.”
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A sweet gum excreted by certain trees used as an incense by some Pagans and ceremonial magicians.
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The use of ropes that are knotted in a certain manner in order to focus and release power.
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1.  A method of assigning meaning and interdependent connections to the various aspects of the visible and invisible worlds wherein each color, sound, metal, plant, animal, organs of the human body, or anything in the material world, is said to have its origin in the invisible through specific energetic signatures. Astrology plays a significant role in assigning and deciding correspondences.
2.  The Kabbalah, using the symbolic system of the Tree of Life and numerological associations provided through the Hebrew language, Astrology, and Natural Science, identifies a wide range of correspondences between subjects, planets, herbs, plants, metals, crystals, colors, animals, angels, deities, etc. that allow substitutions of one thing for another, or that augment understanding about one thing by knowledge of another of corresponding value.  Mostly the applications of correspondences ...
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The careful observation and remembrance of details making their later organization and analysis possible. It is an essential feature of astral and magickal training.

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1.  Name of a temple that was an offshoot of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and Anglican clergymen.
2.  Also see Dolmen.
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A crossing spell is the name for a folk magick rite that puts a curse or cross (in the form of an “X”) on a person 

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1.  Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) was the foremost ceremonial magician of the first half of the 20th century. He was born in Leamington, England, on October 12, 1875, the son of fanatical Plymouth Brethren. His mother called him the Beast of Revelation, whose number is 666, and Crowley embraced this identification. He attended Cambridge and began to study occultism. He was an accomplished chess player, mountain climber, and poet. In 1898, he joined the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. In 1903, he ...
2.  Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) was one of the most controversial figures in recent Western occultism. He inherited a considerable fortune, and died a pauper. He had great intellectual genius and wasted a lot on shocking the world as he knew it with occasional bizarre antics and lifestyle. He was trained in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and later formed his own Order of the Silver Star and then took over the O∴T∴O∴ (Ordo Templi Orientis). He was a prolific and capable ...
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A model, found in the Sepher Yetzirah, of how the invisible energies expressed by the Hebrew alphabet interact with one another to create the invisible worlds.
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A type of alchemical container. In sex magick, the vagina.
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A spell or ritual—or the result of the spell or ritual—used to harm someone or punish the person. It may be transferable to the family of the cursed person. A curse may also cause a building, location, or object to bring “bad luck” to an owner or renter.
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The Qabalistic Sephirah of Daath is the conjunction of Chokmah and Binah on the Tree of Life, the Child of Wisdom and Understanding. It refers to the symbolic sphere formed within or above the Ruach by means of experience obtained, and this assimilated becomes transmuted into intuition and faculty of mind. But fundamentally it is the ascent of the Dragon or, if you wish, an upwelling of the Unconscious archetypes—a highly dangerous and unbalancing ascent, until they are assimilated to ...
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An officer of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. The term is Greek for “torch bearer.” It’s the duty of the Dadouchos to use a censer to consecrate the temple and the members with fire. That is, the Dacouchos uses incense as a representative of the pure elemental Fire. When a woman holds this office she is called the Dadouche.
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The tool of elemental Air.
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Derived from the Greek word dagos, meaning “doll,” a dagyde is a doll similar to the famous “Voodoo doll.” The doll represents a person who is going to be the subject of a magickal ritual or spell. Needles or pins or even thorns are inserted in various places of the doll (a form of sympathetic magick) to indicate where magickal energy, for good or ill, is to be sent. Author and Pagans define the terms as “Witches’ needles and pins."
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The fourth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, D or Dh. Represents the number 4. The third of the seven "double letters." A Hebrew word meaning "door." Corresponds to the planet Venus, the 14th Path (between Chokmah and Binah), and Tarot trump III The Empress.
See Also:  Dalet
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Term now familiar in Western mystical psychology: 16th-century Spanish Carmelite St. John of the Cross (whose writings reveal much Qabalistic understanding) used it to describe the intense desolation which characterized the eighth of his ten stages of spiritual ascent, corresponding to the experience of Binah, the Third Sephira.