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.


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.

Friday, November 23, 2018

The Eye of Horus Is Horus's Left Eye

An Egyptian style depiction of a singular eye. Public domain image

The Eye of Horus and the Eye of Ra--What's the Difference?

Introduction: Upon researching the eye of Horus and the eye of Ra, you will likely encounter some confusion at times. There is a degree of fluidity and overlap within Egyptian mythology; even in Internet searching it--punch in the term "Eye of Horus," and the Eye of Ra will make an appearance within the results, and vice versa. Thus it is my intent to alleviate as much confusion as possible, as the tale of the eyes in question is presented. Many are led to ask, what is the difference between the two? Are both Horus's eyes, and if so why is one referred to as the eye of Ra? These points and others will be approached within this piece.

As you will soon discover, both of the eyes mentioned--that of Horus and that of Ra, are in fact Horus's eyes. Let's begin by taking a look at the history of the two deities, in order to gain a better understanding. Ra (aka Re), emerged early in Ancient Egyptian history. He was represented by a falcon, but had other forms including a phoenix, a beetle, and a man with a ram's head. He stood amongst the most powerful of deities. He was God of the Sun and was worshiped as a creator god; he even created himself. After he did he was sitting on a benben stone in the pre-creation darkness. He next created his children, a boy, Shu, and a girl, Tefnut, by spitting.

Ra, a Wikimedia FileCC by SA 2.5. User, Perhelion

The children went scouting around in the darkness and did not find their way back. Ra became distraught when he could not find them. He sent his one eye to retrieve them. But when it returned with the children it was livid, as another eye had been placed where it should be. The tears Ra wept upon the return of his children, became the first humans. To placate the angry eye and honor it, Ra turned it into a cobra (uraeus), and had it affixed to his crown to serve as a guardian and companion, not only to himself but also to the pharaoh (who he was one with). This pacified the uraeus, but also its power was contained in binding it that way. Hence the contained eye/uraeus, symbolized the ruler's power as well as their protection; also implied is the potentiality of the ruler unleashing chaos if necessary as a means to keep order. To keep things as clear as possible, with the aforementioned version of initial creation, some tell it replacing Ra with the god Atum; either is correct.

Later on in Egyptian mythology Ra was melded with Horus, in the form of Ra-Horakhty. In that form Horus was god of the two horizons, but was also considered god of all within the entirety of creation. How much the two deities were as one singular god is a matter of speculation. Some suggest that the prefix Ra was given to Horakhty/Horus simply to denote him being fueled by the sun's powers; which would of course mean that Ra-Horakhty was not an actual composite god. This author says that's splitting hairs, as Horus's energy stream will carry each of his aspects that was ever believed. To clarify--even if they did not comprise a composite god, due to the fact that there are people who believed they did, that version of Ra-Horakhty exists in spirit--as does the one that does not have the god Ra as a part of him.

Horus, on the other hand, was a multifunctional god; but his main role was that of being patron deity to the ruling pharaoh (and confusingly enough, this same role was assigned to Ra). He was seen as a deified version of the pharaoh. In that he was a descendant of the gods, he supported the ruler's power and authority. Furthermore, as in the case of most Egyptian deities Horus was seen as embracing the principles of Ma'at, which in turn depicted the pharaoh as being just. Being a patron deity in that sense was just one of his aspects. Beyond concepts already presented, Horus's roles included: god of the sky, god of the morning sun, god of the noon sun, god of war, and he was a god of vengeance and a hunter's god; furthermore he was a keeper of secret wisdom, and the son of truth. Ra's wife was Hathor, who was powerful, and was the most popular goddess throughout most of Egyptian history. She was eventually displaced in the sense of being most popular, by Isis.

Horus; a Wikimedia file, by CC 4.0. Author Jeff Dahl

Horus is comprised of Horus the Elder and Horus the Younger. Horus the Elder (Ra-Hoor-Khu, Kemwar, or Her-ur [Greek, Haroeris]) is associated with the upholding of justice, truth, and liberty. Horus the Younger (Hoor-paar-kraat, or Heru-pa-khered [Greek, Harpocrates]), is a silent, passive, and pacific god. He is depicted as a child, often with his finger to his lips; he appears to be making a motion saying "be quiet." Beyond these two common aspects of Horus, there is a third. At times of arousal to war and in fierce protection, he was Heru-sa-Aset. This is the Horus that defeated Set. You will see him often referred to as part of Horus the Younger or as part of the Elder one; neither depiction is accurate though. He is not passive, and he is not matured and mellowed out. His strength aligns with the midday sun. His Elder and Younger aspects act as balancing weights, as he takes center stage.

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This newer categorization of Heru-sa-Aset as the prominent and most balanced, and thus a third aspect of Horus in this sense, is not a personal judgment from the author but rather is one provided to her through spiritual transmission. To clarify, if someone were to ask in earnest for the real Horus to please stand up, it would be Heru-sa-Aset that would respond. He would have the Elder and the Younger as reflections at his side; they come as a package deal.

Note: As this site often presents articles relative to the topic of Thelema, it should be mentioned that the depiction of Horus within this article in multiple ways stands apart from the Thelemic Horus.

Both Ra and Horus are often illustrated as falcons. To tell them apart, Ra is depicted with a solar disc on his head, and Horus, the pschent (the crown of upper and lower Egypt combined). On a basic level you are now acquainted with who Ra and Horus are, so let's move on to talk about the eyes...

Eye of Ra
Eye of Ra amulet

The Right Eye is the Eye of Ra

In Egyptian mythology, the eyes are female. The right eye of Horus is relative to the attributes and power of the sun, and also to Ra. Horus's right eye, to us when we look at his image, is the one on the left. It can be a self standing entity, and also is personified as or associated with: Bastet, Sekhmet, Hathor, Tefnut, Nekhbet, and the goddess Wadjet.

At times Sekhmet was sent forth as "the Eye of Ra," to fight those who rebelled against him. That's why the Eye of Ra has darker connotations than the Eye of Horus. Later she was brought to be more peaceful, and at that point transformed into Hathor.

There is a theory that when Hathor is angered, she can become Sekhmet, Bastet, or even both. Give your cat red tinted milk to have things go well. (Nice bit of magick right there**). It resembles what Ra did to the goddess Sekhmet, when he tricked her into shutting down her murderous rampage. Ra had become angered at peoples' less than just behavior, and sent Sekhmet out to teach a lesson. Sekhmet had an insatiable appetite for blood, and much was being spilt. As a result Ra had a change of heart. He colored a lot of beer red with pomegranate juice; Sekhmet believed it was blood and drank her fill. She slept for days afterwards and woke up at peace.

** When to use the spell mentioned above: Any time the world or your personal space seems to be falling prey to chaos, that can be seen as Apophis getting out of control. But if everything is fine yet you still feel the way you would if things were out of control, that is Sekhmet or Bastet continuing to rage. Feed her the tinted milk and she becomes Hathor. Peace will overtake you, and you will find your center. Seemingly a simple spell, but it is powerful in the sense that it is a way to control chaos in creating order around it. Please use natural food coloring for this spell, it's available at health food stores.

Bastet, who is also seen as an eye of Ra, is in an eternal battle against Apophis. It is Apophis's aim to destroy the universe that is being built and constantly worked upon. Imagine the universe as a box of Legos, and mankind and all deities are working to make something grand from the pieces. Now imagine Apophis trying to shove the Legos back in the box... Bastet's job is to keep him from interfering.

Eye of Horus
The Eye of Horus, a Wikimedia file, by Jeff Dahl. CC by 4.0

Set Ripped Out Horus's Left Eye

The left eye is the Eye of Horus, and an older name for it was Wadjet, or Udjat, which refers to being whole, healthy and strong.

After Set killed Osiris, Horus set out to avenge his father's death, and a brutal fight ensued. Set tore out Horus's left eye and broke it into bits, and the pieces were scattered across Egypt. The fight was not entirely one sided--Set was castrated by Horus. It was the god Thoth who gathered up the bits of Horus's eye and restored it to a healthful state; in other accounts it was Hathor that restored the eye, others yet, Khonsu. Once the eye was restored Horus gave it as an offering to Osiris, who ate it and hence came back to life. The left eye is associated with multiple things, including, the moon, healing, renewal, the golden ratio, miracles, manifestation, magick, protection, and personal sacrifice.

Did Someone Just Mention the Golden Ratio?

As a matter of fact I did. If you look at a mathematical breakdown of Horus's eye, you see a representation of the golden ratio. Each section represents a fraction, beginning with 1/2 and being reduced by half with each reduction. Eg.--1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16. And it continues, and where it ends the end is not definite, and any continuation of it in appearance would make the wholeness of the eye more complete, but at no point could it ever be completed in adding more fractions. Seemingly miraculous, and thus is the magick of Horus's eye. The nature of the magick of this eye, may have something to do with why it has become so popular in today's culture, in the form of the All Seeing Eye.

Why Does Horus Have Ra's Eye?

The author, prior to immersing themselves in this topic, felt that the most likely response to this evocative question was--given that Horus and Ra were combined as one, the right eye being Ra's is symbolic of that (how simple!). However, that is not the case. What happened is, that Isis wanted to know Ra's secret name, in order to restore Osiris to life. She devised a plan--she hid a snake, and it bit Ra. It would not be any snake that could bring down such a powerful god; however, this one was created from dirt combined with the god's drool (the drool had fallen from the skies when he was very tired). Because the snake held his essence it could hurt him. Isis's terms dictated that she'd save Ra only if he'd share his secret name. He did, and as part of their agreement, her son Horus was given Ra's eye and the powers it contained. Given all that's been shared so far, it's easy to see how both eyes are magickal and hold similar powers. (Note that in the above explanation, in one instance Horus and Ra are one, but in another they are very much separate. This is the way of Egyptian mythology; it's very much contextual).

A Vision 
I, the author of this piece recently had a vision, wherein Horus's right eye opened up and a magickal event ensued--it appeared as if an energy stream was pulling in from the great nothingness (the nothingness that is Nuit; and the pupil, so vaguely present, was obviously Thelema's Hadit). As it did, Ra uttered words of magick on my behalf. From that vision I gleaned that as the right eye set magick in motion, the left eye would work to manifest it. It was also understood that in different magickal circumstance it would be vice versa--the left eye pulling the unwanted out, and the right eye working its magick to assist in removing it.
And when the eye later on returned to work further magick and provide further vision, it returned as an eye neither left nor right, thus it was the eye of Atum-Ra. Strangely enough, it was walking on legs that looked like the curlicue and the stilt commonly drawn beneath the eyes being referenced.

As a Summary, I'd like to close with yet another alternate view, which is that some view both Horus's left and right eye as the Eye of Horus, and view the eye of Ra as a separate concept. When this is the case, it is the uraeus that is the eye of Ra in question, or otherwise it's one of the goddesses known as a personification of the Eye of Ra acting in that capacity, or even the self standing Eye, (sigh) of Ra, or Atum-Ra. So it's confusing to say the least, to look at it this way due to the obvious overlap.

It was an absolutely enriching experience to write this, as the gods and goddesses of Egypt had much to say along the way. As well my friend Adam K. was a great help--especially in offering the bits about Sekhmet and Lego. If you found this article interesting at all or evocative in any way, please feel free to share the link.

Friday, November 16, 2018

The Beginning Magician, Lesson 3 :: Deities in Magick


Note from the editor: In multiple genres of magick we see that practitioners commonly work with deities and other entities; and in that sense Thelema magick is no different. Magick can self propel, but with the help of deities and other various entities, we are in fact best prepared in all magickal, ritual, and spiritual settings.

Along with the description of Thelema deities, this post presents other necessary/relevant Thelema concepts; but it is not the author's intent to convert you to Thelema. The author of this work does not necessarily propose you consult this particular set of deities, but rather suggests that you use consideration of them for a starting place in magick if you do not have a pantheon of your own.

The very presence of any deity in your pantheon should hold a strong resonance. What do you know of them? Why are they there? What was their purpose through history? What does their history tell you about your own place in the microcosm or macrocosm? With the gods presented, Adam delves into what the relationship or symbolism of each is as it pertains to Thelema, to provide a clear example of what can be gleaned through paying attention to them as one works with them and learns more about them.

Magick Lesson 3: The Gods and Other Supernatural Beings

Continued from Lesson Two

by Adam K.

We begin Lesson Three, with the question--”do gods exist?” Short answer: Yes, and no. Long answer: That's going to take a bit of explaining.

Without quoting him verbatim, the Thelemite author Rodney Orpheus once wrote something along the lines of, ”whether gods exist or not is unknown, but the universe behaves as if they do.” What this means is that if you pray or perform rituals to a particular deity, chances are you will get favorable results. This can be shown as true through repetitively engaging in your experiment, in form of prayer or ritual, and getting the favorable results you were expecting. Remember that scientific method referred to a few chapters ago? This is part of that.

It cannot be said with any certainty that any particular deity or deities exist, however. For example, science and scientists frequently present evidence that supports the theory that there may have been some sort of intelligent creator or creators behind the universe as we know and observe it. Invariably, there will be Christians who say, “see? Our God exists!” That is like saying that, since we are mostly water and bleach is mostly water, we are bleach. Just because something godlike may exist doesn't mean the Christian God exists. The same is true of all the various gods, spirits, elementals, and so on. But it also doesn't mean they don't exist.

The Thelemic god concept, Hadit

The gods of Thelema likely exist then? Sure, why not. And your personal experiences with those gods or any other, are the personal proof you have of their existence. Thelema is gnostic in nature, which separates it from religions and philosophies wherein the tenets propose that deities exist whether or not proof is seen.

What this all ultimately means, is that you must experiment and discover for yourself, in order for the gods you call upon to respond as you expect. As Liber AL says, “Success is thy proof...” In other words, if you repeatedly call on the same gods in the same way and get the same results, your success should tell you everything you need to know.

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Consider this though, that the gods and goddesses in question may not be so much human-like or even have any actual shape, as it were. But they may each be an energy body or entity, relative to a specific set of laws, principles, and energies--the mechanics of which collectively, they propel everything within our universe. However, it works best if we give them names, and keeps things simple if we can associate a specific appearance with them. It is strange how it works though, because at times these beings can manifest so fully that they can be felt.

Got it. So who are the gods of Thelema? Once more we are in the land of tricky questions. The truth of the matter is any and all deities are respected in Thelema and, in fact, in the end it is the Thelemite in question who is the god in question. However, for the purpose of far less confusing conversation if for no other reason, Thelema does have default gods that make it easier for Thelemites to talk about their practices with one another. Each of these gods corresponds with one or more gods in a great variety of other pantheons, and in some instances it can be understood that all gods are in fact simply aspects of a single god.

Isis (mourning Osiris)
Isis (mourning Osiris)

Just answer the question, already! Who are the gods of Thelema? Alright, alright! Jeez... Well, the following is a bit of a clue, though admittedly it is a bit misleading, in the sense that rather than providing a concise list of Thelemic deities, it’s information that illustrates the link these particular deities have to Thelema. Thelema teaches that the history of man is divided into aeons, and so far there have been three aeons. We are currently in the Aeon of Horus, which began 20 March, 1904 ev (Era Vulgaris). Before that was the Aeon of Osiris, which began about the time of the first ancient civilizations, including Ancient Egypt. And before that was the Aeon of Isis, which existed in the time of the hunter-gatherer societies.

The Aeon of Isis is seen to have been matriarchal in nature, giving great respect and worship to the Moon and to the various great moon goddesses, motherhood was highly regarded, and so forth.
The Aeon of Osiris was a time of patriarchy, worship of the Sun, and the beginnings of agriculture. Man was working with carpentry and masonry, building with shaped wood and stone.

Unlike the Aeon of Isis when the male role in reproduction was not yet known, in the Aeon of Osiris it was no longer a mystery. Men saw the magick of reproduction as being all their own. As well, while the Aeon of Isis was a celebration of life and the power of the Mother to create it, the Aeon of Osiris was more about death and rebirth. The power and wisdom of women was less respected, and the strength of men who wielded the power to end life was exalted. It was taught that suffering and servitude in this life led to reward and riches in the next, and this teaching was used as a method to control others.

Horus; a Wikimedia file, by CC 4.0. author Jeff Dahl

This continued until the Aeon of Horus, and though many today do not realize it, the world we live in now is vastly different from the world before the twentieth century. This is the aeon of The Crowned and Conquering Child, the aeon of the rights and personal responsibility of the individual. Through sheer will and sheer determination, we can shape our own lives as we see fit. Of course, we are still caught in the death throes of the previous aeon as it refuses to let go; but it is dying. We are seeing it in the way the religions of the old aeon are warring with one another. Our new aeon is having its own growing pains as it works itself out, but it isn't the end of the world--it is the beginning of a new one.

The gods of Thelema are Egyptian? Yes and no. Some are and some aren't. In truth, some aren't gods at all in the traditional sense, but are rather concepts that fulfill the role of a god, such as Hadit does. We will explain these things as we progress. The following gods or concepts and their names are derived from Liber AL vel Legis, the central text of Thelema. In the book are three chapters, each dictated by and dedicated to a particular god or concept. Chapter one is the chapter of Nuit, Egyptian goddess of the infinite night sky.

Nuit, as portrayed on the Stele of Revealing
Nuit, shown at border of image top

Nuit can be seen depicted on the Stele of Revealing in her traditional form, arching over the heavens with her feet on one side and her fingertips touching down on the opposite side. She is nude, clothed only in the light of the stars that inhabit her body. As one concept describes, Nuit is the absolute embodiment of all possibility and potentiality. She is thought of as the infinity that the universe expands into, where her infinity makes the universe itself seem infinitely small. She is the circumference of the circle; she is infinite space and the infinite stars therein.  Ironically, because of her infinite nature, no thoughts we have about who or what she is can ever truly define her.

Liber AL describes her as being ”divided for love’s sake, for the chance of union.” The  union in question is that of man losing his ego based view to become part of the Oneness. However, from there he/she must transcend Oneness to become part of Nothingness--which is to join the Unity, and to do so is the Great Work of Thelema, which is encapsulated within the concept of Nuit being divided for love’s sake.

"Make no difference between any one thing and any other. We all exist. But we are all one. I am the only thing in my universe that truly exists. There is no you, because we are one, and in truth naught."

Another commonly used quote in Thelema is, “every man and every woman is a star.” Nuit is associated with the heavens and the stars; we, you and I, are the stars. Stars relate not only to Nuit but also to Hadit; Hadit is a manifestation from within the infinity that is Nuit.

Chapter two provides the message of Hadit, who in Thelemic cosmology is the lover and consort to Nuit. Hadit is not actually of the Egyptian pantheon but is an Arab word meaning divine utterance. The Winged Globe that typically represents Ra Harakte (a form of Horus the Elder) is referred to as Hadit in the museum records for The Stele of Revealing, and this “coincidence” is no accident in Thelema. Hadit as a word is similar in connotation to the word Logos. Aleister Crowley was the Magus who brought the word Thelema to the world--the Logos of this Aeon. Thus Thelema is a hadith--in the Arab sense, a divine utterance. In Thelema, the speaker of a divine Word is also called a Logos. When one attains the Grade of Magus one speaks such a Word, or alternately contributes to another Word.

Hadit as an entity is found beneath Nuit on the Stele in the form of a winged red globe, rising to meet her as her lover. He can be seen as the conceptualization of the universe within Nuit, especially as it was before the Big Bang; but essentially even as it is now, which is the infinitely finite universe, the point within the circle, the singularity. He is also seen as each of us as we grow into ourselves and become more our, uh, Selves.

Hadit is the complement to Nuit, which is an unusual statement. He is not her husband in traditional Egyptian mythology, where her husband is Geb. So what does it mean? To grossly summarize, it means that while Nuit is all matter and all potentiality, Hadit is the action, the motion required, in order to cause anything emerge from all of her infinite and wondrous potentiality. To summarize then, in this context Hadit is an active aspect of Horus (Ra Harakte, that red winged globe we mentioned) which represents motion, activity, manifestation, and the divine Logos. And as far as I can determine, Geb can be seen as an earthbound variation of Horus. So the contradiction is, at the very least, lessened.

The third and final chapter is dedicated to Ra-Hoor-Khuit. He is an active god, who has another sort of passive, introverted and thoughtful form known as Hoor-paar-kraat; together they comprise the Horus who is the Crowned and Conquering Child of Thelema. In this context (there are various contexts with many Egyptian deities) RHK is the child of Nuit and Hadit. The names for his two forms respectively are Horus the Elder (Ra-Hoor-Khuit) and Horus the Younger (Hoor-paar-kraat); together they are Heru-ra-ha.

 Hoor-paar-kraat statue. Wikimedia Commons by CC3.0
Author, Patrick Clenet

Ra-Hoor-Khuit is Horus as Lord of the New Aeon. In Thelema he is the son of Nuit in her aspect as Isis (who is: Infinite Space and Infinite Stars), thus Hadit would reasonably be his father, while in traditional Egyptian mythology the father of Horus is Osiris. With that said, it is possible that this Horus is seen in Egyptian mythology as relating in some other way to Osiris; Egyptian mythology can be a bit confusing, honestly.

RHK is a god of vengeance and war. In his history, he defeated Set, the one responsible for the death of his father. One of his primary works is to kill off any remaining residuals of the previous aeon, or rather, guide us through to the New Aeon. Christianity is a residual from the Aeon of Osiris, and is not willing to relinquish its grasp so easily. Christianity is problematic in various ways, one being that it does not allow for freedom of religion and does not support freedom of will.

Thelemites have no vendetta against Christianity, however, Ra-Hoor-Khuit's message is that patriarchal powered organizations must die, period, and Christianity is a major part of patriarchy.  Mind you, this does not mean all men are evil or that men holding positions of power is an evil thing. It simply means that each person, no matter their sex or color or creed or any other factor other than personal merit and effort, has equal beginning potential. It also doesn’t mean that the outcome will be equal for all people. It only means that there is nothing but the individual's will, which will ultimately be able to hold the individual back. It calls for an end to sexism; matriarchy and patriarchy are to be assigned to a past tense. It is the Aeon of the Individual.

This chapter quickly became longer than expected, and will soon carry further on. Bookmark us and check back soon.

Other Articles in This Series
The Preamble
Part One, Elementary Level Knowledge
Part Two, Rituals
Part Three, The Gods of Thelema (this page)
Part Three, The Gods, Continued
Part Four, Yogic Breathing Basics

Sunday, October 14, 2018

The Black Swan as a Totem, by Jude Chi

Black swan
Black Swan, a Wikimedia file, from Joseph C Boone. By CC SA 4.0


The black swan has a character that largely remains the same throughout its life. Its traits and ways provide a message to the individual receiving a visit. It may appear only fleetingly to deliver its message; otherwise it may appear periodically throughout the host's lifetime--when this second instance happens, it is generally considered their totem animal.

Animal Totem Message :: The Black Swan

The presence of a Black Swan, in visions, as an animal messenger and as a totem, presents us with various considerations; and as in the case of most totem animals, some positive, and some less so. Firstly, it alludes to a creature that is unusual amongst its species, that leaves one perplexed as to why it even exists, in a sense (this concept will be elaborated on further in, under the heading "Displacement"). Yet once the existence of said species is understood and accepted, its great beauty and uniqueness, and its specific qualities and traits, can be appreciated in full. So when we see this bird, one of the primary messages we can take from it, is that we are to appreciate who we are, even when we feel like odd woman or man out amongst the many.

Within that message is contained another--that if at first people do not see your strength, competency, and formidability within your field or circumstance, leave them come to their senses and learn the truth of you, and in time they will.

Red Eyes, Red Bill

The bill of the black swan is red, and so are its eyes; these things in and of themselves speak volumes. The red eyes can be seen as alarm at what it sees, and its red bill alludes to serious communications, or alarming ones. If we relate this to the black swan's message to us, it tells us that an individual stands out from others when they perceive things that cause alarm and speak out on them; or alternatively, that a whistle will be blown, as it were. Conversely, at times these same traits suggest that a person may receive a message of something unsettling that has happened, and that it will be life changing to hear.


As already touched upon, the black swan can present a message of displacement. It is extremely uncommon, but you can see a black swan the rare odd time, amongst white swans. It is a sight to behold. And if one does not know that black swans are in fact their own species, it seems like a big blunder of nature indeed, to have one amongst white swans.

It makes one wonder how swans perceive the one with different traits, and if they treat it differently than they do others more visually like themselves. Maybe they do, maybe not, but one message to be gleaned here, is that when an individual is amongst those they differ from, by culture, tradition, beliefs, or physical appearance or whatever, that they stand out, and also that they will be prone towards feeling as if they stand out or as if they are treated differently in some way...

And this is normal to feel, but there is no way to measure accuracy of such feelings. If one could measure accurately, should anything be done? Probably not, as surely there would be a tendency towards diminishing authenticity of self in creating change in this sense. The best one can do therefore, is to not place any emphasis on such feelings.

Black swan
Black Swan Family, a Wikimedia file, by Sérgio Valle DuarteBy CC SA 4.0

Different Color of Offspring

A black swan has offspring that are of a different color than itself. In this context the message is that a person appears to be in charge of something they should not be in charge of, which could be a child, a project, a business, or you name it. It can hint at anomalies in hierarchy or in ancestry in instances.

In Relationships

The black swan sticks with one chosen mate, and thus speaks of loyalty to its kind and of being at peace with someone much like itself, within a relationship. And more significantly than with most other birds or animals the males of this species pair homosexually, and in cases females do. Multiple messages can be conveyed by these things, mostly obvious ones, so take from them what you will.

As well, the black swan after breeding loses its feathers and has to stay in one place. This provides another of its less comforting messages--feeling confined to a relationship, or to an area or circumstance due to being engaged in one. But it's only a passing phase, and every experience is an opportunity to learn; before you know it you'll be free to fly again.

In Parenting

Largely the black swan is a parent like any. But when weather conditions are less than ideally humid for them on dryer lands, they will abandon their young. Thus another message to be gleaned, is that in a given situation, one ideally should not depend on their parents to be there for them.

Exotic Beauty

When one feels as if they are rebuked or vastly underappreciated or misunderstood, these feelings may (once again) be erroneous. People may stare at someone. And they may in fact be staring without judgment, or because someone is unique looking, and or perhaps because they are captivatingly beautiful. But if it keeps on happening, the person getting those looks may develop a complex just the same, because this is the nature of humans. Thus in this case, the message of the black swan tells us that we are to know and value our Self, our beauty, our truth, our everything, because even when we are not like others, we have a central truth, that we came here on a mission to use.

As for being misunderstood, when people have a profound message, it is often the case that others do not understand, or perhaps resist understanding their message. That people do not understand is something that one must accept and move beyond as they work to create change and improvement in this world--which seems to be a predominant underlying message of the black swan.

Against the Odds

The term "Black Swan," refers to an event that defies the odds. We want to change this world for the better, and when working to create improvement in a given area and the odds seem stacked against anyone who tries; the black swan urges you to keep on going, no matter what appearances dictate.

Creating Change

These birds were originally found only in Australia, and were introduced to other lands, where their populations set in. Them having remained in lands they were introduced to, is a demonstration of the black swan's ability to create change in this world, and to survive despite hardship.


The black swan is more aggressive than the white swan, and is not beyond using this trait to get what it wants or needs. As a totem message, it suggest one of two things--if you are being timid, it is not serving you as well as baring your teeth and flexing your muscles might. If you are being aggressive on the other hand, such behavior is not going to help you in your current circumstance.


When it feels like the chips are down because you are a "black swan"--not like everyone else, remember that whatever it is that sets you apart, is a significant part of your strength. The black swan is seen as an enchanting beauty, largely because most swans are white. Your special beauty lies within, and your special beauty lies without, it's all part and parcel of the same concept.

Valuable messages indeed, supplied by the black swan.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Describing the Mandela Effect, by Jude Chi

Subtitle: From Nelson Mandela to CERN--The Mandela Effect 

Many have heard of, or have used the term "the Mandela Effect"; but in a world concentrated with ideas and busy-nesses of all kinds, and given that few are aware enough to consider metaphysical events as genuine--in all likelihood more have not heard of it or have tuned it out completely. The time has come for us to become more aware of what's happening around us. The intent of this author, is to present this blog post in a way that even a die hard skeptic is given reason to believe that the Mandela Effect could be a real thing. Multiple links have been provided to pages of a specific website, as that's where there's a true wealth of information to be found. This blog is in no way affiliated with that site (Mandela Effect .com).

Now and without further ado, let's examine what the Mandela Effect is.

Defining the Mandela Effect

One could describe the Mandela Effect as a phenomenon where a person remembers a historical event clearly enough to be certain of what they remember, yet those around them hold a different memory version of said event. To elaborate though, it is not just one individual with the alternate memory, there is a division, or let's say a ratio, of how many people hold a specific memory version of the event. And to simplify for conversational purposes, people tend to say that the ratio is 50/50--but this is a chosen ratio representation not an actual one, as it seems logical enough to apply it in this way.

It should be said, that people holding a commonality of viewpoint as it applies to the Mandela Effect, do not need to mutually belong to a set group or hold any specific strain of beliefs--which is to say that there is no reason for them to be prone towards holding the same viewpoint, or even differing ones for that matter. Generally, as discussions on this topic tend to go, only two sets of memories (and of course, each aligns with its respective reality) are referred to--the currently provable one, and an alternate one. But it stands to reason that in time the layers being peeled back will reveal more of how it works, and may show even more alternate realities to potentially be presenting.

Where Did the Term Originate From?

The term came into being in 2009, at Dragon Con, which is the second largest Sci-fi convention in the USA. In breaks between activities a group of attendees, including Fiona Broome (founder of the Mandela Effect website), began discussing how a significant amount of people recall Nelson Mandela dying before his actual death. And as the discussion evolved, they applied the term to simplify; it soon became the societally preferred term for the topic matter at hand.

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How Do We Know it's a Real Thing, and Not Just Misremembering?

Though there is no way to know for certain, what one will discover when looking into this, is that individuals engaging in discussions on the Mandela Effect are standardly certain beyond any shadow of doubt as to what they saw. Certainly that's not proof, but at the same time the phenomenon is happening more and more. And furthermore, at times evidence to support alternate memories and their corresponding realities arises; not often though, as it seems that as we move back and forth between realities, evidence of any other reality than the one we are in is deleted accordingly by the universe (or whoever/whatever). But at times this is for some reason not the case.

Why Do So Many Recoil Upon Discussing It?

This is an interesting point indeed... Maybe you've heard of the "blind effect." It's where a person is presented with information, or even proof, that is from outside of their personal belief set or outside of their faith, or is beyond what their logic, intellect, etc., allows them to believe--and as a result they pull down a mental blind of sorts that blocks them to accepting and/or discussing it. This is something that will arise again and again when discussing the Mandela Effect, because so many do not want to deal with matters metaphysical, mystical, and not "scientific" enough for their respective belief set.

Why This Article?

This author recently had two back to back Mandela Effect experiences. First, a repeat birthday. Maybe that doesn't translate well, so allow me to explain. Last year I turned 56. This year on my birthday, again I turn 56. Age is a very surreal concept to me, thus each year I calculate--I've done this for decades. Imagine my horror, when the calculator showed me that again I will turn 56 this year... there is no way to encapsulate the feeling into words. Think of just how that would work; it defies logic as we know it on every level. How could it calculate differently into a new year? The second experience was as strange, if not stranger...

I was buying a set of items on eBay. As I went through the checkout it was made clear that shipping would be combined. But after the transaction was completed the record showed that no shipping discount had been applied. I spoke to the seller, and he was telling me he was looking at proof the discount had been applied. He would not speak sense, or so it seemed, as I was looking at proof it had not been applied--and even spoke to an eBay agent that confirmed it. But later when I looked, it had been applied. Then I looked again later on yet, as the conversation between us was ongoing and there was a significant delay between his responses; and at that point it did not show. The proof, was literally there but not there at the same time (his reality vs. mine), then there and then gone again. In the end it was there (meaning that it returned one more time) and I decided to not look anymore, as it was literally shaking me up. Rather than give it any negative thought energy, it was decided that I'd make an informative post inspired by it.

What Examples Do You Have of the Mandela Effect?

A suitable first example, would be the one this phenomenon is named after--the death of Nelson Mandela. He died December 5th, 2013. However, when the news of his death was released, some were shocked as it was remembered by many that he had died somewhere within the eighties and nineties. Rather than me excavating any deeper into that, you can read more about it on a conversational thread concerning it, here. (link now deleted as the site is no longer in operation).

Then there is the Star Wars C3PO anomaly; half remember him back in the day being entirely gold in color, whereas now commonly found references show him with a silver leg. Furthermore it's claimed that many of the silver leg pictures of him are based upon 1970s works, and that he's always been that way. Coincidentally, there's another example of the Mandela Effect at work in the same movie. It's a commonly used quote--where Darth Vader says "Luke, I am your father." But now, the movie says "No, I am your father." Even James Earl Jones has stated in at least one interview, that the first version is the one in the Star Wars script.

And speaking of movies, here's another example... in the James Bond movie "Moonraker," the clip depicts Dolly sans braces. However, many remember Dolly with braces in that scene.

Next, some remember the color chartreuse being yellow-green. However, others remember chartreuse as being a burgundy red color. This to me is very peculiar, as I can't imagine chartreuse being anything other than a yellow-green.

How Many Landed on the Moon? This one boggles the mind. To date, it is historically held that there have been nine moon landings; many recall only one. 

And too, an island disappeared--Sandy Island, a small island that was not far from New Caledonia. It was referred to on older maps, that still can be found today. There are even residual records of it to be found on Google search. Its coordinates were: 19.2 degrees S,  159.93 degrees E. The island was said to be about the size of Manhattan. Not too long ago a group of researchers went to the area where the island was shown by Google coordinates to be, and there was nothing but water there. 

The examples of the Mandela Effect that are most riveting, are that entire land masses have relocated (link deleted as site is no longer functional). A while after discovering that Sandy Island disappeared, I fell upon the fact that Sri Lanka, Japan, and New Zealand also appear to have moved; but the array of land masses understood to have moved are not limited to these ones. On the conversational thread you'll find via the link above, you will see that many claim to have knowledge of where certain land masses were, and you can see via Google, that they are no longer where said individuals claim they were. I'd add my two cents, but admit that geography is one of my shortcomings.

What's Behind the Mandela Effect?

This is something that currently cannot be answered. Some say it's caused by scientists at CERN, with their large hadron collider experiments. The theory goes, that the foundation that our universe is built on cannot withstand such radical adjustment of its basic particles. Others say that we are being manipulated by world governments, and that all of our current reality is false and that occasionally we get glimpses of the truth. Some say that world governments manage the goings on at CERN, and that CERN exists, at least in part, to manage our reality. There are other opinions as well, and as already touched upon, one is that to many this whole topic is a lot of people with faulty memories making much ado about nothing.

One Facebook friend (thanks Dylan Tyler Grant) suggested to me that these reality glitches are one of the initial signs of a higher level of awareness emerging within an individual, and also within the populace... and that in time individuals experiencing them will perceive multiple realities at the same time. Only time will tell, one way or the other. And though it's veering a tad bit off topic, the same friend suggested that the multiple timelines presenting are foundational to what happens next, which is that the global populace will be divided and segregated by frequency, to their own respective reality or realities. While considering this point I stumbled across a thread where people tossed around the idea of the Mandela Effect being relative to ascension. The corresponding link has been removed, as the site is no longer in operation.

It should be pointed out though, that even though there's some pretty damning evidence available that the Mandela Effect is a real thing, many examples of it that are shared around could honestly be attributed to faulty memory or faulty perception. Two prime examples of this are both Sally Field ones. It is said that it appears her name was at one point Sally Fields, but this is a common error with such names, and even professional writers and announcers make such mistakes. As for her being quoted as saying "you really, really like me"; that sounds far better than what she actually said. Thus it's easy to see how some would replace the more awkward wording she used (["and I can't deny the fact that] like me; right now, you like me"), with their preferred wording as they paraphrased and quoted her. Yet alternatively, it could be a true example of the Mandela Effect in action.

As for what causes the Mandela Effect--this author personally, offers no opinion one way or the other and suggests that if you're interested to do some poking around of your own. But on another note, as I was tying up the loose ends in posting this piece, a friend of mine made an offhand remark that is quite true... when the Mandela Effect is discussed on Facebook, there appears to be a tendency for people to ignore the fact that someone or something would have to be behind the wheel, if it's a bonafide thing as so many believe it to be. Ack, maybe it's just a way to avoid being labelled a nut or a conspiracy theorist. Or even, discussing it online like that, maybe they fear being watched.

In conclusion--if you discover anything interesting on this, please come back and share your findings in the comments section below.

~ Jude Chi

Friday, September 14, 2018

Magickal Properties of Crabgrass

Crabgrass, a magickal herb. Image is a Wikimedia file.
The uploader was Richard Arthur Norton, at English Wikipedia.

Crabgrass in Magick

Article by J.C.

Herb name: Crabgrass, finger grass, hairy crabgrass, fonio
Family name: Poaceae
Scientific name: Digitaria sanguinalis
Etymology: the root word 'crab' once had a meaning of 'malignant and cancerous'; this meaning is now obsolete. As for the nomer 'finger grass,' it refers to the shape of the plant's seed heads.
Element: Earth
Gender: Neuter
Planetary attribution: Saturn
Zodiacal:  Capricorn
Deities/angels/demons: Archangel Cassiel, Saturn/Cronus, Rhea/Ops, Satan, Azazel

Crabgrass, it's a weed (well most varieties are), and a weed by any other name is still a weed. But can a weed—or more specifically, can crabgrass, be used in magick? Yes it can! And it may seem bizarre to use a weed in magick, but imagine if it could be sold for big bucks, then everyone would soon be made aware of its magickal and metaphysical properties.


This so called weed is now abhorred by the bulk of lawn-proud people; however, crabgrass was not always regarded with such disdain. As a matter of fact, it was originally introduced into the USA in 1849 as a forage crop to feed common livestock; a task that it is well suited to. It produces on average from 4.4 to 8 tons of dry yield per acre. Crabgrass has been used as food since prehistoric times, and can be traced back to cultivation in ancient Swiss history. By around 2700 BCE, it had become a common food ingredient in Central Asia. It is still commonly consumed in Africa and India today. It can be used as flour, in bread, as couscous, it can be used like rice, to make porridge; and can even be used in beer making. (References: World of Weeds—Crabgrass, Eat the Weeds; Crabgrass Was King).

What Ra Hoor Said

The entity Ra Hoor Khuit came to me; he said that when one desires to meet a certain goal and needs to put themselves ahead of the pack in order to do so, this is an herb of choice. Not only that, it has another major magickal power—for those who struggle due to being unique in the way that they are—that they are not like sheep and are more like goats or black sheep, this herb is a power herb for them. Being unique is part of their power, and this herb will help them harness their powers and be more at peace in a world not entirely ready for them.

Crabgrass is a beneficial herb for global and societal improvement magick. Thus when one is doing magick to move away from corruption, poor economy, or for governmental change or humanitarian reasons... this herb should be on their list of tools. This property is mirrored from the plant's own traits, as crabgrass is best cured by creating a better lawn or field rather than attacking the earth with pesticides.

Da'ath and Void Magick

Furthermore, magick related to the sphere of Da'ath will also be enhanced by crabgrass. Why? Because crabgrass exists one season, and into the next season there is a large vacancy (void) left where it was. It is that very void that allows it to thrive in that next season. Though Da'ath is technically not a void, it can easily be symbolically represented by one. *And of course to cross the Abyss one must deal with Da'ath, which is not the Abyss but is in it. So then, metaphorically speaking, Da'ath is crabgrass within the void patch of the Abyss. 

Weeds are only weeds when they are interfering or encroaching. Knowledge is the same way, and without being understood it is absolutely useless. Yet with understanding, knowledge is powerful indeed. Those who judiciously apply their knowledge and wisdom, are the truly powerful—again metaphorically like crabgrass in a sense, but in a positive light this time (thank you to Adam K, for sharing this wise observation [from point of asterisk]). We could thus state that this herb says that to be strong one needs to be in control of their ego, and should not be a know it all but rather a pillar of wisdom.

Along this same vein, crabgrass heightens disintegration magick, banishing magick, and any magick relative to a void or creating one in any way.

Making Things Go Away

Crabgrass seed heads can be used to represent fingers, so if you are being irked by someone having their fingers in your business, pointing a finger at you, or always having their fingers on what you want—yes, crabgrass magick. In a revenge spell or freezing spell, to represent someone who has taken from you, use the seed heads.

Bringing Them Back

To reiterate, the crabgrass plant takes over an area, leaves a void so that it itself can return healthy and strong; then it does just that into the next growing season. This gives an idea of why it is a good herb to use in magick to return what has been lost or taken away, to restore loss of respect or standing, or to bring back lost love.

Career Advancement

As Ra Hoor Khuit suggested, if you want to get ahead of the pack, use this herb in your spellwork. Gaining ground in the career market is about standing out amongst the rest, hence crabgrass again is an herb of choice.

In Healing

*One can make a crabgrass root tea to assist in healing bronchitis; as well this herb is effective as a diuretic, and is understood to assist with all healing to both liver and kidneys. It can be helpful in healing dandruff (*ref: The Art of Healing and Truth Telling, by Becca Stevens). Crabgrass tea has been used to promote hair growth, and strangely enough, to diminish hair growth as well. Furthermore, it can be used in spellwork to reduce or remove any health ailment, or alternatively in spells to return one to a status of good health.

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How to Use It

The simplest way, is to get a tealight burner with adjustable-height tray. Cut your harvested crabgrass small and burn it in the tray. You can of course also use an electric incense burner, can burn it loose atop charcoal, or can make your own incense from it if that rings your bell. You can even burn it atop lit incense cones. Alternatively you can make an oil of crabgrass and anoint candles, or burn it as an oil on charcoal. Just keep in mind that burning it loose or as an oil, it should ideally be combined with more fragrant but complementary herbs or resins. To heighten its powers, cinnamon is but one good choice, dragon's blood is another. In banishing magick, combine it with asafoetida, for a most powerful combination.


One can meditate crabgrass to resolve ego based issues; but as well it can be meditated to open a road to awareness in how to eliminate pressing life problems and obstacles.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Obsidian Metaphysical and Healing Properties

various types of obsidian
Obsidian pieces. Wikimedia Commons file, [Public domain]

What Obsidian Is

Obsidian is a naturally occurring glass, that forms from molten lava when it is cooled very quickly. Minerals that have a crystalline structure usually develop it over time, unlike obsidian, which does not have a crystalline structure as it is formed so very fast. Thus it is not a crystal, but an amorphous glass and a mineraloid. Glass-like obsidian is opaque but for in shallower areas of a stone. It is most commonly black, but comes in a range of other colors, including brown, tan, green, and grey; far less common are golden sheen and silver sheen obsidian. Such sheens are brought about by tiny gas bubbles trapped under a stone's surface. Rainbow obsidian is formed in a similar way to silver and golden sheen obsidian, but requires nanoparticle inclusions of magnetite to produce the rainbow quality. Other uncommon colors include orange, yellow, blue, and red.

When brown and black obsidian are both present and somewhat interspersed within one stone, you have what is called mahogany obsidian; black obsidian spotted with grey, or grey and white, is called snowflake obsidian. There are a fair few black stones that look similar to black obsidian, including jet, onyx, black tourmaline, and black jasper; but they are all remarkably different in their qualities. Obsidian is relative to the Base chakra, and also to the Earth Star chakra.

black obsidian rough
Black obsidian rough (public domain image, Pixabay)

Black Obsidian

With its blacker than black coloration (or lack of color really) and its silky smooth finish, it is a spiritual rush even to look at black obsidian. It shields us to negativity, from others and from our respective environment. It guides us to embrace honesty and truth, and to act with discretion and self discipline. It brings an awareness of inner truths, and guides one towards achieving inner harmony, and of course subsequently outer harmony. As well, black is symbolic of all that is unknown and all that can potentially be; thus black obsidian's energies encourage us to engage in new adventures, to investigate new opportunities without fear, and to discover and work with new aspects of self.

Black obsidian creates a prime setting for mental acuity by cleansing the mind of negative energies. Emotions relative to past traumas are eased away, along with fear. With negativity gone, one is free to act from a perspective of truth, and will be more caring, understanding, and tolerant. Black obsidian will also help one to overcome feelings of weakness due to perceiving themselves as faulty or somehow inferior. Some blockages are hard-wired, and meditation on this stone can speed up the process of healing them over. In relationships black obsidian helps keep things real, as it filters out energies other than beneficial, compassionate, and caring ones. And, if you have a super-toxic relationship that you cannot step aside from, when you know you must meet up, carry black obsidian to shield yourself.

Black obsidian can be a valuable tool to keep peace in a family with rebellious teens and children. For a job interview, keep some in your pocket (especially along with blue quartz), as it will help you communicate effectively and present as more authoritative and classy. As well it is a grounding stone; and one of it's lesser touted properties, is that it speeds things up. In physical healing it detoxifies and supports healthy blood flow; also it alleviates pain and inflammation, thus helps with arthritic conditions.

One point when working with black, and also grey stones--they both take energies to some degree, and thus need to be dealt with in ways to prevent too much energy from being siphoned away. One way to avoid problems in this sense, is to program such stones wisely. Another way, is to not have black and or grey stones, be the bulk of stones present over a long period of time.

Highly polished black obsidian has a mirror like quality to it. Thus it helps one to find answers upon reflection and meditation, and allows them to see themselves as others see them. In magick, this quality is great for sending magick back to sender, also for energy conversion, and any magick relative to dualities. As well, black obsidian is appropriate for use in void magick. This stone can be used to support baneful magick where something is taken from another, or where someone is being brought to experience loss (which naturally are suitable lessons for someone who takes from others).

In the marketplace, you will find that some so-called black obsidian is in fact colored glass.

Green Obsidian

Green obsidian provides energies similar to those of nature, so it provides an uplift similar to what spending time outside and in a rich green setting would. Thus it is an invaluable stone for those who are housebound, or for pets who must spend much time indoors. It draws affluence and supports fertility; too it can be used in money magick rituals. If you are feeling stuck in some way, this stone will help you get unstuck--starting with assisting you to change the perspective that got you there. Protects against psychic attack, and also supports plant growth. Green obsidian creates balance with in the overall chakra system, beginning with the heart chakra. Furthermore it creates ease within volatile interpersonal situations. Green obsidian is rarely a naturally formed crystal, but even so the fake variety is made of mica, and thus is fine in that sense--if it is fine for you personally.

Blue Obsidian

Blue obsidian is relative to the higher heart and throat chakras. It supports effective communication, and assists in maintaining a state of calm. It reduces stress and anxiety, and urges one to grow away from fear based thinking and related blockages. Blue obsidian encourages thoughtfulness and consideration in interactions with others, and also loyalty. Furthermore, it assists in overcoming the grief of heartbreak. In health it supports the immune system, helps with throat health issues, stimulates overall healing, and reduces pain and inflammation. This too is rarely other than a man-made glass.

Golden Sheen Obsidian

Golden sheen obsidian supports divination; also, when a person sees their world primarily from a perspective relative to their own ego driven needs, this stone guides them towards creating balance and harmony in interactions with others. Additionally it provides a connection with divine source energy, which brings about efficient problem solving abilities and awareness. However, keep in mind that this relates to the masculine side of divine energies, which is half of them. Silver obsidian would provide a natural balance, giving one tools to engage in a wider range of workings.

Mahogany Obsidian

Mahogany obsidian is beneficial for those who have experienced abuse and trauma, both emotional and physical. In healing emotions, it allows one to see damage to their psyche sustained from hardship endured from the actions of others; it urges them to discover how to work through it and heal. When a person has suffered ongoing abuse, their aura weakens, and this stone serves as a special aura shield and strengthener for them as they heal. It is a strongly protective stone, and is ideal for someone undergoing psychic attack. Additionally, it discourages one from repeating past mistakes. In physical healing mahogany obsidian supports blood flow, reduces pain, and encourages toxins to leave the body.

snowflake obsidian tumblestone
Snowflake obsidian. Wikimedia Commons file. By Benjamint444. GFDL

Snowflake Obsidian

Snowflake obsidian brings wisdom upon meditation. The type of knowledge it brings, addresses when one is looking to grow away from a negative outlook and related peripheral problems, onto awareness and spiritual peace and harmony. It urges us to integrate shadow self aspects, assists as we work to re-integrate into society, and supports a positive attitude when dealing with change. Snowflake obsidian supports blood flow, and also healing within the vascular system and bones. It alleviates fear, and supports subtle communications from one's spirit guides. In non-contact method made healing waters, snowflake obsidian can be used to heal the skin. Furthermore, snowflake obsidian is a strongly protective stone, that also provides energies of stability.

Rainbow Obsidian

Rainbow obsidian helps one move beyond habits and behavior that is detrimental to themselves, and assists those that are emotionally oversensitive to create harmony and stability within themselves. It supports positive energies, thus helps manifest happiness, love, compassion, healing, abundance, etc. Furthermore, it alleviates fear; and through times of hardship, this stone's energies urge one to see the brighter side of things and maintain hope.

Peacock Obsidian

Peacock obsidian supports all metaphysical, magickal, and shamanic abilities and processes.

Apache Tears

Apache tears quickly and effectively clear the aura of negativity, and assist one to work through grief, emotional trauma, anxiety, and distress. Once one has removed hardship, trauma, and toxicity from their life, this stone helps them find ways to heal more fully--to fill in whichever voids that remain. Additionally it supports one to keep a calm demeanor and avoid confrontational behavior, and as well influences those around them in the same way.

Silver Sheen Obsidian

Silver sheen obsidian is highly protective stone. It is an asset to protection in OBEs and soul travel; and also allows one to see the qualities they possess that create conflict for them within their world, that thus are better moved away from. It encourages patience, and also clarity in speech and communications. Additionally it serves as an effective tool in divination, and provides grounding during meditation. See Golden Sheen Obsidian above, for more insight.

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