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Kaballah {11} ~ The Sefirot ~ The Ten Fundamental Essences Of Kaballah

A fundamental notion in Kabbalah is the belief that the world is created and sustained by ten channels (sefirot) of divine plenty. The sefirot are complex, each with many different meanings and gradation. Two of them, Keter and Da’at, are interchangeable depending on whether the sefirot are seen from God’s viewpoint or from the human perspective. The lower seven sefirot directly act on the world (while those sefirot above them are abstract aspects of consciousness) and they each have a biblical personality associated with them. These associations work in two ways: One can understand more about the biblical figures through the sefirot connected with them, and one can learn more about the nature of each sefirah when seeing its corresponding biblical figure.

  • Keter (crown): Keter is Divine Will and the source of all delight and pleasure. Keter contains all the powers that activate the soul.
  • Chochmah (wisdom): Chochmah is intuitive grasp and intuitive knowledge. It’s also that which distinguishes and creates.
  • Binah (understanding): Binah is the analytical and synthetic power of the mind. It’s the source of logical analysis.
  • Da’at (knowledge): Da’at is the accumulation of that which is known. It’s the abstract ascertaining of facts and the crystallization of awareness in terms of conclusions.
  • Chesed (loving kindness): Chesed is the irrepressible impulse to expand. It’s the source of love, the inclination toward things, and that which gives of itself. The biblical personality associated with Chesed is Abraham.
  • Gevurah (strength): Gevurah is restraint and concentration. It’s the inward withdrawal of forces and the energy source of hate, fear, terror, justice, restraint, and control. The biblical personality associated with Gevurah is Isaac.
  • Tiferet (beauty): Tiferet is harmony, truth, compassion, and beauty. It’s the balance of the powers of attraction and repulsion. The biblical personality associated with Tiferet is Jacob.
  • Netzach (victory): Netzach is the source of conquest and the capacity for overcoming. It’s the urge to get things done. The biblical personality associated with Netzach is Moses.
  • Hod (splendor): Hod is persistence or holding on. It’s the power to repudiate obstacles and to persevere; it’s also the source of humility. The biblical personality associated with Hod is Aaron.
  • Yesod (foundation): Yesod is the vehicle or the carrier from one thing or condition to another. It’s the power of connection and the capacity or will to build bridges, to make connections, and to relate to others. The biblical personality associated with Yesod is Joseph.
  • Malkhut (kingdom): Malkhut is sovereignty, rule, and the ultimate receptacle. It’s the realization of potential and the Divine Presence. The biblical personality associated with Malkhut is David

Yoga {22} ~ Asanas/Poses {11} ~ Parsvottanasana/Pyramid Pose

Pyramid pose, or intense side stretch pose, is a deep standing stretch that strengthens the legs and stretches the spine, hamstrings, shoulders and hips. It also improves the practitioner’s sense of balance and posture.

From mountain pose, the right foot takes a big step back. The front and back heels are lined up with one another. Toes on both feet point forward and the hips are squared. The legs are straight and the spine is long. Feet should be around three to four feet apart with the back foot at about a 60 degree angle. Hands are either brought behind the back into reverse prayer (palms touching), or they hold on to opposite elbows behind the back. On an exhale, the torso folds over the front leg so the head touches the shin.

Pyramid pose is also referred to by its Sanskrit name, parsvottanasana.

The Human Family Crash Course Series {7} ~ Magic {10} ~ Black/White Magic

Welcome fellow souls to « The Human Family Crash Course Series, » a new project collaborated together by empress2inspire.blog and dios-raw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our seventh topic is focused on «Magic». Each topic will have ten posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

Before the Renaissance and the new acceptance of magic, there was the ruling Roman empire. All magic was rejected by Rome and its followers and thus magic entered into Europe on a negative note. It wasn’t until the 13th century, the beginning of the Renaissance, that people began to look at magic in a new light. Being that “renaissance” means rebirth or revival, it seems fitting that the rejection of magic was slowly diminishing. The study of magic was, in fact, being actively encouraged. The people of the renaissance began to believe that if the relationship between humans and the supernatural was strengthened it would be largely beneficial to human life.

White magic is magic used to do good in the world. This new practice was used to further Christianity, as Christianity was presumed to be the ultimate good for everyone at the time. Much of what is believed of magic is based upon religion; paganism or primitive religions seem to better describe what some think of as magic and to equate magic with a miracle would even offend some. With the pre-renaissance fear of magic (paganism) greatly diminished and magic (as miracles or phenomena) becoming something able to contribute to Christianity, any person gifted in white magic (called a magus) became highly respected and revered (Jones). It was believed that a magus was a master of techniques that could bring a human soul closer to God and the more ancient the magic was, the more powerful it must be.

Magic and science will always be at odds. The goal of science is to come up with rational explanations for supposed mysteries. Naturally, some of the mysteries that science attempts to solve are what Christianity deems miracles (magic). The line between the two blurs mainly in an effort to define what magic falls under black magic and what magic (white magic) can be used to further Christianity. Black magic is generally defined as the use of spirits to effect events in the world . It is used solely for the advancement of one person, the practitioner, and thus did not fall into the moral category of Christianity. It is a commandment breaking practice because of the requirement to pray to spirits other than God. Ultimately the rise of magic, though blurred in places, depended entirely upon the churches’ preservation of magic that might serve it.

According to Flint, the general belief was that magic was acceptable and even wonderful if it had some effect that would advance the church or cure illness. This is not to say that everyone of the time approved of magic. There were still people who operated on the theory that all magic has the potential to turn evil and become uncontrollable. These people generally believed that magic should be destroyed, some even went as far as saying that magi (practitioners of magic) were a product of the union of mother and son and therefore must be inherently evil. Not all of the fear of magic had dissipated yet, the lines between black and white were still blurred. How was it possible to know for sure who practiced what kinds of magic of who had what abilities?

Despite the leftover fear of magic from the Roman Empire, the Renaissance was a time for rebirth and discovery and among the many important happenings in this period of time was theatre. This was the time in which Shakespeare lived and wrote and it is evident in his plays. Perhaps Shakespeare was trying to suggest that you never really know people. Maybe it was a subtle reminder that the person standing next to you in the audience of the Globe could be secretly practicing black magic and you should probably NOT push him out of your way. It could be that he was just inspired by the general excitement of the Renaissance and wasn’t thinking one way or the other about what kind of magic was being practiced, perhaps he was just enjoying writing and didn’t care.

Whatever Shakespeare may have been thinking while writing this play, whatever his veiled intentions (if any) were, this play is just another prime example of how magic was slowly accepted into the culture, be it black or white, and in a way became general knowledge. It was known that black magic was the use of spirits to effect events, and it was known (in truth or superstition) how to ward oneself against them. Magi were revered as practitioners of white magic because they were closer to God and knew ways to help others achieve that closeness and security.

Which magic is right, I do not know, I will leave that to the reader’s – Your discretion. Hope you find this article informative.

Reference :
Flint, Valerie. The Rise of magic in Early Medieval Europe. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1990. Print.
Jones, Thomas O. Renaissance Magic and Hermeticism in the Shakespeare Sonnets; Like Prayers Divine. Vol. 9. Lampeter: The Edwin Mellen, Ltd., 1995. Print.
Mebane, John S. Renaissance Magic and the Return of the Golden Age. Nebraska: University of Nebraska, 1989. Print.

~Garima {Empress2Inspire}

The Human Family Crash Course Series {7} ~ Magic {8} ~ Practicing Magic

Welcome fellow souls to « The Human Family Crash Course Series, » a new project collaborated together by empress2inspire.blog and dios-raw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our seventh topic is focused on «Magic». Each topic will have ten posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

I am guessing if you are reading this post, you either practice magic or you want to practice magic or you are just simply curious. Well this post is for all of you. We will be talking about some tips on how to start practising magic. Take everything that I write here with a grain of salt and cross reference everything I am writing because I am definitely not an expert or a professional in practising magic. So without further ado, here are some principles for practising magic :

Read. Read everything. I know this is overwhelming because there is so much information which is also very exciting. Pick one topic, baby steps but read everything. 70% of the craft is getting the knowledge and taking notes and the other 30% is actually doing. Without knowledge you cannot go very far. Without understanding the concepts, there isn’t going to be any magic, there are going to be a lot of holes in what you do.

The Spiritual Lifestyle is not for Everybody. Dabbling in it isn’t awful. Some may disagree, people who are interested or atleast open to learning and understanding things that once or still scare them, are doing something very brave. Some spiritual practices that you are doing now may not make sense down the time because you will grow in your consciousness if you do things right. Keep up with practices which you believe me and have faith in. Don’t put huge expectations on what you should and shouldn’t be doing.

Ask yourself what you want out of this. What are you doing it for? Are you doing it for the pursuit of knowledge or are you doing it because it is calling out to you. Are you doing it to get closer to your family or your ancestors or are you trying to figure out how the universe works. Your “why” may change as your craft moves on but this is important from the present moment point of view.
Learn to spot the efficient spells from the faulty ones. How do you know what works and what doesn’t. There is a lot of information out there so which is authentic? So here’s the deal, what works works, what does not work, doesn’t. You will figure out your own set of spells that work for you during the course of your practising. What works for you may necessarily work for someone else. You are going to stumble, you are going to make mistakes but keep at it. At the end of a bad day, at least you will know what doesnt work.
Intention is important but it is not everything. Your beliefs will change as you grow in your practice. You may start with a certain set of rules but as you grow your beliefs about a particular spell or incantation will change and the world will become bigger but you are going to have a deeper understanding of how things work at least with your own perspective. You can cast spells with nothing but intention, that is possible, that’s how prayer works, however that is the hard way of going about manifestation. That is a lot of energy coming from only you. Combine intention with tools and ingredients.
Do not be your only battery. Ask yourself whether after a spell or a ritual, are you completely exhausted? Do you feel physically, mentally or spiritually drained? If you do, it means that you are drawing energy mainly from yourself. Learn to use the energy of nature to power your spells. Humans are very good for directing energy, ascending things in specific directions. Start small and grow from there.

Everything matters but not everything is necessary. There are so many different herbs which are used for protection, however each herb has a different essence of protection. There is a reason why we use specific ingredients, however, if you don’t have a particular ingredient, you can use a substitute ingredient that is similar.

Hope these tips help. Get crafty. You already have everything around you to get started on practising magic. Master your fundamentals. Take care.

~Garima {Empress2Inspire}

The Human Family Crash Course Series {7} ~ Magic {7} ~ Magic In Hollywood & Mainstream Media

Welcome fellow souls to « The Human Family Crash Course Series, » a new project collaborated together by empress2inspire.blog and dios-raw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our seventh topic is focused on «Magic». Each topic will have eight posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

The holly tree was used by Druids who were known for being priests and also wizards. The character of Merlin in the legend of King Arthur was a Druid wizard and he used a wand made of holly wood. Hollywood movies are forms of sorcery using psychology, subliminal messages, and manifestation through what is called “lesser magic” and bewitchment.

Movies pushed what was acceptable with each passing year and immorality was blatantly promoted in many films. Movies have depicted every sin imaginable, is this really a great valuable sentiment to aspire to?

Beside the blatant perversion displayed in many films, all Hollywood films have the same source: they come from a movie system called Hollywood. Holly wood is a substance used by the Druids of ancient England. Ancient druids cut branches from holly trees which they fashioned into magic wands used for casting spells.

This spell-casting with magic wands continues to this day in the form of Hollywood movies (as well as in its original form as a wand). It can be proven that nearly all Hollywood movies have subliminal messages, occultic references, and hidden Masonic / Illuminati symbolism throughout. Square and compass symbols, all-seeing-eye symbols, the number 33, the number 666, pentagrams (upside-down, five-pointed stars), satanic symbols, satanic “as-above-so-below” symbols, and other symbols occur in numerous scenes throughout most Hollywood movies and TV shows. Some are more blatant, while others are more subtle.

As human beings we operate on varying brain wave functions which are alpha, beta, delta, and theta. Our normal resting state is that of beta, this is where we are going about our daily lives with a certain level of awareness and alertness. This is important when we talk of both the conscious and subconscious minds. Imagine the conscious mind as the firewall for your computer, filtering information as it comes in and protecting your PC from anything negative or viruses. Your subconscious mind literally cannot think for itself, however if anything gets through and reaches the subconscious it will just react on that information, whatever gets through becomes ideas, viewpoints, and opinions about the world, it becomes our very belief systems. So the conscious mind is extremely important in filtering what comes through to the subconscious. For example you are reading this now so your mind is operating at a normal resting ‘beta’ rate, and your conscious mind is taking in all the information and discerning whether or not it is true, it then either allows (or doesn’t) the information through to your subconscious. If this information being handed out by the media is allowed through to the subconscious this will play out in the real world as new opinions, ideas etc. Now what happens when you watch TV is that the actual frequency the television omits literally changes your brainwave pattern from beta to a much more suggestible alpha state. This is almost like a hypnotic trance state, where your conscious mind (firewall) has now been sufficiently relaxed and lowered, almost like being ‘off guard’ which now totally exposes the subconscious mind to the information coming from the television. This is why when you look at people when they are watching TV they actually look like they are in a trance, because mentally that is what is going on.

What happens when they have you in that hypnotic state? The elites hit you with all the advertisements, subliminals, and propaganda, telling you that you need to buy things you don’t need, telling you what junk food to eat, how to act, look, and think. You are literally being programmed, and that’s why after all they are called TV programs. Telling a lie to your vision repeating the same thing day after day, week after week, year after year. Your subconscious mind is being bombarded when your guard is down. Billions of pounds a year are made from companies advertising on TV, and many billions across the planet get hypnotized to beLIEve (there it is again in the very word) state propaganda to gain support for yet another bombing campaign in some far away oil rich land..

“If you repeat a lie long enough, people will believe it. It really is public brainwashing.” ~ Robert Kane Pappas

“Television is by nature the dominator drug par excellence. Control of content, uniformity of content, repeatability of content make it inevitably a tool of coercion, brainwashing, and manipulation.” ~ Terrence Mckenna

Let us know your thoughts on Hollywood and the media’s spell casting below..

~By Amber {DiosRaw}

The Human Family Crash Course Series {7} ~ Magic {6} ~ Ancient Magic Practices

Welcome fellow souls to « The Human Family Crash Course Series, » a new project collaborated together by empress2inspire.blog and dios-raw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our seventh topic is focused on «Magic». Each topic will have ten posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

In ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome, practitioners of magic exploited symbolic words, images, and rituals to achieve desired outcomes through supernatural means. Using magical acts, they attempted to control supernatural powers— gods, demons, spirits, or ghosts—to accomplish something beyond the scope of human capabilities. Here’s an attempt to understand the ancient magic practices and what they signified.

Spells

In ancient “binding magic,” it was all about the spells. Unlike modern-day magical phrases like, say, “bippity boppity boo,” practitioners of magic in ancient Greek and Rome used spells to “bind” people up to different outcomes in sporting events, business, and personal affairs related to love and even revenge. Binding spells had known formulas and named involved parties, like gods and people, and then connected them to actions or results. You could use a binding spell to invoke an upcoming athletic victory or ensure your happy marriage to a new partner—and to do so, you’d use powerful strings of words passed on by magicians or ordinary people.

Curses

One of the more charmingly bitter traditions of ancient Greece and Rome were “curse tablets”—spells written on lead, wax or stone that laid out the ways in which people had been wronged. Think of curse tablets as the takedowns of the ancient world: If someone disrespected or harmed you, you could head to your local magician and pay to curse them. People cursed people who hurt their family members, but they also cursed them when they committed crimes or even entered into court cases against them. Large caches of curse tablets have been found in Roman digs in the modern-day United Kingdom.

Voodoo Dolls

Of course, if someone dissed you, you also had the option of creating a tiny effigy to do harm to. Though sometimes compared to modern-day voodoo dolls, scholars still aren’t entirely sure what the tiny figurines used in binding magic in ancient Greece and Rome were for. What they do know is that the word “binding” was taken literally when it comes to these figures: They have been found in tiny coffins with bound hands and feet or mutilated bodies and seem to have been molded along with binding spells.

Divination

Just as today, the future was a source of concern in antiquity. This anxiety was mitigated by the use of a number of divinatory practices, including consultation with seers, oracles, and other specialists in predicting the future and interpreting signs and omens. In ancient Rome, astrologers, who read the movements of stars and constellations to determine the destiny of individuals, were commonly grouped with magicians as magical practitioners. Their power, derived from knowledge of the future, rendered them dangerous, with the result that they were frequently expelled from Rome throughout antiquity. In most societies from the ancient Mediterranean whose laws survive, offensive magic such as placing a curse was regarded as a crime. However, the legality of various divinatory practices changed according to time and culture.

Afterlife

Magic was a resource frequently used not just during life, but also after death. Many funerary practices incorporated magical elements. This was particularly the case in Egypt, where the intricate rituals of mummification ensured preservation of the body and soul for the afterlife. The placement of amulets over certain body parts during mummification and the preservation of organs in canopic jars protected the body for new life after death. The Egyptian Book of the Dead details these rituals, compiling spells that were painted or inscribed in the tomb and aided in achieving the ultimate restoration of life to the soul of the deceased. Similarly, mystery cults in ancient Greece and Rome had their own secret rituals that ensured an afterlife for their practitioners.

Hope this brings to light some of the ancient magic practices.

~Garima {Empress2Inspire}

The Human Family Crash Course Series {7} ~ Magic ~ {5} ~ Spell Casting

Welcome fellow souls to « The Human Family Crash Course Series, » a new project collaborated together by empress2inspire.blog and dios-raw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our seventh topic is focused on «Magic». Each topic will have eight posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

“When you are writing laws you are testing words to find their utmost power. Like spells, they have to make things happen in the real world, and like spells, they only work if people believe in them.” ~ Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall

So what does a spell actually mean?

Not everyone can comprehend what the word ‘spell’ means due to its stereotyping in movies we’ve seen throughout our lives. People often think of spell casting as obscure and dangerous, practices cast by mystic witches. Modern witchcraft is a reliable, spiritual way to express your deepest desires and make them come true. A spell is a type of ritual in which you need to work with your intentions, energy, and spiritual force to fulfill the particular purposes that you intend.

And what is spell casting you may ask?

Casting a spell is performing a ritual act activating an energetic ripple towards the path you want your life to go. In order to achieve the goal, it’s significant to show the symbol of your dedication which includes your focus, energy and effort that you put in performing the ritual. Show your gratitude to your Higher Self or Deity of your choosing at the end of a session to thank them for their connection and for positively changing your life. The secret of this realm is to balance your subconscious mind and true purposes of your Higher Self which may be hidden. Make sure you are extremely clear about what you truly want. Two key elements for effective magic spells are belief and focus.

How do we cast spells?

~Objects. There are spells requiring some particular objects to strengthen the magical endeavour. For a spell cast at home, some popular ingredients are paper, honey, herbs (cinnamon, black pepper, and other spices), and essential oils. In addition you could use healing crystals, sage and palo santo to enhance your ritual to cleanse your space when opening and closing a ritual.

~Potions. Cauldrons could be needed, you can use your cooking pots in the kitchen. Keep in mind that once a certain object is repurposed and deemed for the enchantment, it naturally becomes a magical device. Mystical tools maintain energy, you must regularly clean them so that they will always be magical and no residue of past spell casting is left behind energetically.

~Location. When finding a place for your spell casting incantation of your choosing, physical doorsills are considered as cosmic entrances. Now look around your house and keep an eye on doorways, window sills, and cracks in the floorboards – those locations symbolize the space between the spiritual world and physical world. Once you choose a place to craft your spell, make sure to keep any door you open closed by performing a formal ritual or just chanting the ‘goodbye’ word.

~Altar. Spellcasters have no problems working their magic without any ritual. Some will make use of a table found at home and cover the surface with a white clean cloth, while others just sit on the floor. If you usually look for free magic spells online, you will easily notice that they mention the word ‘altar’ in every spell. Why? You need a personal sacred place for the magic to manifest well.

~Intention. What is your intent? What do you want to achieve? When working with the universe, you have to be as specific as possible or it may bring confusions to your spell. Moreover, avoid using negative words or sentences, have good purposes; your wish or desire is for your own good or for the happiness of everyone. The spell is more likely to work if both your intention and thought are pure and have no traces of negativity.

~Candles. The act of lighting a candle in the ritual indicates the start of a change which is about to happen in your life. In the magical realm, candles are commonly used because of their powerful spiritual connection. Each segment of a candle is associated with a different element of the universe: Since the flame is considered as the purifier of all energies, it represents the Fire element.
-The hot wax melting and dripping down is the image of Water.
-The wax indicates the Earth element as it’s connected to nature.
-Lastly, the smoke from the flame embodies the Air element.

~Meditation. Meditate on your goal, the very first step is to empty your mind, and then focus only on the ultimate purpose that you truly want. According to spellcasters, meditation is very significant in the art of casting magic spells.

~Chanting or prayer. After staying fixed on your intentions by meditating and visualizing, you can chant a spell or say some magic words. With this step, you will send your messages to the universe.

Your life will be uplifted with a touch of magic. Keep in mind that negative emotions are never good for the magic spell casting process. Eliminate your fear, anxiety, and envy before casting your own spell. We hope this article can help you succeed in your magical endeavors.

“A witch is a woman who emerges from deep within herself. She is a woman who has honestly explored her light and learned to celebrate her darkness. She is a woman who is able to fall in love with the magnificent possibilities of her power. She is a woman who radiates mystery. She is magnetic. She is a witch.” ~ Dasha Elliot

Let us know below of your experience in spell casting, what do spells mean to you?

~Amber {DiosRaw}