Leo season

On July 23rd, the Sun moves into Leo, where it will stay, until August 22nd. Get ready to move! After the insular Cancer season, it’s time to get passionate about life again. Leo is all about action, confidence and creativity. What can you accomplish this month? It’s time to try new things, that you have maybe, been too scared to try in the past? Put that fear behind you and have faith in your abilities. Explore your environment, accept party invitations, get out there and play! The sun rules Leo and is all about ‘I’, so put yourself out there and have fun.

Leo’s Tarot Card, is Strength. Leo is a driven sign, so this is perfect! The Strength card, typically, shows a lion, frequently, with a woman who is taming him, with her calmness. This is showing, that, despite the lion’s instinct towards raw passion, it can be channeled in a positive way, giving way to inner confidence, more subdued and pure. The strength card, represents just that, strength! It also depicts, determination. It says, instead of using force and sheer will power, show patience and persistence, remain tranquil, whilst knowing you can achieve, whatever you set your mind to.

Runes, also have a bearing on astrology, although they can be quite harsh, compared to Tarot, they still have a story to tell and a message to impart. Leo is represented by, Hagalaz and Nauthiz,. They are the runes of the sun and moon.

Hagalaz, is the rune of power and innovation, and can suggest, destructive forces. Matters being outside of your control. It speaks to patience, in order to achieve resolution and harmony. Hagalaz, cautions against unpredictability and says that, despite having been constrained in some way, it is for a reason, but after the struggle, comes harmony.

Nauthiz, backs up this theme. It is the stone of resistance, restriction and pain, which leads to strength, innovation and self reliance. It is the rune of energy and endurance, the development of strength, despite the setbacks. It signifies survival, during testing times.

As you can see, astrology, tarot and runes, all have a similar message. There may be tough times this coming month, but they will be overcome. Take as many opportunities, as you can, to have fun this month.

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Magic

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect” —Mark Twain

Astrology, Tarot, Runes and Magic; are all real. They are not parlour tricks as the majority tend to believe. A cursory glance at history shows us that witches were genuinely feared, to the degree that those even suspected of witchcraft were tried and sentenced to death. People are not sentenced to death for parlour tricks.

Although it may seem that Witchcraft was stamped out centuries ago, it was simply driven underground. It is in fact alive and well and is practised by some of the most powerful people in the world. How better to hide something than to convince people that it doesn’t exist?

Secret Societies

There are numerous secret societies around the world whose member practise witchcraft openly and avoid suspicion by calling their ceremonies; initiation rituals and comparing themselves to High School students joining Fraternities. The truth is that these societies practise powerful magic and their members control Governments and Countries.

There are hundreds of these Covens masquerading as clubs and they all practise the same magic. The best known of the Secret Societies is of course The Freemasons. There is much more to The Freemasons than their public image suggests.

“I… promise and swear…that I will keep and conceal, and never reveal any of the secrets…”

—Masonic Initiation Ceremony

The Freemasons are also known as The Builders and are in fact mentioned in The Bible: The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner. The very name Freemasons come from their belief that Adam and Eve were held captive in The Garden of Eden and were freed once the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil was eaten.

Freemasonry has a history going back to the beginning of time, far further back than any other Secret Society. It was the Builders under the instruction of Nimrod: also known by the Egyptians as Osiris the Sun God (whose Birthday falls on the Winter Solstice 25th December) who built the Tower of Babel. This is the basis for all Pagan religions and the reason that Christmas is celebrated on the darkest day of the year, it has nothing to do with the birth of Jesus who was not born during Winter.

Old Gods

Nimrod had a wife named Semiramis and they had a child named Tammuz. The Egyptians knew them as Osiris, Isis and Horus. The Greeks knew them as Zeus, Athena and Apollo. The Romans knew them as Jupiter, Mercury and Venus and the Hindus as Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. These are some of the old gods who walked among men, teaching them secrets and there are many others.

The members of these Societies do not simply believe in what really is a religion; they actually commune with their gods and are given power on Earth in exchange for their faithfulness. Their gods are Osiris the Sun god; which is where worship on Sunday comes from, his wife Isis the queen of heaven and their son Horus the sky god and reincarnation of Osiris.

Hermeticism

The Freemasons learn their “craft” very slowly over many years. There are 33 degrees of Masonry and the secrets that they keep are revealed one degree at a time. The Masons practise what they call “The Great Work” which also has ties to Alchemy and Hermeticism and the god Thoth also known as Hermes Trismegistus. The Great Work has one goal, which simply put; is self-transcendence. The Masons believe that if they complete The Great Work; they will become Gods.

The methods used by the Freemasons are the same as those used by almost all Secret Societies. These Secret Societies are collectively known as The Illuminati and include The Knights Templar, Skull and Bones, Gnostics, Rosicrucian’s, Satanists and Wiccans, to name a few.

Dualism

The magical system that they use is known as Dualism and this can be seen in the symbols used by The Freemasons; The square and the compass, Boaz and Jachin, the checkerboard, the Sun and the Moon are all used by Freemasonry and are all opposites. The belief is that all opposites are one separate whole and one cannot exist without the other. The Great Work involves the merging of these opposites into a new form: good with evil, light with dark, the ying with the yang.

The Great Work is the uniting of opposites. It may mean the uniting of the soul with God, of the microcosm with the macrocosm, of the female with the male, of the ego with the non-ego—or what not.

Aleister Crowley, Magick Without Tears

Lesser Magic

The magic used by Secret Societies is mostly Lesser Magic and is done using symbols. Many of us have seen what is known as “The All Seeing Eye” : a masonic symbol but also used by other societies and notably appears on the US one Dollar Bill. Its correct name is The Eye of Horus and it is generally depicted with a pyramid because Horus was an Egyptian god. The Eye of Horus is often presented in the shape of the Pineal Gland: also known as “The Third Eye” which gives psychic abilities once opened and the opening of which, is one of the goals of Freemasonry.

 These are the symbols with which members of these societies identify themselves: a quick Google image search using the term “celebrities all seeing eye hand sign” or celebrities 666 hand sign will bring countless examples of this.

The rituals and symbols which are used to further The Great Work are numerous and complex and will be the subject of my next post.

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Divination

No one believes in magic anymore. We have been shown by television and other media that magic is illusory and nothing more than clever tricks and sleight of hand. Nothing could be further from the truth.

If we look back into history; it is filled with magic and magical beings. Every nation on Earth has a history filled with Witches, Wizards and sorcery; although they went by various names, their roles remained the same and they cast magical spells and foretold the future.

There were and are many ways to foretell the future, from scrying to reading tealeaves and somewhere in between is the casting or Runes. The origin of Runes is tied to the god Odin who is credited with their discovery.

Legend has it that Asgard; the city of the gods ruled by Odin, sits at the top of a tree called Yggdrasil, whose braches span the whole universe and connect different worlds together. The tree itself grows from a well where three maidens, known as Norns, dwell and it is these maidens who determine the fate of mankind by carving Runes onto the bark of Yggdrasil. The Runes carry the intentions that their symbols hold to every part of the tree, which in turn affects the whole universe.

Odin was known to pursue wisdom at any cost; in another of his quests; he sacrificed his right eye for a sip of water from Mimir’s Well, known as the well of wisdom, in order to gain knowledge. He sat one day observing the Norns shaping destiny with their runes and was jealous of their power. Knowing that insight into the power of the Runes required great sacrifice, in order to prove worthiness; Odin hung himself from the branches of Yggdrasil and impaled himself on a spear.

He gave orders that no one should aid him and he hung there for nine days and nights on the edge of death, peering into the abyss. At the end of the ninth night, the Runes accepted his sacrifice and revealed their secrets and power to him. knowledge of the Runes made Odin an invincible warrior, able to heal wounds and render his enemies weapons useless.

This story is often presented as a parable which teaches that only through sacrifice can we attain wisdom. There is though a great deal of material which suggests that Odin and numerous other gods actually walked the Earth alongside men.

It is clear from Biblical scripture that Astrology was taught to men by one of the Fallen Angels named  Kokabiel. The Fallen Angels (Nephilim) were sent by God to watch over mankind and before their fall were known as The Watchers. It seems that The Watchers were so attracted to human women that they forgot their duties and mated with them. The resulting offspring; being giants, were an abomination to God and the cause of The Flood.

The Bible states that the stars are for signs and in the book of Daniel there are several references to Astrology taking place in Egypt. The narration from The Old Testament aligns with documents such as The Emerald Tablet and the Hermetica which are attributed to Hermes Trismegistus who is also known as the god Thoth who was credited by the Egyptians as the originator of all sciences and by the Greeks as the inventor of Astrology.

There are of course many other cultures from all over the world whose history includes Astrology and there is very strong evidence that the three wise men (Magi) of the Bible who came from the East were Sorcerers and Astrologers from China who saw evidence of the birth in the stars. The Mayan civilization known around the world for their calendar which ended in 2012 also claim that their knowledge came from a god known as known as Quetzalcoatl.

While we are told that these stories of Gods and magic are all myth and legend; Astrology accurately predicts the future and while science tells us that the solar system is travelling through space at 515,000 mph, the constellations strangely NEVER change.

Some of us live in a world where everything is known and explained. Some of us live in a world where magic is real and the gods gave us the means to see the future through the stars.