Grimoires and the Solomonic Tradition

Grimoires and the Solomonic Tradition

I would like to talk about grimoires. Not a specific grimoire, like the Key of Solomon, or Heptameron, or Lemegeton. This isn’t even about their contents, or their history. No, what I want to talk about are the actual physical grimoires—those dangerous things made of paper and cardboard, with arcane scribbles of ink on their pages. Books that at various time and places (including to this very day) could get you arrested and worse.

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The Wolf

THE WOLF AS A SYMBOL

Lup/lupul = wolf/the wolf in Romanian; lup/lupu = to die/dead in Etruscan. Similarly, haita = wolf pack in Romanian; Aita = the god of the underworld the equivalent of Greek Hades, for the Etruscans. Etruscan funerary paintings show Aita wearing on his head the head and fur of a wolf! It is similar to the Egyptian jackal headed Upuaut/Wepwawet or Greek Ophois. Upuaut had a double role, being the god of war (just like the wolf headed Dacian banners!) and of the funerary worship, opening the way both for the troops and for the spirits of the dead.

Luptã (Romanian) = lucta (Latin) = fight. Note that the Romanian word stands from lup (wolf), the symbol from the banners of the Dacian warriors. It is not the case of the Latin word, which seems to be imported from Dacian, the Romans maintaining themselves the cult of the she-wolf, mother of Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome!

In the Balkan folk medicine and apotropaeic magic, the destructive aspect of the wolf’s mouth is symbolically turned around and used against demonic forces and diseases.

The magic act of pulling children through the wolf’s mouth in the context of birth ritual and infant care shows that the symbolism of the wolf’s mouth is connected with the female reproductive organs.

The wolf appears at the most important transitory moments in the human life cycle (birth – marriage – death).

 

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The Science Behind Testing for Psychic Abilities

This article was sent to me from Sally Perkins who came across my website and wanted to contribute this article for you all to read.  This is a great article and I hope you all enjoy it too.

“Einstein held the belief that human-made time did not equate to space-time. Space-time, instead, is something more intangible than human-made time and can be used to explain the world as it exists. According to his theories, everything that’s going to happen already exists as particles along a line in the space-time continuum. Therefore, the future already exists; we just haven’t seen it yet.”  Read More here http://backpackerverse.com/scientific-evidence-psychic-abilities/ 

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20th August 2017 — Solar Eclipse Energies

Solar Eclipse Chart

 

This Eclipse is above the earth in the Mid-heaven and this means that following in the next five to eight months the effects shall start to be seen and shall be in affect from anywhere from six to fourteen months.

This Eclipse is located in the tenth house and the ten house represents the following;

The Tenth House:

We have here the house that rules higher levels of the government, and that of the ruling class of all countries nation’s prestige, its “aristocracy,” and the opinion other countries hold of the nation. This is where the national identity becomes wholly conscious and strives to achieve the most ample portions of the collective dream.

Being a Solar Eclipse and in Leo of the third face/decan of the sign, this eclipse portends an increase in building fires, the breaking down of government as we also have Mars in conjunction with the Sun and this will show an increase in wars, conflicts it will also have an impact on imprisonment of corruption with high level figures, military interference in towns and cities as well as an increase in violent death as well as more younger men in death.  With the fire energy we shall see more in the ways of gun shot deaths across the globe.  Diseases of the blood are also common and as Leo rules the heart a rise in heart diseases.  It also presages and increase in looting as well as the destruction of holy places with Mercury being in the nature of this placement of the eclipse with Leo there is also to be presages an increase in rains, thunder and lightening storms and I have been feeling for some time we may even see martial law occur in some areas.

With this being a fire sign Eclipse I would recommend for protection upon your home and body, on the night of this Eclipse to light a Red Candle and place it in your East Window where the Sun will originally come through as well as lighting and invoking the energy of Michael the Archangel to protect your home and body from harm of any kind and to be wise.

Many people are fascinated by the sight of Eclipses, but dating back as far as they have occurred they have always been that of bad omens.  It is the blocking of the light in which creates this energy.  The ancients knew this as did all other cultures that worked with the heavens and stars daily as their guide to the seasons and when it was best to plant, move, marry and more.

 

 

 

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The power of imagination

 

by: Ina Custers van Bergen

In occult circles there is an interesting discussion going on, fueled by the need of scientific proof for esoteric assumptions and claims about historical legacy. First of all I want to state that I think scientific evidence for historical claims is very important.   At the same time I want to emphasize to protect a crucial aspect of the spiritual traditions: the power of imagination. Loosing that power would mean: throwing away the baby with the bathwater! The world i-magi-nation contains the word ‘magic’. The definition of Magic is “The art and science to create changes in consciousness”, causing changes in your life. That very art is endangered when the scientific movement within the occult community would tip the balance at the cost of the power of imagination!

The power of imagination is underestimated in mainstream society. In medicine, doctors talk derogatory about the ‘placebo effect’. Some of the illnesses that people suffer from, are located ‘between the ears’. Meaning: you have a psychological problem rather than a physical one. Expressions like ‘this only exists in your imagination’, or ‘he has an overactive imagination’ are no compliments.   At the other hand there are complete industries, whose only business it is to charm you by influencing you, using  imagination. First of all, think of all the arts: here the use of the imagination is purest. In its most positive form, arts use the power of the metaphor to create awareness about society and enchant by beauty. Soon it becomes dubious, and degrades in shades of grey. For example in the fashion industry: from the genuine wish to create beauty the industries degrades into cosmetic operations on healthy people, and is co-responsible in causing eating disorders in insecure adolescents. Think of companies who constantly try to influence you to buy their products and even pay scientists for a favorable outcome of scientific research.  Think of politicians who try to degrade their opponents by associating them with ‘nazis’ or other fearful archetypes. All these industries use the power of imagination to enchant you, so that you make choices that are beneficial for them.

They do that by creating mindscapes.   A mindscape is a landscape in the mind. By a mindscape you define who you are, what you believe in, what motivates you and what stimulates you to action. Propaganda and marketing companies do that by videos consisting of powerful images, combined with melodies and spells. They abuse the powerful techniques that belong to religion, shamanism and magic. We are less and less protected by ‘beliefs’ embedded in the spiritual traditions, that – with all their failures – at least give us a structure of human values, personal development and stewardship over the planet.

Mindscapes in the imagination can also be are extremely important psychological and magical constructs, to observe the unfolding events around us. Creating powerful mindscapes of our own, makes us more independent and protects us against the ongoing propaganda surrounding us. For this reason:  I consider it to be the job of modern magicians, to raise awareness in the audience, for this side of  a reality that we  are living in, or captured in. And when necessary: alter that reality and choose a better one!

“The power of imagination” appeared first on Facebook. Join the conversation at our Temple of Starlight group on Facebook! In LVX

Ina Ina Custers van Bergen For Enchanting Self-development Ina Custers van Bergen  has given courses in transpersonal development since 1995. Her courses help people integrate the core of their being into their daily lives. With her extensive experience in the mental health care sector as a manager and psychiatric nurse, studies in NLP, hypnotherapy and systemic therapy, Ina integrates Western Mystery Tradition into modern forms of therapy based on heartfulness: the connection with the living world.

Used with permission from Ina Custers van Bergen

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Strega, who are we?

Strega, who are we?

By, Rev. Ariana

revised 26 May 2016

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I have had many people ask me to speak of Strega and our teachings, what we practice, how we practice, and so on, with permission I am allowed to share limited information as to my teachings and to the heart of Strega.

Strega roots date back to from the time of Sumer, Egypt, and Indus Valley from where the heart of Paganism started the honour and worship of the Ancient Mighty Ones, from the teachings from the ancient lands the people in an effort to preserve not only their magic but their culture had to travel throughout the lands and find home.  Strega’s roots are based initially in Italy the main land the Southern Italy and Sicily, with lines in Sardinia and Malta.  Within the line of Strega in which I am taught and practice it comes from Sicily, with that comes an Oath of Silence [Omerta], a Vow in which must never be broken to hold certain teachings secret and to never reveal, yes, to many this may seem extreme, yet to the unlearned or the ignorant the knowledge in which we hold sacred and silent would not be understood and could do more harm than good to someone who does not understand the heart of Strega.  Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini making a deal with Hitler forced many of the Strega to flew their homeland for other countries during WWII, many of which fled to the Domincian Republic, Puerto Rico, the outlying countries and many more hide in plain sight where many are still today.

Sicilian Strega has a mixture of various cultures and magical systems due to the migration through trade and religion that entrées into the country.  Some of the other cultures in which migrated into Sicily were the Phoenicians, Germans, Muslims and Greeks to name a few, from that our branch of magic has a blend of Ceremonial, Arabic, Jewish Mysticism, Germanic and Egyptians then building their own Temples, Religious Masques, basing their locations atop of sacred sites or old temple sites.

Strega is hereditary blood line, which few if any outsiders are allowed in, and then it takes years to learn the Mysteries, if one is fully accepted it is then typically for an Adoption Ceremony to be performed by the adopting Mother of the line or family.  Like I said this is rear, but some are allowed and later accepted.

Magically, Strega is based on folk magic, working with the Saints, Arch Angels, Angels, Spirits, Shape shifting, Shamanism, and working with and serving the Gods.  The heart of Strega is ones’ heart the heart of one’s’ soul reveals all from within.  We follow a philosophy in which goes back to the a maxim that is to be found on the Pillars to the entrance of Delphi “Know Thyself, Nothing in Excess”.  Later through Giordano Bruno and Dr. Leo Louis Martello’s works to be a person who lived, to live by one’s own standards to not allow others control or tell you what, who, how to live, breathe, practice or believe, Dr. Leo Louis Martello calls it PsychoSelfism, simply put you do NOT accept the guilt, problems of another and that you place value for value on all your works as well as of those who are in your life.

The Strega are known for being Warriors of Justice and defending the weak, the innocent and those who have been wronged, spoken against with falsities, and we are humanitarians.  We encourage working with the community, aiding the poor and more.  We believe that one has the right to say what is right for them and what is not, to stand up for the rights of humanity and say what must be said without fear.  We are healers, protectors, warriors, watchers, psychopompos, and more.  Do we believe in white or black magic, no, we believe in magic and depending what one does warrants the magic we do, if you give others willingly, do work to aid someone who is need of healing, protection and giving them encouragement during down times you will always be blessed with prosperity, health and happiness, however, you do harm against another willingly, murder, rape, incest, harm a creature by cruelty or commit any act of evil, be it by word or deed, then that warrants well Justice.  A reminder to all if you are not justified and the other party has not done anything in which warrants then to do magic against them just because it will back fire on the sender and they will reap all they have sown.

Yes, we follow the Rede in that we do not seek to harm another we love under the law and do not force another’s hand against their free will.  However, we do not take the Rede literally, what I mean by that is through the years and this is not only my observation many who come to the Craft of the Wise, Wiccan, Paganism from Christianity, do so with the understanding that the Rede is to be taken word for word, [now this is not to say all Wiccan’s follow it literally].  This is not so, it is to be taken as a way to walk and do your magic, however, when one harms you, you are NOT to turn your check to the injustice, you are justified to do what must be done to bring full justice upon the person who harmed you, be it by whatever the Gods deem fitting for the judgement.  You are allowed to seek full punishment.  In Dr. Leo Louis Martello’s book ~How to Prevent Psychic Blackmail~ he states the following, when one insults you, you do not turn the check for them to do it again, what you are to is this, okay you hurt me I forgive you, now I have forgotten you as well, goodbye.

Strega is path that not many can follow it is stricter than most it adheres to keeping secrets and making unbreakable oaths, seeking permissions for certain things and more.  It is a path that accepts all Religions and works with them all in an effort to bring full balance, for as Ghandi states until everyone can accept each other for which they are for until then there shall never be balance.  This is what the Ancients seek acceptance.

The foundation of the home is the heart of a Strega, children are to be cherished as a gift for the gift they are, love to be nurtured and protected.  The Heart of the Strega is the Strega.

 

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Astrology in the News!

This was a post in another group and I asked the author for his permission to post this to share.  It is an interesting look at a few topics in astrology and the occult in general.

Ariana

 

Always interesting to see how astrology pops up in the news. First
mention is today in the Washington Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/local/mercury-is-in-retrograde-heres-what-that-means/2016/04/29/b709f78a-0e3a-11e6-bc53-db634ca94a2a_video.html

Note that the heliocentric perspective is presented as objective truth
while the geocentric perspective is simply an illusion. In fact, if
you watch Mercury in the sky from Earth it will indeed appear to move
backwards. Of course the video itself is an illusion, being a series
of still pictures that change so quickly that they appear to move.
Clearly everything we see via video is therefore also false!

I, along with Plotinus, agree with astronomers that the planets and
stars are not actually causing effects on Earth. Instead the
underlying spiritual cycles control both the cycles of the Heavens and
cycles on Earth. Either that or the planetary archangels!

Finally it is very cute of the Washington Post to have it both ways,
they report Mercury retrograde, explain what it is, give useful
information on when Mercury is retrograde, all definitely aimed at an
audience who are receptive and interested in astrology, then in the
end denounce astrology. Same old media strategy, as Billy Bragg says,
“Where they offer you a feature On stockings and suspenders Next to a
call for stiffer penalties for sex offenders”

Next example is the New York Times continuing expose of the evils of
fortunetellers
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/26/nyregion/with-psychic-in-jail-her-mother-in-law-kept-the-family-business-open-the-police-say.html?_r=0

And yes this appears to be pretty heinous fraud. But this story links
back to an earlier one on fortunetellers who are not simply using this
as a con, but believe in what they are doing
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/06/nyregion/in-new-york-fortunes-told-and-too-often-taken.html

The NYT’s attitude is the traditional one, all fortunetelling is
fraud, no matter what the fortuneteller themselves believe. Under New
York Penal Law §165.35, entitled, “Fortune telling”

“A person is guilty of fortune telling when, for a fee or compensation
which he directly or indirectly solicits or receives, he claims or
pretends to tell fortunes, or holds himself out as being able, by
claimed or pretended use of occult powers, to answer questions or give
advice on personal matters or to exorcise, influence or affect evil
spirits or curses;  except that this section does not apply to a
person who engages in the aforedescribed conduct as part of a show or
exhibition solely for the purpose of entertainment or amusement.

Fortune telling is a class B misdemeanor.”

So as long as you admit it is fake, you are ok. If, like me, you
believe that you can predict the future and do so, you are a criminal
in New York.

Christopher Warnock

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Feb Snow Full Moon/ 2/22/2016

On the 2nd of February we will be having our Full Moon, which traditionally is called the Snow Moon. This is because it is the time of year when the snow is heaviest on the earth, it is on the 2nd month the 22nd day of 2016. We have a lot of two’s in this full moon. In numerology it adds up to the number 6 which is sacred to Venus, Diana, Janus and the Heart, the heart being the soul the Ka in which all truths are revealed from within. It is the number of the Human Soul the Ka force, it also unites Fire and Water and is the number of musicians, writers and the arts, so this full moon would be a great time to go into your own soul, your ka and seek what you want to manifest into this world to make a difference.

The Moon is in Virgo which is hazy for the energy of the Moon as Virgo is both a moveable and fixed sign ruled by Mercury on the night side. Traditionally Virgo ruled the 12th house before it was moved to the seventh house in the chart. It is the sign of magic and medicine and much healing is done at this time through the art of magic.

This is a rear occasion as there are many 2 twos surrounding this moon and it brings about our dual sides of our nature the dark and light. The ka within us for many we do not understand or accept that we have both the light and dark and that our energy is androgynous when we accept that we are dark and light and of both energies masculine and feminine we can begin to learn how to find that balance of Virgo’s Scales in our lives and then there lies the true healing we all seek or have found.

Many Blessings to all on the Full Moon this Feb.moon

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http://www.patheos.com/blogs/quakerpagan/2015/10/samhain-is-my-fertility-festival.html

By Cat Chapin-Bishop

There is just something about the light this time of year.

New England Fall Leaves. Editor in Law, 2010.

Of course, it helps that I live in New England, where the slanted light of autumn pours over leaves that are themselves turned gold.  There are mornings and afternoons  on my commute when it’s all I can do to watch the road.  In hurried glances, I gulp down visions: pale fields of bleaching corn,  mist that blankets meadows, and the way the sun burnishes all the leaves and the limbs of trees that hurry past my car.

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‘Witchcraft’ abuse cases on the rise

Witchcraft abuses cases on the rise,  Read the entire article by clicking on the link.

Child abuse linked to exorcism and witchcraft accusations is on the rise, figures obtained by the BBC suggest.

The Metropolitan Police said there had been 60 crimes linked to faith in London so far this year. It saw reports double from 23 in 2013 to 46 in 2014.

Half of UK police forces do not record such cases and many local authorities are also unable to provide figures.

The NSPCC said authorities “need to ensure they are able to spot the signs of this particular brand of abuse”.

London is unique in having a police team, Project Violet, dedicated to this type of abuse.

Its figures relate to crime reports where officers have flagged a case as involving abuse linked to faith or belief. Many of the cases involve children.

 

 

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