Monday, December 19, 2005

The World Religions

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Book: The World Religions by Huston Smith

This is one of the best books I have ever read. Huston Smith presents the religions from the inside out. Each one is viewed as if he were an adherent of that religion which makes his words ring with the truth of that point of view.

Huston Smith's masterpiece explores the essential elements and teachings of the world's predominant faiths, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and the native traditions of Australia, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.

This book was required reading for me over 20 years ago when I was in college. Huston Smith does an awesome job in covering the major religions of the world without including any bias towards one or another. I lost my original book so I purchased this new edition and will be reading it again and again and again. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about world religions.

Emphasizing the inner—rather than the institutional—dimension of these religions, Smith devotes special attention to Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, Sufism, and the teachings of Jesus. He convincingly conveys the unique appeal and gifts of each of the traditions and reveals their hold on the human heart and imagination.

Huston Smith is internationally known and revered as the premier teacher of world religions. He is the focus of a five-part PBS television series with Bill Moyers and has taught at Washington University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, and the University of California at Berkeley. The recipient of twelve honorary degrees, Smith's fifteen books include his bestselling The World's Religions, Why religion Matters, and his autobiography, Tales of Wonder.

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Saturday, December 17, 2005

Meditation Of The Four Magickal Weapons

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Book: Meditation Of The Four Magickal Weapons by Anonymous

It has come to our notice that very little spiritual or mystical practices are being taught to the average devotee of God in churches, temples, mosques and in devotional gatherings. Hymns, and songs of praise are sung; however, without the mystical element of sacred practices such as spiritual attunement and meditation, the acquisition of divine gnosis, and the experiences of the various heavens, the expansion of Consciousness whereby one attains the "unio mystica," or mystical union with Allah - or whatever one may called the Supreme Being, including the formation of the Kingdom of God within our lives and the general comprehension in a mystical, esoteric sense of Cosmic Laws as taught in the
scriptures are not easily attained. Our hope is to fill this void, to supplement exoteric religious teachings with these series of articles dealing with simple meditational, magickal, and Spiritual Practices that would elevate a person's consciousness and state of being. It is a divine mandate of God that each man and woman should seek the Kingdom, and to seek it within their spiritual being. The spiritual exercises in this series may be engaged in by those of any religious persuasion, according to their own conscience. They are of especial use to those who have transcended religious dogmas and bigotry.

Although this Introduction is presented perceptibly in the context of Christianity, the meditation itself is non-sectarian, non-denominational; therefore, it may be practiced by persons of other religious convictions or beliefs. The Divine Names used in this meditation are appropriated for their vibrational value only - we do not wish to give the impression that we are secretly partial to any religious system.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Taoist Beliefs

Taoist Beliefs Cover 1. I believe that the Eternal may be understood as the Tao, or "Way," which embraces the moral and physical order of the universe, the path of virtue which Heaven itself follows, and the Absolute -- yet so great is it that "the Tao that can be described is not the Eternal Tao."
2. I believe in the unique greatness of the sage Lao-tsu and in his disciple Chuang-tsu.
3. I believe in the scriptural insights and final authority of the Tao te Ching and in the sacredness of Chuang-tsu's writings.
4. I believe that man aligns himself with the Eternal when he observes humility, simplicity, gentle yielding, serenity and effortless action.
5. I believe that the goal and the path of life are essentially the same, and that the Tao can be known only to exalted beings who realize it themselves -- reflections of the Beyond are of no avail.
6. I believe the omniscient and impersonal Supreme is implacable, beyond concern for human woe, but that there exist lesser Divinities -- from the high Gods who endure for eons, to the nature spirits and demons.
7. I believe that all actions create their opposing forces, and the wise will seek inaction in action.
8. I believe that man is one of the Ten Thousand Things of manifestation, is finite and will pass; only the Tao endures forever.
9. I believe in the oneness of all creation, in the spirituality of the material realms and in the brotherhood of all men.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The Quintessence Of Secret Esoteric Buddhism

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Book: The Quintessence Of Secret Esoteric Buddhism by Trieu Phuoc

This 'Quintessence of Secret (Esoteric) Buddhism' is the combination of the first and second volumes of the previous 'Essence of Secret Buddhism', which were published in the United States in the past two years (1983). It is supplemented with new documents about mystic formulas, Yantras, and Mudras, allowing further studies in Secret Buddhism. Readers are invited to understand and experience the magic and the value of mystic formulas and rituals. The degree of success depends upon the level of one’s merits and virtues. Secret Buddhism already has its many wonderful legends in many countries in Asia, so that there is no need to praise it further. It is time for all opinions about the supernatural power and secret doctrine to be presented to humanity like any other science. We invite any skeptical person to try it out before commenting about it.

I would like to extend my appreciation to friends in Secret Buddhism who have provided me favorable conditions to practice this religion in the past three years in the United States, Canada and eventually in other countries in the future. COLORADO, JUNE 6, 1985 Author: Trieu Phuoc Religious name: Duc Quy

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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, December 3, 2005

Asmaul Husna The 99 Beautiful Divine Names Of Allah

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Book: Asmaul Husna The 99 Beautiful Divine Names Of Allah by Muhammad Raheem Bawa Muhaiyaddeen

PLEASE NOTE: This book does not contain magic, witchcraft, wicca, paganism, or even occultism. They are neither occult incantations nor magic spells. They are not part of any darkness whatsoever. It is purity, it is light. It is beyond art, nature and witchcraft, it is free of any magic, mantras, incantations, spells or charms. The names of Allah have been within the Islamic tradition for over 1400 years. The works of Muhammad Raheem Bawa Muhaiyaddeen (Ral), deal specifically with a belief in and surrender to the Power of Allah, (God). It is this belief in Allah (God) that was the reality of his life and of the collective experience of those who studied wisdom under his guidance .

This book reveals the inner meaning of the 99 attributes or duties of Allah (God). In the Islamic tradition, there are 99 divine names, or attributes of Allah, such as Ya Jabar, The Repairer; Ya Wadud, The Loving; and Ya Waliy, The Nearest Friend. In this wondrous explanation of the 99 beautiful names, each is written in Arabic with English transliterations for ease of pronunciation, and English Translations that probe the depth of meaning within each name. M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen (Ral.) explains how God carries out his 99 virtuous duties, and asks that human beings contemplate the nature of God, praise God, and become living examples of His 99 qualities and actions.

The Asma'ul Husna is an essential tradition and methodology within almost all branches of Sufism and Islam. The text itself is worthwhile because it breaks in someways from more mechanical understandings of the beautiful names, but is, I feel, lacking in a certain poetry of language that could be more evocative to the native user of english. A respectful and deeply thought re-rendering of this version of the names and their significance ought to be attempted by an interpreter of the divine like Daniel Ladinsky, who might be able to make the words of Bawa come better to light. This books transmits to the reader the depth of the Beautiful Names of God. There are other books out that have the same theme but the explanation of this book could of only come from that One. A source of daily prayer and inspiration no matter your what your belief system or religion is.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Gemlore Ancient Secrets And Modern Myths From The Stone Age To The Rock Age

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Book: Gemlore Ancient Secrets And Modern Myths From The Stone Age To The Rock Age by Diane Morgan

This is a book on myth and magic. There is not the slightest evidence that Gemstones can heal, protect, or purify or that they have any real Connection with planets,
zodiac signs, numbers, months, days of the week, “elements,” or “chakras.” They do, however seem to exert a powerful hold on the human imagination.

In writing this book I have relied on dozens of sources, some many centuries old and some published within the past year. Many of them repeat each other, although
some venture into new territory. The Book of Secrets is a Compendium of 2,000 years of gossip, mostly from Pliny, Albertus Magnus, and so forth. I have relied on this
text because it was so extraordinarily popular for centuries even though it garbled its sources. In the case of most ancient and medieval sources, I have used available
online sources for their quotations. Modern sources are listed in the bibliography; in nearly every case the stones are [discussed]alphabetically as I do here, and original text may be easily found. This is to avoid an overload of footnoting.

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Friday, October 21, 2005

Cornish Tradition Of Witchcraft

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Cornish Tradition: The traditional magic of Cornish Witches commonly includes the work of the making and provision of magical charms, simple rituals and magical gestures with muttered incantations, the healing of disease and injury and divination.

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Monday, October 10, 2005

Religion For Dummies

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Book: Religion For Dummies by The God Squad

This is a serious look at the details of certain parts of religion I always had doubts and misunderstandings, which I care not to comment on here, but for example the trinity.

Gain a deeper understanding of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and other faiths! A wise and witty road map for exploring life’s big questions

Why are we here? How should we live? What happens after we die? Why does evil exist? This lively and informative reference explains how the world’s great religions answer these questions – and shows how religious beliefs and rituals give meaning to life and help us cope with conflict, adversity, marriage, and much more!

The Dummies Way

* Explanations in plain English
* "Get in, get out" information
* Icons and other navigational aids
* Tear-out cheat sheet
* Top ten lists
* A dash of humor and fun

The book is easy to read, follows a designed plan and yes it will bring a smile. The group of personalities bringing this book together show their colors and belief in the best and easiest way to understand. I found it very rewarding in my misconceptions and unawareness. I want to turn others on to a book that actually is similar but did much more for me

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Thursday, October 6, 2005

Agnosticism Beliefs

Agnosticism Beliefs Cover The world is composed mainly of Theists: people who believe in the existence of one or more Gods and/or Goddesses out of the many thousands that have been worshipped down through history.

A minority of people are strong Atheists who deny that any deity or deities exist. They believe that the hundreds of the religious creation stories that exist in the world have it all wrong: A deity or deities did not create humans; it was humans who created -- and continue to create -- the many thousands of Gods and Goddess that people have devoutly and sincerely worshiped over hundreds of thousands of years.

However, there is a third group who, when asked whether a deity or deities exist, don't have a yes or no answer. They are the 10% of American adults who hold Agnostic beliefs about God's existence.

Some agnostics who enjoy religious discussion, fellowship, or ritual join a local congregation of the Unitarian-Universalist Association or an Ethical Culture group. Many others are solitary Agnostics.

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Thursday, September 29, 2005

The Story Of Buddhism A Concise Guide To Its History And Teachings

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Book: The Story Of Buddhism A Concise Guide To Its History And Teachings by Donald Lopez

This particular book is an even-handed overview of Buddhist history, beliefs and practices. If you only are interested in the "adapted for modern Western audiences" version of Buddhism that is found in most books, then you might not be interested in this. But, if you are interested in an historical view that attempts to date, for example, when and where and by whom various sutras were written, when (and to some extent why) the mahayana school developed, and in general how Buddhism developed and has been taught and practiced in various places, then this book is for you. I also recommend Lopez's Prisoners of Shangri-La (if you want a more inside, critical understanding of Tibetan Buddhism).

Much of what we hear about Buddhism today in the West focuses on its philosophy, and how it can change one's life. Throughout history, however, Buddhism's mythology, scriptures, heroes, and its promise for salvation from rebirth have been the Buddhist teachings that most people have known. Religion professor Donald Lopez has mastered a good deal of this immense lore and managed with The Story of Buddhism to get it into a manageable package. Rather than providing a chronological history or country-by-country breakdown, Lopez explores general topics, meandering through two-and-a-half millennia, from India to Japan. In sections such as "Monastic Life," "Tantra," and "Pilgrimage," he talks about the origins of each topic and its mainstream manifestations. In addition, he spices up his work with delectable, if occasionally bizarre, examples from specific cultures. There is, for instance, the story of the depraved man who, once having said the words "Lotus Sutra," was saved from Hell. And the tale of the practice called the "act of truth," in which a perfectly candid statement can have magical powers. Or the story of the monk who attempted to rescue some maggots by opening his own flesh for them. No doubt, Buddhism is interesting, but it takes a competent scholar and a good storyteller to get it just right. Lopez fills the bill.

Lopez, a professor of Buddhist studies at the University of Michigan, says that his primary aim for this book is "to focus on Buddhist practice as a religion." Unlike more superficial how-to books on Buddhism, this book gives a thorough historical and theological explanation of Buddhism's major tenets, starting with Buddhist cosmology and then moving to chapters dedicated to the Three Jewels of Buddhism (the Buddha, dharma and sangha) before ending with a chapter on enlightenment. Interspersed are anecdotes intended to teach key principles in keeping with the idea of Buddhism-as-story; unfortunately, these vignettes are a bit overpowered by lengthy discourse on the history and interpretations of those principles. The bulk of the chapter on "lay practice," for example, focuses on various countries' traditions of lay ordination and funeral rituals, as well as monasteries' relations with their respective states, rather than explicating actual daily lay practice. In trying to explain not only Buddhism's key teachings but also their variations by country, region, teacher and school, the text loses focus. Lopez provides a list for further reading at the end of each chapter as well as a bibliography and glossary at the end of the book, which should be helpful for the student of world religions. His command of the subject is obvious, but his prose is sometimes dry, and the scope may be overly ambitious for the general reader.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Prometheus Rising

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Book: Prometheus Rising by Robert Anton Wilson

Like most of my books, this text emerged only partly from my conscious design and partly from suspicious accidents. It actually began as a Ph.D. dissertation called "The Evolution of Neuro-Sociological Circuits: A Contribution to the Sociobiology of Consciousness," which I wrote in 1978-79 for an alternative university called Paideia. At that time, Paideia ranked as State Approved, the highest rating given to alternative universities in California, where we have alternatives to everything and the state feels required to classify the alternatives on a scale of "experimental" to totally bonkers. Alas, Paideia, having achieved relative respectability as an "alternative," later joined with a
much more radical and Utopian outfit, Hawthorn University, and lost its top rank among counter-culture educational contraptions in California, falling from Approved to Authorized, a much lower rating. The whole megilla then joined into several flakey outfits loosely allied, none of which were recognized at all by the state, which suited the new honchos perfectly, since they did not recognize the state either. - Robert Anton Wilson

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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Aspects Of Evocation

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Book: Aspects Of Evocation by Phil Hine

This collection of essays, written between 1988-95, deals with aspects of the practice of magical evocation. My first lengthy foray into this much-misunderstood aspect of magic was a personal Magical Retirement inspired by accounts of magicians working the Abra-melin system, but perhaps more influenced in execution by the work of Austin Osman Spare and the Industrial art movement. My experiences in this retirement are recounted in the first essay, Howling. At the core of this essay is the identification of cognitive-emotional-behavioural constructs as discrete entities - Personal Demons, if you will - a subject which I have dealt with in more user-friendly detail in Condensed Chaos (New Falcon Publications, 1995). The next phase of work concerned the evocation of Servitors (lit: a person who serves another), prompted by a brief paragraph in Peter J. Carroll's book, Liber Null (Morton Press, 1978). Working with the magical group, Circle of Stars, I developed a simple, generic approach to creating and evoking magical servitors. The basics of this approach are presented in the Servitors essay, followed by both an example of a rather successful servitor, and an approach to what I have chosen to call, 'Functional Spirits' which requires no ritual trappings whatsoever. The third phase of work concerned the more 'traditional' forms of evocation. Together with a colleague, Fra. GosaA, I embarked on a 'Goetia Project' - the aim being to experiment with various approaches to the evocation of spirits, beginning with the Lesser Key of Solomon the King. Some Observations on our results with the entities of the Lesser Key of Solomon are enclosed.

During this project, I found my interests returning to a recurrent obsession - the entities of the Cthulhu Mythos. The final essay, Evoking Yog-Sothoth, (originally written for the journal of the Esoteric Order of Dagon) is an attempt to pull together a theoretical model relating to mythos entities, earth lights, and other factors. At the time of writing this, I was very much into creating 'theoretical models' prior to embarking on practical projects.

In a way, I was prompted to 'specialise' in methods of Evocation by virtue of the fact that at the time, I hadn't encountered much in the way of useful information concerning this magical practice. In the minds of some occultists, evocation seems inextricably linked with 'calling up demons' and the notion that it constitutes 'black magic' - a notion much in favour with those who have been exposed to too many Dennis Wheatley novels! Fortunately, the rise of a more eclectic approach to practical magic, in which I feel the so-called Chaos Magic movement has palyed a significant part, has done much to banish the old dogmas surrounding what is after all, a very practical and useful set of magical techniques. Phil Hine, March 1998

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Friday, September 23, 2005

The Creation Of Modern Witchcraft

The Creation Of Modern Witchcraft Cover So let's jump a head a couple 100 years and see how this applies to us today. Neopaganism begins with the 18th century era of Romanticism. A surge of interest in Germanic pagan Shamanism, with a Viking revival in Britain and Scandinavia begins to develop. Neo-Druidism is established in Britain by Iolo Morganwg from 1792, and is considered by some to be the first real Neopagan revival.

By the 19th century, these revival projects heighten and we find Germany's Volkisch movement. During this time renewed interest in Western occultism rises in England and various other European societies. These early views of Occultism attempts to merge the early beliefs of the Celtic and German Shamans, Druids, Greeks and Egyptians into a documented reconstructionalized system of belief. It's here that we see the formation of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and the Ordo Templi Orientis.

Many prominent writers and artists become involved in these new occult studies. Writers and artists such as Arthur Edward Waite, William Butler Yeats, Maud Gonne, and Aleister Crowley begin writing about their experiences publicly. Many returning colonials and missionaries bring home to Britan and the Americas, perspectives and practices of native traditions from developing cultures. One of the best known works comes from anthropologist Sir James George Frazer in his book "The Golden Bough" (1900).

The Victorian Era is in full swing now and many in the elite society were also increasing their interest in divination and magik. Supernatural phenomena becomes the "in thing" for this late 19th century and early 20th century culture. Madame Blavatsky is a pioneer in this movement. Creating the Theosophical Society in 1875 with Henry Steel Olcott and Col. Olcott, William Q. Judge. Calling her message Theosophy, Blavatsky's views and perspectives are the talk of New England and spread quickly to other continents.

Many family traditions see this resurgence of pagan beliefs as a sign that society is ready to accept their religious practices on their merits and not through the bigotry of old. In the 1880s and 90s, many new covens, clans and groves begin to pop up out of the wood work and meet in public gatherings. In the U.S. these family traditions are often mixes of European paganism and Native American beliefs. One of the most common mixes come from the merging of Celts and Cherokee in the south east. But other meldings of belief and culture can be found throughout the Americas with Germanic imigrations merging with other Euorpean pagan practices.

As a label, "Neo pagan" first appears in an essay by F. Hugh O'Donnell an Irish Minister in the British House of Commons. In 1904 O'Donnell writes a critique of the plays of of W. B. Yeats and Maud Gonne. In his essay, he criticizes their work as an attempt to "marry Madame Blavatsky with Cuchulainn". Yeats and Gonne, he claimed, openly worked to create a reconstructionist Celtic religion which incorporated Gaelic legend with magic.

Cuchulainn from Irish Legend is the pre-eminent hero and an undefeatable warrior. His mother was Deichtine, sister of king Conchobar mac Nessa; his father was either the god Lugh the Long Armed, or Deichtire's mortal husband Sualtam. This alone made him a great legend in Irish lore.

In the 1920s Margaret Murray writes that Witchcraft as a religion existed underground and in secret, and had survived through the religious persecutions and Inquisitions of the medieval Church. Most historians reject Murray's theory, as it was partially based on the similarities between the accounts given by those accused of witchcraft. If we believe that family traditions exist today; then there's no reason to think they didn't exist through out the 18th to 20th centuries. Family traditions have a great oral history that shares the beliefs, practices and implementations of belief and magikal efforts.

Murray's theories generated interest, which are recounted in novels by prominent authors. Such as Naomi Mitchison's "The Corn King and the Spring Queen" published in 1931. More and more covens move out of the broom closet and let their existence be known to the world.

In the 1920s through 1940s, Gerald Gardner begins his research and initiation into Witchcraft. In the early 1940s, Gardner becomes initiated into a New Forest coven led by Lady Dafo. Many suggest Dafo is actually Dorothy Clutterbuck. Gardner had already written about Malay native customs and various other books about Witchcraft. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Gardner develops his own set of teachings which is a culmination of his life long study. Gardnerian Wicca is born and begins to spread through out America and Europe. Some say this new public offering of neopaganism gives rise to other Witchcraft traditions, such as Alexandrian and Dianic Wicca. There is some debate about this time line however. But certainly Gardner is not the only High Priest setting out on his own at the time.

The the 1960s and 70s a resurgence in Neo-druidism, Germanic Neopaganism and Norse Asatru begin to take hold in the US and Iceland. In 1975, Wicca/Witchcraft is added to the US Army Chaplin's Handbook giving official recognition to the beliefs and practices of Witchcraft in America.

The expansion of practices and belief extend into the 1980s. Many of the general metaphysical principles practiced in Witchcraft are slightly rewritten and help support the New Age movement. The 1990s show an increase in the interest of pagan principles and practices. CNN reports that Witchcraft is the largest growing religion in the United States. More and more, Television and Movies begin to show witches in a good light. Offerings such as The Witches of Eastwick, Practical Magic and the movie remake of Bewitched; bring in box office dollars and attempt to turn the negative evil personification around. Even cartoons get into the act with a Scooby Doo movie featuring the hero as a young Wiccan girl. Additional TV shows pop up, staring young teens as witches and wizards who are trying to learn to control their magik talents.

We've come a long way since the Burning Times of the middle ages. And there are still battles to fight. But modern Witchcraft is a religion with a long past, and an even brighter future.

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Friday, September 16, 2005

Tao Hongjing

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The Taoist master, alchemist, and pharmacologist Tao Hongjing was born in 456 near present-day Nanjing. He served in various positions at the courts of the Liu Song and Qi dynasties until 492. In that year he retired on Mount Mao (Maoshan), the early seat of Shangqing or Highest Clarity, a Taoist tradition based on meditation and visualisation techniques. The retreat he built on the mountain remained the centre of his activities until his death in 536.

After his initiation into Taoism around 485, Tao set himself to recover the original manuscripts, dating from slightly more than one century before, that contained the revelations at the basis of the Shangqing tradition. Tao authenticated and edited those manuscripts, and wrote extended commentaries on them. This undertaking resulted in two works completed in ca. 500, the Zhengao (Declarations of the Perfected) and the Dengzhen yinjue (Concealed Instructions on the Ascent to Perfection, only partially preserved). These and other works make Tao Hongjing into the first systematizer of Shangqing Taoism, of which he became the ninth patriarch.

During his retirement on Mount Mao, Tao Hongjing also worked on the Bencao jing jizhu (Collected Commentaries to the Canonical Pharmacopoeia), a commentary on the earliest known Chinese pharmacopoeia, the Shennong bencao (Canonical Pharmacopoeia of the Divine Husbandman). The original text contained notes on 365 drugs. To these Tao added 365 more, taken from a corpus of writings that he refers to as "Separate Records of Eminent Physicians." Tao's arrangement of the materia medica was innovative. He divided the drugs into six broad categories (minerals, plants, mammals, etc.), and retained the three traditional classes of the Shennong bencao only as subdivisions within each section. In a further group he classified the "drugs that have a name but are no longer used [in pharmacology]." Tao's commentary discusses the nomenclature, notes changes in the geographical distribution, and identifies varieties; it also includes references to the Taoist "Scriptures of the Immortals" (xianjing) and to alchemical practices. With the exception of a manuscript of the preface found at Dunhuang, the Bencao jing jizhu is lost as an independent text, but has been reconstructed based on quotations in later sources.

Since the establishment of the Liang dynasty in 502, Tao enjoyed the favour of Emperor Wu (r. 502-549), on whom he exerted remarkable influence. Shortly later, he began to devote himself to alchemical practices under imperial patronage. His main biographical source, written in the Tang period, has left a vivid account of these endeavours. Along with scriptural sources they testify the importance of alchemy within the Shangqing tradition, which represents the first known instance of close links between alchemy and an established Taoist movement.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Satanism The Seduction Of America Youth

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Book: Satanism The Seduction Of America Youth by Bob Larson

In Bob Larson's "Satanism," he uses personal interviews from his radio show in Colorado to explain the different branches of satanism and how the everday choices that teenagers make Influences their everyday decisions. As a parent, it was very helpful to me of what to look for if my child were to be in satanism. I, myself, was active in satanism when I was a kid, and all the music, the lyrics, and the signs that he talks about and connects it with satanism is very accurate. Words, actions and attitudes belong on one side or the other. They are either for God, or not. And if what is coming out of the music, the movies, the logos and reflecting into you'r children are not positive, pure, loving and of good report, than it is not for God. This book was very helpful and it was also enjoyable to read.

In Satanism, Bob Larson examines the pervasive influence of Satanic activity of youth. More than a simple overview of the dangers, this book provides Practical ways to recognize and combat Satanism, Ghoulish games, horror films, black metal music, drugs--Larson gives a clear Understanding of the evil surrounding us. Bob Larson has gone out to meet the enemy and knows him first hand. Level headed, not a scare monger, just reporting what he sees and hears. Anyone who thinks that Evil is a myth should read this book!

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Sunday, September 11, 2005

An Astrological Judgement Touching Theft

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Book: An Astrological Judgement Touching Theft by Anthony Griffin

Sir, I MADE BOLD to Dedicate this small piece to you, though somewhat a stranger to you at present, yet being desired by a faithful friend of yours: who informed me of the great respect you owe to Art, I could do no less.
Therefore good Sir, let me Crave your pardon in this my presumption, and let me desire you to pass by my imbecilities, which I do not fear but that you will, when you have seriously considered my Minority, and how hard a matter it is to comprehend the profundity of this sublime Science. And now to let you understand what moved me here to make my self public, is the true love that I owe to my Country, and I hope most will receive benefit by those my weak endeavours, and upon this accountonly, I have presumed to make know to the world this little tract of Astrology touching Theft, knowing it must pass the Censure of various capacities, and from the unskilled I expect blots, but from the Judicious a friendly Correction, and if at last it may be crowned with your Protection, my expectation is fully answered: who faithfully desires to subscribe himself. Sir, your devoted servant for ever to command, Anthony Griffin

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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

The Magican Workbook Practicing The Rituals Of The Western Tradition

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Book: The Magican Workbook Practicing The Rituals Of The Western Tradition by Donald Tyson

The forty exercises in this book are designed to develop the practical skills necessary to work ritual magic in the Western tradition. Their value lies in the doing. They are not meant to be studied or analyzed, but repeatedly performed on a regular basis. When integrated into a daily routine of practice and done consistently over a period of months, the benefits they confer are automatic and universal. They strengthen the will, focus concentration, enhance creative visualization, and awaken the perception of esoteric forces and spiritual creatures.

Anyone who follows the routine of practice set forth in the appendix will experience profound changes of mind and body. The degree of benefit will vary depending on the latent gifts within each individual, but just as no one can lift weights for months without enlarging their biceps, it is impossible to work these exercises of practical magic without expanding and strengthening the occult faculties. You will become more aware of the processes of your own mind, and increasingly conscious of your dreams. You will sense subtle currents of force moving within your body and through the world around you, and learn to control them.

Your intuition will grow keener and more reliable. You will perceive the presence of spiritual intelligences and interact with them. You will be able to project the power of your will as a tangible force to influence spirits and human beings. You will cleanse buildings and places of destructive atmospheres, charge objects with subtle energies, open gateways to higher spiritual realms, awaken the energy centers of your body, and call forth angels and elementals to serve your needs.

All exercises are completely practical. A brief commentary has been added to each, but these commentaries contain no theories or moral cautions or history lessons, only instructions essential to avoid confusion and insure accurate performance. Countless books explain, justify, and analyze various aspects and systems of magic, past and present, in exhaustive detail. These works have their place, but they often suffer from a deficiency of simple directions on how to actually do the magic they describe. Readers are forced to distill procedures from hundreds of pages of general discussion, or must translate abstract references into practical steps.

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Paths Of Attainment Of The Four Major Hindu Sects

Paths Of Attainment Of The Four Major Hindu Sects Cover SAIVISM: The path for Saivites is divided into four progressive stages of belief and practice called charya, kriya, yoga and jnana. The soul evolves through karma and reincarnation from the instinctive-intellectual sphere into virtuous and moral living, then into temple worship and devotion, followed by internalized worship or yoga and its meditative disciplines. Union with God Siva comes through the grace of the satguru and culminates in the soul's maturity in the state of jnana, or wisdom. Saivism values both bhakti and yoga, devotional and contemplative sadhanas.

SHAKTISM: The spiritual practices in Shaktism are similar to those in Saivism, though there is more emphasis in Shaktism on God's Power as opposed to Being, on mantras and yantras, and on embracing apparent opposites: male-female, absolute-relative, pleasure-pain, cause-effect, mind-body. Certain sects within Shaktism undertake "left-hand" tantric rites, consciously using the world of form to transmute and eventually transcend that world. The "left-hand" approach is somewhat occult in nature; it is considered a path for the few, not the many. The "right-hand" path is more conservative in nature.

VAISHNAVISM: Most Vaishnavites believe that religion is the performance of bhakti sadhanas, and that man can communicate with and receive the grace of the Gods and Goddesses through the darshana of their icons. The paths of karma yoga and jnana yoga lead to bhakti yoga. Among the foremost practices of Vaishnavites is chanting the holy names of the Avataras, Vishnu's incarnations, especially Rama and Krishna. Through total self-surrender, prapatti, to Vishnu, to Krishna or to His beloved consort Radharani, liberation from samsara is attained.

SMARTISM: Smartas, the most eclectic of Hindus, believe that moksha is achieved through jnana yoga alone -- defined as an intellectual and meditative but non-kundalini-yoga path. Jnana yoga's progressive stages are scriptural study (shravana), reflection (manana) and sustained meditation (dhyana). Guided by a realized guru and avowed to the unreality of the world, the initiate meditates on himself as Brahman to break through the illusion of maya. Devotees may also choose from three other non-successive paths to cultivate devotion, accrue good karma and purify the mind. These are bhakti yoga, karma yoga and raja yoga, which certain Smartas teach can also bring enlightenment.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Background Of Confucianism

Background Of Confucianism Cover Confucianism is the cornerstone of traditional Chinese culture. It is a complete ideological system created by Confucius, based on the traditional culture of the Xia, Shang and Zhou Dynasties. Confucianism has dominated a feudal society that in essence has lasted 2000 years and for that reason its Influence over the history, social structure and the people of China cannot be overlooked.

Confucius lived in the Spring and Autumn Periods, a time when the established system could not meet the demand of Development as the ruling classes of China experienced the transition from a slave to feudalist society. It was a time of "the collapse of etiquette and the deterioration of music", which implies the ethics and moralities of society were in decline. The intellectuals of the day were concerned about the future mode of society, hence the most brilliant contention of a hundred schools of thought, such as Legist, Taoist, thrived in a vibrant period in Chinese history. This is often regarded as the most exciting of times for Chinese intellectuals as no single doctrine dominated Their Lives.

Confucius' proposal was to discipline oneself and to revive the ethics of Zhou Dynasty. Therefore, he brought forward a series of norms, which step by step developed into Confucianism.

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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Buddhism Defined

Buddhism Defined Cover Buddhism takes followers through progressive stages of dhyana, samapatti and samadhi. Dhyana is meditation, which leads to moral and Intellectual purification, and to detachment which leads to pure consciousness. The samapattis, or further dhyanas, lead through a progressive nullification of psychic, mental and emotional activity to a state which is perfect solitude, neither perception nor nonperception. This leads further to samadhi, Supernatural Consciousness and, finally, entrance into the ineffable nirvana. Many Buddhists understand the ultimate destiny and goal to be a heaven of bliss where one can enjoy eternity with the Bodhisattvas. Mahayana places less value on monasticism than Theravada and differs further in believing one can rely on the active help of other realized beings for salvation. Vajrayana, also called Tantric or Mantrayana Buddhism, stresses tantric rituals and yoga practices under the guidance of a guru. Its recognition of and involvement in the supernatural distinguishes it from other Buddhist schools.

Life's goal is nirvana. Toward that end, Buddha's teachings are capsulized in the Four Noble Truths, chatvari arya satyani:

1. THE TRUTH OF SUFFERING: Suffering, duhkha, is the central fact of life. Being born is pain, growing old is pain, sickness is pain, death is pain. Union with what we dislike is pain, separation from what we like is pain, not obtaining what we desire is pain.
2. THE TRUTH OF THE ORIGIN (SAMUDaYA) OF SUFFERING: The cause of suffering is the desire (icchha), craving (tanha) or thirst (trishna) for sensual pleasures, for existence and experience, for worldly possessions and power. This craving binds one to the wheel of rebirth, samsara.
3. THE TRUTH OF THE CESSATION (NIRODHA) OF SUFFERING: Suffering can be brought to an end only by the complete cessation of desires -- the forsaking, relinquishing and detaching of oneself from desire and craving.
4. THE TRUTH OF THE PATH (marga) TO ENDING SUFFERING: The means to the end of suffering is the Noble Eightfold Path (arya ashtanga marga), right belief, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness and right meditation.

FOUNDED: Buddhism began about 2,500 years ago in India.
FOUNDER: Gautama Siddhartha, the Buddha, or "Enlightened One."
MAJOR SCRIPTURES: The Tripitaka, Anguttara-Nikaya, Dhammapada, Sutta-Nipata, Samyutta-Nikaya and many others.
ADHERENTS: Over 300 million.
SECTS: Buddhism today is divided into three main sects: Theravada or Hinayana (Sri Lanka, Thailand, Burma, Cambodia), Mahayana (China, Japan, Vietnam, Korea), and Vajrayana (Tibet, Mongolia and Japan).

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Thursday, August 25, 2005

The Book Of Power

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Book: The Book Of Power by Idres Shah

The Book of Power was originally transcribed by Idres Shah from an 18th century manuscript, and he speculates that it has come, whether in this current form or not, from the Middle Eastern magical tradition. So far, there has only one text of The Book of Power has been found, Shah searched Through many major libraries following up Various rumours, but never found another copy. The text contains many interesting magical squares and cryptic References to numerological systems, probably in this case the Arabic ABJD system. I have placed all of the footnotes at the end of the document, those by Shah I formatted in italics. I cannot vouch for the accuracy of my Arabic renderings, but I have included them

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Sumerian Mythology Faq

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Book: Sumerian Mythology Faq by Christopher Siren

This FAQ used to be posted on the third of every month to alt.mythology. An older text copy of this FAQ is available via anonymous ftp pending *.answers approval at: at /pub/usenet/news.answers/mythology/sumer-faq last changes: July 27, 2000: complete revision including incorporating Kramer's Sumerian Mythology and Black & Green's God's Demons and Symbols of Ancient Mesopotamia. Added more citations of sources. July 19, 1999: modified first sentance to include hints of civilization prior to and outside of Sumer September 20, 1998: fleshed out the Gilgamesh entry July 3, 1998: added a couple of Lilith links to Renee Rosen's and Alan Humm's sites. August 13, 1997: added much more historical Introductory material. March 20, 1996: cleaned up some misleading References to Kur. March 1, 1996: added the reference to Adapa's dictionary. Feb 3, 1996: fixed a formatting problem in the sources area and added the full title "Gilgamesh, Enkidu and the Underworld" to the Biblical ref's section.

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Sunday, August 21, 2005

The Inner Teachings Of Taoism

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Book: The Inner Teachings Of Taoism by Chang Potuan

This is a great taoist alchemy treatise. One of the best books written on taoist alchemy you will ever find. The root text by Chang Po Tuan is presented along with enlightening commentaries. It has helped me understanding the "Secret of the Golden Flower" translated by Richard Wilhelm and introduced by C.G. Jung and revealed the meaning of so many symbols of taoist alchemy.
Not a very easy reading but it's worth the effort.

Taoist inner alchemy is a collection of theories and practices for transforming the mind and refining the self. The Inner Teachings of Taoism includes a classic of Chinese alchemy known as Four Hundred Words on the Gold Elixir. Written in the eleventh century by a founder of the Complete Reality School, this text is accompanied by the lucid commentary of the nineteenth-century adept Lui I-ming.

If you are a serious practitioner i think this book is a must have. Genuinely puts to rest the age old ideas people have that there is some mystical pill for immortality. Very well written and translated. Great read for anyone interested in the deeper meanings of taoist alchemy or willing to give the tao a try. I've recommended this book to several people. this book is sold in taoist temples throughout china. buy this book! a great handbook for taoists everywhere, and people everywhere.

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Saturday, August 20, 2005

The Art Practice Of Caballa Magic

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Book: The Art Practice Of Caballa Magic by Ophiel

Dion Fortune wrote a great book about the Caballa but told nothing about the practices. This book starts to tell about how to use the Tree of Life, or Practices. It reveals what Dion Fortune left out because she received her Knowledge From a lodge and was not at liberty to give it out. I received the knowledge direct from the inner sources and can give it all out freely.

The newest book in Ophiel’s Art and Practice Series begins with a brief history of the Caballa then examines the Correspondences of the Tree of Life and its symbolism. One of the most interesting chapters offers a unique Interpretation of the Three Pillars, relating them to past, present, and future. The Art and Practice of Caballa Magic provides clear instructions for practical, productive work using the symbols of the Tree of Life in daily life. As always, Ophiel’s accessible language gives fresh insights to the student and a new understanding to the general reader with an interest in the occult. (Ophiel)

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Saturday, July 30, 2005

What Is Alchemy

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Book: What Is Alchemy by Arthur Edward Waite

In his earlier writings on alchemy Waite maintained that the spiritual Interpretation of alchemy was first systematically presented by Mrs. Atwood in her Suggestive Inquiry into the Hermetic Mystery -a point of view that he was later to reject completely, to the extent of saying that the book 'is not, however, final or satisfactory as a critical study, indeed, in some respects it is a morass rather than a pathway' (The Secret Tradition in Freemasonry, 1911, Vol.2, p. 414). For this he was taken to task, in the pages of the Occult Review, by Isabelle de Steiger; but he justified himself by stating that 'What I said of the Suggestive Enquiry in 1888 and 1893 was in the light of my knowledge at those dates; that which I have recorded since has been under a fuller and clearer light' (Occult Review, Vol. 15, No.1. January 1912, p. 50). Nonetheless, his early essays on alchemy retain their value for the obscure information they contain and for their critical comments on Madame Blavatsky's dubious manipulation of her source material on alchemy.

First printed in the monthly journal The Unknown World from August to December 1894 and in April, 1895. It was reprinted in The Alchemical Papers of Arthur Edward Waite, ed. J. Ray Shute, Monroe, N.C., 1939, a privately printed collection limited to seventy copies.

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Friday, July 29, 2005

The Life Power

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Book: The Life Power by Paul Foster Case

These pages contain the substance of my talks at the Hotel Astor during December, 1922, in a form which is better suited for study and reference. What is here given in a few pages might easily be expanded into a good-sized book, hence it must be studied and pondered upon, not merely skimmed through.

The purpose of our work is the unfoldment of a higher consciousness, in order that we may obtain a better understanding of cosmic law expressed through human personality. When this higher consciousness and better understanding take form in action, we shall develop more skill in applying our knowledge of cosmic law to the solution of every-day problems.

To succeed in this understanding we must learn how to control and direct a force which, although it is occult, is really "hidden in plain sight," inasmuch as everything in our environment is a manifestation of it. The first step toward gaining the knowledge which shall enable us to control and direct this power is to learn that although many names have been given to it, all these names are attempts to describe a single reality.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Etymology And History Of Agnosticism

Etymology And History Of Agnosticism Cover The word "Agnostic" was coined by Thomas Huxley (1825-1895) from two original Greek words: agnostos, which means ignorant and gnosis which means knowledge. 17 An Agnostic is not simply without knowledge or stupid. Agnostics take the stance that no knowledge of God is now possible; some say that God's existence or non-existence will never be provable.

The French website "Atheism: Man standing on his own two feet" writes that Huxley:

"... took inspiration from the ideas of David Hume and of Emmanuel Kant. Agnosticism is a philosophy that declares absolute, divine, Metaphysics -- and more generally That Which cannot be grasp by experiment -- is inaccessible to the human mind and to perception. Consequently, the existence of God cannot be proven. Agnosticism professes a complete ignorance about the profound nature, the origin, and the destiny of things. It is a form of skepticism applied to metaphysics and theology.

Already present in the Ancient Greece, agnosticism developed rapidly in the 18th and 19th centuries because of scientific discoveries that contradicted many religious dogmas, the Bible and other Holy Scriptures.

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Monday, July 25, 2005

The Chaldean Oracles

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Book: The Chaldean Oracles by Zoroaster

THESE Oracles are considered to embody many of the principal features of Chaldan philosophy. They have come down to us through Greek Translations and were held in the greatest esteem throughout antiquity, a sentiment which was shared alike by the early Christian Fathers and the later Platonists. The doctrines contained therein are attributed to Zoroaster through to which particular Zoroaster is not known; historians give notices of as many as six different individuals all bearing that name, which was probably the title of the Prince of the Magi, and a generic term. The word Zoroaster is by various authorities differently derived: Kircher furnishes one of the most interesting derivations when he seeks to show that it comes from TzURA = a figure, and TzIUR = to fashion, ASH = fire, and STR = hidden; from these he gets the words Zairaster = fashioning images of hidden fireor Tzuraster = the image of secret things. Others derive it from Chaldee and Greek words meaning "a contemplator of the Stars."

It is not, of course, pretended that this collection as it stands is other than disjointed and fragmentary, and it is more than probable that the true sense of many passages has been obscured, and even in some cases hopelessly obliterated, by inadequate translation. Where it has been possible to do so, an attempt has been made to, elucidate doubtful or ambiguous expressions, either by modifying the existing translation from the Greek, where deemed permissible, or by appending annotations.

A certain portion of these Oracles collected by Psellus, appear to be correctly attributed to a Chaldan Zoroaster of very early date, and are marked "Z," following the method indicated by Taylor, with one or two exceptions. Another portion is attributed to a sect of Philosophers named Theurgists, who flourished during the reign of Marcus Antoninus, upon the authority of Proclus,*** and these are marked "T." Oracles additional to these two series and of less definite source are marked "Z or T." Other oracular passages from miscellaneous authors are indicated by their names.

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