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  The Tree of Life is depicted and mythologised through many different cultures. There are Trees of Life sheltering birds and animals in tapestries, carpets, and paintings. We think of Druidic groves, the World Tree, Ydraggsil; sometimes a tree is invoked as a method of passage between the upper, middle, and underworlds. Kabbalah's more staid glyph of the Tree of Life—ten (sometimes eleven) circles spaced in strict relationship to each other—doesn't come as close as these other examples to representing the emotional impact of an actual tree. Yet perhaps the two are not that far apart. Traditionally the Kabbalistic Tree of Life depicts the descent of the divine into the ...

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When you think of the Tarot, you probably think of fortune telling. This is not surprising, since divination has been the main function of Tarot cards for more than two hundred years. Only in the late eighteenth century did the symbolism on the cards acquire a higher spiritual meaning and come to be regarded as an important part of the Western esoteric tradition. In spite of its elevation from the mundane to the mysterious, the primary use for the Tarot remains fortunetelling even in the present day. If you examine the books available on the Tarot, most are about divination, with only a handful devoted to the higher meaning of Tarot symbolism. There is another side to the Tarot that is ...

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I always wanted to be a magician. From an early ag,e I knew that was the way for me. Not your rabbit from a hat prestidigitator nor vanishing cabinet illusionist. No. I wanted to be a real magician, a student of the magic arts. But where to start and what indeed made up those magic arts? I found The Magician, His (sic) Training and Work, by W.E.Butler. Aha. "Magic is the art and science of making changes in consciousness according to will," I read. Here was a definition I could take on board. And from these first readings I was led to The Mystical Qabalah, written by Dion Fortune. In the back of this book was a brief discrete note that the Society of the Inner Light offered courses. So, ...

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What are "Pathworkings?" Within the organizations where I trained, the term has quite a specific meaning, and that is a fantasy journey, a journey in the imagination, that has been crafted along Archetypal themes to achieve specific result. Although the term is often used interchangeably with "fantasy journey," I am using it here for a specific form of fantasy journey. I came across a saying of an unknown originator. I state it thus: "The Tourists see and do what they came to see and do; and they experience. The Travelers see what is there; and they realize." And why did I tell you this? From my point of view, fantasy journeys are set up to lead you to an inner place where you can ...

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