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Animal & Spirit Familiars – An Overview

The Natural World & Magickal Practice

 

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The natural world and mysticism have walked hand in hand since the early stages shamanic thought. From this relationship of human and nature, we have greatly advanced on both the fronts of science and spirituality. Our relationship with the natural world and its creatures have greatly shaped what the world is like today. This relationship is not merely material, but also spiritual. Much of the spiritual movements today, whether new or resurrected are directly linked to nature and its reverence. The use of animals or animal spirits as guides, companions and even deities is commonly found in various religious, philosophical and occult text and practice. This article will discuss the concept of an animal familiar used in magickal practice. This article will discuss what they are and the ways in which the magickal community perceives and uses them. Since many forms of spirit guides and beings exist, this article will be limited to the animal familiar concept in particular.

What are familiars:

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Technological Magick & Cybermancy – A Modern Spellcraft Paradigm

Techno/Cyber Magick

A more recent form of magickal craft has entered the scene and is becoming ever more prevalent. This craft is known by a variety of names but is most commonly known as cyber/techno-magick/mancy. For this article, it will simply be referred to as techno-magick. Different claims as to the origin of this craft have been made, the most common being witchcraft and chaos magick, however, techno-magick is practised by practitioners of many different schools and therefore is not limited to any particular school of magick. Techno magick, as the name suggests is the use of technology in a magickal craft. Since the craft is relatively new there is no set system, but is free and evolving at a rapid rate. In this article, some aspects and uses of cyber magick will be discussed in terms of how the magickal community has been using it. This must not be confused with the “Information Model of Cyber Magick” as described by various practitioners including Frater U.D. in ‘High Magick’, where the universal force of magickal energy is described as data or information which can be programmed. Instead, this article discusses the use and application of technology. (more…)

Creating a Personal Ritual – Part 3 {Audio}

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We have ritualised our lives not simply on a spiritual level, but in all facets of it. We conduct rituals in the name of our deities, self-improvement, health, cycles of time, major events, new life, inevitable death and countless more. It provides humanity with an expression.

A personal ritual is a ritual or behaviour that is designed by the user itself. In this way, the personal power of whoever is creating and using the ritual is expressed. This ritual is then authentic to the true individualism of the practitioner.

This video (Part 3) will focus on physical objects in particular. These items carry within them innate energies and psychological reinforcement for the user. These objects come in great variety and can be found in all shapes and sizes. Many of the objects can be seen in conventional religion, occult, esoteric and pagan ritualism.

 

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Creating a Personal Ritual – Part 2 {Audio}

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We have ritualised our lives not simply on a spiritual level, but in all facets of it. We conduct rituals in the name of our deities, self-improvement, health, cycles of time, major events, new life, inevitable death and countless more. It provides humanity with an expression.

A personal ritual is a ritual or behaviour that is designed by the user itself. In this way, the personal power of whoever is creating and using the ritual is expressed. This ritual is then authentic to the true individualism of the practitioner.

This video (Part 2) discusses the external and physical aspects of a personal ritual. This includes movement, manipulation of bodily energy and the use of external physical items

Keep Well,

SpiritMonkey

Rune Casting – Divination With Norse Runes/Futhark

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Rune casting is a popular method of divination passed down from Norse antiquity. Using the rune letters or Futhark of northern European traditions, a runester or rune caster uses this divination method in a variety of ways.

Rune casting is a very open system and personal adaptations are welcomed, which are not alway considered correct in other divinatory systems. It is nondogmatic.

In this video, a brief look is given at the rune casting system, mythology and methods of divining.

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SpiritMonkey

Cartomancy – A Brief History of the Tarot in Divination

The history of divinatory Tarot is vague, debated, and largely based on belief rather than historical evidence. Some claim its origin may lie in medieval card games while others claim that is far older and hidden within the divinatory rites of ancient Egyptian and Kabbalistic mystic schools. This popular form of cartomancy is common and well known to most mystics or spiritual persons. Over the years, it has developed into what we know it to be today, continually adapting and changing its structure and methods of divination. This article takes a look at the development of tarot cartomancy throughout history, including its alterations and use in divination. (more…)

Fear of the ‘New Age’ – Occult Wisdom in Modern Spiritual Thought

Conventional religion has been making way for a new movement of spirituality in western society. A spiritual movement that is loosely lumped into the category of the new age movement. This is very arbitrarily categorised because of the obvious diversity within the movement and the sources used for information and inspiration symbolising its meaning, goals and beliefs. Accompanying the ‘New Age’ is a vast collection of different symbols and teachings that were previously thought of as being occult, or at least from a western perspective seen as such. Ironically, the ‘Love’ being shared by the ever growing ‘New Age’ is often rejected and feared by many. This article takes a look at the fear driven backlash towards the ‘New Age’ movement, alongside the vague origin of this movement. (more…)