Friday, June 14, 2019

Smoky Quartz Healing and Metaphysical Properties

Smoky quartz point
Smoky Lemurian quartz point


Virtually All You Need to Know About Smoky Quartz


Smoky quartz is for the most part relative to the base chakra; but it can have inclusions and other quartz stone properties that may affect other chakras as well (read on to know more about which inclusions etc). Additional properties a such, will most commonly affect the sacral and solar plexus chakras. When worn, smoky quartz serves not only to guard one against negative energies, but also to protect against psychic attack. As well it's an effective grounding stone, which is invaluable to those working on spiritual growth and those in the metaphysical arts. Smoky quartz is most commonly grey or brown. Some pieces are nearly clear.

In most cases smoky quartz is a naturally produced stone. In instances though, quartzes of other colors are irradiated or even baked, to become smoky quartz. When shopping for it you may at times see a stone that is grey with a yellowish or greenish undertone, called smoky citrine quartz. It will serve you to know that in fact it's plain citrine quartz. Citrine quartz can have any of a wide array of colors, based upon yellow, yellow-green, amber, or orangey yellow. Sometimes it is primarily grey or significantly greyish; hence its title may include the word smoky.

Smoky citrine quartz
Smoky citrine quartz point

Though it's not true smoky quartz, when gray it is understood to have the properties of both smoky quartz and citrine. Citrine's energies are sunny, bright, and strong, and support awareness; such properties augment the properties of smoky quartz in a practical way. With a yellow based undertone, smoky quartz is an ideal stone for applications in healing work.

Sidenote: The purpose of a seller referring to a stone as smoky citrine is not to mislead, but is dualfold. For one, it makes a less bright citrine better salable (i.e., to those looking for something that looks and acts like smoky quartz). This is prudent, as those looking for a citrine piece would not have interest in it due to its hue. Secondly, the stone's properties include all of those attributed to smoky quartz (and a few more), so it's in fact effectively titled that way, to help the right people find the right stone.

There are other types of smoky quartz too, for example they can be morion (black), or skeletal, they may contain rutile, or have spessartine garnets punctuating the exterior, and can even be smoky nirvana. Both skeletal and nirvana smoky quartz are higher than typical vibration for this stone, and as such are even more especially suited to those in the shamanic arts. Morion quartz, aka black quartz or black Tibetan quartz, has all of the properties of smoky quartz, but more concentratedly so. Hence when working magick that requires smoky quartz, when power is required over subtlety, go with morion quartz.

At times you will also find smoky amethyst, which is a great boon in working with habitual behaviours and also in dreamwork; additionally it will help one get a good night's sleep.

Concerning EMF radiations from computers and other appliances and technologies; smoky quartz helps alleviate them somewhat. Additionally, when detoxing, smoky quartz can be used in conjunction with other suitable stones, which may include selenite and or black tourmaline.

Smoky quartz works in a cyclic manner; it reaps stale energies and negativity from the surrounding environment then deposits said toxicity into the earth for recycling. The earth transforms the energies to a rightful state. This energy dynamic repeats ad infinitum. The energy flow is what keeps the stone cleansed; so when the energy flow stops an unknown factor is introduced. Does the remaining energy within the stone remain right there where it was, or does it move into the ground? As there is no way to tell for sure, periodic cleansing is recommended.

In magick, smoky quartz is an effective tool in hex breaking, magick reversal, protection magick, energy conversion magick, banishing, void magick, and baneful magick reversal. In the case of banishing, hex breaking, and void magick, its power can be is further augmented by crabgrass and or asafoetida. Furthermore, despite that many believe it to be wrong to adjust the will of another on any level, for those who don't buy into that, smoky quartz supports magick done to adjust a person's perspective; and then can be used in conjunction with selenite (to upgrade a perspective), or black tourmaline (to release an old viewpoint).

When a person is feeling down or out of sorts, this stone can be worn to alleviate that feeling and bring them back to centered, and will allow them to feel at peace again. Or, when a person who spends a significant amount of time around negative people they can't circumstantially move away from or ill people; again, this should be a stone of choice. Another thing is, some people are prone to saving those who are down and out. A stone like this helps keep the Samaritan's energies protected. Furthermore, animal rescuers and rescued animals would do well to wear this stone.

Smoky quartz is found globally, but the most significant mines are found in Brazil, Madagascar, Mozambique, Australia, Switzerland, and Scotland; and in the United States, in Colorado and New Hampshire.

By the way, there's often smoky quartz and morion quartz in my store, Rox 4 the Soul, on Etsy. Feel free to check it out.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Positive New Beginnings? What's Up With the Aces of Tarot?

The Tarot Aces

The Aces of tarot; they are considered by many to be parallel to the idea of having a portal open up to take us towards our respective objective. With aces, one's will is always part of the scenario; they must take the necessary steps and actions to move through that proverbial portal, otherwise the available energies won't take them too far.

But what if that's not how it is? What if it's not a positive new beginning, and furthermore, how does dignity (upright, reversed, etc) apply to reading aces? Is there even such a thing as an ace upright or reversed? Aah, now we are moving towards what I'm getting at...

In my humble opinion, an ace (i.e., any of the tarot aces) is the sign of a new beginning. It's not a good beginning nor a bad one, it's a beginning. Uninterfered with, universal energies are kind to us. But if we allow thoughts to interfere in a negative way, we'll see the beautiful and pure ace energy that opened up to us, become polluted. Yes, it's that simple; this is the primary message of the aces--to mind your thoughts if you want any or all of the things typically associated with the aces to avail themselves to you. If one manages to think thoughts that will serve and holds beliefs that will serve, that door remains open; energies will support their endeavors. The minute they let their mind roam to the negative side--SLAM! Okay, maybe that was a bit sensationalistic, but in fact, the positive energies start corrupting.

Before, I may have overgeneralized a tad in saying "all of the aces." In fact the Ace of Swords' message differs; this as by its very nature it includes the message already presented here. Thus when you see it, it leans more towards telling you, "okay, by now I should have your complete attention 'cause we've been here times before with similar lessons... walk this way please." Point being, that the Ace of Swords' nature is very much one of, "try something different this time"; the something different applies to matters of thought, intellect, and setting things straight (recovery).

Unfortunately though, in this world it's hard to control our thoughts, and as well we have to resist the negative thoughts passed onto us by others. Speaking of negative thoughts though, for some the layers of negative thinking are so deep, that they are not only hard to work through but are also hard to recognize. I recently heard someone say (in response to me labeling their thinking as negative on a topic), "no, I really don't think negatively, but my life experience has taught me to view things this certain way, because I KNOW what's going to happen based on this type of circumstance." Sadly, many of us have been in that place and have had to recover from that mindset. Onwards and upwards, as they say.


No Reversed Aces


Why no reversed aces? Oh you can read with them, it will serve its purpose. But in fact reversed or ill dignified aces don't make much sense, because the message of each ace already suggests for us to watch our thoughts on a topic. Ultimately, a reversed ace could only mean, to watch your thoughts and subsequent actions on whichever topic, so reversed aces serve as gross redundancies... either that, or in theory, an ace reversed could say that a problematic way of looking at a topic has been relegated to a past tense.

I really wanted to keep this post short and sweet, so that's enough to consider for today. Thanks.

Jude

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Sungazing (for Psychic Awareness); is it Dangerous? Productive?

Sungazing


Staring at the Sun, Aka Sungazing


by Jude Chi

You may have heard--there are many people who stare at the sun; but then, there are far more who believe that to do so is dangerous; idiotic, even. In actuality though it is not crazy or dangerous, nor is it some New Age thing. People have been doing it for aeons, including some of the ancient Asians, Greeks, Egyptians, and Mayans.


Why would anyone stare at the sun? Isn't it dangerous? 


The truth is, that while staring directly at the sun is typically dangerous, there is a time in the evening where sungazing becomes safe. There are varying reports on what that time is though; some sources say it's 45 minutes before sundown, some extend that to an hour, others say it is the last 2 hours prior to sundown. Really though, the 2 hour suggestion in my humble opinion is erroneous, or at least, could be that to the average person. As a long term sungazer I've tried outside of the last hour before sundown. It can be hell on the eyes, so to a newbie it would be more hellish yet, and may potentially be harmful. As such, sungazing outside of the typically suggested 45 minutes time frame is not recommended. There is a time in the morning where sungazing is safe as well, but we'll get to that later (in the 'how to' section).

By the way, this article is to inform; it is not my intent to promote sungazing. What you do with your eyes is your business.

Now, let's return to the question, "why would anyone want to stare at the sun in the first place?" The primary reason people sungaze, is to stimulate psychic awareness. Beyond that, they do it to vitalize themselves with the sun's energy, for one thing. You know how crystal lovers are aware that orange and yellow crystals carry sun energy? Well in theory they could put their crystals down and instead connect directly with the sun. The energetic effect of connecting with the sun in this way can be seen in observing plants, which need the sun to grow. Though it's harder to see what the sun does for humans, it is understood that we need vitamin D, which can only be produced by spending time in the sun. Vitamin D benefits include support of bone and tooth health, potential resistance to cancer, reduced risk of diabetes and MS, and increased cardiac health. As well vitamin D is believed to slow aging somewhat. To support production of vitamin D alone, is enough reason for one to consider spending more time outside in the sun. However, for one to choose sungazing over simply spending time in the sun, they may need other reasons.

My interest in sungazing was piqued upon reading a thread where a Facebook friend said that his psychic awareness had increased multi-fold since he began sungazing. I'd been working to increase my own awareness for a long time, so it was something I was prone towards investigating. It in time became my experience to believe what he said; sungazing does indeed heighten psychic awareness. It was only a month or so of regular sungazing before I started having regular visions, and had deities and daemons dropping by to offer messages of guidance. Though it is tempting to tell more of my personal experience with sungazing, it's not a good idea, as once a post becomes personal it has less mass appeal.  

Some would balk at my suggesting that I or anyone might sungaze to heighten awareness. Those same people would perhaps say that awareness is logically a byproduct of spiritual growth, and would in that mean that psychic awareness should be earnt the hard way. However, one person's philosophy should not have a whole lot of bearing on the choices another makes. As a mere observation on this, increasing one's psychic awareness does lead to accelerated spiritual growth, just as working on spiritual growth leads to heightened psychic awareness. So there's no real issue to be balked at.


Why Doesn't Sungazing Harm the Eyes?


During the time range recommended for sungazing, the sun emits less UV radiation. It is UV radiation that causes retinal damage. As well, and I provide no scientific or other evidence in support of this, but as I began sungazing I noticed that my eyes made certain adjustments. After a while, as soon as I gazed at the sun it quickly turned blue. When it is blue that way it does not feel uncomfortable at all to gaze at. It is as if the sun provides its own filter, in a sense. But I will add this--outside of the recommended ideal 45 minutes, at certain times the blue will not appear. Such times are obviously not the time to sungaze! It would be remiss not to add, that there's no telling if the sun will turn blue for you.

If eye damage is of concern for you but you still want to try, consider sungazing with your eyes closed. In doing so you are still fully connecting with the sun's energy and you are still assimilating sun energy in a significant way, as the eyelids are semipermeable. Thank you to my friend Adam K, who brought this alternate procedure to my attention.


What Else Can Sungazing Do?


Sungazing stimulates and activates the pineal gland, and in that, subsequently boosts the production of serotonin and melatonin, the bodily hormones that make us feel good [statement based upon information released by Dr. Edward F. Group III]. Melatonin and serotonin are known to alleviate stress and anxiety; they also help regulate sleep. As the sun is an intangible food source, it reduces feelings of hunger; and as Dr. Group pointed out, there is a direct connection between having low serotonin levels and craving carbohydrates. Furthermore on this same topic, Dr. Group said (paraphrased) that,"not spending enough time in the sun lowers vitamin D levels, which subsequently leads to weight gain."

Sungazing is said to increase physical energy, and that some do it towards that end is the only support available for this statement. Some have offered though, that in being generally happier and without losing as much energy to stress, one is going to be more energetic. Who knows. Furthermore, some say that sungazing will improve one's eyesight, but I found no basis to believe or disbelieve it. As well, those who meditate may find that their meditation sessions are more profound after sungazing for a while. And, as we age the pineal gland decreases in size, and today's living seems geared towards reducing its functionality. Sungazing is believed to increase the pineal gland's size; this due to brain scans conducted on Hira Ratan Manek. When he was 70 years of age, his scans showed his pineal gland to be thrice the size of the average man's.

By the way, Mr. Manek claims that sungazing can stabilize the emotions within a period of three months, can clear a person of illness in between three and six months, and will reduce cravings for larger food intakes within a six to nine month period. Note though, that if this were true it would be based upon one adhering to a certain recommended procedure, including increasing the amount of time that one gazes upon the sun for, by ten seconds each day, keeping a record to ensure accuracy, and sticking with the plan.

And speaking of Mr. Manek, some will call him a charlatan, as he was filmed eating after having laid claim to not needing to eat due to his consistent sungazing. However, do some investigation on that and you'll see, that he was under permanent supervision for the one year that he did abstain from eating within. If you could not eat, for example, wouldn't you still want to eat for the sensation sometimes? The guy is human, after all.


How is it Done?


As already recommended--sungazing is considered safe if practiced within the first 45 minutes after sunup, and also within the last 45 minutes before sundown. Though there are many who believe that an hour is safe, each person needs to know all the facts, then make whichever informed decision they do.

Instructions

Make sure that you only do this during the recommended time frame. It's up to you to decide whether morning or evening works best for you.

The first time, gaze at the sun for ten seconds. While doing so, softly diffuse your gaze. Then wait 24 hours to repeat; but when you do it that second time, gaze for an additional ten seconds (i.e., for a total of 20 seconds). Then 24 hours later, lather, rinse and repeat; 30 seconds this time. Add 10 seconds each day. Keep a record so you don't forget how long, as to introduce the eyes to the appropriate amount of sunlight is integral during the process. When you reach the point where you are sungazing for 44 minutes, you have maxed  out; that's as far as you can go. You can keep on doing it, but cannot make your sessions any longer.

That's all there is to it, really. You may find yourself growing in spirit exponentially. You may find the universe speaking to you in new and different ways. You may even find yourself experiencing what I do--visions and visits; and also sigils emerging from the sun, to analyze and gain messages from.

Know that at times there have been reports of people who've stared at the sun and harmed their eyes. Unfortunately, in such reported cases we don't know all of the facts. If it was the result of sungazing, were they following recommended practices? We just don't know. Basically, if you are doing it and it doesn't feel good, don't continue. For the record, another excellent way of connecting with the sun's energies, is through performing the Liber Resh vel Helios ritual on a regular basis. The only risk in doing so, is that you might turn Thelemite! Hah!

If you learnt something from this, please share.

Jude

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The Beginning Magician (4: More Yoga Activities to Keep You Busy)

asana, yoga, pranayama, breathing

Note from the Editor: It seems that in magick, that the bulk of beginners prefer to slide past working on the breathing exercises, mantras, and other elements of yoga. However, though one easily can do that and experience success in magick, let's now stop and consider one of the greatest historical examples of what yoga and its elements can do for us within magick when we do work with it. Aleister Crowley, is who we look to.

Aleister was so ill as a child he almost died. He's been quoted as saying that he did not realize early enough in his life that he could have made changes to improve his health, so did nothing. But when he realized he could self treat, he did so. It was done through his engaging in various methods of self discipline, including mountain climbing (physical), chess (mental), magickal and mystical pursuits (spiritual); and also through yoga, which addresses body, mind and spirit. The Great Beast 666 went on to become one of the greatest magicians of all time, and few will dispute this; as well he became one heck of a prolific author.

Yours truly (editor Jude Chi) was one of those who dismissed breathing exercises for a very long time. After a while though it seemed worth an effort to try. Once one does try there is no turning back, as the changes they will experience upon doing so are radical, IMHO. Point being, don't be in such a hellfire hurry to skip to the good parts of magick. Much power lies within the topic matter broached upon in a basic fashion right here. On a side-note, to clarify the title, some basic level of pranayama was presented in lesson one of this lesson series.
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Magick :: Discipline in Breathing


by Adam K


Greetings. Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

In Magick, one could well ask, “why would one chant, and what could it mean?” We in the West typically have a hard time understanding the purpose behind doing or saying a thing that apparently has no inherent purpose. Here I’ll attempt to address that concept, as well as I am capable of.

It would be easiest to begin by asking, “what is Pranayama?” Well, there are two things we don’t think of as all that important until we aren’t getting them. One is sex. The other is air. You figure out which one you will actually die without. We have talked about your breathing before, and now we will actually go out of our way to make it difficult by simply thinking about it while doing it, and making a routine out of it. I know, I know, why would we want to make it difficult, is what you’re thinking. Think of it like working out. When you are working out, you are intentionally doing a difficult thing to both make doing everything else easier and to alter your physical relationship to the world. Much the same is true with the Hindi practice of Pranayama, or, literally, Breath Control. Of course, as is usual in transliteration, prana means considerably more than just breath or air, and yama means something more than simply control; truer when we make them into one whole word. However, for now, breath control will suffice.

Prana is pretty much identical to the Chinese concept of Chi, which is a sort of life force energy that exists in everything around us and in us. Think of it like The Force in Star Wars, but much more subtle. pranayama is the act of controlling our intake and use of that energy, which is tied up in the air that we breathe.

In Western society, we have a tendency to pick up some pretty bad habits where our breathing is concerned. For example, we generally learn over time to breathe almost exclusively from the top sixty percent of our lungs, and that breathing is very shallow as a result. If you observe the way any young child or infant breathes, you will see it is much different from how adults, especially adult males, breathe. Children haven’t picked up the bad breathing habits we have yet. They breathe more deeply, and from lower in their core. It is at least a likely contributor to why we have so much less energy as adults than children do.

If you gain nothing else from this, it is worth the effort of correcting your breathing just to recapture a portion of the energy of your youth. So here I will give a simple method for doing that. Try it and see for yourself if you feel any difference after doing things differently for one week.

Since this is yoga we are talking about, the first thing you will want to do is get in a position, or asana, that you are somewhat comfortable with. It doesn’t need to be anything difficult like the lotus asana because the point to this is to alter your breathing habits and not to have your focus drawn away by undue discomfort. We’ll worry about doing that later!

mindful breathing
Once you have found an asana you are comfortable with, you should make sure you are dressed comfortably, that there is no restriction to your breathing, nothing tight around your waist. If you have privacy and aren’t overly self conscious, a good suggestion is to practice this nude. If not, a loose fitting robe of some kind is recommended.

Now find a nice, quiet spot to perform in. Take your chosen asana. Simply begin to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Here is the hard part: breathe in for a count of four seconds, then hold the breath without tightening your throat for four seconds, exhale slowly and evenly for four seconds, and hold again without tightening your throat for four seconds. It may be helpful to have a metronome (and yes, there is an app for that) set to 60 BPM to help you keep track of this. Another key is to breathe quietly enough that you cannot hear it, and inhale and exhale fully with each breath. Try to remain otherwise as still as possible while doing so. Imagine a string attached to the ceiling and extending down to the top of your head, and it is holding your head, neck, and spine straight and vertical. Breathing should start from the bottom of your lungs on inhaling, and should end there as well upon exhaling.

This all sounds simple enough, but compare it after a few minutes of practice to regular subconscious breathing, ask yourself just how much more difficult it is. But the key to this is, to keep doing it until without realizing it, you are no longer even thinking about it. It has simply become the way that you breathe.

If you feel you are becoming too comfortable with this, then it is advised that you simply take longer with each breath. Simply decrease the beats per minute on your metronome to 40 BPM, for example, while continuing to inhale, hold, exhale, and hold, each for four beats. And when that becomes too easy, decrease the bpm to 30 BPM, and so on.

Don’t make yourself overly comfortable while practicing this, but likewise, don’t allow it to be too terribly uncomfortable. The key to growth is to push your limits, not to rush past them blindly, after all. I am sure that as you progress, you will notice considerable physiological changes over time. Your regular rate of breathing as well as your regular pulse rate will slow as a result. The slower your regular pulse, the longer you live, oddly enough.

And, for the sake of making things even more difficult, we will now incorporate mantras. Instead of simply counting seconds, we may choose a phrase with a rhythm to it that holds some special meaning for us. This phrase will be a mantra for you, a phrase that, through repetition, will lose all conscious meaning in that moment, but which will alter your subconscious mind in significant ways. The science and art of creating change, indeed. But the key to effectiveness in the use of mantras, is to be sure you aren’t telling your subconscious self things, that to it, will seem patently absurd. You probably won’t convince your subconscious that you can stop a tank with a pinky finger, for example, unless you are also telling it HOW to stop it with your pinky finger (likely that would involve being in the driver’s seat of the tank, of course).

Start with something simple, but that has enough detail that it won’t be mistaken for vague nonsense. Barring that, use one that has little to no actual meaning to you, but which has a proven record of success. “Aum mani padme aum”, for example, is one such mantra. Meaning “hail, the jewel in the lotus,” it can easily be thought of as parallel to Liber AL’s own “The khabs is in the khu, not the khu in the khabs.” This phrase means that you reside within the universe of Nuit as Hadit, a star in that universe. It also means that the true quintessential YOU is not the mask of your persona that is the visible aspect seen by the world (the mask of khu), but the genuine self that must by its very nature continue as an indestructible fire, a star, a burning light that is the pure, immutable YOU (the khabs, the star, the soul, call it what you will).

But, really, any phrase that has a rhythm that can match your four beats per measure pattern of breathing can be a mantra. Just be sure you aren’t programming yourself to be the next Nickelback. Nobody needs that! (Lol)

If you want to really push this to the next level, you can practice your breathing exercises while jogging. Start with inhaling for three steps and exhaling for three steps (don’t hold your breath while jogging, as it is likely very unhealthy). After a while, change it to four, and move forth from there. If it becomes exceedingly difficult, simply lower the number of steps per breath back to a reasonable but not overly comfortable level. In time, you may be able to lower your regular resting heart rate to as low as 40 BPM! This is, in fact, the rate for many professional athletes and elite combatants, so it is possible! Just keep at it.

By now, I hope you have begun keeping a magickal diary or journal. These practices I have discussed would be ideal to keep track of in that journal. You will want to keep a record of how your awareness, focus, and wakefulness are all affected by the change in your breathing, both in the immediate and the long term. How also does the change affect your other daily activities? What correlations can you draw between your breathing and any improvements or lack of improvements you can see? Include anything you even remotely might feel is relevant. You may be surprised at what you could learn over time. From my own experience, I can say that any alteration in my breathing habits dramatically affects whatever activity I am involved in at that time, and that includes physical, mental, and magickal pursuits. It also affects my immediate emotional state, leveling out any extreme emotions I may be experiencing, especially if the breathing is accompanied by any form of rational thought exercises. But these are my experiences, not yours. That is precisely why you should be keeping a record of what you experience.

I know there has been more time than I previously indicated there would be between articles, and this is something I will try to work on. Stay tuned for more exciting adventures in the coming months! Until next time…

     Love is the law, love under will.
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Other Articles in This Series
The Preamble
Part One, Elementary Level Knowledge
Part Two, Rituals
Part Three, The Gods of Thelema
Part Three, The Gods of Thelema Continued
Part Four, More Yoga Activities to Keep You Busy (this page)

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Himalayan Ice Quartz, Nirvana Quartz, Growth Interference Quartz Metaphysical Properties

Nirvana quartz, ice quartz, growth interference quartz

Describing Nirvana Quartz, aka Ice Quartz 


Today we look at Nirvana Quartz, also called Ice Quartz, Himalayan Ice Quartz, Iceberg Quartz, Glacial Quartz, Lemurian Scalar Quartz, and Growth Interference Quartz. The word "nirvana," by the way, refers to a concept from Buddhism--the realization of an enlightened and ego free state, where one has moved beyond experiencing earth plane living. In various Indian religions nirvana is equivalent to the term moksha, and carries similar meaning to the Buddhist concept.

Nirvana quartz is harvested in the Himalayan Mountain regions of Tibet and India; it grows beneath the glacial ice found there. Glacial ice by the way, begins as snow, but sits so long that it compresses into ice. Unfortunately, in recent times the glacial ice formations of the Himalayas began melting and shifting (at an alarming rate, I might add). Subsequently this type of quartz was only recently discovered; that, in the early 2000s. Though primarily harvested in Tibet and India, ice quartz in theory could also be found in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bhutan, and Nepal, as the Himalayan mountain range passes through all. As a matter of fact, it could be mined anywhere in the world where glacial ice has receded, which explains why it is also mined in mountainous regions of Brazil.

Imagine living high amongst the mountain ranges of the Himalayas, or any mountains--the view is majestic, you are exposed only to the elements, the sun, stars and moon, and the day and night view of the open sky. Silence is all you'd hear, but for the infinitesimally quiet sounds of the universe, and the earth itself. If you were a stone and were born into and grew up in such an environment (and were cocooned in ice), this synoptic overview would state volumes about the nature of your energies. Keywords born of this: nobility, majesty, growth, awareness, spiritual, ascension, silence, peace, serenity, stillness, strength, solar, lunar, celestial, day & night (dualities, polarities, complete cycles), and clarity (ice). These are not, however, the only keywords relative to this stone, but are the ones relative to the specific overview offered prior.

A video I found on YouTube, with examples of nirvana quartz.


The unusual formations some stones have can be explained easily enough; they grew against ice, other crystals, rock, or all. Then shifting happens, more shifting, phases sometimes of accelerated development, perhaps inclusions are incorporated, and these things together can create some amazing formations and stone textures. Some of these stones are unusually clear, some less so; others look rather beaten up.

Nirvana quartz can grow in large masses or as smaller pieces. When harvested from a massive piece the pieces look almost like broken glass, but the fractures are less conchoidal than how glass breaks. Defined pieces may come as points, or with no termination at all. Often you can find a piece that grew up against one or more other crystals (growth interference), but the surface has an unusual texture as if the stone or ice it grew up against as well as itself, were moving.

Some pieces of nirvana quartz have surfaces that feel so smooth to the touch, that it's hard to believe they are real stone. Others are pitted, and it's not rare to find stones of this type with really chewed up looking surfaces. Himalayan ice quartz may have inclusions, and of the colors it can be, besides clear which is most common, pink is next most commonly found. Often pink Himalayan ice quartz is further included with iron deposits.

Nirvana quartz, ice quartz, growth interference quartz

Metaphysical Properties of Nirvana Quartz


Ice quartz assists us to grow in spirit, in awareness, and in person. As we grow in spirit, subsequently, our psychic awareness and intuitive skills blossom. When we are working to accept and adapt, to personally transcend the difficulty of a trying circumstance and take it for what it is, this stone can help us find inner peace. It will especially help those who are at the mercy of others or of circumstance, who are having difficulty accepting change, to adapt. When someone has moved forth from the trauma of a difficult relationship, job, or other hardship, it will help them recenter and reset and to leave the past behind; it will gently urge them to find required resources. Ice quartz will also assist in preparing for change before the fact.

With all illnesses, it creates a harmonious flow of energies between the chakra centers, and has the body working more optimally to heal itself. In the case of more aggressive illness, it will guide one to higher understanding and acceptance, and will also guide them to know how to best navigate their journey.

For meditation, it will help a person to appropriately still or otherwise address, the thoughts, internal dialogue, and other mental clutter, that may otherwise obstruct; this was carefully worded because those thoughts are presented to us as a learning experience and we don't necessarily want to circumvent them entirely, but we do need to learn to acknowledge their message quickly then return to mental stillness. When one has many questions about their own personal truths--hows, whys, and matters of what is right for them to serve in their Highest Will, this stone is a veritable key to wisdom. With its high vibration, it facilitates accessing information from all realms beyond our own. Additionally nirvana quartz assists one to prepare for communications with daemons, angels, and deities; note though, that it is not beneficial to use it in actual ritual for each and every entity. Teachers and gurus will energetically resonate with this stone, and others will rise to meet them in working with it. Basically, if you have mountains you intend to climb, this is a stone for you.

The energy of nirvana quartz is somewhat "magnetic," so if someone is working in a field where they need the support of others, this stone will help them draw it, so long as their intent is true. If someone is working on astral travel and has been blocked, it's a good idea for them to work with ice quartz; it will raise their vibrational frequency, which is likely necessary.

Ice quartz most effectively targets crown chakra issues, but also heart and higher heart issues. As with all high energy stones, this one will most likely leave you in need of grounding.

Note that within the keywords offered earlier into this piece, were dualities, polarities, and complete cycles; also, clarity. Clarity I didn't use as a word in the description of this crystal's properties but its meaning is present just the same, in terms of spiritual clarity, or ascension. The other words, however, perhaps do need elaboration, but not so much. Magicians are wise; when drawn to this stone, they will know to seek answers in comparing dualities; and in re to cycles, that in one process there may seemingly be no end, but the process has not yet completed. As for polarities; if one is not at the top of the mountain, they are at the bottom, at the very least looking up.

Another thing to remember in magick that pertains to this stone, and all stones, is that their properties generally work both forward and in reverse with the same power. So a stone like this that would obviously be good to help one advance in their career and reach all kinds of goals, would also be good in baneful magick to make that mountain pretty slippery for someone trying to ascend, bring someone down off their high horse, or bring someone down, period. It would be best used with a stone appropriate to the specific magick being done, but to me, in these instances of baneful magick I'd suggest using either smoky nirvana quartz alone, or using clear nirvana quartz with black tourmaline or black obsidian. Each of these black stones is great for grounding, and obsidian has a mirroring, or reversal quality.

For your consideration: I often have pieces of nirvana quartz in my Etsy store. Feel free to browse.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Adramelech :: A Vision, by Jude Chi

Adramelech, sun deity

Adramelech


The point of sharing this is the same as it ever is when I divulge more personal visions... to let people know how simple (and also fulfilling) it can be to decipher their own visions, but also to share whatever is revealed from within the vision's content, such as in this one for example, where Adramelech reveals things about himself and Anamelech, and also releases some insight into how this universe works.


The Vision


I was sitting in the tub, getting ready to soak for a bit. I had something on my mind--I'd just opened a new Facebook demonolatry group, and was needing to publish some content there. I had been heavily occupied with writing here on my blog for a while, and consequently had been leaving magick waiting in the wings. It was time to get moving on a new magickal endeavor to have something current to write about and post; hence I was mulling over in my mind what the nature of my next magickal process would be. The lights were dimmed before getting into the tub, as that's required for me to have visions; and in the tub is one of the two most common places my visions happen. Sorry, can't tell the other (I could, but it's kinda weird).

I perceived a name, not audibly, but as an energy transmission; it said "Adramelech." And then there was an apparition. Adramelech showed first as a rose within a six pointed star, and his star stood within a series of undulating energy waves. When the rose dissipated, there were rays emanating from a point in the center of the star. For a while the six pointed star changed to a pentagram.

Adramelech conveyed that as he is the star, Anamelech is the waves. He conveyed that when they are summoned together, they are as one. When required separately they still empower each other, as one cannot be without the other, just as light cannot exist without dark, up cannot exist without down. So if one were to call on Anamelech, they would also call on Adramelech, whether or not he'd be seen, and vice versa. Together they are both male and female, also neither. The rose in the center was a personal message to me, to call my attention to a matter.

He showed me the type of marigold that has both golden and burgundy petals; which gave me the impression that the flower resonates with his and Anamelech's combined energies, and even resembles the star and waves I saw. It was clear that said type of marigold is a suitable offering to them.


The Message Adramelech Had for Me


The rose at the center of his star as he presented, was identical to the one at the center of the Thoth Three of Swords card. He also showed me the Wheel of Fortune and the Four of Wands. The Wheel of Fortune was spinning backwards, and then it turned into the Four of wands; those small flames were getting fanned in the wind. This referred to that an issue which arose earlier that day was heavy on my mind yet, and offered that lingering on the disappointment caused by said issue, adds fuel to the fire. Basically I was being urged to accept that it happened and not fight against the past. "Use it as an opportunity to bring in new change, and go more with the flow!" is the feeling I was left with.

Next he showed me an image that was much like the Thoth Six of Swords... four swords in a saltire cross, then over them another sword coming down from above, one up from below. The top and the bottom ones represent the thought and action required to break through confines. At the same time I got an impression of protection, and also that I'm being guided to learn what is needed to move forth more smoothly.

Then I was shown the Three of Swords once again. By energetic resonance, it conveyed that the universe (or, our Self connected to it) throws disappointment at us in response to us getting stuck in a rut. We perceive such things as the disappointments they are, but they are in fact favors, is the impression I got; as without them we'd often not have motivation to pull sh*t together in a necessary way.

I asked Adramelech if he and Anamelech are in fact separate or as one. He showed a glowing orb in the palm of his hand. He said "much like the Sun and Moon." The orb was in fact both the Sun and the Moon in rotation. But then he also showed, like Earth and Stars, with he as Spirit. So that covers all five points of his pentagram (earth, air, fire, water, and spirit). Given the fact that Adramelech is in fact a solar deity and Anamelech is lunar, the nature of their initial appearance is a bit confusing; yet at the same time they are free to show up in any form they please, and it was a simple way to draw my attention to that both were present as one entity. Perhaps in time more will be discovered on why that specific appearance.

Beyond the visions, Adramelech conveyed to me that he is willing to assist in rectification. It came across that when one focuses on that which is "other than good" for a tad too long, energies collect around them. Those energies manifest that which does not serve the magician. Created by faulty thinking and subsequent action, they after a while meld with the foundation his life is built upon if not adjusted. So when one is surrounded by energies that work against them, to help create a new way forth, Adramelech is the one to call upon. If the magician has brought those who prey upon his weakness or cause it, into his life, Adramelech can assist the magician to create change. If the magician prefers instead to upgrade the energies around themselves and create improvement through protection, he can assist also. He likes to help get a person in their right space, their right comfort zone, and sometimes rules must be broken, as it were, to achieve this. He can give, and he can taketh away, is how it comes across; it depends on how one looks at it.

He signed off by showing me a Unicursal Hexagram. Given I am a Thelemite, I took it to mean he regarded that, and was saying "93s."

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A Brief Commune with Thoth, About Skyscrapers

Egyptian deity Thoth
Thoth, the Egyptian deity (courtesy of Dreamstime by CC0)

Speaking with a God


by Jude Chi


This very short post, conveys the content of a brief commune between the Egyptian Deity Thoth and myself, which transpired early this morning. Nothing within it seems important to share, but just the same it is my compulsion is to share it. There is no telling what someone may glean from it; we obtain our lessons from the smallest of things sometimes. Perhaps as well, this is to let people know that those such as myself, born and raised with little to no psychic ability, can develop it, no matter how old (it was the earlier part of my middle ages that I began working on awareness). Or maybe it would comfort people to know, that in times of difficulty or confusion, that it's possible to speak to deities, as well as other spirits and entities.

In this post I won't go into what deities are to me, but I will share this--some believe they are symbolic representations and energy embodiments of universal laws and mechanics, others believe they are representations of godsource; or even that collectively, all gods are God. Some believe they are aspects of our higher self, others believe they are egregores; and some see them as more than one of these things. Nonetheless, here's how this particular experience with Thoth went:

Skyscrapers
Me: Thoth, it has been a while since I've heard from you or seen you. You've been unresponsive, and I've started to feel you've abandoned me; but I am not sure, thus I ask. Are you here? What's going on?

Thoth: Shows me an image, tall skyscrapers all around, as seen through a fisheye lens. He says "I am here, I am building. I am building tall, towering buildings."

Me: What for, who for? Are they for me? for you? for the greater good of mankind? What?
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Thoth: They are buildings.

Me: What is their purpose?

Thoth: At some point you will have built buildings of your own.

Me: What will that achieve?

Thoth: What we have built will be as one. What you have achieved will meet with what I have achieved. So I keep building. (This marks the end of the commune).

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It seems obvious to say, but I'll say it anyway--buildings hold things of value; larger buildings, more of the same. Buildings such as he showed, are foundational for projects yielding wealth. His buildings were all significantly different from each other, indicating a variety of rewarding projects. Additionally, and a little on the sinister side, Thoth's message hinted at The Tower, of tarot. Unfortunately, sometimes old structures, old ways of thinking and old ways of doing things, need to be deconstructed in order to make way for new and better. Just the same, it was a real boost to get this message.

This experience, as all of such communes with deities and spirits are, was exciting and revealing. From what was said, it could be deduced that potentially Thoth could help support growth and stability for anyone; but who knows. I hear some say--"but Jude, that's not how egregores work." All I can say in response to that though, is that we truly don't know all of the powers they do and do not have, nor even do we know precisely what they are. Just the same, it's my intent to follow his advice and his lead as a role model, and get to work on building some mighty, tall buildings... if Thoth only serves as inspiration, that's just fine with me.

Monday, March 4, 2019

A Message From Spirit :: Nibiru is Hadit

Hadit
The godform Hadit

A "Different" Kind of Post; a Peculiar Message From Spirit


by Jude Chi

The underlying message of this piece lies somewhere away from the beaten path; and to be frank, I'm not sure how it will unfold, but I'll give it my best shot.

It was some time during early summer last year, when I received a transmission from spirit. All it said, was that "Nibiru is Hadit." At the time the transmission was received, I'd just concluded reading a description of Hadit, thinking of how much it reminded me of the description and of some images of the planet Nibiru. Now, we both know that Nibiru is not a real thing, in that there is no planet assigned that name at this point in time. However, there is a steadfast legend associated with it--that great havoc will be caused at the time Nibiru crosses paths with our planet; supposedly great damage will occur.

I spent much time asking myself what the underlying message of that transmission from spirit was; it seemed of significant import. I will share the gist of what emerged upon me analyzing the concept.

Nibiru
An artistic impression of Nibiru

What Does it Mean to Say That Hadit is Nibiru? 


When we take into account that in recent times, the state of the world has been, well, hectic to say the least, the Hadit is Nibiru statement seems to apply--please allow me work my way towards illustrating how. There has been corruption in governments on an epic and global scale; and though corruption has been a consistent presence throughout history, now it's being more easily identified. As well we are seeing corruption in interpersonal relationships, due to a corrupt environment being an ideal breeding ground for such. People can no longer trust each other, which seems at least in part due to that social media has become the norm of the day, and people vie for social approval. Whereas in times past the family unit was life's core and that's where loyalty was centered, the centerpoint has changed with attentions lying elsewhere. Im my opinion, this is how the powers that be condition people to be like sheep.

All social media platforms now, promote tolerance--absolute tolerance. What this is leading towards, is creating a climate where we are afraid to speak lest we offend someone--and those around us will stand against us when we speak out because they will have been conditioned to believe that absolute tolerance is right, and will be blind to that absolute tolerance is an obstruction to all. We are being stripped of our strength to effectively use our will. Facebook is a perfect example of what's wrong nowadays; their platform allows certain kinds of materials to be posted, but censors others; they favor certain politicians and will not cater to others, which adversely impacts democracy. Facebook overrides freedom of speech on an ongoing basis, which is wrong no matter how you slice it. As well, many children can no longer trust their parents to take care of them, as the parents were raised on handheld devices and have other concerns above their childrens' welfare therefore. This is generalizing, of course, there are no absolutes.



The Family Unit is Key


Society works best when there are health family units at its core. No matter what, it's the mother and father who are creation, and all else is an illusion. It does not serve humanity to move forth in a world where so much revolves around individuals being immersed into Internet activity on an ongoing basis. The practice of it offers corruption of values and beliefs on an epic scale. We cannot experience growth in any viable way, until the practice dies. Why do powers that be want us nursed on this? Divide and conquer, start while they are young; and begin by deconstructing the most powerful alliances--family ones. When people have no allegiances to each other, they are easily swayed.

Oopsy, I went off on a bit of a tangent; however, it seems clear that as long as the family unit is blocked in thriving, the world will face issues; people will be blocked to growing spiritually and will be blocked to owning the strength of a people standing together. This must be something observed by spirit, as well as the aware amongst us on earth. Yeah, yeah, I am still working towards explaining what is meant by "Nibiru is Hadit"...


Other Global Issues


Another big issue we face, is the goings on at CERN. It's hard to summarize my feelings about their large hadron collider experiments; but them putzing around with the foundation principles and functions of our universe, has me concerned. Fracking is another big problem--big industry is now corrupting integral structures of the earth. As well, the US has built many underground tunnels, and they span from one end of the US to the other. These will have weakening effects on the earth's structure, and also its magnetic field, which provides the earth with protection [however, I acknowledge that it appears the underground tunnels were built in preparation for an epic catastrophe--potentially an apocalypse]. Beyond this there are other grave issues, including slavery still being alive in regions, human trafficking of other kinds, the amassing of nuclear weaponry, and more. And perhaps the icing on the cake, is the Big Brother thing going on. Though change is underway, it seems in ways we are still blocked.


Who is Hadit?


Hadit as a word, means "divine utterance"; but there's more. In the philosophy of Thelema, which relates in ways to Egyptian mythology, there is the goddess Nuit. Nuit is the feminine aspect of creation, she is the passive aspect. Hadit is her complement, and is the active, male principle. Together they are creation, and one without the other cannot create. Until Nuit and Hadit unite, nothing can be achieved, nothing can be manifested. Thus this is a key point in assessing what "Hadit is Nibiru" means. Furthermore, in some contexts Hadit is an aspect of the Egyptian god Horus. When I say "in some contexts," things change throughout Egyptian mythology from one circumstance to another. By the way, outside of Thelemic philosophy, Hadit bears relativity to the Egyptian deity Geb.


We Have Been Forced Into Passivity (and change will come...?)


For so long the world has been going to hell in a handbasket, and we have been rendered passive--have been unable or perhaps in instances unwilling, to do anything to create enough change (by the way, this specific point aligns with another message given me by spirit last year). Could it be that there's an active and male principle, represented in some way by Hadit, whom will (come and) create change in our world? This could be the meaning of the message I received, but I do not know that.


What if, just what if, some planet comes in, as proposed by the recent times myth of planet Nibiru, and causes epic change on planet earth that forces us to do a hard reboot, and start on a brand new page? But this is it; all we can know at this point, is what we are told by spirit.


How Does Marduk Fit in to This?


Aah, yes, I was getting to that. Marduk ties into this topic due to his connection to Nibiru. He was the patron deity of Babylon, whose roots reached back to a time before, to Sumerian mythology. To be clear, Marduk and Babylon rose together in power--Babylon in the physical world, Marduk within mythology. An interesting point, is that a temple dedicated to him (a ziggurat) is believed to have provided the model for the Tower of Babel. Marduk is a god of justice and healing, but also of agriculture and storms. Furthermore he is known as an avenger. Nibiru in Sumerian mythology, was was the name of the seat of the highest god, a turning point (at equinoxes), and was referred to as a celestial reference point. In Annunaki legend, Nibiru is the planet where Marduk and all other Annunaki originated from. Some say his star (Nibiru) is Jupiter, but this is not certain.

Marduk fighting Tiamat
Marduk fighting Tiamat

How Peculiar...


Here's the weird part though. Horus, in ways mirrors Marduk. Horus is the Lord of the Aeon, meaning he is the most powerful god of our times (according to Thelema philosophy). In that sense he is syncretic with Marduk, the all powerful god of his time, and for that matter he's syncretic with Zeus, and Jupiter too. And yet he is Nibiru as well!... because Nibiru is Hadit--who is an aspect of Horus. I point this out because some of you will see this and identify it as a conflict within my ramble; however, Egyptian and Sumerian mythology are dotted with such contrasts.

What kind of conflict? Such people may ask, how could Nibiru/Horus cause Nibiru/Marduk to alter his own path?  Which is a question I cannot answer, but I'll share a thought which comes to mind: given that Marduk, Horus, and Nibiru are all the same, when it all comes right down to bare bones--if a cataclysm comes to pass such as the potential one referred to earlier in this article, it will have been the collective consciousness of mankind that caused it, in other words--not some outside entity or force.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Nuit's Poem--the Night is Over, She Says


Nuit has a message for us...


The poem, or prose, perhaps, below is an actual transmission this author (Jude Chi) received from spirit. Though I cannot recall the precise date, it'd have been around August, 2018, or perhaps within two months either way of that. It was originally written to my Facebook page, and I saved it to one day share it here. Looking back at its content now seems eerie on a subtle level, because it was delivered as a very specific message, and now it is peculiar to see that it appears it was spoken by both Nuit and "other." It is wonderful of an experience to occasionally receive such transmissions, such treasures, from spirit; a true honor. 

For those unfamiliar with Nuit (also, Nut, Nu, Nuith) in Egyptian/Thelema mythology, she is the deity who symbolically represents the potentiality for all that is--the unlimited nothingness, as it were. That's a whole lot of potentiality, from which everything material and everything non material in our multiverse was born, and always will be. If she were alone, nothing would happen. It is the interactions between her and Hadit, (Had), which cause potentiality to manifest results. Had is the male and active principle, while Nuit is the feminine and passive one; together they are creation.



The poem was delivered in its entirety but for the last three lines. At the time I was very new to Thelema, and felt ill equipt to complete it, but was given the feeling it needed more. I consulted my friend, Mark. The two of us juggled words until it seemed right.


Deus ex Machina, the Night is Over 

by Spirit; and completed by Jude C. and Mark G.

Put your ear to the ground of the universe.
Take time out from goings on from time to time.
Put the cell down and lend an ear.
Sweet songs will be whispered to you.

Alone, even though we are united in many ways as one.
Helpless.
Too passive or pacific.
It's all we can do sometimes.

She says no, just believe, because belief is an energy that incites Had.

We have power, but we feel powerless, we have been disempowered. She says that time will come, because those energies we did not work with, did accumulate. They took on a life of their own, that one day will come and pretty much do the work for us, that we chose not to do.

She doesn't say it in a way as if accusing, but more, this is a lesson, this age is a lesson, for us to know to not let this happen again. Maybe it will though, because some lessons do need repeating. And this has happened many times before.

Why do people let their power be taken away? She asks in her delightfully joyous tone. She smiles as if she knows the question both has an answer, and has none.

Upon conclusion of the conversation (I saw), the sun rose [sic] as Horus.

On the horizon we can see that the long and dark night of sleep has finally ended; Hadit and Nuit have become as one.

The age where the child steps up and takes the place of the parent, The Aeon of Horus, has arrived.

The Crowned and Conquering Child is soon to be where he belongs.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Ace of Swords, RWS and Thoth Tarot Card Meaning

The Ace of Swords, RWSThe Ace of Swords, Thoth
Meanings Upright, Ill-dignified, and Reversed, rx
Rider Waite Smith, and Thoth

Occult Name: The Root of the Powers of Air
Ace of Swords in timing: One week; or the season of summer
Qabalah: The airy aspect of Kether
Reading with Playing Cards: Equivalent to the Ace of Spades
Astrological: Gemini, Libra and Aquarius



The Ace of Swords Meaning (RWS & Thoth)


The Ace of Swords is more complex than most cards, thus a different approach than usual will be taken to explain it (i.e., this post is long). While the Aces are all considered positive omens, this one comes across as less so. It identifies with the other Aces in the way that it possesses the raw essence of its element and suit. Where it differs, is that to get to the positive new beginning that the other Aces express so strongly; sometimes, we may first need to take action to extricate ourselves from a predicament. Sometimes it's simply a matter of making a tweak or two that allows us to to begin on a fresh, new page. This card offers a sense that victory is possible provided that the right steps are taken.

Other times, this card tells us that we have made it through a troublesome circumstance and have come out on top, or that our initial assessment of how to move forth was right on, and we're where we need to be. Its primary messages would be for one to use logic and reasoning, and to know that they have what it takes to win, regardless of that it may not seem possible. As well, sometimes we delude ourselves in denial of the facts before us. This card tells us that when we do, we obfuscate the truth of our respective identity, universe, and spirituality.



The RWS Ace of  Swords


A hand reaches out of a dark cloud within the Ace of Swords. The sword it is holding has a crown, and there is an olive branch and palm foliage hanging from it. The dark grey cloud refers to heaviness of thought, which denotes a matter of difficulty; that the cloud (and the sky) are neutral in hue, references impartiality, or neutrality. The white rays emanating from the hand depict illumination, understanding, purity, and also new beginnings.

The sword is dual edged; one side is just, the other may hack wildly and cruelly out of fear. (The blue refers to intelligence, reason and logic, wisdom, loyalty, and stability. The white refers to intuition, innocence and purity, illumination, light, and sincerity). The sword itself is both a weapon of war and a weapon of peace. Sometimes it takes such a tool to bring peace about; but not in actually using it, as war begets war. It is in the presence of the potentiality for counter or greater issue (threat of war), that sometimes peace is established. Within this concept lies the recommendation of standing one's ground, and contextually speaking, that's to defend their will.

There are Yods floating about, they have fallen from the skies. Yods represent Divine energies and Divine consciousness, and also awareness. In these things exists the potentiality for magick, in the way that magick is consciously creating change that aligns with one's will. They also represent the path of Yod, which connects Chesed to Tiphareth (the path of the Hermit); a significant message in this, is that true justice serves the Unity (everyone). Six is a number of perfection and completion (there are six Yods).

The sword entering the crown, speaks of sexual union, which in turn alludes to the uniting of opposing forces; and the crown itself refers to victory, mastery, and Kether. The olive branch is symbolic of peace, goodwill, friendship, and strength; also crop yields, and in that, abundance. As well the olive branch alludes to a teaching from the Talmud, which goes "Better, let my food be as bitter as an olive from the hands of G-d and not as sweet as honey from the hands of flesh and blood"; this quote references truth. The palm frond refers to victory, peace, longevity and immortality; from this emerges a message that victory is achieved through persistence. We see small hills in the foreground, which denote that through life's ongoing journey there will be issues at times. If we look at them as being mere challenges, we can move beyond them. If not, each one becomes a mountain, that can block us until we learn to see it differently. Astrologically speaking, Gemini, Libra and Aquarius refer to mental acuity, diplomacy and tact, and communication skills.




The Ace of Swords Thoth


The symbolism of the Thoth Ace of Swords, is as rich as that of the RWS; hence here the symbolism will be explained symbol by symbol as well.

The three orbs symbolize: a triangle (strength), a pyramid (spiritual growth); and also the three Qabalistic triads. In this context there is an intellectual flow originating from Kether, passing through each of the triads. This urges one to consider how thoughts affect what manifests in their world, and also what needs to be deconstructed thoughtwise--which is, naturally, that which serves to stunt rational and harmonious thought and action.

The sun's rays shine upon water. The water shown is emotion, which in and of itself does not allow for rational thought and action. However, the sun's rays shine strongly upon the water offsetting it; visually speaking, it is a setting for inspired thinking. The scene is surrounded by clouds, which represent problems, fears, and destructive thought being broken through; they are tinged with the indigo of wisdom, which spawns solution. The crescent moons, in that they represent moon phases, allude to time; and they depict the female aspect within creation, which adds another aspect of harmony to this male card. Additionally, they symbolize intuition.

The word "Thelema," states that true justice aligns with will, and as well does not block the will of others. The crown itself refers to Kether. The twenty two rays emanating from it refer to the paths of the Qabalistic Tree, which speak of spiritual growth, and also an ongoing journey resulting in enlightenment. The serpent represents traversing the 22 paths, and in that, infinity; it also represents knowledge, wisdom and mastery.

To summarize the this card succinctly, it could be said that one's thoughts and subsequent actions can align with one's true will, and thus will support them in their endeavors and to grow spiritually, or conversely will counter them and stunt them in various ways.



The Ace of Swords Dignified and Upright


  • Use logic, reason, and analysis, in order to reach success.
  • Discovering the solution to a troublesome issue.
  • Breaking through a blockage in communication.
  • Coming out on top despite obstacles.
  • Discovering the truth. 
  • A thirst for justice.
  • Take action based upon what you know.
  • Prepare to negotiate against those who stand in opposition.
  • The battle begins.
  • Be forthcoming; lay the truth on the table.
  • The querent has been told what seems to be the truth, but there is some left unknown.
  • Recognizing or accepting one's own part in a matter.
  • An altercation within.
  • Freedom to proceed as planned.
  • Creating peace through just action.
  • A new and better phase opens up due to just action.
  • Mastery in administration.
  • Justice in thought.
  • A just assessment, without outside influence.
  • Serves as a reminder, that the faults one sees in others as they judge, mirror their own faults. 
  • Leave outmoded ways of thinking behind.
  • "Getting on the same page," with someone.
  • Acquiring knowledge that will support improvement and change. 
  • Cautions a person to stop and assess what they are doing, as on some level it's not serving them.
  • The trouble lies in lack of knowledge; it's up to the querent to learn more.
  • Put emotions and fears aside, gather needed resources and knowledge, and communicate your case clearly. 
  • Learn to ignore the noise and distraction that others bring into the situation; maintain focus.
  • Gather resources, study, and prepare to communicate well; you'll be facing mental acuity.


The Ace of Swords Ill Dignified and Reversed


  • May refer to stress or anxiety issues.
  • Focusing on the negative side of a matter, or worrying too much.
  • Is suggestive of legal issues, court cases, parking tickets, a need to obtain a lawyer, and so on.
  • An injustice has been transacted.
  • Unfairness.
  • A poorly chosen action.
  • Intellectual inequality.
  • Lies have been presented, or there has been misrepresentation.
  • An opportunity has opened up, but perhaps it's not that wise of a choice; think it out carefully.
  • Completed work was not well aligned with its intended purpose; a replacement may be necessary.
  • Be prepared to play hardball in negotiations.
  • May portend of a loss in a given circumstance.
  • A change for the worse.
  • Ongoing confusion.
  • Disguised animosity.
  • Poor communication.
  • A problematic situation.
  • Impotency.
  • Cruelty.
  • Verbal cruelty.
  • A harsh truth.
  • Feeling the cards are stacked against you.
  • A project, venture, or career choice that lacks challenge or stimulation.
  • Pointing out harsh truths or exposing what lies hidden. This is a caution, as the path of the whistleblower is not an easy one. Make sure it's worth the cost.
  • A poor judgement, either by or against the querent.
  • When judging someone harshly, consider that they may in fact be innocent.
  • One has a preconceived notion of what a situation will be like, but it is a false one.
  • Outside influence affecting an outcome.
  • Refusing to see the truth of a matter.
  • Overthinking, overanalyzing.
  • Acceptance of the truth after a period of denial.





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Saturday, February 9, 2019

When Your Magick Isn't Good Enough for Others (SJWs Gone Wild)

Demonolatry


A post made with the intent to shut down two SJWs run amok...


Subtitled, I don't give a poo what you think, but don't you step on my blue suede shoes...


by Jude Chi


2019 has carried in with it, still active remnants of the social justice warrior (or SJW) mentality. Hopefully it'll all soon dry up and blow away. The SJW phenomenon has put a new spin on the concept of self entitlement, that has become so common within recent times. Said self entitlement fuels a strong sense of self righteousness, and provides certain individuals with a belief that their view of what's right or wrong, is the only view that there is. Normally this author would not care, but for what happened yesterday... we'll get to that soon enough.

I have long been a spirit conjurer, and have delighted to be a true perfectionist as well as an ethical craftsperson in my chosen area of magick (ok, well it is no longer my only focus in magick, but it was my first love). I'm speaking about the art of spirit conjuring and binding. I have done far more than can be shaken a stick at, and feel my input into the art has helped evolve it to a new level; partially because at the time I began there was a message delivered to me by divine transmission--a set of numerous points to be considered when preparing spirit bindings. As it was delivered I was urged to share it with the spirit conjuring community, and I did. There was a message delivered along with those points, that those who would not take heed of them, would be served a demonstration of the error of their ways (from divinity?). Some listened, some did not. That's how it is; not my problem what anyone chooses, I was not appointed overseer or any such thing--nor would I have accepted to be if I'd been asked.

By the way, I work with deities and demons, do spirit and entity bindings, cast spells and do various other ritual works, commune with Goetia spirits, and also perform radionics and psionics magick. I meditate daily both morning and night, and have multiple visions each day... so many visions because I worked hard to achieve psychic awareness; no mean feat indeed. Oh yes, I missed one point, I am a studied occultist. A few months back I began a hiatus on much of my online activity, and fully immersed myself in studying. Okay, that's a basic, synoptic overview of who and where I am in spirit keeping; though it was where I entered magick, I have moved far beyond it. You will soon see why these points defining me in magick, were brought up...

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Yesterday in a FB demonolatry group, there were two individuals whom upon reading a comment I'd posted that did not align with either of theirs, tried to rip me a new one; this post is my response. I call them SJWs because they were trying to impose their belief that they were right, onto me; and because the response I provided was not suitable, they were fully intent on defaming me in that public setting. It is because they said things grossly untrue about me, that I respond. The initial post on that thread, was from a fellow who was asking about unbinding a demon from a jewelry item. Most that participated in the discussion held that it could not be done. These two were saying that it should not be done--this because as it was bound to the ring, it was obviously (to them) not a demon. The way they described their beliefs was as follows: a demon cannot be bound to a ring or any inanimate object, because a bonafide demon will not allow it. So if an entity was bound to the ring, it's an evil spirit rather than a demon. I am not sure what the remainder of their thought was, but it seems like it was, do you really want that kind of spirit around you when you release it? or something similar. But I may be wrong on that one point.

Because that's patently untrue (according to my own experience), I piped up; and when I did the two in question verbally attacked me. I could delve into and respond to each accusation made, if I could even remember them all (laughs), but no, there's no point. I will address the one main thing they accused me of. I will state here and now, I have successfully bound all kinds of beings to objects, demons inclusive; but not in the way that comes to mind for many when they read that... this is a delicate operation and liberty and free will must be regarded to be of utmost importance.

First, it was proposed by them that I am not aware enough to be doing such work. I have already provided my credentials, and though I can't prove that--take it or leave it, 'nuff said.

Secondly, it was proposed that given I am not aware that demons cannot be bound, I must be a phony, or as they put it, a scammer.

Thirdly, and this is the icing on the cake that defines them, they said--"even if you do have lots of experience, so does EA Koetting, and he's the biggest scammer of all time," or something very much like it; I am paraphrasing as I no longer can see that page, I removed myself from the group. By the way, sorry, EA, just using the point to illustrate their gross self aggrandizement... attempting to build themselves up by knocking others down. 


Anyway, here's my open-letter response to what the two nay-sayers said:

I have no idea of why anyone would think that another magician's reality would need to align with their own. There is no need for that kind of thinking; it's limiting and restrictive.

Here I am operating as a magician in my own corner of the universe, and if you had not stepped on my toes would not have even likely taken a second glance in your direction, unless you had something to teach me. Why? Because I take responsibility for my own actions. I do not need to make others believe the same. When I countered what you said, it was not to have you believe my ways are more correct; it was rather to let you and others know that YOUR reality is not the only reality, and to provide knowledge that the rite referred to could indeed be performed with success and without regret. When one is truly immersed in magick, they just know that not only is their reality not the sole version, but there in fact IS NO REALITY AT ALL; our entire everything, from our family pet, right out to the greater universe, is nothing but a holographic projection.

Now here, for this thing on why you claim you cannot bind demons because your demons disapprove, and why I can. First, there is no proper response to this, only theories. Given that I can communicate with demons and deities, and given that I have never heard so much as a peep against the work I do from any, here's what I'd naturally assume. (I mentioned this during your attack on me, but you were rebuking): As previously stated, I was given by divine transmission, a list of guidelines, to be considered when preparing binding rituals. What does this mean? It means that IF there is a way to do it, I am definitely one of the magicians who knows the right way.

Yes, there will be and are other magicians as aware as or more aware than myself, who can pick up these divine transmissions and follow them or that inherently know them, were taught appropriate methodology, or who are told by demons themselves the finer points; and they can do bindings correctly too. Demons let me do it because I follow instructions, all of the guidelines revealed to me. I was being provoked into disclosing said guidelines yesterday. But here, I did my part in sharing said info when it was released to me. I had my copy stored on FB and was planning to share it with them, but during recent FB updates, they dumped some old posts--it's gone!  (Update: since posting I found the regulations post; anyone wanting to see it can contact me).

Let's get this right... YOU are magicians. There IS a way to do it. If it does not meld with your reality to do it, then by all means, Don't Do It! That's your reality and you are entitled to that. However, if you want to do the work, you have to go in and meditate to receive the guidelines. If you bother, I can guarantee you, sure as poo, that your demons will let you bind them to whatever the heck you want to bind them too, so long as you ask them first if they agree to the binding and await an affirmative response; and bind using appropriate methodology.

The sole point to this post, is to make it clear that I am master of my universe, and no one will sully my name. Yet also to remind people that, as one of my Facebook friends so succinctly put it, you cannot say that in magick something cannot be done. If you fail, try again, try another way, try five other ways if you must. Sometimes, and the case in point is a perfect example, it may seem like something cannot be done. I mean, one or more demons supposedly said so, the two claimed (naturally that was taken with a grain of salt). But, why did the demon say that? What are you doing to cause that? Why do I get yes and you and perhaps others get no? These are points to be investigated when working magick. Not everything is so absolutely black and white.

And as peculiar as this may seem, I am tired of this, have nothing more to add, and rest my case.

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