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“Immediate change most often occurs when you change the inside reality first. Most practitioners of spellcraft are focused on using ritual to create a change in the environment and people around them. Most of the spells in this book focus on using energy to bring a change in you, the spell caster, rather than the outside world. When you change your inner reality, you change your viewpoint, and the way you relate to the outer world. If you transform your relationship with the situation in the inner world, you will transform the situation at hand in the outside world. Once you practice magick long enough, you realize what mystics have known for centuries – there is very little difference between the “outside” and “inside” world. It’s just a point of view.”
– Christopher Penczak
Instant Magick: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Spellcraft
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The metaphysical theory behind why people don’t remember their dreams is that when one is shocked awake the astral body, which was exploring the realm of dreams, doesn’t have time to fully reintegrate and align with the rest of the body. When we are shocked awake by an alarm clock and we start immediately thinking about the day ahead our mental body takes full control and the astral body is late to relay the rest of the information to the other aspects of the energetic body. This quick shifting of gears means that a lot of the information that would have been integrated with the mental mind has now been lost.
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Because of Styx’ oath of loyalty to Zeus, all oaths sworn upon the river were taken very seriously as they were automatically binding and the gods themselves would often swear oaths upon the river. The river was named after Styx because it had great power just as the goddess. Any part of the body that touched the river became invincible. His mother who held onto his heels dipped Achilles into the river as an infant; as such he was invincible except for his heels. As such the expression “Achilles Heel” is used to discuss a weak spot or point of vulnerability.
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To Understand Aradia in Sacred Fires we have to take a look at our cosmology. Our main gods are that of Diana, whom we work with as Queen of the Witches and Dianus, whom we work with as King of the Witches. They are the Divine Twins that emerge from the Star Goddess, or Source. If we think of this all in the idea of frequency, we have the Star Goddess who splits into two different frequencies as God and Goddess (though gender isn’t really a thing for us when it comes to how we view our gods). For anyone who has used binaural beats you know that a solid unwavering tone in the left ear (lets say it’s 200 Hz for example), and another unwavering tone in the right ear (let’s say 205 Hz), the brain will hear this as wavering sound and will process it as a totally new frequency (which would be 5 Hz in our example), as if the two frequencies have given birth to a new one. While not a perfect example, it’s one of the best I can use as a metaphor. In this metaphor Aradia is a new frequency that occurs from the union of these two different frequencies, just like the myth about Diana and Dianus/Lucifer’s union creating Aradia.
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Today we have the modern phenomena of the so-called ‘hedgewitch’ or solitary witch, sometimes called the ‘kitchen witch’. Yet the feminist writer who coined this term in the 1980s did not even realize it had an ancient origin! In its archaic form in relation to the Old Craft the word hedgewitch had a different meaning and it meant ‘a rider on the hedge’ or ‘hedge-rider’. In the old days the hedge or fence was the physical boundary or barrier between the village or town and the wilderness. Hence the popular term that something or someone that is not socially acceptable is ‘beyond the pale’, from the Middle English palus, a pointed piece of wood or stake in a fence.
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The book is fairly large, as stated, coming in at 559 pages and contained within a sturdy hardcover. The book is fantastic quality and full of beautiful artwork, as one would expect from any Three Hands Press book. The illustrations are stunning full color and full page sized by Raven Ebner, which makes this book especially beautiful, even by Three Hands Press standards. The book is worth every single penny and is a must-have in the library of any serious magickal practitioner.
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This question is impossibly difficult to answer. The reason why is because there are books that are crucial to understanding the inner reality of folkloric metaphysics, and without those, Witchcraft or sorcery as I understand it lacks its very soul. Then there are books on the tangible things of this world, like books of herbalism, the histories and geographies of places, or crafts like woodcraft that are inseparable from the lived experience of witchcraft and the source of its real power.
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He touches upon the idea of divinity that aligns a bit more with my own view, that the witch’s divinities differ a bit from the average pagan’s. “My personal belief is that ancient witches connected more with the idea of “conscious forces” than that of refined deity concepts,” Raven suggests that the witch, however, has always been connected historically with plants, poisons, and cures. It is here that he shares his insight on plant spirits, working with them both the psychic level or (perhaps shamanic might be a more apt word) as well as physically. The book is full of sigils, rituals, instructions and deep wisdom.
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The attitude you have when entering a reading can drastically alter the quality of the reading itself. I recommend spending some time just meditating and relaxing before a reading. This will increase your energy, which will give the reader a better chance of connecting with it. Come in with an open mind, being able to soak up any and all information that may be given to you. Suspend disbelief until after the reading. If you come in with suspicion or skepticism, this will greatly alter the reading. If you can just experience the reading at the time and discern it afterwards, there’s a greater chance that the reader will not have to fight your energy to get to information.
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Tyson writes, “In these brief essays, I have tried to open windows of understanding on various important topics of Western occultism, presenting them from the perspective of a practitioner who grasps the subject not only in an academic way, but first hand as an actual user of magic in his daily life.” As an anthology of Tyson’s writings, the chapters don’t necessarily build upon each other. Each chapter is a standalone subject. This makes it perfect for interval readings for those who don’t have the time to sit and read a book from start to finish. I read this book while commuting on the train back and forth to Salem, and as such was able to absorb chapters at a pace that felt natural when picking up and putting down the book.
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