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Get Pregnant On Beltane!

April 30, 2014

Legend has it that the celebratory rites of Beltane, an ancient Gaelic holiday usually celebrated on May 1, involved orgies in the woods and fields. Imagine the aboriginal Celts in blue paint, grasping whatever warm body streaked past, consecrating the soil with their ecstatic juices. (And we thought California knew how to party!) More conservative historians suggest the rituals actually involved lovers bedecking each other with flowered garlands and making promises to wed as they jumped over the bonfire. Either way,…

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Kill The Emperor: Overthrow the Authority Who is Making You a Slave, part 1

April 23, 2014

  If you get the Emperor in a reading, or are frequently noticing emperor-like figures appearing in the world around you, it’s likely that you’re struggling with authority. Emperors are constantly appearing in pop culture: he is the Boss, the General, the President and CEO, he is the King and the Tyrant. He is Barack Obama, George Bush, William Randolph Hearst, the Terminator, he is the despotic Dad, he is Batman. He loves the smell of napalm in the morning. He’s…

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Jodorowsky – On How To Read the Tarot

March 27, 2014

“By learning, among many other things, to concentrate our attention, to control our thoughts, our desires, and emotions during the reading; to vanquish our laziness, always to finish what we start, not to get upset if the individual for whom we are reading refuses to grasp Consciousness, to do what we are doing the best we can, to eliminate vices and manias, to perform acts of generosity without witness, to purify the mind by eliminating superfluous interests without falling into…

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Powers vs. Beings

August 4, 2013

Our modern science acknowledges a Supreme Power, an Invisible Principle, but denies a Supreme Being, or Personal God. Logically the difference between the two might be questioned; for in this case, the Power and the Being are identical.…

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Why We Need Urban Shamans

July 26, 2013

Shamans and mystics are important because they are interpreters of microclimates within our communities. Shamans cultivate their own personal relationships with the divine, with the fundamental principles of life. Their ability to find meaning within the mysteries of the universe, rather than through sanctioned books and renowned figures, necessarily destabilizes authoritarian power structures.…

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This Picture Reveals Your True Nature

June 30, 2013

When we practice looking closely (and then looking closely again, and then again) at a text, or a painting, or person, we can begin to see beyond the categories we normally ascribe to that object. We start to see its suchness, its uniqueness in all the world. We begin think about its history and context. By looking closely, whole new worlds, both interior and exterior, begin to open up, and we can start to make connections between all things, which…

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Magic Manifesto

June 5, 2013

The word magic in English comes from the Greek mageia, where it was used to refer to foreigners from the east, spell casting priests from Babylon. From the very beginning of its contemporary roots, magic was used to refer to the weird and unsettling practices of outsiders. …

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