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A Lesson In Gevurah גְבוּרָה Now free from your prison of sand, do you look and contemplate how tall your person flame has now become? Does it even matter at the moment? The tantalizing ambiance of unadulterated  freedom is all you can taste and feel, so how could this ever be seen as destructive to yourself after you just left what would have killed you?  Just as the untempered flame of a candle burns so hot that it melts itself before it is even had the moments to comprehend it’s own fate, it is no longer. Same  does the leafy incense burns just as quickly and fiery,  giving us only a brief wisp of the aroma before it becomes ashes to the wind. Just as our own flame would do to us. Our own fire would let us burn like a ill-forgotten candle, think not? Simply look back at your own decisions made in haste and of the same quality of judgment and tell me that this metaphor is not the same.How fast was your flame burning and how quickly did it  lead you to a time of ruin, sorry and despair? How the quick flash of your own flame turned temperance to the wind and your regret of that moment still haunts you? Without that temperance, your actions & flame would have not allowed such things to transpire, yet in a moment of unrefined weakness of self you let slip a moment that you no longer can forgive nor forget. As the candle can not forgive itself for burning itself so quickly & become whole again, we can not forget that moment and it will until forgiven leave the mark upon more than our memories.   Once seeing this, it is the grace given to us to be able to grasp this ember of Knowledge & turn it to Understanding and Wisdom. For without it, there would be no lessons to comprehend and to guide our lives. Only the unbridled flame of ourselves burning away more time than we have to even spare. Temperance counters the flame of destruction only if one allows it. Seek comfort in this, or you will find that it is your own flame that will consume not just yourself but all that is around you even after it burns you to ash and dust.
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it’s tarot tuesday! today’s card is the Five of Wands.

The fives of each suit are associated with mars*, and as such usually are taken to represent conflict of a sort. For the wands, the conflict in question needn’t be bloody - the card merely represents discourse, discussion, at worst a debate or an argument. 

It’s true that the card can signal a stumbling-block in the querant’s plans; mishandled, debate solves nothing and makes everyone feel worse. But, like it or not, we are each born into the company of seven billion other souls, so perhaps it behooves us to come up with some means of reaching a consensus with at least some of them. 

As an extra point of auspice, I happened to draw this one on the day of the UK’s General Election a couple of weeks ago, so thoughts of argument and politics were pretty fresh in my mind.


* For some reason in magic the integers 1 through 10 each have an association with an astrological symbol. I’m not really sure where this started, but in the case of the tarot it’s probably something to do with the Kabbalah, a system with which the tarot is closely linked. Geburah, the fifth sphere in the Kabbalah, is associated with the planet mars. There’s also a thing where if you flip round the symbol for mars (♂) it kind of looks like the numeral 5, but I’m not sure if that indicates causality or if it’s just a coincidence someone spotted after the fact. Anyway. Magick!

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A Lesson In Gevurah גְבוּרָה

 How often do we seem to think to ourselves that we are always running out of time? How often do we catch ourselves contemplating this bewildering feat and yet struggle to find a simply, yet reasonable answer? What do you blame, who do you blame? Is there always an answer to this constraint upon yourself and life that haunts you and let’s your fall victim to the Ego’s words of “it’s never you” & yet in the mirror it always is. How many times have you used this and look at the work you have put in and understand that it is barely even a scratch in the Great Work of your life? How long has Ego played this game with you and you have let it run your life? How long have you been blind to see that it’s been you who places these barriers of time within your Macrocosm? 

 We live in a world now that time is everything. It governs you like a dictator & you have become it’s slave. Walking ener lovingly into it it’s arms and you let it control all your thoughts, actions and life choices. It is scary but sadly so true. QWe place time over the Great Work more and more and the power of Faith becomes lesser and lesser. Our Foundations crack and falter. The Kingdom is in turmoil & yet we do not see it nor care anymore because it is no longer important only time is. So now time is a God and we bow before it before all others..Sounds horrible, it is…

 We each have to find the way to walk away from this , change what binds us to this thinking and learn to see that this programming is placed upon us as a society not as an individual.  To raise ourselves above the daily mundane & to live the daily life of The Great Work it isn’t as it use to be. Once upon a  time, we use to be able to separate our time, walk away from the mundane and place ourselves within the Great Work without the ego guilting us to look back and think of the repercussions of if we do. Our lives have too many contingencies, too many distractions & way too many reasons not to… This isn’t the work of the Devil or Satan as man has been made to believe, but this is The Work of Man, not The Great Work.. Man places limitations within their own lives to restrict the gaining of Knowledge, the restriction within the Great Work is to teach us how we are doing such, not to limit us to never being able to do it. This is the difference. Being able to do The Great WOrk and the limitations of being able to are two different aspects. Hence why the Great Work is confused with The Work of Man and many cannot see the clean defining differences. 

 This is now our job to separate these two works & Understand that we created The Work of Man to limit ourselves out of Ego, not out of The Great Work. Learn to see the difference of limitations & grow in your UNderstanding before you limit yourself into being nothing more than a wishing to do instead of actually doing.

EXO PATHCODE TEASER LOCATIONS

I know I am fucking late but well yeah, SM has me hyped on the theory stuff now. So here goes my two cents on it.

London : Jongin : teleportation
The Victorian era has always been fascinated with egypt. They even built teleportation chamber which led to ancient Egypt. We do see jongin in London and his power is teleportation and also him on the Sphinx/ other Egyptian structure in exordium vcr

“An earlier Egyptologist was Joseph Bonomi traded as an archaeological artist but is thought to have been a tomb raider.  He is also generally considered to have been the designer of the Egyptian styled ‘Courtoy’ tomb in Brompton cemetery which was ostensibly intend to be the final resting place of 'three spinsters’.  An interesting legend has grown up around this mausoleum because it is the only one in the cemetery for which there is no record of construction.  This, together with Bonomi’s obsession with the afterlife (reflected in the heiroglyphs on the tomb), have been held by some to be evidence that it is not a tomb at all…..In fact the tomb is one of five 'teleportation’ chambers designed by Joseph Bonomi and built by his occult partner the Clerkenwell inventor Samuel Alfred Warner.  “

Barcelona : Tao : time travel

“The World Brain organisation described in The Shape of Things to Come of 1933, the headquarters for which is located in Barcelona, contains echoes of the index organisation described in A Modern Utopia of 1905. One imagines that the vast centralised database of A Modern Utopia that is needed for the surveillance and disposition of the population would necessarily be part of the new and improved "knowledge apparatus” Wells was latter to describe as a World Brain or World Encyclopedia organisation"

HG wells is known as the father of time travel. His book, the shape of the things to come predicts future history.

Also he is shown to be exiting from Kafka café. In metamorphosis, kafka’s hero wakes up and turned into another creature. In translation it is said to be a beetle, but in the original ne it signifies a butterfly. Butterflies signify loneliness/being alone. Butterfly has been an icon for both Sehun and Tao in MAMA teaser.

Arizona : Chanyeol : fire/phoenix

Phoenix is the capital of arizona

“The most mystical and most beautiful of all winged beasts - the Phoenix, the "Bird of Flame”, an incarnation of Foiros. “

"Arizona’s Wallow Wildfire has consumed more than 733 square miles (1,898 square kilometers) — an area nearly half the size of Rhode Island — in the space of two weeks.”

Similar to what we see in yeol’s teaser, wildfire spreading

Berlin : Minseok : ice

We see minseok entering an abandoned building with graffiti on it’s walls. 

Berliner Eisfabrik. Abandoned ice factory, one of Germany’s oldest, which managed to survive two world wars, several fires and countless parties “

Edinburgh : sehun : wind

“Given Edinburgh’s position between the coast and hills, it is renowned as “the windy city”, with the prevailing wind direction coming from the south west, which is often associated with warm, unstable air from the North Atlantic Current that can give rise to rainfall – although considerably less than cities to the west, such as Glasgow. Rainfall is distributed fairly evenly throughout the year.[78] Winds from an easterly direction are usually drier but considerably colder, and may be accompanied by haar, a persistent coastal fog. Vigorous Atlantic depressions, known as European windstorms, can affect the city between October and May.”

Marseilles : Junmyeon: water

Marseilles has always been connected because of it’s port and canals.

“Historically, the economy of Marseilles was dominated by its role as a port of the French Empire, linking the North African colonies of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia with Metropolitan France. The Old Port was replaced as the main port for trade by the Port de la Joliette during the Second Empire”

In the teaser we see drought is everywhere with the whole forest being dry, but then jun sits in the public bath(I guess?) place and the water flows in signifying his powers are back.

In reality there has been a severe drought in Marseilles in history. Historians have noted there has been some small series of earthquakes(soo’s power) and then the sudden flow of water in abundance to the city. However, this  water again dried up after some time followed by another earthquake.

Almaty : Jongdae : lightning

Jondae was in Almaty which is some mile from Astana. This makes sense because there is an emblematic tree of life and since JD is soo’s counterpart, there is a symbolism of tree of life where he is present.

“Construction of the Bayterek Tower began in 1997, the year the capital was moved from Almaty to Astana. Euronews’ Seamus Kearney reported: “The view of the tower from a distance is stunning enough, but don’t forget to take a lift to the top to get a bird’s-eye view of Astana.”

The tower represents a tree of life visited by a mythical bird of happiness.”

“– The association between lightning and the Tree of Life mirrors the real link between lightning and trees.  Sheltering under trees in a thunderstorm can be dangerous, as that is precisely where lightning is most likely to strike.

- ‘Beware of an oak, it draws the stroke’, or put another way, the tree draws down power from the heavens to the earth.”

Also, the version A cards show them holding colored balls.

[This image of the Tree of Life showing the Path of the Lightning Bolt is the most important image of the tree to understand further theories. The Path of the Lightning Bolt is the creative energy flowing from the Primum Mobile to the most concrete manifestation. It determines the numbering of the Spheres (Sephirot), and as we shall see later, the order of the paths connecting them. Above the first Sephira, you can see Ain Sof Aur, the Limitless Light; beyond which is Ain Sof, Limitlessness (which is invisible); and beyond that, Ain, Nothing. For those who want to skip ahead, the Gemmatria of Ain Sof is 207, and Aur is also 207…together 414, the same as hagooth: meditation. The Sephirot are numbered and named as follows:

1. Keter, the Crown (white) 2. Hokmah, Wisdom (grey) 3. Binah, Understanding (black) Daath, Knowledge (colourless). This is the unnumbered “bridge” over the “abyss” separating the divine from the mundane. A great mystery. 4. Hesed, Mercy (blue) 5. Geburah, Might (red) 6. Tipareth, Beauty (yellow) 7. Netzach, Victory (green) 8. Hod, Glory (orange) 9. Yesod, Foundation (purple) 10. Malkuth, the Kingdom (sky blue or earth brown) ]


Lyon : Baekhyun : light

Lyon is famous for it’s festival of lights, earning the title of Capital of Lights.

“Lyon played a significant role in the history of cinema: it is where Auguste and Louis Lumière invented the cinematographe. It is also known for its light festival, the Fête des Lumières, which begins every 8 December and lasts for four days, earning Lyon the title of Capital of Lights.”

“8 December each year is marked by the Festival of Lights (la Fête des lumières), a celebration of thanks to the Virgin Mary, who purportedly saved the city from a deadly plague in the Middle Ages. During the event, the local population places candles (lumignons) at their windows and the city of Lyon organises impressive large-scale light shows onto the sides of important Lyonnais monuments, such as the mediaeval Cathédrale St-Jean.”

Yunnan : Yixing : Healer

We have known from the beginning that yixing is the healer for exo theory. Him arriving at Yunnan was no coincidence, because

“Yunnan Baiyao (or Yunnan Paiyao; simplified Chinese: 云南白药; traditional Chinese: 雲南白藥; pinyin: Yúnnán Báiyào; literally: “Yunnan White Drug”) is a hemostatic powdered medicine famous for being carried by the Vietcong to stop bleeding during the Vietnam War.The medicine, developed by Qu Huangzhang in 1902, is designated as one of two Class-1 protected traditional medicines, which gives it 20 years protection. In China, its reputation is equal to that of penicillin in the U.S. It is founded and manufactured by a state-owned enterprise, Yunnan Baiyao Group (SZSE: 000538) in Yunnan, China.”

Colorado : Soo/ All : earth n tree of life

In the Southwest corner of Colorado, 18 miles at 92 degrees from Egnar, there appears to be a “Tree of Life” and the remains of a Buddha-figure in a Lotus Flower, pair of megalithic-carved/shaped landscapes. gps 37.54.40.66N, 108.36.14.46W

Subjects and Symbols - The Baphomet

The modern tattoo imaginery is often full of ancient symbols. Their roots and original meanings, are often different from what contemporary pop culture convinced us of.

I’d like to go a bit deeper on some of them, starting from one of my favourites.


The Baphomet

(pic: Eliphas Levi’s illustration, from his first book)

To talk about the Baphomet, to understand how complex and deep its roots are,  (A recent theory even see the Baphomet as the Shroud of Turin, or  Sacred Sindon) we can start from his name.

There are many theories about its origin, recurring for the first time during the inquisitions, when the templars were accused of erethic behaviour and idolatrization of a bearded figure. For some, it was just a transcription of the suffering noise from tortured templars, some sort of extorted confession from someone unable to speak.

For some others, the word “Baphomet” came from “Abu fihama” , from arab “father of unknown”. Or from greek words “Baphe” and “Metis”, that can be translated with “wisery baphtism”. Or, again. from hebraic “Behemoth”, or “beasts”.

According to Eliphas Levi, one of the greatest occultist and esoterist from the past centuries, the word Baphometh was “Tem. ohp. ab” spelled backwards, from the latin “Templi omnium hominum pacis abhas “, or “father of the universal peace among men”.

And these are just some of the most common interpretations.

(pic: Mike Moses)

As in the Eliphas Lévi’s famous illustration (from his 1897’s book, “Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie”  a modern standard for occultism) the Baphomet is usually represented as anthropomorphic figure, with a goat head and a torche on it symbolizing knowledge, a pentacle on his forehead, wings, female breast, a caduceus shaped penis, and the latin words “solve” and “coagula” on his forearms. One of the arms is supposed to be feminine, as another sign of the androgic nature of his figure. The hands (“Chesed”and“Geburah” for Levi) pose, are recalling Hermes Trismegistus principle “Whatever is below is similar to that which is above. Through this the marvels of the work of one thing are procured and perfected” (just one of its various translations, and probably the easier to understand). Each of the elements of his complex representation have been objects of studies for centuries, and would be impossible to go through all of them here (and without a specific competence).

(pic: Alex Rusty)

What we can say is that the Baphomet, as explained from Levi’s studies, is the incarnation of the top of the alchemic process, where opposite forces matches leading to (spirtual) enlightenment.

It was meant to incarnate balance, wisdom, the alchemic world itself.

In the modern imaginery, after Aleister Crowley (who claimed to be Levi’s reincarnation) used “Baphometh” as one of his names, and then Anton LaVey started using the “Baphomet Seal” (a goat  head in a reversed pentacle) as the symbol for his church of Satan, we are used to see the baphomet as pure evil, a grotesque monster, or just a nice subject for a metal band’s t-shirt. But if you ask me, the original meaning is by far the most complex, fascinating and interesting one.

(pic:Angelo Barulli)

(pic: Daniel Baczewski)

More Baphomet inspired tattoos here and here.

The dynamics of astral travel

Here I’m going to discuss how to figure out where you are in mind-space (the astral), how to travel to another location, and the dynamics thereof. Please note that this guide is not about etheric travel (out of body experiences in the physical plane) but rather focuses solely on astral travel (out of body experiences in the personal and/or collective unconscious).

When we travel on the physical plane distance is measured in length, measuring physical space between two objects or locations. On the contrary in the astral you can be walking for an eternity yet only cover a tiny bit of territory, or maybe none at all. The first difference between astral and physical travel is that in mind-space distance is measured by affinity or sympathy rather than the literal distance between two locations.

Any idea or concept can create a whole reality in the astral, bigger than anyone could explore in one lifetime. This means that even if you are travelling down a road you may not actually leave the astral space of that concept. The reality you are travelling through will have doorways to other astral spaces which are in affinity with where you are. As an example if you are travelling through the idea of “Pleasure” then there might be objects, entities, or places within this pleasure reality which will lead you to “Sex”, or “Video Games”, or maybe even “Laziness”.

The way to tell where you are in the astral is simple. Everything in the reality you are seeing will be a correspondence of the idea you are travelling through. If you don’t have a magick symbol set of correspondences then this might be a bit trickier and will require introspective analysis of each object around you. Having such a system of symbols learned will allow you to quickly orient yourself.

For example if you have memorized the correspondence tables in Liber 777 and you find yourself in a scarlet red, pentagonal room with an orange roof and Horus holding a ruby then you right away know your current astral location is the Sephira of Geburah. If I saw a boat made of amber powered by a furnace then I can guess it will lead me to the path of Cheth (connecting Geburah and Binah).

As a less systematic example I could be travelling through the reality of “Love”. There are many couples and families around me, and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves whether they are with someone or alone. Everything I see around me is beautiful and passionate, Eros (the God of Love) soars above in the skies. I find two stores side by side. From one people are walking out with delicious food, beautiful clothes, awesome trinkets and electronics. From the other come out lovers more enamoured with eachother than any I’ve seen before, they’re literally glowing with love. If I enter that door then I will enter the world of “Spiritual Love”, and if I enter the other then I will be taken to “Materialistic Love”. In the latter I might end up finding a “door” leading to the idea of “Materialism” and have travelled from Love to Materialistic Love to Materialism.

These “doors” aren’t always so obvious. In the reality of “Love” I might see an ex who had traumatized me with abuse and in one glance I begin to transition into the world of “Fear”. Simply focusing on an idea can project you from the astral reality you were in and into the idea you were focused on. Stray thoughts or concerns might create tunnels and pull you into their realities. Focus and clarity are essential in the beginning stages of developing your ability to accurately navigate through mind-space.

Learning how certain ideas or concepts affect others allows for a greater scope of control. As an example the various banishing and invoking pentagrams are all mental constructs (concepts) that an adept has charged with a certain meaning. Once they are built up in hir personal unconscious then the adept can use these symbols in the astral to create the corresponding effect.

If something, whether a situation or an entity, is getting out of hand in the astral then one can use a banishing pentagram which correlates to the element which would rule that entity or place. One could also invoke a God or an Archangel that can resolve the situation.

The above example is simple yet common, but the number of interactions between various symbols and the results of those interactions are far beyond the limit of simply banishing and invoking. Put a flaming sword in a cup and a creature might appear. Paint a mirror red then walk through it like a portal. Take your astral heart and make of it a rose, then offer it to Babalon.

The changes we make here in mind-space will reflect back in our own selves. We can effectively reprogram aspects of ourselves and grow to deeply understand the structures within our unconscious. All through the alchemy of symbols and ideas, as described above.

It is rumoured by the whispering lips of the adepts that if one fashions their mind and personal unconscious into a structure capable of receiving the divine then you will find access to the collective unconscious. Here, in this greater mind-space, you can learn of things well beyond the limits of the self. It is rumoured to hold secrets of nature and divinity, of all men as well as all Gods and Goddesses.

But that is a conversation for another post.

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8/18
Today’s Tarot of the Day card is:

The Chariot

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Number: VII
Numerological Link: The Tower, XVI
Astrological Sign: Cancer, The Crab
Element: Water
Hebrew Letter: Heth (Chet, Cheth), Symbol: Fence/enclosure, Meaning: Guidance
Tree of Life Pathway: Eighth, between Geburah and Binah
Chakra: Throat, for truth
Key Meanings: Determination, victory, and a journey

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The card is actually one of my favorite cards because I feel a strong connection to it. The Chariot and The Tower are my two birth cards (you can find yours using numerology or an online source).

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Card Description:
The man in this card is a Traveller who is standing in a strong stone Chariot with an open canopy of six-pointed stars, which represent celestial influences. The crescent moons on the man’s shoulders are face outward to symbolize the formative world. The laurel and star crown indicate the highest attainment of man in spiritual evolution. The symbols on his tunic are alchemical symbols, representing the spiritual transformation of man, the square signifies earth, a sign of strength of will.
With the city and its river behind him it appears he is about to move on with determination and self-control for a successful journey. His current concerns are material and practical rather than mystical, but he still has some awareness of the mystical world according to the stars on his canopy and astrological symbols on his belt. The Chariot card contains many symbols from all the former cards 0-VI. For instance, the two sphinxes, one black and the other white, are the same as the pillars of The High Priestess card. This tells us that the man in this card has mastered the valence between looking within and listening to his intuition, and then acting on that in the material world. He holds the same wand as The Magician, showing that he has control through the strength of will. He echoes the youth of The Fool, the starry crown of The Empress, the stone Chariot of The Emperor’s throne, the landscape is like that of The Lovers, and the pillars of the Chariot are like the pillars of The Hierophant.

Number: VII is the number of unification as it is mirrored in the seven days of the week, the days of the creation of the universe, and the classical wisdom’s seven planets of the solar system. With seven being the sum of three and four, this indicates that he is the child of The Empress and The Emperor. The Tower is the dark side of The Chariot’s ego, leading to destruction.

Meaning:
The Chariot signifies success and a major departure. It is a time for determination as you begin to travel in a new direction. Once you have made your decisions you can begin to experience real progress. You will need your willpower to fuel your desires as you move on. The Chariot represents conquest, victory, and overcoming opposition through your confidence and control. You must be determined, self-disciplined, and hard working in order to triumph over these difficulties. This card reminds us that struggle can make you stronger if you don’t let it control you.
This card speaks of success of pursuing your goals, as long as you maintain focus, determination, and confidence in your abilities. In order to do this you should draw upon your willpower and self-discipline. The Chariot also speaks of why accomplishment is so important because it can fuel your drive. It tells us that we should hold onto our past triumphs in order to keep up our strength and confidence which will help to accomplish more in the future.
The Chariot also says that you may need to look after yourself and concentrate on your needs at this time to find the confidence you will need to succeed. You need to have faith in yourself and know who you are and what you stand for in order to push your to accomplish your goals. You may even need to learn to control your own aggressive impulses, as this card requires us to have self control.

The Chariot’s Wisdom Message is to “take charge and reach for the stars”.

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A Note: Hey guys, sorry this one is so late today, I didn’t actually get any sleep last night so I was out of it all morning. I will be extremely busy tomorrow so I drew for two cards this afternoon and will write the second one up after this and post it tomorrow for you guys. ^ ^
I decided that another good thing for me to add to these readings when it is a card from the major arcana, would be for me to post a spread based on that card. So I will post a spread for The Lovers (yesterday’s card) and then The Chariot, look out for those! Thanks guys!!
-Lucien

The meaning of the Baphomet by Eliphas Lévi:

“The goat which is represented in our frontispiece bears upon its forehead the Sign of the Pentagram with one point in the ascendant, which is sufficient to distinguish it as a symbol of the light. Moreover, the sign of occultism is made with both hands, pointing upward to the white moon of CHESED, and downward to the black moon of GEBURAH. This sign expresses the perfect concord between mercy and justice. One of the arms is feminine and the other masculine, as in the androgyne of Khunrath, whose attributes we have combined with those of our goat, since they are one and the same symbol. The torch of intelligence burning between the horns is the magical light of universal equilibrium; it is also a type of the soul exalted above matter, even while cleaving to matter, as the flame cleaves to the torch. … The caduceus, which replaces the generative organ, represents eternal life; the scale-covered belly typifies water; the circle above it is the atmosphere, the feathers still higher up signify the volatile; lastly, humanity is depicted by the two breasts and the androgyne arms of this sphinx of the occult sciences. … The dread Baphomet henceforth, like all monstrous idols, enigmas of antique science and its dreams, is only an innocent and even pious hieroglyph….  Baphomet is not a God; He is the sign of initiation.”

- Eliphas Lévi - Transcendental Magic: Its Doctrine and Ritual

Chakras 101

The Chakras

The Body’s Energy Centers

Chakras are spinning energy centers at various locations along the center of the body where life force flows through us (in and out), balancing our physical, emotional, and spiritual connection with the Universe. The word chakra is derived from the Sanskrit word for “wheel,” or “turning,” but in the yogic context it more specifically translates to “vortex or whirlpool.” In the Vedic traditions, chakras were said to have been created in the beginning when Shiva and Shakti (the masculine and feminine aspects of cosmic energy or consciousness) were united in the cosmic lotus (Sahasrara, also the crown chakra—our connection to the infinite). Shakti asserted her power by disjoining from Shiva and simply walking away. As this happened, six lotus flowers sprung up from her footprints (symbolic of the remaining six chakras). That separation of Shakti from Shiva created the entire knowable universe—from its most subtle realm to its most crystallized one. Each chakra left behind then corresponds with one of these realms. This process of creation is also present in the human body, from the Sahasrara chakra on the top of the head (Crown Chakra), down the spine to the Muladhara (or Root Chakra), where Shakti now lives in separation from her mate. It is foretold that at some some point, Shakti will rise up again and rejoin her partner in the cosmic lotus. She will take with her the entirety of creation and live with Shakti again in cosmic unity.

There are seven main chakras, but potentially thousands, according to yogic tradition. When a chakra is blocked or too open, instead of being balanced and healthy, it can often lead to illness and emotional instability. It is important to understand what each chakra represents and what can be done to keep energy flowing freely. The simple fact that we can control the opening and closing of the chakras is testament to our connection with the Divine Infinite and the fact that as humans we are truly co-creators of ourselves, the universe, and all of reality. When we consciously balance our chakras (by using associated gemstones, for instance!), we become our best and healthiest selves, reaching our highest potential as humans. Following is a summary of the seven main chakras and their relation to emotions, bodily systems, sensations, and metaphysical correspondences:


The Root Chakra
Muladhara

Location: The base of the spine and tailbone area (alternately called the base chakra)
Color: Red
Sanskrit: Muladhara (root support)
Emotional: Grounded, Secure, Connected to others, Fears, Instincts
Physical: The skeletal structure, Teeth, Large intestine, Kidneys, Blood
Psychological Survival, Self-preservation
Balanced: Grounded, Centered, Belonging in this world, Trusting, Independent, Alive, Poised
Overactive: Bossy, Domineering, Big ego, Greedy, Violent, Cunning
Underactive: Unloved, Sexually inadequate, Frustrated, Fearful, Shy, Unsure
Identity: Physical
Affirmation: I Do, I am
Seed Sound: “LANG”
Challenge: Fear
Developmental Stage: Conception - 12 months
Element: Earth
Incense: Cedar
Herb: Sage
Planet: Saturn, Earth
Deities: Brahma, Dakini, Ganesha
Sephira: Malkuth
Power Animal: Elephant

Root Chakra Affirmations

I feel deeply rooted.
I am connected to my body.
I feel safe and secure.
Just like a tree or star, I have a right to be here.
I stand for my values, for truth, and for justice.
I have what I need.
I am grounded, stable, and standing on my own two feet.
I nurture my body with healthy food, clean water, exercise, relaxation, and connection with nature.
I am grateful for all the challenges that helped me to grow and transform.
I trust in the goodness of life.
I make choices that are healthy and good for me.
I trust myself.
I love life.


The Sacral Chakra
Svadhisthana

Location: Lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel
Color: Orange
Sanskrit: Svadhisthana (sweetness)
Emotional: Abundance, Well-being, Pleasure
Physical: Womb, Genitals, Kidney, Bladder
Psychological: Movement, Connection
Balanced: Friendly, Passionate, Sexually fulfilled, Good mood, Playful, Naturally flirty
Overactive: Needs power, Manipulative, Craving
Underactive: Shy, Guilty, Afraid to interact, Lost, Overly concerned about what others think
Identity: Emotional
Affirmation: I Feel, I Want
Seed Sound: “VANG”
Challenge: Guilt
Developmental Stage: 6 months - 2 years
Element: Water
Incense: Gardenia, Damiana
Herb: Fennel, Coriander
Planet: Mercury, Jupiter, Moon
Deities: Indra, Rakini, Vishnu
Sephira: Yesod
Power Animal: Crocodile

Sacral Chakra Affirmations

I love and enjoy my body.
I have healthy boundaries.
I am open to experiencing the present moment through my senses.
I am passionate.
I feel pleasure and abundance with every breath I take.
I nourish my body with healthy food and clean water.
I know how to take care of my needs.
I value and respect my body.
I am open to touch and closeness.
I allow myself to experience pleasure.
My sexuality is sacred.
Emotions are the language of the soul.
I take good care of my physical body.
I am at peace.

The Solar Plexus Chakra
Manipura

Location: Upper abdomen, in the stomach area
Color: Yellow
Sanskrit: Manipura (lustrous gem)
Emotional: Self-worth, Self-confidence, Self-esteem
Physical: Digestive system, Liver, Gall bladder
Psychological: Willpower
Balanced: Respect for self and others, Confident, Outgoing, Problem solving, Calm, Integral
Overactive: Judgemental, Stubborn, Critical, Bullying
Underactive: Low self-esteem, Apathetic, Procrastinating, Not knowing what to do
Identity: Ego
Affirmation: I Can, I Do
Seed Sound: “RAM”
Challenge: Shame
Developmental Stage: 18 - 42 months
Element: Fire
Incense: Saffron, Musk, Sandalwood
Herb: Cinnamon, Ginger
Planet: Sun, Mars
Deities: Rudra, Lakini
Sephira: Hod, Netzach
Power Animal: Ram

Solar Plexus Affirmations

I love and accept myself.
I stand up for myself.
I am strong and courageous.
I am worthy of love, kindness, and respect.
I choose the best for myself.
I express myself in a powerful way.
I am proud of my achievements.
I honor myself.
I choose healthy relationships.
I am authentic.
I direct my own life.
I appreciate my strengths.
I feel my own power.
I am free to choose in any situation.
I seek opportunities for personal and spiritual growth.
I am at peace with myself.

The Heart Chakra
Anahata

Location: Center of the chest, just above the heart
Color: Green
Sanskrit: Anahata (unstruck)
Emotional: Love, Joy, Inner peace
Physical: Heart, Lungs, Circulatory system, Arms, Hands
Psychological: Love
Balanced: Loved, Loving, Empathic, Contagiously good vibes
Overactive: Entitlement, Jealousy, Blaming others, Giving too much
Underactive: Unloved, Self-pity, Fear of rejection, Neediness, Clinginess, Uncertain
Identity: Social
Affirmation: I Love
Seed Sound: “LAM”
Challenge: Grief
Developmental Stage: 3.5 - 7 years
Element: Air
Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Rose
Herb: Yarrow, Meadowsweet, Oris root
Planet: Venus, Sun
Deities: Vishnu, Lakshmi, Krishna
Sephira: Tiphareth
Power Animal: Antelope

Heart Chakra Affirmations

I am open to love.
All love resides within my heart.
I deeply and completely love and accept myself.
I nurture my inner child.
I am wanted and loved.
I live in balance, gracefulness, and gratitude.
I love the beauty of nature and the animal world.
I forgive myself.
I am open to love and kindness.
I am grateful for all the challenges that helped me to transform and open up to love.
I am connected with other human beings.
I feel a sense of unity with nature and animals.
I accept things as they are.
I am peaceful.


The Throat Chakra
Visuddha

Location: The throat
Color: Blue
Sanskrit: Visuddha (especially pure)
Emotional: Expression, Truth, Inner voice
Physical: Throat, Ears, Mouth, Shoulders, Neck
Psychological: Communication
Balanced: Good self-expression, Truthful, Creative
Overactive: Talkative, Boring, Critical, Stubborn
Underactive: Poor self-expression, Fearful of public speaking, Creatively blocked, Timid, Dependent
Identity: Creative
Affirmation: I Speak, I Express
Seed Sound: “HAM”
Challenge: Lies
Developmental Stage: 7 - 12 years
Element: Spirit
Incense: Frankincense
Herb: Chamomile
Planet: Mercury
Deities: Sadasiva, Sakini
Sephira: Geburah, Chesed
Power Animal: White elephant

Throat Chakra Affirmations

I am open, clear, and honest in my communication.
I have a right to speak my truth.
I communicate my feelings with ease.
I express myself creatively through speech, writing, or art.
I have a strong will that helps me resolve my challenges.
I nourish my spirit through creativity.
I live an authentic life.
I have integrity.
I love to share my experiences and wisdom.
I know when it is time to listen.
I am a good listener.
I express my gratitude towards life.
I listen to my body and feelings to know what my truth is.
I take good care of my physical body.
I am at peace.


The Third Eye Chakra
Ajna

Location: The forehead, between the eyes (Also called the Brow Chakra)
Color: Indigo
Sanskrit: Ajna (command)
Emotional: Intuition, Imagination, Wisdom, Thinking, Decision making
Physical: Eyes, Base of skull, Brow
Psychological: Intuition, Imagination
Balanced: Intuitive, Charismatic, Meditative, Knows self-purpose, Wise, Decisive
Overactive: Spaced out, Lost, Worrisome, Fantastical, Unsure
Underactive: Unaware, Easily influenced, Confused self-purpose, Doubtful
Identity: Archetypal
Affirmation: I Know, I Think
Seed Sound: “OM”
Challenge: Illusion
Developmental Stage: Adolescence
Element: All elements, Light
Incense: Mugwort
Herb: Almond blossom
Planet: Saturn, Moon
Deities: Hakini Shakti, Shiva
Sephira: Binah, Chokmah
Power Animal: Black Antelope

Third Eye Affirmations

I am in touch with my inner guidance.
I listen to my deepest wisdom.
I seek to understand and learn from my life experiences.
I am wise, intuitive and connected with my inner guide.
I nurture my spirit.
I listen to the wisdom of elders.
I trust my intuition
I forgive the past and learn what was there for me to learn.
I forgive myself.
I love and accept myself.
I know that all is well in my world.
I am connected with the wisdom of the universe.
I am open to inspiration and bliss.
My life moves effortlessly.
I am at peace.

The Crown Chakra
Sahasrara

Location: The very top of the head
Color: Violet
Sanskrit: Sahasrara
Emotional: Perceptive of inner and outer beauty, Spiritual connection, Pure bliss
Physical: Central nervous system, Cerebral cortex
Psychological: Awareness, Understanding
Balanced: Joy, Connected to The Source but aware of individuality, Wise, Compassionate
Overactive: Addicted to spirituality, Attention greedy, Need for popularity, Overly erotic imagination
Underactive: Misunderstood, No joy, Blind to spiritual connection
Identity: Universal
Affirmation: I Am, I Understand
Seed Sound: “AH”
Challenge: Attachment
Developmental Stage: Entire life
Element: Nothingness (no thought)
Incense: Myrrh
Herb: Gotu Kola
Planet: Uranus
Deities: The Guru within
Sephira: Kether
Power Animal: Egg (potentially any)

Crown Chakra Affirmations

I am part of the divine.
I honor the divine within me.
I seek to understand and learn from my life experiences.
I cherish my spirit.
I seek experiences that nourish my spirit.
I listen to the wisdom of the universe.
I trust my intuition.
I am able to let go of attachments.
I live in the present moment.
I am grateful for everything in my life.
I love and accept myself.
I know that all is well in my world.
I am connected to the wisdom of the universe.
I am open to divine wisdom.
My life moves with grace.

Thomas Karlsson - The Kings of Edom placed on the 11-pointed Star, representing the Qliphoth and their 11 Demonic Rulers, “Qabalah, Qliphoth and Goetic Magic”, 2009.

Kings of Edom were kings over the land of Edom before any Israelite king had conquered it. Qabalists associated these kings with the  Evil Primordial Worlds and their Lords. According to the Qabalists, Edom was a kingdom, or a world, which consisted solely of the harsh forces of Geburah. The Zohar tells us that Edom means ‘a kingdom of a severity which is not weakened by any pity’. Theancient lords of Edom were 11 in number, and this number is associated with the principle of Evil in the Bible. In the Genesis 30:40-43 we can find their names: Timna, Alva, Jetet, Oholibama, Ela, Pinon, Kenas, Teman, Mibsar, Magdiel and Iram.

In the Qabalah, these names correspond to the Eleven Demon Rulers who govern the Anti-Worlds of the Evil Side. A Qabalistic text on the most important Demons reveals that both the lords and the kings of Edom are associated with certain Demons: Samael, i.e. Satan, is mentioned as a ruler of Edom. There were certain Qabalistic speculations around the conjectures regarding the kings of Edom certain Demonological traditions liked with the thought that they belonged to the Emanations of the Left Side. Among certain Jews during the early Middle Ages the term ‘Kings of Edom’ was used to denote Christianity, which they believed had developed from the Dark Side.

Protection magic

This is a completion post from many different sources and books. Please enjoy.

1. Designed to protect a person, home, or place of business from evil influence.
1 oz powdered sandalwood
1/2 oz powdered 5 finger grass
1/4 oz. powdered frankincense 
1/4 oz grated orange peel
1/4 tsp. saltpeter
1 dram of gardenia oil
2 dram tincture of benzoin
1/8 Fl. Oz =1 dram 
1/4 Fl. Oz = 2 dram
Tincture of benzoin
2 oz powdered benzoin
4 oz water
12 oz alcohol
Keep this mix in a bottle for 2 weeks and shake daily, then strain the liquid for use.
— Ray T. Malbrough

2. Home wreath protection
You can make a wreath with these herbs as a ward.
A list of warding herbs
Rosemary
Lavender 
Rue
Juniper
Basil
Osha
Angelica 
Copal
Garlic
Marigold
Anis 
Fennel

3. Protection oil
4 drops frankincense essential oil
4 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops rosemary essential oil
Blend oils together and add to your bath water or mix with a cup of sweet almond oil for a protective massage.
-Judika Illes

4. Don’t cross my path
3 garlic cloves, peeled
Handful of course sea salt
Generous handful of fresh rosemary
1. Ground together in a food processor or mash up with
2. Sprinkle on the ground whenever you feel the need of psychic protection.
-Judika Illes


5. to remove negative entities
What you need:
9 pale blue candles 
Kyphi oil and incense
Work this spell 9 consecutive nights for complete effectiveness. 
If you miss a night you must start over with new candles and bury the old. 
Anoint one of the candles and light the incense. Visualize a soft blue light encasing your home and family members. Light the candle and say:
Nasty critters, head these words-
Fly far away , fly like a bird.
Hear me well: I now command 
You leave this space, this sacred land. 
Out, I say! I order you!
Go peacefully- take flight anew.
By Dorothy Morrison


6. To stop someone from interfering in your life
(7.)
1. Wright the name of your enemy on a piece of paper.
2. Place the name in a zip lock bag.
3. Fill the bag ¾ full with water, and zip it shut and place it in the back of your freezer, and don’t disturb it.
-Dorothy Morrison

7. Anti Hex Talismans & spells
(1) to make a powerful anti-hex talisman, engrave on a gemstone the word( DAVAR ) Hold the talisman to your forehead, close your eyes and say: 
Words of power 
be spoken; 
power of the Hex 
Be Broken 

(8) on a piece of blue paper write the powerful words: 
Ateh 
malkuth 
ve geburah 
ve Gedulah 
le Olahm 

Burn the paper over a white candles during the time of a full moon or eclipse, and with the ashes, rub the symbol of an “X” on your forehead to neutralize the power of the hex


9. Protective simmering potpourri
Simmer this mix at a regular intervals, to drench the home with protective energy. This safeguards it from outside influence of all kinds.
4 tbsp rosemary (whole)
3 bay leaves (whole)
1 tbsp basil (whole)
1 tbsp sage (whole)
1 tbsp fennel (whole)
1 tsp dill seed (whole)
1 tsp juniper berries (whole)
Mix in a small bowl with hands, visualizing your home as a protected place. Charge the herbs with protective energies . Add to simmering water, when the steam rises chant the following:
Air and water, work my will
To guard this house with power bold;
Earth and fire, work to still
All dangers both untold and told.
—via spell crafts
Cunningham & Harrington

10.—Protective SHELD of Janus—
Janus (pronounced Jayn-Us) is the double faced roman god of beginnings and endings. 
this protection spell can be cast at any time. 
-4 rocks of the same aprx size 
- a permanent marker 
- salt 
Preparation Draw Janus face (a mature man w/ short curly hair and clearly beard) on both sides of the rocks While drawing the images say “This is Janus” and believe it while you say it. 

put the rocks on your altar with the salt as an offering to Janus. 
next decide where to place the rocks to create your shield. (Four corners of your home)
The Spell Raise power and focus on Janus ,ask him to charge your rocks with his protection. Hold your hands above the rocks and say: 

Powers of Janus, powers of rock,
through the year, around the clock
protect us better than a lock
powers of janus, powers of stone,
across, about, between, together, alone
protect all that is our own
when the rocks are charged, begin placing them in the chosen positions. Repeat the spell while you do this , and visualize a force field connecting the rocks together. If the rocks are outside sprinkle salt around the stones as offerings to Janus.then ground the raised power.
Afterword To keep this spell activated, periodically renew your visualization of the force field. Tend to the rocks from time to time by cleaning them.
via spells for the solitary witch by. Eileen Holland

“The Sephirothic Tree is sometimes depicted as a human body, thus more definitely establishing the true identity of the first, or Heavenly, Man – Adam Kadmon – the Idea of the Universe. 

The ten divine globes (Sephiroth) are then considered as analogous to the ten sacred members and organs of the Protogonos, according to the following arrangement. 

• Kether is the crown of the Prototypic Head and perhaps refers to the pineal gland; 

• Chochmah and Binah are the right and left hemispheres respectively of the Great brain; 

• Chesed and Geburah are the right and left arms respectively, signifying the active creative members of the Grand man; tiphereth is the heart, or, according to some, the entire viscera; 

• Netsach and Hod are the right and left legs respectively, or the supports of the world; 

• Yesod is the generative system, or the foundation of form; 

• Malchuth represents the two feet, or the base of being. 

(Occasionally Yesod is considered as the male and Malchuth as the female generative power.)

The Grand man thus conceived is the gigantic image of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, with head of gold, arms and chest of silver, body of brass, legs of iron, and feet of clay. 

- Manly P. Hall: The Secret Teachings of All Ages

The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram:

The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram is one of the chief rituals of Western Magick. It has been with us at least since the Golden Dawn of the nineteenth century, and it has penetrated into all the many Golden Dawn spinoffs, including Neo-Paganism. 

A. Intent of the Ritual

The real action of a magick ritual takes place in the mind. Ritual is a form of moving meditation. The effect is also primarily psychological.* The LBR is a tool to facilitate meditation.

The experience of a proper LBR is pleasurable and soothing, yet energizing and empowering. One is made at home in the mystical realm, protected from lurkers and phantasms by strongly imagined wards. This solace from mundane experience is a precondition for more serious works of meditation or ritual, but it can also form a healthy part of the life of the mind by itself.

B. The Ritual

Touching the forehead, say “Ateh (Unto Thee).”

Touching the breast, say Malkuth (The Kingdom).“

Touching the right shoulder, say "ve-Geburah (and the Power).”

Touching the left shoulder, say “ve-Gedulah (and the Glory),

Clasping the hands upon the breast, say "le-Olahm, Amen (To the Ages, Amen).”

Turning to the East, make a pentagram (that of Earth) with the proper weapon (usually the Wand). Say (i.e. vibrate) “IHVH” (Ye-ho-wau*).

Turning to the South, the same, but say “ADNI” (Adonai).

Turning to the West, the same, but say “AHIH” (Eheieh).

Turning to the North, the same, but say “AGLA” (Agla).

Extending the arms in the form of a cross say:

“Before me Raphael;

Behind me Gabriel;

On my right hand Michael;

On my left hand Auriel;

For about me flames the Pentagram,

And in the Column stands the six-rayed Star.”

until xxi. Repeat steps (i) to (v), the “Qabalistic Cross.”

“In the “Kabbalah” the three male Sephiroth — Chochma, Chesed, Netzach — are known as the Pillar of Mercy.

The three feminine on the left, namely, Binah, Geburah, Hod, are named the Pillar of Judgment.

While the four Sephiroth of the centre — Kether, Tiphereth, Yesod, and Malchut. — are called the Middle Pillar. ( the four aspects of Osiris).

The ten Sephiroth are ten emanations of Eternal Mother Space, ten waves which serve as the foundation of the Great Mother.

The seven planets of the solar system are the seven Sephiroth and the triune Spiritual Sun is the Sephirothic Crown.”

Samael Aun Weor: The Initiatic Path in the Arcana of Tarot and Kabbalah

“Boaz and Jakin are both pillars of the Temple, and only when united do they produce stability. 

Of these two columns, the left-hand one under Binah is (also) called Severity; the right-hand one under Chokmah is (also) called Mercy; the middle one under Kether is called Mildness, and it is said to be the Column of Equilibrium. These two side columns are the two pillars that stand at the entrance to King Solomon’s Temple and are represented in all Lodges of the Mysteries, the candidate himself, when he stands between them, is the Middle Pillar of Equilibrium.

Dion Fortune - The Mystical Qabalah

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Location of the Sephiroth within the physical body:

1.  Kether - the crown, in the superior part of the head

2.  Chokmah - right side of the brain

3.  Binah - left side of the brain

4.  Chesed - in the right arm

5.  Geburah - in the left arm

6.  Tiphereth - in the heart

7.  Netzach - in the right leg

8.  Hod - in the left leg

9.  Yesod - in the sexual organs

10.  Malkuth - in the feet