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Temet Nosce // Know Thyself The Matrix (1999), which is our modern day version of Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave”, has a rather famous scene, where the protagonist, Neo, goes to visit “The Oracle”. While in her apartment, above the kitchen door, the ancient Greek aphorism, Temet Nosce (“Know Thyself”), hangs. The Oracle does not... / READ MORE /
Reason, memory, perception, will, imagination, and intuition are believed to be the 6 higher faculties of the human mind. By cultivating and further developing these faculties, a type of “flow consciousness” evolves, as we come into relationship with being an architect of our reality, using the mind as the builder (see: Mind as Builder by... / READ MORE /
I recently spoke with prolific author, professor and esoteric scholar Gary Lachman about his new book, Dark Star Rising: Magic and Power in the Age of Trump. Gary explored the connections between Trump and mind metaphysics (did the US election break reality?) as well as the rise of the alt-right and that weird new media... / READ MORE /
The Miracle Club with Mitch Horowitz starts Wednesday night, June 13th at 8 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. PST. Learn more and register. I first discovered Mitch Horowitz through a reading of Occult America. Lately, I’m learning a lot through his book on New Thought: One Simple Idea and more recently, Mind As Builder. Mitch... / READ MORE /
The following piece was written after listening to a William S. Burroughs lecture at Naropa University, recorded in 1986. Listen to it yourself for full effect.  William S. Burroughs is one of the most interesting writers of the Beat generation. His books, like Naked Lunch, famously and scandalously broke new artistic literary ground with the... / READ MORE /
BIGHORN: Our Principles in Question? With all eyes on the United States of America, as its president carves a whole new path for himself and the country, author and shaman Barbara Meiklejohn-Free pulls on the energies of one of its spiritual heartlands to ask the question, ‘What really matters to us and to what lengths are we, as... / READ MORE /
My Introduction to Santería At a time when I was most lost in my life – spiritually, physically and mentally – I found myself alone in paradise. While others were delighting in the feverish sun, cocktails and swaying palms, I wailed with fear and desperation. The laguna next to where I lay my head had... / READ MORE /
The Magic of Trees is a book by Tess Whitehurst explores the sacred wisdom, and metaphysical properties of trees. Whitehurst describes the book by saying: “Bring positive change and nourishment to your body, mind, and spirit by connecting with the deep wisdom and power of trees. Featuring detailed descriptions of the magical and energetic properties of... / READ MORE /
Featured art by Pilar Zeta The Middle Pillar ritual is a very powerful and effective magical exercise/ritual, which allows you to activate the five psychic centers within the Middle Pillar of the body. By affirming the Middle Pillar within our body’s Qabalistic Tree of Life, you can activate your aura and then draw down and circulate... / READ MORE /
Used for drawing in potential love-partners and money for centuries (and still), but little people know about it. Read more about the mysteries of Dragon Blood… What Is Dragon’s Blood? And A Bit Of History There is still a lot of confusion about the actual source of Dragon’s Blood. In the ancient days people claimed... / READ MORE /
The Book of Wonders is a mysterious Arabic manuscript dating back to the late 14th century A.D. It is believed to have been bound together in Baghdad during the reign of Jalayirid Sultan Ahmad (1382-1410). The manuscript is made up of astrological, astronomical and geomantic texts compiled by Abd al-Hasan Al-Isfahani, as well as a... / READ MORE /
In Wiccan/Pagan tradition May 1st is known as Beltane, a holiday which finds its origins among the Celtic peoples of Western Europe and the British Isles – in particular Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The word “Beltane” translates to”bright” or “brilliant fire,” and refers to the bonfire lit by a presiding Druid in honor of the... / READ MORE /
“[The hexagram ✡] the most meaningful sign in the entire universe.” — Jakob Böhme, mystic, alchemist The great Hermetic axiom, “as above, so below” is the verbal articulation of man’s relationship to the cosmos. Visually represented as the hexagram and “merkaba“, this symbol represents the complete interpenetration of above ▽ and below △, heaven and earth, mind and body,... / READ MORE /
Six Key Figures in Western Ceremonial Magick The world of traditional Western Ceremonial Magick enjoyed a renaissance during the late 19th and early 20th century. Groups like the Theosophical Society, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, Ordo Templi Orientis, and the Builders of the Adytum sought to bridge esoteric philosophy with practical spiritual work.... / READ MORE /
“Some things have to be believed to be seen.” – Ralph Hodgson Belief is the most powerful tool you can use when it comes to practicing magick. It is the foundation upon which you build your reality – and without a firm foundation, the architecture of your dreams may not be made manifest as you truly wish.... / READ MORE /
A Little History… Four Thieves Vinegar originated back in the 14th (or 18th) century, during the outbreak of the European plague in Marseille or Toulouse, France. The legend tells of a group of thieves who would rob the sick, and the dead – without catching the deadly disease. It is believed that when the thieves... / READ MORE /