Thursday, December 25, 2008

Migration of Symbols

The Migration of Symbols
Count Goblet d'Alviella

"This is a study of the migration and mutation of symbols by a late 19th century Belgian lawyer and Masonic scholar, Count Goblet d'Alviella (b. 1846, d. 1925). Originally published in 1891 in French, this book covers a huge web of interchangeable symbols, which are found over a wide range of cultures through the Near East, India, Europe, and further abroad, notably in Mesoamerica. He attempts to explain the widespread use of symbols such as the Swastika, the Tree of Life, the Winged Globe, the Trident and the Caduceus. Despite the title, d'Alviella does not adhere to one theory; instead he has a whole toolkit, including diffusion, mutation, independent origins and appropriation, as well as psychological, historical and sociological explanations.

He demonstrates that the same symbol can have different interpretations in different cultures and at different times. Such is the case with the swastika, which today is obviously associated with absolute evil, but which has been used historically as a symbol of the Sun's yearly path, and regarded as a good-luck symbol, even to this day, in the far East. With over 150 line illustrations, this book is an invaluable source book for symbologists, and makes fascinating reading for readers interested in the development of religion..."

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Goblet d'Alviella, Eugène. The Migration of Symbols. [London]: A. Constable and Co, 1894.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Planetary Positions Calulator

Planetary Positions

"This page gives the geocentric (earth-centered) positions of the Sun, Moon and the planets. A list of astrological conjunctions is attached. The right ascension is correct to within a couple of minutes. Some of the declinations have reversed signs; this is a known bug (however these are not used in conventional astrology). The position of Pluto will be off by a bit more than the other planets, but accurate to within a degree or two. The algorithm does not take into account interplanetary gravitational interactions; it uses the current orbital characteristics of each planet and interpolates from a known set of values. Hence, the further back or forward in time you set the date to, the less accurate the positions will be; they will be more accurate the closer they are to 1 January 1980. This algorithm does not take into account the precession of the equinox..."

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Hail! Mighty Ancient Nile

Records of the Past, 2nd series, Vol. III
ed. by A.H. Sayce



Adoration to the Nile!
Hail to thee, O Nile!
who manifesteth thyself over this land,
and comest to give life to Egypt!
Mysterious is thy issuing forth from the darkness,
on this day whereon it is celebrated!
Watering the orchards created by Ra [1]
to cause all the cattle to live,
thou givest the earth to drink, inexhaustible one!
Path that descendest from the sky, [2]
loving the bread of Seb and the firstfruits of Nepera,
thou causest the workshops of Ptah [3] to prosper!


Lord of the fish, during the inundation,
no bird alights on the crops.
Thou createst the corn, thou bringest forth the barley,
assuring perpetuity to the temples. [4]
If thou ceasest thy toil and thy work,
then all that exists is in anguish.
If the gods suffer in heaven [1]
then the faces of men waste away.


Then he torments the flocks of Egypt, and great and small are in agony.
But all is changed for mankind when he comes;
he is endowed with the qualities of Num. [2]
If he shines, the earth is joyous,
every stomach is full of rejoicing,
every spine is happy,
every jaw-bone crushes (its food).


He brings the offerings, [3] as chief of provisioning;
he is the creator of all good things,
as master of energy, full of sweetness in his choice.
If offerings are made it is thanks to him.
He brings forth the herbage for the flocks, [4]
and sees that each god receives his sacrifices.
All that depends on him is a precious incense.
He spreads himself over Egypt,
filling the granaries, renewing the marts,
watching over the goods of the unhappy.


He is prosperous to the height of all desires,
without fatiguing himself therefor.
He brings again his lordly bark;
he is not sculptured in stone, in the statues crowned with the uræus serpent,
he cannot be contemplated.
No servitors has he, no bearers of offerings!
He is not enticed by incantations!
None knows the place where he dwells,
None discovers his retreat by the power of a written spell. [1]


No dwelling (is there) which may contain thee!
None penetrates within thy heart!
Thy young men, thy children applaud thee
and render unto thee royal homage.
Stable are thy decrees for Egypt [2]
before thy servants of the North! [3]
He stanches the water from all eyes
and watches over the increase of his good things.


Where misery existed, joy manifests itself;
all beasts rejoice.
The children of Sebek, the sons of Neit, [4]
the cycle of the gods which dwells in him, are prosperous.
No more reservoirs for watering the fields!
He makes mankind valiant,
enriching some, bestowing his love on others.
None commands at the same time as himself.
He creates the offerings without the aid of Neit, [1]
making mankind for himself with multiform care.


He shines when he issues forth from the darkness,
to cause his flocks to prosper.
It is his force that gives existence to all things;
nothing remains hidden for him.
Let men clothe themselves to fill his gardens.
He watches over his works,
producing the inundation during the night. [2]
It is a god Ptah … [3]
He causes all his servants to exist,
all writings and divine words, [4]
and that which he needs in the North.


It is with the words that he penetrates into his dwelling;
he issues forth at his pleasure through the magic spells. [5]
Thy unkindness brings destruction to the fish;
it is then that prayer is made for the (annual) water of the season;
Southern Egypt is seen in the same state as the North.
Each one is with his instruments of labour,
none remains behind his companions.
None clothes himself with garments,
the children of the noble put aside their ornaments.
The night remains silent,
but all is changed by the inundation;
it is a healing-balm for all mankind.


Establisher of justice! mankind desires thee,
supplicating thee to answer their prayers;
thou answerest them by the inundation!
Men offer the first-fruits of corn;
all the gods adore thee!
The birds descend not on the soil.
It is believed that with thy hand of gold
thou makest bricks of silver!
But we are not nourished on lapis-lazuli;
corn alone gives vigour. [1]


A festal song is raised for thee on the harp,
with the accompaniment of the hand. [2]
Thy young men and thy children acclaim thee
and prepare their (long) exercises.
Thou art the august ornament of the earth,
letting thy bark advance before men,
lifting up the heart of women in labour,
and loving the multitude of the flocks.


When thou shinest in the royal city, [1]
the rich man is sated with good things,
the poor man even disdains the lotus;
all that is produced is of the choicest;
all the plants exist for thy children.
If thou hast refused (to grant) nourishment,
the dwelling is silent, devoid of all that is good
the country falls exhausted.


O inundation of the Nile,
offerings are made unto thee,
oxen are immolated to thee,
great festivals are instituted for thee.
Birds are sacrificed to thee,
gazelles are taken for thee in the mountain,
pure flames are prepared for thee. [2]
Sacrifice is made to every god as it is made to the Nile. [3]
The Nile has made its retreats in Southern Egypt,
its name is not known beyond the Tuau. [4]
The god manifests not his forms,
he baffles all conception.


Men exalt him like the cycle of the gods,
they dread him who creates the heat,
even him who has made his son [5] the universal master
in order to give prosperity to Egypt.
Come (and) prosper! come (and) prosper!
O Nile, come (and) prosper!
[O thou who makest men to live through his flocks [1]
and his flocks through his orchards!
Come (and) prosper, come,
O Nile, come (and) prosper!]
This work has been successfully finished and dedicated to the scribe of the treasury Qaqabu [by the scribe Ennana]. [2]
48:1 The orchards of Ra are mentioned in the Book of the Dead, ch. 81.

48:2 This belief in the celestial origin of the Nile survived in Egypt, at all events as late as the time of Joinville (Histoire de Saint-Louis, ch. xl.).

48:3 Ptah is associated with the Nile in a list of divinities represented on a wall of the age of Ramses II at Karnak (Champollion: Not. Manuscrites II. p. 255, where Ptah is called Ptah, pa Hapi aā).

48:4 In the Anastasisi text: "Causing the temples to keep holiday."

49:1 The Nile is not only the dispenser of life to mankind, but also to the gods (see verses 4, 10, 53). In the Hymn it absorbs as it were all the gods, and even takes the place of Ra in verse 14.

49:2 Num, the divine creator, like Ptah, is similar to Ptah in his relation to the Nile. The two verses point out that all life is dependent on the Nile, an idea which is developed to excess in the verses following.

49:3 Funerary offerings made to the ka or "double."

49:4 See verse 14.

50:1 The gods had to submit to the power of incantations and magic formulæ (compare the legend of Ra bitten by a serpent, the romance of Setnau, and numerous passages in the Book of the Dead). The Nile alone was excepted from this law; it remained enshrouded in mystery in its retreat near the two whirlpools often mentioned in the texts and even alluded to by Herodotus.

50:2 So in the Anastasi text. The fixity of the periodic return of the Nile is probably referred to.

50:3 Verse 5 has, however, stated that the Nile had no servants; perhaps the secondary gods are meant here who directed the spread of the waters over Egypt, that is to the north of the whirlpools from whence the Nile rose.

50:4 Neit is often represented with two crocodiles on the breast; her relation to Sebek, the crocodile-god, is difficult to define.

51:1 Neit appears here as the goddess of production; the Nile has no need of Neit (or perhaps the rain) in order to generate the crops; it makes its way throughout the country by means of canals and trenches.

51:2 This seems to be an allusion to the festival of the "Night of the Drop" (Lêlet en-Nuqta), still observed in Egypt on the 5th of June, when the rise of the Nile is supposed to commence. The name is due to the old tradition recorded by Plutarch, according to which the rise of the Nile was caused by a tear which dropped into it from the eye of Isis. In M. Amélineau's Contes et Romans de l’Egypte Chrétiennes, i. p. 17, the rise of the Nile is attributed to the intercession of St. Michael, whose festival is celebrated on the 6th of June; three days before, the archangel prays that the water may rise, since it is "the life of men and animals."

51:3 Unknown word, conjectured by Cook to represent the name of a new god Kabes.

51:4 The Nile inspires Thoth the scribe of the divine utterances.

51:5 The Nile is unaffected by incantations, but serves himself with them at his pleasure in order to manifest himself.

52:1 The Nile is indeed the dispenser of all wealth, but true wealth does not consist in gold or silver, but of the products of agriculture which enable men to live.

52:2 Women are represented on the monuments accompanying the singers by clapping the hands; this custom still survives throughout the East. It is possible that we still possess the festal songs of the Nile, of which Lane has preserved for us some fragments in his work on The Modern Egyptians.

53:1 Probably Thebes, the residence of the Pharaohs at the time when the Hymn was composed. No other city can be meant, as otherwise the mythological texts would have mentioned it. Thebes, moreover, is near Silsilis, where the height of the Nile was measured, as is indicated by the Book of the Dead, chap. 149, and the royal decrees of Silsilis, which institute festivals in honour of the Nile.

53:2 These offerings are mentioned in the decrees of Silsilis.

53:3 See verse 7.

53:4 The other world.

53:5 The Pharaoh.

54:1 From the Anastasi papyrus.

54:2 See the Papyrus Anastasi 7, pl. 7, ll. 5 and 6.


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Herbs: Cassia and Cinnamon

Cassia and Cinnamon - Some Differences

Cassia or Cassia Bark (Cinnamomum aromaticum, synonym C. cassia) is often substituted for Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum and C. Verum) because it is much cheaper to cultivate and is a close relative to cinnamon. Cassia is primarily native to Southern China, Bangladesh, India, and Vietnam. Korintje Indonesian cassia (Cinnamomum burmanni) or Padang cassia is primarily what is imported to North America.

Cinnamon originally hailed from Southern Asia and the West Indies, dates back as far as circa 2700 BCE. This aromatic herb (spice) was grown and used by the early Chinese and Ayurvedic healers as a treatment for fever, diarrhea, digestion, pain, and dental (tooth and gum) ailments, and more. It has been used as an antiseptic to help kill certain types of staph fungi, bacteria, and other micro-organisms. In addition, cinnamon was added to natron (i.e., a natural mineral that is water absorbent and a drying agent) embalming mixtures used by the Ancient Egyptians, during mummification, where the body cavities were filled with this spice as a preservative. The herb (leaf and bark), oil, tonic, tea, and incense are highly useful for medicinal, aromatherapy, culinary, and for magickal (Hoodoo spiritual) purposes—such as:

Astral Projection
Energy (Power)
Love (Lust)
Money Drawing (Wealth)
Purification (Cleansing)

Other Names for Cinnamon:
Ceylon Cinnamon, True Cinnamon
Arabic: Qerfa
Chinese: yook gway
French: cannelle
German: Ceylonzimt, Kaneel
Indian: dal-chini, darchini, dhall cheene
Italian: cannella
Sinhalese: kurundu
Spanish: canela
Tamil: karuvappadai

Other Types of Cassia:
Chinese cassia (Cinnamomum cassia) or Cassia – native to Burma and South China.

Indian cassia (Cinnamomum tamala) – native to India.

Saigon cassia (Cinnamomum loureirii) – native to Indonesia; grown in Korea and Japan.

Oliver’s Bark (Cinnamomum oliveri) – Australian substitute of cassia and cinnamon.

Mossoia Bark (Cinnamomum) – Papua New Guinea substitute for cassia and cinnamon.

All in all, Senna (Senna Genus) and Cassia (Cassia Genus) are both part of the Fabaceae Family while Cinnamon is of Lauraceae Family and the Cinnamomum Genus.

▪ Dr. K.A. Sahure

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Nature, Spirit & Magick

By Larry Cornett


Each plant, animal, rock, and other entity has a spirit
(consciousness resonance matrix). These spirits can join
together, in a hive-mind, as a spirit of an area. Nature spirits
include real biological intelligences, are psychically powerful,
and are much less abstract and controllable than the Elementals
that many magical people who perform all of their rituals indoors
are familiar with. They can be extremely powerful allies. It is
possible to sense nature spirits, to determine if they are
receptive to a ritual planned, and to have them actively
participate in magical workings if they are.


Spectacular physical manifestations can happen when working with
nature spirits in the wild. I have personally seen actual
foxfire mark the boundaries of a magic circle at a location that
was identified as a receptive power spot and attuned to a
planned ritual the day before. I have seen more than one site
attuned for ritual be dry and comfortable, with a round hole in
the clouds overhead, on days that were cold and rainy at other
nearby locations. Birds have joined in rituals, flying around
the circle when energy was being raised; and insects, birds and
animals have joined in chants. In addition, the wind often
responds to invocations. Generally, these spectacular
manifestations happen unexpectedly.

With or without such manifestations, nature spirits often will
channel tremendous amounts of power into the magic being
performed. It is suggested that you do not consciously try for
specific manifestations. Let Nature channel her power into the
magic in her own way. If approached with respect, nature may
give you many pleasant surprises.

Spectacular physical manifestations are not a necessary sign of
success. If you need a spectacular manifestation and nature
spirits know this, you will get it. The best success in magic is
on the inner planes and more subtle than such manifestations.
This success involves beneficial changes in consciousness that
last and helpful chains of synchronicity. In addition, working
with Nature Spirits can also bring a deep sense of partnership
with Nature, and bring new levels of attunement.

To get the best results, perform nature spirit attunement
several hours to several days before the main ritual. The
purposes of such attunement are to find suitable power spots and
to get the help of friendly nature spirits. This timing gives
Nature time to gather her children and to prepare to actively
participate in the main ritual.


If nature spirits are approached with disrespect by attempting
to command them rather than listening to them and inviting them
to work with you, nature spirits may flee, rebel, or attack. I
once attended a ritual by some pseudo-Crowleyites who attempted
to perform the "Ritual of the Barbarous Names" at a power spot in
a forest and then to extend the circle several hundred yards in
all directions.

While the forest in general had loud insect and frog noises, the
area at which the ritual took place got quiet immediately when
the main ritualist declared that all spirits were subject unto
him. The vibes from nature could best be characterized as "Oh
yea, Mother...!" One participant was quickly possessed by an
angry spirit and kept repeating "You killed my children, your
children will never live in peace." When the priestess stepped
out of the boundaries of the original circle, she was attacked by
bees; and bees covered the Book of the Law. Magicians should
know better than to attempt to command spirits whose true names
they do not know!


To make the most out of working magical ritual in the wild, one
should find power spots where nature spirits are receptive to the
ritual planned and approach the spirits with respect, as equals.
In my experience, the most effective power spots for working with
the living intelligences of nature are located in wild areas with
diverse, active ecologies.

When entering a wild area to find a site for a ritual, find a
place that feels good. Then do the following, either
individually or, if in a group, as a guided meditation:

o Relax, while standing upright, and focus on your breathing.
Breathe deep breaths from the diaphragm. Breathe together if
in a group.
- Feel the wind, and let it relax you and awaken your spirit
within, as your deep breathing takes you into non-ordinary
- Picture, in your mind's eye, a light inside you. As you
breathe, feel the light expand, purify and energize you - as
it expands to fill your aura.
- Feel yourself glowing, balanced, purified, and full of power.
- Connect with your inner self (your higher self), and feel
your intuitive self operating.

o Feel yourself as:
- The wind, full of life and intelligence, communicating with
all round.
- The Sunlight, warm, alive, channeling the power to
communicate with nature and energizing all around.
- Water, emotional, intuitive, refreshing, and connected with
- The Earth, and note how your physical body is able to wander
while remaining part of Mother Earth.

o Focus on your spiritual self, and:
- Note the light within and feel it as love,
- Expand the light and love beyond the immediate aura of your
body to the surrounding area - where you will go to find a
power spot and contact nature spirits.

o Telepathically (by thinking while channeling the love and light
energy) send out signals to nature spirits to emerge and be
aware of your presence.
- Say why you have come, and invite them to join in sharing,
mutual celebration, and the work you intend.
- Visualize the light and love energy you are channeling
extending out and merging with the light from distant places.
- Feel the power of the Earth flowing up through your body and
- Feel the power from the sky, and channel this power also to
further energize the carrier signal of light and love for
communicating with nature.
- Visualize the light expanding and merging.
- Continue to send out telepathic signals.

o Now go deeper:
- Close your eyes, sit on the Earth, and feel your connection
while you channel more light and love.
- Continue modulating the light and love with your thoughts -
inviting receptive spirits to join with you and to make
themselves known.
- If in a group, someone should start playing a drum at a rate
of about one beat per second; and you should listen to the
drum and let the drum take you deeper.
- Affirm that you are a nature magician, a medicine person, who
knows and communicates with nature. Let this part of
yourself emerge to full consciousness. Let the drum and the
connection to your inner self awaken that part of yourself
that naturally communicates with other life forms. Let it
awaken your telepathic senses.
- Continue sending telepathic signals to nature.
- When you feel ready and an inner urge to begin, open your
eyes a crack and look around, while continuing to channel
love and light and telepathically calling for a response.
- You may see light coming from certain areas that are
receptive. You may get other signals, such as a feeling of
power or love returning in a certain direction. Perhaps the
type of response to this work will be unexpected; follow your
intuition in interpreting it.

- You may test your connection by communicating (mentally)
instructions for signals for yes/no responses (such as light
getting brighter for less and darker for no) and then
mentally ask questions and observe the responses.

o When you have found an areas that seems to be responsive and
receptive, begin walking to the area, while beaming love
energy. Extend your aura to the area and sense the energy.


o Before entering a power spot, ask permission to enter. If the
response is good, enter; if not, locate another more receptive

o When entering the power spot, look around. Perhaps the
responsive energy will be concentrated around some singularity
(a bush, a tree, a specific branch, a moss covered rock, or
other entity that stands out). Perhaps the energy will be more
general. Use your intuition and feedback from the spirits to
guide your actions.

o If it feels right, send out a signal that you would like to
touch the singularity (or the ground) for better communication.
If the response is good, approach beaming love energy, and then
touch or hug the singularity (or the ground).

o Treat the spirits as you would other Pagans you meet for the
first time - be sensitive, open, and listen.


o Now that you have made contact with spirits that seem
receptive, deepen the communication:
- Breathe deep breaths from the diaphragm, and with each
breath, feel more refreshed.
- Now imagine that your spine is the trunk of a tree; and, from
its base, roots extend deep into the Earth. Deep into the
rich moist Earth.
- With every breath, feel the roots extending deeper,
- Feel the energy deep within the Earth and within the waters
of the Earth. Feel your roots absorbing nourishment from the
Earth and from its waters.
- Feel the moist, warm energy rising.
- Feel it bursting up from the Earth and rising up your spine,
like sap rises in a tree.
- Feel the energy rise to your crown chakra (at the top of your
- Now imagine that you have branches, branches that sweep up
and then bend down towards the Earth, like the limbs of a
- Feel the branches extending and interweaving with your

- Feel the warm, moist energy of the Earth flowing through your
branches. As it flows, feel yourself being purified,
centered, and connected to the Earth.
- Feel the power from the Earth flowing through your branches
and then down back to the Earth, like a fountain.
- Note how your branches absorb energy from the air. Also,
feel them receiving light (fire) from the sky.
- Feel the energy from above penetrating deep through your body
into the Earth.
- Feel the warmth of the Earth rising also.
- Feel the energy circulating.

o Notice how your branches intertwine with the branches of energy
surrounding you.
- Feel the energy dancing among your branches and the branches
around you.
- Notice how your roots also intertwine with underground energy
- Feel the energy dancing between your roots and the
surrounding energy patterns.
- Notice how you and the life around you are rooted in the
same Earth, breathing the same air, receiving the same fire,
drinking the same water, sharing the same underlying
essence. You are one with the magical grove.

o Telepathically mention the time in the past when nature spirits
and people communicated regularly and the need to establish
such communication now.

o Test your connection by asking questions and observing the


o Explain to the spirits the purpose of your coming to them and
the nature of the ritual you plan.

o If the spirits you contacted are receptive:
- Explain to them the details of the ritual and invite them to
provide ideas.
- Listen, you may receive suggestions on how to improve the
ritual. Such suggestions may come in the form of hunches,
visions, answers to yes/no questions using pre-arranged
signals, or in other ways.
- Explain what type of space is needed and ask what the best
place to perform the ritual is.
- You may see light or get other psychic signals leading you
to other sites, or you may be at one of them.
- You may also ask what the best places for other aspects of
the planned work are (picnicking, individual vision quests,
- If preparation of the site is needed (removing briars,
preparing a fire circle, etc.) ask permission of the spirits
before proceeding with such action.

- Before you leave the power spot, tell the spirits you have
contacted when you plan to return to do the ritual
(visualizing the associated lunar and solar aspects can help
with this communication).
- Invite them to join in the ritual when you return and to
bring their friends.
- Ask if it would be best to return silently, with drums, with
chanting, or with some other form of approach.
- You can also ask the spirits to provide guidance for working
in balance and to provide a teacher to provide further
o Before you leave the power spot:
- Thank the spirits,
- Channel love energy,
- Trigger your memory of the experience, and
- If it feels right, leave an offering of tobacco, or beer and
honey poured on the ground (or other suitable material).

o Leave in peace and love.

o Proceed to other sites that were indicated by the spirits,
doing similar meditations at each site.

o If you need something, like a staff, a Maypole, or a wand, you
can also ask where you can find it and follow the guidance you
receive (not slavishly, but as you would guidance from another

o Before leaving the general area in which you found power spots
and contacted nature spirits:
- Channel love energy towards the receptive sites you found,
- Thank the spirits of the land,
- Pull back your roots and branches,
- Ground any excess energy into the Earth (placing your hands
on the Earth, breathe in any excess energy, and channel the
energy down your arms, while visualizing and feeling the
energy going into the Earth), and
- Leave in peace and love.

o Naturally, you should leave the area at least as clean, and
preferably cleaner, than you found it.

o If you work with techniques of Wicca or Ceremonial Magic, you
may find that by casting a circle, calling the Elements, the
Goddess, the Gods, and the local nature spirits while you are
at receptive sites, you may be able to greatly increase

o Through the use of drums and other power raising techniques, it
is even possible to energize receptive nature spirits. The
results can be very interesting. If with a coven, such circles
can be done as part of a group attunement to a power spot you
have located.

o If you do not get good feelings in response to your explanation
of the ritual and are unable to come up with a ritual that
gives good responses, do not try to force a good response. You
would only be fooling yourself.
- Thank the spirits for their attention.
- Ask them why they are not receptive (if it feels right and
they are communicative).
- Trigger your memory.
- Pull back your "roots and branches," return any excess
energy you feel into the Earth.
- If it feels appropriate, leave an offering of tobacco or
other appropriate material, out of respect for the spirits.
- Move to a more receptive site.

o If it is hard to find a site that is really receptive, you
- Consider any impressions you got of why the nature spirits
weren't receptive in the area you were in, and re-think your
plans for a ritual, as necessary and appropriate.
- It may also be appropriate to look for another general area
in which to find a suitable power site that is receptive to
the work planned.


It can be very powerful to purify and center yourself and to
attune to the spirits of the land using the techniques previously
described for calling nature spirits immediately upon returning
to the site.

Often, individuals may have found small specific power spots to
which they have a special attunement, where the spirits are
interested in participating; but where the site is too small, has
too much vegetation, or is otherwise unsuitable for the main
ritual. Individual attunement to the spirits in such areas and
inviting them to participate in the main ritual can be
Then approach the main ritual site using the previously arranged
technique. You should have the details worked out with the
spirits of the land. An exceptionally powerful technique
involves doing a procession through or past receptive power
spots, inviting nature spirits to join as you pass each power
spot, and then moving to the central power spot for the main
ritual. If participants are at individual power spots, they can
join the procession as it passes nearby.

When consecrating space in the wild, or casting a circle, do not
set up the perimeter as a barrier to all outside forces; it
should be a beacon to attract friendly nature spirits, a
container for holding magical power, and a barrier to spirits
who it isn't right to be with.

One thing that is fun and worthwhile in nature is to bring
instruments, such as a rattle, a flute and/or a drum, to tune in
to nature's sounds, and to make music in time to nature's
sounds. You may be able to get some very interesting back and
forth exchanges of music going with selected creatures of the
wild, and get into an amazing jam session.

After the work is complete, be sure to thank the spirits for
their participation. Libations and other offerings may also be
left for the spirits during and/or after the ritual.


There are other ways of working with nature spirits. This is one
approach. The author thanks Selena Fox for teaching the basic
guided meditation technique for locating and contacting nature
spirits at a tranceworking session sponsored by the Chameleon
Club (part of the Association for Consciousness Exploration) in
1981, Vicky Smith for editorial review of this article, Isaac
Bonewitz for the outline of the expanded tree meditation, and
Carlos Castenada, Black Eagle, Pasha, the Goddess, the Gods, and
various nature spirits for teaching the rest of the good methods.

Most of this article is an expansion of an article by the author
titled "Finding a Sacred Grove for Druid Initiation" by Larry
Cornett, published in The Druid's Progress and in Amaranth


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Monday, December 1, 2008

Zodiacal Gems

The Book of Talismans, Amulets and Zodiacal Gems [1922] by William Thomas and Kate Pavitt


The following notes are written in the hope that they may put readers upon their guard against some common deceptions and prevent disappointment which with a little knowledge can be avoided.

The qualities which make gems valuable are beauty of colour, brilliancy or fire, and hardness, in which they excel all other substances known.

A large variety of coloured stones come from Ceylon, and many tourists and travellers buy stones there in the hope of securing bargains, a hope that in the majority of cases does not materialise. Dealers in gems are amongst the shrewdest of mankind, and from continually handling and examining stones become wonderfully keen in judging them from their appearance and feel, and are very seldom mistaken in distinguishing the real from the imitation, and no novice will get the better of them in a deal, so that intending purchasers who have no practical experience of gems are advised to buy from established firms with a reputation to lose, or on the advice of an expert, rather than rely upon their own judgment.

Before the full beauty of a stone can be appreciated it has to be cut and polished, either with facets, or in the form known as cabochon. Practically all transparent stones are cut with facets, the best and most popular form being the "brilliant" cut (as shown in Illustration No. 1 of the Frontispiece) which has been. found so effective with diamonds that the term "brilliant" has become the recognised name for a diamond cut in this manner.

With oblong stones "trap" cutting is followed, Emeralds being the principal stones cut in this fashion (as shown in No. 4 of Frontispiece). "Rose" cutting is the form generally adopted with very small diamonds nowadays, although it is a much older form than the brilliant, and large antique stones are to be found cut in this fashion, culminating in a point formed by six triangular facets in place of the table of the brilliant. Semi-transparent and opaque stones, such as Moonstones, Opals, Agates, Turquoises, and Cornelians are usually cut en cabochon (as shown in the stones illustrated in Nos. 3, 6, and 7 of the Frontispiece), and Amethysts, Rubies, Emeralds, and Sapphires are also frequently cut in this fashion.

For years past scientists have been experimenting in the manufacture of precious stones, and with so much success that reconstructed stones have been put on the market and are now fairly universally used. These stones are made up from fragments of small genuine stones which are fused together by a continuous and very powerful flame directed on the mass whilst it is kept in motion, resulting in a solid lump that can be cut and polished in the same way as the natural mineral. This has been very successfully done with Rubies, some having been produced which passed every test save that of the microscope, which revealed numerous minute bubbles of a rounded shape invisible to the naked eye, and in greater quantities than would be found in the natural stones wherein the bubbles are more rectangular in shape. These Rubies, and also reconstructed Sapphires and Emeralds, are on sale everywhere at the present time, so that intending buyers of precious stones should ask their jewellers to guarantee that they are buying natural and not reconstructed stones.

All transparent gems may be roughly divided into two classes, singly and doubly refracting, a ray of light passing through being refracted or thrown back according to the nature of the stone. If, therefore, a lighted candle is placed in a darkened corner of a room and is looked at through a stone focussed between the eye and the candle, if the stone is a doubly refracting one two images of the flame will appear, and if it is singly refracting, one only will be seen. Stones that are doubly refractive are Ruby, Beryl, Topaz, Sapphire, Emerald, Tourmaline, Peridot, Chrysolite, Aquamarine, Amethyst, Jargoon, Zircon, and Crystal. Singly refracting stones are Diamonds, Spinels, and Garnets; glass also is singly refracting.

One of the simplest and most effective methods of testing the genuineness of a gem is to try if it is affected by filing with a small jeweller's file; care must be taken, however, in its use, as the facets of even some of the hardest stones are easily chipped. If the file scratches the stone it may be taken to be glass, or composition.

Combination stones, known as "Doublets," are frequently sold as genuine stones; in these the top part is made of the real stone and the lower part of crystal, glass, or composition, so that for their detection the bottom part as well as the top must be tried with the file. "Triplets" are another form of deception. In this case the tops and bottoms of the stones are genuine and the centre part is imitation: To detect this the gem should be held in a small pair of forceps, or corn tongs, in a cup of clear water, when the different parts of the stone will be plainly seen.

White Sapphires, Jargoons, and Aquamarines are sometimes mistaken for diamonds; but the White Sapphire will frequently have a suggestion of cloudiness, and the Jargoon or Zircon, though very hard, is brittle and chips easily, soon showing signs of wear. White Aquamarines usually have a slight bluish or greenish tint. White Topazes and Rock Crystal are not so brilliant and full of life as the other white stones, and all these are doubly refracting, whilst the Diamond is single.

Imitation Sapphires are as a rule harsher in colour than the real stone, which is soft and rich in the quality of its colour.

Pearls are imitated with great skill, and are difficult to detect. They are usually lighter than the real Pearls, and if drilled the holes are seldom as small, and show marks of chipping and breaking round the edges. Pearls lose their lustre and deteriorate with age and the effect of gas and acids, and should be carefully wiped with a clean cloth after being worn, and in order to retain their brilliancy should be kept in dry magnesia.

Amber is imitated with glass and various compositions, glass being colder and harder to the touch and heavier than real Amber; whilst celluloid, which is frequently used, if rubbed briskly on a piece of cloth, will give off a noticeable odour of camphor which is largely used in its composition.

Opals and Turquoises, being porous, are affected by potash which is commonly used in the manufacture of soap, and also by oily or greasy substances; they should also be kept from contact with scent, as the spirit used in its. manufacture will very soon spoil the colour of Turquoises.

In conclusion, to ascertain if a transparent stone has any flaws it should be breathed upon until its lustre is temporarily dimmed, when any flaws or imperfections that exist can readily be seen.


Thursday, November 27, 2008

Ancient Egyptian Funerary Text: Utterance 553

Resurrection, Meal, and Ascension of the Deceased King,
Utterance 553.

1353a. To say: Geb has raised thee up; this thy spirit has been guarded for thee.

1353b. Thy mns-jar remains; thy mns-jar is caused to remain.

1353c. Thou art more exalted than Shu and Tefnut in the house of Ḥtmw.t (the destroyer), N.,

1354a. for thou art verily a spirit who wast nursed by Nephthys with her left breast.

1354b. Osiris has given to thee the spirits; take the eye of Horus to thee.

1355a. These thy four ways which are before the grave of Horus

1355b. are those whereon one goes (lit. goes a going) to the god

p. 220

as soon as the sun sets (or, as far as the setting of the sun).

1356a. He takes hold of thine arm, after Seker, chief of Pdw-š purified thee,

1356b. (and he conducted thee) to thy throne which is in ḳbḥ.w.

1357a. Raise thyself up, spirit of N.; sit, eat thou;

1357b. let thy ka be seated, that he may eat bread and beer with thee without ceasing for ever and ever.

1358a. Thy going is as a representative of Osiris;

1358b. thy feet hit thine arms;

1358c. they bring thee to thy feasts,

1358d. to thy white teeth, (to) thy fingernails, (to) the Dw.f-nome.

1359a. Thou ferriest over as the great bull to the green fields,

1359b. to the pure places of Rē‘.

1360a. Raise thyself up, spirit of N.; thy water belongs to thee, thine abundance belongs to thee;

1360b. thine efflux belongs to thee, which issued from the secretion of Osiris.

1361a. The double doors of heaven are open for thee; the double doors of ḳbḥ.w are undone for thee;

1361b. the double doors of the tomb are open for thee; the double doors of Nut are unfastened for thee.

1362a. "Greeting," says Isis; "ferry on in peace," says Nephthys,

1362b. after she had seen thy father, Osiris, on the day of the mm.t-feast (or, of feasting him who is in need ?).

1362c. Elevated is the ddb.t-chapel of the double ’itr.t-palace of the North, thy Grg.w-bȝ.

1363a. Raise thyself up; shake off thy dust;

1363b. remove the dirt which is on thy face; loose thy bandages.

1363c. They are indeed not bandages; they are the locks of Nephthys.

13 64a. Travel over the southern regions; travel over the northern regions;

1364b. be seated on thy firm throne.

1364c. Anubis, who is chief of the sḥ-ntr, commands that thy spirit be behind thee, that thy might be in thy body,

1364d. that thou remain Chief of the mighty ones (or, spirits).

1365a. Thou purifiest thyself with these thy four nmś.t-jars,

1365b. (with) the špn.t and ‘ȝt-jar, which come from the sḥ-ntr for thee, that thou mayest become divine.

p. 221

1365c. The sky weeps for thee; the earth trembles for thee;

1366a. the śmnt.t-woman laments for thee; the great min.t mourns for thee;

1366b. the feet agitate for thee; the hands wave for thee,

1366c. when thou ascendest to heaven as a star, as the morning star.

1367a. N. is come to thee, his father; he is come to thee, Geb;

1367b. he is united with your dead, O gods.

1367c. Let him sit on the great throne, on the lap of his father Mḫnti-'irti;

1368a. let him purify his mouth with incense and natron; let him purify his nails upper and lower.

1368b. Let one do for him what was done for his father, Osiris, on the day of assembling the bones,

1368c. of making firm (or, adjusting) the sandals, of crossing the feet (i.e. when ferrying over).

1369a. To thee come the wise and the understanding;

1369b. to thee comes the southern ’itr.t-palace,

1369c. to thee comes the northern ’itr.t-palace, with a salutation,

1369d. (thou) who endurest eternally at the head of the mighty ones.

Excerpted from:
The Pyramid Texts
Translation by Samuel A. B. Mercer
[1952, copyright not renewed]

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Divination: A Definition

According to the Temple of Kemetic Wicca, "divination" is the act of divining or discovering of what is obscure, hidden, or unseen from an esoteric mystickal framework; the foretelling or prognostication of future events or outcomes by way of occult, supernatural, augurium (augury), and/or other spiritual means, including—prophecy, instinctive pre-vision, conjecture, and conjuration; a spiritual / mystickal / magickal methodology, rite, ceremony, or keen observation of a diviner or augur; e.g. (exempli gratia), auspicium.

"Auspicium Melioris Ævi"
(An Omen of a Better Age or Augury of a Better Age)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Church of Lukumi Babalu Aye v. City of Hialeah

Merry Meet,

To my fellow Santeros (Babalawos and Padrinos), Santeras (Iyanifas and Madrinas), et al:

With the recent upheaval and in light of Santerian Priest Rafael Giral ["Animal Cruelty Case Goes to Court" - 30 Oct 2008 - Source:], across the United States, concerning religious / devotional animal sacrificing--I must urge everyone to know your Constitutional rights (and the local ordinances for the geographic location where you reside, preside, and practice your freedom of religion and religious choice). Below is the synopsis of the landmark 1993 Supreme Court decision concerning "Church of Lukumi Babalu Aye v. City of Hialeah". And do not forget about Wicca becoming recognized as a religion, in 1986, via the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit case "Dettmer v. Landon":


If ever has a time arrived, we must show our support of and for our religio-spiritual calling! We all should have become quite weary and very tiresome of the religious intolerance and ignorance perpetrated upon us by certain factions within the United States of America and abroad! We should never bow down to supidity!

Merry Part,
Summum Bonum,
Reverend Dr. K.A. Sahure VIº, DD, MscD (DMet)
Elder Arch High Priest & Arch Heirophant
Temple of Kemetic Wicca

U.S. Supreme Court

508 U.S. 520
No. 91-948
Argued November 4, 1992
Decided June 11, 1993

Petitioner church and its congregants practice the Santeria religion, which employs animal sacrifice as one of its principal forms of devotion. The animals are killed by cutting their carotid arteries, and are cooked and eaten following all Santeria rituals except healing and death rites. After the church leased land in respondent city and announced plans to establish a house of worship and other facilities there, the city council held an emergency public session and passed, among other enactments Resolution 87-66, which noted city residents' "concern" over religious practices inconsistent with public morals, peace, or safety, and declared the city's "commitment" to prohibiting such practices; Ordinance 87-40, which incorporates the Florida animal cruelty laws and broadly punishes "[w]hoever . . . unnecessarily or cruelly . . . kills any animal," and has been interpreted to reach killings for religious reasons; Ordinance 87-52, which defines "sacrifice" as "to unnecessarily kill . . . an animal in a . . . ritual . . . not for the primary purpose of food consumption," and prohibits the "possess[ion], sacrifice, or slaughter" of an animal if it is killed in "any type of ritual" and there is an intent to use it for food, but exempts "any licensed [food] establishment" if the killing is otherwise permitted by law; Ordinance 87-71, which prohibits the sacrifice of animals, and defines "sacrifice" in the same manner as Ordinance 87-52; and Ordinance 87-72 which defines "slaughter" as "the killing of animals for food" and prohibits slaughter outside of areas zoned for slaughterhouses, but includes an exemption for "small numbers of hogs and/or cattle" when exempted by state law. Petitioners filed this suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging violations of their rights under, inter alia, the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. Although acknowledging that the foregoing ordinances are not religiously neutral, the District Court ruled for the city, concluding, among other things, that compelling governmental interests in preventing public health risks and cruelty to animals fully justified the absolute prohibition on ritual sacrifice accomplished by the ordinances, and that an exception to that prohibition for religious conduct would unduly interfere with fulfillment of the governmental interest, because any more narrow restrictions would [508 U.S. 520, 521] be unenforceable as a result of the Santeria religion's secret nature. The Court of Appeals affirmed.

The judgment is reversed.
936 F.2d 586, (CA 11 1991) reversed.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Musing: Hoodoo, Voodoo...

"Hoodoo, or Voodoo, is burning with a flame in America, with all intensity of a suppressed religion. It has its thousands of secret adherents."
~ Zora Neale Hurston

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Musing: Corporate America Bailouts

It would be absolutely wonderful if the average financially struggling American citizen could just as easily visit with the U.S. Congress and demand to be financially rescued...just another pork barrel.

It is a perceived notion that the citizenry of the United States of America has a say so in preventing the Congressional Insanity, concerning Corporate America Bailouts, from continuing to spread any further.

Wake up, America!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Musing: Moral Sense

". . . a man's moral sense suffers loss just as trees suffer under the axe."
~ Mencius

Saturday, November 8, 2008

A Candle Chant

© Wystira Moonsinger

Before lighting your candle(s), you could chant the following:

Candle of power, candle of might,
Bring me my desires on this special night,
May Power flow from this candle's fire.
Bring to me what I desire
My words have strength and power.
So Mote It Be!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Hail! To The New Chief

Many congratulations to President Elect Senator Barack Obama!

The Priests & Priestesses of the Temple of Kemetic Wicca send much positive energies, our blessings and prayers, to the First Afrikan American Presidential Family of the United States of America.

Em hetep,
Blessed Be!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

From "The Doctrine of the Mean"

As the natural cycle of our New Year is upon us, let us all reflect upon the following words from Confucius:

"While there are no stirrings of pleasure, anger, sorrow, or joy, the
mind may be said to be in the state of Equilibrium. When those
feelings have been stirred, and they act in their due degree, there
ensues what may be called the state of Harmony. This Equilibrium is
the great root from which grow all the human actings in the world, and
this Harmony is the universal path which they all should pursue.

Let the states of equilibrium and harmony exist in perfection, and a
happy order will prevail throughout heaven and earth, and all things
will be nourished and flourish."

Excerpted from -
The Doctrine of the Mean
(circa 450 –500 BCE)
By Confucius
Translated by James Legge [1893]

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Liber II: Liber Legis

Liber II
The Message of
The Master Therion
This Epistle first appeared in The Equinox III(1)
(Detroit: Universal, 1919).
The quotations are from Liber Legis-The Book of the Law.-H.B.

Copyright (c) Ordo Templi Orientis


"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.''
"There is no Law beyond Do what thou wilt.''
"The word of the Law is Velhma.''
Velhma--Thelema--means Will.

The Key to this Message is this word-Will. The first obvious meaning of this Law is confirmed by antithesis; "The word of Sin is Restriction.''

Again: "Thou hast no right but to do thy will. Do that and no other shall say nay. For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect.''

Take this carefully; it seems to imply a theory that if every man and every woman did his and her will--the true will--there would be no clashing. "Every man and every woman is a star,'' and each star moves in an appointed path without interference. There is plenty of room for all; it is only disorder that creates confusion.

From these considerations it should be clear that "Do what thou wilt'' does not mean "Do what you like.'' It is the apotheosis of Freedom; but it is also the strictest possible bond.

Do what thou wilt--then do nothing else. Let nothing deflect thee from that austere and holy task. Liberty is absolute to do thy will; but seek to do any other thing whatever, and instantly obstacles must arise. Every act that is not in definite course of that one orbit is erratic, an hindrance. Will must not be two, but one.

Note further that this will is not only to be pure, that is, single, as explained above, but also "unassuaged of purpose.'' This strange phrase must give us pause. It may mean that any purpose in the will would damp it; clearly the "lust of result'' is a thing from which it must be delivered.

But the phrase may also be interpreted as if it read "with purpose unassuaged''--i.e., with tireless energy. The conception is, therefore, of an eternal motion, infinite and unalterable. It is Nirvana, only dynamic instead of static--and this comes to the same thing in the end.

The obvious practical task of the magician is then to discover what his will really is, so that he may do it in this manner, and he can best accomplish this by the practices of Liber Thisarb (see Equinox I(7), p. 105) or such others as may from one time to another be appointed.

Thou must (1) Find out what is thy Will. (2) Do that Will with a) one-pointedness, (b) detachment, (c) peace.

Then, and then only, art thou in harmony with the Movement of Things, thy will part of, and therefore equal to, the Will of God. And since the will is but the dynamic aspect of the self, and since two different selves could not possess identical wills; then, if thy will be God's will, Thou art That.

There is but one other word to explain. Elsewhere it is written-- surely for our great comfort--"Love is the law, love under will.''

This is to be taken as meaning that while Will is the Law, the nature of that Will is Love. But this Love is as it were a by-product of that Will; it does not contradict or supersede that Will; and if apparent contradiction should arise in any crisis, it is the Will that will guide us aright. Lo, while in The Book of the Law is much of Love, there is no word of Sentimentality. Hate itself is almost like Love! "As brothers fight ye!'' All the manly races of the world understand this. The Love of Liber Legis is always bold, virile, even orgiastic. There is delicacy, but it is the delicacy of strength. Mighty and terrible and glorious as it is, however, it is but the pennon upon the sacred lance of Will, the damascened inscription upon the swords of the Knight-monks of Thelema.

Love is the law, love under will.


Saturday, October 18, 2008

Regarding the Alaskan Govenor...

"A Shout Out To Sarah Palin"
HPS Deborah Blake

This is a video response to Sarah Palin, Witchhunting, and her Wacky Church:

Additional Resource:
"Pagan Author Responds to Sarah Palin"

Endnote: The divide between Alternative Spiritualists and mainstream religious followers continues to widen no matter how much we (Pagans, Witches, Shamans, etc.) attempt to educate the general populace about earth / nature-based religions. What truly annoys me, in this day and age, is that the mainstream religious mindset continues to be steeped in fear, misconception, and ignorance primarily on their own part because these folks are not willing to expand their myopic panorama of religio-spiritual knowledge and tolerance (outside of their own fundamentalist and evangelical belief systems) let alone work together with everyone for the common good of all humankind....

Summum Bonum,

▪ Frater Kheti
Elder HP
Temple of Kemetic Wicca

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Musing: U.S. Homeland Security

"Those who would give up essential Liberty,
to purchase a little temporary Safety,
deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

~ Benjamin Franklin ~

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Musing: Freedom of Thought & Speech

"Without freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech."

~ Benjamin Franklin ~

Monday, October 13, 2008

Musing: Morality

To teach morality is neither to preach nor to indoctrinate; it is to explain.

~ Émile Durkheim

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The I Ching

I Ching (Yi Ying or Yi Jing), a divination and oracle tool, is also known as the ancient Chinese Book of Changes or the Book of Transformation. It is a textual reference and resource of and about Chinese philosophy, prognostication, and intuitive spiritual perception based on the concepts of and theories derived from Yin and Yang, the universal cycles of transformation or change, wisdom, nature and its elementals (i.e., earth, air, fire, and water), and science. The practice of I Ching dates back some 5,000 years ago with many practical uses in modern times for predicting future events, outcomes, and activities. The ancient Chinese consulted the I Ching so as to become more aware of change within their lives (such as with their finances and social relationships) and surroundings.

Although the Book of Changes was originally used for divination purposes, it has uniquely influenced Chinese spiritual thought and philosophy in a way that brings together human beings and nature into a single cosmological system within the universe. Keep in mind that the I Ching is, in its origin, a book of symbology or symbols long before and well before it evolved into a written language or linguistic form. The Gua are displayed and represented as symbols only.

Emperor Wen Wang was the founder of the Chou Dynasty (c. 1111–255 BCE); and according to many historians, he originally formed the 64 I Ching hexagrams and wrote the Confucian classic book of I Ching. The emperor and sage Fu Hsi (reigned 2852-2737 BCE) is said to have discovered the eight (8) I Ching trigrams on the back of a tortoise.

The two primary philosophical schools of I Ching are:

[a] Moral and Reason (Confucian) School -
The Confucian School of studying the I Ching which teaches the Art of Understanding the I Ching.

[b] Symbol and Number (Taoist) School -
The Taoist School of studying the I Ching which teaches the Science of Understanding the I Ching.

As mentioned, I Ching is a divination and oracle tool for convening with universal spirituality:
Briefly, divination is the spiritual art, metaphysical science, and practice of attuning with a single deity or deities (such as a pantheon of gods and goddesses).

An oracle may be defined as a person (such as, a priest, priestess, shaman, medium, etc.), instrument (such as, Tarot, Ouija, I Ching coins and cards, Runes, etc.), or source of divine communication between you or a psychic medium and the spirit realms.

To be continued . . . and coming soon -

How the I Ching works (with yarrow stalks, coins, etc.) and how it can help you in your daily life . . .

Earth - Greater Yin

© 2005 Kheti Metaphysical Institute,
Dr. K. A. Sahure & Sifu H.A. Diop

Revised 10.2008 CE by
Dr. P.M. Lorca, D.D., D.Met.
Temple of Kemetic Wicca

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Musing: I Ching

Meditate upon the mysticism of the I Ching as you ponder the inner vision of its ultimate spiritual and numerological wisdom throughout your daily life...

~Dok Kheti

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Musing: Judgment

Some small sacrifices may be called for in order to attain your larger goal.

Generally favorable.

I Ching
[1985, 1987]
K. and R. Huang

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Musing: Shamanic Thought

"In shamanic thinking all natural forces are considered as sentient beings, capable of thought, motivation, and with individual wills। Native American shamans respond directly to the interplay of elements within their environments, such as the relationship established between sun, sand, sky and trees . . ."

▪ Excerpted from -
Shamanism in North America [2002]
by Dr. Norman Bancroft Hunt

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Buddhism in Tibet


"This mid-19th Century work is one of the few public domain descriptions of Tibetan Buddhism we have found. Desipte the sketchy knowledge of Buddhism in Europe at the time, this has a surprising level of detail about the subject, due to the pioneering field work of the authors' brothers. Some of the information in this book about sacred documents, divination methods, calendrical systems, as well as details of rituals and ritual objects is unique..."

Full Text -

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Shamanic Musing 09.09.08

"Mira! Look!
The Raven eye-to-eye
And then
Learn of
The Raven's tongue
Is indeed
A conduit
Of all

As is,
The Eye of
The Tiger!

Blessed Be
The Eye of
The Raven!"

By Frater Kheti VIº,

Ab Templum Condita,
Temple of Kemetic (Egyptian) Wicca
© Renpet MCMLXXIX C.E. (Common Era)

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Musing: Xtian (Christian) Wicca

The roots of today's so-called "mainstream (Abrahamic) world religions" have absolutely evolved out of culturally indigenous religio-spiritual practices of our ancestors.

The prevailing "rhetorical" questions remain:

1. Who "borrowed" from whom?
(This answer is obvious based upon historical truths!)

2. Are not all so-called Abrahamic world religions of today Pagan in deference to the same culturally indigenous religio-spiritual practices of our ancestors?

All in all, and please take note of the true and actual definition, meaning, or etymology (i.e., the study of the origin and history of words) of the terms Wicca, Witchcraft, Pagan, Witch, Paganism, etc. None of these words or terminologies actually support what the misinformed mainstream religious "pundits" have created, promoted, disseminated, and perpetuated for centuries through the here and now!

Thus, how does anyone proclaim or affirm that there is a spiritual connection between the diverse belief systems of Wicca (nature-based, polytheistic, pantheistic, matriarchal and patriarchal, and goddess (yin)-god (yang) forms) and Christianity (monotheistic and patriarchal ONLY--and always out of balance and out of synchronization
within the universe, the universal forces of nature, the energies of life and spirit within the cosmos which has contributed majorly to chaos globally during all of our mundane presentations of everyday life).


Frater Kheti A. Sahure
Temple of Kemetic Wicca

Monday, July 28, 2008

Musing 07.28.08

Concerning ethnocultural practices from the ancient to the modern, one must distinguish between what is in fact indigenous cultural community, culinary, ritual, and religio-spiritual practices. These practices should be learned about, studied, taught, and understood first and foremost so that there is no ambiguity regarding the vast differences between cultures. By doing so, one begins to loosen his or her personal bonds (restraints) of ignorance thus increasing one's knowledge, understanding, and tolerance of ethnocultural practices different from one's own.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Fear and Ignorance

"...fear feeds on ignorance and starves on a diet of fact."
~ Bon Houngan Reve We Chemen Ginen,

Vodou Shaman [2003]

Monday, July 21, 2008

Codex Sinaiticus

"1,600-year-old version of Bible goes online
Technology brings one of oldest cultural artifacts accessible to everyone..."

Full Story -

Editorial Note:
One should ponder how the Codex Sinaiticus compares and will be compared with the Aramaic, Coptic, Latin, Syriac, etc. versions (i.e., interpretations).

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Of Matter, Consciousness, and Occult Metaphysics

The Consciousness of the Atom
Alice A. Bailey


Saturday, July 19, 2008

Earth Religions Legal Assistance Network

Earth Religions Legal Assistance Network

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Truth Be Known

"Truth Be Known
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Monday, July 14, 2008

Musing 07.14.08

"The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams."

▪ Og Mandino

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Pagan Musing 07.13.08

Our Goddess is a Lady of Joy
The winds are Her servants.

Excerpted from
A Book of Pagan Rituals
Herman Slater, ed.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Update: Antiquus Research Project

The Antiquus Research Group (AR eGroup) is pleased to announce the addition of the following new research projects:

1. Ancient Calendars
2. Biblical Deceptions and Misconceptions
3. Quantum Metaphysics
4. Quantum Occult Metaphysics
5. Applied Occult Metaphysics Series (Journal)

Copyright © 2008 Antiquus Research, Antiquus Research Group (AR eGroup)

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Witchcraft in Western Europe

The Witch-cult in Western Europe: A Study in Anthropology
Margaret Alice Murray

This electronic text is worth one's serious perusal so as to be able to intelligently compare the early practices of Witchcraft and Paganism to what has been coined today--Wicca and Neo-Paganism.


Monday, June 16, 2008

Hermeticism: "As Above, So Below"

As above, so below,
As without, so within,
As in the universe, so in the soul.

Excerpted from:
The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus (a.k.a. Smaragdine Table, Tabula Smaragdina, or The Secret of Hermes)

Also reference the Universal - Cosmic Laws:
 Law of Attraction
 Law of Cause & Effect (Karma, Intention-Manifestation)
 Law of Death & Rebirth (Resurrection)
 Law of Nature (chi, circadian rhythms, biorhythms, radionic vibrations, orgone energy, bioenergy, chakra frequencies, Ley Lines, etc.)
 Law of Opposites (Yin-Yang, Tai-Chi, I-Ching)
 Law of Planetary Retrograde Motion
 Law of the Moon & Lunar Phases

Sunday, June 8, 2008

"The Active Brain..."

The Active Brain (T.A.B.): Cognitive Activities For Your Mind
By Dr. Kheti A. Sahure, D.D., Msc.D.

ABSTRACT: With all of the stressors weighing upon so many people within everyday life along with the daily and mindless mundane factors pinging at all of us in today’s world, there is no wonder why so many human beings are at their wits end. You have your work environment, your children, your family, your in-laws, your friends, you co-workers, your bosses at work (and at home and during your so-called off-time from work or just plain old personal time at home or wherever), and colleagues pinging at you constantly at you for your attention all of the time—and in no certain order, this just happens. What a balancing act! What a daily, nonstop balancing act for the single parent both male and female let alone two or more parent household. For the average adult female or male, this IS NOT your fault entirely. Yes, this essay is about American society of today and what you can do in order to help soothe your Active Brain or what the Antiquus Research Group has termed—“The Active Brain” or "T.A.B."

In order to help and keep your mental faculties and neuro synapses (i.e., brain cell connectivity and networking) healthy and attuned within your physical body or framework, you will want to include mental activities and exercises which will complement your current daily physical, mental, and or spiritual exercises. If you have not started any of these—no problem. It is never too late to begin this process slowly and at your own pace within you level of comfort or comfort zone. The purpose here IS NOT to beat up anyone ever about her or his stage of their own personal Life Cycle. This essay is all about helping you to on your own level to bring about the best in you based upon YOUR OWN abilities. This essay is not about rewarding mediocrity let alone judging folks from their prenatal through their elderhood rites or stages of passages because everyone’s experiences are valid! Lastly, there is nothing to sell you…or for you to pay for.

Let us begin here.

Since many people throughout history do not or have not had the opportunity to use their God or Goddess given brain matter "ever" or at least for themselves, everyone should consider keeping their brain active. The mental stimuli you receive from your external and internal environments are an eclectic mixture of positive, negative, and pure chaotic madness for many people daily. You get a chance to go to bed and then, hopefully, get some rest from the machinations of the mundane world. Most of us do not get an adequate number of hours of rest and this does include our children. There is no real scientific evidence that any human can "catch up" on the loss of significant "REM Sleep" (i.e., Deep Sleep1) during the weekends or during our time off from the work schedule. Yes, there are studies which have been conducted on humans but nothing has prevailed from theses studies as being conclusive. Sleep research does cost a great deal of money to conduct as any modality of research.

Please take a very close look at who was selected to participate in any research study. And you will agree that it is very challenging to obtain a very serious cross-section of people for any type of research study. But for some reason in the United States of America, the judicial system does not seem to have this problem of finding "a jury of one’s own peers"…. Taking nothing away from the Doctors of Jurisprudence (i.e., J.D. degree), these folks are just doing their job or it’s just "legal" business as usual within the chaotic judicial system of America.

Not to go off on a geometric tangent either. The above contribute to our topic about the "The Active Brain".

Here are at least twelve ways you may be able to help your brain continue and increase its Active Memory Capacity let alone help your brain continue to be very active toward your later years of your Life Cycle. Since this is very personal for everyone, you will be the one who decides or defines what you are interested in learning and what you will want to do in order to keep your brain cells actively growing as your move onward during your life:

1. Continuous learning.
2. Everyday learning including musical and fine art endeavors.
3. Learn a new language (e.g., a foreign language and or a computer language).
4. Work with challenging to very difficult puzzles.
5. Exercise you mind with mathematics (e.g., from simple math through calculus).
6. Teach yourself how-to do something new that you have always wanted to learn.
7. Go to or back to school.
8. Engage in or play challenging sports and games.
9. Participate in activities with your family and friends outdoor.
10. Travel locally often (i.e., even if it is to a park near your home).
11. Daily meditation.
12. Bring your own form of "spirituality" into whatever you do daily.

The above are not in any particular order so that you can begin at any point or create your own path to actively engage your brain.

Your brain does require a positive blood supply (flow) which includes a very adequate amount of oxygen in order for it to function properly. The Active Brain must continue to create active connections between neighboring brain cells. Brain cells are a network of neurons and neural activities. The more you increase brain activity, the more you develop new brain cells and increase the usage of neighboring brains cells that are less used. Think about Shamanism, Divination, Astral Projection, Cosmology, Astrology, etc. You can increase your brain power and memory by attuning and then exercising your four types of brainwaves: Alpha, Beta, Theta, and Delta in conjunction with your Chakras (all 88,000 of them—most folks work with the seven main or chakras or "energy centers" of the human body). Please do not forget about or ignore the energy centers of your animals and or pets because you can work with them in order to heal yourself as well as them (e.g., Reiki).

Stimulate your mind (brain) with open-mindedness and positive influences (such as, images) and challenging materials daily. Investing in your own mental enhancement will, hopefully, bring about increased cognitive vitality and many excellent cumulative effects throughout you life experiential within our planet Earth.



1. Reference the following concerning REM Sleep, Deep Sleep, and Sleep Cycles:

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Interviewing While Black: Discrimination In Hiring

“Discrimination: The Root of the Black Job Crisis”

"Capitol Hill Holds Hearing on Black Male Unemployment"

"Plight Deepens for Black Men, Studies Warn”

"Study Shows How Deeply Black Men Face Discrimination in Hiring"

"Racism at a California Job Interview"

"job interview racism?"

“Black Men Shut Out of the Job Market”

“A Crisis of Black Male Employment: Unemployment and Joblessness in New York City, 2003”

"'Black' Names A Resume Burden? Study: 'Black-Sounding' Names Prompt Fewer Job Callbacks"

"Top 20 'Whitest' and 'Blackest' Names"

“Affirmative Action, Immigration & Welfare: Confronting Racism in 1998”

“First black flight attendant is still fighting racism - Ruth Carol Taylor”

"The puzzle of black male unemployment"

The Antiquus Research Group has been documenting similar insidious conditions and accounts of racial discrimination, against African-American men, in the Denver Metro, Colorado employment market and especially during the interview process. In addition, we have witnessed the same negative attitudes and racist behaviors from numerous employers in the Mountain Time Zone states as well as in the Midwestern states of America. Institutionalized racism is alive and well as anyone can see.

The above incidents are not isolated either; for certain, many Black men and women are probably afraid to speak out for fear of being labeled "not a good fit" or potentially being Black-Balled by the corporate sector. Well, you might as well speak up and speak out since you're not going to land that job anyway due to the color of your skin! This is why Affirmative Action laws must be kept in place. Our critics will rebuttal with: “Stop playing or using the ‘race card’ as the reason for not being offered a job.” This statement proves our point because only someone who is prejudiced, bigoted, and/or racist would make such a statement. Not everyone of any skin color or race will get hired for many legitimate reasons; this is a given. But not being offered a job opportunity because someone is African-American is just not right.

Please send us accounts of your experiences and please do give the names of these businesses as well as the names of the interviewers.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Musings: 06.04.08

"It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle."

Sun Tzu

Caveat: "Treat anyone wrongfully with thou distasteful manner--and thus, alas revenge and vengeance are often the greatest of equalizers upon those of you who have come to know such proclivities are and have surely become aware that what you have wrought so negatively will reflect back upon thee so heavily!"

▪ Excerpted from The Book of Hexation [2005]
by Dok Kheti VIº

Over-Aged and Over-Qualified

“Out of a job and out of luck at 54
A growing number of older workers are losing their jobs as the economy weakens. And many are having a harder time landing new positions...”

Full Story:


Opinion & Editorial:

Treatise: Unemployment, within and among the age 40+ ranks, has spread like a rabid disease all across the United States of America. In addition, there the "At-Will Employment or Employment At-Will" States of America which gives the employer the upper hand as usual and has led to discriminatory hiring and firing (i.e., Wrongful Termination) practices via employers. Your Age, Race, Disability, Gender, Religious Preference, Credit Score, Sexual Preference, Level of Education, etc. can be used against any employed person or job-seeker and be disguised as "something else" other than the afore-mentioned categories to not hire you or terminate your present employment position (i.e., your job, your department, etc.). And guess what? There isn't much the average employee or job-seeker can do to remedy this let alone level the playing field so that there are TRUE EQUAL EMPLOYMENT opportunities and fair practices (unless you have buckets and buckets of money just sitting around to retain experienced and knowledgeable legal counsel to go up against BIG BUSINESS, you will lose your legal case, should it get that far, and will be BLACK-BALLED as a bona fide undesirable potential employee within the corporate sector as being “not a good fit”)…gee, I’m sure that we all are not referring to “intimate relations”.

Caveat: For those of you who have not experienced "corporate downsizing or restructuring", and with much hope that you never do, then please become more aware of what is happening in your own backyard to your friends, family members, and associates concerning the rampant unemployment problems in America. Those of you who have never been unemployed due to NO FAULT OF YOUR OWN, have no clue!

Many of you DO NOT know what it takes to conduct and ENDURE the rigorous amount of time, effort, and costs of the job search. Networking is all about whom you know and not what you know as well as how much rear-end (or whatever physiological human parts) you are willing and able to kiss—let the facts be known. Nepotism is still rampant within the workforce. The “Old Boy” network is still alive and kicking just as the “Old Girl” network has emerged and come into fruition. Compose and send all of the “thank you” and “cover” letters you wish to and have done so—these exercises in futility (and frankly, a waste of time because they don’t get read due to the huge influx of resumes e-mailed and snail-mailed to potential employers). These activities just keep you broke by spending hundreds of dollars on printer ink cartridges even when these are supposed to be “ON SALE”. Let’s not go into the realm of local and virtual Job Fairs. There is way too much subjectivity in the interviewing process that favors the employer in any shape of the American economy. If you have not completed your Master’s degree requirements, then you’re truly in a quandary. You can show and present all of the value you will bring to any company—but you do not have that piece of paper in-hand! And you will be looked at as over-qualified as well as “suspect” due to your not having finished your degree. Most often, students DO NOT finish their degree requirements because of the outrageous cost of education and the lack of financial support from our U.S. Government should you default on your undergrad or post secondary school loan(s). The U.S. Department of Education has not figured out let alone realized that it should allow for “re-education” monies even if someone hasn’t paid off their prior student loan(s). And yes, some parents are the cause of this student loan issue because they push their children into fields that “they like” or wanted to be in but were not able to. For example—just because your child shows some promise in mathematics or physics does not mean you as the parent should vehemently push your child toward becoming a medical doctor; just because your child loves being vocally adversarial at age 10 does not mean that s/he will make a good lawyer and you shouldn’t push s/he in this direction! Not everyone wants to attend college. College isn’t fun—it’s hard work let alone going to college has always set every child up for crucial financial debt well before s/he lands a job that will ever help pay-off the exorbitant debt!

We’re not pointing fingers here but we will state that everyone’s child and future adult cannot and will not be NUMBER ONE in an area of life! Rewarding every child with a trophy in little league soccer, basketball, volleyball, debate, etc. when they are truly not worthy and/or failing in other non-sport scholastic activities is not the answer. Why? Because the REAL WORLD (i.e., not the MTV version) has no mercy upon the meek or weak—just recall Henry Tyroon, Gordon Gekko, and a few other fictitious maladies akin to today’s Corporate America culture.

The over-aged “Elders” (on all levels or rungs of the employment ladder—vertical, horizontal, and tangential) who continue to effectively and heavily run and thus help exceed the bottom lines for corporate management and Corporate America’s board of directors and stakeholders are those who are needed in all American industries. Not everyone desires to be a Corporate C-level type unless this role will truly produce something good and will be re-invested in those employees who do the actual daily grind of the work at hand in order to make a company or business profitable. The average employee or worker in America is what has built Corporate American and these folks always go UNSUNG!

It’s the average American Worker who has positively made and continues to make the difference in America.

It’s not the CEO’s who make the business grow or should reap millions of dollars in payment while their underlings can barely feed their families let along arrive at their daily grind due to outrageous gasoline prices!

This should be all about those no-name, non-management, non-perked, etc. employees of so many who are the true unsung heroes of the American Workforce!

Does anyone else see and understand this?

No wonder Corporate America sucks for most people—but we all have to work somewhere because our country is based on capitalism, greed, materialism, and keeping up with the proverbial “Joneses”; and not to mention, who has the biggest house, the biggest gasoline guzzler, the prettiest and whitest picket fence, and who can wield the most power in terms of testosterone and/or estrogen! Unemployment in America is real and is much bigger than most citizens realize. And remember, everyone will become “old” one day.

Those folks, who have arrived at being age 40+, have more than likely paid their dues in the so-called meritocratic workforce of America and in terms of their time, education, experience, and contributed worth to their diverse families, communities, and to our global societies nationally and worldwide. The only agenda that matters today, especially within the physical image-only projection that Corporate America and its so-called “diverse” Corporate Cultures are making, is that a potential hirer (employee) is young, perky, energetic, not over-weight or plus-sized, and cute (especially, with nice legs—female and/or male).

Think about the above.

But, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and one’s personal, genetic physical features should never be used as a SUBJECT means of one’s intellectual qualifications let alone one’s ability to perform the job at hand or potential or future value to any business or company.

Conclusion: Thee Karmic (Spiritual) and Cosmic (Physical) energies, forces, and laws of our Universe have a way of bringing about truth, justice, and payback (not so good) as well as leveling the playing fields within all aspects of the mundane life of many folks who tend to enamor, perpetrate, and engage in daily thoughtless, mindless pursuits without regard or concern for the well-being of their fellow humankind.

Should those perpetrators of constant ill-will care to learn more about their careless ways and want to learn more about themselves—then, you all can begin a healing process, and how you (all genders inclusive) can begin to change your purely selfish, self-motivated, self-centered, and opportunistic behaviors which are threatening, toxic projections you spew upon others…especially, your family, friends, and co-workers.

If you are seek Spiritual Counseling and are in need of an eclectic, alternative, or just a new approach, then please feel free to contact ToKW (Temple of Kemetic Wicca) so that you can begin to learn about who you really are. From there, you will learn how to channel your negative, steeping behaviors (spiritual, physiological, psychological, chemical, etc.) in ways that are much more positive as well as begin to attune and bring into balance your Aura and Chakras.

Your life should be somewhat exciting even during your mundane life-years on our planet Earth.
Blessed Be,

Em Hetep,

Temple of Kemetic Wicca
Priests & Priestesses of Ma’at
Khadem nt-nTr.t Ma'at


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