Monthly Archives: December 2010

Pope Benedict XVI’s Christmas Prayer

“[God] Grant us the grace of true brotherhood. Help us to become like you [Christ]. Help us to recognize your face in others who need our assistance,” he said. “And help us to live together with you as brothers and … Continue reading

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The Law of Thelema by Alexander Duncan

Editor’s Note: Aleister Crowley (1875 – 1947) contributed greatly to the “magical revival,” as it has been called, during the first half of the 20th Century. His written works have had a profound effect on the practice of Magick. In addition, Satanism, … Continue reading

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Lunar Eclipse-Winter Solstice 2010

A total lunar eclipse will take place on December 20/21, 2010. It will be visible after midnight Eastern Standard Time on December 21 in North and South America. The beginning of the total eclipse will be visible from northern Europe just before sunrise. The … Continue reading

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The Lamassu

A Lamassu (Sumerian: dlamma; Akkadian: lamassu), is a tutelary deity, often considered to be female.[1][2] A less frequently used name is shedu (Cuneiform: 𒀭𒆘, AN.KAL×BAD; Sumerian: dalad; Akkadian, šēdu; Hebrew:שד) which refers to the male counterpart of a lamassu.[3]

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Does one have to be a Aleisterian in order to be a Thelemite?

(from …Aleisterianism can be defined as a set of ideas, beliefs, and practices derived from the life and works of Aleister Crowley. In its purest form, it has three primary aspects: (1) it is rooted solely in the person … Continue reading

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“Aleister and Me”

(from the Eidolons of Ash) When I wrote my essay on Aleisterianism, I was motivated by the understanding that all spiritual systems are artificial (although they are meant to reflect the natural). They are constructed to help mediate the relationship between … Continue reading

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Opening of Mani’s Epistola Fundamenti

Mani, by providence of God the Father, Apostle of Jesus the Christ: These are the healthful words from the perennial and living source, he who first hears and believes them, then guards what they teach, shall never be subject to … Continue reading

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