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
Kabbalah: The airy aspect of Kether
Reading with Playing Cards: Equivalent to the Ace of Spades



The Ace of Swords Meaning


Though the Aces are all considered positive omens, the Ace of Swords 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, perhaps, is that to get to the positive new beginning that the other Aces express so strongly; sometimes, and perhaps often, 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, and relatively often, thank goodness, 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.

The Ace of Swords carries with it the properties of air; it is therefore much about logic, truth, communication, education, learning, intuition and knowing; and on the downside, turbulence and unpredictability. Its primary messages would be for you to use logic and reasoning; to see the truth as it is and to accept it; and to know that you have what it takes to win regardless of the fact that it may not seem possible. As well, sometimes we delude ourselves in denial of the facts before us. When we do, we muddle the truth of our circumstance, our world, and our identity; this card warns us to stay away from that dark, unforgiving place.



The Ace of Swords Dignified and Upright


  • Use logic, reason, and analysis, in order to reach success.
  • An epiphany - you discover the solution to a troublesome issue.
  • Breaking through a blockage in communication.
  • Coming out on top despite obstacles.
  • A truth is discovered.
  • 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.
  • You found out what seems to be the truth, but there might be more.
  • Recognizing or accepting your part in a matter.
  • An altercation within.
  • Freedom to proceed as planned.
  • The trouble lies in lack of understanding; it's up to you to learn what you need to know.
  • You have a preconceived notion of what a situation will be like, but it is a false one.
  • Cautions you to stop and give a serious assessment to what you are doing, as on some level it's wrong for you.


The Ace of Swords Ill Dignified and Reversed


  • May refer to stress or anxiety issues.
  • You are focused on the negative side of a matter or are worrying too much.
  • Is suggestive of legal issues, court cases, parking tickets, a need for you to obtain a lawyer, and so on.
  • An injustice has been transacted.
  • A poorly chosen action.
  • Intellectual inequality.
  • Lies have been presented, or perhaps the whole truth has not been told.
  • An opportunity has presented, but perhaps it's not that wise of a choice for you; think it out carefully.
  • You are offered a job that is too boring or lacks challenge.
  • You completed a work that was not well aligned with its intended purpose. A replacement work or other solution will be required.
  • 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.
  • Verbal cruelty.
  • A harsh truth.
  • Poor judgement, either against you or by you.
  • Feeling the cards are stacked against you.
  • Pointing out harsh truths or exposing what lies hidden is not acceptable to others; you will be labelled a renegade if you proceed.


The Two of Swords >>>



Illustrations from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck®, known also as the Rider Tarot and the Waite Tarot, reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902 USA. Copyright ©1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Further reproduction prohibited. The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck® is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

RWS image is a Wikimedia file from a 1909 deck originally scanned by Holly Voley http://home.comcast.net/~vilex/ 

Thoth image copyright (c) US Games Systems Inc.; AGMuller; O.T.O.

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...

Candle burning
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.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

The Ace of Wands, RWS and Thoth Tarot Card Meaning

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

Occult Name: The Root of the Powers of Fire
Ace of Wands in timing: One day; or the season of spring
Kabbalah: The fiery aspect of Kether
Reading with Playing Cards: Equivalent to the Ace of Clubs



The Ace of Wands Meaning, RWS and Thoth Tarot


The Ace of Wands speaks of an abundance of energy towards a positive, new beginning. This card, as is the case with all Aces, refers to a new beginning with the essential energy of its suit and element sitting at the core of the matter. You are seeing a potentiality which relates to spirituality, passions, life improvements, enterprise, one's social circle and family, and to matters of will.

The problem with potentiality, if there is one, is that nothing is written in stone. For example, when asking about an idea for a new enterprise, the Ace of Wands portends that it is a fully viable concept and that there is great potential for it to grow and thrive; but what ultimately happens will be based upon one's efforts and actions in the matter.

The properties of fire as they apply to the Ace of Wands, can be a strong, propelling energy, or when ill dignified can be quite destructive. Your will is the burning force this Ace speaks of.



The Ace of Wands Dignified or Upright


  • Your view of things will color the outcome of your situation; so have faith in yourself and in your project.
  • Grab the brass ring and go for it.
  • The level of enthusiasm you are feeling will potentially take you far.
  • There is a solution available to your problem; brainstorm it.
  • The Ace of Wands may refer to the conception or birth of a child (especially male); this can be determined by neighboring cards.
  • One way to deal with current blockages is to state exactly what's on your mind to others involved.
  • Take note of the fact that there is a hand in this card, as sometimes it can refer to that, or to a nail, as on the finger. It can therefore symbolize the grasping of a concept, or anything else that such a grouping of symbols may bring to mind.
  • Creativity, imagination, and application of will, are forces available to you to break through blockages. 
  • You have succeeded. In this case this card may be suggesting for you to consider scoping out new horizons to increase the magnitude of your success. 
  • Seek inspiration.
  • You have a talent that is not currently being used. 
  • Create a flurry of excitement in order to get things done.
  • When it comes to your current venture, you basically have only yourself to depend on. 
  • Consider breaking away from your current working environment to embark upon a solo project.
  • There is one goal you hold dear above all others; think about pursuing it.


The Ace of Wands Ill Dignified or Reversed


  • If one concept has failed you, move on to try another.
  • An event you were looking forward to will be postponed or cancelled.
  • A situation that once held promise is now facing collapse and decay.
  • Dealing with a loss of faith in oneself.
  • Lacking optimism.
  • Unclear in direction or strategy.
  • An existing venture faces termination.
  • Even though things look okay to proceed, the initial takeoff will be of poor quality.
  • Impotence, sterility, or infertile land.
  • Unwilling to commit.
  • A female facing consistent issues with men.
  • The properties of fire exist in too large of a volume to be effectively controlled.


The Two of Wands >>>



Illustrations from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck®, known also as the Rider Tarot and the Waite Tarot, reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902 USA. Copyright ©1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Further reproduction prohibited. The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck® is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

RWS image is a Wikimedia file from a 1909 deck originally scanned by Holly Voley http://home.comcast.net/~vilex/

Thoth images copyright (c) US Games Systems Inc.; AGMuller; O.T.O.

The Disks, or Pentacles Suit of Tarot

The Disks, or Pentacles suit of Tarot

Element: Earth
Direction: North
Gender: Female
Speed: Slowest of the suits
Qabalah: Asiyah


The Disks, or Pentacles Suit


The Disks, or Pentacles Suit of Tarot, concerns all that is relevant to us on the earth plane. Relevant in which way? you might ask. The Disks cards refer to things both material and intangible; but when intangible, we still work with them or refer to them in the mundane world. Furthermore, the Disks cards relate to efforts to gain materially, to reach our goals, and also our efforts to preserve what we have.

In essence, this suit demonstrates the pathway to success, in making clear the connection between our beliefs, and our place and success within a seemingly material world.

When our view of the world is harmonized, we easily gain materially, when it's faulty we tend to face blockages. Our outlook combined with our beliefs determine how we respond to this world, so this is only logical. Fortunately, the cards of the Disks suit help us to see when we need to make adjustments. Additionally, Disks, or Pentacles cards hint at which things truly bring us joy, and also things which motivate us. This suit at times concerns our attitude toward material possessions, i.e., whether we are generous or stingy with them.

The axiom of the earth element is in maintaining silence. In being silent you are mimicking the ways of the Earth itself; in doing so you keep your powers compacted. When we discuss our passions and ambitions with others we transfer energies that should fuel us, thereby diminishing them. Silence, is therefore our power. As well, silence is a metaphorical analogy for patience, acceptance, and stillness; which could also be described as the way of the Dao.


Summary

Dignified, the Disks suit cards may suggest ways to create the life you'd want to live. Ill dignified, of course, there may be something missing that's necessary in order for you to create an ideal path there. As well, dignified Disk cards speak of material gain, effort, kindness and compassion, motivation, that which you treasure, physical beauty, and generosity. Ill dignified they may represent loss, clinginess, stinginess, habits and addictions, laziness, dirtiness, and unappealing ways.





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Sunday, January 27, 2019

The Cups Suit of Tarot

The Cups suit of Tarot

Element: Water
Direction: West
Gender: Female
Speed: Second slowest of the suits
Qabalah: Briyah


The Cups Suit


The cards of the Cups Suit of Tarot show us that we have good reason to keep our emotions and feelings in order. One could, for example, be mired in hardship, with no simple solution available by which to extricate themselves. The cards of this suit remind us that meantime they could be managing their reactions, and be attempting to create perhaps better long-term energetic mirroring, and should also work to maintain balance and peace in spite of anything further that may arise. The less wise alternative, of course, would be for them to stew on negative feelings, and even allow their emotional reactions to guide them in making choices and deciding whether to take action or not take action. The bottom line is, that to live life on our terms, to experience stability, harmony, joy and abundance, we need to be in control of our emotional responses to life events. Why?...

Cups is the suit of Water, and it relates to the world of Briyah of Qabalism. It's the world where ideas of what will manifest, begin to take form. Thus without a doubt, if one steeps themselves in negative emotion, that's the fastest way to manifest more events which create further negative emotion.

Imagine life as like a succession of swimming pools, each situation and relationship represented by one of them. You get out of one pool, dry yourself off and move on to another. If you don't dry off well enough and change your clothes, you may ail in some way, or may drag that excess wetness on to your next situation as baggage. Ha - okay, okay, I am not the best at drawing parallelisms, but it gets the idea across anyway...

The cards of this suit refer to such feelings as love, happiness, sadness, forgiveness and so on. In managing emotional responses to events, interpersonal situations and relationships strengthen, and one can more definitively act in their own best interests. One thing about emotions, is that they are highly prone to change and are many a time fleeting. Which leads one to consider if it's even wise to ask the cards, for example, how someone feels about an issue or a person at any given time.

The Cups are ruled by the element of water. The axiom of water is to dare; the suggestion is for you to rein in your emotions and dare to move towards your goal, despite having being wetted by a veritable sea of emotion at times.


Summary

Dignified, the Cups refer to positive feelings and emotions, intuitive awareness, creativity and imagination, attraction, emotional stability and centeredness, and being able to act in all areas of life without emotion impacting your choices. Also, choosing to respond to your world in a positive manner, making effective interpersonal connections, and giving and accepting love and affection. Cups may also refer to an event being short term.

Ill dignified, this suit refers to suppressing feelings, emotional imbalance, life and relationship impediments resulting from emotional issues; emotional battle or upset, carrying emotional baggage forth, etc. Cups cards ill dignified may at times refer to imagination getting carried away, someone having a bleak outlook, or a situation being fleeting.





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Saturday, January 26, 2019

The Swords Suit of Tarot

The Swords suit of Tarot

Element: Air
Direction: East
Gender: Male
Speed: Second fastest of the suits
Qabalah: Yetzirah


The Swords Suit of Tarot


Maybe the Swords Suit of Tarot gets a bad rap... is it really so bad? We know that it's ruled by the element of air, we need air to breathe; so we can safely say that air is a good and positive thing, as to disagree, we may well be dead. Also, new, fresh air moves out old, stale air; this process allows for positive change to occur. Messages from the Swords cards can indeed be positively or negatively aspected, as with the other suits. And with that said... messages from the Swords often relate to matters we find vexing--problems, people who cause us problems, making monumental decisions, and so on.

Many issues in life involve forethought and contemplation, logical planning, making efficient judgment calls, and problem solving. At times we fail to do things right the first time around. When matters come back at us because they require a better class of action than what was taken the first time, they will often find their way into the suit of Swords. Furthermore, when we find ourselves vacillating on a decision, the cards within this suit urge us to consider justly.

Though it is commonly stated that the suit of Wands is the one most closely identified with spirituality, if you contemplate the matter, the Swords cards are strongly spiritual as well, and perhaps to some, more so when it comes to the imagery. Looking at a clear blue sky (air), it seems as if you could reach in and touch Divinity. As well, air being opposite to earth, and earth being all that is mundane, it potentially leads one to think that air therefore, includes the far end of that which is not mundane. By the Qabalah though, Atziluth, spirituality, and fire, are Wands territory. Still, it's no great wonder that some lineages transpose some or all attributes of the suits of Wands and Swords.

The axiom of the element of air is to know. Know that you will use logic, forethought, and sound strategy, and your outcome will be a good one. If you feel less than competent in an endeavor, to know suggests that you have the option to learn, to gather resources, to communicate your needs to others, and so on.


Summary

The cards of the Swords suit when dignified, may refer to matters such as: beliefs, thoughts, using logic, allowing for change, orchestrating your life with harmony, effective communication, and using intuition. Also, liberty, justice, fairness, and balance; possessing a viewpoint free of limitation and restriction, cutting through problematic issues; and victory. Ill dignified, Swords cards can refer to cruelty, manipulation, being harshly critical, corruption, stagnant and restrictive thought, shallowness, bragging, avoiding to make a decision or to take action, using intellect to poor ends, injustice, resistance, lying, etc.





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The Wands Suit of Tarot

The Wands Suit of Tarot

Element: Fire
Direction: South
Gender: Male
Speed: Fastest of the suits
Qabalah: Atziluth


The Wands Suit of Tarot


Cards of the Wands Suit of tarot, relay messages concerning all we do in order to better our respective life experience; additionally they refer to the energy, passion, and force, which must be present in order to get things moving and see things through. The Wands cards relate to enterprise, social circles, spirituality and awareness, thoughts regarding necessary change; and all that drives us. They may relate to the spark of a new romantic attraction, the drive to compete, and also to having a vibrant, positive predisposition; conversely when these things are not present they can provide us with awareness in that sense.

When you engage in negotiations to facilitate a better circumstance for you and your family, when you participate in a creative project that feeds an inner passion, and when you act to defend yourself, your efforts fall within this suit. Also, anything to which you apply your will fits in here. More rightly put though, acting on matters that stem from one's True Will, is a fundamental theme of the Wands cards. What is rightfully best for you, not what you have decided on a whim, is how best to describe one's True Will.

The axiom of the element of fire is to use the will effectively. The will and the ego are strongly associated, as illustrated by the statement "I will"; and ideally they should be prepared to accept wisdom emerging from the subconscious mind in order to benefit from its guidance.


Summary

When dignified, this suit's cards tell you that you are effectively managing matters of will; i.e. that you are doing what needs to be done in order to keep your world peaceful, harmonious and productive; your self image is in order, and you treat others decently well, and effectively restrain passions from flying you off to Never Never Land. When ill dignified, Wands speak of lack of action, negligence, recklessness, and the destruction that can be caused by letting passion and will (but certainly not True Will), like fire, burn out of control. And one more thing - ill dignified the Wands often portend of delay, or of a need to delay, or to slow things down.





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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Crowley Myth #5 :: Is Aleister Crowley George W. Bush's Grandpa?

Barbara Bush/Aleister Crowley
Barbara Bush's photo side by Crowley's. People oft chose shots with the two in similar poses etc, to add weight to that Barbara is rumored to be Crowley's daughter. 


Many say that Barbara Bush was Aleister Crowley's biological daughter. But the evidence (or lack of it) is clear to see, and...



No Matter What Anyone Thinks, it Just isn't So


by Jude Chi


It is commonly bandied about, that Barbara Bush is Aleister Crowley's daughter. If that were true, former president George W. Bush, naturally, would be his grandson. But is it true?

Analysis: ❌ This is false.

What can be said about this "myth"? How did it originate? How did it become so popular? Is there any basis to it? Let's look at these things, and see what light we can shed on them. It is my duty through this article to prove that Barbara Bush is not Crowley's daughter--that is, at least as much as it's possible. Though there's no proof or any logical reason to believe that it's true, it's possible that anything could have been written between the lines of documented history.

Where did the idea that George W. Bush is Aleister Crowley's grandson, originate from? The concept was first presented in 2006, through an article published on April Fool's day, no less. The article states that the blog author researched this on some level, and offers that the initial premise the article was founded upon was that Pauline Pierce, Barbara Bush's mother, was friends with Nellie O'Hara, who lived with Frank Harris in Paris at the time this would have unfolded. 

Ultimately, a lot of reading was done on my part, that yielded this: there is no evidence whatsoever, to support that Crowley was Barbara's biological father, and no evidence supporting that Pauline encountered Crowley. Furthemore, if one scouts the Net for research purposes, what they will primarily find on this, are instances where people've quoted pieces of the April Fool's article, not realizing it was one. I came across a seemingly convincing article or two, that ultimately cited no sources of proof whatsoever, or pointed at snippets from books citing no sources of origin. To imagine, to some that constitutes proof.


Question: An imaginary tale thrown out as a prank, is all there is to this? Answer: Nods head. I am afraid so.


Any articles wherein people insist that Crowley is Bush's father, dig deeper into the theory that Crowley actually met Pauline. But to repeat, this cannot be substantiated. The closest we can get to the truth, is what is quoted on this Gizmodo article. Within it, author Tobias Churton, who read Crowley's diary, said "but I had not seen the name of the lady in question in his diary." "Crowley was very well known in artistic circles in Montparnasse and was highly gregarious, so the chances of the lady being charmed by AC, as many other women were, is high; but there is no direct evidence, that I am aware of, that could lend conviction to the hypothesis that the lady’s pregnancy was the result of a passion for AC." Churton added that there were gaps in the diary; however, that too proves naught.

One point that screams to be made here, is that many who write articles on this, are doing it entirely to produce sensationalistic pieces; so factuality is not a prime requisite. It has been said a few times over, that "they have the same eyes." Well let's analyze that one small point. One, it proves nothing. Two, Crowley was heavy into heroin due to his asthma, and one gets a sense from looking at his photos, that the buggy eyes are aligned with that. I am no physician or healthcare worker whatsoever, but looking at Barbara Bush's photo hints to me of Graves. So my mind, which takes on a comedic slant at the best of times, goes--"that AC had issues with drugs that made his eyes prominent in later life, and that Barbara Bush potentially had thyroid issues that made her eyes prominent, is proof that they are related? Phffft!!..."


The Truth:
People, and primarily mainstream religion communities, have long worked to desecrate the memory of Aleister; and naturally this phenomenon is the only fuel such fallacies need to propel them. He may not be regarded as a hero, but he was a high achiever and left the world of occultism and magick with much to consider. Additionally, he left the world of faith with Thelema as a philosophy. AC was a bold and proud man; he'd have been proud to state that Barbara, or any other child for that matter, was his if it was true. Bottom line is, it is nothing more than a superficial notion to say that Crowley was George W. Bush's grandpa.

I issued a query to the prank blog post's author, and his now paraphrased response was: "I've admitted this many times. The article was published on April 1st, and I never thought anyone would take it seriously. Unfortunately, this country is filled with conspiracy-crazed people, who are emotionally wedded to a belief in 'evil bloodlines.' It is sickening.

In part, that April 1st article was intended as a test. I wanted to see if anyone would take the logical first step that any Journalism 101 student should take -- a step which you yourself have taken. In short: I wondered whether anyone would write to the author and ask 'Where did you get this information? Did you make it up?' 

The piece was published in 2006. In the 12 years since then only TWO people have taken that logical first step. You are the second. That fact says something about the state of our culture."  ~ J. Cannon

Though this post may have failed to outrightly prove that Barbara was not Crowley's daughter, it brought to light that the entire premise was based upon a prank, or in other words, an outright lie. To underscore the point--without that prank, this whole theory would never have been born.

And to conclude this piece, a quote from long term OTO icon, Bill Heidrick, who said (in his classy, tongue-in-cheek style) in response to my querying him on this: "As near as I can tell, it's BS, not BB. For that matter, it doesn't make a bit of difference how many people believe it for whatever reason -- advertisements for fad products to the contrary, the more people believe some silly bit, the less likely it is to be true. The world's great religions are a major case in point -- since they all contradict one another (often themselves internally), it is no issue how many people believe they will go to some sort of heaven or hell for picking or not picking an arbitrary nit. 

As to the Crowley-Bush allegation, it's not worth a DNA test on Jerry Springer -- Springer probably wouldn't want it anyway because the subjects in question are no longer available for a food fight. Absence of evidence creates a presumption of doubt, rising to falsity in cases of lascivious political interest; and Crowley was much given to acknowledgement of his offspring. If Crowley had done, he would have said.

I haven't seen anything in the extant Crowley diaries about a Pauline Pierce. In any event, Crowley marked his diaries with particular symbols to indicate various forms of sexual activity, and just meeting someone would not be an indication of anything but a meeting and whatever else was written down. You can't get Crowley from a toilet seat!"

As for me, Jude, the blog author, my concluding thought is this--this piece has presented as close to the entire truth that could be gleaned at this point in time. Yet as has long been the case, people will want to rebuke it, turn their backs on it. Perhaps that's because without having someone to attribute the Devil persona to, this world is too difficult for many to make sense of.

** I have permission from Bill Heidrick to quote him, under the condition I make it known that he will not be available to respond to comments.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Lesson 3 :: Deities in Magick, Continued

Egyptian Magick
Egyptian Magick


Introduction

This article is the continuation of Lesson Three, of the Beginnings in Magick, how to become a magician series. The series begins with its Preamble. Within this particular lesson, in the first half, Adam K. discussed deities commonly worked with in Thelema magick. Provided were overviews of Nuit, Hadit, and Ra-Hoor-Khuit. According to Thelema, RHK is Lord of the New Aeon; furthermore he is an aspect of Horus. We continue now to discuss another aspect of Horus, Hoor-paar-kraat.



The Continuation of Lesson Three


by Adam K.



Hoor-paar-kraat. HPK is Lord of the New Aeon as much as RHK is. Their dynamic is the ideal; they work together and complement each other. Hoor-paar-kraat is passive and is a child god, but is wise in his silence. Together he and Ra-Hoor-Khuit represent "the Crowned and Conquering Child." Thelema is the Logos of the New Aeon. It means "Will," as you likely know by now. However, Will in its ideal state it is tempered by Agape (love) and vice versa. So if we think of RHK as representing Will and the action it takes to achieve that, and HPK as the state we have achieved within our world while acting upon True Will--a state of peace, harmony, and spiritual centeredness and awareness, this gives a far better idea of the dynamic of the two. As well though, HPK represents the passive, patient stance we are resigned to taking at times in order to make headway. Before you conclude that passivity equals weakness, consider the praying mantis, who appears passive as he waits with incalculable patience for the precise moment to strike. There is nothing weak about this creature.

Hoor-paar-kraat symbolically reached out to Ankh-af-na-khonsu (aka Crowley in this latest incarnation) as it was time to usher in the Aeon of Horus. He did this through his Minister, Aiwass, who was sent to release the Word of Thelema. It was Hoor-paar-kraat who chose Crowley, a descendent of the energy stream of Ankh-af-na-khonsu, to be the Prophet of the New Aeon.

Sidenote: It may be confusing to post this matter here, but this is the point in editing where I received a message from Ra-Hoor-Khuit. As a reminder, Hoor-paar-kraat is a silent god, so RHK communicated; as on the page we were discussing Hoor-paar-kraat, the message was from him. As I (i.e. in this case, Jude Chi) began writing my parts of this, I had a vision of RHK juggling orbs of fire, and also saw him throwing a spear. He wanted me to deliver the messages obtained from seeing this. His juggling orbs of fire shows him predicting change will come, that those who now hold the power and manage us, in time will be managed by us. His throwing of the spear shows that he in time will assist us in reclaiming the power we need to move forth effectively.

As well, RHK conveyed telepathically that a major component of his presence as Lord of the New Aeon is to show us that a large part of our power is in acting from a perspective of personal authenticity, and holding no factor back, be this personality “defects,” shame of any one thing about oneself, the way one speaks, one's looks, one's faults, and more. The feeling I get is that we have been conditioned in society to see things backwards, i.e., that those who choose to be victims really suffer. His message is that they do not. In our own world, in this hologram of an existence, we live, they do not. We have nothing to do with those who suffer.

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Ankh-af-na-khonsu is also mentioned in Liber AL; he was an Egyptian priest, who is depicted on the Stele of Revealing. He is on the right side of the Stele, standing across from Ra-Hoor-Khuit.

Though Ankh-af-na-khonsu (there are multiple spelling variations) was a real person, there were a number of individuals by the exact same name, and several with a father by the name of Besnamaut. The one most likely to be regarded by Thelema, is Ankh-af-na-khonsu V. "Likely," because just as in Egyptian mythology, in historical and genealogical records the facts presented are not the same in each instance. However, given this it appears that he was the son of Besnamaut IV, and Tabetjet.

Ankh-af-na-khonsu V was a Priest and Prophet of the Egyptian god Montu, and also the Prophet of Ra-Hoor-Khuit. He lived in Thebes, around 725 BCE. Thelemites will know his handiwork upon mention, as he created the Stele of Revealing; the stele served as a funerary commemoration of his own death. It was not a mere memorial tribute, but also served to ensure that his identity was known, and secure him a safe path into a comfortable afterlife.

Ankh
An Anhk

Ankh-af-na-khonsu's father came from a glorious ancestral lineage. Within it was Ankh-af-na-khonsu I, Prophet of Montu (twenty second dynasty). Since his time all descendants up to and including Ankh-af-na-khonsu V, belonged to the same priesthood. From his paternal ancestry he also descended from Bak-an-khonsu I, who was a High Priest during the rule of Usermaatre Setepenre Ramses II (aka Ramses the Great). His mother, Tabetjet's heritage was worthy as well. Tabetjet was mistress of the house of Amun-Ra, and was a systrum playing musician. One of her ancestral predecessors was Usermaatre Setepenamun Osorkon II (aka King Osorkon II); 22nd Dynasty. She was cousin to Montuemhat, the Fourth Prophet of Amun; additionally her lineage contained multiple priests and priestesses of Amun-Ra.

This information is of import, as Crowley believed himself to be a reincarnation of Ankh-af-na-khonsu (and thus he initiated the Aeon of Horus in much the same way he initiated the Aeon of Osiris in a previous incarnation). Hence, it is his history. A.C. used his own preferred spelling of the name, Ankh-f-n-khonsu, to sign the comment to The Book of the Law. The name apparently has multiple meanings or multiple potential meanings, including: he who lives as Khonsu, he who lives in Khonsu, he who is from Khonsu, he who lives for Khonsu, and he who is the truth that has crossed over. On a lighter note, the name could even mean "he who gets around," or "he who takes lots of vacations."

If this is confusing, don't worry. It can be confusing to Thelemites who have been studying it for years. And honestly, each of these deities should have a chapter or book unto themselves to fully explain them. But here they are summarized as concisely as possible. 

Liber AL speaks of two entities, known as the Beast & Scarlet Woman. They are also known, respectively, as Therion and Babalon. Many equate Therion with Aleister Crowley, and this is reasonable given that he was in fact known as To Mega Therion, Greek for The Great Beast. But the concept of Therion extends beyond just the man Crowley into further territory. In fact, Therion and Babalon are a dynamic that fits on the Qabalistic Tree of Life (a subject we will be delving into in greater detail in further articles) as representations of Chokmah and Binah--also terms that will be covered when we discuss the Qabalah later on. Where Therion is The Beast, Babalon is The Great Whore. You may recall the characters from The Book of Revelation, the last book of the New Testament. Interpreted by modern Christians, these characters are seen as villains. A more in-depth study, however, shows they were more heroic than previously considered. You are encouraged to take your own in-depth look at these characters, in fact.

Babalon represents Binah and the female energies of creation, in the context of her being the complement to the Great Beast who is Chokmah and male. Together they symbolize creation as a whole (along with Kether). There is no Babalon without the Great Beast, there is no Great Beast without Babalon. And the mage and his/her scarlet woman (who can be a man, believe it or not) are physical representations of these beings. They actually become them.

Next, we have Aiwass, the minister of Hoor-paar-kraat. Aiwass is the otherworldly being, or angel, if you will, who dictated Liber AL vel Legis to Crowley, meeting his awareness through his wife Rose. He could be described as a messenger of the gods, like Mercury, Hermes, or any of the various angels mentioned in the Bible; in this way he qualifies as a deity. Additionally, Aiwass was Crowley’s HGA, or Holy Guardian Angel. (A Holy Guardian Angel’s role is to guide a Thelemite to cross the Abyss, at the time they become ready for that to happen.) Aiwass’s primary importance within Thelema, is in line with the power of the message he delivered, and in that he represented HPK in delivering it.

Then we have Pan. Not particularly mentioned in Liber AL, most people nonetheless have some idea who he is. He is the god who is portrayed with the hind legs and horns of a goat, like a satyr, or like the image Christianity stole to portray their god of evil, Satan. Pan is a highly sexual and virile being traditionally, and his name suggests he was a far more important god than most today would think; but his history is murky. It seems that Crowley identified strongly with Pan.

The name "Pan" alludes to "all," to shepherding, and also to pasturing; pasturing alluding to taking time out from daily commitments to engage in joyous pastimes or to rest. Pan's mother was Penelope, and she was said to have been impregnated during an orgy. The nature of his conception, and the fact that he is half animal, would explain his animalistic attitude towards sex. It’s no great wonder that he was often depicted with an erection. He is not a god of loving or romantic sex so much as he is of lustful and emergent sex. He is also regarded as being relative to the various arts, including poetry; these things are of great magical importance, which may explain Uncle Al's affinity for Pan. Frenetic sexual energy and an artistic approach to all things, certainly has its place in magick.

One legend has it that Pan's death coincided with the death of Jesus of Nazareth, which may bear some relativity as to why Pan was significant to Crowley & Thelema--in a way he is symbolic of the death of the old Aeon and its Christianity.

Pan is often seen as a loud god, and loudness is simply a higher octave of violence as a power. However, this is not to say that Pan is a violent god; loudness is but one of his aspects. Though violence is not necessary in magick, at times one might use it as a means of defense, to avoid being attacked themselves. Another of Pan's powers is to cause panic in his enemies, which is said to have led to groups fighting within themselves.


Summary


We will discuss other matters relative to working with deities and daemons in future chapters of this lesson series. Given that you’ve been shown the basic nature of this set of Thelemic deities, finding your own analogous deities or beings to work with should become far simpler. During meditations, spells, rites and workings, cleansings, chargings, and more, these deities can be a boon, or may simply provide peace of mind. To those who work alone but would like at least some form of companionship in their workings, the feeling of familiarity and companionship to be found when working with these entities is quite comparable to working with other human beings.



Note From the Editor


Adam asked for a suggestion on how to close the piece; I asked if I may close it, so he handed over the reins for me to write this bit. Thus we shift into discussing triumvirates in magick. Most of us have heard about triumvirates; the first thing that comes to mind for me is the Roman Triumvirate of Caesar, Crassus, and Pompey. What happened there is that due to complications of circumstance, one man could not maintain strong enough authority. But with the alliances and intellect of the three working together, their efforts created a successful political solution.

How can a triumvirate apply to magick, especially when working with deities, daemons, and so on? It's rather simple, really. Instead of calling one entity forth, call forth three. You can even just call two, and have yourself be the third party. It's that simple. How? That's the easy part, as all magick is as you determine it to be. You decide as you become aware enough to make such choices. In working with triumvirates in magick, there is only one relevant principle, and that is the power of three as it applies to magickal works. Some of you may be saying this reminds you of something, that you have heard of triumvirate bindings making spirits more easily perceptible when communicating with them (outside of actual magickal works, i.e., in spirit keeping). Is this the same thing? In my own experience, yes it is. If you work with one spirit and can barely perceive it, would like to perceive it more strongly, or would like to enhance its powers--do a triumvirate binding and connect it, either to two other spirits that you intend to commune with, or to yourself and one other spirit as the third party. Side note: it is not necessary for a triumvirate to be bound to the magician. This is a matter of preference.

At the risk of complicating the matter, you can even have a triumvirate that involves four people, but is still a triumvirate of three. Let me quickly explain. When the magician is the fourth person, but the triumvirate (as always) is of three, said triumvirate can be bound to the magician and remain a triumvirate. As previously mentioned, it is also a triumvirate if two spirits are bound to the magician, but in this sense the magician is part of the triumvirate. There is another possible dynamic, two magicians can be bound to one spirit, and this is valid as a triumvirate formation. For the record, binding one triumvirate to another adds far greater power, and each time the amount of triumvirates in said network hits a multiple of three, the network and all within it is exponentially stronger.

A word of caution: be respectful when determining which entities work with which ones; be sure to avoid conflict. Consult them for the best result. Long term bindings should never be done without the spirit or entities' express permission for that to happen. In fact, no magician without the awareness to consult spirits on how they'd like their bindings to be set up should be doing them. To remind oneself of the important details of bindings, written records should always be kept. When adding triumvirates to a network, it is best to create a hierarchical diagram.


There you go, Adam. It's all yours.

(At this point, Adam returns to close out the chapter)

To keep everyone informed, the next chapter in this series will be dealing with more concepts in yoga. Particularly, we will be discussing Pranayama and Mantra Yoga. Further down the road a bit we will be returning to the subject of spiritual and divine entities when we discuss invocation, so don’t think that this subject is completely finished. I have more for you, don’t worry.

I would also like to thank Jude for her time and participation in the writing of this particular chapter. This one was a piece of work, to be sure! So thanks, Jude!

Till next time, 93s!


References used for this lesson
One source material was discovered at LAShTAL, and is supported here (The Eye) and here (Sekhet Bast Ra Oasis) in PDF format.
Rodney Orpheus's book, Abrahadabra. (Amazon affiliate advertising link inserted)


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 (this page)

Saturday, January 5, 2019

A Basic Money Drawing Candle Magick Spell


"The best things in life are free, but you can give them to the birds and bees, I want money, that's what I want..." 

 ~ The Beatles, from the song "Money (That's What I Want)" 

Draw money, draw prosperity candle magick
Draw money, draw prosperity candle magick


Get Some Positive Financial Energies Flowing Into the New Year!


2019 is sure to be the best year ever--let's do it

by Jude Chi


We are entering into a new year, and what more could a person want than to become more wealthy, more prosperous, and more successful? That would hold true anytime, but there is no better time than right now, given that this entry point into the New Year is an ideal time to reach out to a better future. What we are going to do here, is a candle magick spell to draw money and prosperity. Candle magick is simple, and is referred to as "low magick." The terms low magick and high magick, refer to the amount of preparation, complexity, occult knowledge and tools etc., one requires to engage in a rite.** As for candle magick, anyone can do it. Round up what you need in advance, and that would be candles and holders; the candle colors are as recommended below, and one or more tangerine quartz pieces. As well grab an oil of your choice to anoint your candle with.


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If you are using chime candles, consider cutting each in half for shorter burning time. If you bless your candles, bless them beforehand. Blessing/not blessing is an individual call. I prefer not to bless, but rather, to send all non-serving energies out of the candle, and call fresh energies in from the Sun. Select a red candle and an orange one, a green one as well if it pleases you, but that's optional. The orange and the green ones hold energies relative to wealth and money drawing. The red candle is the catalyst, or the amplifier, as it were.

You may for economy's sake use only one orange candle, or a white one which replaces all colors. If you use the three colors suggested, place the orange and green ones in front of the red one, to create a triangle formation, as to do so intensifies spell power.

Carve the words "draw money" into each candle, and/or any other relative words or phrases that are powerful to you. If you wish to carve "success," or "prosperity" as well, that's fine, because the appropriate energies are present. Choose your words carefully before you carve.

Tangerine quartz (copyrighted)
Tangerine quartz example pieces

Have one or more pieces of tangerine quartz seated near the candle holder base. Anoint the candles with whichever oil works for you, but of course certain ones are more appropriate to such a spell, such as bay leaf, basil, thyme, cinnamon, and clove. Anoint the candle from tip towards its horizontal middle, as this spell draws energies to you (for spells that send away, you anoint from the base towards the tip). As you light the candle, keep your intent in mind, which is that you are drawing lots of money and success, on an ongoing basis. Notice that the spell's intent is in a present tense--you ARE drawing it, it is NOT stated as "you WILL draw it." If you say you will draw money, you are not drawing it now. To put it in the present tense puts a definite start time on the order, which is now. Keep your focus on the candle for as long as you can--the entire burn time if possible.

Do not stare directly at the flame, diffuse your vision if you gaze for long. Once the entire procedure is done, say "so mote it be," to conclude the intent. If there is anything left of the candle after, bury it outdoors; the idea is, it is like a seed you are planting. Thought to keep in mind: this seed is different than most in that it is self sustaining; it won't need water, etc.

Optional other: Burn dragon's blood incense to further amplify energies, if you wish, and/or have clear quartz crystals near the candles. As well, if the desire strikes you, you can make a sigil and a spell note, and have them sitting under the holder as the candle burns. When done, either burn the sigil and the note, or bury them, with or in place of any candle remnants.


Money drawing, prosperity drawing sigil (copyrighted)
Money drawing/prosperity sigil



An example sigil


To use a sigil is optional. However, the more detail one uses in a ritual, the more power the rite will hold. I made an example sigil, using the phrase, "Drawing to me now and for all time, all money, success, and assets available to me. This order remains strong." It was written on paper, all the vowels were struck out, and all repeated consonants were struck out; the process left one each of the remaining consonants. The consonants were arranged into a formation that was pleasing to my eyes.

Hint: Letters need not repeat within your sigil. If you have an N, an M, a W and an U, a W could cover for all, reducing the number of letters used within your sigil significantly (all letter forms mentioned can be found within the W). Another example, if you are using upper case and have an O and a Q, use the O only, and make a tail on it to add in the Q. Again, T can be found within a capital H. The letters do not need to be right side up or any which way within the sigil, nor do they have to be right side forward; meaning that a lower case d could serve as a lower case b or p. Use whichever case you want, by the way. The point of mentioning this, is that very simple sigils work best, so these ways to reduce how many letters you use are important. For balance in form at times, however, you may want to use repeats, and that's okay.


An example spell note


A written spell could be anything your heart desires. Traditionally however, they tend to be written somewhat poetically, or have some sort of impressive flow. So you could write:

"This wealth of positive energy, 
ever flowing, is mine,
Bringing me success, abundance, and financial prosperity,
now and throughout all time
So Mote it Be"


Keep in mind though, that if you are no poet, to be satisfied with the wording is the important thing. It doesn't have to rhyme or sound poetic. In such spells, avoid writing negative orders. Do not state what you do not want, only state what you do want. If you want to be rich, you for example do not ask not to be poor, and this concept applies to all spells. It works this way because you want wealth, not poverty, to be the key request in your spell.


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 **Yet in some lineages of magick the description varies. One example is that in Thelema, high magick is that which aligns with one's true will, and low magick does not align with it. In Thelema though, low magick can sensibly be used to remove obstacles that block one to achieving their true will.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Tangerine Quartz; Healing and Metaphysical Properties

Tangerine quartz cluster (copyrighted)
Tangerine quartz


Tangerine Quartz :: Bringing in Sunshine


by Jude Chi


Tangerine Quartz combines the properties of quartz with those of the color orange, and therefore primarily targets issues relative to the sacral chakra. Furthermore, the color orange embodies the qualities of the colors yellow and red. This is important to observe, as for example, red and yellow as separate colors, may have significantly different metaphysical properties to the color orange in instances; the difference is that in orange the various properties come together as a blend, as it were. Naturally, creating an awareness of the specific properties crystals have in detail, allows one to work with each far more effectively.

Quartz, as we know, has six basic properties, which as a reminder, are to amplify, store, focus, transmit, transform, and structure. This particular grouping of traits means that virtually no matter what you are doing, quartz will help you achieve it. As for the color orange, it is a color relative to the sun and its energies, joy, pleasure, self esteem, creativity, enthusiasm, persistence and fixity of purpose, success, stimulation, physical strength, endurance, wealth, desire, and awareness in matters of Self.


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Common applications for tangerine quartz are: to assist in countering the blues and depression, to to draw money and to support career and other successes, to aid in matters relative to the Self, incite passion, inspire creativity, raise self esteem, resolve guilt, bolster courage, to address inner child issues, and to motivate. In healing, to draw sun energies, enhance physical strength, support immune system response, and to aid metabolic function.


One lovely trick some use, is to take a small piece of tangerine quartz and place it in their wallet to draw money. I do the same, but have it wrapped in a piece of paper with a bay leaf.


Too much orange power can result in temper and aggression issues, blockages in trusting people, and having people tend to be repelled by one's arrogance and/or self centeredness. In such instances one should ideally engage in chakra meditation to seek harmony and resolution. Too little orange and one may question self worth, feel belittled and/or overshadowed by others, or be perceived as needy; this too may be addressed with chakra meditation.


What Tangerine Quartz Is

Quartz qualifies to be called tangerine when it has a certain hue of orange, which is fruity and on the brighter side. When such a stone has subtle coloration, it is usually called pink quartz, even when its hue is orangey. The coloration of tangerine quartz can be held inside the quartz or can be an external coating. The coloration is caused by iron. When an orange stone's coloration is not of a tangerine hue, it is called hematoid quartz. Be careful when cleansing pink and tangerine quartz, as the outer coloration may in time wash off in some instances. I'd recommend to cleanse them with selenite or smudge.

You will at times see it written that tangerine quartz only comes from one certain mine in Brazil, and to some extent that is true; yet it is not 100% true. That is the mine which first discovered tangerine quartz, and crystals from there look significantly different than most from elsewhere. The mine is called Santinho.


What Hematoid Quartz is

Basically, if quartz has an iron coating or has iron inclusions within it, it is hematoid quartz. From this we can see that if quartz is orangey but not tangerine in color, it is hematoid.


What Tangerine Aura Quartz Is


Another stone with very similar properties to tangerine quartz, is Tangerine Aura Quartz. It has all of the properties tangerine quartz has, and has the additional properties of the vaporized metals applied to its exterior, which provide its coloration. The metals most commonly vapourized to coat quartz in order to create this stone, are gold, iron, and copper. Gold is a spiritual metal, and its properties support healing work. Copper supports circulation, detoxification, vigor, and also mental clarity and aptitude. Iron shields one to negativity and psychic attack, and supports courage and physical strength; like copper iron promotes mental sharpness.


Disclaimer: You should consult your health and/or mental health professional before using any alternative healing methods. This article does not suggest otherwise.


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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Sulaiman Stone, Sulemani Akik Stone--Its Metaphysical and Magickal Properties

A banded agate necklace
Banded agate (Sulaimon stone) necklace. Image, courtesy of Pixabay


Sulaiman Stone


Sulaiman stones and akik (aka Sulemani akik) stones embody the same basic concepts and energies; in other words they are the same stone, no matter how different one may look from another. Yet there are subtle differences that become apparent when describing each type, that will soon be shown. Outside of Islam, people generally do not call the magickal and mystical Sulemani akik stone of tradition, by its full name, but instead simply call it Sulaiman stone, or Suleman stone (there are a number of spellings of the name). Anyway, as a magick practitioner and demonolator this crystal caught my attention deeply, as it is regarded to be a powerful stone in protection magick, healing magick, and in magick in general. One unusual characteristic of this stone, is that crystals of it are not comprised of a specific mineral with a specific look, or range of looks; but rather are from within a range of types of a mineral (chalcedony), that relate to biblical legend.

Within Islam this stone provides a symbolic connection to Muhammad, that secondarily contains mystical powers and energies; whereas outside of Islam it is a magickal tool, and provides an ideal vessel to call djinn to; but is also one that draws djinn energy to those desiring it, by its very nature.

Though for the rest of this article the Islamic version of this stone will primarily be referred to as Sulemani akik, it is more rightly called simply akik, unless its from Yemen. However, that's confusing given that non Muslims call it Sulaiman stone.

Sulaimon stone example image
One example of what Sulaimon stone may look like (a Wikimedia file)


What Sulaimon Stone Is


While browsing, one may read that Sulaiman stone can be entirely black agate, or alternatively may be largely black or grey, but banded, either softly or more visibly so. Pale, white, and even colored agates--basically any agate, no matter what it looks like, may be crafted as this stone. In some ways these descriptions mildly conflict; it is somewhat confusing that you can go to one site and see yellow agate labelled as Sulaiman stone, and on another the stone you see may be black, red, or green; yet each is as likely to be a true representation.

As an observation--to say "entirely black agate" may seem like a contradiction in terms, as agate by its very nature is banded. However, its bands can be widely spaced, allowing for entirely one colored stones to be cut.


Within Islam


Traditionally akik stone is relative to the Islamic religion, and there are rules to wearing it--including that a stone containing it is to be crafted of silver, that during prayer one is not to wear one set in iron, and that wearing one set in brass is tabu. The main reason this stone is popular in Islam (according to Wikipedia), is because "the prophet Muhammad took to wearing one on his right hand, after idols were removed from the Grand Mosque in Mecca, 630 CE." Both Sunnites and Shiites may wear them. For the record, Sulemani akik and akik stones are for the most part the same, meaning that they embody the same concepts and are worn for the same general reasons. But where they differ, is that the Sulemani version of the stone comes from Yemen, and the name Sulemani refers to the stone descending from a specific lineage of people within Islam.

The Sulemani, or Yemeni version of the stone is believed by Muslims, to be the highest quality available, where outside of that faith, people tend not to make such distinctions. But then again, outside of Islam people tend towards not wearing agate jewelry so much, which may explain their lack of concern for details in that sense, if there are any. I am no expert, but it's agate, not rubies or diamonds--how fine does it get? However, it's possible that stone from Yemen may hold more perceptible metaphysical qualities, or just different ones than from other areas. Yemeni akik is at times richly colored. Agate by nature is not commonly found in rich colors, thus some stones are potentially color enhanced. By the way, Akik (aqeeq) means quartz in Arabic, and agate in Turkish.


What Meditation Revealed

       
I meditated what this stone is--what makes it a Sulaiman stone, and also how to choose one. An agate stone that is black or deep grey will be amongst the most powerful, and more so if offset by a fairly neutral, pale color. A Sulaimon stone can be half or a bit more banded with a pale color, and still be powerful. The banding can be wide, thus if your stone appears roughly half and half black and white, it can have strong energies. Your stone may have other colors in it, so long as it primarily fits this description; as well it can be blotchy or mottled in pattern rather than striped.

Note: a stone with deep coloring in its bands could call you as its keeper, and in such cases that's fine--that's the best stone for you. When a stone calls your attention to it, it usually has a lesson for you, or may even have a spirit that wants to connect with you, associated with it.

Now, what makes it a powerful stone is not the fact that it is agate, but rather that it is a quartz stone with certain traits. Of course this means that there are other stones apart from those traditionally used, that can embody what a Sulaiman stone is. Originally this article was written to include a range of mentions of which stones. But upon asking the universe if it were wise to publish the article as it was, I was urged to take that out. I was told, "magicians need to earn special knowledge, it cannot all be given away." Thus to those who do not meditate, you are looking for a stone that fits the description previously provided. Those who do, are advised to meditate upon which powerfully magickal stone type suits you best. 

To to reduce the vision's content for the sake of clarity, of course it is not wise to say that there are many other stones that are Sulaiman stones besides the agates traditionally used; but it can be said that there are stones equal to it magickally, as well as otherwise metaphysically and energetically, that could be used in place of it. Furthermore, my vision did not suggest that other stones traditionally used are not genuine, but rather, that if they are other than largely black or deep grey, they just aren't as powerful for metaphysical purposes. If you were wanting to target life issues relative to a specific chakra, a colored one could help; but ideally you should have a darker, neutral colored one to use along with it.


Etymology


Sulaiman means Solomon. That the name Solomon is at the root of this stone's title, associates it with King Solomon and his virtues--this regardless of that its history points in another direction (it's named after a tribe, after all). The energies people have long attributed to it, recognizably relate to the biblical king. Solomon was known as a man of wisdom, who possessed a range of talents; as well he had many wives and lovers. Solomon was extremely wealthy, and was known to have had marvelous buildings erected. These things all relate to this stone. Note: This stone should not be confused with King Solomon stone, also known as Eilat stone. 


What Sulaiman Stone Energies Consist Of


A Sulaiman crystal is traditionally believed to be most powerful when it comes to wisdom, health, wealth, and protection, and related magicks; and this is the case, as this is where the beliefs of mankind as a whole, support its energies (because of the power of all those beliefs propelling it!). However, at the same time, King Solomon, the stone's namesake and raison d'etre, as it were, was a man who worked with magickal concepts innumerable; thus the true expanse of the magickal ability of this stone, is equally as unlimited.

To enhance magick accordingly, use one or more of these stones, combine it with the most appropriate Solomon Seal, and activate the seal. Or, simply use it to support your magickal energies--just program it accordingly. Or otherwise imbue it with djinn energies for even more power. Use it beside a drawing of the Udjat, or the All Seeing Eye, if you like--especially if the eye is drawn within a pyramid, with the sun above it and rays coming down. Meditate the sigil for other details you can add, to tailor it more to you... it's a powerful symbol. And along with this stone... POWER... know what I mean?

As a wealth drawing charm, carry it in your pocket. Its energies also work to enhance physical strength and health, to attract an ideal mate, for success in matters of administration, authority, and politics; to reach success when the odds seem stacked against you, to make wiser choices, to pull a team together to reach a common goal, for success in architectural drafting/building, to achieve better comprehension, to gain respect from others; also use in energy clearing, to block the evil eye, to divide and conquer, working with demons (demonolatry), especially djinn, and also in higher learning.

The great value of having a Sulaiman stone that is mostly black but with a contrasting color: it will help turn things around, including one's perspective when necessary; and additionally, it assists in analyzing and assimilating darker aspects of self.

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