| Magickal icons have
arisen as symbols of all the aspects of the Occult. Each of the icons from
Magickalmind.com home page are defined and explained.
Icons include: The ankh, the all-seeing eye, Baphomet, Chakras, Crop circles, Crowley, devil and demons, Egyptian symbols, Fairies, Kabbalah, the pentagram, pyramids, Tarot and Yin-Yang
The Ankh represents Physical and Eternal life. The ankh is a cross, perhaps the earliest cross. It stems back to ancient Egypt. In the Waite tarot deck, The Empress, representing woman in her earth mother mode, displays a heart cushion on which is emblazoned a prominent ankh..
| The ancient Egyptians-gods and kings--are often portrayed carrying the ankh, one way in which they are distinguished from all the rest of us mortals: To possess the ankh was to possess eternal life. In astrology, the ankh is the symbol for the planet Venus, a planet associated with generous, life-giving physical love. Ankh jewelry is often worn today as a statement of independent femininity.
In ancient Egypt the loop of the ankh represented the womb; the stem, the penis. So the ankh is also a symbol for life, creation, and the necessity of both male and female energies.
|The Ancient Egypt Site: Ankh|
This is the Eye of Horus, son of Osiris and Isis. Horus' right eye was white, representing the sun. His left was black, representing the moon. Horus' evil brother Seth tore out Horus' left eye in a fight, but Thoth restored it. Horus gave the eye to his father, who then was able to have sight in the underworld.
| To the Egyptians, the symbol of the eye became an amulet for protection and sight in the
underworld. Elaborate eyes of precious gems were placed on coffins, mummies and tombs.
This same eye is represented on the Great Seal of the U.S. People have always been fascinated with eyes. Throughout civilization there was (and is) a belief that some persons could cause destruction or even death by staring at a person with the "evil eye" that a sorcerer or witch might possess. However, amulets do exist to protect against the "evil eye."
|All-seeing Eye Links|
|The eye of Horus|
The Baphomet was drawn and popularized for 19th Century occultists by Alphonse Louis Constant (aka Eliphas Levi), a Frenchman who traded his garb as Roman Catholic priest for the mantle of the occult. (1810-1875). In Levi's Baphomet we see one more androgynous figure. One arm seems male, the other female. Baphomet has breasts as well as a phallic symbol. Once more, we are given the dualities of active (forcing) and passive (receiving) energies to synthesize.
| The Baphomet has over his head the pentagram. When depicted with the one horn of the star pointing downward, we have materiality (sex, etc.) over spirituality. The Baphomet displays one white crescent moon and one dark crescent moon, much like the yin/yang (opposites to be reconciled).One arm points up, the other down (as above so below? Or, like the magician of many tarot decks, the pulling of energy from the heavens, transforming it through his body, and grounding it into the earth. Long before Levi, the Baphomet was thought to be the deity of the Knights
|Baphomet Links: The Mystica -Occult online encyclopedia|
The chakra system is a very well known eastern (Indian) system for raising energy and getting in touch with our Higher Selves and our God(s),
It is through the lst chakra that energy from the earth enters the subtle energy system of the body. Here is the seat of the Kundalini, the coiled up serpent waiting to spring. It controls the horizontal section of the body from just below the buttocks to a point just above the sexual organs.
|The 2nd chakra gives us the experience of deep feelings associated with physical manifestation: sexual energy, which is also the
seat of creativity and the place where we experience that childlike wonder and excitement of things around us.
The 3rd chakra, located by the solar plexis, has control over the solar plexis ganglia which plays an important part in our relationship to the world and to people, places, and things; our ability to feel something in our guts, to connect and belong and make long term intimate associations. That nervous feeling at the pit of your stomach when something big is bothering you or you feel frightened or anxious. Sometimes you don't even need a reason to feel this way.
It is thought that love that comes through the heart (4th chakra)might not be sufficiently potent and strong enough for relationship to be sustained long term. You need strong visceral feeling --and that comes from chakra 3.
The 4th chakra, the heart chakra, controls the physical body from the area of the collar bones to a point about 2 fingers above the solar plexis. The heart chakra is associated with compassion, healing. Green is considered a healing color. Opening the heart chakra, allows a person to sense energy fields and atmospheres. You can also project energy to another person through this center. (My heart
goes out to you- can be almost literal.) It is through the heart center and the "3rd eye" center that a person can project rays of energy out to another person.
5th chakra- the throat. It is associated with the element Akasa- relating to things ethereal. It controls the portion of the physical body from midpoint of the nose to the collar bones. Once activated, we become conscious of our mental body .(lower are physical, etheric and astral). By activating this chakra the person becomes aware, for the lst time, that the internal worlds are real worlds.The throat chakra also controls a person's ability to express himself or herself creatively and effectively. It gives a person the confidence to say no, to disagree without being disagreeable.
6th chakra- the eye of wisdom. Sometimes it is identified with the pituatory gland, the master gland. The 3rd eye.In this center a person harmonizes the opposing energies, and balances the yin and yang.A person experiences himself in the fullness of the "I Am," the union of the selves.The chakra has control over seeing, not only in the physical sense but in the mystical sense. Intuitive seeing, clairvoyance and other forms of knowing e.g. in a a PARAnormal way.
7th Chakra- at the crown or just above the crown. Here we have the merging of the self with the ALL-THAT-IS.
|Link, local: The Seven Major Chakras|
Crowley possibly represents the path of "high magic" carried to
its extreme. Examining the life of Aleister does provide a fascinating
study to a man who devoted his life to a particular path. Crowley wanted
to pursue a conversation with his "holy guardian angel" and with
a wide variety of gods, godesses--and even demons.It would not be an
understatement that Crowley was relentless in that pursuit.
|Link, local: An Expurgated History of Magickians and Magickal Orders|
|Link, local: Aleister Crowley-A Magickian for All Times|
|Weblink: Aleister Crowley: The Great Beast Speaks|
to the mystery is the facts that many appear suddenly overnight, strange
molecular level changes in the plants that are bent over, and many people
have strange physical reactions when entering the circles. There seems
certainly to be energies in these circles.
|Crop Circle links:|
|Weblink: Lucy Pringle's Homepage|
origin of term devil is from the Greek word for diabolos (accuser or
slanderer. Lucifer or Satan is head of all the demons who were once angels
but were expelled from heaven because of their pride and ego. In
Revelation in the bible, the antiChrist or the devil was the Great Beast
associated with number 666.
can take many forms both ugly and beautiful. Traditionally, the devil is
viewed as having horns and a forked tail. The tail may have come from
association of a trident with a demon The idea of the horns of a devil may
have come from the Islamic tradition of a horned or fertility god. The
animals: serpent, goat and the dragon have been attributed as his symbols.
Also the pentagram, looking downward has been seen as a diabolical symbol.
The incubus and sucubus can appear beautiful to have relations with
humans but they are really demons. Also a demon may possess a human and
can only be expelled through an exorcism.
|Weblink: The History of the Devil|
|Weblink: The Open Encyclopedia Project: Satanism|
|Weblink: "Rosemary's Baby" Movie about son of Satan|
like Aleister Crowley have explored and enriched the Egyptian mythos and
magick. Egyptian images are everywhere today-on our money, in our jewelry,
in our art and our writings. The mysteries of Egypt are as great a mystery
as they have ever been.
|Egyptian Gods and Goddesses:|
|Weblink: Ancient Egypt|
|Weblink: Egyptian Tarot|
In the 1997 film, "Photographing Fairies", a man who
suffers the loss of his bride before his wedding day, confronts the the
nature of a new spiritual reality when he goes to the countryside to
investigate a photograph of a girl holding a fairy in her hand. In the
movie, he finds the girls and they are able to communicate with denizens
that no other person sees, fairies. These fairies can cross the line from
the reality of our current existence to the reality of an existence after
is absorbing about 'Photographing Fairies' is its fascinating play of
ideas, one where the issue of the fairies soon blossoms out into a
remarkable concept of a drug that speeds up perception, allowing the
viewing of a world that exists alongside this one in which fairies are
conduits into the afterlife."
|Weblink: Sandra Dees World|
|Weblink: The Case of the Cottingley Fairies|
Tree of Life is just one small part of a Jewish mysticism which
existed in verbal tradition for thousands of years. Kabbalah is
still an important part of esoteric Judaism. At some much more recent
time, Western occultists adopted the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. The great
magical society in Victorian England, the Golden Dawn, had their members
advance by grades which corresponded to the 10 spheres of the Tree. (These
spheres are not physical places; rather they are states of consciousness.)
. Levi was working with the Tree even before the GD because he is the one
who placed tarot cards on the paths of
Tree contains 10 spheres (plus nunerous paths, leading from one sphere to
the other- including hidden paths!) Each sphere has its own God-name,archangel,
angel, mundane chakra (a planetary connection); possibly demons as well as
angels.Each has its own color and scent. Each of the l0 spheres contains 4
worlds: These are:
|Link, local: Kabbalah FAQ|
pentagram (pentacle) is one of the four principal magickal symbols,
the other three being the sword, the cup and the wand. Each of these
symbols represents a suit in the minor arcana of the Tarot. Some tarot
decks designate pentacles as "discs," stressing the concept of
the wheel or cog: part of the machinery of the universe. Other decks
prefer "coin." A coin, worth nothing in itself, bids its owner
to make a value choice in spending the coin. Pentagrams represent the
element of earth: our matter, mass, body.
pentagram is a 5-pointed star. The element of air is at the eastern point;
water, the west, fire in the south, earth in the north. The top point of
the star is spirit. An inverted pentagram signifies that carnal,
earthbound values trump the higher spiritual ones. A person's body, arms
and legs extended outward, is a pentagram, with the head at the top as
spirit. One of the most basic rituals used by the original magickians of
the Golden Dawn was the banishing pentagram ritual.
|Weblink: Thelemic Golden Dawn- Lesser Ritual of Pentagram|
|Weblink: The Meaning of a Pentagram|
The pyramids were the housing for the Dead and the beginning of their journey to the Afterlife in Egyptian times. The Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) if one of the Wonders of the Ancient World -and of the modern world also.
|The Great Pyramid as mystery and symbol lives on today in our modern life and in the Occult. It is an important symbol for many societies like the Rosicrucians and other mystical societies. The pyramid shape itself may have power including healing power.
The pyramid and the obelisk endure as symbols of an ancient culture and of Immortality and Immutability.
|Weblink: The Egyptian Pyramids|
suits themselves are the four magickal tools, the cup, wand, pentacle and
sword, corresponding to the 4 elements of water, fire, earth and air,
respectively. Each suit also contains l0 numbered cards. The aces show the
unfettered root element of water, fire, earth and air, progressing to the
tens, which portray the full maturity of the suit, the theme of the suit
carried to its logical consequence.
|Link, local: The Tarot|
|Link, local: Pentacles|
|Weblink: James Wells Worker of Miracles.com|
|Weblink: Individual Tarot cards|
|Weblink: Tarot HQ|
Yin-Yang come to us through early Chinese philosophy.
is the "male" component, encompassing the sun, creation,
warmness. light, active or dominant. Yin is the
"female" complement: the moon, completion, cold, dark, passive
or submissive. On the Tree of Life, Chokmah shows Yang energy; Binah, yin
energy. These 2 principles should never be simply compared with the
physical male and the physical female, but rather, as energy types.. As
the symbol indicates, the yin and yang are joined. Each of these opposites
produce the other: Their interchange is cyclical. All of the seeming
polarities, which might seem like opposites at the time, are explainable
with reference to the temporary dominance of one principle over the other.
However, we are all one. There are no real opposites. Darkness,-Light,/Bravery,-Fright,/Love-Hate/Defamed-Sublime/Cups-Rods/Men-Gods
mirror images of each other, and the mission of the human being is to
reconcile the opposites and incorporate them as one. There is but a single
principle in the universe-the Tao.
|The Ying-Yang Symbol from Wivenhoe Encyclopedia|
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