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3 8 INITIATION CEREMONY

of fire and air. furthermore, these two children resemble the sign gemini, which unites the earthly sign of taurus with the watery sign of cancer and this sign was by the greeks and romans referred to apollo or the sun. hiero: returns to place. heg: leads theoricus to west. hiereus (showing 1st tablet) the astrological symbols of the planets are derived from the 3 primary forms of the circle, the crescent and the cross, either singly or in combination. the circle denotes the sun and gold, the crescent the moon and silver, respectively, analogous to the red and the white alchemical natures. the cross is the symbol of corrosion and the corrosion of metals is usually of the complementary color to that which they naturally approximate. thus, copper which is reddish becomes green in verdigris e

and silver, respectively, analogous to the red and the white alchemical natures. the cross is the symbol of corrosion and the corrosion of metals is usually of the complementary color to that which they naturally approximate. thus, copper which is reddish becomes green in verdigris etc. mercury is the only one which unites these primary forms in one symbol. saturn is composed of the cross and the crescent, showing that lead is corrosive externally and lunar internally. jupiter is the reverse, mars is solar internally while venus is the opposite, for copper is externally of the nature of gold, but internally corrosive. wherefore, also the name of the sphere of venus nogah, denotes external splendor. heg: shows theoricus the 2nd tablet. heg: this shows the true and genuine attribution of the

the stolistes, which is the cup of water. hiereus: the cup of the stolistes partakes in part of the symbolism of the laver of moses and the sea of solomon. on the tree of life it embraces nine of the sephiroth, exclusive of kether. yesod and malkuth form the triangle below, the former the apex the latter the base. like the caduceus it further represents the 3 elements of water, air and fire. the crescent is the water which is above the firmament; the circle is the firmament and the triangle the consuming fire below, which is opposed to the celestial fire symbolized by the upper part of the caduceus. heg: places admission badge aside and leads theoricus to hierophant and then returns to his place. hiereus: heg: rise and face inwards towards the altar. hiero (rising and facing inwards to th


A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO WITCHCRAFT AND MAGICK SPELLS

le goddess who became associated with the three phases of the moon: waxing, full and waning. the moon provided one of the earliest ways by which people calculated time. since its cycles coincided with the female menstrual cycle, which ceased for nine moons if a women was pregnant, the moon became linked with the mysteries first of birth, then of death as it waned, and finally with new life on the crescent. because the moon was reborn each month or, as it was thought, gave birth to her daughter each month, it was assumed that human existence followed the same pattern and that the full moon mirrored the mother with her womb full with child. the full moon was also associated in later ages with romance and passion, originally because this coincided with peak female fertility. moon magick for t

priest, but instead take it in turns to organise the meetings and rituals and take responsibility for any events. however, if you do want to follow a particular tradition. have a preliminary meeting in which you can plan for about six meetings ahead, deciding on the topics, the different venues and equipment you will need to buy. using a good almanac and moon diary, you can arrange to meet on the crescent moon some months to light candles and make wishes as well as on the full moon and on the major festivals. you may arrange a special evening also for healing work, especially if this is an area that you would like to develop collectively. you can hold separate meetings for planning, but if you wish to make practical decisions at a meeting before an esbat, always carry out a ritual to stren

during a difficult period, perhaps when everything appears to have got into a rut. you can alter the focus of the ritual by varying the number and type of each fragrance you use, for example whether your primary concern is to increase trust, passion or encourage fidelity (use the incense list on page 139. this ritual is best carried out early in the moon cycle, any time from when you can see the crescent in the sky. in the ritual, i refer to a pentagram, a magical symbol that can be used for attracting energies or closing them down in ritual magick. its uses can be varied according to the way it is drawn. however, in this ritual, it is the shape that is important, so just imagine the shape as illustrated overleaf, with its single point at the top. arrange five of your incense sticks as th

room to cleanse the ritual area before every ritual. brooms are easily obtainable from any garden centre (you want one in the traditional 'witches' broomstick' shape, not an ordinary brush. brooms made with an ash handle and birch twigs bound with willow are traditionally recognised as being especially potent, being endowed with protective and healing energies. some practitioners carve or paint a crescent moon at the top of the handle, others decorate theirs with their personal ruling planetary and birth sign glyphs entwined. when cleansing the area for rituals, you might like to scatter dried lavender or pot pourri and sweep it in circles widdershins, saying: out with sorrow, out with pain, joyous things alone remain. you can also sweep areas of your home such as uncarpeted floors, patio

y sea salt and represents the earth element. it should be kept covered and separate from domestic salt and it must be empowered before use. the salt should be placed on the altar to the left of your earth ritual tools, in a small ceramic dish with a silver spoon. use new salt for each ritual and tip any remaining into flowing water, watching it carrying away your wishes to fruition. a very simple crescent moon ritual for attracting money involves piling magically charged salt in a central cone, surrounding this with coins and filling them all with power. then take the empowered coins and leave them in an open jar in the moonlight until the full moon. on the day after the full moon, spend them on giving happiness to others. after the ritual, dissolve the salt in sacred water and tip it into

red holding a sceptre or lily. to the followers of islam, gabriel is the spirit of truth who dictated the koran to mohammed. gabriel brings wise words of truth and the clear voice that speaks of hope and a new purpose in life, but also compassion and the acceptance of the weaknesses of oneself as well as others. gabriel's protection can be felt with each new moon, especially on the day before the crescent is visible in the sky. gabriel stands in the west and his colour is silver. pentagrams the pentagram, as i have already mentioned, is one of the most sacred geometric forms in magick. some witches wear a gold pentacle, a pentagram in a circle (see page 189, on a chain as a sign of their craft. each of the five points of the pentagram represents one of the five elemental powers, so that th

n records existed, for she was seen to give birth to a new moon every 29 days. because the old moon apparently died, it was believed that that she took the souls of the dead back into her womb and gave them new life. in the same way, the three main lunar phases gave rise to the concept of the triple goddess who has been worshipped in cultures from palaeolithic times where early cave art displayed crescent moons that have been identified as goddess symbols. the evolved triple goddess of the celts, which reflects the lunar cycles of maiden, mother and crone, is an icon also seen throughout the classical world. moon time the earliest calendars were based on the lunar cycle and moon time is still used in the modern world in both pagan and religious rituals: the chinese new year is a lunar fest

ple, to our ancestors, the astrological dark of the moon was the same as the astronomical dark- the first two and a half days of the cycle when the moon is not visible at any hour of the day or night. to this were added the preceding three days of the old moon, when it did not rise until the early hours of the morning. so when books of magick speak of the new moon, they may mean the time when the crescent first appears in the sky. but if you prefer, you can, as some modern practitioners do, count the dark of the moon only as those three last waning days and start new moon magick from the literal calendar day. it's a bit like deciding exactly when a chicken comes to life: you don't actually see it until the chicken pops out of the egg but you know it's alive even when it's invisible, inside

t if you prefer, you can, as some modern practitioners do, count the dark of the moon only as those three last waning days and start new moon magick from the literal calendar day. it's a bit like deciding exactly when a chicken comes to life: you don't actually see it until the chicken pops out of the egg but you know it's alive even when it's invisible, inside the shell. i prefer to wait for the crescent because to me those last days of the old moon are still very precious. i can remember waking before it was light in spain and seeing that last waning crescent with its accompanying star, shining like a jewel in the warm sky. the answer, as always, is to do what you feel is best for you. working with the phases there are eight astronomical phases of the moon, but magick generally focuses o

men and women who do have difficulty conceiving, who use ivf or artificial insemination, fertility spells do seem to help to create spiritual and mental cycles and conception may prove easier. it is certainly worth trying as i know a number of people for whom fertility spells have worked- and even where they do not, they have restored joy to lovemaking. this ritual should be carried out when the crescent moon is visible in the sky and if you live near the sea, you may be able to coincide your lovemaking with the high tide (a secluded beach is brilliant if the weather is good, although i have known people do this hundreds of miles from the sea. but if the tide is out of sync, then you still have lunar energies aplenty. you could even plan an overnight stay in a hotel with a room overlookin

ss your scarves or knotted cords into the air and spiral round, waving them and chanting, my power renewed, the dream is true, the wish is free, so shall it be* gradually, slow down and reduce your chant to a whisper until you are quite still* sit and make a nine-day plan for making your wish materialise and each morning untie one of your knots as you repeat the chant. a fertility spell* when the crescent moon is in the sky, take a hen's egg and paint or colour it with permanent marker pens and decorate it with mother goddess symbols, such as spirals, butterflies, bees and birds* place it on the window ledge of your bedroom and leave it there until the night of the full moon* on this night, prick the egg gently with a silver pin or paper knife* the next day, early in the morning, sprinkle

ing and the wax flows on to the coins. allow the candles to burn down* when the wax has hardened, cut a disc containing the coins and sprinkle dried basil on the wax for added prosperity* leave your coin amulet where it can catch any light, day and night, from the waxing to the full moon and when the moon begins to wane, keep it wrapped in silk in a drawer. if necessary, repeat the spell when the crescent moon is in the sky, turning it over three time on the crescent. a spell to pass an examination or a test or succeed in an interview* take three small dishes of dried sage, rosemary and thyme, the herbs of memory and concentration* choose a book, a manual or notes you have made, to symbolise what you need to know or remember* scatter in turn a circle of each herb round the book, beginning


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ly a foreshadowing of the difficulties of doing it. 18. i began by taking a simple geometrical object in one colour, such as a yellow square. i will quote the official instructions in 'the equinox 'dharana- control of thought '1. constrain the mind to concentrate itself upon a single simple object imagined. the five tatwas are useful for this purpose; they are: a black oval; a blue disk; a silver crescent; a yellow square; a red triangle '2. proceed to combinations of single objects; e.g, a black oval within a yellow square, and so on '3. proceed to simple moving objects, such as a pendulum swinging; a wheel revolving, etc. avoid living objects '4. proceed to combinations of moving objects, e.g, a piston rising and falling while a pendulum is swinging. the relation between the two movement


ALEISTER CROWLEY AD MEIORUM CTHULHI GLORIAM

l as the lesser forms of demon. the horned moon as mentioned, the god of the moon was called nanna by the sumerians. by the later sumerians and assyrians, he was called sin. in both cases, he was the father of the gods (of the planetary realm, the zonei, and was depicted as wearing horns, a symbol familiar to the witches as representative of their god. the horn shaped crown is illustrative of the crescent phases of the moon, and were symbolic of divinity in many cultures around the world, and were also thought to represent certain animals who were horned, and worshipped for their particular qualities, such as the goat and bull. they also represent sexual power. the fact that, in ancient sumeria and egypt, horns were solely representative of evil gods, but of many different deities, was use


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les a 3rd quadrant. the princess of the echoing hills. the lotus of the palace of the earth. rules a 4th quadrant of the heavens about kether. 31 bis the root of the powers of air the root of the powers of water. lxxv. the five elements (tatwas. lxxvi. the five skandhas. clxxxviii. the body. clxxxix. cxc. bodily functions. 11 vayu the blue circle sankhara breath speaking though 23 apas the silver crescent vedana chyle, lymph holding nutrition 31 agni or tejas the red triangle sa a blood moving moving 32 bis prithivi the yellow square rupa solid structures, tissues excreting matter 31 bis akasa the black egg vi nanam semen, marrow generating magick cxci. the four noble truths (buddhism) 11 sorrow s cause 23 sorrow s ceasing 31 noble eight-fold path 32 bis sorrow 31 bis. table iii 20 lxxvii

hings are to be found in burton s arabian nights, in the tale of abn al-husn and his slave-girl tawaddud. col. cxxxiii. the symbolic forms and divination meanings of these cards can be readily constructed from considerations of their natures as here indicated. line 5. this is the first decan, and begins from cor leonis. col. cxxxviii. astrological symbols are derived from the primary forms cross, crescent, circle. col. clxxiii. for meaning and special function, see original.13 they should, but do not, accurately refer to the divisions of each sign into 7 planetary parts. pietro di abano14 gives: the names of the hours and the angels ruling them. the names of the hours. hours of the day. hours of the night. 1. yayn beron 2. ianor barol 3. nasnia thari 4. salla athir 5. sadedali mathon 6. th


ALEISTER CROWLEY MAGICK IN THEORY AND PRACTICE

, touch :assiah, material :bet-nunfinal: world: ben :31 "bis: shin: spirit: hearing: lxviii: lxix: lxx: lxxv: lxxvi :the part: the :attribution:the five elements :the five: of :alchemical: of (tatwas :skandhas :the soul: elements: pentagram: 11 :hb:rvch: mercury :left upper :vayu- the blue :sankhara :ruach: point: circle: 23 :hb:nshmh: salt :right upper:aupas- the silver :vedana :neshamah: point: crescent: 31 :hb:chyh: sulphur :right lower:agni or tejas :san n a :chiah: point: the red triangle :32 "bis :hb:npsh: salt :left lower :prithivi- the :rupa :nephesh: point: yellow square :31 "bis :h:ychydh :topmost :akasa- the black :vin nanam :iechidah: point: egg: table iii: lxxvii: lxxxi: lxxxiii: the planets: the attribution of: and their numbers: metals: the hexagram: 12: mercury 8: mercury:

out, as if to symbolize the butting of an horned beast (attitude of pan, bacchus, etc (frontispiece, equinox i, iii. 15. proceeding as before, let him make in the west the averse pentagram whereby water is invoked. 16. pointing the wand to the centre of the pentagram, let him call upon babalon! 17. let him give the sign mulier. the feet are widely separated, and the arms raised so as to suggest a crescent. the head is thrown back (attitude of baphomet, isis in welcome, the microcosm of vitruvius (see book 4, part ii. 333 18. let him break into the dance, tracing a centripetal spiral widdershins, enriched by revolutions upon his axis as he passeth each quarter, until he come to the centre of the circle. there let him halt, facing boleskine. 19. let him raise the wand, trace the mark of the

pidly. 8. strive after depth, fullness, and regularity of breathing. 9. various remarkable phenomena will very probably occur during these practices. they must be carefully analysed and recorded. v dharana- control of thought. 1. constrain the mind to concentrate itself upon a single simple object imagined. the five tatwas are useful for this purpose; they are: a black oval; a blue disk; a silver crescent; a yellow square; a red triangle. 2. proceed to combinations of simple objects; e.g. a black oval within a yellow square, and so on. 3. proceed to simple moving objects, such as a pendulum swinging, a wheel revolving, etc. avoid living objects. 4. proceed to combinations of moving objects, e.g. a piston 371 rising and falling while a pendulum is swinging. the relation between the two move


ALEISTER CROWLEY MEDITATION

er p, before he had samadhi, wrote of dhyana "perhaps as a result of the intense control a nervous storm breaks: this we call dhyana. samadhi is but an expansion of this, so far as i can see" five years later he would not take this view. he would say perhaps that dhyana was "a flowing of the mind in one unbroken current from the ego to the non-ego without consciousness of either, accompanied by a crescent wonder and bliss" he can understand how that is the 39 natural result of dhyana, but he cannot call dhyana in the same way the precursor of samadhi. perhaps he does not really know the conditions which induce samadhi. he can produce dhyana at will in the course of a few minutes' work; and it often happens with apparent spontaneity: with samadhi this is unfortunately not the case. he proba

lizes the infinite, as every cross or tau represents the finite. that which is four square shows the finite fixed into itself; for this reason the altar is foursquare. it is the solid basis from which all the operation proceeds. one form<form. a better is given in the illustration> of the magical cup has a sphere beneath the bowl, and is supported upon a conical base. this cup (crescent, sphere, cone) represents the three principles of the moon, the sun, and fire, the three principles which, according to the hindus, have course in the body<mind. that one which happens to be in course at the moment is the one seen by him. this is so marvellous an experience, even for one who has pus


ALEISTER CROWLEY THE OLD AND NEW COMMENTARIES TO LIBER AL

ble to grasp this subject properly by reason; only the understanding developed by meditation and spiritual experience avails. initiation is pantomorphously progressive. note that the secret divine letter sht which is the key of this book is by shape the sun united with the moon c= sh, o= t co= sht. weh note: elsewhere crowley calls this sign "the secret sigil of the beast" and it is depicted by a crescent attached to the left side of a circle. sometimes the circle is dotted. sometimes the greek lower case letters sigma-theta are written connectively for this (vide. liber mcclxiv, value 209, first edition, otonl-6 and note 28. al i,17 "but ye are not so chosen" the old comment 17 "ye" refers to the other worshippers of nuit, who must seek out their own election. the new comment that is, the


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ly. 8. strive after depth, fulness, and regularity of breathing. 9. various remarkable phenomena will very probably occur during these practices. they must be carefully analysed and recorded. 29 v "dharana- control of thought" 1. constrain the mind to concentrate itself upon a single simple object imagined. the five tatwas are useful for this purpose; they are: a black oval; a blue disk; a silver crescent; a yellow square; a red triangle. 2. proceed to combinations of simple objects "e.g, a black oval within a yellow square, and so on. 3. proceed to simple moving objects, such as a pendulum swinging, a wheel revolving &c. avoid living objects. 4. proceed to combinations of moving objects "e.g, a piston rising and falling while a pendulum is swinging. the relation between the two movements

n whirls in a downward left spiral horn of two loops to a point- try reading that in one breath! ranked on the right edge in a column occupying the center half of the edge is a column of seven silver stars of seven points each, one point to top. at the lower right, just above the tip of the serpent's tail (described below) is a lion of assyrian style between two outward arched cresents. the lower crescent is golden and the lion's only visible hind foot rests on the center of the crescent. the upper crescent is silver and gripped by the lion's left paw at the lower horn. the face of the lion is directly at but not touching the center of this crescent. the right paw of the lion touches the lower quarter of this crescent with talon tips only. these two crescents are so aligned that their horn

lion is directly at but not touching the center of this crescent. the right paw of the lion touches the lower quarter of this crescent with talon tips only. these two crescents are so aligned that their horn tips could be connected by parallel lines about 45 degrees from the horizontal, upper to the left and lower to the right. the lion is green on white with gold accents, tail arched upward in a crescent and tipped in gold. the eye is red and the tongue extends in red as well. there are black accents about the edges of the mane and below the chin. at the lower left, framed by the serpent to left and below, is an assyrian winged bull, flank view and facing right. the fore quarters stand on a silver sphere, while the hind quarters stand on a gold cube in parallel projection with the full fa

sts of the night are scattered, i am born, and the stars melt like flakes of snow before mine eyes. lo! there she stands, born in maturity, shaken from out the loins of the darkness, as a rainbow from the purple jars of the thunder. her hair is as a flood of dancing moon- beams, woven with golden ears of corn, and caught up by flashing serpents of malachite and emerald. on her forehead shines the crescent moon, pearl-like, and softly gleaming with the light of an inner light. her garment is as a web of translucent 223 silver, glistening white and dew-like, now rippling with all the colours of the rainbow, now rushing into flames crimson and gold, as the petals of the red-rose, woven with poppy, and crocus, and tulips. and around her, as a cloud of irradiant mystery gleaming with darkness


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s, lo! on thy throne two-in-one, apart, alone, breathe on us of thy might; ruler of love an light isis-osiris on thy golden throne two-in-one, apart, alone. the future hid, the soul, in love, goes where 'tis bid. by love above. within a cold and barren land, whereon, at times, a moon doth shine a tree of life doth upright stand, close by a gap, near a deep mine. i know that over there, behind the crescent moon, there waits for me somewhere, one i shall meet full soon. 155 thy heart shall weary and thy soul shall cry, till thou findest me, thy bride from on high. star of my hope to thee i call upon the way i stumbling fall shine thou upon my weary soul disperse the clouds that o'er me roll. i faint for thee with dear desire my heart with longing oft doth tire to thee i climb- ah! shine on m


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2.10-3.45 p.m. the cry of the 12th aethyr, which is called loe. there appear in the stone two pillars of flame, and in the midst is a chariot of white fire. this seems to be the chariot of the seventh key of 81 tarot. but it is drawn by four sphinxes, diverse, like the four sphinxes upon the door of the vault of the adepts, counterchanged in their component parts. the chariot itself is the lunar crescent, waning. the canopy is supported by eight pillars of amber. these pillars are upright, and yet the canopy which they support is the whole vault of the night. the charioteer is a man in golden armour, studded with sapphires, but over his shoulders is a white robe, and over that a red robe. upon his golden helmet he beareth for his crest a crab. his hands are clasped upon a cup, from which


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through the waters upon the earth. illustration "diagram 10. the cup of the stolistes" this is a abstract of three black lineal figures superimposed on a slightly modified tree of life. each sephiroth is represented by a white ring circumscribing a white disk, and no paths are drawn. the sephira are slightly displaced to conform to the needs of the lineal figures: kether is free-floating above a crescent which touches chokmah and binah from below. a ring grazes the bottom of the crescent and carries chesed, geburah, netzach, hod and yesod on its band. tipheret is free-floating within the center of the ring. an equilateral triangle made of black bands touches yesod and the ring with its apex and includes malkut in the center of its base. the whole is suggestive of a horned cup superimposed

hree units, one atop the other. at the top is a large ring-circle. it contains a depiction of the sun with the name hb:aleph hb:bet hb:yod hb:aleph inside. there is a winged and crowned woman mostly depicted above the sun, with wings extending far beyond the larger ring. five stars are above the points of her crown, her hands appear to either side of the sun, and her lower gown and feet rest on a crescent moon (horns upward. to the left of her right hand is hb:mem-final hb:yod hb:heh hb:lamed hb:aleph. to the right of her left hand is hb:heh hb:vau hb:heh hb:yod. written on the crescent below her is "the supernal eden" flames are seen about the crescent, and these extend downward over the upper arm of the central unit of the figure. at the bottom of the figure is a seven-headed serpent, th

s of the pillars. foliage extends about the base of the cross: four tendrils arch upward to left and three to right, six leaves each, topped by moon mercury venus sun mars jupiter saturn in order from left to right. a similar spray extends in arches downward, three to left and four to right with the planetary symbols reversed in order. there is a sort of thatch of tendrils extending in a downward crescent from the base of the cross. the words "the knowledge of evil" extend across the figure in space below the lower tendril spray. in may, 1899, three months after p. had passed through the ceremony of 3= 8, he was sufficiently prepared for the further advancement to the grade of 4= 7. ritual of the 4= 7 grade of philosophus "the first part" this ritual is particularly attributed to the eleme

back "then wings were given me, and diving off from that great rocky cliff like a sea-bird, i winged my course through the still air and was filled with a great joy "now, i had travelled thus but for a short time, when in the distance there appeared before me a silver-moss rugged hill. and on its summit was there built a circular temple, fashioned of burnished silver, domed and surmounted with a crescent. and for some reason unknown to me, the sight 33 many of these visions were carried out with frater c. s. 34 weh note: this was experienced on monday, nov. 15th, 1889 e.v. 35 a circle was first drawn, as in many invocations, in the centre of which the seer stood. 36 the robes of the neophyte in the 0= 0 ritual of the g. d. of the crescent made me tremble so that i durst not enter; and whe


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mission, i was not a little perplexed at the duality it presented at first. but i soon found out the truth. cut in the most precious wood of the island, a cover was made of my shape, and prepared to take my place every time my various duties should call me away. acting upon the advice of my wives, i had the coffin hidden from sight; and only once a month, when the moon breaks up with her thinnest crescent, are the natives admitted to the contemplation of its contents. before i take again to the main road of my history, which i shall neither leave again or follow further than necessary, i must give a word of praise to my wives. of course the poor creatures think i am a mere man, but apart from this 382 little error they treat me gently and worship me so much that they seem very much concern


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brilliance from beyond kether. illustration on page 221 described "diagram 73. the emblems on the altar" this is a circular device, three concentric rings such that the appearance is of a disk with a narrow anulus outside a slightly larger one, and the center mostly a large circle. in the exact center is a hebrew letter shin. just above this is a rose cross. to the left is a black cup formed of a crescent above, circle in center and triangle below. to the right is a loose pile of chain. below is a figure of three components: horizontal above a sword or long dagger with hilt to right; crossed below a crook with hook open to the center and diagonal to the upper right; crossed below a flail with three battens descending from the tip to the upper left. illustration on page 221 described "diagr


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e. 5. this also shall be sung in open places, as heaths, mountains, woods, and by streams and upon islands. 6. moreover, ye shall build you fortified places in great cities; caverns and tombs shall be made glad with your praise. 7. amen. 5 the treasure-house of images here beginneth the book of the meditations on the twelvefold adora- tion, and the unity of god. symbol of the the chapter known as crescent moon, the perception of god horns to right that is revealed unto man for a snare i adore thee by the twelvefold snare and by the unity thereof. 000. in the beginning there was naught, and naught spake unto naught saying: let us beget on the nakedness of our nothingness the limitless, eternal, identical, and united: and without will, intention, thought, word, desire, or deed, it was so. 00

lory and splendour of thy name. 38 8. ah! but i rejoice in thee, o thou my god; thou coruscating star-point of endlessness; thou inundating fire of the void; thou moonbeam cup of eternal life: yea, i rejoice in thee, thou fire-sandalled warrior of steel; o thou bloody dew of the field of slaughter and death! i rejoice, yea, i shout with gladness! till the music of my throat smiteth the hills as a crescent moon waketh a nightly field of sleeping comets, at the glory and splendour of thy name. 9. ah! but i rejoice in thee, o thou my god; thou jewel-work of snow on the limbs of night; thou elaboration of oneness; thou shower of universal suns: yea, i rejoice in thee, thou gorgeous, thou wildering one; o thou great lion roaring over a sea of blood! i rejoice, yea, i shout with gladness! till t

of the night! i adore thee, evoe! i adore thee, iao! o thou wounded son of the west, that gushest out thy blood on the heavens! i adore thee, evoe! i adore thee, iao! o thou burning tower of fire, that art set up in the midst of the seas! i adore thee, evoe! i adore thee, iao! o thou unvintageable dew, that art moist upon the lips of the morn! i adore thee, evoe! i adore thee, iao! o thou silver crescent of love, that burnest over the dark helm of war! i adore thee, evoe! i adore thee, iao! o thou snow-white ram of the dawn, that art slain by the lion of the noon! i adore thee, evoe! i adore thee, iao! o thou crimson spear-point of life, that art thrust through the dark bowels of time! i adore thee, evoe! i adore thee, iao! o thou black waterspout of death, that whirlest, whelmest the tal

thee, iao! o thou primal birth-ring of thought, that dost encircle the thumb of the soul! i adore thee, evoe! i adore thee, iao! 69 o thou blind flame of nothingness, as a crown upon my brow! i adore thee, evoe! i adore thee, iao! o glory be unto thee through all time and through all space: glory, and glory upon glory, everlastingly. amen, and amen, and amen. 70 symbol of the the chapter known as crescent moon, the unconsciousness of god horns to left that is hidden from man for a sign i adore thee by the twelvefold sign and by the unity thereof. 12. the light of my life is as the light of two moons, one rising and the other setting, one increasing and the other waning; the one growing fat as the other groweth lean, like a paunchy thief sucking dry a skin of amber wine. yet though the ligh


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nting yesod has "ritual cxx" arched between its rings at the bottom and the following words written inside "posture hatha yoga control of breathing. zelator liber ccxx the forging of the magic sword" extending upward from the circle of yesod is the path of samekh, interrupted by the crossing path of peh. these words are on it "rising on the planes. this path is also interrupted by the center of a crescent before continuing on to the circle representing tipheret. extending at an angle from the circle of yesod to the left is the path of resh, with these words "meditation practice equivalent to ritual dclxxi. this path connects to the circle representing hod. extending at an angle from the circle of yesod to the right is the path of tzaddi (as crowley considered at this time, with these words

ii the casting of the magic cup" extending horizontally to the right from the circle of hod is the path of peh, with these words "ritual& meditation practice to destroy thoughts. this path connects to the circle representing netzach. extending at an angle from the circle of hod to the right is the path of ayin, with these words "talismans evocations. this path is interrupted by the left horn of a crescent moon and then continues on to the circle representing tipheret. extending vertically upward from the circle of hod is part of the path of mem, with these words "leads to grade of (underline bifurcates path lengthwise) adeptus major. the path breaks at top without closure. the ringed circle representing netzach has "no ritual" arched between its rings at the bottom and the following words

cle representing netzach has "no ritual" arched between its rings at the bottom and the following words written inside "devotion to the order bhakti yoga control of action philosophus. liber dcccxiii the cutting of the magic wand" extending at an angle from the circle of netzach to the left is the path of nun, with these words "mahasatipatthana etc" this path is interrupted by the right horn of a crescent moon and then continues on to the circle representing tipheret. extending vertically upward from the circle of netzach is part of the path of koph, with these words "leads to grade of (underline bifurcates path lengthwise) adeptus exemptus. the path breaks at top without closure. a solid line is drawn behind the paths, from the upper arc of the circle of hod to that of the circle of netza

resenting tipheret. extending vertically upward from the circle of netzach is part of the path of koph, with these words "leads to grade of (underline bifurcates path lengthwise) adeptus exemptus. the path breaks at top without closure. a solid line is drawn behind the paths, from the upper arc of the circle of hod to that of the circle of netzach. above it are the words "porta collegii ad s.s" a crescent moon depends from the circle representing tipheret, body centered on the intersection of the "prota col" and the path of samekh, horns touching the outer limit of the circle of tipheret at the terminus of the horizontal diameter of that circle. within the crescent are the words "control of thought. raja yoga harmonizing of the knowledge& powers already acquired. liber mysteriorum the ligh

t a cross section of a slender container with rounded bottom and slightly inwardly sloping sides, horizontal lines out at top. to the right is a small circle on a long closed shape formed by a half circle at top and a larger half circle at bottom, smoothly connected by long straight sides. there is a line vertically through this shape. in the center of the figure is a symbol of a cup; formed of a crescent moon with horns up at top, a circle in the center and a equilateral triangle with point up as the base. the altar. u. a flashing tablet of each of the four elements is now to be placed upon the altar as shown in the figure, and thereon are also to be placed the magical elemental weapons, as is also clearly indicated. the receiver containing the distillate is now to be placed between the a


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golden fleece. long was he destined to travel, past lemnos and samothrace, and through colchis and the city of aeea. there, as a second jason, in the temple of hecate, in the grove of diana, under the cold rays of the moon, was he to seal that fearful pact, that pledge of fidelity to medea, mistress of enchantments. there was he to tame the two bulls, whose feet were of brass, whose horns were as crescent moons in the night, and whose nostrils belched forth mingling columns of flame and of smoke. there was he to harness them to that plough which is made of one great adamantine stone; and with it was he determined to plough the two acres of ground which had never before been tilled by the hand of man, and sow the white dragons' teeth, and slay the armed multitude, that black army of unbalan

g are 13 concentric rings of petals, 11 in the innermost and the number of petals increasing as the rings go outward. the second petal ring from the center has 22, the next outward about 44. after that the number of petals ceases doubling, but increases more slowly. theoretically there is a total of 1000 such petals in all, but i didn't count them all. in the center there is a white circle with a crescent moon in gray inside, horns upward- this would be the 1,001st petal. the sushumn following the spinal cord on reaching the brahmarandhra (the hole of brahman) the junction of the sutures of the skull, by a modification goes to the right side of the ajna lotus, whence it proceeds to the left nostril, and is called the varana, ganges (northward flowing ganges) or ida. by a similar modificati

m. seven breaks. result would have been much better but for an epi- cene enuch with an alleged flute. my mind revolved various methods of killing it. tejas-ak sa. 18" seven breaks. r. r. et a. c.154 19" seven breaks. pendulum" after 3 m. lost control and gave up. winged-globe (e. 10" ten breaks.155 108 145 apas-v yu is the element of water and is symbolized by a black egg of spirit in the silver crescent of water. see "777, col. lxxv, p. 16. see diagram 84. 146 the golden dawn symbol of the flaming sword. see diagram 12. 147 by this is meant watching the swing of an imaginary pendulum. the difficulty is to keep it in one plane, as it tries to swing round; also to change its rate. 148 in these records "m" means morning and "e" evening. 149 the egyptian key of life. see diagram 61. 150 lamp

sight. 154 see diagram 80. a scarlet rose on a gold cross. 155 at this point p. made the following resolve "i resolve to increase my powers very greatly by the aid of the most high, until i can meditate for twenty-four hours on one object" illustration facing page 108 partly approximated and partly described "diagram 84. the five tatwas, with their twenty-five sub-divisions- fat spindle circle in crescent square in equilateral outline w. outline moon in outline triangle in points vert. outline w. outline w "egg" horns up point up ak sa vayu apas prithivi tejas or agni_ egg inside circle in crescent in square in triangle in egg egg egg egg egg ak sa-ak sa ak sa-vayu ak sa-apas ak sa-prithivi ak sa-tejas_ egg inside circle in crescent square in triangle in circle circle in circle circle circ

points vert. outline w. outline w "egg" horns up point up ak sa vayu apas prithivi tejas or agni_ egg inside circle in crescent in square in triangle in egg egg egg egg egg ak sa-ak sa ak sa-vayu ak sa-apas ak sa-prithivi ak sa-tejas_ egg inside circle in crescent square in triangle in circle circle in circle circle circle vayu-ak sa vayu-vayu vayu-apas vayu-prithivi vayu-tejas_ egg in circle in crescent square in triangle in crescent crescent in crescent crescent crescent apas-ak sa apas-vayu apas-apas apas-prithivi apas-tejas_ egg in circle in crescent square in triangle in square square in crescent square square prithivi- prithivi-ak sa prithivi-vayu prithivi-apas prithivi prithivi-tejas_ egg in circle in crescent in square in triangle in triangle triangle triangle triangle triangle te

remonial at night, followed by attempt at astral projection. i prefer the esoteric theosophist society's seven-fold division for these practical purposes. i think physical astral projection should be preceded by a (ceremonial "loosening of 177 in all cases when the name alone is mentioned a mediation practice is understood. prithivi-apas corresponds to water of earth. it is symbolized by a silver crescent drawn within a yellow square. see diagram 84. 178 "i.e, self in ak sa between pillars with white ray descending. 179 heaven 180 an eleven pointed star. the girders of the soul."181 how to do it is the great problem. i am inclined to believe in drugs- if one only knew the right drug. 13th. drew a pantacle. 16th. painted wicked black-magic pantacle. held a magical ceremony in the evening. l


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ost in silence; for when i asked of the fair man his name he answered me only "i wish to know" and of the dark man "i wish it were light" the first clearly a confession of ignorance, the second a patent evasion; which things discomforted me much. yet we progressed evenly and rapidly, and were mightily 57 cheered after a while to see just a flash of lightning sundering two dark clouds; next a pale crescent, heavy and slow, yet silvered; next, as if it had dropped from the stars, an unicorn galloped past us and was gone ere we could fix it; next a tall lighthouse upon the water "here" said the dark man my comrade "is a pleasant place for refreshment before we turn to the further journey" as he spoke, although no sun was visible, a mighty rainbow appeared, and crowned the tower. i cried out j

are worse, to my mind. think of the gallant florimond, as tall a knight of his hands as ever swung sword or couched lance. sir raymond. netted like a fish! sir james. and now lives in the desert with the witch, a wild man, and banned. sir raymond. little better than a robber. and the word goes that he hath apostatized from our holy faith [all "cross themselves" jocelyn["sings] heigho! heigho! the crescent and cross! if the one is a bargain, the other's a loss. 71 who would be found on the ground of mahound a recreant knight, and a renegade boaster? better we each leave our bones here to bleach and be saved, than go burn with the paynim impostor! for the infidel swine lack our spirit divine; there crazy old prophet prohibits them wine! drink, every knight! god and my right! we'll drive the

a["a young girl with a stringed instrument. as the flower waits for the rain, as the lover waits for the moon, we wait, we wait, an hungry pain, for tidings from the battle plain- if those we love are hurt or slain, or if the lord hath smitten again the legions of the cross, and hewn a path of blood where glory flares. the sabre strikes, the trumpet blares, the war horse neighs- oh let us see the crescent borne to victory! laylah. is there no news? fatma. it is rumoured that the battle has begun. ledmiya. under the very walls of jerusalem! abdul khan. within the southern gate. fatma. many, many will fall. alas, alas! 84 laylah. sliman is strong and brave- my splendid boy. fatma. ay, there are hairs on his chin. but the strongest and the bravest fall first. laylah. thou ominous owl! be sile

stupidity. but i am too old. i gave all for power, and i used all my power to reconcile, to heal, to amend the matter. so at the end i find myself a toothless dog. bigotry i could have beaten: it is this mountain of stupidity that crushes me. shall i summon my 103 knights and join the saracen army? that were only to change the balance, to change the cross, soaked in the blood of humanity, for the crescent, pale flame of madness. oh could i destroy both. forty years ago i strove to reconcile them by love, by sympathy. what came of it? a frolic crime, sterile as all my thoughts are. nothing, nothing has ever come of anything that i have ever done. yet that came nearest to success; for it was my one touch of love. i have never loved since, as most surely i had never loved before. she is dead


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uests for help are dealt with .at each coven meeting? a: anything up to twenty. q: is there any way that non-witches can identify witches? a: witches often wear large silver rings engraved with mystic symbols, and they always take leave of other witches with the words 'blessed be. q: is a witch precluded from joining other societies? a: certainly not. i am a grand prior of the order of the romaic crescent, a chevalier ofthe military order ofthe knights of the temple ofjerusalem and a knight of the. imperial constantinian order of stgeorge, all .of which are christian orders. q: to whom can would-be witches apply for membership? a: to the witch centre when it is opened in the near future, and to meat the following address: 18 carlow row ringstead nr. wellingborough northants pptnbtx bt .ooi


ALICE A BAILEY04 A TREATISE ON COSMIC FIRE

e sea, the sylphs, the water fairies, and the devas who guard each human being. here only general hints are given. this list is not complete and does not include the grosser elementals, the brownies, and those that inhabit the dark spaces of the earth, the cities and the subterranean spots of the earth's crust. the devas of the ethers carry on their foreheads a translucent symbol in the form of a crescent moon, and by this they may be distinguished from the astral devas by those able to see clairvoyantly- 541- a treatise on cosmic fire copyright 1998 lucis trust as we consider the devas of the ethers, we find that they fall naturally as far as manifestation is concerned into two main groups. each group is represented on each of the four subplanes, and this grouping must be considered as bu


ALICE A BAILEY10 FROM BETHLEHEM TO CALVARY

of st. john, dating from some time not earlier than a.d. 100. the book of revelation, written between a.d. 69 and 93, is silent on the subject, though had the- 38- from bethlehem to calvary copyright 1998 lucis trust virgin birth then been an important tenet of the faith it would undoubtedly have figured in the mystical symbolism of that composition."36 isis was often represented standing on the crescent moon, with twelve stars surrounding her head. in almost every roman catholic church on the continent of europe may be seen pictures and statues of mary, the "queen of heaven" standing on the crescent moon, her head surrounded with twelve stars "it would seem more than a chance that so many of the virgin mothers and goddesses of antiquity should have the same name. the mother of bacchus wa

d the willingness to sacrifice themselves which all these sons of god manifest. it is therefore wise and timely to remember that "these events are reproduced in the lives of the various solar gods, and antiquity teems with illustrations of them. isis of egypt, like mary of bethlehem, was our immaculate lady, star of the sea, queen of heaven, mother of god. we see her, in pictures, standing on the crescent moon, star-crowned, she nurses her child horus, and the cross appears on the back of the seat in which he sits on his mother's knee. the virgo of the zodiac is represented in ancient drawings as a woman suckling a child the type of all future madonnas with their divine babes, showing the origin of the symbol. devaki is likewise figured with the divine krishna in her arms, as is mylitta, o

d die, it abideth alone, but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit."53 this was the destiny awaiting him when he came to the birth in bethlehem. then he entered upon the career which eventually "bruised" him and led him to his death. according to the concordance, the name mary means "the exalted of the lord" as one says these words, the famous picture, by mulillo, of the virgin, standing on the crescent moon and being gathered up into the clouds of heaven, comes to mind. such is the assumption of the virgin into glory. there is another interesting point in connection with the constellation virgo, upon which we might touch. mary, the virgin, in the symbolism of the ancient wisdom, stands for virgin matter, for the substance which nurtures and nourishes and hides within itself the christ c

es with fear; show me, lord, the former form; lord of gods, be gracious, upholder of worlds."33 chapter five the fourth initiation. the crucifixion key thought a fire-mist and a planet, a crystal and a cell, a jelly-fish and a saurian, and caves where the cave-men dwell; then a sense of law and beauty, and a face turned from the clod some call it evolution, and others call it god. like tides on a crescent sea-beach when the moon is new and thin, into our hearts high yearnings come welling and surging in: come from the mystic ocean- 107- from bethlehem to calvary copyright 1998 lucis trust whose rim no foot has trod some of us call it longing, and others call it god. a picket frozen on duty, a mother starved for her brood, socrates drinking the hemlock, and jesus on the rood; and millions w


ALICE A BAILEY18 A TREATISE ON THE SEVEN RAYS VOLUME III ESOTERIC ASTROLOGY

certain of the planets which were produced through their activity, were all focussed in and transmitted by the moon in a most mysterious yet powerful manner. through desire translated into terms of spiritual will, the form is esoterically "exalted" and of this fact the exaltation of the moon in taurus is a symbol. to this the ordinary astrological symbol of the bull's horns testifies. this is the crescent moon and also the symbol of the destructive nature of the form life of the bull. forget not that in this connection the destruction or death of the form and the ending of form influence thereby is the goal of the process which changes desire into aspiration. uranus, the planet of the hidden mystery and one of the most occult of the planets "falls" in this sign, producing the accentuation


ALICE A BAILEY19 THE UNFINISHED AUTOBIOGRAPHY

lean and cultured stock but none of the people attained any famous or infamous notoriety. the family crest is, however, a very interesting one and, from the angle of esoteric symbolism, extraordinarily significant. i know nothing of heraldry or the correct terms in which to describe it. it consists of a rod with a wing at each end and between the wings are to be seen the five-pointed star and the crescent moon. the latter harks back, of course, to the crusades in which some of my forebears must have apparently participated but i like to think of the whole symbol as typifying the wings of aspiration, the rod of initiation and as portraying the goal and the means, the objective of evolution and the incentive which drives us all on towards perfection a perfection which eventually receives the

to think of the whole symbol as typifying the wings of aspiration, the rod of initiation and as portraying the goal and the means, the objective of evolution and the incentive which drives us all on towards perfection a perfection which eventually receives the accolade of recognition by means of the rod. in the language of symbolism the five-pointed star has always signified perfected man and the crescent moon is supposed to rule the lower or form nature. this is the a.b.c. of occult symbolism but it interests me to find it all brought together in our family crest. my grandfather was john frederic la trobe-bateman. he was a very well known engineer, consultant to the british government and responsible in his day for several of the municipal water systems of great britain. he had a large fa


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interpret events, just as the hierarchy works in the world of mediation, applying the plan which the world of meaning has revealed, so the higher initiate works consciously in the world of purpose which the plan implements, the world of meaning interprets, and the world of events expresses in sequential order and under the evolutionary law. the symbol which expresses the door of evolution is the crescent moon; that of the process of evolution as it affects the material or substantial life of the man is the waxing and the waning moon the symbol of growing desire and of the dying out of desire. the symbol of the world of meaning is light the light which shines upon the ways of men, interpreting events and bestowing revelation. the symbol of the world of mediation is the revolving cross, whi


ARADIA GOSPEL OF THE WITCHES

questo,questo buon melambo.qualunque parlaredi qualunque animali!the invocation of the serpents mother to diana.diana! diana! diana!queen of all enchantressesand of the dark night,and of all nature,of the stars and of the moon,and of all fate or fortune!thou who rulest the tide,who shinest by night on the sea,casting light upon the waters;thou who art mistress of the oceanin thy boat made like a crescent,crescent moon-bark brightly gleaming,ever smiling high in heaven,sailing too on earth, reflectedin the ocean, on its water; page 71 n r r r r r come lappetito viene mangiando,e viene il guadagno lavorando e risparmiando.as appetite comes by eating and craving,profit results from labour and saving.t o be born in a full moon means to have an enlightened mind, and a high tide signifies an ex

magism and dualism, with theremains of old greek and egyptian theologies in the third and fourth centuries at alexandria, and inthe house of light of cairo in the ninth, the equality of woman was a prominent doctrine. it wassophia or helena, the enfranchised, who was then the true christ who was to save mankind. page 64 the supper of the witches, the cakes of meal, salt, and honey, in the form of crescent moons, areknown to every classical scholar. the moon or horn-shaped cakes are still common. i have eaten ofthem this very day, and though they are known all over the world, i believe they owe their fashion totradition.in the conjuration of the meal there is a very curious tradition introduced to the effect that the spigeor glittering grains of wheat from which spikes shoot like sun-rays

re, and dimly half awaken it raising shadows into thoughts and causingevery tree and rock to assume the semblance of a living form, but one which, while shimmering andbreathing, still sleeps in a dream could not escape the greeks, and they expressed it as dianaembracing endymion. but as night is the time sacred to secrecy, and as the true diana of themysteries was the queen of night, who wore the crescent moon, and mistress of all hidden things,including sweet secret sins and loved iniquities, there was attached to this myth far more thanmeets the eye. and just in the degree to which diana was believed to be queen of the emancipatedwitches and of night, or the nocturnal venus-astarte herself, so far would the love for sleepingendymion be understood as sensual, yet sacred and allegorical. a

lamore che por ti ha tua madre,e a lamor tuo che tanto lami,ti prego di farmi la grazia,la grazia che io ti chiedose questa grazia mi farai,tre cose mi farai vedere,serpe strisciare,lucciola volare,e rana cantarese questa grazia non mi farai, page 15 n r r r r r then shall follow the conjuration of diana.scongiurazione a diana.you shall make cakes of meal, wine, salt, and honey in the shape of a (crescent or horned) moon,and then put them to bake, and say:non cuoco ne il pane ne il sale,non cuoco ne il vino ne il miele,cuoco il corpo il sangue e lanima,lanima di diana, che non possaavere ne la pace e ne bene,possa essere sempre in mezzo alle penefino che la grazia non mi far,che glielo chiesta egliela chiedo di cuore!se questa grazia, o diana, mi farai,la cena in tua lode in molti la farem

vae la distruggero..voi altri poveri soffrite anche la fame,e lavorato malo e molte volte;soffrite anche la prigione;mapero avete una anima,una anima pi buona, e nellaltra,nellaltra mondo voi starete bene,e gli altri male. page 8 aradiaor thegospel of the witcheschapter i.how diana gave birth to aradia (herodias).it is diana! lo!she rises crescented. keats endymion.make more brightthe star queens crescent on her marriage night. ibid.this is the gospel (vangelo) of the witches:diana greatly loved her brother lucifer, the god of the sun and of the moon, the god of light(splendor, who was so proud of his beauty, and who for his pride was driven from paradise.diana had by her brother a daughter, to whom they gave the name of aradia (i.e.herodias).in those days there were on earth many rich and


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planetary sign of venus "signifying the existence of parturient energy in the sexual sense, and this was one of the attributes of isis, the mother, of eve, hauvah, or mother-earth, and was so recognised among all the ancient peoples in one or another mode of expression (from a modern kabalistic ms* athenaeus shows that the first letter of satan's name was represented in days of old by an arc and crescent; and some roman catholics, good and kind men, would persuade the public that it is in honour of lucifer's crescent-like horns that mussulmen[[footnote continued on next page[[vol. 2, page] 32 the secret doctrine. archaic tradition, which states that venus changes simultaneously (geologically) with the earth; that whatever takes place on the one takes place on the other; and that many and

ormed a yoga rite "imbibing the smoke of chaff with his head downwards for 1,000 years" this refers to the great inclination of the axis of venus (amounting to 50 degrees, and to its being enveloped in eternal clouds. but it relates only to the physical constitution of the planet. it is with its regent, the informing dhyan chohan[[footnote(s[[footnote continued from previous page] have chosen the crescent for their national arms. venus has always been identified, since the establishment of roman catholic dogmatism, with satan and lucifer, or the great dragon, contrary to all reason and logic. as shown by the symbologists and astronomers, the association between the serpent and the idea of darkness had an astronomical foundation. the position which the constellation of draco at one time occ

was symbolic of the female principle. this, in egypt; its form and shape changed with every country, provided it remained a vessel, a symbolic navis or boat-shaped vehicle, and a container, symbolically, of germs or the germ of life. in india, it is the "golden" cow through which the candidate for brahminism has to pass if he desires to be a brahmin, and to become dwija("reborn a second time. the crescent-form argha of the greeks was the type of the queen of heaven- diana, or the moon. she was the great mother of all existences, as the sun was the father. the jews, previous to, as well as after their metamorphosis of jehovah into a male god, worshipped astoreth, which made isaiah declare "your new moons and feasts my soul hateth (i. 14; saying which, he was evidently unjust. astoreth and t

ha of the greeks was the type of the queen of heaven- diana, or the moon. she was the great mother of all existences, as the sun was the father. the jews, previous to, as well as after their metamorphosis of jehovah into a male god, worshipped astoreth, which made isaiah declare "your new moons and feasts my soul hateth (i. 14; saying which, he was evidently unjust. astoreth and the new-moon (the crescent argha) festivals, had no worse significance as a form of public worship than had the hidden meaning of the moon in general, which was kabalistically connected directly with, and sacred to, jehovah, as is well known; with the sole difference that one was the female and the other the male aspect of the moon, and of the star venus. the sun (the father, the moon (the mother, and mercury-thoth

s one with the ark, and of the female triad, ana, belita and davikina; called, when blended into one "sovereign goddess, lady of the nether abyss, mother of gods, queen of the earth, and queen of fecundity" later, belita or damti (the sea, the mother of the city of erech (the great chaldean necropolis) became eve; and now she is mary the virgin, in the latin church, represented as standing on the crescent-moon, and, at times on the globe, to vary the programme. the navi, or ship-like form of the crescent, which blends in itself all those common symbols of the ship of life, such as noah's ark, the yoni of the hindus, and the ark of the covenant, is the female symbol of the universal "mothers of the gods" and is now found under its christian symbol in every church, as the nave (from navis, t

s, and the ark of the covenant, is the female symbol of the universal "mothers of the gods" and is now found under its christian symbol in every church, as the nave (from navis, the ship* the navis- the sidereal vessel- is fructified by the spirit of life- the male god; or, as the learned kenealy (in his apocalypsis) calls it very appropriately- the holy spirit. in western religious symbology the crescent was the male, the full moon, the female aspect of that universal spirit "the mystic word alm, which the prophet mahomet prefixed to many chapters of the koran, alludes to her as the alm, the immaculate virgin of the heavens. and- the sublime ever falling into the ridiculous- it is from this root alm that we have to derive the word almeh- the egyptian dancing-girls. the latter are "virgins

7 during spring and summer- as the spirit of life animated her at that time- the seventh or central informing force. we find the same in the egyptian mythos and symbol of osiris and isis, personifying fire and water metaphysically, and the sun and the nile physically. the number of the solar year, 365 in days, is the numerical value of the word neilos (nile. this, together with the bull, with the crescent and the ansated cross between its horns, and the earth under its astronomical symbol[[diagram- are the most phallic symbols of later antiquity "the nile was the river of time with the number of a year, or year and a day (364+ 1= 365. it represented the parturient water of isis, or mother earth, the moon, the woman, and the cow, also the workshop of osiris, representing the t'sod olaum of


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oon, in turn, though the cynocephalus is more a hermetic than a religious symbol. for it is the hieroglyph of mercury, the planet, as of the mercury of the alchemical philosophers "as" say the alchemists "mercury has to be ever near isis, as her minister, as without mercury neither isis nor osiris can accomplish anything in the great work" cynocephalus, whenever represented with the caduceus, the crescent, or the lotus, is a glyph of the "philosophical" mercury; but when seen with a reed, or a roll of parchment, he stands for hermes, the secretary and adviser of isis, as hanuman filled the same office with rama. though the regular sun-worshippers, the parsis, are few, yet not only is the bulk of the hindu mythology and history based upon and interblended with these two worships, but so is

the tropical year of 365 days, which number is the value of the word neilos, and the bull, as he was also the principle of fire and of life-giving force, while isis was the moon, the bed of the river nile, or the mother earth, for the parturient energies of which water was a necessity, the lunar year of 354-364 days, the time-maker of the periods of gestation, and the cow marked by, or with, the crescent new moon "but the use of the cow of the egyptians for the women of the hebrews was not intended as of any radical difference of signification, but a concurrence in the teaching intended, and merely as a substitution of a symbol of common import, which was this, viz, the period of parturition with the cow and the woman was held to be the same, or 280 days, or ten lunar months of four weeks

s of any radical difference of signification, but a concurrence in the teaching intended, and merely as a substitution of a symbol of common import, which was this, viz, the period of parturition with the cow and the woman was held to be the same, or 280 days, or ten lunar months of four weeks each. and in this period consisted the essential value of this animal symbol, whose mark was that of the crescent moon. these parturient and natural periods are found to have been subjects of symbolism all over the world. they were thus used by the hindus, and are found to be most plainly set forth by the ancient americans, in the richardson and gest tablets, in the palenque cross; and manifestly lay at the base of the formation of the calendar forms of the mayas of yucatan, the hindus, the assyrians


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et paved with cobbles, the houses of which overhung, till we reached a sort of a mosque. entering this he led me to the altar, which was supported by brackets from the wall, and above which was a beautiful stained window. at the sides were thin columns and sort of boxes, similar to theatre boxes. we knelt at the altar; and he took my hand and said .raise your consciousness. i perceived a star and crescent above me, and a cross dimly formulated in the background. after this, the astral seemed to coincide with the body; but consciousness of the astral surroundings was still clear. continued to raise consciousness, and to send out thoughts of love. perceived around me innumerable streams of thought, interlacing and like a net-work, and when the love-thought was sent out, the whole net sparkle


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lavyh and hb:hha'ayh set over this decan as angel rulers. xxvii. the lord of peace restored two of swords or pikes two crossed swords, like the air dagger of a zelator adeptus minor, each held by a white radiant angelic hand. upon the point where the two cross is a rose of five petals, emitting white rays. at the top and bottom of the card are two small daggers, supporting respectively the symbol crescent moon with horns upward thus, and libra representing the decanate. contradictory characters in the same nature, strength through suffering; pleasure after pain. sacrifice and trouble, yet strength arising therefrom, symbolized by the position of the rose, as though the pain itself had brought forth beauty. arrangement, peace restored; truce; truth and untruth; sorrow and sympathy. aid to t

large "o. to right of base: large "p. below base "b-i-o-s" just above the caption "the complete symbol of the tarot. the large letters spell "taro" in greek capitals (gr:tau-alpha- rho-omicron. in the wedges defined by the lower sides of the cross-arms and the base upright sides: to left an upright pentagram with the dot-in-circle sun symbol in its pentagonal center. to right the same, but with a crescent moon, horns to right. 2. a handbook of geomancy. book t page 26 of 26 http//www.private.org.il/gd/book-t.html 13/10/2 tthe book of the black serpent [note: this is a version of an essay published c. 1900 for initiates of the golden dawn isis- urantia temple. the original essay, concerning the qlippoth can be found in r.a.gilbert's "the sorcerer and his apprentice" and steve savedow's "goe


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jewelry in some traditions certain jewelry is used to signify rank. for example, in gardnerian witchcraft female witches of all degrees wear a necklace (signifying the circle of rebirth; the third degree high priestess wears a wide silver bracelet, with certain specific inscriptions; the high priest wears a torque-like gold or brass bracelet (again with certain signs on it; and the queen wears a crescent-moon crown of silver and a silver-buckled green garter. in other traditions different customs rule. generally many witches though females especially wear a headband. necklaces and pendants are very popular, including 'not a "garter-belt, as one writer once reported! b* cut\ figure 3.6 figure 3.7 lesson three: tools, clothing and names/ 35 necklaces of acorns, beans, wooden beads or simila

ever found this to be true. however, i do respect those who do feel this way. if they truly believe that it restricts, then it will restrict. so, decide for yourself whether to encourage the use of jewelry; whether to limit its use; whether to use it to denote position; whether to prohibit it altogether. horned helmet where the priest and priestess may each wear a band of copper or silver, with a crescent moon, sun, or similar, at the front, the priest may wear a horned helmet at certain rites where he specifically represents the god, and the priestess may wear a goddess crown at certain rites where she specifically represents the goddess. these are not difficult things to make. in fact here are two or three possible ways to make the horned helmet (you might even be able to purchase one, i

ake place around the altar, if desired. the evening concludes with a feast (usually a potluck affair, with dishes brought by the coveners. beltane greater sabbat the outer edge of the circle, and the altar, may be decorated with flowers. the altar cloth and candles should be dark green. a crown lies beside the altar. this may be a crown of flowers or it may be a silver crown decorated with silver crescent moons or similar. in the north quarter stands a cauldron containing material for a fire (regular kindling or a candle or a sterno burner. in the east quarter is a maypole the circle may be drawn extra large to accommodate it. the erecting the temple is performed. this may be followed by full moon or new moon rite, if appropriate. the bell is rung three times by a covener acting as summone

re, folklore, mythology and the mysteries and was incorporated as a non-profit (religious) organization, in the state of georgia, in 1977. the church has an "outer circle" of students, who may learn through correspondence, together with its inner core. it is found in many areas of the united states. for further information, contact y tylwyth teg, p.o. box 674884, marietta, ga 30067. church of the crescent moon "the church of the crescent moon is a cohesive, small group of highly dedicated individuals. each priestess and priest maintains services to the goddess or god she or he serves, and the goddesses and gods in general. therefore, the church offers many paths to the ultimate 'oneness' with the absolute" the purposes of the church of the crescent moon include perpetuating "the uncorrupte

ing "information and instruction about the goddesses and gods in general, irish culture and many occult subjects" although the church, which was originally organized in 1976, states that "we do not call ourselves wiccans" i have included them in this present work. many of their rituals are open to guests and prospective members. further information may be obtained from the director, church of the crescent moon, p.o. box 652, camarillo, ca 93011-0652. circle wicca circle was begun in 1974 by selena fox and jim alan. its headquarters are at circle sanctuary, a 200 acre nature preserve and organic herb farm in the rolling hills of southwestern wisconsin. circle coordinates circle network "an international exchange and contact service for wiccans, neo-pagans, pantheists, goddess folk, shamans


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the way is led by a procession of four boats, which are moved, presumably, by the same power which moves the boat of ra. the first boat has ends which terminate in bearded human heads, and its celestial and solar character is attested by the sign for "heaven" and the utchat, with which its sides are ornamented. the object of this boat is to support the disk of the full moon, which rests within a crescent upon a support divided into thirteen sections, each typifying a day; thus the full moon as it appears on the fourteenth day of the month is here represented. by the disk kneels a god who is "supporting maat" which is symbolized by a feather, and is described by the word maat written between it and the support of the moon's disk. in the mutilated text above the p. 23 boat it is said that "


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le goddess who became associated with the three phases of the moon: waxing, full and waning. the moon provided one of the earliest ways by which people calculated time. since its cycles coincided with the female menstrual cycle, which ceased for nine moons if a women was pregnant, the moon became linked with the mysteries first of birth, then of death as it waned, and finally with new life on the crescent. because the moon was reborn each month or, as it was thought, gave birth to her daughter each month, it was assumed that human existence followed the same pattern and that the full moon mirrored the mother with her womb full with child. the full moon was also associated in later ages with romance and passion, originally because this coincided with peak female fertility. moon magick for t

priest, but instead take it in turns to organise the meetings and rituals and take responsibility for any events. however, if you do want to follow a particular tradition. have a preliminary meeting in which you can plan for about six meetings ahead, deciding on the topics, the different venues and equipment you will need to buy. using a good almanac and moon diary, you can arrange to meet on the crescent moon some months to light candles and make wishes as well as on the full moon and on the major festivals. you may arrange a special evening also for healing work, especially if this is an area that you would like to develop collectively. you can hold separate meetings for planning, but if you wish to make practical decisions at a meeting before an esbat, always carry out a ritual to stren

during a difficult period, perhaps when everything appears to have got into a rut. you can alter the focus of the ritual by varying the number and type of each fragrance you use, for example whether your primary concern is to increase trust, passion or encourage fidelity (use the incense list on page 139. this ritual is best carried out early in the moon cycle, any time from when you can see the crescent in the sky. in the ritual, i refer to a pentagram, a magical symbol that can be used for attracting energies or closing them down in ritual magick. its uses can be varied according to the way it is drawn. however, in this ritual, it is the shape that is important, so just imagine the shape as illustrated overleaf, with its single point at the top. arrange five of your incense sticks as th

room to cleanse the ritual area before every ritual. brooms are easily obtainable from any garden centre (you want one in the traditional 'witches' broomstick' shape, not an ordinary brush. brooms made with an ash handle and birch twigs bound with willow are traditionally recognised as being especially potent, being endowed with protective and healing energies. some practitioners carve or paint a crescent moon at the top of the handle, others decorate theirs with their personal ruling planetary and birth sign glyphs entwined. when cleansing the area for rituals, you might like to scatter dried lavender or pot pourri and sweep it in circles widdershins, saying: out with sorrow, out with pain, joyous things alone remain. you can also sweep areas of your home such as uncarpeted floors, patio

y sea salt and represents the earth element. it should be kept covered and separate from domestic salt and it must be empowered before use. the salt should be placed on the altar to the left of your earth ritual tools, in a small ceramic dish with a silver spoon. use new salt for each ritual and tip any remaining into flowing water, watching it carrying away your wishes to fruition. a very simple crescent moon ritual for attracting money involves piling magically charged salt in a central cone, surrounding this with coins and filling them all with power. then take the empowered coins and leave them in an open jar in the moonlight until the full moon. on the day after the full moon, spend them on giving happiness to others. after the ritual, dissolve the salt in sacred water and tip it into

red holding a sceptre or lily. to the followers of islam, gabriel is the spirit of truth who dictated the koran to mohammed. gabriel brings wise words of truth and the clear voice that speaks of hope and a new purpose in life, but also compassion and the acceptance of the weaknesses of oneself as well as others. gabriel's protection can be felt with each new moon, especially on the day before the crescent is visible in the sky. gabriel stands in the west and his colour is silver. pentagrams the pentagram, as i have already mentioned, is one of the most sacred geometric forms in magick. some witches wear a gold pentacle, a pentagram in a circle (see page 189, on a chain as a sign of their craft. each of the five points of the pentagram represents one of the five elemental powers, so that th

n records existed, for she was seen to give birth to a new moon every 29 days. because the old moon apparently died, it was believed that that she took the souls of the dead back into her womb and gave them new life. in the same way, the three main lunar phases gave rise to the concept of the triple goddess who has been worshipped in cultures from palaeolithic times where early cave art displayed crescent moons that have been identified as goddess symbols. the evolved triple goddess of the celts, which reflects the lunar cycles of maiden, mother and crone, is an icon also seen throughout the classical world. moon time the earliest calendars were based on the lunar cycle and moon time is still used in the modern world in both pagan and religious rituals: the chinese new year is a lunar fest

the astrological dark of the moon was the same as the astronomical dark- the first two and a half days of the cycle when the moon is not visible at any hour of the day or night. to this were added the preceding three days of the old moon, when it did not rise until the early hours of the morning. so when books of magick speak of the new seite 132 wicca01.txt moon, they may mean the time when the crescent first appears in the sky. but if you prefer, you can, as some modern practitioners do, count the dark of the moon only as those three last waning days and start new moon magick from the literal calendar day. it's a bit like deciding exactly when a chicken comes to life: you don't actually see it until the chicken pops out of the egg but you know it's alive even when it's invisible, inside

you can, as some modern practitioners do, count the dark of the moon only as those three last waning days and start new moon magick from the literal calendar day. it's a bit like deciding exactly when a chicken comes to life: you don't actually see it until the chicken pops out of the egg but you know it's alive even when it's invisible, inside the shell [insert pic p217- i prefer to wait for the crescent because to me those last days of the old moon are still very precious. i can remember waking before it was light in spain and seeing that last waning crescent with its accompanying star, shining like a jewel in the warm sky. the answer, as always, is to do what you feel is best for you. working with the phases there are eight astronomical phases of the moon, but magick generally focuses o

men and women who do have difficulty conceiving, who use ivf or artificial insemination, fertility spells do seem to help to create spiritual and mental cycles and conception may prove easier. it is certainly worth trying as i know a number of people for whom fertility spells have worked- and even where they do not, they have restored joy to lovemaking. this ritual should be carried out when the crescent moon is visible in the sky and if you live near the sea, you may be able to coincide your lovemaking with the high tide (a secluded beach is brilliant if the weather is good, although i have known people do this hundreds of miles from the sea. but if the tide is out of sync, then you still have lunar energies aplenty. you could even plan an overnight stay in a hotel with a room overlookin

ted cords into the air and spiral round, waving them and chanting, my power renewed, the dream is true, the wish is free, so shall it be. seite 172 wicca01.txt* gradually, slow down and reduce your chant to a whisper until you are quite still* sit and make a nine-day plan for making your wish materialise and each morning untie one of your knots as you repeat the chant. a fertility spell* when the crescent moon is in the sky, take a hen's egg and paint or colour it with permanent marker pens and decorate it with mother goddess symbols, such as spirals, butterflies, bees and birds* place it on the window ledge of your bedroom and leave it there until the night of the full moon* on this night, prick the egg gently with a silver pin or paper knife* the next day, early in the morning, sprinkle

ing and the wax flows on to the coins. allow the candles to burn down* when the wax has hardened, cut a disc containing the coins and sprinkle dried basil on the wax for added prosperity* leave your coin amulet where it can catch any light, day and night, from the waxing to the full moon and when the moon begins to wane, keep it wrapped in silk in a drawer. if necessary, repeat the spell when the crescent moon is in the sky, turning it over three time on the crescent. a spell to pass an examination or a test or succeed in an interview* take three small dishes of dried sage, rosemary and thyme, the herbs of memory and concentration* choose a book, a manual or notes you have made, to symbolise what you need to know or remember* scatter in turn a circle of each herb round the book, beginning


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idence of such a race. later he leaned forward across the table and said "don't go there. as you can see, i took his advice. the unholy alliance 101 and enki, eventually gave much greater power to their children, who were assigned different parts of the world to rule and develop. nannar, the eldest son of enlil, ruled mesopotamia, palestine, jordan, and syria from the city of ur, we are told. the crescent moon was his symbol and this was inherited by islam. nannar was known as sin in the semitic language and it is from this name of a reptilian god that we get sinai and the christian term "sinner" or "to sin. the christian cross was the symbol of u-tu "the shining one" and known to the semites as shamash. he was the grandson of enlil and son of sin, the tablets tell us. shamash ruled the le

ult, the edda tells us, and she was symbolised as the "serpent-dragon. thus "george (thor) defeated "the dragon (el. the story of george and the dragon symbolises the battles with the reptilians located under the earth. the accounts in the british edda are confirmed in great detail by depictions all over the former sumer empire. in a babylonian seal dated to around 3300bc, el is pictured with the crescent moon of the serpent cult and wodan is given the body of a serpent. satanists worship the reptilians and also the moon, and have always done so. the inscription behind el in this babylonian seal reads ildi or "il-the- shining, yet another confirmation of the portrayal of reptilians as "shining" or "luminous" in some way. el or ida is given the title of rann in the edda and this is the orig

y and judaism, was also a vehicle for the systematic suppression of women and the feminine principle. again we see the connection to freemasonry. after earning the three blue lodge degrees of freemasonry and completing the scottish or york rite degrees, masons can petition to become a shriner. these who swear a blood oath and confess allah as god.43 allah is a moon god. this is why you will see a crescent moon at the top of mosques around the world, and why the shriners have the crescent moon on their fez hats. this symbol is on the flags of various islamic nations and muslims fast during the month that begins and ends with the appearance of the crescent moon in the sky "i liked your face" the city of jerusalem, the ironically named city of peace, is the myth capital of the world. i went t


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as in fact originally a pagantemple of goddess (semiramis) worship featuring the famous black stone. w. wynnwestcott, founder of the hermetic order of the golden dawn, wrote in his work, themagical mason, that the black stone supposed to have been brought to mecca byabraham, was used originally for ancient pagan ritual.29 again you see brotherhoodsymbolism in this new religion. the symbols of the crescent and the curved sword, thescimitar, are identified with the moon and venus, the morning star, the term used forlucifer. v enus was also a title for queen semiramis. muslims have bought the idea thatmoses, king david and jesus were divine prophets sent by the one all mighty god,when in fact all three are brotherhood inventions. their holy book, the koran, whichwas supposed to be inspired by

mystics. among itsprevious members were francis bacon and the french revolutionary, mirabeau.membership is only open to freemasons who have reached at least the 32nd degree orare members of the templar lodges of freemasonry.13 the order was allegedly foundedby a descendant of mohammed who based it on a secret society in medieval europewhich included jews, arabs, and christians.14 its symbol is a crescent moon representedby the claws of a bengal tiger, engraved with a pyramid, an urn, and the pentagram, acombination representing the universal mother: isis-semiramis-ninkharsag.15roosevelts secretary of agriculture, henry wallace, was also an occultist who wasinvolved in the decision to put the all-seeing eye symbol on the dollar bill.16 wallacehad a guru, the russian mystic and artist, nich


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ar to the sphere of earth. 30. to yesod are assigned all the deities that have the moon in their symbolism: luna herself; hecate, with her dominion over evil magic; and diana, with her presidency over child-birth. the physical moon, yesod in assiah, as the qabalists would say, with its twenty-eight day cycle, correlates with the reproductive cycle of the human female. jf the symbolism of the luna crescent be traced through the various pantheons it will be found that the deities associated with it are predominantly female; it is interesting to note in confirmation of our assignation of the holy spirit to yesod that according to macgregor mathers the holy spirit is a feminine force. he says (kabbalah unveiled p. 22 "we are usually told that the holy spirit is masculine. but the word ruach, s

mes under the presidency of diana, the moon-goddess of the greeks. now diana was primarily a chaste goddess, ever-virgin, and when the over-presumptive actaeon annoyed [page 262] her he was torn to pieces by his own hunting-hounds. diana, however, was represented at ephesus as the many-breasted, and regarded as a fertility goddess. moreover, isis is also a lunar goddess, as indicated by the lunar crescent upon her brow, which in hathor becomes the cow-horns, the cow being among all peoples the especial symbol of maternity. in the qabalistic symbolism, the generative organs are assigned to yesod. 24. all this is very puzzling at first sight, for the symbols appear to be mutually exclusive. carried a step further, however, we begin to find connecting links between the ideas. 25. the moon has

hem back into spiritual potencies. 101. these four tarot cards, it will be observed, are alternately good and bad in their significance; in fact, the ten of swords is said to be the worst card in the pack to divination. there is a curious alchemical doctrine which has a bearing on this point. it is taught that the signs of the planets are compounded out of three symbols- the solar disk, the lunar crescent, and the cross of corrosion or sacrifice; and these symbols, rightly interpreted, give the key to the alchemical nature of the planet and its practical use in the great work of transmutation. for instance, mars, in whose symbol the cross surmounts the circle, is said to be outwardly corrosive, but inwardly solar; venus, in which the circle surmount sthe cross, is said to be outwardly sola


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hoth, one being a form of shu; but the attributes belonging to each have not yet been satisfactorily defined. in the monuments and papyri thoth appears in the form of a man with the head of an ibis, which is sometimes surmounted by the crown, or, or, or by disk and horns, or, and he holds in his left hand the sceptre# and in the right the ankh; sometimes he is depicted holding his ink-jar and the crescent moon, and sometimes he appears in the form of an ape holding a palette full of writing-reeds' thoth is mentioned in the pyramid texts[2] as the brother of osiris, but whether he is the [1. see lanzone, op. cit, tav. 304, no. 1. 2. pyramid of unas, l. 236] p. cxix same thoth who is called the "lord of khemennu" and the "scribe of the gods" is doubtful. maat, the wife of thoth, was the daug

beam of the balance. the double maat goddesses are at times represented standing beside the balance to watch the result of the weighing, and at the same time maat is also placed in the scale to be weighed against the heart of the deceased (fig. x (see naville, todtenbuch, bd. i, bl. 136, pa. footnote page 256 in the papyrus of qenna the head of anubis is on the beam, and the ape, wearing disk and crescent, is seated upon a pylon-shaped pedestal beside the balance (fig. 2. another vignette shows horus holding maat in his band, weighing the heart in the presence of the maat goddesses, and anubis, holding the deceased by the hand, presents the heart to osiris while isis and nephthys in the form of apes sit near (fig. 3] p. 256 with thoth,[1] the scribe of the gods. the god anubis, jackal-head


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f it was snap-dragon, sprinkled with it his forehead, both feet between the two first toes, and the ground behind his back. he then handed his glass to a disciple, who emptied it, and smacked his lips afterwards in a very secular manner. i then desired to see a little of his fetish. he drew on the ground with red chalk some hieroglyphics, among which i distinguished the circle, the cross, and the crescent. he said that if i would give him a fine dush, he would tell me about it. but as he would not take anything in reason, and as i knew that he would tell me nothing of very great importance in public, negotiations were suspended. the claims of the priest to possess supernatural powers were seldom questioned. he was not only a doctor and a priest who intervened with the spirits and deities.t

human life. he has had a special concern for human beings. in the present, he believes that earth has become unbalanced, just as it is about to enter the fifth dimension (ascension. he works under sananda (known to most people as jesus. this present generation is a time of cleansing (the same times discussed in the biblical book of revelation. cloverleaf connections is headquartered at 118 fisher crescent, saskatoon, sk canada s7l 5c4. it has published a number of the channeled materials received through sheran in both booklets and cassette tapes. it may be contacted through its website at http//www.webster.sk.ca/cloverleaf. sources: cloverleaf connections. http//www.webster.sk.ca/ cloverleaf. february 28, 2000. clow, barbara hand (1943) barbara hand clow, astrologer, channeler, and new ag

areas of international interfaith with its active participation in the creation, formulation, and ongoing work of the parliament of world religions. the parliament reconvened in capetown, south africa in 1999, and in the united religions initiative. in addition, cog members in different localities participate in regional interfaith groups. cog has established a religion badge called the hart and crescent award. this may be earned by young persons age 11 or older who is a member of any nature-oriented religion (witchcraft, druid, asatru, native american, etc. members of the boy scouts, girl scouts, and other youth organizations can also earn the award. an adult version, the distinguished youth service award, is for any adult who volunteers excellent service to youth. the award has been acc

ented religion (witchcraft, druid, asatru, native american, etc. members of the boy scouts, girl scouts, and other youth organizations can also earn the award. an adult version, the distinguished youth service award, is for any adult who volunteers excellent service to youth. the award has been accepted by the girls scouts of america, but so far rejected by the boy scouts of america. the hart and crescent award have been granted to them nonetheless. the group maintains a website at http//www.cog.org. among other things, this site contains a bibliography of children s books suitable for witch children, a memorial page, and teen page. cog may be contacted at p.o. box 1226, berkeley, ca 94701. in 2000, cog had 139 member covens and 92 individual members. sources: starhawk. the spiral dance. s

vi has an interesting passage in his history of magic (1913) in which he states that certain engravings in a life of this female pope, purporting to represent her, are nothing but ancient tarots representing isis crowned with a tiara. it is wellknown that the hieroglyphic figure on the second tarot card is still called the female pope, being a woman wearing a tiara, on which are the points of the crescent moon, or the horns of isis. but all italian necromancers and magicians were by no means churchmen.indeed, medieval italy was hardly a place for the magically inclined, so stringent were the laws of the church against the occult. one exception, astrology, however, flourished, and its practitioners were accepted into the highest levels of society. a florentine astrologer named basil, who fl


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goddess and a singular theme, the subjects of feature articles, and included a number of columns that facilitated networking. over the years the re-formed congregation emerged as a network of groups (called circles) and then in the 1990s as a formal corporate structure that chartered member organizations and trained and ordained leaders. the congregation organized its own publishing house, triple crescent press, and a school, the women s theological institute. the grove is a retreat center near madison, wisconsin. it sponsors a number of celebrative and training events through the year. the re-formed congregation is headquartered at box 6677, madison, wi 53726. of a like mind is issued quarterly. it has an internet presence at http//www.cae.wisc.edu:80/ cashd/pathways/rcg.html. sources: of

light and a seal of will. lastly, when placing some grains of purified earth or salt upon the pentacle:.in the name of the salt of the earth and by virtue of the life eternal, be thou unto me as a sign of light and a seal of will. 2. the talisman of the moon should be composed of a circular and well-polished plate of the purest silver, being of the dimensions of an ordinary medal. the image of a crescent, enclosed in a pentagram, should be graven on the obverse side. on the reverse side, a chalice must be encircled by the duadic seal of solomon, encompassed by the letters of the lunar genius pi-job. this talisman is considered a protection to travellers, and to sojourners in strange lands. it preserves from death by drowning, by epilepsy, by dropsy, by apoplexy, and madness. the danger of

nd church (transition norman) was built in 1185. the choir (early english style) was finished in 1240. hargrave jennings, in his book the rosicrucians, their rites and mysteries (1870, states that the temple church in london presents many mythic rosicrucian figures. one figure signifies the virgin mary, and displays the cross as rising like the pole or mast of a ship (argha) out of the midst of a crescent moon (navis biprora, curved at both ends. the staff of the grand master of the templars displayed a curved cross of four splays, or blades, red upon white. the eight-pointed red buddhist cross was also one of the templar ensigns. the church s arches abound with stars with wavy or crooked flames. the altar at the east end of the temple church has a cross on a field of wavy stars; to the ri

rk.com/ healing/yoga. march 8, 2000. yoga today (magazine) comprehensive monthly magazine dealing with all aspects of yoga as seen from a british and european viewpoint. typical articles covered interviews with yogis, sidelights on yoga teaching and practitioners, and health and diet. special features included book reviews and worldwide news coverage. last known address: yoga today ltd, 21 caburn crescent, lewes, east sussex, bn7 inr, england. yolande the spirit of a young arabian girl of 15, materialized through the mediumship of elizabeth d esperance (1885.1919. yolande appeared to manifest as an independent entity and was photographed, like the equally famous katie king of the medium florence cook. you and esp (newsletter) monthly newsletter issued by the temple of the inner flame, head


FREEMASONS SATANISM AND SYMBOLISM

at the base [mackey, a manual of the lodge, 1870, p. 56. mackey also stated this in the symbolism of freemasonry, p. 60] sex in the point within a circle the point and the circle carries a sexual connotation. another masonic author states that this symbol is used in sun worship, and then says "the female principle, symbolized by the moon, assumed the form of a lunette [small circular opening, or crescent, while the male principle, symbolized by the sun, assumed the form of the lingam [phallus] and placed himself erect in the center of the lunette, like the mast of a ship["point within a circle" short talk bulletin, august, 1931, masonic bulletin designed to read within the lodges, p. 4] sex within a circle the circle is commonly used to depict the female sexual organ. satanists love to us


GAMBLE ELIZA BURT THE GOD IDEA OF THE ANCIENTS OR SEX IN RELIGION

ear 1764, and published by caylus. it represents cybele, the universal mother, with the mural crown on her head, and the wings of pervasion growing from her shoulders, mixing the productive elements of heat and moisture by making a libation upon the flames of an altar. on each side of her head is one of the discouri, signifying the alternate influence of the diurnal and nocturnal sun; and, upon a crescent supported by the tips of her wings, are the seven planets, each signified by a bust of its presiding deity resting upon a globe, and placed in the order of the days of the week named after them. in her left hand she holds two cornucopiae, to signify the result of her operation on the two hemispheres of the earth; and upon them are the busts of apollo and diana, the presiding deities of th

of maya, and also the story believed by the gnostics and other christian sects that jesus was taken from the side of mary.[31 [31] the fact will doubtless be remembered that a similar belief was entertained concerning the birth of julius caesar. within the churches and in the streets of many cities of germany are to be observed figures of this traditional virgin. she is standing, one foot upon a crescent and the other on a serpent's head, in the mouth of which is the sprig of an apple tree on which is an apple. the tail of the serpent is wound about a globe which is partially enveloped in clouds. on one arm of the virgin is the child, and in the hand of the other arm she carries the sacred lotus. her head is encircled with a halo of light similar to the rays of the sun. one is frequently


GILBERT AE WAITE A MAGICIAN OF MANY PARTS

n for theorder'speriodic ramblings round london, and finding suitable premises at a reasonable rent was never an easy task.themembers refused to consider a house outside the city,buttheywere unable to find an alternative to scarsdale villas in spiteofspending the earlymonthsof1929 scouring the western suburbs in searchofsuitable premises. eventually a three-year lease was taken on no. 30 lansdown crescent,nottinghill-at243125 perannum-butas soror sub sole didnotmove intothenewhomeshe gave upthepost of cancellarius (i.e. secretary; she seems previously to have paid only a nominal rent on account of these duties, and waite was reluctantly obliged to take it uponhimself. aftertheexpirationofthe lease there was a hiatus inorderaffairs for some ninemonthsuntil march 1934,whenrooms. were obtaine


GILBERT THE GOLDEN DAWN TWILIGHT OF THE MAGICIANS

givenis the correct one for banishing: equally important,butmore subjective, was the subjectofastral travelling by means of tattwa vision.thetattwas are coloured symbolsofthe elements asused-oras the golden dawn occultistsbelievedthem to beused-byhinduadepts, who recognized five elements rather than the four accepted inthewest.theyare: teias,aredequilateral triangle; apas, a horizon255 tal silver crescent; vayu, a blue circle; prithivi, a yellow square; and akasa, a black egg. by superimposing thesesymbolsupon each other in various waysitis possible to obtain thirty different symbols, eachofwhich produces a different typeofvision, appropriate to the elements concerned, when used as a focus for occult meditation. firstorderstudents learned the theoryofobtaining clair255 voyance through medi

o conceal. but as to this book, have no fear lest the profane and those unlearned in philosophie discover aught therein, since, even as the ark within the temple, all truth here dwells behind a veil; which veil the priests of the hidden wisdom alone may pass.'6theheroine discovers, too, the value of sounds and calls 'constance was now impelled to chant, in a loud tone and with a grave intense and crescent determination, the strange oldheb255rew spell.thewords drew fromher-sheknew not for whatreason-along and rhythmic cry; a wailing music, with curious ululative prolongationsofthe vowel sounds. it came from some obscure corner of her spirit, which thus found for the first time a language suited to its needs" and the ritual has worked, for the spirit has been trapped inside her being even th


GILBERT THE MAGICAL MASON

vided the day into 12 hours, see matthew, chap. xx, where the 6th 9th and 11th hours are mentioned in the parable of the labourers in the vineyard and also the account of the crucifixion, matthew xxvi, where the 6th and 9th hours are named, the first hour beginning at sunrise. the moon was created, says genesis, to rule the night, but there is no recognition of its varied appearances as globe and crescent, which are so easily and frequently perceived. yet the jews used a lunar and not a solar calendar and fixed their festivals by the moon. in the ancient times of jewish history, the light of the moon was of much greater importance than it is to us who have so much artificial light. the jews were largely a pastoral people, and moonlight nights were much valued in the care of sheep and goats


GILBERT THE SORCERER AND HIS APPRENTICE

he minutest part; and therefore, to every scientist, in every possible walk of science, the philosophy of the tatwic vibrations says,'goon;the more you can fmd out the better: my science does not.conflict with yours in the very slightest degree' the five tatwas, the five vibrations, are as follows: shape sense element akasa dotted globe sound vayu circle touch air taiias triangle colour fire apas crescent taste water prithivi square smell earth and every one of these is dual- positive and negative, to use the phrase which has got into common use in electrical science; it is not a very accurate one, but it will pass. and those five are attributed to the five ordinary planets- i do not say with particular accuracy, but still they are so attributed; and the positive side of every vibration is


GOLDEN DAWN RITUALS Z1

is thus explained in the grade of practicus "the cup of the stolistes partakes in part of the symbolism of the laver of moses and the sea of solomon. on the tree of life, it embraces nine of the sephiroth, exclusive of rtk. dwsy and twklm form the triangle below, with the former as the apex, and the latter as the base. like the caduceus, it further represents the three elements of n, m and o. the crescent is n which is above the firmament, the circle is the firmament, and the triangle is the consuming o below, as opposed to the celestial o symbolized by the upper part of the caduceus" in addition to this explanation, the cup represents the receptacle and collector of the more fluidic forces of the light, and is the symbol of an inexhaustible bowl of libation from which reservoir the adept


GRAHAM HANCOCK FINGERPRINTS OF THE GODS

ica following a sudden southward displacement of the earth s crust. moreover since such a map could only have been drawn prior to 4000 bc, its implications for the history of human civilization are staggering. prior to 4000 bc there are supposed to have been no civilizations at all. at some risk of over-simplification, the academic consensus is broadly: civilization first developed in the fertile crescent of the middle east. 15 maps of the ancient sea kings, 1966 ed, p. 189. 16 ibid, p. 187. 17 ibid, p. 189. 18 einstein's foreword to earth's shifting crust, p. 1 graham hancock fingerprints of the gods 21 this development began after 4000 bc, and culminated in the emergence of the earliest true civilizations (sumer and egypt) around 3000 bc, soon followed by the indus valley and china. abou

they say that if any senior officer comes along and sees us they will not be able to help us. we struggled upwards in silence for the next ten minutes or so until we had reached the tooth course roughly the halfway mark and already well over 250 feet above the ground. we gazed over our shoulders to the southwest, where a once-in-a-lifetime vision of staggering beauty and power confronted us. the crescent moon, which hung low in the sky to the south-east, had emerged from behind a scudding cloud bank and projected its ghostly radiance directly at the northern and eastern faces of the neighbouring second pyramid, supposedly built by the fourth 16 piazzi smyth, the great pyramid: its secrets and mysteries revealed, bell publishing company, new york, 1990, p. 80. graham hancock fingerprints o

t, across limitless desert sands, regulus had now set beneath the horizon, and the rest of the lion s body was poised to follow. the constellations of virgo and libra were also dropping lower in the sky and, much farther to the north, i could see the great and little bears slowly pacing out their eternal cycle around the celestial pole. i looked south-east across the nile valley and there was the crescent moon still spreading its spectral radiance from the bank of the milky way. 18 ibid, p. 87. 19 one is irritated by the number of imbeciles names written everywhere, gustave flaubert commented in his letters from egypt. on the top of the great pyramid there is a certain buffard, 79 rue st martin, wallpaper manufacturer, in black letters. graham hancock fingerprints of the gods 281 following

nt lurking there. but if the evidence that i was gathering did represent the fingerprints of a vanished civilization, a continent had to have got lost somewhere, so where? for a while i used the obvious working hypothesis that it might be under some other ocean. the pacific was very big but the indian ocean looked more promising because it was located relatively close to the middle east s fertile crescent, where several of the earliest known historical civilizations had emerged with extreme suddenness at around 3000 bc. i had plans to go chasing rumours of ancient pyramids in the maldive islands and along the somali coast of east africa to see if i could pick up any clues of a lost paradise of antiquity. i thought i might even work in a trip to the seychelles. the problem was the oceanogra


GRIMM JACOB TEUTONIC MYTHOLOGY VOL 3

and make' daz' refer to it, not to the whole sentence) has power given him over all men; the wishing-rod not only made treasures come, it intensified and continually increased their value. here the wishing-rod is called golden. it was commonly picked off a hazel-hush; according to vintler it is 'that year's shoot (sumer-late) of a wild hazel-tree' to have it, one must cut by right-hand moonlight (crescent moon) a bough with a zivisele, zwispel (furca, and twist it three times round itself^ others demand a white shoot of hazel or holy-thorn, one that has a twiele or fork, has shot up in one year, and has not a speck of old wood in it; it must stand so that the sun from east and west shines through the fork, else it is no good. he that would gather it walks in silence to the shoot, between 3


GRIMM TEUTONIC MYTHOLOGY VOL 2 1883 COMPLETE

the phrase ology of superst. i 973 one would take wcidel to be a general name for the moon, whether waxing or waning, for the bad wiidel [new-moon] surely implies a good wiidel favourable to the oper ation. now ivadel, wedel means that which wags to and fro, and is used of an animal s tail, flabrum, flabellum, cauda; it must either, like zunga and timgl, refer to the tip or streak of light in the crescent moon, or imply that the moon cruises about in the sky. 1 the latter explanation fits a passage in the as. poem on finnesburg fight, line 14: nu scine]?es mona wa&ol under wolcnum/ i.e, the moon walking [wading] among the clouds, waisol being taken for the adj. vagus, vagabundus. probably even the ohg. wadal was applied to the moon, as an adj. vagus (graff 1, 776, or as a subst. flabellum

nce stamped out, when the moon is on the wane. under this head comes in the rule to cut wood in the forest when it is wadel, apparently that the timber felled may dry. in a calendar printed by hupfuff, strasb. 1511: with the moon s wedel tis good to begin the hewing of wood. the same precept is still given in many modern forest-books, and full-moon is therefore called hoh-wadel: in the bad wadel (crescent moon) fell no timber/ sup. i, 973. in keisersperg s menschl. bauin, strasb. 1521, 19: alway in wedel are trees to be hewn, and game to be shot/ 2 grass is not to be mown at new, but at full moon (lith. sup. 7; that the hay may dry quickly? and treasures must be lifted at full-moon. if a bed be stuffed when the moon is grow ing, the feathers will not lie (i, 372. 914; this operation too re


HANDBOOK OF EGYPTIAN MYTHOLOGY

00. primary sources: pt 522; ct 214; famine stela; p. westcar; esna hymns khonsu (khons, chons) khonsu was a moon god whose name means the traveler. in the south of egypt he was said to be the son of amun and mut. in the north, he was the son of ptah and sekhmet. he could be shown as a falcon-headed man or as child wearing the sidelock of youth. his usual headdress represented a full moon above a crescent moon. the earliest references to khonsu make him a terrifying figure. he was the angry one of the gods who strangled lesser deities and ate the hearts of the dead. later he was associated with fate, judgment, and punishment. a baboon form of khonsu was feared as the keeper of the books of the end of year. these were the books in which the gods wrote the names of those who were going to di

he american research center in egypt 23 (1986: 107 123. primary sources: pt 503; sphinx stela of amenhotep ii; qadesh inscriptions moon a variety of male and female deities was associated with aspects of the moon. the god who personified the moon itself was called iah (yah, but he never gained great importance in cult or myth. khonsu and thoth were major lunar deities who could be shown wearing a crescent (the new moon) and a disk (the full moon. the egyptian equivalent of the man in the moon was a great white baboon. the moon was also thought of as the left eye of horus, the heavenly falcon. the complex mythology of the moon centered on its dramatic monthly cycle of decline and renewal. as a god of the new moon khonsu could be shown as a child, whereas as god of the full moon he appeared

r return was greeted with wild rejoicing among gods, people, and animals. 168 handbook of egyptian mythology figure 35. a statue of mut as queen of the gods and consort of amun, found in the temple of luxor (courtesy of geraldine pinch) the myth of the return of the far-wandering goddess was reenacted in temples of mut. the important ritual of the pacification of the angry goddess took place on a crescent-shaped lake representing the mythical place, isheru. the purpose of the ritual was to transform the destructive aspect of the solar goddess (sekhmet) into one of her more benevolent aspects (mut, lady of isheru, hathor, or bastet. the pacified goddess would then consent to take a husband and give birth to the divine child. mut-sekhmet was credited with the power to prevent or inflict plag


HELENA BLAVATSKY NIGHTMARE TALES

ookingdwarf, with an enormous head, the shoulders of a grenadier, with a waist in proportion; the whole supportedby two short, lean, spider-like legs that seemed unequal to the task of bearing the weight of the monstrousbody. she had a grinning countenance like the face of a satyr, and it was ornamented with letters and signsfrom the koran painted in bright yellow. on her forehead was a blood-red crescent; her head was crownedwith a dusty tarbouche, or fez; her legs were arrayed in large turkish trousers, and some dirty white muslinwrapped round her body barely sufficed to conceal its hideous deformities. this creature rather let herself nightmare talesthe luminous shield51 drop than sat down in the middle of the floor, and as her weight descended on the rickety boards it sent up acloud of


HP LOVECRAFT THE STATEMENT OF RANDOLPH CARTER

e characters which had come to him from india a month before--but i swear i do not know what it was that we expected to find. your witness says he saw us at half past 11 on the gainsville pike, headed for big cypress swamp. this is probably true, but i have no distinct memory of it. the picture seared into my soul is of one scene only, and the hour must have been long after midnight; for a waning crescent moon was high in the vaporous heavens. the place was an ancient cemetery; so ancient that i trembled at the manifold signs of immemorial years. it was in a deep, damp hollow, overgrown with rank grass, moss, and curious creeping weeds, and filled with a vague stench which my idle fancy associated absurdly with rotting stone. on every hand were the signs of neglect and decrepitude, and i s

was in a deep, damp hollow, overgrown with rank grass, moss, and curious creeping weeds, and filled with a vague stench which my idle fancy associated absurdly with rotting stone. on every hand were the signs of neglect and decrepitude, and i seemed haunted by the notion that warren and i were the first living creatures to invade a lethal silence of centuries. over the valley's rim a wan, waning crescent moon peered through the noisome vapors that seemed to emanate from unheard of catacombs, and by its feeble, wavering beams i could distinguish a repellent array of antique slabs, urns, cenotaphs, and mausoleum facades; all crumbling, moss-grown, and moisture-stained, and partly concealed by the gross luxuriance of the unhealthy vegetation. my first vivid impression of my own presence in t

a minute i kept sight of the glow of his lantern, and heard the rustle of the wire as he laid it down after him; but the glow soon disappeared abruptly, as if a turn in the stone staircase had been encountered, and the sound died away almost as quickly. i was alone, yet bound to the unknown depths by those magic strands whose insulated surface lay green beneath the struggling beams of that waning crescent moon. i constantly consulted my watch by the light of my electric lantern, and listened with feverish anxiety at the receiver of the telephone; but for more than a quarter of an hour heard nothing. then a faint clicking came from the instrument, and i called down to my friend in a tense voice. apprehensive as i was, i was nevertheless unprepared for the words which came up from that uncan


HP LOVECRAFT THROUGH THE GATES OF THE SILVER KEY

"some day his descent into the solar system may be told. he saw kynath and yuggoth on the rim, passed close to neptune and glimpsed the hellish white fungi that spot it, learned an untellable secret from the close glimpsed mists of jupiter, and saw the horror on one of the satellites, and gazed at the cyclopean ruins that sprawl over mars' ruddy disc. when the earth drew near he saw it as a thin crescent which swelled alarmingly in size. he slackened speed, though his sensations of homecoming made him wish to lose not a moment. i will not try to tell you of these sensations as i learned them from carter "well, toward the last carter hovered about in the earth's upper air waiting till daylight came over the western hemisphere. he wanted to land where he had left- near the snake den in the


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ng daily verified "olympus was restored, but the divinities passed under other names" he says, treating of the constantine period "the mtrinity in accordance with the egyptian tradi- tions were established. not only was the adoration of i^ under a new name restored, but even her image, standing on the crescent moon, reappeared. the well-known e sgy of that goddess with the infant horus in her arms has descended to our days, in the beautiful artistic creations of the madonna and child" but a still earlier origin than the egyptian and chaldaean can be asngned to the virgin 'mother of god' queen of heaven. thou^ 98. pluurch: on itu and oitrii. 90. galkeiu: summ. ckau (pmth expos, in appz (p. ill)

ld more please his holiness than to be presented by the latter with several thousands of the bulgarian or servian "foreskins" true to her policy to be all things to all men to promote her own inter- ests, the romish church is, at this writing (1876, benevolently viewing the bulgarian and servian atrocities, and, probably, maneuvering with turkey against russia. better islam and the hitherto-hated crescent over the sepulcher of the christian god, than the greek church estab- lished at constantinople and jerusalem as the state-religion. like a decrepit and toothless ex-tyrant in exile, the vatican is eager for any alliance that promises, if not a restoration of its own power, at least the weakening of its rival. the axe its inquisitors once swung, it now toys 157. ndtbcr do w, if by fnu rdig

an,plate59,pp. 197-s; aeealmluudy: motmmmt? p. 217; and inmu: anh. pafanmdmod.ckr.s]fmmi*m, p. 27. 195. inmsn: op. cit, p. 29. digitizecoy google h bis dnveiled id aiui. pagan and mod. ckritlian sipamitm the author gives a figure from a medieval woodcut the like of which we have seen by dozens in old psalters in which the virgin marv. with her infant, is repieaented as the queen of heaven on the "crescent moon, the emblem of virginity. being before the sun, she almost eclipses its light. than this, nothing could more completely identify the christian mother and child with isis and horus, ishtar, venus, juno, and a host of other pagan goddesses, who have been called 'queen of heaven 'queen of the universe 'mother of god 'spouse of god' the 'celestial virgin' the 'heavenly peace-makn* etc" s

burmese myi-nmo, and by the siamese sineru, that we find one of the originals of the adam kadmon, ze'ir anptn, the 'heavenly man' and of all the aeons, sepbiroth, powers, dominions, thrones, virtues, and 577. bukid, l digitizecoy google the indian merd-cods. sbphiroth 233 dignities of the kabala. between two pillars, whicli are connected by an arch, the keystone of the latter 19 represented by a crescent. this is the domain in which dwells the supreme wisdom of adi-buddha, the supreme and invisible deity. beneath this highest central point comes the circle of the direct emanation of the unknown the circle of bra!hma with some hindfls, of the first asaiara of buddha, according to others. this answers to adam kadmon and the ten sephiroth. nine of the emanations are encircled by the tenth, a

mars^ then there are "seven imea procreated" seven good steliars "which are from kebar-zivo, and are those bright ones who shine in their own form and splendor that pours from on high. at the gate of the house of lifh the throne is fitly placed for the lord^ splendor. and there are three habitations" the habita- tions of the trimhrti, the hinda trinity, are placed beneath the keystone the golden crescent, in the representation of mem "and there was under his feet [of the god of israel] as it were' a paved work of a sapphire- stone (ei, xziv, 10. under the crescent is the heaven of brahmfi, all paved with sapphires. the paradise^ indra is resplendent with a thousand suns; that of siva (saturn) is in the northeast; his throne is formed of lapis-lazuli and the floor of heaven is of fervid go

identical in shape, meaning, and purpose with the 'pillars' set op by the several patriarchs to mark their adoration of the lord god. id fact, one of these patriarchal luhoi might even now be carried in the sivaitic processions of calcutta, without its hebrew derivatioa] being suspected. the four arms of siva are often represented with appendages like wings; he has three eyes and a fourth in the crescent, obtuned by him at the churning of the ocean, as pah^ta mukhti siea has four heads. in this god we recognise the description given by ezekiel in the first diapter of his book, in which in his vi^on he beholds the*'hkeness c^ a man" in the four hving creatures, who had "four faces, four wings" who had one pair ot "straight feet. which sparkled like the color of bumi^ed brass. and their rin


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io. the woman conqueror leading the dragon. the restored world, or captivity captive" recommend to the judicious consideration of close and experienced observers. fig. 8. the templar banner: the famous beauseant. fig. 9. fig. 8 is the symbol, or hook, of saturn, the colour of whom, in the heraldic configuration, is sab, sable, or black, divided, party per pale, with the opening light of the first crescent moon of the post-diluvian world* fig. 9 is the same* the shining star as the harbinger in the moon's embrace. meaning the divine post-diluvian remission and reconciliation. thus the sublime mahometan mythic device or cognisance the crescent of the new moon (lying on her back, and the shining star in this display: or rather the new moon, as thus" the beaus ant of the templars. 51 grandly m

vement is blazoned in the gilded ball, which means the final, or bhuddist, glorifying absorption. buildings have always telegraphed the insignia of the mythologies; and, in china, the fantastic speaks the sublime. we recognise the same embodied mythos in all architectural spiring or artistic diminution, whether tapering to the globe or exaltation of the egyptian ur us or the disc, or the sidonian crescent, or the lunar horns, or the acroterium of the greek temple, or the pediment of the classic pronaos itself (crowning, how grandly and suggestively, at solemn dawn, or in the spiritlustres of the dimming, and, still more than dawn, solemn 90 the rosicrucians. twilight, the top of some mountain, an ancient of the days. here, besetting us at every turn, meet we the same mythic emblem: again

t, or the lunar horns, or the acroterium of the greek temple, or the pediment of the classic pronaos itself (crowning, how grandly and suggestively, at solemn dawn, or in the spiritlustres of the dimming, and, still more than dawn, solemn 90 the rosicrucians. twilight, the top of some mountain, an ancient of the days. here, besetting us at every turn, meet we the same mythic emblem: again, in the crescent of the mohammedan fanes, surmounting even the latin, and therefore the once christian, st. sophia. last, and not least, the countless churches rise, in the latter-day dispensation, sublimely to the universal signal, in the glorifying, or top, or crowning cross; last of the revelations! in the fire-towers of the sikhs, in the dome-covered and many-storied spires of the hindoos, in the vert

me-fanes of the parsees, in the original of the campaniles of the italians, in the tower of st. mark at venice, in the flame-shaped or pyramidal (pyr is the greek for fire) architecture of the egyptians (which is the parent of all that is called architecture, we see the recurring symbol. all the minarets that, in the eastern sunshine, glisten through the land of the moslem; indeed, his two-horned crescent, equally with the moon, or disc, or two-pointed globe of the sidonian ashtaroth (after whose forbidden worship solomon, the wisest of mankind, in his defection from the god of his fathers, evilly thirsted; also, the mystic discus, or round, of the egyptians, so continually repeated, and set, as it were, as the forehead-mark upon all the temples of the land of soothsayers and sorcerers, th

obe with wings, so frequent in the sculptures of the egyptians, witnesses to the electric principle. it embodies the transmigration of the indians, the great pyramid. 93 reproduced by pythagoras. pythagoras resided for a long period in egypt, and acquired from the priests the philosophic transition knowledge, which was afterwards doctrine. the globe, disc, or circle of the phoenician astarte, the crescent of minerva, the horns of the egyptian ammon, the deifying of the ox, all have the same meaning. we trace, among the hebrews, the token of the identical mystery in the horns of moses, distinct in the sublime statue by michael angelo in the vatican; as also in the horns of the levitical altar: indeed, the use of the double hieroglyph in continual ways. the volutes of the ionic column, the t

campus, both of which, or objects closely similar, appear on ancient sculptured stones in scotland. the same two things, a cross and a strange-looking animal, half mammal, half fish or reptile, but called by mr. hodgson, of newcastle-upon-tyne, a basilisk, appear together on a mitliraic sculptured slab of the roman period, found in the north of england. what is more remarkable still, the star and crescent, or sun and moon, also appear, the whole being enclosed in what has been called the fire-triangle, or triangle with its face upwards. 134 the rosicrucians. the builder, london architectural journal, of june 6th, 1863, has some valuable observations on geometrical and other symbols. in regard to the word alhambra, we may associate another word appropriated to druidical stones in england me

imple inversion, into the orb surmounted by the cross, and the ensign of royalty. refer to the gnostics and their remains, p. 72. the famous stone of cabar, kaaba, cabir, or kebir, at mecca, which is so devoutly kissed by the faithful, is a talisman. it is called the tabernacle (taberna, or shrine) of the star venus. it is said that the figure of venus is seen to this day engraved upon it, with a crescent. the very caaba itself was at first an idolatrous temple, where the arabians worshipped al-uza that is, venus. see bobovitis, dr. hyde parker, and others, for particulars regarding the arabian and syrian venus. she is the urani corniculat sacrum (selden, de venere syriaca. the ihr m is a sacred habit, which consists only of two woollen wrappers; one closed about the middle of devotees, to

of the ephesian diana, which hesychius has preserved, are the following: aski-kataski, darkness light. haix-tetrax, himself. damnameneus, the sun. aision, interpreted as truth. these ephesian words, says plutarch (sympos, the magi used to recite over those possessed with devils. damnameneus is seen on a gnostic amulet in the de la turba collection (the gnostics, p. 94. the argha had the form of a crescent. the argo, arc, or arche, is the navis biprora. it is clear that, as neither the full moon nor the half-moon was ever the object of worship, it is the crescent horns of the moon which imply the significance. these mean the woman-deity in every religion. the snake associated with the mysteries among the hindoos is the cobra-di-capella. it is said that the snake on the heads of all the idol

paul s cathedral. in old representations of the cathedral church of notre dame at paris, the symbols of the masculine divinity such as the sun and some others are placed over the right hand 220 the rosicrucians. or masculine western tower, flanking the galilee, or great western porch; thus unmistakably hinting its meaning. fig. 97. over the corresponding left hand, or female tower, are placed the crescent horns of the moon, and some other indi- fig. 98. waltham, essex (one of the eleanor crosses. fig. 99. ancient cross, langherne, cornwall. fig. 102. memorial stones. cations, announcing its dedication to the female deified principle. crosses and minarets. 221 in all christian churches particularly in protestant churches, where they figure most conspicuously the two fig. 100. ancient cross

the five to the left mean the prophets. the right stone is masculine, the left stone is feminine. they correspond to the two fig. 104. column (campanile) of san marco, at venice. fig. 105. domes at jerusalem. disjoined pillars of stone (or towers) in the front of every cathedral, and of every temple in the heathen times. the pomegranate is a badge of the plantagenets; in its form it resembles the crescent moon; it is a symbol of the fig. 106. top of the phallus, mosque of ibu tooloon, cairo. fig. 107. small mohammedan mosque. female influence in nature. there is here an unexpected concurrence with the crescent moon and star of the orientals; for above the pomegranate-which is figured sometimes as the crescent moon in the heraldic insignia of the plantagenets the six-pointed star appears in

s a symbol of the fig. 106. top of the phallus, mosque of ibu tooloon, cairo. fig. 107. small mohammedan mosque. female influence in nature. there is here an unexpected concurrence with the crescent moon and star of the orientals; for above the pomegranate-which is figured sometimes as the crescent moon in the heraldic insignia of the plantagenets the six-pointed star appears in the hollow of the crescent, with its points in the curvilinear or serpentine form. the crescent moon of egypt and that of persia is moorishand roman architecture. 223 the thin sickle of the new moon reclining on her back, and seemingly with the star issuant from between her horns; which is evidently an egyptian hint coming from the old fig. 108. mosque of omar. fig. 110. moorish tower. fig. 110a. curves of a mooris

k, and seemingly with the star issuant from between her horns; which is evidently an egyptian hint coming from the old fig. 108. mosque of omar. fig. 110. moorish tower. fig. 110a. curves of a moorish or saracenic horseshoe arch. fig. 112. cathedral of cordova: form of the arches. fig. 113. patterns of moorish doors. fig. 114. moresque arch. fig. 115. alhambra. hieroglyphic times. this mysterious crescent and star is the badge of the sect of ali among the mohammedans, and it plays a most important part in augurial or religious fig. 109. russian cathedral, moscow. russian architecture is strongly infused with the eastern picturesque spirit. the curves of its domes and the forms of its steeples are all oriental. heraldry. the standards of egypt, persia, and arabia are gules, or mars, or the

he rosicrucians in heathen and christian architecture. question may here arise whether two corresponding pillars, or columns, in the white tower, london, do not very ingeniously conceal, masonically, the mythic formula of the moasic genesis, male and female created he them &c. refer to the following pages, figs. 119, 120. 1. tor, or hammer of thor, t(au. 2. corinthian volutes, or ram s horns. the crescent moon and star is a plantagenet badge. it is also the badge of the sultan of turkey. also, with a fig. 121. fig. 122. egypt, persia; sect of ali difference, it displays the insignia of egypt. the flag of egypt is the ensign of the sect of ali (the second mohammedan head of religion, which is mars, a crescent, luna; within the horns of which is displayed an estoile of the second, abandoning

r portion we have the apex of the phallus, the quatre-feuilles, and the discus or round. the lower portion is the linga, lingham, or phallus, wreathed; fig. 143. alternate direct and crooked radii, or glories, set round sacred objects. figs. 144, 143. collar of esses. 146 147 148 fig, 146. egg-and-tongue moulding, caryatic prostyle, pandroseum (temple of erechthaeus, athens) fig. 147. moslem: the crescent and star; also plantagenet. fig. 148. honeysuckle, greek stele. fig. 149. egg-aud-tongue moulding, roman example. also the pole of the ship argo( arco; otherwise the tree of knowledge. the ribbons of the maypole should be of the seven prismatic colours. fig. 156 shows the union of the phallus and yoni, and 234 the rosicrucians. exhibits unmistakably the destination and purpose of the fami

abulous being, the bicorporate ox or horse and man, as will be found by a separation of the syllables bu-centaur. it is the name of the state-galley of the doge of venice, used on the occasion of his figurative stately marriage with the adriatic, or espousal of the virgin of the sea, who was cybele of the sacrificial hook. the hatchet of dis, the glaive, the halberd, the reapinghook of ceres, the crescent moon, the delphic e, are all the same mystic figure. the prow of the gondola exhibits unmistakably the securis and fasces conjointly, or the axe of the sacrifice and the rods for the scourging of the victim first, if human, and afterwards for his burning, the rods being the firewood. lictors have their name probably from llec. from this peculiar cutwater arose the dragonbeak, the prow, or

blazoned, in the correct heraldic sense, as also in reference to its humid, feminine origin (for, as the old heralds say, light was begotten of darkness, and its type, product, and representative, woman, also, as the melancholy or silver light of the moon, argent; also, in the higher heraldic grade, symbols of the templars. 259 pearl, as signifying tears; lastly, luna, whose figure or mark is the crescent, or; which is either the new moon (or the moon of hope, or the moon of the moslem (or horned moon resting on her back. black (or sable, sab, sabbat, sat, saturn) is the absence of light, and is blazoned sable, diamond (carbon, or the densest of matter, without form and void, but cradle of possibilities, end being taken as synonymous with beginning. it is sab, or saturn, whose mark is, and

the spandrels of the arches of the long church, besides the beaus ant, which is repeated in many places, there are the armorial figures following: argent, on a cross gules, the agnus dei, or paschal lamb, or; gules, the agnus dei, displaying over the right shoulder the standard of the temple; or, a banner, triple cloven, bearing a cross gules; azure, a cross prolonged, potent, issuant out of the crescent moon argent, horns upwards; on either side of the cross, a star or. this latter figure signifies the virgin mary, and displays the cross as rising like the pole, or mast of a ship (argha, out of the midst of the crescent moon, or navis biprora, curved at both ends; azure, sem e of estoiles or. the staff of the grand master of the templars symbols in the temple church. 269 displayed a curv

cian origin. deeply cut in a coarse-grained green jasper (gnostics, p. 213. fig. 243. egyptian apis, or golden calf. fig. 249: anubis walking; in each hand, a long egyptian sceptre terminating in a ball; in the field, the sun and moon (adjuncts marking the astrological character of this talisman, which therefore must be ascribed to the class of fig. 244. cancer grasping with one claw at the lunar crescent: gnostic gem fig. 245. ur on. fig. 246. ur on. fig. 247. ur us. abraxoids. the whole enclosed in a sunken circle. rev. micahl, between four stars. the cabalists make michael the angel of the sun. plasma of bad quality (the gnostics, p. 200) fig. 250: this object is the chnuphis serpent, to gnostic mysteries. 273 which frequent reference has been made in our book. the serpent, is raising i

or destroys according to the angle of contemplation at which she is mythically revealed. fig. 256 (a) is the crested "snake" curved as the symbol of the dragon's tail, traversing from left to right the fields of creation, in which the stars are scattered as fig. 256. fig. 257. estoiles, or waved serpentining flames, the mystic brood of the great dragon. the reverse of this amulet (b) presents the crescent and decrescent moons, placed back to back, with a trace or line, implying that the microcosmos or man, is made as between fig. 258. the moons. this figure suggests a likeness to the sign of the twins, and to that of the february fishes. fig. 257 is the mythological medusa s head, terrible in her beauty, which transforms the beholder to stone. this direful head is twined around with snakes

irtieth. rosicrucianism origin of the order of the garter. he natural horns of the bull or the cow both which animals were deified by the egyptians, and also by the indians, who particularly elected the cow as the object of religious honour were the models from which originally all the volves and volutes, presenting the figure of curved horns, or the significant suggestion of thethin horns of the crescent or growing moon, were obtained. the representative horns figures largely afterwards in all architecture, and were copied as an important architectural expression of the second operative power of nature. the egyptian volutes to the pillars, the egyptian horns everywhere apparent, the innumerable spiral radii distinct in all directions, or modified, or interpenetrating the ornamentation of


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t the body. each chakra has a sound (letter) and a pitch which is sometimes used to invoke it. the tattvas some occultists prefer to describe the magical elements as tattvas according to the eastern system. notice that these symbols and colors are generally different than the western symbols and colors for the elements. element tattva tattvic symbol= earth prithivi yellow square water apas silver crescent fire tejas red triangle air vayu blue circle (spirit) akasa black oval yoga yoga originated in india. it is a physical or mental discipline designed to condition and invigorate the mind and body. there are many kinds of yoga, but they may be generally divided into three main types. hatha yoga- affect the mind through the body using physical exercises; improve physical health and endurance


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w went the sons of temuchin westward, following the sun's path. none withstood them, mecca or rome. terrible is the tartars' wrath. never had there been such an empire since the waters of the deluge ebbed. the histories are written with blood for ink. time passes and empires pass away. as once she retreated to the east now retired rome to the west. shalem and byzant were lost to the cross and the crescent was over them. now spain went with thunder across the sea and silenced forever the songs of the incas. could you, iberia, make gold of the blood that you poured out? gabriel moved the hand of spain against the western peoples. now jesu's name was resounded across oceans. now the ships of the north sail across the sea to a distant shore. in chadel i heard the weeping that came from those v


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iplicities. the cup of stolistes it is the admission badge to the grade of practicus. it is referred to the tree of life as shown in the diagram. it embraces nine of the sephiroth exclusive of kether. yesod and malkuth are referred to the lower triangle the former to the apex and latter to the base. like the caduceus, it furthers represents water, fire and air, but in a different combination. the crescent refers to the waters above the firmament, the sphere to the firmament, and the basal triangle to the consuming fire, which is opposed to the fire symbolized by the upper part of the caduceus. the symbol of mercury on the tree of life it embraces all the sephiroth but kether. the horns spring from daath (knowledge) which is not, properly speaking, a sephirah, but rather a conjunction of ch


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e characteristic stylization of the eye of the youthful egyptian sun god horus. the udjat eye was placed on rings in ancient egypt. the scarab beetle symbolized resurrection after death and protection against evil magic. mummies wore a heart scarab as an amulet on their breasts. seals and jeweled charms in the form of scarabs protected wearers against evil. the hebrews, as early as 2200 b.c, wore crescent moons to ward off the evil eye and attached bells to their clothing to ward off evil spirits. in ancient rome (753 b.c. a.d. 476) bronze figures of hands stood in houses to ward off evil. this amulet derives from the instinctive gesture to put the hand in front of the face to ward off the evil eye. the position of the fingers on these pre- christian amulets was the same as that used today

ament, so the splendor of the king of babylon surpasses that of all other oriental monarchs. the authors of the earlier books of hebrew scriptures (the old testament, however, knew nothing of fallen angels or evil angels, and did not mention them. babylonians and assyrians personified the morning star as belit and istar. others have speculated that the phrase son of the morning might refer to the crescent moon.others argue for an identification with the planet jupiter. the devil acquired the name lucifer when the early christian theologians tertullian and st. augustine identified him with the falling star in the passage from isaiah 14:12 quoted above. the basis of this association was that the devil was 154 luciferian children of satan formerly a great archangel who rebelled against god an


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ushing winds. the lotus of the palace of air. rules a 3rd quadrant. the princess of the echoing hills. the lotus of the palace of the earth. rules a 4th quadrant of the heavens about kether. 31 bis the root of the powers of air the root of the powers of water. lxxv. the five elements (tatwas. lxxvi. the five skandhas. clxxxviii. the body. 11 vayu the blue circle sankhara breath 23 apas the silver crescent vedana chyle, lymph 31 agni or tejas the red triangle sa a blood 32 bis prithivi the yellow square rupa solid structures, tissues 31 bis akasa the black egg vi nanam semen, marrow cxci. the four noble truths (buddhism) clxxxix. cxc. bodily functions. 11 sorrow s cause speaking though 23 sorrow s ceasing holding nutrition 31 noble eight-fold path moving moving 32 bis sorrow excreting matte

hings are to be found in burton s arabian nights, in the tale of abn al-husn and his slave-girl tawaddud. col. cxxxiii. the symbolic forms and divination meanings of these cards can be readily constructed from considerations of their natures as here indicated. line 5. this is the first decan, and begins from cor leonis. col. cxxxviii. astrological symbols are derived from the primary forms cross, crescent, circle. col. clxxiii. for meaning and special function, see original.13 they should, but do not, accurately refer to the divisions of each sign into 7 planetary parts. pietro di abano14 gives: the names of the hours and the angels ruling them. the names of the hours. hours of the day. hours of the night. 1. yayn beron 2. ianor barol 3. nasnia thari 4. salla athir 5. sadedali mathon 6. th


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et paved with cobbles, the houses of which overhung, till we reached a sort of a mosque. entering this he led me to the altar, which was supported by brackets from the wall, and above which was a beautiful stained window. at the sides were thin columns and sort of boxes, similar to theatre boxes. we knelt at the altar; and he took my hand and said: raise your consciousness. i perceived a star and crescent above me, and a cross dimly formulated in the background. after this, the astral seemed to coincide with the body; but consciousness of the astral surroundings was still clear. continued to raise consciousness, and to send out thoughts of love. perceived around me innumerable streams of thought, interlacing and like a net-work, and when the love-thought was sent out, the whole net sparkle


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rapidly. 8. strive after depth, fulness, and regularity of breathing. 9. various remarkable phenomena will very probably occur during these practices. they must be carefully analysed and recorded. v dharana.control of thought 1. constrain the mind to concentrate itself upon a single simple object imagined. the five tatwas are useful for this purpose; they are: a black oval; a blue disk; a silver crescent; a yellow square; a red triangle. 2. proceed to combinations of simple objects; e.g, a black oval within a yellow square, and so on. 3. proceed to simple moving objects, such as a pendulum swinging, a wheel revolving &c. avoid living objects. 4. proceed to combinations of moving objects, e.g, a piston rising and falling while a pendulum is swinging. the relation between the two movements


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. eventually the sound may seem to repeat itself automatically and may even occur in sleep. these are encouraging signs. sound concentration is the key to words of power and certain forms of spell casting. image concentration the part of the mind in which pictorial thoughts arise is brought under magical control by image concentration. a simple shape, such as a triangle, circle, square, cross, or crescent, is chosen and held in the mind s eye, without distortion, for as long as possible. only the most determined efforts are likely to make the imagined form persist for any time. at first the image should be sought with the eyes closed. with practice it can be projected onto any blank surface. this technique is the basis of casting sigils and creating independent thought forms. the three met


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out, as if to symbolize the butting of an horned beast (attitude of pan, bacchus, etc (frontispiece, equinox i, iii. 15. proceeding as before, let him make in the west the averse pentagram whereby water is invoked. 16. pointing the wand to the centre of the pentagram, let him call upon babalon! 17. let him give the sign mulier. the feet are widely separated, and the arms raised so as to suggest a crescent. the head is thrown back (attitude of baphomet, isis in welcome, the microcosm of vitruvius (see book 4, part ii. 18. let him break into the dance, tracing a centripetal spiral widdershins, enriched by revolutions upon his axis as he passeth each quarter, until he come to the centre of the circle. there let him halt, facing boleskine. 19. let him raise the wand, trace the mark of the beas


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ut, as if to symbolize the butting of an horned beast (attitude of pan, bacchus, etc (frontispiece, equinox i(3).3 15. proceeding as before, let him make in the west the averse pentagram whereby water is invoked. 16. pointing the wand to the centre of the pentagram, let him call upon babalon! i 17. let him give the sign mulier. the feet are widely separated, and the arms raised so as to suggest a crescent. the head is thrown back (attitude of baphomet, isis in welcome, the microcosm of vitruvius (see book 4, part ii).4 18. let him break into the dance, tracing a centripetal spiral widdershins, enriched by revolutions upon his axis as he passeth each quarter, until he come to the centre of the circle. there let him halt, facing boleskine. 19. let him raise the wand, trace the mark of the be


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the spiritual powers which, surrounded by the flaming click to enlarge a female hierophant of the mysteries. from montfaucon's antiquities. this illustration shows cybele, here called the syrian goddess, in the robes of a hierophant. montfaucon describes the figure as follows "upon her head is an episcopal mitre, adorned on the lower part with towers and pinnacles; over the gate of the city is a crescent, and beneath the circuit of the walls a crown of rays. the goddess wears a sort of surplice, exactly like the surplice of a priest or bishop; and upon the surplice a tunic, which falls down to the legs; and over all an episcopal cope, with the twelve signs of the zodiac wrought on the borders. the figure hath a lion on each side, and holds in its left hand a tympanum, a sistrum, a distaff

his was attributed the power of drawing the fire of the gods down from heaven at the priest's command this specially cut stone was a burning glass, by which the sun's rays were concentrated to light the altar fires. the druids also had other symbolic implements, such as the peculiarly shaped golden sickle with which they cut the mistletoe from the oak, and the cornan, or scepter, in the form of a crescent, symbolic of the sixth day of the increasing moon and also of the ark of noah. an early initiate of the druidic mysteries related that admission to their midnight ceremony was gained by means of a glass boat, called cwrwg gwydrin. this boat symbolized the moon, which, floating upon the waters of eternity, preserved the seeds of living creatures within its boatlike crescent. p. 23 integrit

not at first upon parchment or paper, but upon papyrus. a series of early egyptian books is attributed to hermes trismegistus, who may have been a real savant, or may be a personification of a long succession of writers* he is identified by some with the greek god hermes, and the egyptian thoth or tuti, who was the moon-god, and is represented in ancient paintings as ibis-headed with the disc and crescent of the moon. the egyptians regarded him as the god of wisdom, letters, and the recording of time. it is in consequence of the great respect entertained for hermes by the old alchemists that chemical writings were called 'hermetic' and that the phrase 'hermetically sealed' is still in use to designate the closing of a glass vessel by fusion, after the manner of chemical manipulators. we fi

triangle erect, denoting fire. to the nephth an triad he gives three light planets, saturn, luna, and jupiter, around a light inverted triangle which denotes water. there is a necessary connection between water, female power, passive principle, binah, and sephirotic mother, and bride (see the kabbalah by mathers) note the ancient signs for the planets were all composed of a cross, solar disc and crescent: venus is a cross below a sun disc, mercury, a disc with a crescent above and cross below, saturn is a cross whose lowest point touches the apex of the crescent; jupiter is a crescent whose lowest point touches the left hand end of a cross: all these are deep mysteries. note that levi in his original plate transposed serapis and hecate, but not the apis noir and apis blanc, perhaps becaus

the sky at sunset, it was called vesper, and as it arose before the sun, it was called the false light, the star of the morning, or lucifer, which means the light-bearer. because of this relation to the sun, the planet was also referred to as venus, astarte, aphrodite, isis, and the mother of the gods. it is possible that: at some seasons of the year in certain latitudes the fact that venus was a crescent could be detected without the aid of a telescope. this would account for the crescent which is often seen in connection with the goddesses of antiquity, the stories of which do not agree with the phases of the moon. the accurate knowledge which pythagoras possessed concerning astronomy he undoubtedly secured in the egyptian temples, for their priests understood the true relationship of th

certain manner. herodotus states that the bull must be black with a square white spot on his forehead, the form of an eagle (probably a vulture) on his back, a beetle upon (under) his tongue, and the hair of his tail lying two ways. other writers declare that the sacred bull was marked with twenty-nine sacred symbols, his body was spotted, and upon his right side was a white mark in the form of a crescent. after its sanctification the apis was kept in a stable adjacent to the temple and led in processionals through the streets of the city upon certain solemn occasions. it was a popular belief among the egyptians that any child upon whom the bull breathed would become illustrious. after reaching a certain age (twenty-five years) the apis was taken either to the river nile or to a sacred fou

own tail. the second numbered major trump is called la papesse, the female pope, and has been associated with a curious legend of the only woman who ever sat in the pontifical chair. pope joan is supposed to have accomplished this by masquerading in malt attire, and was stoned to death when her subterfuge was discovered. this card portrays a seated woman crowned with a tiara surmounted by a lunar crescent. in her lap is the tora, or book of the law (usually partly closed, and in her left hand are the keys to the secret doctrine, one gold and the other silver. behind her rise two pillars (jachin and boaz) with a multicolored veil stretched between. her throne stands upon a checker-hoard floor. a figure called juno is occasionally substituted for la papesse. like the female hierophant of the

red major trump is called l'imp ratrice, the empress, and has been likened to the "woman clothed with the sun" described in the apocalypse. on this card appears the winged figure of a woman seated upon a throne, supporting with her right hand a shield emblazoned with a phoenix and holding in her left a scepter surmounted by an orb or trifoliate flower. beneath her left foot is sometimes shown the crescent. either the empress is crowned or her head is surrounded by a diadem of stars; sometimes both. she is called generation, and represents the threefold spiritual world out of which proceeds the fourfold material world. to the graduate of the college of the mysteries she is the alma mater out of whose body the initiate has "born again" in the pseudo-egyptian tarot the empress is shown seated

s biography which have net been cleared up to the satisfaction of critical investigators. a comparison of the face shown above with that of sir francis bacon discloses striking resemblances in spite of the differences due to age. if lord bacon borrowed the name and identity of william shakspere, he could also assume, after his mock funeral in england, the personality of johann valentin andre. the crescent below the bust is significant, as it also appears upon the crest of lord bacon; to denote that he was the second son of sir nicholas bacon. further, the four letters (o mdc) in the frame at the lower right corner of the plate, by a very simple baconian cipher, can be changed into number whose sum gives 33--the numerical equivalent of the name bacon. these several points of interest, when

es weird composite figures, such as the dragon, the winged serpent, the unicorn, and the phoenix. in almost every case they symbolized gold as a king with a crown on his head and often with a scepter in his hand. sometimes they depicted him with the ace of the solar disc surrounded by rays. silver was personified as a woman who they called the queen. she wore no crown but often stood upon a lunar crescent: much after the fashion of the madonna. mercury was typified as a youth with wings, often with two heads, carrying serpents or sometimes the caduceus. lead they symbolized by an old man with a scythe in his hand; iron by a soldier dressed in armor. to aqua fortis was given the curious name "the ostrich's stomach" and to the attainment of the "great work" they assigned the symbol of the ph

sely provided a mixture of elements so that earth can communicate its dryness to fire, fire its heat to air, air its moisture to water, and water its coldness to earth (text about the vase is illegible in original) click to enlarge leaf 4. at the top "let them believe that. everything is possible. the art is fleeting, bright and rare, and not believed by the foolish" the words between the sun and crescent read "it is hidden" and on the panel across the body "the book of life and true treasury of the world" the panel to the left of the figure says "moving almost all, and the soul of its body returns to the place from which it had fled, and ripens seven months or nine, and the king crowned with his diadem appears" the right panel states "there are three mercuries: animal, vegetable, and mine

mad by sir william muir) in the hero as prophet, thomas carlyle writes thus of the death of mohammed "his last words were a prayer, broken ejaculations of a heart struggling-up in trembling hope towards its maker" mohammed was buried under the floor of the apartment in which he died. the present condition of the grave is thus described "above the hujrah is a green dome, surmounted by a large gilt crescent, springing from a series of globes. within the building are the tombs of muhammad, ab bakr, and umar, with a space reserved for the grave of our lord jesus christ, who muslims say will again visit the earth, and die and be buried at al-mad nah. the grave of f timah, the prophet's daughter, is supposed to be in a separate part of the building, although some say she was buried in baq. the p

lly admitted that many of the ceremonials now embodied in the islamic mysteries are survivals of pagan arabia. the feminine principle is repeatedly emphasized in islamic symbolism. for example, friday, which is sacred to the planer venus, is the moslem's holy day; green is the color of the prophet and, being symbolic of verdure, is inevitably associated with the world mother; and both the islamic crescent and the scimitar may be interpreted to signify the crescent shape of either the moon or venus "the famous 'stone of cabar' kaaba, cabir, or kebir, at mecca" says jennings "which is so devoutly kissed by the faithful, is a talisman. it is said that the figure of venus is seen to this day engraved upon it with a crescent. this very caaba itself was at first an idolatrous temple, where the a

f that the original gospels contained these so-called expurgated references to mohammed, the moslems make a counter-demand for production of the original documents upon which christianity is founded. until such writings are discovered, the point under dispute must remain a source of controversy. to ignore the heritage of culture received from islam would be an unpardonable oversight, for when the crescent triumphed over the cross in southern europe it was the harbinger of a civilization which had no equal in its day. in studies in a mosque, stanley lane-poole writes "for nearly eight centuries under her mohammedan rulers spain set to all europe a shining example of a civilized and enlightened state* art, literature and science prospered as they then prospered nowhere else in europe. studen


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the magister "old brazen nose) he will naturally wear any witch jewels he possesses, also. the lady or high priestess, on the other hand, may life-wise wear a robe or nothing at all, depending on the type coven she belongs to. the robes can vary in colour, the usual colour preferred being white, although black, green, red, or blue ones have been used. upon her forehead she may bind a silver lunar crescent, horns upwards, or alternatively have her hair flowing and free. she will wear all her witch jewels as well, including of course the mandatory necklace. during the sabbats, the magister's headpiece will be adorned with a simple short candle rising from the centre, which is lit during the proceedings. this symbolizes his role as the lord of the sun, lucifer, the light bearer. in some coven

uld be standing in the east facing west with his arms crossed upon his breast, is then saluted as the "sun at midnight" by the assembled coven. the traditional gesture for this is the horned hand, right hand raised, fingers clenched, thumbs and little finger extended. likewise, on the other side of the circle in the west the high priestess stands, with her feet apart and her arms raised in a wide crescent, representing the goddess, our lady of the moon. as both sun and moon are now "standing in their signs of power" both magister and high priestess should be seeking at this moment to place their personalities in abeyance, and "bring through" the godpersonae. this act of dissociation will have taken considerable previous practice on their parts, by way of meditation and visualization exerci

f death and rebirth used in your necromancy ritual. it signifies many things. primarily it is the sign of osiris, seen as synonymous with hades, dis, and the horned one as god of death. it also represents the skull and crossbones itself, and finally the erect phallus flanked by twin testes below. the gesture of the high priestess is the mirror image of the magister's. it represents both the lunar crescent, the womb of space, and the horns of hathor, all of which are symbols pertaining to isis, the great egyptian mother goddess and consort of osiris. as such, the magister and high priestess are the human representatives of the two great archetypal poles of life, whether you conceive of them as isis and osiris, summer and winter, life and death, or yin and yang. having called down the two po

ny recipe containing honey, salt, wine, and oatmeal may be used. here is a typical one. mix: 1 tablespoon honey 1/3 cup shortening 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon white wine add: 1 1/2 cups flour 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/4 cups oatmeal optional: cinnamon, allspice, cloves, or ground cardamon combine well, adding water if necessary to make into rollable dough. cut into small crescent-shaped cakes and bake until light brown in a preheated oven at 350 degrees about 15 minutes. sabbat wine any red wine will do for this. during the winter sabbats many covens drink this mulled with addition of aromatic herbs and spices. a mixture of sweet and hard ciders and brandy, simmered with cinnamon sticks and clove-stuck oranges may also be used. however, some ambitious witches make


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nto the dense, dark forest to hunt and gather food for their families. they were met at some point by a man upon a black horse who called himself herren or the lord of the forest. he offered the two teenage boys individual power, based on their will alone. once they accepted, herren, with the lips of the dead, kissed each forehead of the two and sealed it by cutting a small sigil in the form of a crescent moon on their thighs. herren then gave each boy a wolfskin belt and an ointment. he then gave to them the verbal ritual of lycanthropic power, the strength and success of which depended on their own judgment and will. he told each boy to grow their left thumbnail long and in the night of full moon to begin invoking the power of the wolf spirit. the lord of the forest (5) then disappeared

are twisted as writhing ghosts- you notice the roots which are extensive and elongated are held by nothing but air. they do not move, save for the spectral wind, which whistles through the skeletal branches. in the distance you hear moaning cries, or chants which seem to be projected by a haunting collection of voices, each seeming so far away yet growing near you. there is no light, save from a crescent moon which is below you and not above. the sky is reversed and the moon is blood red. above you see nothing but sheer impenetrable darkness, nothingness. fear is twisting it's gray hand across your throat and you seek to control yourself. will must preserve you. in the air you notice several spirals of what appears to be white and gray funnel clouds, like a small tornado. this funnel clou

igils which are consecrated twice 120 120 (both beginning and later in the rite, minutes before destruction of sigil) have a powerful sphere of energy around them. the wolf sigil may be embellished with nocturnal emblems and lunar images, less boldly portrayed than the main sigil. by use of such corresponding symbolism the lycanthropic power may be further refined and attracted. such symbols as a crescent moon and your personal power sign are always recommended. please be aware though, by doing such a rite you are invoking a very dangerous part of yourself, which the mind does not normally consciously occupy. the beast itself will rise to the surface in response to the call. one should not attempt this shaman-witch rite until considerable will and self control has been attained. a triangle


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ey remained until lead out again bymoses.ramesis ii and exodusin apparent confirmation of the israelites sojourn in egypt, the annals of pharaoh ramesis ii (thegreat) make reference to semitic people who settled in the delta region of goshen, but this does notreally help because they are not specified as israelites, but included in the arab races of syria, phoeni-cia, mesopotamia, and the fertile crescent in general (p. 176)actually, they arrived many centuries before the reign of ramesis i (1335 b.c).recent analysis of volcanic debris in the area, utterly disproves the dates of the exodus. the volcanicaction was about 1624 b.c. this is 300 hundred years before the supposed time of moses (see p. 177)the joseph myth (yusuf)the joseph of egypt myth was actually based on joseph the son of jac


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its ancient or natural boundaries, and makes necessity and its safety the plea for open robbery. the great merchant nation, gaining foothold in the orient, finds a continual necessity for extending its dominion by arms, and subjugates india. the great royalties and despotisms, without a plea, partition among themselves a kingdom, dismember poland, and prepare to wrangle over the dominions of the crescent. to maintain the balance of power is a plea for the obliteration of states. carthage, genoa, and venice, commercial cities only, must acquire territory by force or fraud, and become states. alexander marches to the indus; tamerlane seeks universal empire; the saracens conquer spain and threaten vienna. the thirst for power is never satisfied. it is insatiable. neither men nor nations ever

n faust, the boy of mentz, has exerted a greater influence on man's destinies and overturned more thrones and dynasties than all the victories of all the blood-stained conquerors from nimrod to napoleon. long ages ago, the temple built by solomon and our ancient brethren sank into ruin, when the assyrian armies sacked jerusalem. the holy city is a mass of hovels cowering under the dominion of the crescent; and the holy land is a desert. the kings of egypt and assyria, who were contemporaries of solomon, are forgotten, and their histories mere fables. the ancient orient is a shattered wreck, bleaching on the shores of time. the wolf and the jackal howl among the ruins of thebes and of tyre, and the sculptured images of the temples and palaces of babylon and nineveh are dug from their ruins

mes nearer and sometimes further from the point overhead; and sunk below the world's western rim. with him went light, and after him followed darkness. and every twenty-four hours appeared in the heavens another body, visible chiefly at night, but sometimes even when the sun shone, which likewise, as if following the sun at a greater or less distance, travelled across the sky; sometimes as a thin crescent, and thence increasing to a full orb resplendent with silver light; and sometimes more and sometimes less to the southward of the point overhead, within the same limits as the sun. man, enveloped by the thick darkness of profoundest night, when everything around him has disappeared, and he seems alone with himself and the black shades that surround him, feels his existence a blank and not

on observed, that at regular intervals the days and nights were equal; and that two of these intervals measured the same space of time as elapsed between the successive inundations, and between the returns of spring-time and harvest. nor could it fail to be perceived that the changes of the moon occurred regularly; the same number of days always elapsing between the first appearance of her silver crescent in the west at evening and that of her full orb rising in the east at the same hour; and the same again, between that and the new appearance of the crescent in the west. it was also soon observed that the sun crossed the heavens in a different line each day, the days being longest and the nights shortest when the line of his passage was furthest north, and the days shortest and nights lon

monuments of all the oriental nations attest, the light of arts and letters first shone forth. the arabian word al-de-bar n, means the _foremost, or _leading, star: and it could only have been so named, when it did precede, or _lead, all others. the year then opened with the sun in taurus; and the multitude of ancient sculptures, both in assyria and egypt, wherein the bull appears with lunette or crescent horns, and the disk of the sun between them, are direct allusions to the important festival of the first new moon of the year: and there was everywhere an annual celebration of the festival of the first new moon, when the year opened with sol and luna in taurus. david sings "blow the trumpet in _the new moon; in the time appointed; on our solemn feast-day: for this is a statute unto israe

rth the signal for others to weep: and when his prolific virtues were supposed to be transferred to the vernal sun, bacchanalian revelry became devotion. before the colure of the vernal equinox had passed into aries, and after it had left aldebar n and the hyades, the pleiades were, for seven or eight centuries, the leading stars of the sab an year. and thus we see, on the monuments, the disk and crescent, symbols of the sun and moon in conjunction, appear successively--first on the head, and then on the neck and back of the zodiacal bull, and more recently on the forehead of the ram. the diagrammatical character or symbol, still in use to denote taurus [glyph, is this very crescent and disk: a symbol that has come down to us from those remote ages when this memorable conjunction in taurus

haracter or symbol, still in use to denote taurus [glyph, is this very crescent and disk: a symbol that has come down to us from those remote ages when this memorable conjunction in taurus, by marking the commencement, at once of the sab an year and of the cycle of the chaldean saros, so pre-eminently distinguished that sign as to become its characteristic symbol. on a bronze bull from china, the crescent is attached to the _back_ of the bull, by means of a cloud, and a curved groove is provided for the occasional introduction of the disk of the sun, when solar and lunar time were coincident and conjunctive, at the commencement of the year, and of the lunar cycle. when that was made, the year did not open with the stars in the _head_ of the bull, but when the colure of the vernal equinox p

the sun, when solar and lunar time were coincident and conjunctive, at the commencement of the year, and of the lunar cycle. when that was made, the year did not open with the stars in the _head_ of the bull, but when the colure of the vernal equinox passed across the middle or later degrees of the asterism taurus, and the pleiades were, in china, as in canaan, the leading stars of the year. the crescent and disk combined always represent the conjunctive sun and moon; and when placed on the head of the zodiacal bull, the commencement of the cycle termed saros by the chaldeans, and metonic by the greeks; and supposed to be alluded to in job, by the phrase "mazzaroth in his season; that is to say, when the first new moon and new sun of the year were coincident, which happened once in eighte

pposed to be alluded to in job, by the phrase "mazzaroth in his season; that is to say, when the first new moon and new sun of the year were coincident, which happened once in eighteen years and a fraction. on the sarcophagus of alexander, the same symbol appears on the head of a ram, which, in the time of that monarch, was the leading sign. so too in the sculptured temples of the upper nile, the crescent and disk appear, not on the head of taurus, but on the forehead of the ram or the ram-headed god, whom the grecian mythologists called jupiter ammon, really the sun in aries. if we now look for a moment at the individual stars which composed and were near to the respective constellations, we may find something that will connect itself with the symbols of the ancient mysteries and of mason

les, and the sections of the horizon. we shall speak more at large hereafter, in another degree, as to these and other numbers, to which the ancients ascribed mysterious powers. the signs of the zodiac and the stars appeared on many of the ancient coins and medals. on the public seal of the locrians, ozoles was hesperus, or the planet venus. on the medals of antioch on the orontes was the ram and crescent; and the ram was the special deity of syria, assigned to it in the division of the earth among the twelve signs. on the cretan coins was the equinoctial bull; and he also appeared on those of the mamertins and of athens. sagittarius appeared on those of the persians. in india the twelve signs appeared upon the ancient coins. the scorpion was engraved on the medals of the kings of comagena

universal vegetation. apis, represented by a bull, was the living and sensible image of the sun or osiris, when in union with isis or the moon at the vernal equinox, concurring with her in provoking everything that lives to generation. this conjunction of the sun with the moon at the vernal equinox, in the constellation taurus, required the bull apis to have on his shoulder a mark resembling the crescent moon. and the fecundating influence of these two luminaries was expressed by images that would now be deemed gross and indecent, but which then were not misunderstood. everything good in nature comes from osiris--order, harmony, and the favorable temperature of the seasons and celestial periods. from typhon come the stormy passions and irregular impulses that agitate the brute and materia

vid, apollo destroys the same python, when io, fascinated by jupiter, is metamorphosed into a cow, and placed in the sign of the celestial bull, where she becomes isis. the equinoctial year ends at the moment when the sun and moon, at the vernal equinox, are united with orion, the star of horus, placed in the heavens under taurus. the new moon becomes young again in taurus, and shows herself as a crescent, for the first time, in the next sign, gemini, the domicile of mercury. then orion, in conjunction with the sun, with whom he rises, precipitates the scorpion, his rival, into the shades of night, causing him to set whenever he himself re-appears on the eastern horizon, with the sun. day lengthens and the germs of evil are by degrees eradicated: and horus (from _aur, light) reigns triumph

colures. the caduceus, borne by hermes or mercury, and also by cybele, minerva, anubis, hercules ogmius the god of the celts, and the personified constellation virgo, was a winged wand, entwined by two serpents. it was originally a simple cross, symbolizing the equator and equinoctial colure, and the four elements proceeding from a common centre. this cross, surmounted by a circle, and that by a crescent, became an emblem of the supreme deity--or of the active power of generation and the passive power of production conjoined--and was appropriated to thoth or mercury. it then assumed an improved form, the arms of the cross being changed into wings, and the circle and crescent being formed by two snakes, springing from the wand, forming a circle by crossing each other, and their heads makin

emblem of the supreme deity--or of the active power of generation and the passive power of production conjoined--and was appropriated to thoth or mercury. it then assumed an improved form, the arms of the cross being changed into wings, and the circle and crescent being formed by two snakes, springing from the wand, forming a circle by crossing each other, and their heads making the horns of the crescent; in which form it is seen in the hands of anubis. the triple tau, in the centre of a circle and a triangle, typifies the sacred name; and represents the sacred triad, the creating, preserving, and destroying powers; as well as the three great lights of masonry. if to the masonic point within a circle, and the two parallel lines, we add the single tau cross, we have the ancient egyptian tr

ses were erected, and are still standing, at clonmacnoise, finglas, and kilcullen in ireland. wherever the monuments of buddhism are found, in india, ceylon, or ireland, we find the cross: for buddha or boudh was represented to have been crucified. all the planets known to the ancients were distinguished by the mystic cross, in conjunction with the solar or lunar symbols; saturn by a cross over a crescent, jupiter by a cross under a crescent, mars by a cross resting obliquely on a circle, venus by a cross under a circle, and mercury by a cross surmounted by a circle and that by a crescent. the solstices, cancer and capricorn, the two gates of heaven are the two pillars of hercules, beyond which he, the sun, never journeyed: and they still appear in our lodges, as the two great columns, jac

, copied from the "materia prima" of valentinus, printed at franckfurt, in 1613, with a treatise entitled "azoth" upon it you see a triangle upon a square, both of these contained in a circle; and above this, standing upon a dragon, a human body, with two arms only, but two heads, one male and the other female. by the side of the male head is the sun, and by that of the female head, the moon, the crescent within the circle of the full moon. and the hand on the _male_ side holds a _compass, and that on the _female_ side, a _square. the heavens and the earth were personified as deities, even among the aryan ancestors of the european nations of the hindus, zends, bactrians, and persians; and the rig veda sanhita contains hymns addressed to them as gods. they were deified also among the ph nic


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, in equinox iii, 1. also, the following chapters of liber aleph: 3-6, 17, 18,20,22,24- 34, 44-46, 57-65, 85, 88, 95-98, 104, 105, 111, 112, 140, 142-144. there is a technical aspect to the above verse which may be of importance to a certain type of aspirant of either sex. in one sense, sin is but the babylonian moon-god, who is represented on seal- cylinders as an old man with flowing beard. the crescent moon was his symbol. this conception is totally hostile to ours. to us, the moon is a feminine symbol. further, our hermit of the tarot is solar, not lunar' sin' is essentially homosexual. his word is restriction because his nature is twisted. perhaps because of hebrew enslavement by the babylonians, jehovah acquired several of the markedly homosexual characteristics of sin. the god of th


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with flashing eyes, his head surrounded with rays, holding in one hand the reins of those fiery coursers which in all hands save his are unmanageable. when towards evening he descends the curve[26] in order to cool his burning forehead in the waters of the deep sea, he is followed closely by his sister selene (the moon, who is now prepared to take charge of the world, and illumine with her silver crescent the dusky night. helios meanwhile rests from his labours, and, reclining softly on the cool fragrant couch prepared for him by the sea-nymphs, recruits himself for another life-giving, joy-inspiring, and beauteous day. it may appear strange that, although the greeks considered the earth to be a flat circle, no explanation is given of the fact that helios sinks down in the far [63]west reg

nd was supposed to drive her [87]chariot across the sky whilst her brother was reposing after the toils of the day. when the shades of evening began to enfold the earth, the two milk-white steeds of selene rose out of the mysterious depths of oceanus. seated in a silvery chariot, and accompanied by her daughter herse, the goddess of the dew, appeared the mild and gentle queen of the night, with a crescent on her fair brow, a gauzy veil flowing behind, and a lighted torch in her hand. selene greatly admired a beautiful young shepherd named endymion, to whom zeus had accorded the privilege of eternal youth, combined with the faculty of sleeping whenever he desired, and as long as he wished. seeing this lovely youth fast asleep on mount latmus, selene was so struck with his beauty, that she c

emis. hitherto we have seen artemis only in the various phases of her terrestrial character; but just as her brother apollo drew into himself by degrees the attributes of that more ancient divinity helios, the sun-god, so, in like manner, she came to be identified in later times [97]with selene, the moon-goddess, in which character she is always represented as wearing on her forehead a glittering crescent, whilst a flowing veil, bespangled with stars, reaches to her feet, and a long robe completely envelops her. diana. page 105 the diana of the romans was identified with the greek artemis, with whom she shares that peculiar tripartite character, which so strongly marks the individuality of the greek goddess. in heaven she was luna (the moon, on earth diana (the huntress-goddess, and in the


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r this the figure of wax was taken to a place where three ways met, and buried. in the old days those who had committed suicide, or those who had been executed for any kind of witchcraft, were buried at a crossing. crossings were also considered as ideal places to summon satan, or start toward a sabot. another powerful love spell still secretly practiced today, required the warlock to watch for a crescent or waning moon between 11pm and midnight. before casting the spell he would write, on parchment, the name of the young girl he desired to attract, and draw a circle around it. as soon as he saw the moon, he would seek out the brightest star in the night sky and recite a solemn conjuration so powerful it was believed capable of drawing any young girl the warlock desired to him. the conjura

lp to others in days gone by. thank them for being with you on this day and at this hour. remove the image from your mind. face south. visualize a red triangle in front of you. this is the symbol of fire. thank the spirits of fire for all their help to others in days gone by. thank them for being with you on this day and at this hour. remove the image from your mind. face west. visualize a silver crescent. this is the symbol of water. thank the spirits of water for all their help to others in days gone by. thank them for being with you on this day and at this hour. remove the image from your mind and face north again. say: these hands, this mind and this body shall be a channel through which power can flow. open your eyes and go about your daily affairs. practice this rite daily. get the w


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ek in origin. artemis reaction may be accounted for by the importance of her eternal virginity, which she begged zeus to grant her at the age of three. however, some sources claim she was taking revenge on actaeon for having claimed to be a better hunter than she was. zeus seduces callisto disguised as artemis by jean-simon barth lemy (1743 1811) zeus kneels before callisto disguised, wearing the crescent moon of artemis. actaeon actaeon s father aristaeus was the son of apollo; his mother autono was the daughter of cadmus, founder of thebes (see p. 49, and brother of europa (see p. 45. artemis surprised by actaeon by titian, originally tiziano vecelli(o (c. 1488/90 1576) this picture shows the moment when actaeon, while hunting in the forest, accidentally comes upon artemis and her nymphs

r of europa (see p. 45. artemis surprised by actaeon by titian, originally tiziano vecelli(o (c. 1488/90 1576) this picture shows the moment when actaeon, while hunting in the forest, accidentally comes upon artemis and her nymphs bathing. the virgin goddess is horrified, tries to cover herself, and will avenge herself by turning actaeon into a stag to be hunted down and killed by his own hounds. crescent moon artemis wears a crescent-moon diadem in her hair, showing her also to be a moon goddess. callisto, tricked by zeus callisto, artemis favorite nymph, caught the eye of zeus, who seduced her disguised as artemis. artemis was furious when she learned of this and banished callisto, even though she had tried to resist zeus advances. shortly afterward, when callisto gave birth to a son, ar

ed, ganesh was waiting to tell him all the wonders of the world, and so won the bet. third eye the third eye on shiva s forehead blazes with the fire of ten million suns, and can consume any creature with flame. shiva was so angry when kama, the god of love, pierced him with desire for parvati while he was meditating, that he opened his eye and reduced him to ash. so kama is now ananga, bodiless. crescent moon shiva wears the moon of wisdom in his hair. shiva shiva wears a leopard (often tiger) skin to represent his mastery over feelings of aggression and greed. vasuki, the cobra (see p. 109, is wrapped around his neck. dangerous child parvati cradles skanda, the god of war, who later restored peace to heaven and earth after he defeated the demon taraka. he is identified with the planet ma


REGARDIE ISRAEL THE COMPLETE GOLDEN DAWN

ng of luna on the tree of life is thus: in its increase it embraces the side of mercy; in its decrease the side of severity, and at the full, it reflects the sun of tiphareth <133> meditation let the theoricus practise the moon breath, while saying mentally the word aum (moon breath is through the left nostril only) let him meditate upon the waxing and waning crescents, while visualising a silver crescent upon an indigo background. let him now call before his mind the signs of the airy triplicity= and enclosed in these, let him meditate upon the numbers nine and five and therewith the forms of the pentagram and pentangle. let him now rise in imagination above the mineral world into the world of trees and flowers and idenbfy himself in love and sympathy with the powers of the elements behin

t of the four elements. the cup of stolistes, the <138> admissionbadge to the grade of= m, is thus referred to the tree of life. it embraces nine of the sephiroth, exclusive of kether. fourth knowledge lecture 0 yesod and malkuth are referred to the triangle below, the former to the apex, the latter to the base. like the caduceus, it further represents the three elements: water, fire and air. the crescent refers to the waters above the firmament, the sphere to the firmament, and the basal triangle to the consuming fire, which is opposed to the fire symbolised by the upper part of the caduceus. the symbol of mercury on the tree of life enbraces all but kether. the horns spring from daath (knowledge) which is not, properly speak- ing, a sephira, but rather a conjunction of chokmah and binah

you are looking, as it were, at a man facing you, that your right side faces his left. his merciful side forms the right hand pillar in front of you, so that it is as if you looked at yourself in a mirror. just as the man looks at you, so does the moon look at you and so you say that the moon in her increase is on the side of mercy, the right hand pillar of the sephiroth; and in her decrease, the crescent is on the left hand pillar of severity. a diagram, then, is a picture of a man or the moon facing you. the temple pillars are similar: black pillar severity left north white pillar mercy right south black pillar boaz stolistes white pillar jachin dadouchos that is, the white mercy or jachin pillar is on your right hand as 162> you approach the altar from the west and from the hiereus (see

tiphareth tagiriron-the disputers 7. netzach gharab tzerek-the ravens of death 8. hod samael-the liar or poison of god 9. yesod gamaliel-the obscene ones 10. malkuth lilith-queen of the night and of demons <164> the seven palaces attributed to the ten sephiroth fifth knowledge lecture 83 <165> the astrological symbols of the planets these are derived from the three primary forms of the cross, the crescent and the circle, either singly or in combination. the circle denotes sun and gold; the crescent the moon and silver, respectively analogous to the red and white alchemical natures. the cross is the symbol of corrosion. the corrosion of metals is usually of the complementary colour to that to which they naturally approximate. thus copper, which is reddish, becomes green in its corrosion of

analogous to the red and white alchemical natures. the cross is the symbol of corrosion. the corrosion of metals is usually of the complementary colour to that to which they naturally approximate. thus copper, which is reddish, becomes green in its corrosion of verdigris, etc. mercury is the only planet which unites these three primary forms in one symbol. saturn is composed of the cross and the crescent showing that lead is corrosive internally and luna externally. jupiter is the reverse. mars is solar internally but corrosive externally. venus is opposite. copper is externally of the nature of gold, but intermlly corrosive. hence the name of the sphere of venus is nogah-denoting external splendour but internal corruption. the serpent nehushtan, which moses made when the children of isra

depicted. it is the passing of the gate of eden. hierophant rises and leads zelator to the west ofaltar. hedraws attention to the key of the universe. these ideas are symbolically resumed in the representation of the twenty first key of the tarot, in front of you. within the oval formed of the 72 circles, is a female form, nude save for a scarf that floats round her. she is crowned with the lunar crescent of isis, and holds in her hands, two wands. her legs form a cross. she is the bride of apocalypse, the kabbalistic queen of the canticles, the egyptian isis or great feminine kerubic angel sandalphon on the left hand of the mercy seat of the ark 160 the golden dawn: volume i1 book l b o <80> the wands are the directing forces of the positive and negative currents. the seven pointed heptag

the canticles, the egyptian isis or great feminine kerubic angel sandalphon on the left hand of the mercy seat of the ark 160 the golden dawn: volume i1 book l b o <80> the wands are the directing forces of the positive and negative currents. the seven pointed heptagram or star alludes to the seven palaces of assiah; the crossed legs to the symbol of the four letters of the name. the surmounting crescent receives alike the influences of geburah and gedulah. she is the synthesis of the 32nd path, uniting malkuth to yesod. the oval of the 72 smaller circles refers to the schemhamporesch, or seventy-two fold name of the deity. the twelve larger circles form the zodiac. at the angles are the four kerubim which are the vivified powers of the letters of the name yod he vau he operating in the e

ave. from it are drawn the three holy secret names of god, or0 ibah aozp1,'which are borne upon the banners of the east, and number less divine and angelic names which appertain unto the element of air. to the moon, also, is this grade related. its kamea or mystical square is shown in the east, with seals and names appropriate thereto. it is also shown inscribed upon the tree of life, whereon its crescent in increase represents the side of mercy- in decrease the side of severity, while at the full it reflects the sun of tipareth. hegemon conducts zelator to a seat west of the altar. i now congratulate you on having attained the grade of theroicus and in 'recognition thereof, i confer upon you the mystic title of poraios de rejectis which means "l3rought from among the rejected, and i give

lem of the stolistes, the cup of water. hiereus the cup of the stolistes partakes in part of the symbolism of the laver of moses and the sea of solomon. on the tree of life, it embraces nine of the sephiroth, exclusive of kether. yesod and malkuth form the triangle below, the former the apex, the latter the base. like caduceus, it further represents the three elements of water, air, and fire. the crescent is the water which is above the firmament, the circle is the firmament, and the triangle the consuming fire below, which is opposed to the celestial fire symbolised by the upper part of the caduceus. hiereus puts admission badge aside. hegemon directs theoricus to hierophant whose chair should now be moved back towards the west, and placed in readiness for the candidate at the closing. hi

tolistes is thus explained in the grade of practicus "the cup of stolistes partakes in part of the symbolism of the laver of moses and the sea of solomon. on the tree of life it embraces nine of the sephiroth exclusive of kether. yesod and malkuth form the triangle below, the former apex, the latter the base. like the caduceus, it further represents the three elements of water, air, and fire. the crescent is the water which is above the firmament; the circle is the firmament, and the triangle is the consuming fire below, which is opposed to the celestial fire symbolised by the upper part of the caduceus <98> in addition to this explanation, the cup represents the receptacle and collector of the more fluidic forces of the light, and is the symbol of an inexhaustible bowl of libation from wh

of god (g. h. fratre f.r.'s notes) the earliest experiments in clairvoyance as taught by the order are with the tattwa symbols. these, with their traditional names, significances, symbols and colours are: 456 clairvoyance 457 akasa-ether or spirit. symbol: black or indigo egg. vayu- air. symbol: a sky-blue disc or circle. tejas-fire. symbol: red equilateral triangle. apas-water. symbol: a silver crescent. prithivi-earth. symbol: a yellow square or cube. in brief, the traditional occult concept of the tattwa is that of a vital current of ether or force-the hindu pranas-which issues in a steady stream from the sun. that stream is five-fold, and flows around our earth, vitalising its astral substance or its sphere of sensation. in short, they are the currents of sub-planes of the astral ligh

, and flows around our earth, vitalising its astral substance or its sphere of sensation. in short, they are the currents of sub-planes of the astral light. the theory has it that the element of akasa is strongest at dawn, when the sun rises, and its power continues for the space of two hours, when its force subsides and glides into vayu, air. eyellow square l prithm-earth vayu-air tejas-fire ver crescent 2 apas-water tattwa symbols 458 the golden dawn: volume tv book seven this also persists or is in course for the same period. each tattwa or <13> current of force is believed to exist strongly for this length of time, each merging at the end into the succeeding tattwa in the order given above. after the current of prithivi is exhausted, the cycle recommences with akasa, and continues in t

, do the following. place the tattwa card before you on the altar, take the cup in the right hand and the pentacle in the left, and look at the symbol long and steadily until you can perceive it clearly as a thought vision when you shut your eyes. vibrate the names of water and of earth (empeh arsel, etc) and try to realise the mental union more and more. it may help you to perceive it as a large crescent made of blue or silvery water containing a cube of yellow sand. continue trying to acquire a keen perception of the tattwa until the element and its shape and its qualities shall seem to have become a part of you, and you should then begin to feel as though you were one with that particular element, completely bathed in it, and as if all other elements were non-existent. if this be correc

mes, the first letter shall be the head of the figure or form, and the final letter shall be its feet. the other letters shall be, and represent in their order, its body and members. agiel, for example, shall give thee an angelic form of the following nature and appearance: aleph, air. the head winged, and of a golden colour, with long floating golden hair. gimel, luna. crowned with bluish silver crescent, and with a face like that of a grave and beautiful woman, with a bluish halo. yod, virgo. the body of a maiden clothed in grass green robe. aleph, air. golden wings of a large size, partly covering the power part of the figure. lamed, libra. feet and limbs well-proportioned and, either in the hand of the figure or lying at its feet, the sword and scales of justice in bright green. playin

thee an angelic figure like a wamoress with flame playing about her, and a countenance glorious like the sun, and beneath her feet the stormy sea and thunder clouds, and lightning about her, and a glow as of flame. she has a triangular helmet or head-dress of flame like the symbol of fire. graphiel will give thee a great angel like a female wamor with a most glorious countenance, crowned with the crescent and flashing with light, and surrounded by flame and lightning and with four wings. the termination el always gives to angelic forms the wings and symbols of justice. the ending yah will make the figures like enthroned kings or queens, and with flaming glory at their feet. talismans and sigils the vibratory mode of pronouncing the dmne names in vibrating the divine names, the operator sho

a goddess between athor and neith holding a bow and arrows, that is if represented as an egyptian symbol. if again, we endeavour to translate this name into symbols on a <67> tattwic plane, we get the following: samekh comes under fire nun comes under water daleth comes under water of earth lamed comes under air peh comes under fire nun comes under water. these would be synthesized thus: a silver crescent on a red tiangle placed over a yellow square. all three would be charged and enclosed within a large silver crescent. now, taking an example, the telesmatic image appertaining to the letter aleph. this on the briatic plane, would be rather masculine than feminine and would be resumed by a spiritual figure hardly visible at all, the head-dress winged, the body cloud-veiled and wrapped in m

al man finds on the spur of the moment which tathva is at the time in course. besides, these tattwas have different shapes and tastes. these figures are seen by taking a bright mirror and letting the breath fall upon it, as it comes out of the nose. the divided part takes one of the following forms according to the tattwa then in course. prithivi-a figure having four angles. apas, a half moon, or crescent. tejas, triangular. vayu, spherical. akasa, oval like a human ear. to sum up their qualities: 518 the golden dawn: volume n book smen prithivi-moves always in the middle of the -paths of air and water. apas-downwards, straight through the nose. tejas-upwards. vayuobliquely towards the right or left arm, as the case may be. akasa-trans. versely always. distance of breath below natural tatt

g swords. a third hand holds a single sword in the centre. the points of all the swords do just touch one another, the central sword not altogether dividing them. the rose of the previous symbols of this suit is held by the hand which holds the central sword, as if the victory were in its disposal. above and below luna and aquarius (in the small cards, the lunar decans are always represented by a crescent on its back) partial success, yielding when victory is within grasp, as if the last reserves of strength were used up. inclination to lose when on the point of gaining through not continuing the effort. love of abundance, fascinated by display, given to compliment, affronts and insolences, and to detect and spy 560 the golden dawn: volume n book eight on another. inclined to betray confid

erself all the energising forces and holding them in solution until the time of release. her colours, pale blue, deepening into sky blue, silvery white, and silver, relieved by touches of orange and flame, carry out these ideas. ill. the empress. she is an aspect of isis; the creative and positive side of nature is suggested here. the egyptian trilogy, isis, hathor and nephthys, symbolised by the crescent, full moon, and gibbous moon are represented in the tarot by the high priestess, hathor. the empress, isis, takes either the crescent moon or venus as her symbol. justice, nephthys, takes the gibbous moon. isis and venus gives the aspect of love, while hathor is rather the mystic, the full moon reflecting the sun of tiphareth while in yesod, transmitting the rays of the sun in her path gi

queen who is shown seated on a throne. arouetis, a human shaped god, with a double mitre. he is the bishop in enochian chess, and his form is that of a standing figure, to indicate his swift adion. he represents the operation of the sephirotic cross in the airy angle of any tablet, and represents the prince or knight of the tarot- the figure driving a chariot. nephthys, a goddess with an altar or crescent symbol above the vulture head-dress. she is the castle or rook of the chess game. this piece is always represented as somewhat larger than the others, and is <352> enclosed within a rectangular frame, within which she is enthroned. her office is the representation of the operation of the sephirotic cross in the earth angle of any tablet, and represents the princess or knave of the tarot


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rity, prestige, etc. ether: all matters spiritual, howsoever they are interpreted. the symbols for these five elements may be of several kinds, though for the purpose of this interpretation, i have conveniently selected the tattvic system of the east, as follows- earth: prithivi, a yellow square. heh (final) of tetragrammaton. air: vayu, a blue circle. vav of tetragrammaton. water: apas, a silver crescent. heh of tetragrammaton. fire: tejas, a red triangle. yod of tetragrammaton. ether (spirit: akasa, a black egg. shin of pentagrammaton. this immediately provides an artistic schema for the creation of talismans. a fire talisman could be constructed out of bright red-coloured papers, similar to the japanese origama, in the form of an upright triangle. appropriate inscriptions, writings, and

of data to be used in this way. there are many changes to be rung on this simple schema. some of the symbols on the tarot cards could be reproduced to great advantage on the talismans, if the student wishes. for instance, if he were making a talisman to produce pleasure and joy, the ace of cups in any of the conventional packs is a beautiful symbol to be copied in ink or painted on to the silver crescent of apas. for spiritual help in the hour of trouble, the sword and crown of the ace of swords which literally means evoked strength would be an ideal symbol to transpose on the blue circle of vayu. the need for change in an otherwise dull poverty-stricken existence could well be represented by the two of pentacles in the golden dawn suit. incidentally, there is no need to be a slavish imit

r change in an otherwise dull poverty-stricken existence could well be represented by the two of pentacles in the golden dawn suit. incidentally, there is no need to be a slavish imitator when making talismans. even though the symbol for earth is the yellow square, the student could still make a conventional circular talisman on which to draw prithivi. or, in the case of the silver half-circle or crescent of apas, the circular talisman could still be made, and then draw the crescent on it with such other symbols as he deems appropriate. this discussion is purely arbitrary, and is intended simply to stimulate the ingenium or latent creativity of the student. the alchemical symbols for the elements could be studied merely to provide additional symbols to use when opportunity or necessity war

ies of the pleasureprinciple which have been suppressed by virtue of early puritanical training. we could also say that it will act as a constant reminder of the prescence and power of god. water being the element required to remedy the character defect, i select a large piece of heavy silver paper on which to paint names and symbols in peach water-colours or poster paints. the size of the silver crescent, apas, will be determined mostly by convenience, first in working with it on the drawing board, and secondly as to whether it will fit into my wallet. a four inch diameter circular talisman is perhaps the most convenient. in order to have as many sides as possible on which to draw as large a variety of symbols as i possibly can, it is decided to use a double sphere connected by a tab, thu

therefore may be placed around the circumference of the circle, together with the traditional symbol of water, the inverted triangle. we would also include what the golden dawn called the kerub of water, the eagle s head, representing the sublimation of the intrinsic energy of scorpio as the active power of god operating through the element water. thus: all of these symbols, including the silver crescent of apas, should be placed on side four of the talisman. incidentally, i suggest several rough drafts should be attempted first, until one is gradually evolved that is entirely pleasing to the student. then it should be painstakingly copied on to the final parchment, vellum, or coloured paper which will be the finished talisman. incidentally, make it a cardinal rule never to leave the roug


RITUEL ET DOGME DE LA HAUTE MAGIE BY ELIPHAS LEVI PART II

jupiter by that of a priest, a substitution not wanting in a well-defined mysterious intention. but the allegorical and mythological figures of the seven spirits have become too classical and too familiar for their successful use on talismans: we must recur to more recondite and pregnant signs. the pentagram should be engraved invariably upon one side of the talisman, with a circle for the sun, a crescent for the moon, for mars a sword, a g for venus, for jupiter a crown and a scythe for saturn. the reverse must bear the sign of solomon, that is, the six-pointed star composed of two superposed triangles; in the centre there is placed a human figure for the talismans of the sun, a chalice for those of the moon, a dog's head for those of mercury, an eagle's for those of jupiter, a lion's hea

one should boast of its possession, nor should its consecration ever be transmitted except under conditions of absolute discretion and confidence. 50 the ritual of transcendental magic the sword is less occult and is made in the following manner: it must be of pure steel, with a cruciform copper hilt having three pommels, as represented in the enchiridion of leo iii, or with the guard of a double crescent, as in our own figure. on the middle knot of the guard, which should be covered with a golden plate, the sign of the macrocosm must be inscribed on one side and that of the microcosm on the other. the hebrew monogram of michael, as found in agrippa, must be engraved on the pommel; on one side of the blade must be these characters: xjaj va xnxv pvsv'h, and on the other the monogram of the

l of transcendental magic spirits, a dreaded ruin in the country, the vaults of an abandoned convent, a place where some murder has been committed, a druidic altar or an old temple of idols. a black seamless and sleeveless robe must be provided; a leaden cap emblazoned with the signs of the moon, venus and saturn; two candles of human fat set in black wooden candlesticks, carved in the shape of a crescent; two crowns of vervain; a magical sword with a black handle; the magical fork; a copper vase containing the blood of the victim; a censer holding perfumes, namely, incense, camphor, aloes, ambergris and storax, mixed together with the blood of a goat, a mole and a bat; four nails taken from the coffin of an executed criminal; the head of a black cat which has been nourished on human flesh


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e. egypt was ultimately destroyed by foreign conquerors (persia, macedonia, rome) and her inability to adapt to the continuing competition of foreign cultures. her new empire of the setian (xixxx) dynasties was a protectionist backlash rather than an effort to "civilize" or create a permanent empire [as per macedonia, persia, or rome. mesopotamian philosophy mesopotamia is that area (the "fertile crescent) in the ancient near east generally defined to include sumer (beginning ca. 2500 bce, babylonia (b. 2000 bce, and assyria (b. 1300 bce, and which shared cultural ties with canaan (b. 1400 bce) and israel (b. 1200 bce. all of the mesopotamian cultures were polytheistic, with the exception of israel in its later development. humanity was considered to have been created merely to serve the l

records. the golden mean, at its best, can only keep you from extravagant blunders; it will never get you anywhere" the hellenistic era the hellenistic era of european civilization encompasses the time from the death of alexander the great in 323 bce to- 100 ce. it was a period characterized by aggressive and innovative trade encouraged by ptolemaic egypt and the seleucid empire of persia/fertile crescent/southern turkey. with a business climate not unlike that of the present day, upper- and merchant-class entrepreneurs prospered, but the lower classes experienced depressed wages and living standards. this resulted in widespread migration into urban areas and the consequent creation of large cities (such as alexandria, with a population of 500,000- 1,000,000. hellenistic art differed from

hick; the second, hieratick, used by those who write of sacred things; the last and most perfect hieroglyphick, whereof one is curiologick, the other, symbolick. of the symbolick, one is properly spoken by imitation, another is written as it were tropically; another on the contrary doth allegorize by aenigms. for instance, in the kyriologick way, to express the sun, they make a circle; the moon a crescent. tropically they do properly traduce, and transfer, and express by exchanging some things, and variously transfiguring others. thus when they deliver the praises of kings, in theological fables, they write by anaglyphicks. of the third kind, by aenigms, let this be an example: all other stars, by reason of their oblique course, they likened to the bodies of serpents. but the sun to that o

waters) ritual after priestess reynolds opened the gates, she evoked ancient days. at this point both she and priestess sarris had visions of the desert- but the painted arizona desert rather than the egyptian desert. the sky was blue, bright, and cloudless; the day was windy, though pleasant. priestess reynolds perceived a child-like entity, both male and female, green-robed and innocent, with a crescent or horn-shaped "headdress" standing near us [we were clasping each other's shoulders. priestess reynolds also said words to the effect that "they are nine, and they each have a word, and you [nexbet] spoke the words back to them- only you can speak them, so that they might understand them" she perceived again the "deceiver" among us, whose presence, though deceptive, is a positive, constr

right- yet. the young entity could symbolize the rebirth [so to speak] of the neters through us, and that there will be nine original [paut neter] or "company of gods" winged creatures could imply the pure forms which are unmanifest. maybe we are indicated by the green-robed youth. a magician is supposed to acquire a bisexual nature as a quality- not necessarily as sexual attraction. the horns or crescent probably represent duality. as for the color of hair? the desert? the quote you offered somehow reminds me of the passage in the satanic rituals: classification: v4- a17.22- 3 author: linda reynolds iii, alexandra sarris iii date: july 29, xiii html revision: september 27, 1998 ce subject: xem reading list "the daemons are, the daemons were, and the daemons will be again. they came, and w

aat in their being- and each one must know it. i had the impression throughout the long night that i was trapped in another time frame, a dimension that would remain an eternally cold, starry night (there was no moon. when orion set (around 9:30, the sky remained the same- there was no perceptible movement in the sky until venus rose; i really was in another time and place. but when venus and the crescent moon rose, it was clear that the ordeal was over. i was convinced that i had failed- absolutely and utterly- nothing had happened, nothing had changed, nothing had been faced. only later, with hindsight and perspective, did i realize that i had done all that i needed to. two later workings: on march 28, xiv at xonsu's house, we did a working in preparation for her ordeal. during the worki

er dark realm of the adept. dagger: the dagger represents the intellect of the magician. with its keen edge it cleanly cuts through ignorance and intellectual laziness. it protects its user from the forces of slavery and oppression, from those who would limit his freedom. this is one of the gifts of set. usually flint daggers were used for sacred purposes since they were made without human hands. crescent shaped ones represented the power of the moon. iron should be used as sacred to set. copper, because it is red, can also be used. pantacle: the pantacle symbolizes earth, the foundation and strength of the magician. here is where he draws his stamina from, and builds his temple on. the magician plants the seeds of possibility in the earth, from it he draws energy to make his will manifest

pped with great honour at thebes. the name is derived from the root 'khens, to travel, to move about. xensu, the moon god of later times, occupied a very important position as the 'messenger' of the great gods, and the 'traveler' who journeyed through the sky under the form of the moon. as the new moon he is likened to a fiery bull, and he caused to shine upon the earth the beautiful light of the crescent moon, and through his agency women conceived, cattle became fertile, the germ grew in the egg, and all nostrils and throats were filled with fresh air. xensu. the space-traveling messenger who carries the words of the gods throughout the universe. as is the case with all among the elect who have acquired the name of an ancient entity, i feel a special affinity with the attributes connecte


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touchings of the white stone by the pilgrims of the centuries darkened its colour to black. then the time of the idols began; by the time of mahound, three hundred and sixty stone gods clustered around god's own stone. what would old adam have thought? his own sons are here now: the colossus of hubal, sent by the amalekites from hit, stands above the treasury well, hubal the shepherd, the waxing crescent moon; also, glowering, dangerous kain. he is the waning crescent, blacksmith and musician; he, too, has his devotees. hubal and kain look down on grandee and poet as they stroll. and the nabataean proto-dionysus, he-of-shara; the morning star, astarte, and saturnine nakruh. here is the sun god, manaf! look, there flaps the giant nasr, the god in eagleform! see quzah, who holds the rainbow

le circular red--and- white signs forbidding smoking, the stickers penalizing the improper use of the chain, the arrows indicating the points to which- and not beyond- it was permitted to open the little sliding windows. gibreel paid a visit to the toilet and here, too, a small series of prohibitions and instructions gladdened his heart. by the time the conductor arrived with the authority of his crescent-cutting ticket-punch, gibreel had been somewhat soothed by these manifestations of law, and began to perk up and invent rationalizations. he had had a lucky escape from death, a subsequent delirium of some sort, and now, restored to himself, could expect the threads of his old life- that is, his old new life, the new life he had planned before the er interruption- to be picked up again. a

friends and colleagues. so it was that at ten--fifteen they were in pamela's beloved mg, heading east across the city, into the gathering storm. an old, blue mercedes panel van followed them, as it had followed walcott's pick-up truck; that is, without being noticed. fifteen minutes earlier, a patrol group of seven large young sikhs jammed into a vauxhall cavalier had been driving over the malaya crescent canal bridge in southern brickhall. hearing a cry from the towpath under the bridge, and hurrying to the scene, they found a bland, pale man of medium height and build, fair hair flopping forward over hazel eyes, leaping to his feet, scalpel in hand, and rushing away from the body of an old woman whose blue wig had fallen off and lay floating like a jellyfish in the canal. the young sikhs


SCHLAGER NEIL WORLD RELIGIONS REFERENCE LIBRARY

ods led to increasingly complex belief systems. myths, or stories about the creation of the world and tales of individual gods and goddesses, became a fundamental part of religion, as did certain rituals and rules of behavior, or things to do and things to avoid doing. the earliest historical religions, ones for which a written record exists, arose along the nile river in egypt and in the fertile crescent of mesopotamia. an ancient form of hinduism also emerged about the same time in what is now known as india. egyptian and mesopotamian religions were polytheistic, meaning they recognized more than one god (hinduism has many deities as well, but they are all understood as different aspects of one supreme being) both egyptian and mesopotamian religions influenced judaism, which was one of t

ol worship. islamic law forbids the depiction of living things, so there are no statues. this is also why traditional islam does not depict the prophet muhammad in any media, although artists from other faiths and cultures have made likenesses of him. islamic art, to the extent that it includes living things, tends to be highly abstract rather than realistic. some people believe that the star and crescent flag is an islamic symbol, but it has no connection with islam. rather, its roots lie with the ottoman empire, which used the star and crescent on its flag. the primary symbols in islam are behaviors rather than objects. for example, when muslims pray, they turn in the direction of mecca and the ka aba, a cube-shaped shrine in the city that the prophet abraham is believed to have built. t

single creator-god. jains worship the twenty-four tirthankara of the present cycle of time, the last of whom, mahavira, is often regarded as the founder, or, more properly, the rediscoverer, of the principles of jainism. symbols. major symbols of jainism include three dots, signifying the three jewels of ethical conduct; the swastika, whose four sides represent the four forms of earthly life; the crescent moon, signifying the abode where liberated souls live; and the wheel of dharma, containing twenty-four spokes that represent the religion preached by the twenty-four tirthankara. worship. jain worship consists of daily prayers and meditation and temple worship, where people meditate, pray, and engage in religious discussions. jains place little emphasis on formal, prescribed worship. dres

arded as sacred texts. sacred symbols jains have a number of sacred symbols, some of which are held in common with hinduism. one sacred symbol is the three dots, symbolizing the three jewels of right faith, right knowledge, and right conduct. the three dots also symbolize the three regions where people who are not liberated are born, suffer, and die: hell, earth, and heaven. another symbol is the crescent of the moon, which represents moksha. moksha refers to liberation from the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. a key symbol in jainism is the swastika, a cross with each of the four sides bent at right angles. in germany during the 1930s, the nazi political party adopted the swastika as its official symbol. during the next fifteen 334 world religions: almanac jainism years the nazis murde

s, which symbolize faith in the teachings of the tirthankara (4) incense, to symbolize the burning away of bad karma (5) light, offered by swinging a lamp, to symbolize eliminating the darkness of ignorance (6) rice (7) sweets; and (8) fruit. the rice is arranged in the form of the symbolic swastika. three dots made with the food items above the swastika symbolize the three jewels. and finally, a crescent with a dot above it symbolizes the liberated beings who dwell in the roof of the universe. the ceremony concludes with time for meditation and prayer. the essence of jain worship, however, takes place primarily in daily life rather than in public rituals. each day, jains perform six observances, which differ slightly for digambaras and svetambaras. the six daily rituals for digambaras are

ture that produced the epic because they had historical, religious, or legendary significance. the epic of gilgamesh is also one of the world s earliest surviving written texts. its author, shin-eqi-unninni, is the earliest known named author of a surviving text. the epic was composed and written down in ancient mesopotamia, an area that lies mostly in modern iraq. the area was called the fertile crescent because of its rich agricultural lands. mesopotamia was not really a country as we understand the word today. instead, it was a large region made up of areas dominated by different peoples. one of those areas was sumer, located between the tigris and euphrates rivers in what is now the southern part of iraq. the people of sumer, called sumerians, developed one of the world s earliest civi


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endered passive and negative in order that control can be achieved. minds consciously working to a definite end are a power, and power can oppose power for good or for evil. the scheme for world dominion might be doomed by the recognition of this principle alone, but, as it is unfortunately unrecognized, it remains unchallenged" the tetragrammaton a striking feature of the mural is the white half-crescent in its upper right quadrant. the inner curve of the crescent. closest to the bisected black, paleblue and yellow sphere. is equidistant at all points from the exact center of the bisected figure. therefore, if the curve of the crescent is continued fullcircle, the figure which results is a hidden point within a circle, the symbol which was adopted by the astronomers as their sign of the s

gure which results is a hidden point within a circle, the symbol which was adopted by the astronomers as their sign of the sun. in the ancient- 17- mysteries the point in the circle denoted the principle of fecundity and has been carried down through the ages as a sign of various secret societies, including the llluminati of adam weishaupt in 1776.20 the female principle is also emphasized by the crescent moon or lunette figure. there are 72 geometrical figures (and shadings) in the mural. the two crescent shapes and the four long triangles. white, yellow, blue and black. which are located in the two upper tiers of the mural, are each counted as one figure. the number 72 denoted from the earliest days the divine name of 72 words. this number is derived from a permutation of the values assi


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tan worshippers while visiting scotland (from news report and article in strange times magazine, great britian) 130 codex magica an american member of the aghora sect of hinduism drinks from the top of a human skull. some members of the sect practice cannibalism to gain magical powers (the tampa tribune, june 2, 2003, p. 1. the illustration from the book witches, by una woodruff and colin wilson (crescent books, new york, 1988, shows a satanic witch signaling the "el diablo "el diablo" shows his horns-the devil rides out 131 high priest of the church of satan, anton lavey, was honored upon his death in this article in the san francisco chronicle. in the picture, lavey is giving the "el diablo" hand sign while, on the wall, is the "baphomet" version of the satanic pentagram star. was it mer

ll continue communicating the sign of x, the sign of their silly, fanciful god, all the while cursing the darkness rather than lighting a candle. men blinded for all eternity by their rejection of the true light. 210 codex magica the arm patch on the military uniform of pakistan's president, general pervez musharraf, tells a number of tales. against a black, circle background we find the familiar crescent moon and star of islam (actually, pagan origin, being representative of diana, the witchcraft "star" and "moon" goddess) as well as the two crossed swords (in the pagan era, a sign of mars, god of war. it is doubtful musharraf has any idea of the actual meaning of these symbols. the "x" team? in time magazine (july 14, 2003, p. 79, it was reported that marvel comics intended to publish a

around 351 the pope does it again, with president ronald reagan and first lady nancy at his side. as an aside the skull cap, in many color variations, is worn by jews and high catholic clergy alike, though its use hearkens back to the horrific memory of jesus crucified on calvary, golgotha "the place of the skull (photo: book, pope john paul ii visits america: a celebration in pictures, new york: crescent books) 352 codex magica former hewlett-packard ceo, carly fiorina triangles up, triangles down, triangles, triangles all around 353 this cover of one of many star wars publications, pictures a character (top, left) from that movie saga giving what is clearly a combination of two masonic signs (from an ad collage in a sci-fi magazine) 354 codex magica full page consumer ad for phoenix weal

s osiris' penis (baal's shaft. black magic, masonic witchcraft, and triangle powers 377 the occult spiritual nature of the mission of the united nations (un) is seen in the un's meditation room, inside the un headquarters in new york city. the austere meditation room has a rough, black granite ashlar altar (masonic origins) and a mural with various occult symbols, including the serpent, triangle, crescent moon, and square. the room itself is designed as a pyramid without a capstone lying down on its side. the un even has a chaplain of sorts; sri chinmoy, a hindu guru who leads chants and meditations inside the meditation room. evidently, the illuminati were not keen on separating church and state when they founded their world body, the united nations. 378 codex magica when captured america


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eet in diameter and 12 feet high. its summit is composed of white pipe-clay, beneath which has been found a large quantity of mica. four miles away, on the low lands of the kickapoo river, is a mound with eight radiating points, very likely representing the sun. this mound is 60 feet in diameter at the base and three feet high, the points extending about nine feet. surrounding this mound are five crescent-shaped mounds, arranged in a circle. the size and number of the earthworks suggest that the construction of the burial mounds was a community project. hundreds of tribespeople had to dig soil from nearby areas, then over a period of weeks or months carry innumerable baskets or buckets, and dump them on the growing mound. the work may have been directed by a shaman, for it appears from the


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mes if a child was born on what they considered the unlucky day, it would be killed. the ancient greeks believed that the 13th day was unlucky for sowing, but favorable for planting. many early peoples harbored the superstitious belief that it was best to sow seed at the full of the moon. others maintained that it was best to gather in the harvest when the moon was full. still others regarded the crescent moon as a fortunate omen. even today in south africa, many people consider it unlucky to begin a journey or undertake a work of importance during the last quarter of the moon. the romans marked their lucky days with a piece of chalk, their unlucky days with charcoal. from this custom of marking unlucky days with charcoal started the phrase black-letter day. today, black-letter days are ge

ehind the patrol car and shielding his eyes with his arm, he watched the object rise to a point about 15 to 20 feet above the ground. the flame and the smoke had ceased swirling around the object, and t h e g a l e e n c y c l o p e d i a o f t h e u n u s u a l a n d u n e x p l a i n e d invaders from outer space 265 zamora could see a design on its side. the markings were red and shaped like a crescent with a vertical arrow and horizontal line underneath. the ufo remained stationary for several seconds, then flew off in a southerly direction following the contour of the gulley. within minutes, sergeant chavez of the new mexico state police arrived in response to zamora s earlier radio call. he saw no object, but he did take notice of some slight depressions in the ground and some burned


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entiated from the demons christianity sought to banish from the minds of men and women. because intellectual activity was thought to be bound up with the influence of these demons, europe descended into an abyss of ignorance and religious absurdity that history accurately terms the dark ages (about 476 to 1000. but the tree of forbidden knowledge was not so easily cut down. in the east, where the crescent overshadowed the influence of the cross, arab intellectuals preserved knowledge of the occult as well as significant portions of other classical thought and ancient lore. from muslim- dominated spain, this knowledge trickled back into europe, where it was combined with alchemy and the hermetic mysteries. the objects of divination may change, but not their function. many of the ancient for

many people fs hands. the line of the sun is located underneath the third (ring) finger. the line of saturn, the so-called fate line, is only found in about 40 percent of the population. this vertical line (s) runs from the wrist up towards the middle finger. the girdle of venus is composed of curved lines that will appear underneath the middle and ring fingers. the line of intuition is a curved, crescent-like line that extends from the lowest part of the mount of the moon to the mount of mercury, located directly below the little finger. the lines of affection or marriage are located on the side of the hand under the little finger in the area called the mount of mercury. the longer one spends studying the human palm, the more lines and markings one is likely to discover. there are gbars

al photography, and curiosity was piqued as to what their purpose might be. t h e g a l e e n c y c l o p e d i a o f t h e u n u s u a l a n d u n e x p l a i n e d 232 places of mystery and power chartres cathedral, france (f. c. taylor/ fortean picture library) the cursus at stonehenge had chamber graves at both ends. so, too, did a cursus found at dorset, england. the dorset cursuses follow a crescent pattern, each passing by chamber graves dated earlier than the ones at either end of the cursus. other cursuses waver even further off the straight track, but all of them have burial graves at either end or point to graves or standing stones. the dorset cursuses were called an gavenue of the dead h by archaeologist richard bradley, who suggested that ancients believed spirits of the dead

ified by prayers and a rainfall, the caliph ordered the dome of the rock to be built to shelter the sacred rock. the shrine with its massive dome gilded with gold mosaics was completed in 691. the golden dome collapsed in 1016, but it was soon rebuilt. in 1099, christian crusaders massacred the muslim inhabitants of jerusalem and converted the dome of the rock to a christian shrine, replacing the crescent on the top of the dome with a cross and constructing an altar on the rock. the shrine returned to muslim possession in 1187 when the great muslim military genius salah al-din, known to the crusaders as saladin, captured jerusalem. in 1537, the ottoman turks replaced the gold mosaics on the outside of the dome with 45,000 persian tiles. today fs visitor to the shrine will see the sunlight


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average man. his supremacy is only more divine for that, because it is in a way more human. do not events speak louder than rancours and irreligious ignorances? do not you see catholic france sustaining with one hand the tottering papacy, and with the other holding the sword to fight at the head of the army of progress? catholics, jews, turks, protestants, already fight under the same banner; the crescent has rallied to the latin cross, and altogether we struggle against the invasion of the barbarians, and their brutalizing orthodoxy. it is for ever an accomplished fact. in admitting new dogmas, the chair of st. peter has solemnly proclaimed itself progressive. the fatherland of catholic christianity is that of the sciences and of the fine arts; and the eternal word of the gospel, living a

ary, will no more weep for her adonis. the bridegroom is risen to die no more, and the infernal boar has found death in its momentary victory. lift yourselves up again, o temples of delphi and of ephesus! the god of light and of art is become the god of the world, and the word of god is indeed willing to be called apollo! diana will no more reign widowed in the lonely fields of night; her silvern crescent is now beneath the feet of the bride. but diana is not conquered by venus; her endymion has wakened, and virginity is about to take pride in motherhood! quit the tomb, o phidias, and rejoice in the destruction of thy first jupiter: it is now that thou wilt conceive a god! o rome, let thy temples rise again, side by side with thy basilicas: be once more the queen of the world, and the pant

sh of raphael! transfigure yourselves, ancient cathedrals of our fathers; dart forth into the clouds your chiselled and living arrows, and 62 let stone record in animated figures the dark legends of the north, brightened by the marvellous gilded apologues of the qur'an! let the east adore jesus christ in its mosques, and on the minarets of a new santa sophia let the cross rise in the midst of the crescent<symbol is characteristic of the greek church which he has been attacking. levi should have visited moscow- trans> let mohammed set woman free to give to the true believer the houris which he has so long dreamt of, and let the martyrs of the saviour teach chaste caresses to the beautiful angels of mohammed! the whole earth, reclothed with the rich ad

ual position for "omega. the third section from the top and second from the bottom has two pillars issuing from the cloud. these have fluted capitols and ringed bases extending to form trapezoidal forms. the pillar to the left is black and marked at center with "b, while that to the right is white with "j. to the left is "hyle. to the right in rows "briah "aziah" and a small rectangle. there is a crescent moon between the bases of the drums, horns angled right and slightly upward. the lowest portion shows feet issuing from the bases of the pillars and cocked outward on a mass of rock to the left and a sea to the right" gr:eta beta-alpha-sigma-iota-lambda-epsilon-iota-alpha (the kingdom) is written on the base of this rock. the rectangular frame is broken at the bottom to admit crude hebrew

e mysteries of nature the great magical agent we have spoken of a substance extended in the infinite. illustration on page 108 described: this is sub-titled below "the tenth key of the tarot. it is a type of the wheel of fortune. the wheel itself is erected on a wooden post, and has a crank affixed to the hub. there is no image of fortuna to turn it. the base of the post is held by a blunt double crescent on the ground, rounded horns slightly up and in parallel like a hot-dog bun. two nosed serpents issue from the base, cross once and arch toward the post just below the wheel. the wheel is double, having an outer and an inner ring with eight spokes running through both rims. the spokes have a circular expansion with central hole inside and a bit short of the inner rim. these spokes appear


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m to the five basic elements."hese tattvas are also used as emblems for some of the chakras (see figure 9, p. 168. the first element of earth corresponds to the tattva known as prithivi which is represented by a yellow square. traits of this element include cohesion, materialization, and solidarity. apas is attributed to water, the second element and the principle of liquid, portrayed by a silver crescent. tejas corresponds to fire, the third element, symbolized by a red triangle. its attributes include transmutation and heat. vayu is assigned to air, the fourth element, represented by a blue circle. vayu symbolizes motion and the principle of vapor or gas. the fifth and final element of ether or spirit is referred to as akasha, symbolized by a black oval. unity and limitlessness are its c

the navel chakra, controls sexuality. it is located about three inches below the navel. associated organs are the kidneys and the adrenal glands. the generative organs and the hypogastric (lower abdominal) plexus are also attributed here. traditionally this chakra is colored light blue. an alternative color is vermillion (brilliant orange-red).8 the symbol of this center is apas, the silver-white crescent of elemental water. the word svadisthana means "one's own self" or "dwelling place of the self" sometimes called the "moon chakra" the svadisthana controls the balance and flow of bodily fluids. it functions to preserve the human species through procreation. the issues of family, home, health, and security also correspond here, as well as the raw vitality of "gut-level" emotion, unfettere

the 170 the balancbee tweemni nda nd magic mind on the chakras. the way to do this is to concentrate on the various symbols and correspondences that the chakra system provides. these include geometric symbols, colors, gods and goddesses, sanskrit letters, animals, and sounds used as mantras. chakra correspondences chakra tattva element symbol muladhara prithivi earth square svadisthana apas water crescent manipura tejas fire triangle anahata vayu air hexagram visuddha akasha spirit egg ajna maha-tattva lightimind winged orb sahasrara bindu bliss lotus mantra god lam brahma vam vishnu ram rudra yam isa ham sadashiva om sambhu- paramshiva goddess dakini rakini lakini kakini shakini hakini maha shakti chakra awareness exercise 1. be seated in a meditative position on the floor or in a chair

breathe deeply, then intone the mantra "la-ng (lah-ng. place special emphasis on the nasal "ng" sound, extending the latter sound out with the remaining breath.16 on the following inhalation, mentally intone the word "la-m (lah-m, extending the "mu of the mantra. repeat this mantra cycle three or four times. 3. imagine a light blue disk just a few inches below your navel. visualize a silver-white crescent within this disk. as you focus on the navel center, breathe in and begin to notice that the horns of the crescent are upturned to form a cup. imagine this yoga, chakras, and the wisdom of the east a 171 cup filled to the brim with pure, sacred water. feel this water flowing throughout your body, cleansing and purifying it. breathe out and again visualize the silver crescent withn the ligh

erapy. anima: an archetypal "soul image" which is the embodiment of the reflective feminine nature of man's subconscious. anima mundi "the soul of the world" animus: an archetypal "soul image" which is the embodiment of the creative masculine nature of woman's subconscious. apas: derived from a sanskrit word meaning "water" the tattva associated with the element of water. its symbol is the silver crescent. aral: a ruling spirit traditionally associated with fire, though in modern times associated with air. archetype: often referred to in jungian psychology to mean a preexistent idea, mode of thought, or godform that manifests through the collective unconscious of humanity. asanas: various positions used in hatha yoga. assiah: the qabalistic world of action and matter attributed to malkuth


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l as the lesser forms of demon. the horned moon as mentioned, the god of the moon was called nanna by the sumerians. by the later sumerians and assyrians, he was called sin. in both cases, he was the father of the gods (of the planetary realm, the zonei, and was depicted as wearing horns, a symbol familiar to the witches as representative of their god. the horn shaped crown is illustrative of the crescent phases of the moon, and were symbolic of divinity in many cultures around the world, and were also thought to represent certain animals who were horned, and worshipped for their particular qualities, such as the goat and bull. they also represent sexual power. the fact that, in ancient sumeria and egypt, horns were solely representative of evil gods, but of many different deities, was use


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sombre garment of night; and above silently breaks a primal sea gemmed with all the colours of the opal, deepening into a limitless amethyst, darkens, and the sun goes out. the spangled pall of night is drawn, and the lull of death is o fer us; but no, hark! the distant boom of a beetle is carried across the still glowing welkin, it is the signal drum announcing the marriage of night and day. the crescent moon rises, diaphanous and fair, and the world wakes to a chant: dionysus i bring ye wine from above, from the vats of the storied sun; for every one of ye love, and life for every one. ye shall dance on hill and level; ye shall sing in hollows and height in the festal mystical revel, the rapturous bacchanal rite! the rocks and trees are yours, and the waters under the hill, by the might


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may briefly be read as science. arcanum ii is figured by a woman seated at the threshold of the temple of isis. she is seated between two columns, the one on her right being red to signify pure spirit and its luminous ascension over matter, and the one on her left being black to represent the bondage of matter over the impure. the woman is crowned by a tiara of three stories surmounted by a lunar crescent. from the tiara a veil falls over her face. she wears upon her bosom the symbol of the planet mercury, and carries upon her knees an open book which she half covers with her mantle. this symbolic ensemble personifies occult science, which awaits the initiate at the threshold of the sanctuary of isis in order to tell him the secrets of universal nature. the symbol of mercury (hermes) upon

h awaits the initiate at the threshold of the sanctuary of isis in order to tell him the secrets of universal nature. the symbol of mercury (hermes) upon the bosom of the virgin, signifies that matter is fecundated by spirit in order to evolve mind, or soul. the cross below is matter, the circle is spirit. together they figure the lingam of the hindus, representing the union of the sexes; and the crescent above the union of spirit and matter represents the soul which is the evolved product of their union. the seal on the breast of nature also expresses the thought that knowledge comes from god and is as limitless as its source. the veil falling over the face announces that nature reveals her truths only to the pure in heart, and hides them from the curious and profane. the book half hidden

, can remove the obscuring mantle from nature's most secret page and pursue her mysteries at leisure. these mysteries are revealed only in solitude, to the sage who meditates in silence in the full and calm possession of himself. the tiara represents the power of the intellect to penetrate the three realms of existence--physical, astral and spiritual--which are signified by its stories. the lunar crescent, symbolizing the feminine attribute, is above the tiara to indicate that in occult science the intellect should be guided by the intuitional, or psychic powers. that is to say, in the occult sciences the feminine qualities of the mind are often of superior value to the masculine, or rational. the woman is seated to show that will united to science is immovable. isis unveiled--arcanum iii


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in india, as they were anciently in the temple of jupiter ammon, and many others both greek and barbarian;3 and the incarnate god in the bagvat geeta says, i am the fire residing in the bodies of all things which have life.4 upon the forehead of the gonnis is a 1 see plate xiii, fig. 11, from a medla of seleucus i. beloning to me. 2 page 26. 3 see plut. de orac. defect. 4 page 113. of priapus 59 crescent representing the moon, whose power over the waters of the ocean caused her to be regarded as the sovereign of the great nutritive element, and whose mild rays, being accompanied by the refreshing dews and cooling breezes of the night, made her naturally appear to the inhabitants of hot countries as the comforter and restorer of the earth. i am the moon (says the deity in the bagvat geeta)

, which must however have been known to the people from whom they learnt to calculate eclipses, which they still continue to do, though upon principles not understood by themselves. they now place the earth in the centre of the universe, as the later greeks did, among whom we also find the same preference given to the lunar symbol; jupiter being represented, on a medal of antiochus viii, with the crescent upon his head, and the asterisc of the sun in his hand.3 in a passage of the bagvat geeta already cited we find the elephant and bull mentioned together as symbols of the same kind; and on a medal of seleucus nicator we find them united by the horns of the one being placed on the head of the other.4 the later greek also sometimes employed the elephant as the universal symbol of the deity;

n for a long time the great centre of religions, as well as of trade and science. next to the figure of brahma on the pagoda is the cow of plenty, or the female emblem of the generative or nutritive power of the earth; and at the other corner, next to the gonnis, is the figure of a woman, with a head of the same conic or pyramidal form, and upon the front of it a flame of fire, from which hangs a crescent.3 this seems to be the female personification of the divine attributes represented by the gonnis or pollear; for the hindoos, like the greeks, worship the deity under both sexes, though they do not attempt to unite both in one figure. i am the father and the mother of the world, says the incarnate god in the bagvat geeta.4 amongst cattle, adds he in a subsequent part, i am the cow kamadho


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be represented by the dimensionless point of intersection. the grid is a cross the center of which has been expanded to enclose a space. it is vital that an understanding of the division of the whole into halves and quarters be attained because any grasp of the fundamental nature of the planets depends upon it. in astrology three essential figures are derived from the grid-the circle (whole, the crescent (halves, and the cross (quarters. obtained by reason, these figures were assigned to the primary objects in the heavens most closely according to their meaning. only two heavenly bodies have a diameter observable to the naked eye-the sun and the moon. au the others are merely points of light, with the exception of the broad earth itself, which is crossed with the lines east- west and nort

reases and decreases, at times light on the right side, at times light on the left. its full face is balanced by complete darkness. it gives no warmth and only so much light as it derives from the sun. in fact, the moon seems to require elements from outside itself since it pulls the waters of the oceans close and also draws the blood of young women. for these reasons it was given the sign of the crescent. the earth stands between the moon and sun, which seem to 0 revolve around it. it is both fixed, in that it does not move, and change- able, as witnessed by the storms and seasons. the earth can be warm like the sun and also cool like the moon. it was perceived as the meet- ing place where the rays from the other two bodies mingled and har- monized. for this reason the earth was assigned

the earth was assigned the symbol of giving and taking, action and reaction, warmth and coolness-the cross. since humanity is the microcosm of the greater universe, the three primary symbols of the sun, moon, and earth can be assigned to the human body, result- ing in this figure: the circle of the head stands for the warmth and activity of the rational pow- ers, which are volatile by nature. the crescent symbolizes the excretion of wastes, mainly a liquid process, and also the sensual and unthinking passions. the cross makes up the trunk of the figure, where reason and lust are joined. the vertical arm is the lightning stroke; the horizontal arm is the surface of the sea. the remaining five wandering bodies of the heavens visible to the ancients are uniformly dimensionless points of light

der, the earth over the sun, it is generally malefic. venus is the natural opposite of mars and is made up of the circle q over the cross. the elements are the same but here the life-giving energies predominate, and sun and earth are in their right order. the earth is the passive receiver of the rays of the solar orb that cause life to flourish. venus is love in its numerous forms. jupiter is the crescent over the cross-again, a natural order and 4 therefore a positive symbol. but the love of jupiter is not so selflessly given as the love of venus, and jupiter demands something in return. the acquisitiveness of the crescent evidences itself, making jupiter the symbol of government and law. saturn is the worst aspects of the jupiterian elements realized. the f natural order is turned on its

ing jupiter the symbol of government and law. saturn is the worst aspects of the jupiterian elements realized. the f natural order is turned on its head, and the cross of earth is exalted. just as the cross over the circle was the driving energy of the sun per- verted for material ends, so is the chill mystique and secret power of the moon advanced on the material level through the cross over the crescent. saturn is the most barren and hurtful of the planets. v mercury stands apart from the preceding four planets because it combines all three symbols of the sun, moon, and earth. it is the most balanced and complete of the planets and the closest in charac- ter to mankind. this can be seen by comparing the sign of mercury to the sign of the microcosm given earlier. mercury is adaptable, at

s for the nodes (q and u) have been cut in half to better dis- play their composition. mercury is located between the nodes of the moon. above mercury is the vari- ant that shares the same base, the cross of the earth. notice that this earth-based mercury-variant is opposite the symbol of earth across the center of the diagram. in the right point of the diagram are the two variants based upon the crescent of the moon. in the left point are the two variants based upon the circle of the sun. this diagram represents all possible permutations of the three simple symbols. no other planets can exist within the framework of astrology apart from those dis- played within the fifteen small triangles that surround the triangle of light. had modern astrologers understood this inescapable fact when the

amid: at last it becomes possible to rationally assign the four elemental planets to the points of the hexagram. the descending lightning bolt streaks from the sun to the moon and along its path are found the planets that contain the symbol of the sun, the circle. the reflected ascending bolt flies from the moon back to the sun, and on it are ordered the planets containing the lunar symbol of the crescent. mars, a masculine and fiery planet, will be located on the descending sigel on the right side of the hexagram because the right is active. venus, opposite of mars, feminine and receptive in nature, will also be located on the sun's descending sigel, but on the left (feminine) side of the hexagram. jupiter belongs to the moon's ascending sigel because it contains the symbol of the crescen


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alled blaak llen."t h e sow was left outside the building. they entered and sat down at one of seven tables next to the devil, who was referred to as "grandfather" by siri's grandmother. this child's accusation of witchcraft came to nothing, and it was dismissed by the bishop who reviewed it. it contains a number of interesting details. the flying ointment was kept in a horn, which because of its crescent shape is symbolic of the moon. the sow is a lunar beast. it was the sow that was smeared with the ointment, but the girl and her grandmother straddled it, bringing their sexual parts into contact with the ointment. the mention of a pigsty recalls an incident related by bartholomaeus de spina, who in his tractatus de strigibus sive malijicis told of a notary from lugano who missed his wife

projection were the tattwas-five simple colored shapes derived from hindu hilosophyth at embody the four lower elements of fire, water, air, 139. regardie, 102. chapter seven: the golden dawn 109 and earth-and the fifth universal binding element, or quintessence, known as ether or spirit. akasa (spirit)-black egg vayu (air)-sky-blue circle tejas (fire)-red equilateral triangle apas (water)-silver crescent prithivi (earth)-yellow square these symbols were painted, or cut erom colored craft paper and glued, on to cards, upon the backs of which were written the divine and angelic names corresponding with the tattwa. the symbols themselves were made about two inches in size upon blank cards around the dimensions of ordinary playing cards, for convenience of handling. the black egg is shown inv

ese symbols were painted, or cut erom colored craft paper and glued, on to cards, upon the backs of which were written the divine and angelic names corresponding with the tattwa. the symbols themselves were made about two inches in size upon blank cards around the dimensions of ordinary playing cards, for convenience of handling. the black egg is shown inverted with the small end down. the silver crescent reclines with both points upward. the red triangle has a single point uppermost. the sides of the yellow square are vertical. each tattwa symbol was placed on five cards, and upon each was painted or glued a smaller secondary symbol in the middle of the large primary symbol. this introduced an active seed element on the passive or receptive field of the main element, and mingled their qua

r, especially those that are cast off such as sweat and phlegm, because they wax and wane in quantity. the dew was believed to fall from the moon as a kind of lunar sweat, making dew lunar in nature. the cow is particularly lunar not only due to its curved horns that resemble the horns of the moon, but by virtue of its white milk. the cat is lunar because the pupils of its eyes resemble the lunar crescent, but can open into full disks just as the moon expands to show a full face. it is no accident that the goddess of witches was held to be diana, goddess of the moon, or that one of the primary activities of witches was the use of the flying ointment for travel to the sabbat gatherings. the active ingredients in the flying ointment were highly lunar substances. all narcotic or soporific pla

state. the charm should indicate by its symbolism the effect it is intended to produce, and will be more potent for purposes of astral awareness and astral projection if it is lunar in nature. such a charm may be called an astral doorway. an effective design would be a disk of black craft paper three inches in diameter, on which you have drawn or painted with silver ink or silver paint the waxing crescent of the moon, between the points of which is the oval of an open, staring eye. the crescent invokes the moon, as does the black color of the paper and the silver ink. the open eye indicates conscious awareness. because it is between the points of the lunar crescent, it is awareness under the control or domination of the moon-awareness in sleep and during dreams. if you are able to find the

me to consult the library must gain her approval before they can pass between the pillars that guard its entrance, where she sits and interviews anyone who seeks entry. she has a penetrating gaze and is able to look past the superficial mask into the very heart of travelers. it is useless to try to deceive her. she dresses in a long robe that is the blue and silver of the moon, and wears a silver crescent at her forehead. a black cat, her familiar beast, is always nearby, watching and protecting her. the unspeaking sisters who move like silver shadows between the high shelves in the main reading hall care for the books as if they were their own children, and there is no sign of dust or neglect anywhere within the vast building, which is arranged somewhat like a nunnery, with a dining hall

ion of the power of the name should be spoken emphatically, but there is no need to shout it out. speak it firmly and clearly, while holding in your mind the nature and identity of the being that possesses the name. symbols of faith religious symbols can make potent charms of protection for those who believe in their efficacy. the cross of christianity, the star of david of judaism, and the lunar crescent of islam are all forceful amulets of defense on the astral level, but only for those who have a firm faith in their power. christians can also form the sign of the cross upon the air with their right hand, to act as a barrier. it should be visualized as floating upon the air, burning brightly with white flames. wiccans and pagans may prefer to employ the pentagram. the golden dawn pentagr


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m following the exercise sessions either by writing them down in words, or by drawing them as pictures. inward perception iv: tattwa awareness g et a piece of heavy cardboard, of the kind you would find making up a shoe box or as backing for a writing pad, that is white on both sides. draw and cut out the five tatnva symbols, each about two inches on its longest dimension: a circle, a triangle, a crescent, a square, and an egg. with colored pencils, markers, or paints, color on both sides the crescent mist-gray or silver, the triangle red, the egg black, the circle blue, and the square yellow. make the colors as even and as opaque as possible (see figure 7-1 on following page. it is best to perform this exercise in a cycle of five consecutive weekdays, one day for each symbol, in the follo

and an egg. with colored pencils, markers, or paints, color on both sides the crescent mist-gray or silver, the triangle red, the egg black, the circle blue, and the square yellow. make the colors as even and as opaque as possible (see figure 7-1 on following page. it is best to perform this exercise in a cycle of five consecutive weekdays, one day for each symbol, in the following order: monday- crescent, tuesday-triangle, wednesday-egg, thursdaycircle, friday-square. lie on your back in the reclining posture and with your right hand place upon your forehead the symbolic shape that corresponds with the day of the week on which you are doing the exercise. on monday, use the crescent, on friday use the square, and 24 reclining exercises so on. the tattwa symbols are aligned as in the accomp

-egg, thursdaycircle, friday-square. lie on your back in the reclining posture and with your right hand place upon your forehead the symbolic shape that corresponds with the day of the week on which you are doing the exercise. on monday, use the crescent, on friday use the square, and 24 reclining exercises so on. the tattwa symbols are aligned as in the accompanying illustration-the horns of the crescent should be even and point toward the top of your forehead, as should the large part of the egg. perform the stepped relaxation technique, successively tensing and relaxing your left leg, right leg, left arm, right arm, pelvic region, lower torso, rib cage, shoulders, neck, jaw, and head. for several minutes allow yourself to drift free of your body, as though lying in the bottom of a boat

darkness of space, and allow your point of awareness to rise up toward it like a gently rising soap bubble. approach nearer and nearer, until the symbol fills your sight and surrounds you completely. as it surrounds you, pass through its center and open your astral eyes, while keeping your physical eyelids gently shut. when you open your astral eyes after passing through the gateway of the silver crescent, visualize all around you beautiful blue; after passing through the red triangle, bright scarlet; after passing through the black egg, pearl white; after passing through the blue circle, rich yellow; after passing through the yellow square, deep black. hold these colors around your point of awareness for half a minute or so before allowing them to fade. you may at this point spontaneously

ough the black egg, pearl white; after passing through the blue circle, rich yellow; after passing through the yellow square, deep black. hold these colors around your point of awareness for half a minute or so before allowing them to fade. you may at this point spontaneously see an astral landscape or image that expresses the element connected with the symbolic shape on your forehead. the silver crescent will produce watery visions; the red triangle fiery visions; the black egg ethereal or spiritual visions; the blue circle airy visions; the yellow square earthy visions. o/\w silver p r i t h (earth) yellow (spirit) 0 figure 7-1. five tattwa symbols of the elements inward perception iv: tattwa awareness 25 a vision can sometimes be encouraged by imagining the element that corresponds with

bols of the elements inward perception iv: tattwa awareness 25 a vision can sometimes be encouraged by imagining the element that corresponds with the symbol. even if no vision results, you should spend several minutes filling your imagination with the element associated with the symbol in order to link the two firmly in your subconscious. on monday after passing through the gateway of the silver crescent and opening your astral eyes to a beautiful blue that surrounds you on every side, focus your imagination on water. visualize it flowing and running in streams, fountaining upward, falling as rain, rolling as waves of the sea. on tuesday, after passing through the red triangle and opening your astral eyes to a scarlet radiance on all sides, imagine fire blazing, running along sticks of wo

i (a, d= 7, n= i, i) written from right to left within spirit earth fire figure 39-8. golden dawn invoking pentagram of earth supreme invoking ritual of the pentagram 267 the sphere of your heart-center. the letters flame brilliantly with a dazzling bluewhite radiance. inscribe with your index finger in the center of the green pentagram of earth the glyph of the zodiac sign taurus-a circle with a crescent on its top. first draw the crescent from left to right, then the circle below it beginning at the top of the circle and proceeding clockwise. as you project this green symbol into the pentagram, vibrate on your breath the letters of the divine name so that the sound resonates in your chest, throat, and nose, and expands outward to the limits of the universe. continue pointing to the cente


TYSON DONALD THE POWER OF THE WORD

ot enter into the basic examination of the figure we will undertake here. dee begins the construction of the monad with a single point, the origin of all things. he extends from this point a line, and by revolving the line inscribes a circle. this circle with a point at its center finds its astrological correspondence in the sun. above the circle of the sun but interlocked with it, dee places the crescent of the moon, which he explicitly states to be semicircular. below the circle of the sun he places a cross, which he later says corresponds with, among other things, the four elements. below the cross he puts the symbol for the zodiac sign aries. the hieroglyphic monad 57 these parts of the monad may be assigned to the letters of pentagrammaton. the point in the center of the circle of the

ed quarters of the figure for a total of seven possible forms (see illustration on opposite page. from the circle of the sun, the semicircle of the moon, the cross of the elements, and the sign of aries, dee forms all seven of the planetary glyphs, rightly observing that the glyphs of the planets are merely combinations of these basic symbols. for example, the sign of jupiter (3)is made up of the crescent of the moon over the cross of the earth. he makes the error, as it seems to me, of assuming that the sign of aries is an essential component of the planetary glyphs. i believe that the arrow in the glyph of mars is no more than a corrupted form of the cross. the prominence of the number twenty-four in the hieroglyphic monad is conclusive proof that the work is indeed concerned with the es

enty-four hours of the day, which he divides into two groups of twelve by the equinoctial sign aries. the manifest set of banners he intends should be associated with aries and the sun. the occult set of banners he associates with taurus and the moon. these zodiac signs form the top and bottom parts of the monad, connected by the cross of the elements. dee explains the glyph of taurus as the thin crescent which the moon reveals in the sign of taurus just after emerging from conjunction with the sun in the sign of aries. he explains the sign of aries as two semicircles representing the waxing and waning halves of the moon, which, when united, reveal the full circular glory of the reflected solar orb. in theorem xi, he writes concerning aries that the period of twenty-four hours divided by t

n in cancer has authority over the signs on the left side of the zodiac: gemini (mercury, taurus (venus, aries (mars, pisces (jupiter, and aquarius (saturn. the six seats "of living breath" may refer to those signs of the zodiac under the sun, and the six seats that are "as sharp sickles, or the horns of death" may refer to the signs under the moon. both the sickle and the horn are symbols of the crescent moon. here, they are also death images. the meaning is that six of the kingdoms are kingdoms of light, and the other six are kingdoms of darkness. this is supported by the imagery of sleeping and waking, in the sense of death and resurrection "wherein the creatures of the earth are and are not except by mine own hands; which also sleep and shall rise" instead of the six signs under the su

eir primacy and lordship over time. notice the division of the elders in kelley's vision. six elders sit on one side of the throne and six on the other side. it is not stated what pattern their seats form, but from the circle and sickle imagery in the third key, we might guess that they are arranged in two crescents enclosing the throne. 224 tetragrammaton on the right side of christ would be the crescent of seats comprising the banners of the first half of the name, that which is inscribed on urim, the letters ih (ihvh, ihhv, ivhh; hvhi, hvih, hhiv. in the crescent of seats on the left side of christ would sit the banners of the last half of the name, that which is inscribed on thummim, the letters vh (vhih, vhhi, vihh; hihv, hlvh, hhvi. this first ring of elders is made up of the overt f


WALLIS BUDGE E A LEGENDS OF THE EGYPTIAN GODS

nth of the month pachons they march in procession to the sea, whither the priests and other officials carry the sacred chest, wherein is enclosed a small boat of gold; into this they first pour some water, and then all present cry out with a loud voice "osiris is found" this done, they throw some earth, scent, and spices into the water, and mix it well together, and work it up into the image of a crescent, which they afterwards dress in clothes. this shows that they regard the gods as the essence and power of water and earth [fn#341] the 17th day is very unlucky; the 18th is very lucky; the 19th and 20th are very unlucky. on the 17th day isis and nephthys made great lamentation for their brother un-nefer at sais; on the 19th no man should leave the house; and the man born on the 20th would

ng "violence "force &c. herakles accompanies the sun, and hermes the moon. in sec. xlii. plutarch connects the death-day of osiris, the seventeenth of hathor, with the seventeenth day of the moon's revolution, when she begins to wane. the age of osiris, twenty-eight years, suggests the comparison with the twenty-eight days of the moon's revolution. the tree-trunk which is made into the shape of a crescent at the funeral of osiris refers to the crescent moon when she wanes. the fourteen pieces into which osiris was broken refer to the fourteen days in which the moon wanes [fn#342] in egyptian, or# which plutarch seems to connect with set [sec. xliii. the height of the nile in flood at elephantine is twentyeight cubits, at mendes and xois low nile is seven cubits, and at memphis middle nile


WICCA MAGICK OCCULT THREE GREEN BOOKS DRUIDISM

se? 557 push aside those leaves heaped on the old path; you ll see the invisible footprints of the sun goddess. 568 pine trees in the wind don t break; they always scatter the snow before it s too heavy for their branches. 569 pine winds, moonlight on the field grasses are all that i have: besides, no visitors. 593 so the full moon is admired like a well-rounded mind but once it was a sharp-edged crescent. 603 be round, thoroughly round, human mind! square minds often scratch. 604 you may try to be round, but keep one corner, o mind, otherwise you ll slip and roll away. 605 while faithfully throwing their shadows to the water, flirting with the wind: willows by the river. 615 no sound is heard in the creeks where waters run deep; shallow streams always splash. 618 the man who s escaped the


4 7 INITIATION CEREMONY

together make 32, the number of the paths of yetzirah. she is the moon at the feet of the woman of the revelation, ruling equally over cold and moist natures, and the passive elements of earth and water. the four hebrew yods refer to the four letters of the holy name reconstituting the destroyed world from the waters. it is to be noted that the symbol of the sign pisces is formed of the two lunar crescents of gedulah and geburah bound together, and thus shows the lunar nature of the sign. the dogs are the jackals of the egyptian anubis, guarding the gates of the east and of the west, shown by the two towers, between which lies the path of all the heavenly bodies ever rising in the east and setting in the west. the crayfish is the sign cancer, and was anciently the scarabus or khephra, the


ALEISTER CROWLEY MEDITATION

satan against satan. it is only in the lower forms of magick, the purely human forms, that the sword has become so important a weapon. a dagger should be sufficient. but the mind of man is normally so important to him that the sword is actually the largest of his weapons; happy is he who can make the dagger suffice! the hilt of the sword should be made of copper. the guard is composed of the two crescents of the waxing and the waning moon- back to back. spheres are placed between them, forming an equilateral triangle with the sphere of the pommel. the blade is straight, pointed, and sharp right up to the guard. it is made of steel, to equilibrate with the hilt, for steel is the metal of mars, as copper is of venus. those two planets are male and female- and thus reflect the wand and the c


ALEISTER CROWLEY EQ I 5

e" and now there is a mighty god, sebek, with the head of a crocodile. his head is gray, like river mud, and his jaws fill the whole aire. and he crunches up the whole tree and the ground and everything. now then at last cometh forth the angel of the aethyr, who is like the angel of the fourteenth key of rota, with beautiful blue wings, blue robes, the sun in her girdle like a brooch, and the two crescents of the moon shapen into sandals for her feet. her hair is of flowing gold, each sparkle as a star. in her hands are the torch of penelope and the cup of circe. 48 she comes and kisses me on the mouth, and says: blessed art thou who hast beheld sebek my lord in his glory. many are the champions of life, but all are unhorsed by the lance of death. many are the children of the light, but th


DONALDTYSON UFO

, the illustration at the top of this page shows ufos sighted surrounding the rising sun on the morning of april 14th, 1561, at the town of nuremberg in germany. the objects were described as "red, blue and black bowls, or crosses the colour of blood (gazette of nuremberg. by bowls, disk shapes may have been intended, even though the artist who drew the illustration above interpreted this to mean crescents. disks are a very common sighting in the sky. something has triggered ufo sightings, and all of the events surrounding them, over the past five decades or so. i doubt very much that the trigger has anything to do with visiting space aliens. it is far more likely, in my opinion, that the cause lies in inner space, in the vast, uncharted landscape of the mind. these triggers should not be


ENCYCLOPEDIA OF OCCULTISM AND PARAPSYCHOLOGY VOL 1

equilibrating intelligence of the triad. the goat s head, which is synthetic, and unites some characteristics of the dog, bull, and ass, represents the exclusive responsibility of matter and the expiation of bodily sins in the body. the hands are human, to exhibit the sanctity of labor; they make the sign of esotericism above and below, to impress mystery on initiates, and they point at two lunar crescents, the upper being white and the lower black, to explain the correspondences of good and evil, mercy and justice. the lower part of the body is veiled, portraying the mysteries of universal generation, which is expressed solely by the symbol of the caduceus. the belly of the goat is scaled, and should be colored green, the semicircle above should be blue; the plumage, reaching to the breas

a, australia, and the u.s. between 1980 and 1987 approximately 120 circles appeared in the original area west of london. then a dramatic increase occurred in 1988 with 112 reported. over 300 were reported in 1989 and in 1990 over 1,000. over the years, the original circles gave way to ever more complex patterns, called pictograms, which included circles arranged in geometric patterns, rectangles, crescents, and dumbbell shapes. in the case of concentric rings, the grain is sometimes flattened uniformly, at other times in contrary directions. typically, a new circle appears completely formed over one evening. the area forming the pattern is flattened, while the surrounding grain shows no sign of disturbance. the flattened grain shows no sign of damage other than being bent. explanations of


GILBERT THE SORCERER AND HIS APPRENTICE

trumps of the tarot were thus restored by eliphas levi.7. the chariot.a cubical chariot with four columns, surmounted by an azure and star-decked canopy. within the chariot and between the four columns stands a conqueror crowned with a circlet, from which rise and shine three pentagrams of gold. on his cuirass are three right angles; and on his shoulders the urim and thummim symbolised by the two crescents of the moon in increase and decrease. in his hand is a sceptre surmounted by a globe, a square, and a triangle. his attitude is proud and tranquil. to the chariot is attached a double sphinx, or rather two sphinxes joined together; one of them turns its head, and they both look in the same direction. the sphinx which turns its head towards the78thesorcerer and his apprenticeother is blac

old me that whenever any of the kings of the elements came across the island, anyone who knew could see their footprints, and know what was coming. one day she showed me a mark in the soft ground at the edge of a peat moss.'that'sthe foot of the sea king' she said'heis going up to the heights of the coolins. there will be a rain storm tonight.'themark, whatever it was, was perfectly distinct, six crescents arranged round a circle, quite unlike the track of any beastiam acquainted with.itwas a blue and cloudless day with never a hint of rain,butsure enough at sunset ominous black lurid clouds piled themselves on the peaks of the coolins, and before midnight there came such a deluge of rain asihave seldom seen.'thecrofters certainly get a wonderful weather knowledge' said the schoolmaster 't


JENNINGS HARGRAVE ROSICRUCIANS RITES MYSTERIES

vernal equinox more lately than 15,194 years before christ, to which, if you add 1790 years since christ, it appears that 16,984 years have elapsed since the origin of the zodiac (volney, ruins of empires, 1st english edition, 1792, p. 360. all white things express the celestial and luminous gods; all circular ones, the world, the moon, the sun, the destinies; all semicircular ones, as arches and crescents, are descriptive of the moon, and of lunar deities and meanings. the egyptians, says porphyry, employ every year a talisman in remembrance of the world. at the summer solstice, they mark their houses, flocks, and trees with red* see figs. 190, 191, 192, 195, post. see, also, pp. 47, 48, 52, 53, ante. 172 the rosicrucians. supposing that on that day the whole world had been set on fire. i


JESSUP MK THE CASE FOR THE UFO

sun and moon is preamble to the hassle of watson and swift vs. the "profession" subsequent to the total solar eclipse of july 29, 1878. there can be little doubt but that these objects existed, and that they existed in space; that they are quite commonly seen between the earth and t moon, and at least once between the earth and mercury; that they appear as discs or spheres, spindles or dumbbells. crescents, sackles? two reasons for odd shapes, one electronic-mag-molecular "field" migration due to "coat" on center parts of ships drive units: other, like "sun-dogs" also, an enfused ship, hit by ultra-high polar-infusion wave flames up& often takes these shapes, to some extent. thus you have in effect a force-fied charge over-charging the drive-induction part of the ship. this causes heat, co


MANLY P HALL THE SECRET TEACHINGS OF ALL AGES

e vehicle of the solar energy being numbered seven reveals the arcane truth that the seven planers are the chariots of the solar power which rides victorious in their midst. the four columns supporting the canopy represent the four mighty ones who uphold the worlds represented by the starstrewn drapery. the figure carries the scepter of the solar energy and its shoulders are ornamented with lunar crescents--the urim. and thummim. the sphinxes drawing the chariot resent the secret and unknown power by which the victorious ruler is moved continuously through the various parts of his universe. in certain tarot decks the victor signifies the regenerated man, for the body of the chariot is a cubic stone. the man in armor is not standing in the chariot but is rising out of the cube, thus typifyi


REGARDIE ISRAEL THE COMPLETE GOLDEN DAWN

and. the moon is in its increase on the side of mercy, gedulah, and from it proceed sixteen principal and sixteen secondary rays, which make 32, the number of the paths of yetsirah. she is the moon at the feet of the woman of revelations, ruling equally over the cold and moist natures and the passive elements of earth and water. it is to be noted that the symbol of the sign is formed of two lunar crescents bound together. it thus shows the lunar nature of the sign. the dogs are the jackals of the egyptian anubis, guarding the gates of the east and of the west, shown by the two towers between which lies the path of all the heavenly bodies ever rising in the east and setting in the west. the cray-fish is the sign cancer and was anciently the scarabeus or khephera, the emblem of the sun below

upon a force <37> by right of these names and symbols to manifest, and i should continue this process until some forms appeared. after careful examination, by first receiving the impression and then testing it, i can describe the following. the angelic being, feminine in type, pale brown hair and light grey-eyes, is draped in blue and white, draperies heavy in nature, and wears a crown formed of crescents. she holds in the left hand a curious cup, heavy, and with a squarish base, and in the right a wand with a symbol much much like the positive element of water. the elementals vary in type, the majority being of the mermaid and merman nature, but again many tending to the earth and air nature. turning to the angelic bein i make the= signs and lvx signs, and to the elementals the 0 #f and


RITUEL ET DOGME DE LA HAUTE MAGIE BY ELIPHAS LEVI PART I

the seven planetary influences. the talismans of the seven spirits are engraved either on precious stones, such as the carbuncle, crystal, diamond, emerald, agate, sapphire and onyx, or upon metals, such as gold, silver, iron, copper, fixed mercury, pewter and lead. the kabalistic signs of the seven spirits are: for the sun, a serpent with the head of a lion; for the moon, a globe divided by two crescents; for mars, a dragon biting the hilt of a sword; for venus, a lingam; for mercury, the hermetic caduceus and the cynocephalus; for jupiter, the blazing pentagram in the talons or beak of an eagle; for saturn, a lame and aged man, or a serpent curled about the sun-stone. all these symbols are found on engraved stones of the ancients and especially on those talismans of the gnostic epochs w


RITUEL ET DOGME DE LA HAUTE MAGIE BY ELIPHAS LEVI PART II

ord of fire, the sacred septenary, triumph, royalty, priesthood. hieroglyph, a cubic chariot, with four pillars and an azure and starry drapery. in the chariot, between the four pillars, a victor crowned with a circle adorned with three radiant golden pentagrams. upon his breast are three superposed squares, on his shoulders the urim and thummim of the sovereign sacrificer, represented by the two crescents of the moon in gedulah and geburah; in his hand is a sceptre surmounted by a globe, square and triangle: his attitude is proud and tranquil. a double sphinx or two sphinxes joined at the haunches are harnessed to the chariot; they are pulling in opposite directions, but are looking the same way. they are respectively black and white. on the square which forms the fore part of the chariot


SCHLAGER NEIL WORLD RELIGIONS REFERENCE LIBRARY

other religion lays down certain fixed dogmas and tries to force society to adopt them. it places before society only one coat which must fit jack and john and henry, all alike. if it does not fit john or henry he must go without a coat to cover his body. the hindus have discovered that the absolute can only be realized, or thought of, or stated through the relative, and the images, crosses, and crescents are simply so many symbols so many pegs to hang spiritual ideas on. it is not that this help is necessary for everyone, but those that do not need it have no right to say that it is wrong. nor is it compulsory in hinduism. to the hindu, then, the whole world of religions is only a traveling, a coming up, of different men and women, through various conditions and circumstances, to the sam


TYSON DONALD NEW MILLENNIUM MAGIC

banner of fire, 1vh3, which is linked to leo, gives a cross pattern on the tetragram that cuts twice through the center point and divides the tetragram into four quarters: cardinal mutable fixed if you think of the diamond of the tetragram as a circle, you will see that the cardinal motion is essentially circular, an apt representation of the sun; the muta- ble motion divides the figure into two crescents, and thus represents the active power of the moon; and the fixed motion cuts the figure into four quarters, a per- fect expression of the power of the earth. you will recall the significance of these three primary glyphs from the examination of the planets (see chapter 13. the tetragram may be used to invoke and banish all twenty-four banners of tetragrammaton, the twelve occult forms al


TYSON DONALD THE POWER OF THE WORD

e in the four squares thereof (ezek. 43: 15-6. a square is presumably also the shape of the great white throne of god, which seems to be supported upon, or composed of, the four beasts (rev. 4:6. around the heavenly throne are the twenty-four lesser thrones of the elders, who represent karma, or cause and effect in time, at the most fundamental level. these seats are probably arranged in opposite crescents of six, one circle of twelve above a second circle of twelve, with the upper and lower elders forming pairs that represent the hours of the day and the equivalent hours of the night. for a justification of this division of the seats of the elders, see appendix a, the third and the fourteenth keys. the divisions of the heavenly throne are reflected in the throne of solomon, god's represen

e earth. there is a strong association between the signs and their corresponding houses. in ancient astrology, which was the astrology practiced during the renaissance and elizabethan times, signs and houses are often spoken of as one and the same. if we take our cue from the hieroglyphic monad of john dee, where the zodiac is divided between aries and taurus, the line between the upper and lower crescents of aries and taurus forms a perfect cross of right angles with the line between the left and right crescents of cancer and leo. this cross on the zodiac may have been dee's hidden message, concealed in the structure of the monad symbol. it is the structure of the heavenly throne and the cosmic clock, described below. the use of the word "kingdoms" cannot fail to call to mind the twelve t

orms of the name. below the primary rank of twelve elders sits a second rank of twelve more, as kelley says "in a lower seat under them" this means that each of the overt banners has one of the occult banners, its mirror paired opposite, seated directly beneath it in the lower ring of seats. the division of the two rings of seats reflects the division of the zodiac and houses into solar and lunar crescents, or crescents of day and night. it is important to note that the crescents of the overt banners on the top level are not directly over the crescents of the occult banners below, although the individual seats of the banner pairs are one over the other. the overt circle is divided into left and right crescents, while the lower occult circle is divided into top and bottom crescents, so that

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