Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Virgin and the Whore: Faces of the Nondual Divine Feminine in Thelema

virginal/sensual, duality

Aleister Crowley - Reconciling the Sacred Whore of Babylon with the Virgin Mary


by Race MoChridhe

In my last article, we examined (all too briefly) Aleister Crowley’s reconciliation of the symbolisms of Christ and Satan through his adopted title of TO MEGA THERION. This work, however, was only one component of Crowley’s much larger quest to use the terms of Christianity itself to overcome the dualisms of Christian thought.

Thelemic writings are filled with gods from other pantheons whose subtle interrelations annihilate polarities. From the ancient Egyptian religion, which provides so much of Thelemic imagery, Crowley inherited the dyad of Horus and Osiris, whom the Egyptians sometimes viewed separately as father and son, and sometimes as aspects of one another—the same god at different points of his mythic cycle. Crowley used this pairing frequently to symbolize the duality of immanence and transcendence and the ultimate non-difference between the two. By pairing Horus at other times with his twin, the Ptolemaic god Harpocrates, Crowley expanded the symbolism to transcend activity and passivity, as well.

Even more fundamental for Crowley, perhaps because it represented the opposition which the modern West finds most difficult to reconcile, was the Egyptian dyad of the divine feminine, in which Isis, the goddess of birth, rebirth, and magick, was sister to Nephthys, a goddess of death, trailing wrappings and decaying flesh. In Egyptian thought, these two were united by their myths, as when Nephthys disguised herself as Isis in order to sleep with her brother-in-law, Osiris. Later Ptolemaic traditions put them in further creative tensions, such as the Paracelsan ascription of them to the two halves of the alchemical cycle of nitre. Together, they represented the wholeness of creation and destruction, each begotten of and begetting the other, each united in passion with the ultimate reality that transcends immanence and transcendence, activity and passivity.

Within Christian symbolism, Crowley found the counterparts of Isis and Nephthys in the Book of Revelation (his personal favorite), identifying them with the Woman of the Apocalypse (12:1-17) and the Whore of Babylon (17:1-18). This is where Crowley’s facility with Christian imagery shone brightest, as he repurposed a figure of ultimate disgust and evil into the central goddess of Thelemite devotion.

In Revelation, the Whore of Babylon carries “a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication” (17:4), and also that she is “drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus” (17:6). In its original context, this imagery harkened back to the Old Testament metaphor of Israel as the Lord’s adulterous wife, selling herself cheaply to the nations of the earth, and also referenced the Roman persecution. Crowley, however, identifies the cup held by the Whore of Babylon as the Holy Grail, into which the saints have bled themselves in releasing their attachments to the ego. Whoredom was, for Crowley, the ultimate symbol of this self-emptying, which he took to be the relinquishing of the limited self for the sake of union with the cosmos—from his perspective, a kind of spiritual promiscuity. Here, the “martyrs of Jesus” are those who have lost their lives to find them (Matthew 6:25; 10:39; 16:25; Mark 8:35; Luke 9:24), and in doing so have become non-different from all that is. This simple insight, followed to its natural conclusions, reveals the Whore as the paragon of Christian virtues. In the 12th Aethyr of The Vision and the Voice, Crowley writes:
This is the Mystery of Babylon, the Mother of Abominations, and this is the mystery of her adulteries, for she hath yielded up herself to everything that liveth, and hath become a partaker in its mystery. And because she hath made her self the servant of each, therefore is she become the mistress of all. Not as yet canst thou comprehend her glory. Beautiful art thou, O Babylon, and desirable, for thou hast given thyself to everything that liveth, and thy weakness hath subdued their strength.

The Whore, in this rendition, becomes the ultimate model of one's surrender to become the vessel of another's will, representing in Thelemic terms, surrender to one's own True Will. As is often the case in Crowley’s work, we are led to perceive the utter naturalness of something, that before, would have been utterly inconceivable—in this case, that the Whore of Babylon is fundamentally identical with the Virgin Mary.

This is subtly implied by Revelation’s juxtaposition of the Whore with the Woman of the Apocalypse, whom the Church traditionally identified with Mary. It is elaborated in the complex network of mythological correspondences that Crowley weaves with Egyptian figures, given the transfer of so many ancient symbols of Isis to Mary. It is in his presentation of the Christian virtues of the Whore, however, that Crowley moves beyond literary pedantries and makes the connection a cosmic reality, for Mary’s supreme act is her fiat (Luke 1:38)—her willingness to render her body completely to a stranger, yielding her own identity to become the vessel of another. The Annunciation occurred in the Temple to which Mary’s mother, St. Anne, had promised her before she was born, and Crowley accordingly presented the Virgin’s miracle as an act of sacred prostitution, in order to reclaim all that he perceived Christianity as repressing—sex, the body, the feminine—as inseparably vital to the acts of creation and salvation.

virgin mary/her Thelema counterpart
For him, the act of bleeding ourselves out into the Grail is also, symbolically, an act of impregnating the womb of the Whore of Babylon with ourselves. If the aim of Christianity is, as the great Christian mystics taught, to become wholly united in spirit with Jesus as the Christ—if it is truly intended that, as Paul suggested, we are to be members of one body with Him (1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Romans 12:5)—then, Crowley suggests, we can be born again through the Whore even as He was through the Virgin—our egoic destruction can truly be the counterpart of His universal conception. Like the light-bringing of Lucifer and the resplendent light of Christ (8th paragraph via link), immersion in the baptismal waters and bleeding into the Whore’s cup are, at last, one and the same.

Such inspired blasphemies as these were, for Crowley, the only means to avoid what seemed to him a far greater sacrilege—the suggestion that sex, both physical and spiritual, is something unworthy of a saint, or that sainthood is something above the station of a whore.



Related Reading on our Site:
To Mega Therion
Aleister Crowley, Some Things you Might Want to Know
Crowley :: The Legend and the Lies, Myths Exposed
On Crowley, and the Writing of the Liber AL vel Legis
"TO META OPHION" Meaning

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Meditation - A Step-by-Step Guide for the Beginner

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How Meditation Can Help You


Our "how to meditate guide for beginners"was created because meditation is increasing dramatically in popularity nowadays, so it's certain that there'll be plenty looking for a simple guide. The growing interest is likely due to more people becoming aware that it will help them to attain and maintain optimal physical, mental, and spiritual health. Practicing 10 minutes of meditation each day will help keep your stress level down, and lead you to feel more balanced, grounded, and peaceful.

Too, meditation will enhance your creativity and mental focus; and will provide insight as to how to make the best choices for good results in all areas of life. This is done by providing you with a strong connection to both Universal Energies as a whole, and to your higher spiritual self. For those who perform divination, meditation can provide insights additional to those offered by other divinatory methods and tools.


Learning to Meditate Requires Patience and Dedication 


Discovering the process of how to meditate can be difficult for a beginner. You must be patient, that's the key. It’s highly unlikely that you will be able to master the process quickly and must prepare mentally for that. If you understand this as you begin, it will enable you to muster the necessary degree of dedication required to master the process.


Prepare to Meditate 


Choose a time of day which is best suited to you and your schedule. Ideally, you should be able to sit down to meditate at the same time every day. Meditation is an excellent way to both start and end your day, so try to pick a time right after you wake up in the mornings, or shortly before bed. If you can do both, that’s even better!


Choose a Pleasant Location to Meditate In 


Next, you will need to choose a location for meditating. If the weather is agreeable and you can meditate outside, then it's an excellent choice. If there is no place suitable to meditate outside, consider creating a special area in your house. This should be a quiet location, away from any noise and distractions. Any family living with you should understand that when you are in this space, you shouldn't be disturbed, unless there is an emergency.

Setting yourself up for success is essential to a beginner’s practice. Consider placing some meditation cushions or a special chair in your space (if sitting on the floor is too difficult for you due to health reasons), so that you can be physically comfortable while meditating.

ambiance boosting decor and tools
Ambiance boosting decor and tools

The Extras Add to the Ambiance and Refreshing Quality 


Including a few other things in this area, such as an incense burner or oil warmer can also be helpful. Scent can have a powerful effect on the mind, and can assist you in staying calm and focused for longer periods of time. Lavender is a particularly relaxing and calming choice, and excellent for a before-bed meditation. You might also consider sandalwood, which enhances a feeling of groundedness, and can help center your energy efficiently.

The ambiance provided by having a pleasant environment and the luxury of added tools and enhancements, is an added bonus providing a facet of incentive to your sessions; it's more to look forward to.


Singing Bowl

Wear Comfy Clothing to Meditate In 


Before you begin meditating, there are several things you can do to let your mind and body know that you are ready to proceed. First, make sure that you are dressed in comfortable clothing. You won't be able to focus with anything binding you, restricting blood flow, or similar.


Have a Snack, Keep it Light 


Also, consider having a light snack before sitting down, particularly if you are practicing first thing in the morning. This could be a piece of fruit with some nut butter; just something so that you will not be famished and distracted while meditating. Whatever you choose to eat should be natural and organic, and it's best to avoid grains and animal protein before meditation. If you choose to meditate on an empty stomach as part of a fasting regimen, have a small glass of cool (but not ice cold) water before beginning.


A Shower Provides Cleaner Energies for Meditation 


In some cases, you may also want to take a cleansing bath or shower before you sit down to meditate. I highly recommend this, as it's helpful for removing negative energies, particularly at the end of your day. This is especially important if you are using meditation as a gateway to your spiritual practice. Step into the bath or shower and wash yourself, concentrating on sending any negative thoughts or feelings away with the water and down the drain. This doesn't have to be a long process – just a quick step into some warm (not hot) water is enough.

Finally, you are ready to begin meditation. First, clear your mind of any preconceived theories about what meditating is like; the actually practice is rarely anything like what you may have seen in movies or read in books.

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Our "How to Meditate" Guide...


Have your space fully prepared. Perform a space clearing ritual such as using tingsha bells, and/or light any incense you have chosen to use.

Sit comfortably either in your meditation chair, or on your cushions. Some find sitting cross-legged to be comfortable, others find that this position restricts blood flow to the legs and can become painful. Instead, cross your ankles and let your knees fall open. This places you in a semi-cross-legged position, but should allow you to remain comfortable.

If you are sitting in a chair, sit up straight with your feet flat on the floor. Keep your back straight, but at the same time this shouldn't be uncomfortable.

Breathe deeply. Close your eyes, and focus on the rhythm of your breathing. In through your nose and out through your mouth. Breathe slowly and feel it in your diaphragm (which is located in the center, just below your rib cage). Push out as you breathe in, and collapse inward as you breathe out.

As you exhale, hear yourself make a soft “hahhhh” sound. Don’t pay attention to thoughts that drift in and out of your mind; simply return your attention of focus to your breathing. As you progress in your practice, you may choose to follow a meditation script; but in the beginning, learning to quieten the mind and focus on breathing is a difficult enough task.

If focusing on breathing alone proves too difficult of a task, you may consider using a focus aid, such as a flickering candle. Don’t stare at the flame wide-eyed; instead relax your gaze until it is slightly unfocused and your eyes are half-closed. Concentrate on either the tip or the base of the flame. This will help if you find your thoughts continuously wandering to other things.

It is important to recognize that your conscious mind may be resistant to meditative practice at first. You will need to be firm but understanding with yourself, and diligently return your focus to either your breathing or the candle in front of you. For beginners, this is all the information you'll need to begin; anything more will easily provide too great of a degree of difficulty for initial sessions.


It May Seem Confusing at First, How to Make Meditation Work for You 


For a beginner, meditation often seems like a mystery, especially with all of the conflicting information out there. Advice like "clear your mind of thoughts" isn't helpful, as usually once you try to do so, you'll find that’s nearly impossible. However, with focused effort and regular practice, you too will master the process of meditation. And too, it will help you to know that there is no set range of time within which you are likely to master the process. Take it easy and proceed at a relaxed and natural pace which is best suited to you. Do not pay heed as to how long it may take to reach your desired result.

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We hope that this step-by-step guide to preparing your mind, body, and space for meditation proves helpful, and serves as a gateway to a successful meditative practice. Blessings to you on your journey.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Crying Over Spilt Milk; My Angel and Me...

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Yep, My Angel Sent a Mug of Milk Flying...


I've spoken about my angel before, but I've called him a spirit guide. I suppose I could call him anything, but he's an angel nonetheless. He came during an extremely difficult time in my life. Truth be told, back then I was praying for death, and that's why he came. With him in my life now, that time seems like aeons ago, yet perhaps it isn't either...

At times he has told me to not drink milk, I attempted to stop drinking it too, but strangely enough it irritated my partner on some level when I shared the point that I was going to with him... it must have stuck in his craw, because after announcing that I wouldn't be drinking milk anymore, he took to buying even more of it, and often remarking that it wasn't being used. I think it was a subconscious thing to quiet him, that even knowing milk was bad for me I started drinking a nightly mug of hot chocolate with him. He found the ritual comforting it seemed, and stopped going on about the milk going unused.

Yesterday I was preparing our hot chocolate, there was just enough milk to make one mug each, and no more beyond that. I was taking the first mug of hot milk out of the mic, readying to add the chocolate powder. The mug went flying, though it seemed I'd had it securely in hand. I was not happy, as to clean milk up from around and under a microwave oven is no fun. My partner came to help. As he was wiping and I was doing dishes, I remarked that as soon as time permitted, I'd do a reading to ask my angel if the spill was his doing, as I somehow knew that it was. My partner snorted, as expected.

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Later on I did the reading, and yes, my angel said that he had done it, as making his knowledge clear to me (that milk was bad for me), apparently didn't have as much power as making it clear to my partner would, in whichever way that he could. Thus when the milk was spilt, it was logical that my partner would find out that he'd arranged for it to spill. My partner was very, very quiet all evening after I told him what my angel said.

I have the feeling that he'll stop buying milk just to have a ritual hot chocolate with me, but only time will tell. Though it seems strange that he'd buy even more milk after finding out that I shouldn't drink it as he did, I do know why; for months on end his superiors at work have been taking actions that have other employees dropping like flies and at the same time increase his workload - he's stressed to the max. To take his frustration out on me with such a subtle but hurtful issue (as his pressuring me to drink milk after being told it's bad for me) points at that he must really be hurting inside.

Only time will tell if he will refrain from buying more milk than he can drink; if not I won't accept it as my issue anymore. The point is, that sometimes when acting out in certain ways - such as my partner did - people impose upon others; maybe they know they're doing it, maybe they don't. In my case, my angel said that milk would lead to my death in the near future if I kept on drinking it. Thus that he encouraged it to fall from my hands and that it made a big mess, was a serious blessing - it really opened my eyes as to the magnitude of my part in this. As well, I'd had no idea that milk was that big of a problem for me... I only knew that I had no great liking for it and that the odd time I didn't feel so hot after drinking it. And honestly, it evaded my awareness that I'd been duped into drinking milk; if you can imagine that!

This is a bit of a personal piece, certainly out of my comfort zone, but I feel inside that posting it is the right thing to do, as the insight it provides on any level may cause someone to think outside of their usual box; so I'll go ahead and publish it anyway. Obviously it is not at all about the milk, more about having an awareness of the mindset of people around us, and taking responsibility for the justness we do or do not experience.

Monday, February 15, 2016

A Remarkably Powerful and Beautiful Prayer - of Infinite Abundance...

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Everyone Wants to Live Abundantly


Post submitted by Joodhe

As of late, I, the post author, have developed a taste for chaos magick; and while poking around here and there, investigating various paths towards manifestation (yes, Cha-Ching...), I found this beautiful Infinite Abundance prayer. It's amazing, it apparently provides an effective connection to Higher Power, as each time I say it chills run around my body, over and over again.


And Sidetracked for a Moment...


On a separate note - for those that haven't thought this way, like myself - I'd like to point out that to learn chaos magick (as touched upon above), one doesn't need to take a course... perhaps there was a time when that was the case, but it certainly isn't anymore. I'd have taken it up as a hobby long ago if I'd have realized how easy it is to get started nowadays. Heck, all you have to do is browse the magick books at Amazon.com, and that's just the beginning. From there you can poke around on forums for spells, check out links to free eBooks (such as this one), and too you can find tutorials and other insights. Furthermore, you can read blogs written by those willing to detail their hands on experience. Today, as it appears, the sky is literally the limit!

But back to the matter at hand - I suppose most of us realize that in saying abundance prayers, no matter how powerful they are, the reward they provide lies in the opening of channels of opportunity; it's how we proceed from such windows opening that makes all the difference.

I'll admit that this post is much less meaty than the average post on this site; however, the main point was to share the prayer. Anyway, here it is; by the way, it will be clearer if opened in a new window, as Blogger compresses images:

prayer of abundance

Monday, February 8, 2016

Quartz Crystal; Healing and Metaphysical Properties

Quartz Crystal
Quartz Crystal


Quartz Versatility 


Quartz is known for its multitude of healing properties and applications. If there is a crystal type you would like to use for a certain type of healing work and you don't have it, clear or white quartz can be used in its place. Quartz intensifies the energies of other crystals; because of the amplification quality, it shouldn't be used on or near people with health issues that should not be sped up. Examples of such would be cancer or any tumorous growth, as well as certain mental health issues.

Some of the metaphysical properties of quartz include: protection from negative energy and hexes, reducing the harmful effects of EMFs; and helping us to remember and interpret our dreams.


How Quartz Processes Energy 


Each type of quartz crystal has six main properties which govern the way that energy is processed; they are: to amplify, store, focus, transmit, transform, and structure. 


Quartz Crystal Sphere


What is Quartz? 


Quartz can be found in a wide array of varieties and colors, including your basic variety clear quartz. Clear quartz (or rock quartz) is void of color, and possesses a diaphaneity ranging anywhere from absolutely transparent to translucent. Some of the more common varieties of quartz include amethyst, rose quartz, smoky quartz, onyx, agate, and jasper.

Quartz is a silicate, and has a trigonal crystal system. Its hardness registers on the Mohs scale as 7, or possibly lower. The hardness is dependent upon the amount of impurity it does or does not contain.


Two Divisions


Quartz can be separated into two main types, macrocrystalline and microcrystalline. Macrocrystalline quartz types can be seen without magnification, whereas microcrystalline cannot. Macrocrystalline types are generally clearer; and they include rock quartz, amethyst, rose quartz, aventurine, citrine, smoky quartz, and others. Microcrystalline quartz types include agate, carnelian, sard, chalcedony, onyx, jasper, chert, and more.


A Beneficial Frequency

The geometry within quartz represents the divine ratio (1.618). The divine ratio is the frequency of healing; it represents energy in its most flawless and boundless form. This is the same concept that applies to healing with sound such as in the case of tuning forks and singing bowls; they too are representative of the divine ratio, also referred to as the golden mean or golden ratio.


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


Healing Properties of Quartz


  • Amplifies energies of other crystal types.
  • Works on all chakras including the crown.
  • Raises energy vibration levels.
  • Unites the body, mind, and spirit.
  • Adds clarity to the thought process.
  • Aids in manifestation.
  • Reduces EMF pollution.
  • Can be used for spiritual protection.
  • Stores information to be recalled as needed.
  • Eliminates negative energies within your environment.
  • Enhances communication with animals.
  • Aids in establishing communication with spiritual beings.
  • Can provide protection against curses.
  • If you are exposed to negativity from others, quartz can counter its effects.
  • Allows us to access stored ancient wisdom within it.
  • Dream recall is facilitated.
  • Aids those engaging in astral travel.
  • Strengthens the immune system.
  • As it cleanses the etheric field as well as the body, the entire physical body and organs within function more efficiently.
  • Ailments such as chronic fatigue, bone injury, depression, stomach issues, arthritis, and fibromyalgia can be lessened or healed.


Where is Quartz Found? 


Quartz is the most plentiful mineral on Earth. As quartz is so abundant, it’s no surprise that it can be found scattered across many areas of the world. Its primary source, however, is Brazil, where the largest specimens are found. All of the main varieties of quartz can be found in Brazil; only Brazil can make this claim.


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Saturday, February 6, 2016

TO MEGA THERION: The Many Names of Aleister Crowley

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Aleister Crowley (colorized)


The “Mark of the Beast”; TO MEGA THERION


by Race MoChridhe

Every few years, one is treated to a flurry of panic from evangelical Christian circles about the “mark of the Beast”. Sometimes it is national IDs. Sometimes it is RFID chips. Sometimes it is a proposal for a world currency. Whatever the fad of the moment, it is taken as a herald of the End Times—a sign of submission to that enigmatic, Satanic figure from the Book of Revelation known as “the Beast”, who has been variously identified with everything from the Catholic Church to the United Nations, from the CIO to the Prophet Muhammad. Perhaps the most startling claim, however, was made by the wife of a late 19th century Plymouth Brethren preacher, Emily Crowley, who identified the Beast as her own son, Edward.

As an adult, Edward abandoned his given name for the name Aleister, but he did not give up the unusual nickname his mother had given him. In fact, he delighted in it, the more so as it and its associated number 666 manifested again and again with astonishing synchronicity in his life. In 1904, while on honeymoon in Cairo, his wife Rose fell into repeated trances during which she would she speak the words, “They are waiting for you,” which were identified as a message from Horus. Crowley took Rose to a local museum and asked her to pick out Horus among the artifacts. Rose bypassed several common depictions of the god before stopping at the Stele of Ankh-ef-en-Khonsu. The exhibit number was 666. It was after this that Crowley began to receive the revelations that would lead him to found the religious philosophy of Thelema, which would in turn lead him to finally assume, by formal magickal investiture, the Greek name TO MEGA THERION, the Great Beast—a name whose letters add gematrically to 666.

By this time, however, Crowley’s identification of himself as the Beast had become more than the rebellious rakishness of his boyhood, and more than the erudite yet dramatic anti-Christianity of his adolescence. In his maturity, Crowley came to a reappropriation of the Christian symbolism that had permeated his childhood home, using it as a vehicle to proclaim his own, radical vision of man’s spiritual life, and the unification of the false dualities that he felt Christianity had reified. In calling himself by the name of the Beast, Crowley’s contemporaries thought he was swearing his allegiance to Satan; in fact, he was all but proclaiming himself Christ.

Crowley took many magickal names over the course of his life. One of the least known, but most important, was the one he assumed on reaching the rank of Adeptus Minor 5°=6, Christeos Luciftias. Enochian for “Let there be light,” the name was partly an homage to his friend and teacher Allan Bennett, whose motto was the same in Hebrew, but Crowley no doubt relished bringing the names of Christ and Lucifer into such amusing juxtaposition.

One might well see the bulk of Crowley’s philosophical career as a quest to transcend duality through the union of opposites. Much of his own character, which he constructed with a rare directionality and consciousness, was built in this way, and the bulk of his magickal system, poetic sensibility, and religious teaching, followed the same principle. The opportunities for overcoming duality inherent in the figures of Christ and Satan would have been especially apparent to him, having heard his father read from the Bible every morning after breakfast as he grew up. Lucifer, popularly conceived as the Devil, is actually the name given to the Morning Star in Isaiah, and the Morning Star is a name that Jesus attributes to Himself in Crowley’s favorite book of the Bible—the Book of Revelation.

The Book of the Law—the central book of Thelema, revealed to Crowley in Egypt following his wife’s trances—teaches that “every man and every woman is a star”, a doctrine that Crowley held to mean that “our religion, therefore, for the People, is the Cult of the Sun”. This was only fitting, given that the god identified by Thelema as the primary deity for the “New Aeon” is Horus, an Egyptian sun god. And the prophet of the new religion—the Great Beast who had been ordained to proclaim it? Of him, Crowley wrote that “this Aleister Crowley was not a man, or even a number of men; he is obviously a solar myth.” For Crowley, this was the great, untapped potential of humanity; led astray through long centuries of looking to others for their salvation, men and women had forgotten that the sun is within them—had forgotten that they are, at their root, one with the supernal sun which is undying. The mission of Crowley’s magick and his teaching was to remind them of the majesty of their true nature. Crowley had no naïveté about this nature though; he had spent far too many years among the Arabs for that.

Since ancient times, Arabian myth and poetry has held the sun—praised as the bestower of all life throughout much of the rest of the world—as the destroyer. In the harsh wastes of the Rub’ al Khali, the sun did not cause plants to grow, but withered them. Crowley, likewise, understood the sun’s apparent dual nature—its rarified amorality. “Horus, the Sun,” he wrote, “is a symbol of That which contains [and] transcends dualities…” In the course of this process, evil was overcome, for “the idea of evil comes only from perceiving the oppositions which are transcended by Truth.” The discovery of one’s True Will—one’s true purpose in existence—which Thelema prizes as its highest aim, was necessarily a process of integration, in which even the individual’s “Shadow” could be united with their inner star.

Crowley was not being entirely facetious when, during the “Black Magic Libel Case” of 1934, he quipped back to the cross-examiner interrogating his title as TO MEGA THERION that, “It only means sunlight; 666 is the number of the sun… You can call me ‘Little Sunshine’.” Given the context of Satanic accusations involved in that case, there is an extra level of tongue-in-cheek profundity here. Crowley was well aware that his solar association set him up as a “Lightbringer”—the literal meaning of Lucifer—but also that the number of the Beast connected to the sixth sephirah on the Kabbalistic Tree of Life—Tiphareth—which is associated with beauty, the sun, and the heart chakra, as well as, in the writings of Christian Kabbalists, Jesus.

Many have lamented Crowley’s choice to couch his doctrines in Satanic symbolism, suggesting that his shocking and off-putting presentation has inhibited Thelemic teaching from gaining a wider audience. That charge is probably true, but it misses something very profound and very important about Crowley’s work. As the respected Thelemite scholar Lon Milo DuQuette has written:
Like other “blasphemies” he would hijack from Christian literature to express the dynamics of New Aeon concepts … the term “Beast 666” was just another example of Crowley using concepts that in the past represented the unholy terrors of an evil future, and redeeming them so that they presently represent the holy mysteries of the emerging new age. It’s as simple (and as unsatanic) as that. 

For Crowley, Thelema was not just about making individuals whole by the integration of their shadows with their stars; it was also about making whole an entire civilization driven mad by two millennia of projecting its inner darkness and demons out onto an amoral cosmos and quixotically pitting itself in battle against these phantasms. The society, Crowley realized, that is not prepared to come to terms with its own devil is not ready for the teachings of Thelema, which await the time when, perhaps, a greater number of men and women can read not just Crowley’s books, but the world around them, with eyes for what it is, instead of what they have so long imagined it to be.

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Related Pages:
The Virgin and the Whore: Faces of the Nondual Divine Feminine in Thelema
Aleister Crowley, Some Things you Might Want to Know
Crowley :: The Legend and the Lies, Myths Exposed
On Crowley, and the Writing of the Liber AL vel Legis
"TO META OPHION" Meaning

Friday, February 5, 2016

Malachite Healing and Metaphysical Properties

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Malachite crystal healing properties


About Malachite Healing Crystals

Malachite has an incredibly rich green color, and is usually marked with gorgeous flowing lines and circles. The color connects the stone to the element of earth. The earth element is about balance, centering, stability; and caring for, as well as healing of, the physical body. Thus malachite is a remarkable healer, as are many things within nature.


Malachite Properties

Malachite crystal has the ability to absorb negative energy and pollutants from within the body. For physical healing this stone is especially helpful for women, easing cramps and helping to regulate the menstrual cycle. In the past it has been referred to as the "midwife stone", and has been used to facilitate labor and ease pain during the delivery process.

Its healing properties will aid you in combating the effects of osteoarthritis and spinal degeneration, as well as in the healing of bone fractures. It can stimulate the liver, causing the body to release toxins more efficiently. It is this quality that is believed to make it a suitable tool for healing work targeted at tumors, and even possibly with cancer.


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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Malachite slab mineral specimen


Malachite and Emotions

Malachite is often used in emotional healing, especially with those who have suffered through mental/emotional abuse. It can prove to be a great asset within healing work targeting individuals who lived through emotional trauma as children. This stone can help a person to overcome any fear they may suffer from, and can help them to overcome problematic shyness.

The flowing patterns and rings on polished malachite’s surface encourage change. They will bring the wearer to see and acknowledge all obstacles that are stunting them on a spiritual level. This stone supports emotional expression, and will also encourage us to feel an appropriate degree of empathy. Because malachite possesses the ability to draw out negative energies, it enables positive energies to come in to replace them. For this reason it's best to cleanse your stone after each use.





Malachite's Connection to the Heart Chakra

Malachite’s green color connects it to the heart chakra, which regulates a person’s reaction to the outside world. When the heart chakra is balanced, we can embrace being our true selves, with a greater understanding of our personal needs and emotions. We can too be more open to accepting change as it comes into our lives. This stone helps to clear the other chakras, and is thought to be able to bring psychic visions when placed on the pineal area.

This stone helps with mental issues including depression, anxiety, and most emotional blockages; for those suffering with such an issue or with bone or female health problems, malachite stone is a recommended tool for drawing out negative energies and toxins, which are the underlying cause to these conditions. Another useful quality of this stone is to cleanse the body of uric acid, and thus it is beneficial in healing gout.


Malachite Toxicity

In its unpolished form malachite can be dangerous; this due to its copper sulphate content. For this reason the stone should only be used after it has been tumbled/polished. When using malachite always wash your hands afterwards.

It isn't recommended to use this stone for elixirs. That said, in making healing waters some use it in the regular way (immersion), based upon the assumption that a polished malachite stone has been safely stabilized. That's having an awful lot of faith in an assumption.

Some are likely going to make elixirs with malachite anyway; and if you do, be sure to wash hands thoroughly both before and after preparation. Restrict usage of finished product to external use. If you feel a dire need to make malachite elixirs, then perhaps try the non contact method as outlined here. Either way, contact or non contact method, this site doesn't recommend making elixirs with malachite nor with any toxic crystal.


Cleansing Your Malachite Crystals

Do not cleanse malachite in salt water as it will damage the finish. A simple way to cleanse stale energies from malachite is to place it on a bed of selenite; smudging is another suitable option. Malachite draws out negative energies, thus it should be cleansed after each use.


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Carnelian (Sard); Healing and Metaphysical Properties

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Image: A red-brown carnelian crystal.


What is Carnelian?


Carnelian is most typically an orangey brown-red color. The depth of hue can range from a subtle light orange to just short of black. Due to its commonly bright tones, it enhances energy as well as endurance and strength. When orange, carnelian's color ensures that it is always chock full of an energy akin to that of the sun, and therefore it improves one's mood as well as perspective. Carnelian is also beneficial as it has grounding and stabilizing properties.


Hardness and Coloring of Carnelian and Sard are Correlated


Carnelian bears a great resemblance in many ways to the mineral sard. They are both chalcedony quartz, and the color of both minerals is determined by iron oxide content. Although carnelian is typically not as hard as sard, there is no significant difference between them. That said, technically carnelian can be used to describe the lighter end of their range of hues; sard will be used to describe the darker tones from red-brown to blackish. In other words, carnelian is paler and less hard than sard. When carnelian displays bands of white it is named sardonyx.


Etymology


It has been said that carnelian gets its name from the Latin term "cornum" which refers to the cornel cherry, a red and translucent fruit. An alternative claim is that the name is derived from the Latin words "caro" and "carnis", meaning flesh. There is also some debate on the etymology of the word sard. Some say it refers to the city Sardis, Lydia; another theory states that it came from the Persian word "sered", which means yellowish-red.


Genuine Carnelian or Dyed Agate?

Much of the "carnelian" available today is actually dyed agate. It's easy to tell if you are purchasing genuine carnelian or colorized agate. Holding them up to bright light, the color within agate is stripey. The color in carnelian is spread out in a vaporous manner.


History and Usages


Paraphrased from Cassandra Eason: "In ancient Egypt carnelian was seen as being symbolic of the the setting sun. When displaying an orange coloration it was identified with passive female energies, this in connection with the fertile menstrual blood of their Goddess Isis. Carnelian was understood to hold a male energy when displaying either red-orange or brown-like coloration."

Relative to the above energy associations, carnelian is commonly worn to remove blockages within relationships, thus enabling healthy love and and passions to flourish.

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Carnelian Prepared Warriors for Battle


In ancient times, warriors believed that they were enhancing their bravery and strength by wearing accessories made from carnelian. Romans wore rings of this mineral, they were carved with images of deities and ferocious animals. Such rings were worn as a form of protection, and as well they were believed to draw good fortune.


For Cylinder Seals

Heated then re-cooled wax is easily removed from this stone completely intact; for this reason carnelian was used to fashion cylindrical seals for use with wax in ancient Rome. The same type of cylinder seal was used in ancient Egypt.


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


Carnelian Healing Properties


  • Sense of humor is increased.
  • Aids with temper issues.
  • Helps to relax and calm.
  • Can protect you from negative vibrations.
  • Helps one to move away from the constraints of poverty.
  • Enhances energy.
  • Attracts good luck and prosperity.
  • Protects against unwanted pressures from coworkers.
  • Helps singers deal with voice issues.
  • Increases confidence for those who must perform live in public.
  • Various life obstacles can be overcome by virtue of the boost in courage that it provides.
  • Orange crystals help with conception of a child and overall fertility.
  • Both red and orange stones can be used to recover passions when they have faded.
  • Offers greater stamina and power to those in occupations and sports requiring such.
  • Enhances motivation.
  • Boosts mental clarity and focus.
  • Helps all workers from architects to construction workers when producing buildings.
  • Is known to aid writers in creating an effective overall structure.
  • Can aid in the healing of chronic pain, lower back pains, and kidney stones; as well as arthritis and various other joint conditions.
  • Aids an individual in detoxification as drugs and alcohol exit the body.
  • Helps one to break away from poor habits.
  • Stimulates the sacral chakra when orange, and the root chakra when red.
  • Helps promote a healthy balance within the digestive system.
  • Detoxifies the blood, leading to increased physical energy.
  • Being a type of quartz, it has the property of amplifying energy.


Where is it Found?


Amongst the most common areas that carnelian can be found are India, Brazil, and Australia. India is considered to produce the best carnelian. There it is often placed in the sun, thus changing the coloring from brownish to red.

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