History 7 – Gerald Gardner (The Early Years)

Gerald Gardner was born in Lancashire England to William Robert Gardner and Louise Burgelew Ennis on Friday 13th, June 1884, and spent most of his childhood travelling. Due to the amount of time spent travelling, Gardner did not attend school and was never formally educated. He spent most of his time reading and learning about…

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History 6 – Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn

The first Golden Dawn temple (Isis-Urania Temple – 1888) was founded by William Robert Woodman, William Wynn Westcott and Samual Liddell MacGregor Mathers who were originally Free Masons and members of the Rosicrucian Society of England. It is considered to be the largest influence on 20th century occultism. The Golden Dawn was an initiatory magical…

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Chakra 101 – The Root Chakra

The Root Chakra is Mūlādhāra in sanskrit, meaning “root support/foundation”. It is the first of our energy centers starting at the base of our spine. When in the womb it forms the basis and starting point for our physical development. The spinal column develops from the base or root chakra, up to the top (crown…

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Chakra 101 – An Introduction

Chakras have their origin in the ancient Yoga systems of India. Meditation, Astrology and Ayurveda were all developed in the same time period, approximately 3000 – 5000 years ago.  Chakras are spinning vortices of energy centered within specific areas of your body and are centers of activity for the reception, assimilation and transmission of energy. “Chakra”…

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Palo Santo – Endangered

Palo Santo Trees are found only in South America and nowhere else on the planet. The wood is known for it’s sweet scent and smoke that is believed to be medicinal and therapeutic. Palo Santo is Spanish for “Holy Wood”. It has been used by Shamans for centuries in prayer and healing ceremonies. It’s smoke…

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Ostara

Spring Equinox: 1 degree Aries – March 20-23 Ostara is the first day of Spring. It marks the halfway point between Yule and Litha, when the hours of light and dark are equal. It is sacred to the Goddess Oestre who is the Goddess of spring, dawn, rebirth and fertility. Her symbols are the rabbit…

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Ritual Preparation

Just about everyone has their own pre-ritual, ritual. But there are set things that really should be adhered to prior to any ritual, regardless of how you do them. First and foremost, you should not drink alcohol or do drugs a minimum of 12 hours prior to any ritual. It is not merely a matter…

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The Elements

The word Element means, literally, “basic part”. The idea of the universe being composed of several elements dates back to the Sumerian civilization at least. Many ancient cultural societies used the elements in their religious rites and magickal work. Since modern magick draws so heavily from the ancient, the elements are foundations of such magicks…

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History 5 – Margaret Murray

Margaret Murray was a prominent British Folklorist, Egyptologist and Anthropologist, born in India in 1863. During her lifetime she published approximately 100 books and articles. Margaret Murray began studies at University College London in 1894 as a student of linguistics and anthropology under William Flinders Petrie. In 1899 she was appointed Junior College Lecturer, and…

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The Rose of Jericho

The Rose of Jericho is a much sought after plant for it’s properties of resurrection. It can seemingly die, lay dormant for up to fifty years, and miraculously come back to life with nothing more than a bit of water. This plant is also known as the Dinosaur Plant, Resurrection Plant and Flower of Saint…

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