Sunday, March 27, 2011

Readings in Occult Theosophy

[1] Occult Chemistry: Clairvoyant Observations on the Chemical Elements [1919] by Annie Wood Besant and Charles Webster Leadbeater:
"The deep interest and importance of the research which this book describes will best be appreciated if introduced by an account of the circumstances out of which it arose. The first edition, consisting mainly of articles reprinted from the Theosophist, dealt at once with the later phases of the research in a way which, though intelligible to the occult student, must have been rather bewildering to the ordinary reader. These later phases, however, endow the earlier results with a significance that in the beginning could only be vaguely conjectured. I am the better entitled to perform the task that has been assigned to me—that of preparing the present edition—by reason of the fact that it was in my presence and at my instigation that the first efforts were made to penetrate the mystery previously enshrouding the ultimate molecule of matter..."

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[2] Thought-Forms [1901] by Annie Wood Besant and Charles Webster Leadbeater:
"As knowledge increases, the attitude of science towards the things of the invisible world is undergoing considerable modification. Its attention is no longer directed solely to the earth with all its variety of objects, or to the physical worlds around it; but it finds itself compelled to glance further afield, and to construct hypotheses as to the nature of the matter and force which lie in the regions beyond the ken of its instruments. Ether is now comfortably settled in the scientific kingdom, becoming almost more than a hypothesis. Mesmerism, under its new name of hypnotism, is no longer an outcast. Reichenbach's experiments are still looked at askance, but are not wholly condemned. Röntgen's rays have rearranged some of the older ideas of matter, while radium has revolutionised them, and is leading science beyond the borderland of ether into the astral world. The boundaries between animate and inanimate matter are broken down. Magnets are found to be possessed of almost uncanny powers, transferring certain forms of disease in a way not yet satisfactorily explained. Telepathy, clairvoyance, movement without contact, though not yet admitted to the scientific table, are approaching the Cinderella-stage. The fact is that science has pressed its researches so far, has used such rare ingenuity in its questionings of nature, has shown such tireless patience in its investigations, that it is receiving the reward of those who seek, and forces and beings of the next higher plane of nature are beginning to show themselves on the outer edge of the physical field. 'Nature makes no leaps,' and as the physicist nears the confines of his kingdom he finds himself bewildered by touches and gleams from another realm which interpenetrates his own. He finds himself compelled to speculate on invisible presences, if only to find a rational explanation for undoubted physical phenomena, and insensibly he slips over the boundary, and is, although he does not yet realise it, contacting the astral plane..."

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Friday, March 25, 2011

55 Healing-Spiritual Herbals & Botanicals

1. Aloe Vera
2. Arnica
3. Bayberry
4. Burdock Tincture
5. Catnip
6. Cherry
7. Chickweed Tincture
8. Comfrey Leaf
9. Corn (Maize, Mealie, or Zea mays L.) Silk Tea
10. Dandelion Tincture
11. Devil’s Shoestring (Viburnum alnifolium var.; not Nolina Texana)
12. Dove’s Blood
13. Dragon’s Blood
14. Echinacea
15. Elder Berry
16. Fennel
17. Fenugreek Seed
18. Frankincense
19. Garlic
20. Ginger
21. Hawthorn
22. Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja mutis)
23. Kava Kava
24. Kelp
25. Kyphi (Kaput)
26. Lavender (Seed, Oil)
27. Leek (Allium ampeloprasum L. – Broad leaf)
28. Mandrake
29. Milk Thistle Tincture
30. Mugwort
31. Mullein
32. Myrrh
33. Nettle
34. Oatstraw (Oat Straw) Infusion
35. Olive Oil
36. Onion Juice
37. Orris Root Tincture
38. Peppermint
39. Plantain Leaf (Poultice, Oil)
40. Red Clover
41. Rosemary
42. Sacred Smoke (Smudges)
43. Sage
44. Snakeroot
45. Soy
46. Spearmint
47. St. John's Wort
48. Turmeric Milk
49. Uva Ursi (Bearberry leaf)
50. White Vinegar (Distilled)
51. Willow (Salix alba)
52. Witch Hazel
53. Wormwood Tincture
54. Yohimbe (Bark, Root)
55. Yucca Root

The herbal, botanical, and ethnobotanical information here is not intended to replace the advice of your physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. Herbs, botanicals, and herbal products are not subject to review or approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They are not required to be standardized, meaning that the amounts of active ingredients or contaminants they contain may vary between brands or between different batches of the same brand. Not all of the risks, side effects, or interactions (indications and contraindications) associated with the use of herbs, botanicals, and herbal products are known because few reliable studies of their use in humans have been done.

This list is a work in progress and is meant for anyone who is interested in learning more about herbs and botanicals. For more information about how to use herbs in your spiritual practices, connect with us.

Resources and additional information:

▪ Rev. Dr. K.A. Sahure, D.D., Msc.D.,
Spiritual Herbalist
▪ Rev. Dr. P. Lorca, D.D., D.Met.,
Spiritual Herbalist
Temple of Kemetic Wicca - Herbalism
Golden Sun Herbal Tea

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

"The Chants"

"Traverse thou the land in thy manifestations, stride thou like Nut over the four quarters of the world.

Thou passest over the land, above the godly temples of the two goddesses, Isis and Nephthys:

At thy proceeding thou art exalted twice over.

Behold, Set in his chariot--thy enemies are not his enemies!

Come thou into thy temple, oh Osiris, and seek for thy place;

Behold thou, and hearken to the speech of Horus, lying in the arms of his mother, Isis:

Overcome thou indeed in the two lands, oh lord!

Carry out thy word, preserve it in the temple, inscribe thou it, oh great God;

Restrain with thy manifestations, in thy going forth from thy temple, oh Osiris!

Come thou in peace to thy seat, oh lord, Conqueror!

Show us the great Bull, the lovable lord, as he shall become!

Thy duck, thy sister, Isis, produceth the sweet odours belonging to thee and with thee,

Yet thy way doth not tend toward us, oh our lord!

Give thou life from the beginning unto believers!"

▪ Excerpted from:

The Burden of Isis: Being the Laments of Isis and Nephthys [1910]
Translated from the Egyptian
With An Introduction
By James Teackle Dennis


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Inner Aura

"THE aura proper lies just outside the etheric double. For some time it was considered indivisible, although the part nearest the body is evidently more dense, and has a different texture from the more distant portion; nevertheless, the one appeared to shade into the other too gradually to be treated separately. After many trials it was found possible to divide the aura into two distinct parts by the help of coloured screens, other than those containing dicyanin. These parts are known as the outer and inner auras. The new screens have made a great addition to our knowledge by opening up an increased field of observation in disease, and affording an explanation of several phenomena which were previously inexplicable..."

Excerpted from Chapter III - "The Inner Aura" - The Human Atmosphere [1920] by Walter J. Kilner, p. 44

ILMJ editor's note:
Your ability to see or visualize auric fields of energy along with their corresponding color spectrum can be developed through progressive mental (psychikos) and ocular (oculus) exercises. To learn more about this and the Etheric Double, connect with us at Applicatus Occultus Metaphysicus and/or the Temple of Kemetic Wicca.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Musing 03.04.2011: Benefits of Kindness

Do you really want to be happy? Everyone says yes, but the gateway to happiness makes some of us frown. The gateway to happiness, is giving to others as well as finding happiness inwardly in order to spread this to all whom you encounter daily.

Think about this: "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." ~ The Dalai Lama

Some of us may feel that, if we give too much, our generosity, will be taken advantage of by others. This is true, and a few very selfish individuals can possibly perceive your good intentions as weakness.

However, people who seek to take advantage are in the minority. To quote Gandhi, "We must be the change, we wish to see in the world." Think about it, change has to start somewhere, so why not start with you and me, right now?

You can donate anything randomly, without seeking reward, and anonymously, without telling anyone. This is good for you, the universe, and those who receive your acts of kindness. Every time you give, you will receive – even, if you are not looking for a reward.

Try it, and you will see, what some call, “karma,” the law of cause and effect. It works like this: For every action there is a reaction. Let’s make sure the reactions to our actions are good ones.

Danny Thomas said, "All of us are born for a reason, but all of us don't discover why. Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others."

Share everything and you will achieve a legacy of kindness. Share nothing and people will, do their best, to forget you. When my life is over I will only leave memories, in the minds of others, and I want them all to be good ones.

So, how much should you give? It can start with, “heart felt”, kind words, a note, a card, or a flower. You will find that your gifts or donations won’t make you poor. As a result of this, you will see most people, naturally, return kindness to you.

You should also take the time to be polite to all of the people who perform services for you, every day. Many people do not bother to say hello to the maid, janitor, parking attendant, or service clerk.

Once you do, you may even learn their name, and you would be surprised how many of them will go out of their way to give you good service, just by addressing them by their first name.

If you establish sincerity and trust where ever you go, you will be loved by your fellow man. It is really that simple. As Mohammed (The Prophet Messenger Muhammad ibn 'Abdullāh ibn Abdulmuttaleb, c. 570 Makkah - June 8th 632 CE Madina) said, "A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world."