The Astrology of Earth Day

Earth Day was first instituted in the United States on April 22nd 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson, Representative Pete McCloskey, and a number of other concerned individuals including one Julian Koenig, a PR Executive. The idea was that every University and School would set aside one day each year exclusively for teaching its students about the Environment. Since its beginnings 45 years ago Earth Day continues to be marked as an unofficial Environmental awareness day.

Why, though, was it held on April 22nd? According to Wikipedia:

Senator Nelson chose the date in order to maximize participation on college campuses for what he conceived as an “environmental teach-in”. He determined the week of April 19–25 was the best bet as it did not fall during exams or spring breaks. Moreover, it did not conflict with religious holidays such as Easter or Passover, and was late enough in spring to have decent weather. More students were likely to be in class, and there would be less competition with other mid-week events—so he chose Wednesday, April 22.

It also happened to be Mr Koenig’s birthday!

However, when Your Humble Blogmaster first heard about this Earth Day business, I did not have access to the historical detail as related above. What I did see, however, was the influence of forces beyond mortal ken at work. Specifically: April 22nd is when the Sun first enters Taurus – the sign of Fixed Earth. So, either Senator Nelson was secretly into astrology as well, or in fact Earth Day is decreed by the stars!


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The Cause Of All Our Problems…

Saturn, as seen from Voyager.

God loved it so much that he put a ring on it.

Recently I have been receiving evidence (if evidence were still needed) that Astrology is real: all too real in fact. To wit: I have had people approach me various problems, some quite serious, and ask me if I thought there was a supernatural cause for them? On examining their natal charts I discovered that in each instance, at the time the client claimed to be experiencing a calamity, Saturn was transitting one or more planets in their natal chart. I even found one instance where, a querent had a number of planets clustered together in their horoscope. They had a list of problems, and through back-checking, each problem occurred as Saturn transitted each successive planet in the cluster. The correlation staggered me: as transitting Saturn went conjunct natal Venus, romantic problems occurred; as it went conjunct natal Mercury, communication problems with colleagues occured; etc etc etc.

The positive in all this negativity is that if – as I believe – such problems can be directly linked to Saturn, it is also possible to predict when the same problems will alleviate themselves. The planet Saturn has a twenty-nine year orbit around the Sun, which in astrological terms means it takes twenty-nine months or just under two-and-a-half years to pass through each Zodiacal sign. However, because it goes retrograde on a regular basis, its passage through a sign is not straightforward. So, for example, although Saturn is only retrograde for approximately four-and-a-half months, it will not exit its Shadow until eight months after first turning retrograde. During this time it will have gone back and then forward over a 7 degree section of the horoscope which, if you have any planets or major angles there, is going to feel pretty shitty (See here).

To conclude, I would like to make two points. Firstly, if you are having a rough time, do not automatically assume that you are being maliciously attacked, either occultly or otherwise. Instead, get an astrologer to analyse your natal chart with respect to current transits, to see if it isn’t actually something that will pass of its own accord. Secondly: try to avoid reading too many astrological websites about Saturn!!! I have found that although many of them say things along the lines of you will experience a tough time during this period, etc, few of them provide actual solutions as to what to do in the meantime. This is where Hermetic Magic comes in. Hermeticism is firmly rooted in the astrological paradigm, but its scope is far more ambitious than astrology – or what most modern astrologers believe to be astrology. One of my favourite quotes from the Corpus Hermeticum is this:

Nay more, if we must boldly speak the truth, the true “man” is e’en higher than the gods, or at the [very] least the gods and men are very whit in power each with the other equal.

For no one of the gods in heaven shall come down to the earth, o’er-stepping heaven’s limit; whereas man doth mount up to heaven and measure it; he knows what things of it are high, what things are low, and learns precisely all things else besides. And greater thing than all; without e’en quitting earth, he doth ascend above. So vast a sweep doth he possess of ecstasy.

X. The Key – Corpus Hermeticum, translated by G R S Mead.

The “Gods” referred to are the Planets of Classical Astrology – that is to say, the ancients believed that the planets were not just named after the gods, they ensouled them. Hence, Hermes Trismegistus is saying that it is possible for a human to raise his or her consciousness (“mount up to heaven”) to become higher than the gods and hence ultimately transcend their influence – and achieve true Free Will. A magical system such as the Golden Dawn believes that the occult techniques it teaches to Adepts enable an initiate to do just this. Even if one is not an experienced magician, the simple act of becoming aware of the planetary influences which affect you at any given time is the first step in being able to lessen their power over you.

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Interview With A Past Life Therapist

Daniella Batham, Past Life Therapist

Daniella, Past Life Therapist

Daniella is a practising past life regression therapist, and in the course of her work she makes use of energy clearing, hypnosis, karma clearing, Neuro linguistic programming, shamanic healing, guided imagery, affirmations, and many other techniques. She also uses evolutionary astrology to establish karmic patterns, and very often involve more esoteric techniques such as spirit release, soul retrieval and ancestral healing. I interview.

How would you say our own past-life experiences have led you to where you are now?

One of the earliest experiences of reincarnation in this life was when I was one. I remember my mother trying to take a photo of me sitting in that old fashioned push chair. I started looking at my foot, raising my gaze up my little leg until it reached my head or mind you like, when a fully formed thought exploded in my head and I screamed without being able to verbalise anything. And that thought was one of sheer terror – ‘Oh nooo, I am born again’. It was far more disturbing than that, but lets just say it was so strong that I remember it with clarity even today.

Strange prophetic dreams, weird coincidences, astral projections from a very early age led me to seek out more information which came in a form of a book when I was 22 and living in Cyprus. The book is the classic on this topic and is written by one of my dearest teachers and guides, the late Dr Hiroshi Motoyama, Japanese Shinto priest, engineer and seer. From that point onward, I started studying karma and reincarnation. I was drawn to anything of that nature and have spent many weekends on spiritual retreats, visiting Buddhist monasteries and reading books. Still I was in ‘the world’ doing my thing utilising my first degree in economics when everything changed when I moved and settled in England back in 1998.

When going through a marriage breakdown, I sought help of a hypnotherapist and have experienced what is known as ‘a spontaneous regression’. The poor therapist was quite shocked and taken a back but my mind took me to a past life with my husband at that time when I had been a middle age man dying of tuberculosis and he was a boy in a concentration camp. Amongst other insights, I understood why I have smoked most of my adult life. Having those sessions in which I remembered the process of my own birth was extremely helpful. Having understood the karma between myself and that person I was having difficulties with helped me forgive him, and me and move out without the heartbreak or normal suffering that ensues after such a traumatic event.

And from 2006 it was all fast and furious in terms of karmic experiences. In August that year, the intense study with my late teacher Dr Roger Woolger, a transpersonal and Jungian psychotherapist and the founder of Deep Memory Process started. On the very first residential workshop, I had, what is known as ‘ecstatic religious experience’ and I’m not ‘that’ religious I tell you. A high angelic form presented itself to me and I believe I had the Manipura chakra opened. In fact I am convinced as I started ‘seeing’ people’s past lives at will as well as being able to see ‘energy blockages’, ancestral karma, and ‘see through hands’.

A period of an intense five years of personal karma clearing followed. Things were flooding in faster than I could cope with sometimes and I spent those five years doing mostly that – working on my self, past life traumas, attending appropriate workshops, praying, meditating intensely, doing mantras, finishing an unfinished business and striving to be at peace.

I never thought I would say this, ever. I never conceived it possible at the first place. But I can say that I had released and healed a very heavy parental karma and found myself free from mentally arguing with either of my parents. I became aware that days were passing and I had not had a nasty image in my head. Peace of mind was becoming order of the day.

How important is belief in Reincarnation to working with Past-Life Therapy?

Not important at all. It is not required that one believes in the concept of reincarnation although it can be helpful. What I encounter with my clients on a regular basis is a question – ‘Was I making this up?’ or some form of doubt in the experience of the present moment. I had worked with many clients without any background in spirituality, let alone a belief in reincarnation and they have all experienced some form of regression into an issue that is important to them.

If a past life does not come up, that is also fine. I work with whatever presents itself. Being guided by the client’s subconscious mind, holding the space, making sure that I am alert to clues and the smallest changes in energy is my personal way of working in therapy.

I found that more important than a belief in reincarnation is a very simple and personal willingness to heal and change. Just a simple willingness.


What kind of things can Past-Life Therapy help a patient with?

Would it be an exaggeration if I said ‘everything’? It is not the past life therapy that is important here. It is a tool, a way, a proverbial horse and carriage to get you to your destination. It is always dependant on the level of personal willingness and readiness to enter into the therapy.
My client experience ranges from working with people with terminal cancer diagnoses, various types of early childhood trauma including sexual abuse, substance abuse, eating disorders to ‘normal neurotics’ and people facing everyday problems such as divorce, relationship and work issues and choppy family dynamics.

The space does not permit to list all of the types of issues people deal with in life and come to see me about, but believe me when I say that there were some miraculous success stories and personal victories. It is always down to client’s determination to work through the issues.

The added bonus and benefit is that this therapy works fast as it goes to the root of the problem and we don’t just “talk about issues”. I’m not too fond of ‘talking therapies’ but they most certainly have their place. Many people are just not ready to enter this type of deep healing therapy.

What are the biggest misconceptions people have about Past-Life Therapy?

This question made me smile. Whatever misconceptions are, they are always cleared by the end of the session. Many people have no concepts of past life, do not know much of what karma is and how it works despite being by their own admission religious, or sufficient level of believe in the simple law of physics that every action has an equal reaction.

If you Google the Newton’s Third Law and read up about it – well, that is what karma is. That’s quite simple to understand.

Client’s come into a session expecting to be transported to ancient Egypt instantly but it is much simpler than that. The fragility of someone’s concepts are actually amusing. Let’s say they do not believe in past lives and are adamant they will not see anything or experience any regression and by the end of the session, they are ‘converted’ by their own admission.

The most common misconception of an entrenched ego of a person who is very pragmatic would sound something like this: “Well, I think I have imagined all that” or something to that effect. That’s fine because imagination heals. The frame work is unimportant as long as it produces result. If a result is that a person stops abusing substance, or heals sore family relationship, what does it matter if they believe in reincarnation or not!?

I never ever try to make people change belief systems. It is their job to find out more about their inner world, what makes them tick and what they will ultimately chose to believe. I know one thing for sure – believes change by themselves in face of evidence and personal experience. It is inevitable.

As I always say, I am just a guide.

Say a client comes to you for a session: what kind of thing would they expect to experience?

Experience is individual. Most of my clients survive🙂

Whatever expectations are, it does not quite matter as much as people think. I would access by the way of an interview and the questionnaire which I ask all clients to complete before a session and return by email, and by looking at their astrological chart for the sticky karmic points (given my thirty years of astrological experience, I can tell a thing or two). What I assess and what I look for is driven by my neuro-linguistic and esoteric training. I look for language patterns because words and language is what we use to create our lives. Most people do not know this but we can’t know everything for every situation, and that’s ok.

I will then spend some time looking at the person’s chart and ‘feel’ around their energy. I actually spend additional time doing this kind of processing as I want to be centred and balanced for the session.

If a client comes in ‘not knowing what to expect’, that’s fine. I explain the process in the first ten minutes and explain that what actually happens is the series of questions and answers. So while they lie on the mattress feeling comfortable, I will ask questions and we go from there. This is usually enough to provide reassurance.

Because of the type of clients sent to me, i.e. everyday people, I have learned to be very gentle and observant as to where people are. Some other therapists who teach courses and hand around ‘spiritual circles’ can afford to go ‘straight in’ as most of their client base are experienced spiritual seekers. Mine just come in from the ‘cold outside world’ and need a bit of looking after🙂.

eu5w7qe5What is your most gratifying experience as a therapist?

What a lovely question this is.

My most gratifying experience is to see how people’s faces light up and how much they change for the better. I love to be able to help. I love to see the transformation takes place and a wonder at a new possibility that opens affront of someone’s eyes. I love to see the amazement on my client’s face as they realise they can live free of pain, they can be free of a particular behaviour, they are freer then they have come in. The body follows the mind, and as the mind heals, the body is happy to follow.

My most deeply gratifying experience is to enable people to take their power back where it belongs – into their heart and mind. The power to create the life they truly want to live and go out and live it. I love being a good guide and doing God’s work.

How does one train to be a Past-Life Therapist?

I believe there are various courses you can find online, but the best therapy training is Deep Memory Process training which is nowadays facilitated by a lady who runs the website after Dr Woolger’s passing. I was fortunate to be one of the last generation of therapists he has trained personally.

I think that a person would feel the call. They would be drawn to past life work as a moth to a flame. It has always been a passion of mine and even thought I did not know I would end up doing this work, since a very young age, I knew I was different and that my life would be different in some shape or form.

A shaman would encounter much of the stuff that surfaces in past life therapy such as spirit release, soul retrieval, ancestral healing etc. Hypnotherapists as well. I am sure many have clients that experience spontaneous regressions. Regular psychiatrists and psychotherapists who deal with clients with various psychosis diagnoses would encounter much of the ‘spirit talk’ in schizophrenia for example but most are busy medicating rather than treating.

I’d like to say a word of caution here: if you, the reader, are interested in doing this work, please make sure you are properly trained. People’s suffering is not to be taken likely and many ‘strange’ things happen in this therapy. I have witnessed many occasions when demonic spirits show up, really scary energies, so if you do not know ‘thyself’, then its best to stay away from this work as it can get hairy. You can go off and get a certificate over a weekend thinking you know what you are doing, but in truth, you can do more damage to your client and yourself than you can imagine. I hold a MA, – a masters degree in movement psychotherapy which I have obtained after having completed my training in NLP, hypnosis, shamanism and deep memory process, to name just a few. I am also a lifelong meditator and student of esoteric arts but I wanted to bring my clinical level to an academic level even though I also practice a different therapy which is the topic of this interview – a past life therapy. It must be said that what I have learned by obtaining the masters in psychotherapy and the proper clinical approach is invaluable. The past life therapy work is not fun and not easy. If you wish to do this work, please make sure you are property trained. I can’t stress this enough.

What are some good books or resources to which my readers could go in order to learn more?

Of course they are. Just go on Google and you will be inundated by the amount of stuff which has been written on this topic.

Hiroshi Motoyama

Hiroshi Motoyama

I was fortunate enough to be introduced to the late Dr Hiroshi Motoyama, whom I recognised as my father in one of my past lives. I have read all of his work which includes studies of yoga and consciousness. His classic on this topic, ‘Karma and Reincarnation’ was my saving grace at the early 90’s when I did not know what was happening to me at the time. This book is a must read for anyone interested in the subject.

My other late teacher, Dr Roger Woolger’s books such as ‘Other Lives, Other Selves’, ‘Healing Your Past Lives’ are excellent too. The classic by Edith Fiore ‘You Have Been Here Before’ is another favourite. For more of a classical approach to the subject, look up Swami J and his writings on karma or indeed, any Vedic text that explain the reincarnation process such as The Bhagavad Gita. This work is essentially an epic poem but it its heart, the theme of birth and rebirth is the springboard for all life dramas that unfold around us. Any books by Dr Ian Stevenson such as the classic ‘Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation’ or ‘Children Who Remember Previous Lives’ explore the phenomena of ‘spontaneous recall’.

My intention is to write several books in the future resulting from my personal experiences and what I had witnessed in therapy, so watch that space.

Daniella’s website: The Spiritual Healing Center


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David Bowie, seen here trying (and failing) to give the Hailing Sign of a Fellowcraft Freemason ("Heroes," 1978)

David Bowie, seen here trying to give the Hailing Sign of a Fellowcraft Freemason!
(“Heroes,” 1978)

This is a follow-up to the article I posted on Thursday concerning David Bowie, in which I made the point that he incorporated esoteric symbolism even into the last video he released before his death.

In the 1997 interview quoted at the top of the article, Bowie revealed that he was influenced by Arthur Edward Waite and Dion Fortune, and briefly described the kind of occult practices in which he indulged. Now, it’s obvious to me that he was simplifying it for a non-magical audience, but from what he said it is clear to me that he was practising what I would call proper occultism – specifically the kind of Clairvoyant experiments undertaken by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.

In Golden Dawn terms, Clairvoyance does not involve somehow seeing what is occurring elsewhere in the normal, physical world, beyond the range of ordinary sight: this instead is nowadays known as “remote viewing.” Instead, Clairvoyance, of the type Bowie described in his interview, involves seeing magical phenomena on the Astral Plane. The Astral Plane is a nebulous continuum which, in its lower reaches, is nothing more than the world of dreams which we all experience, but in its upper realms is where magical and spiritual forces manifest as phenomena which one can observe and with which one can interact.

This would imply Bowie would have had to have spent a lot of time studying the Qabalah, in order to gain the requisite background knowledge, but most of all, it would have meant learning to master the art of Astral Projection.

A typical Clairvoyant exercise would be what is known as a Tattva-journey. A “Tattva” is a symbol derived from Tantric art representing one of the metaphysical Elements. These symbols the Golden Dawn appropriated for itself to express the Elements known to western occultism. For example, this symbol represents Fire:

"Tejas," i.e. the Fire Tattva.

“Tejas,” i.e. the Fire Tattva.

So, the kind of thing that Bowie would have done would go like this:

Firstly: stare intently at the tattva-symbol chosen for that particular Tattva-journey.

Secondly: suddenly transfer your gaze to looking at a plain white surface, e.g. the wall. If you have been staring intently enough, you will see a negative image of the symbol appear on the wall. Thoroughly familiarise yourself with this image so you can visualise it before your mind’s eye.

Thirdly: astrally project, imagining that the image you are visualising is a doorway to the astral plane, and you are projecting yourself through it.

Fourthly: you should now find yourself in a magical realm – it is the astral equivalent of the force whose symbol you have just been visualising. At this stage, remain perfectly still – do not attempt to move about on the astral plane, but instead start chanting (or “vibrating” as it is termed in Golden Dawn literature) the Divine and Angelic names associated with your chosen Tattva-symbol. This is where prior knowledge of the Qabalah is essential. One should also make the appropriate grade-sign at this point. Technically, these would have only been taught to you if you had gone through the corresponding Golden Dawn initation ceremony, although they have been published for getting on for over 80 years now.

Fifthly: a creature or being should appear, and respond well to your chanting (if it doesn’t respond well, banish it, and wait for one that does). This is your Spirit Guide for this realm, and with its assistance you can now go exploring and find out all about the magical and spiritual implications of the realm you are visiting.

Sixthly: once you have finished exploring, return to the point of entry, thank your guide, and come back out of the Astral Doorway, back to the physical plane, your body, and to normal consciousness.

Speaking from personal experience, the Spirit Guides that one meets when going on these Clairvoyant-excursions can become valuable allies for performing magical operations in the future. For example, if one were to venture into the Fire tattva, pictured above, and made contact with a Fiery spirit-guide, and returned on subsequent occasions so as to build up a relationship with it, one could get to the point where one could call on this spirit-guide to help you with some other ritual involving the element of Fire, such as consecrating a talisman, or something similar.

Or, depending on which symbol or symbols you chose to work with, you could ask the spirit guides you meet for help with various aspects of your life – such as deriving inspiration for creating a new work of art – or even for composing a new song.

In the Stella Matutina, which was a magical order which succeeded the original Golden Dawn, papers were circulated amongst members who attained the grade of Adeptus Major and higher, which made the point that the same Tattva-journeys which the members had already learnt to make could be extended in scope for advanced magical projects – such as attaining knowledge of one’s past lives, learning the occult history of this planet, and making contact with discarnate spiritual masters.

In conclusion, this is basically what Bowie would have done. I presume this must have been in the earlier part of the seventies, before his excessive cocaine use started making paranoid about witches, and Jimmy Page, and so forth. NB: Bowie was afraid that witches were trying to steal his semen. I rather suspect that any witches that were, were not doing so for some nefarious purpose, but because they simply wanted to have sex with him!🙂



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David Bowie: Closet Occultist!

Q: “So were you involved in actual devil worship?”
A: “Not devil worship, no, it was pure straightforward, old-fashioned magic.”
Q: “The Aleister Crowley variety?”
A: “No, I always thought Crowley was a charlatan. But there was a guy called [Arthur] Edward Waite who was terribly important to me at the time. And another called Dion Fortune who wrote a book called ‘Psychic Self-Defense‘. You had to run around the room getting bits of string and old crayons and draw funny things on the wall, and I took it all most seriously, ha ha ha ! I drew gateways into different dimensions, and I’m quite sure that, for myself, I really walked into other worlds. I drew things on walls and just walked through them, and saw what was on the other side!”

David Bowie, interviewed in NME, 1997

So the news this week has been dominated by the passing of David Bowie, and when I consider how much attention was paid to the untimely death of Freddie Mercury – the last pop star of comparable status to leave us – it is almost certain that this event will remain in public consciousness for years to come. Anywho: amongst the magical community, it has been widely noted that Bowie was interested in the occult, as witness his interview with NME quoted at the top of this page, and the back cover over the Station to Station LP, below left:

Photo used for the back cover of Station To Station (1976)

Photo used for the back cover of Station To Station (1976)

Video for Lazarus (2015)

Video for Lazarus (2015)

NB: given the amount of Charlie he was packing away at the time, his precise allegiance might well be pinned to the Holy Order of the Sun! Interestingly, Bowie resurrected the costume covered with, ahem, “white lines,” for his almost-certainly-not final music video “Lazarus” (above right). Might not this video be suggesting that David Bowie did not just keep this costume but this persona hanging up in the closet all this time?

But I digress.

There is an image in the Lazarus video on which a number of bloggers have already commented: where Bowie sits frantically writing at a desk, on which rests a skull. Now the obvious interpretation is that it was a reference to Bowie’s own impending mortality, but when I saw it, it stirred the Sumner Family Brain Cell to life, and got me thinking, where have I seen that before?

See: 3minutes 38seconds.

The answer is: it comes from the first degree (Apprentice) ritual of the Ancient & Primitive Rite of Memphis and Misraim – a particularly esoteric form of Freemasonry. Assuming the candidate for initiation passes the ballot, just before the ceremony of his initiation,

…[t]he Expert (i.e. Junior Deacon) then takes possession of the Candidate in the Parvis, carefully binds his eyes and leads him to the Chamber of Reflection. He has him sit before a table, sparingly furnished with a real human Skull; a lit wax Candle, half-consumed; a sheet of white paper, pen and ink. The seat is a stool without a back. He lights a little Myrrh, the traditional funereal perfume, in a corner of the room, in a Censer containing lit coals.

Expert: – Sir, alone, left to yourself, before an image of termination of terrestrial Life, I invite you to write your Philosophical Testament.

The “Philosophical Testament” consists of the candidate’s reflections on his duties to God, the World, and himself: but more especially, like its name suggests, how the candidate would answer these questions if his words were the final legacy which he leaves on Earth. However, the code-word “philosophical” indicates that one is meant to interpret it alchemically. In other words, Death is not the end for the candidate – i.e. for David Bowie – but is the first step on the path to spiritual transmutation.

So, there you have it – Bowie indulging in esoteric symbolism right up until the last!


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January 1, 2016 · 12:00 am

2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 30,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 11 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Quora Compendium: Tarot

Picture of Alex Sumner's version of the Ten of Cups

The Ten of Cups – “Perfected Success.” © Alex Sumner 2015

A compilation of various answers I have given on relating to the Tarot.

How does the Tarot relate to the Tree of Life?

From the late 18th century onwards, occultists retconned the story of the Tarot to make it appear to have an ancient Egyptian origin, or to be associated with the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, or both. The way this has been done, e.g. by the Golden Dawn, does make for an appealing set of correspondences from the point of view of a modern occultist, but a very traditional Kabbalist might equally say “They’re not related at all. The Tarot is foreign to the Kabbalah.”

That being said, however, the basic scheme is as follows:

  • The four worlds of the Kabbalah – Atziluth, Briah, Yetzirah and Assiah – correspond to the suits Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles;
  • The pip cards correspond to the ten sephiroth, i.e. Ace = Kether, 10 = Malkuth, etc;
  • In addition the court cards are assigned King to Chokmah, Queen to Binah, Prince (Knight) to Tiphereth, and Princess (Page) to Malkuth;
  • The twenty two trumps correspond to the twenty two paths linking the sephiroth.

The Golden Dawn system uses the Athanasius Kircher Tree of Life, and gives “The Fool” as Trump 0, Strength as trump 8, and Justice as 11 (in older versions of the Tarot, Strength was 11 and Justice was 8, whilst the Fool didn’t have a number but was poked between the last two trumps).

Are Tarot cards and Ouija boards dangerous? Why?

An Ouija Board is not dangerous as long as you give it as much respect as a Medium would give her own gift of Mediumship. Now the thing about Mediums is that a real Medium spends years training up, typically through a development circle at their local Spiritualist Church, which is a nurturing environment in which they learn how to communicate with spirits safely, appropriately, respectfully, and with due consideration to the spirit itself and to the person on whose behalf they are contacting it.

Unfortunately, most manufacturers of Ouija boards don’t have those kind of scruples. They actively market their Ouija boards on the basis that scaring yourself witless is all part of the “fun” of using one. So ironically, although an Ouija board would not be dangerous to someone who knows how to contact spirits properly, it would be to everyone to whom the Ouija board maker wants to buy one.

Tarot cards are different: they are not actually intended to contact spirits per se in the first place. Instead they are keys to unlock the tarot reader’s intuition. Their meanings don’t create predictions which are set in stone, but indicate trends which one can buck with the benefit of Free Will if one is resolute. The only danger with Tarot cards is with people of a very superstitious nature – the kind of people who don’t realise that “bad” cards are actually warning cards – and hence are actually good.

What are Tarot cards used for other than Tarot readings, if anything?

  • Artistic inspiration
  • Meditation
  • Clairvoyance
  • Spell-casting
  • As symbols of spiritual progression in your initiatic course in life.

I can’t afford to buy a proper Tarot deck. Can I make my own?

It is theoretically possible to make your own tarot deck: I myself have done so. However, get this: the cost of finding an online company and getting them to turn my designs into a finished deck was approximately $45 – but that didn’t include any value placed on all the hours I had spent painting the designs, scanning them and editing them with Photoshop, etc. (I suppose could have cheated and just used pre-existing designs which are floating around the internet as pirated copies, but it would still cost me money to print them out).

Bear in mind however, that, Amazon is currently selling copies of the Rider Waite Deck for only $12.30, so you must be really poor if you can’t afford even that!

Is the Thoth Tarot in the public domain?

Can I use the imagery without an explicit license? My understanding was that the age of the work matters – Wikipedia says it was all painted by 1943, and first published in 1969.

No. In the United States, copyright for a work published after 1923 but before 1978 will remain in the images until 95 years after the date of first publication, or 2064. See: Copyright Basics FAQ

In the United Kingdom and other countries, copyright lasts until 70 years after the creator’s death. The text for the Book of Thoth will therefore be in the public domain in Britain in 2017 (Crowley died in 1947); but the images will remain in copyright until 2032 (Lady Frieda Harris died in 1962). See: Page on

Does any one believe in Tarot card reading? How does it work?

The Tarot reader’s intuition does the reading: the cards themselves are keys which unlock that intuition. The Tarot spread challenges the reader to confront symbols that he or she would not normally consider – thus forcing the reader to think outside the box, and leading to insights of a psychic and even spiritual nature.

How do you become a paid astrologer or tarot reader?

Certification, and more importantly professional indemnity insurance, from the British Astrological & Psychic Society (or a similar body if overseas) is always a good start.

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Quora Compendium: Astral Projection

Astral Projection

Astral Projection

A compilation of various answers I have given on relating to Astral Projection.

What does Astral projection actually feel like?

My experiences of Astral Projection generally felt similar to Lucid Dreams, but with the following differences:

I had the sensation of actually leaving my body – having a literal Out of the Body Experience;

Often I did not remember falling asleep, but slipping into the AP state whilst awake, though deeply relaxed. I suppose I must have fallen into a kind of trance between waking and sleeping.

I did not hang around in a dream-scape, but made a deliberate attempt to get as far away from mundane reality and into the upper reaches of the Astral plane proper. This is a matter of raising one’s personal energy vibrations (this can be done via the Qabalah, which is what I normally work with on a day to day basis).

Why do people astral project?

Is it for getting in contact with a deity, or maybe your guide? What about a different reason?

Yes I have used AP for contacting Deity and spirit guides, but a more general reason is that Astral Projection is the key to developing and using most psychic powers and paranormal abilities. For example: Clairvoyance, which is accomplished by astrally projecting through a “magic doorway” – the well-known Tattva method. Other effects which can be achieved can be psychic healing, precognition, telepathy, and much more.

Essentially, most psychic and spiritual powers have their basis on the Astral Plane. Hence, if one is able to master the art of Astral Projection, one can learn to make use of them.

What do you think about Astral projection? Is it dangerous? Can people actually leave their physical body and can move outside with astral body?

Speaking from experience, I would say that the act of astral projection is not dangerous as such, and stories that it might be are wholly unsubstantiated. However: what you encounter whilst astrally projecting might be. If you have forces at work in your unconscious which are deleterious to your health, you could very well encounter them whilst projecting – but that is the fault of the contents of your unconscious, not of the astral projection per se.

Although Astral Projection is popularly thought of as some sort of bilocation in the physical realm, in actual fact that is not real astral projection but “etheric projection.” It is also the most discredited form of Out-of-body-experience from a scientific point of view. True Astral Projection consists of projecting onto the Astral Plane, which is a different level of existence entirely.

How is sonic driving different from astral projection?

“Sonic driving” refers to a range of techniques – e.g. drumming, chanting, singing – used to cause Trance.

“Astral projection” refers to wilfully projecting out of the body onto the Astral plane.

Astral Projection may arise from a Trance-state, but then again – not all Trances lead to Astral Projection, and not all instances of Astral Projection necessarily require a Trance-state to initiate them.

Hence, Sonic Driving is not Astral Projection itself, but could conceivably be used to help you attain Astral Projection, as indeed was / is the practice in shamanic or quasi-shamanic cultures.

Can anyone help me with astral projection?

I’ve tried it multiple times with different techniques and I just can’t do it. I laid in bed for 3 hours today trying different techniques and I couldn’t do it. The closest I got was a tingling sensation in my legs if that even has to do with astral projection. I don’t know when I am able to leave my body. Can anyone answer my questions and provide me with some more information?

It would probably help if you describe in more detail exactly what techniques you have tried so far, and how long you have been practising each of them.

Speaking personally, when people ask me how to astrally project, I recommend they read Ophiel’s The Art and Practice of Astral Projection. That was how I first learnt to astrally project.

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Rosicrucian Orders: the Real Deal

OK I’ve been hearing lately that AMORC have shut down Pat Zalewski’s website on the grounds that the latter claimed to be a Rosicrucian Order – and AMORC claimed dibs on the term. Now get this:

About a hundred years ago, Reuben Swinburne Clymer sued Harvey Spencer Lewis, and the court established then it is impossible to copyright the term “Rosicrucian.” I guess AMORC must have forgotten about this or were relying on people like me not to remind people of this.

So come on, stop wallowing in self-righteous pity! Get a lawyer and tell AMORC where they can stick their cease and desist order!


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