Sunday, August 29, 2010

Fulcanelli: Master Alchemist

Esoteric Interpretation of the Hermetic Symbols of The Great Work

A Hermetic Study of Cathedral Construction

Translated from the French by Mary Sworder

with Prefaces by Eugene Canseliet, F.C.H.

Introduction by Walter Lang

Preface to the American Edition

by Roy E. Thompson, Jr.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Terminology: Wicca, Wiccan

For many practitioners within the Craft, Paganism, Alternative Religions, and Alternative Spiritual Paths residing in the United States--the terms "Wicca, Wiccan" are only used due to the fact that Wicca is a legally recognized religion in theUnited States which "permits" us to practice the rites, rituals, and spells of Witchcraft in connection with the physical laws of Nature and the metaphysical laws of our Universe (or Cosmos). The Legal Basis For Wicca "Dettmer vs. Landon -This is the court case that made Wicca a legally recognized religion in the United States."The case was Dettmer v. Landon. A 29 year old inmate incarcerated at the Powhatan Correctional Center in State Farm, Virginia claimed that his First Amendment right to the free exercise of his religion, the Church of Wicca, was violated by prison officials who refused to give him any access to his religion's worship materials. Prison officials said that the worship materials that Dettmer seeked--candles; a statue; a white robe; incens[e]; and either sulfur, seasalt, or uniodized salt--would be hazardous to prison security. The prison officials also claimed that the Church of Wicca is not areligion entitled to First Amendment protection..." Full Article: Alternative Religions Educational Network (AREN)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Neo-Pagan Sacred Art and Altars

"Fire-cat masks, earth mother icons, henna tattoos, ankhs, and water altars—these objects may sound like the inventory in an ancient druid's sanctuary. But they are part of the sacred reliquary created by contemporary artists and practitioners of Neo-Pagan ritual.

Calling themselves 'witches' and 'pagans' and drawing inspiration from pre-Christian polytheistic worship, the practitioners of Neo-Paganism have often been misunderstood by outsiders. In the uninitiated, their art and iconography have inspired fear.

In featuring the works of ten artists, Sabina Magliocco's Neo-Pagan Sacred Art and Altars unlocks the meanings of this religion's creativity and symbolism and makes its sacred nature understandable to non-specialists.

A stunning array of color plates and halftones will touch the imagination of insiders and outsiders alike, revealing the imaginative skills of some of the movement's most celebrated artists, as well as amateurs working at home with family and friends.

These masks and altars, earrings and necklaces create one of the Neo-Pagan movement's most striking features—its ritual art. Yet this is one of the first books to focus on these spiritual objects rather than on the sociology and psychology of the followers. The odd array of costumes and jewelry, as well as the juxtaposition of neo-primitive and medieval-looking styles, troubles outsiders and contributes to the movement's undeserved reputation for attracting eccentrics. Yet its sacred art is part of one of the most flourishing contemporary traditions in the United States."

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Hauntings, Ghosts, and Ghost Hunting

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Numbers, Their Occult Power and Mystic Virtues

"This is a review of number lore by W. Wynn Westcott, an esoteric author of the 19th century. Westcott includes information on the Pythagoreans and the Kabbalah. The main portion of this book includes a series of chapters dealing with every-larger numbers, starting with the 'monad', 1. Westcott had a grasp a wide range of occult correspondences, and this short book includes many rare snippets of information..."

Of particular interest here at the ILMJ:

Part I. Pythagoras, his Tenets and his Followers

Part II. Pythagorean Views on Numbers

Part III. The Kabalah On Numbers

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