Friday, December 25, 2009

Aromatherapy History

A Brief History of Aromatherapy from Around the Globe

If you mention aromatherapy to a majority of people they immediately think of it being just one of the many new fads that has come to light with the hope of promising relief and a miracle cure for all ills. However, this is far from true. Aromatherapy is no fad.

While aromatherapy can bring relief to a number of conditions and is one of the leading aids for helping with stress related disorders, it has been around for thousands of years. In fact, aromatherapy is actually one of the oldest kinds of holistic medicine used throughout the world. During the prehistoric times they did not’t have the resources that we have today, and there were very little sanitary measures and certainly no drug stores or doctors.

However, people still got sick and this meant they had to find resources of their own and rely on what they had in their surroundings. One of the ways by which they learned during these times were by watching animals; they learned that animals would eat certain herbs and plants while avoiding others.

This is how the basis of aromatherapy started. It was found that not only could the herbs and plants be eaten to relieve many ailments, but they also could be crushed and used as infusions and even their smell brought relief. This was the birth of aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy as we know it and practice it today was first given to us by the Egyptians. The Egyptians learned not only were the plants and herbs useful when crushed but also oils could be extracted. This oil was a more potent way of using the flowers and herbs for medicinal remedies.
While the Egyptians were developing their aromatherapy techniques, so were the Chinese. One of the earliest books on aromatherapy dates back to 2,700 BC and lists over 300 plants and herbs and their uses.

However, it was the Greeks who went on to discover that oils extracted from certain flowers were more useful for relaxation purposes while others for more medical reasons. It was the Greeks who also introduced the base of olive oil into which to put the extracted essence. The Romans quickly adopted this from the Greeks, and it was here that the aromatherapy baths were introduced; these baths were then followed by a hot oil massage.

The popularity of aromatics used for a wide range of ills increased, and this led to the importation of exotic spices, flowers, and oils from India, China, and Arabia.

When Europe descended into the dark ages, aromatherapy went with it, as anything that was not’t classed as traditional Western medicine was put into the “Witchcraft” bracket and those who practiced aromatherapy were branded as a witch. Aromatherapy resurfaced again during the Middle Ages when the bubonic plague was prevalent; it was found that the scent from burning cedar and pine would help to fumigate infected enclosures.

When European settlers came to America they were surprised to find that the Native Americans had been using aromatic oils for a long time for a wide variety of uses. Finally, around the 19th century, the value of aromatherapy was truly recognized and traditional medicine started taking aromatherapy seriously.

Today aromatherapy is available to be used in the home, and although a little knowledge and understanding of the herbs and their uses is needed, you don’t have to be an expert to be able to make the remedies for yourself.

Learn more about infusions and applying aromatherapy in our list of articles found here.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Use the Power of the Sun

Use the Power of the Sun with Solar Electricity

When asked about alternative energy or renewable energy, most people think of solar electricity. Generating electricity from the sun is a technology that everyone knows well. Whether it is your pocket calculator, home, or workshop, regardless of your power needs, solar electricity can get the job done.

Solar electricity has a number of unique advantages over conventional or grid-based electricity. Solar electric systems can be designed for a variety of applications and are extremely beneficial in remote areas where other electric opportunities do not exist. In addition, photovoltaic (PV) systems that generate solar electricity have no moving parts therefore requiring minimal maintenance, are easily expandable, and with many smaller units, transportable.

Environmental compatibility is a huge selling point for converting to solar electricity. The fuel for generating solar electricity is a free renewable resource, the sun. Solar electricity offers no noise pollution and actually almost no pollution from their operation. Another appealing factor for many who choose solar electricity over conventional electricity is simply the independence. It is an attractive offer to many rural dwellers to know that when the lights go out due to storms or blackouts, theirs are still working. No longer a slave to waiting on hold to report an outage to find it will be 10 hours before their service will be restored.

The hardest part of converting to solar electricity is the cost of the system. Investing in a solar energy system can be a substantial upfront cost. The value of solar electricity is realized over several years. A professionally installed solar array for an average dwelling (avg. $100/month in electric bills) could pay for itself in 5 years. You could reduce that number by building your own solar panel system or by purchasing a used system. With many solar energy systems in less rural areas and only in some states, you can sell your unused solar electricity back to the electric company. In these situations the return on your investment is realized much more quickly.

Using the power of sun with solar electricity is a benefit to the environment and to your home. Solar electricity is already being used to supplement power for a number of large cities in North America. Take time to
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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Chakra Attunement

Chakra Tuning 
By Dr. Kheti A. Sahure 


Yoga and meditation are the mantra of today’s fast paced world. Thanks to the undue tension that every one of us is taking on our heads at our work place and on the domestic front, yoga and meditation are the only sources of peace and tranquility and better living today. So, how do we ensure that we fine tune our frequencies and make the most of the benefits that we can receive through yoga and meditation? How can we do this without spending extra time from our already tight schedules? These are questions that need to be answered and the answer lies below.

The chakra concept is an age old concept that talks about the chakras or the power centers in our body. These power centers are placed in seven different places all across our body right from our head to our toe. These chakras if motivated and kindled produce energy – that proves to be vital for our well being. If these are stimulated properly, we can have a positive outlook to life devoid of any illness or negativities that could arise in life. So how do we motivate these power centers or these so called chakras?

Each of these chakras is stimulated by different frequencies and hence what works for one of them will not work for the others. So, we will need to stimulate each of these chakras at different frequencies if we are to see the desired results. Though this is a complication as we cannot just apply one frequency to all these chakras, we need to realize that nothing is that easy in life. So we need to look at best ways to stimulate all these seven chakras and ensure that we get a good positive bout of energy as a result of such planned and schemed stimulation.

If you set out to get these chakras stimulated on your own, then you might even take a whole life time. So the beauty lies in not just stimulating these chakras, you also need to ensure that you do it pretty fast and regularly if you want to experience the sense of well being as soon as possible. So, is there help at hand? Of course, there is our very own chakra stimulating binaural beats and these will help you achieve what you want to – in a very short span of time.

These chakra stimulating binaural beats act in such a way that they target all the seven chakras by stimulating them by inducing various frequency levels. So these binaural beats provide these variations in the frequency levels that will make all your energy centers work at a stupendous speed. The result is an n absolute flow of energy making you feel ecstatic and energetic and leaving you with a lot more energy than usual. These have absolutely no side effects and once you start using them, you are sure to love them. They have proven results and there are a lot of people out there using these chakra stimulating binaural beats.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Spirit Guidance

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Do you know you have a spirit guide watching over you, waiting to care for you at times of happiness, sorrow, grief or turmoil? If you don’t then this is the time that you should really know that there is a person like this and it is entirely up to you to discover this good force and capitalize it to your maximum advantage. If you do this, you are sure to see a positive change in your life and then you will never feel things are going wrong – be it your personal matters or your careers it will only go from good to better to best.

I was like you and had spent half my life without knowing the power of this guide and that is when my friend Anne came to my help. Life was taking a toll on me and everything was going negative my way. So, she then told me about this guide and said how this could prove beneficial for me. To quote her – some people may call it the gut feeling or intuition, but what it actually is, is the power of your spirit guide. I was not very convinced and thought what the hell. But since things could get no worse and I was in a pretty bad state I decided to give it a try – after all I had nothing to lose.

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Every individual has a spirit guide. This spirit guide is nothing but a departed soul that hovers around us to take care of us and protect us from any wrong or negative energy that might come our way. These spirits have no intentions of harming us and are there at every juncture in our life when we are caught at crossroads wondering what to do. In my case I’d been married for almost a decade and had no luck conceiving. My spirit guide told me what I was doing wrong and made me realize what has to be corrected. This is more of less like a god send angel designed specifically for you to take care of you end to end.


Every since this discovery, I never ever do anything without consulting my spirit guide. The recording that I told you about helped me discover my guides by helping me get to a state of inner consciousness – more or less a mid theta level of frequency. So, now I am doing exactly what my spirit guide told me – to make public my success story for the benefit of mankind- so that I help as many people I can by telling them about the concept of the spirit guide!

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology


by
Alan Barnard

This encyclopedia provides description and analysis of the terms, concepts, and issues of social and cultural anthropology. International in authorship and coverage, this accessible work is fully indexed and cross-referenced.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Publications

The InnerLink Metaphysical Journal and Mystic Owl Curio are pleased to announce our new resource entitled "Publications". This wonderful and informative resource features the publicly available writings of Dr. Kheti A. Sahure.

And Dr. Sahure's published articles about topics and subject matter within the realm of Applied Occult Metaphysics are offered to everyone absolutely free of charge. This is one of our many ways of giving back to the Alternative Religions and Spiritualities global community and the world at large! And remember, all of our services are open to all who are interested in the subject matter that we provide.

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Hoodoo, Voodoo, and Conjure: A Handbook

Description
Hoodoo, voodoo, and conjure are part of a mysterious world of African American spirituality that has long captured the popular imagination. These magical beliefs and practices have figured in literary works by such authors as Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and Ishmael Reed, and they have been central to numerous films, such as The Skeleton Key. Written for students and general readers, this book is a convenient introduction to hoodoo, voodoo, and conjure.

The volume begins by defining and classifying elements of these spiritual traditions. It then provides a wide range of examples and texts, which illustrate the richness of these beliefs and practices. It also examines the scholarly response to hoodoo, voodoo, and conjure, and it explores the presence of hoodoo, voodoo, and conjure in popular culture. The volume closes with a glossary and bibliography. Students in social studies classes will use this book to learn more about African American magical beliefs, while literature students will enjoy its exploration of primary sources and literary works.

Source:
Amazon.com Editorial Reviews

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Dario Argento: Suspiria

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Outside of devoted cult audiences, many Americans have yet to discover the extremely stylish, relentlessly terrifying Italian horror genre, or the films of its talented virtuoso, Dario Argento. Suspiria, part one of a still-uncompleted trilogy (the luminously empty Inferno was the second), is considered his masterpiece by Argento devotees but also doubles as a perfect starting point for those unfamiliar with the director or his genre. The convoluted plot follows an American dancer (Jessica Harper) from her arrival at a European ballet school to her discovery that it's actually a witches coven; but, really, don't worry about that too much. Argento makes narrative subservient to technique, preferring instead to assault the senses and nervous system with mood, atmosphere, illusory gore, garish set production, a menacing camera, and perhaps the creepiest score ever created for a movie. It's essentially a series of effectively unsettling set pieces--a raging storm that Harper should have taken for an omen, and a blind man attacked by his own dog are just two examples--strung together on a skeleton structure. But once you've seen it, you'll never forget it. --Dave McCoy

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Jessica Harper (PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE) stars as Suzy Banyon, a young American ballet dancer who arrives at a prestigious European dance academy run by the mysterious Madame Blanc (Joan Bennett of DARK SHADOWS) and Miss Tanner (Alida Valli of KILLER NUN). But when a series of bizarre incidents and horrific crimes (including what Entertainment Weekly calls "the most vicious murder scene ever filmed") turn the school into a waking nightmare of the damned, Suzy must escape the academy's unspeakable secret of supernatural evil.

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Source:
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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Dr. Israel Regardie

Dr. Israel Regardie

According to Wikipedia:

Israel Regardie, born Francis Israel Regudy(November 17, 1907–March 10, 1985) was one of the 20th century's most significant popularizers of the occult, specifically the legacies of Aleister Crowley and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.

Israel Regardie was born Israel Regudy in London to Barnet Regudy, a cigarette maker, and his wife, Phoebe Perry, poor orthodox Jewish immigrants from Zhitomir, Russia. His family changed their surname to "Regardie" after a clerical mixup resulted in Israel's brother being enrolled in the British Army under that name. Regardie emigrated with his parents to the United States in August 1921 and settled in Washington, DC. He studied art in Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA. With a Hebrew tutor he gained a linguistic knowledge which would prove invaluable in his later studies of Hermetic Qabalah. With easy access to the Library of Congress, he read widely and became interested in theosophy, Hindu philosophy and yoga; he also joined the Rosicrucians at around this time.

After reading Part I of Magick (Book 4) by the occultist Aleister Crowley, he initiated a correspondence which led to his return at 21 to the UK at Crowley's invitation to become the latter's secretary in 1928. When the two parted company four years later in 1932, Regardie distanced himself from Crowley personally, but still retained a great deal of respect for his writings.[4] Shortly after this period he published The Tree of Life, a guide to magick, largely derived from Crowley's work, and A Garden of Pomegranates, a primer on Qabalah based on notes he had taken while working for Crowley. Regardie would later write a biography of Crowley, The Eye in the Triangle, and continue to edit and republish Crowley's works up until the 1970s.

Source:
"Israel Regardie." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 4 Aug 2009, 20:18 UTC. 4 Aug 2009 [ http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Israel_Regardie&oldid=306074879 ].

According to Llewellyn Publications:

Francis I. Regardie, born in London, England, November 17, 1907; died in Sedona, Arizona, March 10, 1985. Came to the United States in August 1921, educated in Washington D.C. and studied art in school in Washington and Philadelphia. Returned to Europe in 1928 at the invitation of Aleister Crowley to work as his secretary and study with him. Returned to London as secretary to Thomas Burke 1932-34, and during that time wrote A Garden of Pomegranates and The Tree of Life.

In 1934 he was invited to join the Order of the Golden Dawn, Stella Matutina Temple, during which time he wrote The Middle Pillar and The Art of True Healing, and did the basic work for The Philosopher's Stone.

Returning to the United States in 1937 he entered Chiropractic College in New York, Graduating in 1941, and published The Golden Dawn. Served in the U.S. Army 1942-1945, and then moved to Los Angeles where he opened a chiropractic practice and taught psychiatry. Upon retirement in 1981, he moved to Sedona.

During his lifetime, he studied psychoanalysis with Dr. E. Clegg and Dr. J. L. Bendit, and later studied psychotherapy under Dr. Nandor Fodor. His training encompassed Freudian, Jungian and Reichian methods.

Source:
Republished courtesy of
Llewellyn.com. Copyright © 2009, Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd.

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ILMJ Editor's note:
Dr. Regardie's tome of esotericum mysticum, The Golden Dawn, is a significant masterpiece within the realm of Applied Occult Metaphysics, Ceremonial Magick, Qabalistic (Kabbalistic) studies, and alternative spiritual practices. Not only does one need to be well read but you will want to be "well-practiced" in several esoteric mysticism systems. As an ordained minister and spiritual occultist, I highly recommend the writings of Dr. Israel Regardie. ~ Rev. Kheti A. Sahure, DD, MscD, ThD ▪ Temple of Kemetic Wicca

Sunday, September 20, 2009

InnerLink Metaphysical Journal Podcast

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

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•Your personal energy and drive, your expansion and optimism, your restrictions and limitations and what to do about them (as revealed by Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn)
•Your inventiveness and originality, your imagination, and how you interact within groups (as revealed by Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto)
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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Turn Your Candle Making Into a Money Spinner

Turn Your Candle Making Into a Money Spinner - Learn How
By
Kaye Dennan

Working from home can be a lot of fun and so less stressful than trying to battle the traffic and get home in time for the kiddies arriving from school. Producing your very own candle designs to make some extra money or even turn into a small home based business is not so very difficult.

Candle making is a fantastic way to make money if you are in the least bit arty and another great benefit is the fact that to start candle making is relatively cheap compared to some other small businesses you may want to start at home.

What is essential though, with the candle making craft is that you know exactly how to make a professional looking product and how to market it. Beautiful candles sell themselves, so concentrate on color, design and on quality candle fragrances.

Candles are ideal to take to markets, run party plans with or sell online and once you are confident you will be able to look for specialty shops to stock your products if that is what you want.

What you will need to get started is the right instructions to make sure that you attack this hobby in the right way. Candle designs change according to decor changes, as do most other art forms and once you know the basic techniques to make candles, you won't find it too difficult to keep abreast of the latest trends and change your designs to suit

Embedding flowers and petals into wax is a lovely technique, as is adding foil. Ice candles can be so effective. White candles with red chunks in them look great for Christmas. When you think about it, the possibilities are endless. Learn the correct way how to make candles and you will feel confident and happy with your work right from the beginning.

Marketing your product

Once you are happy with having learned some good techniques for candle making you can go ahead and start your business. Before setting about buying wax and making stock, research your market and know where you are going to sell your product. There are many ways and places to sell, but you need to research this so that you are making candles to suit your market.

Say you are selling at a market where there are a lot of tourists coming through it would be a good idea to have a 'boxed range' so that tourists can buy to take home as a holiday gift. Using your imagination in this way your research will help you decide exactly where to place your product in the market.

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Make your candles in a 'theme' or a 'range' and here are some ideas:

  • aromatherapy candles
  • scented candles - popular scents
  • designer candles - glass containers
  • theme candles - Christmas, Halloween

    From this you can see that there are a number of options. They are mentioned here for Party Plan but they could just as well be used for selling at markets and fetes, or even on the internet. It is very satisfying making money from a hobby that you enjoy and the selling opportunities with homemade candles are many and varied.

    Kaye Dennan has been an art teacher and loves to share her enthusiasm for all things in the art field. Her ebook 'Candle Making - Start with Confidence' takes you step by step through making a candle. There are safety tips, a list of equipment needed and projects to help you get your confidence before tackling bigger projects. Just go to http://www.candlemakingcraft4u.com/home-business.php to read all about how to get started.

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    Tuesday, August 11, 2009

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    Wednesday, August 5, 2009

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    Saturday, August 1, 2009

    Secrets of Authentic Tai Chi

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    "Taiji is understood to be the highest conceivable principle, that from which existence flows. This is very similar to the Daoist idea "reversal is the movement of the Dao". The "supreme ultimate" creates yang and yin: movement generates yang; when its activity reaches its limit, it becomes tranquil. Through tranquility the supreme ultimate generates yin. When tranquility has reached its limit, there is a return to movement. Movement and tranquility, in alteration, become each the source of the other. The distinction between the yin and yang is determined and the two forms (that is, the yin and yang) stand revealed. By the transformations of the yang and the union of the yin, the 5 elements (Qi) of water, fire, wood, metal and earth are produced. These 5 Qi become diffused, which creates harmony. Once there is harmony the 4 seasons can occur. Yin and yang produced all things, and these in their turn produce and reproduce, this makes these processes never ending. (Wu, 1986)" [Source: "Taiji." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 27 Jul 2009, 16:51 UTC. 27 Jul 2009 < title="Taiji&oldid="304505723">.]

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    Sunday, July 26, 2009

    Hypnosis and Covert Hypnosis

    Hypnosis and Covert Hypnosis - Three Key Things You Need to Know

    By Robert Lee

    Hypnosis, Conversational Hypnosis and Covert Persuasion - I Have Been Asked NOT to Share by several I know. Why? Probably because it will decrease their "influence" or so they think.

    Like many professions a little knowledge is power and often the hypnotist will rely on people knowing very little about what he is actually doing, blind faith or acceptance is a powerful tool. So let's share some facts and perhaps destroy some myths?

    Hypnosis Safe? I don't think so

    Well I suppose they would say that- They being the people who claim to be an expert. There in lies the problem. In the absence of a clear definition of hypnosis it is difficult to claim anyone is an expert.

    A major issue is that everyone is inherently different. Having spent five minutes with a subject perhaps a hypnotist is not in any position to decide whether or not it is actually safe to hypnotize someone. A problem can occur when actually relaxing someone into the hypnotic state. Many have simply never relaxed in such a way for years, perhaps even for ever.

    When their mind turns away from dealing with day to day issues, memories pushed to the back of their mind often surface and result in distress or perhaps even fixations.

    You can Hypnotize anyone.

    Now this one has to be true. Anyone who has driven a car on a long journey has been hypnotized. Remember the last time you did it? You were basically on autopilot, concentrating on the job in hand but your mind wandering elsewhere.

    It is possible to be hypnotized without your knowledge

    Well I suspect this is true depending on your definition of hypnosis. You can certainly be influenced by means of indirect suggestions and signals. Several them park operators make use of odor emitters to simulate peoples taste buds making them hungry in the immediate vicinity of fast food outlets.

    Covert Persuasion would perhaps be a better description of this method. TV advertising is very good at it and it is practically the basis of all successful sales systems.

    Perhaps it is time to make use of these methods to improve the lives of your self and your family. If you could persuade others to come round to your way of thinking easily what would you do?

    So your at work and your boss will NOT give you time off to spend an afternoon with your family. Imagine being able to persuade him easily to come round to your way of thinking?

    You're having problems getting a date with that girl at the bank? What if she couldn't wait to meet up with you?

    So it would seem that many of us HAVE been hypnotized and continue to e hypnotized on an almost daily Basis. Imagine knowing how to do it and being able to make use of it in your daily life. It is believed by many that Barrack Obama uses it in all of his major political speeches combined with body language and voice control http://hypnosis-persuasion-nlp.forgettherword.com providing answers about Hypnosis, NLP and Other Mind Expanding Tools The site provides information and advice to anyone interested in Hypnosis, NLP and Self Hypnosis.

    Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Robert_Lee
    http://EzineArticles.com/?Hypnosis-and-Covert-Hypnosis---Three-Key-Things-You-Need-to-Know&id=2632017

    Saturday, July 25, 2009

    You Don't Find Free Graphics Anymore

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    Saturday, July 18, 2009

    Consecration of Magickal Tools

    Consecration of Chalice, Athame or Other Tool

    Before these assembled spirits I bring (name type of tool) to be dedicated to the service of the Lady and Lord.

    (Pass tool three times through smoke of the incense.)

    By the power of air, be thou purified. Be thou dedicated to purity of thought and to harmlessness that all intentions for which thou art used may harm none and be for the good of all.

    (Pass tool three times through or over the flame of the fire candle.)

    By the power of fire, be thou purified. Be thou dedicated to purity of desire and to harmlessness that all goals which thou doest help achieve may harm none and be for the good of all.

    (Take a few drops of water and sprinkle or dab on instrument.)

    By the power of water, be thou purified. Be thou dedicated to purity of emotion and to harmlessness that all that thou shalt be used in a spirit of harmony, harming none and for the good of all.

    (Touch instrument to the stone or salt in north quarter)

    By the power of earth, be thou purified. Be thou dedicated to steadfastness and purity of purpose, that my will be achieved without wavering, with harm to none and for the good of all.

    (If this is a chalice, present it first to the Lady, then to the Lord, if athame, reverse order. All other instruments use personal preference, but it is courtesy to present them to Her first.)

    PRESENTATION FOR CHALICE:

    Lady Freya, Keeper of Femininity, bless this chalice. Let it be as Thy cauldron, a vessel of productivity that it may be worthy to dispense Thy bounty. Let it be used in Thy service and in the service of humanity. Let it be so bound that no harm may come of it to any being, but let it rather be an instrument of goodwill and understanding; of loving harmony. To Thy sacred self I dedicate this vessel, (name of vessel), that it and I may long be of service to Thee.

    Lord Thor, companion to the Lady, champion of the Gods, bless this chalice and keep watch over it. Guard the works which come forth from it, that they ever be in the service of Thee and Thy Lady, that they be of service to humankind, and that they abide by the laws of harmony. To Thee I vow I shall use it for Her sacred purposes, and for no other.

    So mote it be.

    PRESENTATION FOR ATHAME:

    Lord Thor, thunderer & hammer wielder, bless this athame. Let it be as the spring rains which fall upon the Earth to cause Her to bring forth Her bounty.

    Let it quicken my hopes and dreams, yet keep them from causing harm. Let it guide them in the harmony of the seasons, bringing forth only good for all. Lord Thor, bless this athame, (name of athame), that it be used ever in the worship and honor of the Gods.

    Lady Freya, companion to the Thunderer, lover of the Gods, bless this athame that it shall bring forth joy, and shall cause no pain nor disharmony to any. I dedicate this athame (name athame), symbol of the Defender and Rain Maker, to Thy service. May it ever bring Thee joy and pride.

    So mote it be.

    (This ritual, with suitable changes, may be used to dedicate other tools as well as these.)

    Source: http://www.sacred-texts.com/bos/bos006.htm

    Friday, July 17, 2009

    Genealogy: People Searches

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    Wednesday, July 15, 2009

    Network Marketing

    This is the official website of Internet Marketing Network Southwest (IMN Southwest or IMNSW). IMN Southwest is a network of businesses that offer Internet Sales and Marketing content and services for entrepreneurs and business people. IMN Southwest provides, maintains, and manages a GoTop100 Internet Directory of startup, small to medium businesses (SMBs) which advertise, market, and sell unique products and services across vertical markets primarily within United States of America.

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    Tuesday, July 14, 2009

    Holistic Animal Health & Optimum Pet Nutrition

    Dr. Michael Dym, DVM - "Over the past 40 years and 17 generations of dogs and, cats we are seeing tremendous increases in chronic ill health in our pets that was rare back in the early 1960's. Most of these illnesses revolve around breakdown in our pets' immune systems, and include chronic skin/ear allergies, digestive upset, thyroid/adrenal/pancreatic disorders, seizures, gum/ teeth problems, degenerative arthritis, kidney/liver failure, and cancer across all ages and breeds. We are also seeing a record number of behavioral and emotional disorders including alarming and unexplained fears/aggression., as well as difficulty focusing/training and paying attention. The analogy of these compared with escalating immune/behavioral diseases in children is quite disturbing. The two biggest factors in our pets' population health decline over these generations has been the severe overuse of multiple vaccines and nutrient poor and toxin filled commercial pet foods. We have also failed to address the underlying cause of disease by only suppressing symptoms with antibiotics, cortisone and related drugs, so the disease progresses and goes deeper. Homeopathy offers a viable alternative in truly curing pets and making their bodies healthier."

    © Copyright 1996-2003 Shirley All Rights Reserved.

    Source: http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/atext.htm

    Tuesday, July 7, 2009

    Internet Marketing Network Southwest

    IMNSW LogoInternet Marketing Network Southwest is a new directory of the Top 100 internet businesses that market and sell unique products and services in the Southwestern United States.

    Sunday, July 5, 2009

    Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

    Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
    Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
    on
    July 7th, 2009 C.E.

    Where the Moon passes through Earth's penumbral shadow (i.e., a partial shadow that occurs during a lunar eclipse between regions of complete shadow and complete illumination).

    http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/LEplot/LEplot2001/LE2009Jul07N.pdf

    Saturday, July 4, 2009

    Scott Cunningham's Book of Shadows

    Scott Cunningham's Book of Shadows
    "A long-lost Book of Shadows..."

    Scott Cunningham's Book of Shadows
    (Click on book for more information)

    Tenebrae Lucem Praecedunt

    Tenebrae Lucem praecedunt et illa est Mater
    "Darkness precedes Light and She is Mother"

    ~ Inscription found in the Salerno Cathedral at the altar of the Black Madonna

    Sunday, June 28, 2009

    YouTube: Antiquus Research Group

    Antiquus Research (Group) is an independent, non-profit organization and project devoted to the research, study, teaching, and cogent analysis of the ancient, ancestral, historical, archaeological, cultural-anthropological, sociological, religio-spiritual (theological, thealogical, theosophical), esoteric - metaphysical paths and practices of humankind who engaged in the vastness of Alternative Religions and Spiritualities (ARS) through modern times. Ancient Afrikan and Egyptian History, Anthropology, Archaeology, and Afrikan Traditional Religions (ATRs).

    Here is a collection of some of our favorite films and videos:

    Wednesday, June 17, 2009

    Pagan | Wiccan Spiritual Counseling & Leadership

    Pagan ▫ Wiccan Spiritual Counseling & Leadership

    The following is an update regarding the Temple of Kemetic Wicca's focus, agenda, and action items:

    Pagan ▫ Wiccan Business Development, Leadership & Mentorship
    Pagan ▫ Wiccan Crisis Counseling
    Pagan ▫ Wiccan Ministerial Leadership & Development
    Pagan ▫ Wiccan Spiritual Counseling
    Pagan ▫ Wiccan Spiritual Counseling and Care
    Pagan ▫ Wiccan Spiritual Counseling Ethics
    Pagan ▫ Wiccan Spiritual Personal Deliverance
    Pagan ▫ Wiccan Temple Formation & Operation
    The Pagan ▫ Wiccan Spiritual Counselor
    The Pagan ▫ Wiccan Ministerial Leader
    The Pagan ▫ Wiccan Ministerial Leader's Mindset

    To learn more, contact the Temple directly.

    Em Hetep,
    Ankh ▪ Udja ▪ Seneb!

    Dr. Kheti A. Sahure, DD, MscD, ThD
    Elder High Priest ▪ Arch Hierophant

    © 2009 Temple of Kemetic Wicca

    Tuesday, June 9, 2009

    Illustrations of Masonry - Opening the Lodge

    Illustrations of Masonry
    by Capt. William Morgan
    [1827]

    "This book has a controversial backstory which is part of the mythology of anti-Freemasonry. 'Captain' William Morgan, the author, was a disappointed Freemason in Batavia, New York. Rejected by the local lodge, he announced that he was going to publish a work exposing Masonic rituals and secrets. Shortly before publication in 1826, he disappeared, and three Masons were later convicted of kidnapping him. Although claims were made that Morgan had been murdered, some say that he was forced to leave the US. Either way, it was good publicity for this book, which was published in 1827, but bad for the Masons. The incident led to widespread protests against Freemasons in the US, and eventually an anti-Masonic Party, which at its height in 1832 got seven electoral votes for William Wirt for President.

    So why read this book? Stripped of the fevered historical background, and ignoring the publisher's antimasonic introduction, this becomes simply one of the first published accounts of US Freemasonry in the early 19th century. It seems accurate, based on other published Monitors, such as Ducan's. At this perspective, Illustrations is no more offensive than Robert's Rules of Order, although it makes more interesting reading..."

    Opening the Lodge

    ILLUSTRATIONS
    —OF—
    MASONRY, ETC.


    A Description of the Ceremonies used in opening a
    Lodge of Entered Apprentice Masons; which is the
    same in all upper degrees, with the exception
    of the difference in the signs, due-guards,
    grips, pass-grips, words and their several
    names; all of which will be
    given and explained in their
    proper places as the
    work progresses.

    One rap calls the lodge to order—one calls up the Junior and Senior Deacons—two raps call up all the subordinate officers, and three, all the members of the lodge.

    The Master having called the lodge to order, and the officers all seated, the Master says to the Junior Warden, 'Brother Junior, are they all Entered Apprentice Masons in the south?'

    Ans. 'They are, Worshipful.'

    Master to the Senior Warden, 'Brother Senior, are they all Entered Apprentice Masons in the west?'

    Ans. 'They are, Worshipful.'

    The Master then says, 'They are, in the east,' at the same time he gives a rap with the common gavel or mallet, which calls up both Deacons.

    Master to Junior Deacon, 'Brother Junior, the first care of a Mason?'

    Ans. 'To see the lodge tyled, Worshipful.'

    Master to Junior Deacon, 'Attend to that part of your duty, and inform the Tyler that we are about to open a lodge of Entered Apprentice Masons, and direct him to tyle accordingly.' The Junior Deacon then steps to the door and gives three raps, which are answered by three raps from without; the Junior Deacon then gives one, which is also answered by the Tyler with one; the door is then partly opened and the Junior Deacon delivers his message, and resumes his situation and says, 'The door is tyled, Worshipful.' (at the same time giving the due-guard, which is never omitted when the Master is addressed.)

    The Master to Junior Deacon, 'Brother, by whom?'

    Ans. 'By a Master Mason without the door, armed with the proper implement of his office.'

    Master to Junior Deacon, 'His duty there?'

    Ans. 'To keep off all cowans and eaves-droppers, see that none pass or repass without permission from the Master.' (Some say without permission from the chair.)

    Master to Junior Deacon, 'Brother Junior, your place in the lodge?'

    Ans. 'At the right hand of the Senior Warden in the west.'

    Master to Junior Deacon, 'Your business there, Brother Junior?'

    Ans. 'To wait on the Worshipful Master and Wardens, act as their proxy in the active duties of the lodge, and take charge of the door.'

    Master to Junior Deacon, 'The Senior Deacon's place in the lodge?'

    Ans. 'At the right hand of the Worshipful Master in the east.' [The Master, while asking the last questions gives two raps, which call up all the subordinate officers.]

    Master to Senior Deacon, 'Your duty there, Brother Senior?'

    Ans. 'To wait on the Worshipful Master and Wardens, act as their proxy in the active duties of the lodge, attend to the preparation and introduction of candidates, and welcome and clothe all visiting Brethren. [i.e., furnish them with an apron.]

    Master to Senior Deacon, 'The Secretary's place in the lodge, Brother Senior?'

    Ans. 'At the left hand of the Worshipful Master in the east.'

    Master to the Secretary, 'Your duty there, Brother Secretary?'

    Ans. 'The better to observe the Worshipful Master's will and pleasure, record the proceedings of the lodge; transmit a copy of the same to the Grand Lodge, if required; receive all moneys and money bills from the hands of the Brethren, pay them over to the Treasurer, and take his receipt for the same.'

    The Master to the Secretary, 'The Treasurer's place in the lodge?'

    Ans. 'At the right hand of the Worshipful Master.'

    Master to Treasurer, 'Your duty there, Brother Treasurer?'

    Ans. 'Duly to observe the Worshipful Master's will and pleasure; receive all moneys and money bills from the hands of the Secretary; keep a just and true account of the same; pay them out by order of the Worshipful Master and consent of the Brethren.'

    The Master to the Treasurer, "The Junior Warden's place in the lodge, Brother Treasurer?'

    Ans. 'In the south, Worshipful.'

    Master to Junior Warden, 'Your business there, Brother Junior?'

    Ans. 'As the sun in the south at high meridian is the beauty and glory of the day, so stands the Junior Warden in the south, the better to observe the time, call the crafts from labor to refreshment, superintend them during the hours thereof, see that none convert the hours of refreshment into that of intemperance or excess; and call them out again in due season, that the Worshipful Master may have honor, and they profit and pleasure thereby.'

    Master to the Junior Warden, 'The Senior Warden's place in the lodge?'

    Ans. 'In the west, Worshipful.'

    Master to Senior Warden, 'Your duty there, Brother Senior?'

    Ans. 'As the sun sets in the west to close the day, so stands the Senior Warden in the west to assist the Worshipful Master in opening his lodge, take care of the jewels and implements, see that none be lost, pay the craft their wages, if any be due, and see that none go away dissatisfied.'

    Master to the Senior Warden, 'The Master's place in the lodge?'

    Ans. 'In the east, Worshipful.'

    Master to the Senior Warden, 'His duty there?'

    Ans. 'As the sun rises in the east to open and adorn the day, so presides the Worshipful Master in the east to open and adorn his lodge, set his crafts to work with good and wholesome laws, or cause the same to be done.' The Master now gives three raps, when all the brethren rise, and the Master taking off his hat, proceeds as follows: In like manner so do I, strictly forbidding all profane language, private committees, or any other disorderly conduct whereby the peace and harmony of this lodge may be interrupted while engaged in its lawful pursuits, under no less penalty than the by-laws, or such penalty as the majority of the Brethren present may see fit to inflict. Brethren, attend to giving the signs.' [Here lodges differ very much. In some they declare the lodge opened as follows, before they give the signs:]

    The Master (all the Brethren imitating him) extends his left arm from his body so as to form an angle of about forty-five degrees, and holds his right hand transversely across his left, the palms thereof about one inch apart. This is called the Due Guard, and alludes to the position a Candidate's hands are placed in when he takes the obligation of an Entered Apprentice Mason. The Master then draws his right hand across his throat, the hand open, with the thumb next to his throat, and drops it down by his side. This is called the penal sign of an Entered Apprentice Mason, (many call it sign) and alludes to the penalty of the obligation. (See obligation.) The Master Then declares the lodge opened in the following manner: 'I vow declare this lodge of Entered Apprentice Masons duly opened for dispatch of business.' The Senior Warden declares it to the Junior Warden, and he to the Brethren. 'Come, Brethren, let us pray.'—One of the following prayers is used:

    Most holy and glorious God! the great architect of the Universe; the giver of all good gifts and graces: Thou hast promised that 'Where two or three are gathered together in thy name, thou wilt be in the midst of them and bless them.' In thy name we assemble, most humbly beseeching thee to bless us in all our undertakings; that we may know and serve thee aright, and that all our actions may tend to thy glory and our advancement in knowledge and virtue. And we beseech thee, O Lord God, to bless our present assembling; and to illuminate our minds through the influence of the Son of Righteousness, that we may walk in the light of thy countenance; and when the trials of our probationary state are over, be admitted into the temple, not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Amen. So mote it be.

    Another prayer, as often used at opening as closing:

    Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity; it is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard, that went down to the skirts of his garment; as the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion, for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life forever more. Amen. So mote it be.

    The lodge being now open and ready to proceed to business, the Master directs the Secretary to read the minutes of the last meeting, which naturally brings to view the business of the present.

    Full Text -
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/mas/morgan/index.htm

    Additional Source -
    Morgan, William. Illustrations of Masonry. S.l: s.n, 1827.

    Videlicet -
    Illustrations of Masonry
    by William Preston
    Twelth Edition, 1812 [London]

    Wednesday, June 3, 2009

    Chinua Achebe (Quotes)

    "When suffering knocks at your door and you say there is no seat for him, he tells you not to worry because he has brought his own stool."

    "One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised."

    ▪ Chinua Achebe

    Tuesday, June 2, 2009

    Quotes from Lao Tzu

    Lao Tzu

    Ability
    "For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions."
    Character
    "Kindness in words creates confidence Kindness in thinking creates profoundness Kindness in giving creates love."
    Confidence
    "Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love."

    Monday, June 1, 2009

    Developing Your Intuition

    Exercises to Develop Your Intuition
    By
    Irene Martina

    Intuition is the space between your thoughts, when the mind lets go and surrenders to the present moment. There are 7 steps that you can use to strengthen and exercise your intuition.

    1. Your intellect! Thoughts are the starting point as everything begins with thought. Pay attention and listen to what you are saying and thinking.

    2. Imagination. Imagination plays a key role in nearly everything we do. It is the ability to picture things in our head, things that are not visible around us. Visual symbols and shapes are vital to stimulating inner growth. Imagination is the gateway to awareness.

    3. Trusting your gut. Have you noticed that our culture does not value intuition? They value logic and reasoning and so we loose our connection to intuition and a very young age. We have been conditioned to look outside for the answers. Do you realize that you give away your power to people you think have all the answers. For example, doctors and healers may have all the information you need and it may be right but we should be open to taking it in and ask if this feels right for us. Nobody knows what's true for you as well as you know in your soul.

    4. Awareness - This simply means living your life consciously. When we do this and give full attention to each and every moment in our life, we begin to glow in our own light and truth.

    5. Meditation- This is when the body can reduce stress and concentration becomes easier and more effective. Your ability to learn expands and you enhance your creative powers. You also achieve an overall feeling of well being. Remember to really hear your inner voice you have to learn to be silent.

    6. Dreams- They are your greatest source of self help. They can express and teach creativity, reinforce learning, work on problems, and open the door to deeper spirituality. Dreams are therapeutic and healing.

    7. Practice- Practice-Practice... Think of intuition as a muscle that must be used to gain strength. So let's do some exercises!

    Exercise 1

    Take a look at what you are wearing right now. Do you know what your clothes may be telling you? As I mentioned in article two, your clothes, especially the colors will always tell you something about the energy that you may need at this time in your life.

    • Are you listless and tired?

    • Are your clothes and colors reflecting that?

    • What color do you think you could put on to change your energy to something different?

    • What is your intuition telling you about how you look and feel right now? Are you willing to listen to it?

    • Is there someone close by? If so, look at what they are wearing and ask your intuitive self to give you some feedback on what you see.

    Part 2. Think of a question that you want an answer to. For ex: Will it rain in your city before the next snowfall? Pretend that the color of the blouse/shirt you are wearing is the answer to the question OR any other object you want to use.

    • Describe the color, any memories you may have associated with it, what the color means to you in this moment and how your perception of the color has changed during this exercise.

    • Simply allow yourself to notice images, symbols and other impressions. Do you feel the color would mean a yes or a no to you right now?

    Pretending and being able to make things up are very important skills to work on in gaining control of your intuition. Intuition is really just information gathering. Don't try to figure everything out.

    Exercise 2

    Do you ever notice animals or birds when driving or sitting outside? Did you ever stop and ask yourself why they suddenly came into your line of vision & what they could mean?

    Here are some common meanings that you may want to consider next time an animal comes into your line of vision or space. What is the first word that comes into your mind when you read the words below? Do they fit with the ones I have given or did your word feel better to you?

    Dogs- friendship, loyalty, unconditional love

    Cats- independence, freedom, march to your own drums

    Rabbits- timid, shy, fertility, abundance, growth

    Crows- Spiritual laws, intelligence

    Horses- Power, freedom, inner strength

    Butterfly- Transformation

    Are you starting to realize that when we use our intuition we are really operating without a safety net? There is no logic, common sense to this. Know that what you sense, feel, perceive and dream has some meaning. There is always a reason we notice what we do and that we don't notice everything else.

    The same object viewed by two people can mean two very different things. Just allow your meanings of the symbols to come to you, and this may take time. It also takes an open mind, even if at first you have to pretend that the symbols are significant. Allow things to be meaningful and they become meaningful.

    Exercise 3

    Start an intuition notebook and write your experiences in a book. Write on how some daily or other impressions you had may have answered your question.

    • Practice on things like; who is on the other line when the phone rings?

    • Which elevator will arrive first?

    • Will the next traffic light be green, red or yellow?

    • Focus on a call you would like to receive from someone and you will suddenly hear from them!

    • If the doorbell rings and you're not expecting anyone, who do you think it is?

    You'll be amazed at how accurate your "guesses " can be.

    As little children we had no trouble pretending. Pretending often precedes faith and before we know it, we no longer need to pretend.

    If we insist on our experience of the world making sense, we will deprive ourselves of valuable intuitive data. You must be willing to make mistakes. When you follow your intuition you will gain a feeling of power and energy and more importantly a wonderful spiritual connectedness to all things in your life.

    By Irene Martina

    March 4, 2008

    Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Irene_Martina
    http://EzineArticles.com/?Exercises-to-Develop-Your-Intuition&id=1100971

    Friday, May 29, 2009

    Mystic Owl Curio

    Mystic Owl Curio shoppe sells Metaphysical curio, items, tools and supplies
    from books to herbals to jewelry,
    scented candles, gadgets, incense, clothing, and more.

    Sunday, May 24, 2009

    Santería: A Practical Guide

    Santería, A Practical Guide toAfro-Caribbean Magic

    Introduction

    Santeria is not an archaic religion. It is a vibrant force with five hundred years of continuous history in the Western Hemisphere. Its African roots go back at least as far as Christianity's.

    Santeria has millions of followers spread across the United States, the Caribbean, Central, and South America. There is Voodoo in Haiti, Macumba in Brazil and Candomble in the Northern coasts of South America. Its adherents come from all walks o f life; doctors, lawyers, politicians, thieves and pimps. All those who seek the power to control their own lives and want to lead them in accord with the deepest parts of their beings are candidates for initiation into Santeria. As the traditional belief systems of the Western world cease to provide a direct emotional involvement with the mysteries of life, more and more people are turning to the throbbing of the Santeria drums. It is a religion of trance, mystery, posse ssion, blood and sex. What follows is a brief glimpse into Santeria. If you want to know more, go to the ceremonies, burn the candles and dance to the drums. Skin color or language are no barriers. The ancient gods will recognize their own.


    Source:
    Nunez, Luis Manuel. Santería: a Practical Guide to Afro-Caribbean Magic. Dallas, TX: Spring Publications, 1992.

    Online Text Version:
    http://w3.iac.net/~moonweb/Santeria/Intro.html

    Saturday, May 23, 2009

    Tarot: The Thoth Deck

    The Thoth Tarot Deck
    By Craig Malone

    The Thoth Tarot Deck was a tarot deck developed by the English occultist Aleister Crowley and illustrated on his instructions by Lady Frieda Harris. Aleister Crowley called the Thoth tarot deck, the book of Thoth and claimed that the deck reflected the wisdom of the ancient Egyptian book of Thoth. The tarot card descriptions found on the Thoth Tarot deck are different in symbolism and imagery compared to other standard tarot card decks.

    Thoth is considered one of the most important deities of the ancient Egyptian pantheon. He is known as the God with the head of an ibis. He is the heart and tongue of the all-powerful Egyptian Sun God Ra. He translated the will of Ra into speech and is the divine communicator of Egyptian mythology. He was the scribe of the Gods and was called the God of Writing. The book of Thoth is used for divination through tarot cards. The tarot card descriptions on the Thoth deck are reflections of the great knowledge of the ancient Egyptians.

    A cult of Thoth grew during the last years of the Egyptian civilization who claimed to predict the future through occult divination. Aleister Crowley claims that the Thoth tarot deck developed by him was based on the tarot card descriptions followed by the cult of Thoth. He developed the deck between 1938 and 1943. He commissioned Lady Frieda Harris to illustrate the deck based on his visions and based on the ancient Egyptian book of Thoth papyrus by Jasnow and Zauzich. It took five years to develop the deck because Crowley wanted the images to reflect different disciplines including science and philosophy.

    The tarot card descriptions in the Crowley Thoth tarot deck are different from the Rider Waite and other standard tarot card decks. The Major Arcana or trump cards are 21 in number and consist of the fool, the Magician or Magus, the high Priestess, the Emperor, the Empress, the Hierophant, the lovers, the chariot, Adjustment, the hermit, the wheel of fortune, lust, the hanged man, death, art, devil, tower, star, moon, sun, aeon and the universe. Court cards in the Thoth minor Arcana deck are the prince, the princess, queen and the knight. While the suite of cups, disks, swords and wands remain the same, they are illustrated with an Egyptian hieroglyphic style. The pips of the minor Arcana in the Thoth deck relate to the signs of the zodiac with the aces depicting the root of the element they represent. Each pip card in each suite has an attribute.

    The wand suite relates to the fire signs of the zodiac. The ace represents the root of the fire element 2 dominions, 3 virtues, 4 completion, 5 strife, 6 victory, 7valor, 8 swiftness, 9 strength and 10 oppression.

    The cup suite represents the water signs of the zodiac. The ace represents the root of the water element, 2 love,3 abundance, 4 luxury, 5 disappointment, 6 pleasure, 7 debauchery, 8 indolence, 9 happiness and 10 safety.

    The sword suite represents the air signs of the zodiac. The ace represents the root of the air element 2 peace, 3 sorrow, 4 truces, 5 defeats, 6 science, 7 futility, 8 interference, 9 cruelty and 10 ruin.

    The disks suite represents the earth signs of the zodiac. The ace is the root of the earth element, 2 change, 3 work, 4 power, 5 worry, 6 success, 7 failure, 8 prudence, 9 gain and 10 wealth.

    The Thoth tarot deck reflects the tarot card descriptions that formed the visions of Aleister Crowley on a visit to Egypt. Many diviners have found great merit in predicting the future using the Thoth Tarot deck.

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    Carl Jung's Dream Theories
    By Christina Sponias

    Jung believed that the human psyche was divided in two parts-the conscious and the unconscious mind.

    According to Jung, the center of the human psyche should not be considered the person's ego. Instead the center is the Self, which contains more than the conscious content. The Self is the completion of the human psyche, after someone has developed all of his or her psychological functions.

    The unconscious mind is divided in personal and collective distinctions. The personal part contains someone's individual experiences, while the collective part has general content existent in all human beings. The collective part is represented in dreams by the archetypes, which are symbols that appear in everyone's dreams, in all historical times and civilizations.

    The main dream symbols that appear in everyone's dreams according to Jung's statements are:

    1. The Persona-This is the image that the individual presents to the world, like a social mask. The persona would reflect the person's social position, profession, and status quo.

    2. The Shadow-This is the part of the human psyche that is not developed yet. The shadow contains positive and negative characteristics, depending on someone's personal evolution.

    3. The Animus or Anima-This is the image of the ideal type of man for a woman, or the ideal type of woman for a man. The animus, or anima, is an idol, but could represent a real person of the person's environment.

    Carl Jung concluded that each dreamer who decides to discover the content existent in his or her own psyche through the interpretation of dreams would make a trip to the Self.

    Jung managed to prove to the world that our dreams follow a sequence, helping everyone evolve as they learn more about the content of their psyche. This is how people are transformed and start to accept other aspects of life, which they were not able to absorb before the dream analysis.

    We have four psychological functions-thoughts, feelings, sensations, and intuition. The more developed of the functions in someone's psyche will determine his or her psychological type.

    In addition to the four functions, everyone has a certain attitude that will characterize them as extroverted or introverted. The extroverted psychological types will always agree with the general opinion about reality, while the introverted psychological types will always have their personal opinion, which will usually be totally different from the general consensus.

    Continuing Jung's research in the unknown region of the human psyche, I can verify that his theories are correct with the exception of his belief that the unconscious mind contains negative aspects. Instead, it is another part of the human psyche, the primitive side of the human conscience, which concentrates all the negative characteristics of someone's personality. Therefore, Jung's theory concerning the negative segments of our mind is absurd because the primitive side was not developed like the human part of our conscience and provokes all existent mental illnesses to the human side of our conscience. The unconscious part of our being is only wise.

    Everyone can transform the negative and dangerous part of their psyche in a positive part of their human side by translating their dreams according to the scientific method, and following the directions of the wise unconscious mind that produces our dreams.

    Christina Sponias continued Carl Jung's research into the human psyche, discovering the cure for all mental illnesses, and simplifying the scientific method of dream interpretation that teaches you how to exactly translate the meaning of your dreams, so that you can find health, wisdom and happiness.

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