Published: Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:09:51 +0000
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZBecause basic geometric shapes are so simplistic in construction, they are found all over the world with a wide variety of uses and meanings. However, there are a variety of meanings that are more commonly ascribed to these shapes, particular when used in a religious or magical context.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZAn overview on the types of Satanism and Luciferianism, including links to more information on these different forms.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZWhile Luciferians and Satanists both employ terms commonly associated with the Devil, they are not the same.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZScientology is becoming a common topic for news and rumor. Find answers to some of the most common questions about Scientology, particularly those related to news stories and criticisms of the religion.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZRastafari is an Abrahamic new religious movement that accepts Haile Selassie I, the Ethiopian emperor from 1930 to 1974 as God incarnate.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZOne of the central complaints of Scientology critics is the vast amount of money required for auditing procedures. How much does it cost?
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZThe Eye of Horus symbol originates in Egypt but appears in a variety of more modern contexts, particularly within neopagan, new age, and occult circles.
2016-12-05T11:09:51Zin a culture that primarily does not believe in magic, all magical beliefs are frequently grouped into a single pile and treated as if all followed a single coherent system, had the same goals, and attracted the same people. In fact, there's a wide variety of different magical practices in existence, and there can be some fundamental differences between them.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZThe ankh symbol originated in Egypt more than 4000 years ago. Besides being an artistic symbol, it also appears in hieroglyphs, where it means eternal life.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZWhile the Church of Satan encourages individuality and the gratification of desires, it does not suggest that all actions are acceptable.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZScientologists are reticent to publicly discuss or even acknowledge the existence of Xenu. Learn about Scientology's vision of creation.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZThe smoking of ganja and the wearing of dreadlocks are two of the most known things about Rastas. Each has specific meaning and purpose.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZScience of mind is a 20th century religion based on the New Thought movement that began in the previous century. It teaches that all things are a part of God and that people can influence things in in the world through that connection with God. They are particularly interested in healing through their spiritual practices, although many other things can be influences as well.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZThese statements are the opening words of the Satanic Bible, published in 1969 and written by Anton LaVey. They are basic principles guiding LaVeyan Satanists.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZDeism is not a religion but rather a perspective on the nature of God. There are a variety of common religious beliefs that deists do not accept.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZAn introduction to LaVeyan Satanism, including basic beliefs and practices.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZThe Eye of Providence is a realistic eye depicted within a triangle, cloud, or burst of light and represents divine presence or approval. It has appeared in many different locations over the centuries, from the stained glass of churches to the seals of various cities to the Great Seal of the United States.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZThe Rosy Cross or Rose Cross, a complex symbol used by a variety of modern occult groups to represent a vast and complex array of meanings.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZThe history of Lucifer is a complicated one. The Biblical use of the word has created associations with Satan that were not originally intended. As such, Satanists and Luciferians are separate practices and see their respective figures differently.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZVodou (Also spelled Vodoun, Voodoo, and several other variants) is a syncretic religion combining Roman Catholicism and native African religion, particularly the religion of the Dahomey region of Africa (the modern day nation of Benin). It is primarily found in Haiti, New Orleans, and other locations within the Caribbean.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZThe twelve zodiac signs were divided up among the four elements as early as the Renaissance, with three signs associated with each element.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZAn introduction to Jedi Religion or Jediism, including basic beliefs and practices.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZAn introduction to Scientology, including basic beliefs and practices.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZThe Greeks proposed the existence of five basic elements. Of these, four were the physical elements – fire, air, water and earth – of which the entire world is composed. Alchemists eventually associated four triangular symbols to represent these elements. In traditional Western occult theory, the elements are hierarchical - spirit, fire, air, water and earth – with the first elements being more spiritual and perfect and the last elements being more material and base.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZAn overview of Scientology beliefs concerning what happens to us after we die and how they commonly reflect these beliefs through funeral services.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZSanteria is an African Diaspora religion centered in Cuba. It recognizes a collection of deities known as orishas with whom human beings can interact. Santeria has gained notoriety for its practice of animal sacrifice, which provides blood to the orishas. Developed by slaves of Catholic masters, Santeria also commonly equates its orishas with Catholic saints, and believers in Santeria might also attend Catholic mass.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZWhile Rastafari is heavily influenced by Judeo-Christian beliefs, it developed largely as a racial movement among the blacks of Jamaica which looked to Africa and Ethiopia as the Promised Land. As such, the texts commonly embraced by Rastas look to Ethiopian culture and other Afrocentric works.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZLegba is the gatekeeper to the spirit world, Vilokan. Rituals begin with a prayer to Legba to open those gates so that participants can gain access to the other lwas. Legba is also strongly associated with the sun and is seen as a life-giver, transferring the power of Bondye to the material world and all that lives within it. This further strengthens his role as the bridge between realms. Page 7.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZThe history and meaning of the Faravahar symbol, incorporating a human figure emerging from within a winged disk, now associated with Zoroastrianism as well as Persian culture.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZSpirals have a long history, dating back to neolithic times, that influences the way people way see spirals in religious and spiritual contexts today.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZAs a basic geometric shape, squares are used in a variety of images and symbolism. They commonly represent solidity, stability, materiality, and the physical world.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZThe following is a partial list of paths within the Western Occult Tradition. Many occultists follow practices involving aspects of multiple paths. This makes generalizing about the occult extremely difficult and is the reason I find it more helpful to describe individual occult paths.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZToday, many people speak of magical and religious beliefs as intertwined. In order to sort out what is what, here is an overview of one particular type of magic: folk magic. This is traditionally the magic of the common folk, and it is primarily a practical rather than spiritual practice, although it can certainly include religious components.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZModern Coptic crosses often bear little resemblance to older ones, but there was a time when Coptic crosses obviously drew upon the imagery of the Egyptian ankh symbol, and some Coptic groups continue to employ ankhs among their symbolism today.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZReligions are generally defined by one of two things: belief or practice, or the concepts of orthodoxy and orthopraxy.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZAn introduction to Zoroastrianism, including basic beliefs and practices.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZThese concepts widely held among modern Jedi, although their expect presentations varies from source to source. These teachings address such things as nature of the Force, the Jedi worldview, and ethical behavior.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZReligions can be broken down into a number of broad categories based on general purposes and views of divinity. Here is a brief overview of some of these categories and how they are used in other articles on the Alternative Religion Guide Site.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZThe orishas are the gods of Santeria, an African Diaspora religion that developed among the slaves of Cuba.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZChaos magic is, perhaps the hardest type of magic to explain because definition is the antithesis of chaos. In short, chaos magic is magic that does not conform to any rules.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZA theist is someone who believes in at least one god. However, there are many different types of theists such as monotheists, polytheists, pantheists and henotheists.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZIt is sometimes difficult to understand how one practices a non-organized religion. Deism has no specific rituals precisely because none are necessary. How, then, is one actively a deist? How can deism influence a person's life?
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZFor many, the term "Satanism" brings to mind many unpleasant thoughts and images. Urban legends are full
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZA quick guide to symbols associated with a variety of alternative religions, organized by religious group. The collection includes symbols from the Baha'i Faith, Zoroastrianism, the occult, Vodou (or Voodoo) and alchemy.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZJust because Satanists are avowed hedonists does not mean they teach you can do whatever you want without repercussion. Indeed, they don't even teach that everything you do is ethically permissible. Satanism is not simply a license to resist authority and social norms. It's a fully developed philosophy.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZMonotheistic deities tend to much more closely resemble each other than do polytheistic deities, precisely because of the nature of monotheism requires they gods to be grand and all-encompassing. Many monotheists even accept that their monotheistic deity is the same deity that is being worshiped by monotheists of different religions.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZAhura Mazda is the supreme deity in Zoroastrianism. From him come many emanations, most notably the twin spirits of bounty and destruction known as Spenta Mainyu and Angra Mainyu (Avestan) or as Spena Menu and Ahriman (Pahlavi).
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZAn introduction to the new religious movement and atheistic religion, including origins, basic beliefs and practices.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZOpponents of the Church of Scientology commonly label it as a dangerous cult. Let's see how it actually stacks up.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZCorrespondences form an elaborate foundation for Western occult practices. The concept of higher realms influencing lower realms leads believers to surround themselves in items associated with the desired higher power, often associated most strongly with the seven planets of the ancient world.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZLaVeyan Satanists accept no beliefs in an afterlife. Each person comes into existence at birth and disappears at death. The period in-between – one lifetime – is the sum total of existence. Life is therefore something to be enjoyed to its fullest. Satanists are encouraged to embrace whatever it is that they enjoy, living full, sensual, self-indulgent lives.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZFor many people, the word occult is practically synonymous with Satanism. Not only is that a relatively recent phenomena, but it's not grounded in any fact. While Satanists do often participate in occult practices, they are a tiny fraction of occultists. Learn how this misleading connection developed.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZOccult and religious paths are sometimes divided into two categories: the left-hand and right-hand paths. The left-hand path is about the elevation and centrality of the self as well as the rejection of religious authority and societal taboos. The left-hand path focuses on the strength and will of the practitioner, downplaying the need for intercession by any high power (although they may believe a higher power exists). Satanism, Luciferianism and Thelema are all considered left-hand paths.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZThe concept of human sacrifice is one of the more abhorrent facets of religion in the minds of most of us. Historically, minority groups have been repeatedly accused of it. Today, it is a common rumor about Satanism. Not only is that concept totally false, multiple aspects of Satanic teaching are completely contrary to the notion of human sacrifice.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZGran Bwa means "big tree" and he is the master of the forests of Vilokan , the island that is home to
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZIn alchemy, the Red King and White Queen are allegorically brought together in the great work to produce a united whole.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZVodou religious practices commonly include appealing to the lwa, or spirits, and inviting them to temporarily take possession of human bodies. Vodou symbols known as veves are employed when appealing to the lwa, with each lwa having its own veve.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZPurification is a central facet of many religion's rituals. Sacred space is a place set aside from the mundane world. As such, it is important to many religious people to keep corrupting influences from entering such a space.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZRitual purity is central to Zoroastrian practices. Of the six main purifying agents in Zoroastrianism, fire is by far the most potent and revered. Considerable effort is made to keep temple fires uncontaminated in order for them to bestow their purity upon others.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZPantheism is a form of religion that believes that the universe and God are one and the same. Neither exists outside of the other. Therefore, all things are ultimately connected with one another.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZAnton LaVey compiled the Eleven Satanic Rules of the Earth in 1967, two years before the publication of the Satanic Bible. It was originally meant for circulation only among members of the Church of Satan as it was considered
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZSyncretism is the process of combining multiple beliefs into one system. Sometimes the result is a completely new religion. Sometimes the result is one religion embracing new ideas or practices from another religion or the surrounding culture. All religions experience some degree of syncretism, but some religions intrinsically depend upon it for its foundational beliefs.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZTarot readings are a form of divination giving insight into the influences surrounding person or issue. The skill is seem by some as entirely personal, while others view it as a reflection of a universal consciousness or directed by particular gods or spirits.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZControversy surrounds the history of the ceremony held at Bois Caiman in 1791 on the eve of slave revolution against the white colonists. Those wishing to speak ill of either revolutionaries or Vodou practitioners encouraged the notion that this ceremony involved a pact with the devil, although there is no evidence that such a demonic ritual ever occurred.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZSquaring the circle commonly means doing the impossible. The idea of squaring the circle has been a mathematical puzzle for thousands of years. It is also used in alchemical illustrations.
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2016-12-05T11:09:51ZFind out about the Elohim, who, according to the Raelian church, are a human-like alien race that created life through scientific processes on Earth.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZDamballah-Wedo is depicted as a serpent or snake. His veves reflect this aspect of him. When he possesses a human, he does not speak but instead only hisses and whistles. Page 2.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZOctagrams – eight pointed stars – show up in a variety of different cultures, and modern users of the symbol borrow liberally from these sources.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZThe orishas are the gods of Santeria. here we discuss Orunla, Osain, Oshun, Oya and Yemaya.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZZoroastrians strive for purity in their lives, and death is considered the one of the ultimate corrupting influences.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZThe hexagram has possessed a variety of meanings over the last several thousand years. It shows up in Hindu artwork, occult works, Kabbalistic sources, and it is the modern symbol of the Jewish faith. There are two forms of the hexagram. The first is of two interlocking triangles. The second is a unicursal figure.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZTaboos are a basic part of culture. Not nearly all are religious in nature, but there are also a fair number that do exist within the culture's religious context.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZNew religions are constantly developing, and sizable numbers of people are converting from older, more traditional religions to these new faiths. Explore the reasons for this trend and what makes these new religious movements attractive to many.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZThe Black Sun design originates from a floor design at Wewelsburg Castle, which was renovated by Heinrich Himmler during the Third Reich. It draws influence from older Germanic symbols of similar design.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZWhen African slaves were brought to the New World, they brought their religions with them. Different tribes practices different religions, and slaves were sent to many different locations in the New World. As such, a variety of New World religions developed based on various aspects of tribal African religions and Catholicism, the primary religion of their keepers.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZThe Rebis is an allegorical image representing the ultimate goal of alchemy, the great work. It represents the harmonious union of opposite, the bringing together of spirit and matter.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZThe central elements in western alchemy are mercury, sulfur and salt, used to describe spiritual processes in terms of chemical reactions.
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2016-12-05T11:09:51ZCommon occult correspondences for Saturn, as recorded by Henry Cornelius Agrippa in his Three Books of Occult Philosophy, whose works are commonly referenced and reproduced.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZWhile neither Satanists nor Luciferians follow the Biblical figures mentioned in their names, the choice of those names was very deliberate. To Satanists and Luciferians, Satan and Lucifer are symbols of enlightenment, rebellion and freedom, particularly against what they consider oppressive religious institutions, which most certainly includes Christianity.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZJedi Religion is a very non-dogmatic, non-organized religion. As such, there are few if any rules that can be expected to be followed by all believers. However, this also allows for wisdom to be put forth by members of the community for believers to study, accept or reject as they see fit.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZLegba is the gatekeeper to the spirit world. Rituals begin with a prayer to Legba to open those gates so that participants can gain access to the other lwas. The veves of these other lwas are often drawn intersecting the branches of Legba's veve to represent this. Page 8.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZExplore the basic principles behind the Scientology practice of auditing, including why members participate, expected results of the practice, and external criticisms of it.
2016-12-05T11:09:51Z19th century occultist Eliphas Levi constructed this pentagram. It is commonly interpreted as a symbol of mankind, as many pentagrams are. However, it is a symbol of many things that unite in the existence of mankind, as is evidence by the variety of additional symbols involved. Page 3.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZOgoun was originally associated with fire, blacksmithing and metalworking. His focus has transformed over the years to include power, warriors, and politics. He particularly likes the machete, which is a common offering in preparation of a possession, and machetes are sometimes featured in his veves. Page 3.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZThe Native American Church is a fusion of traditional Native American beliefs and Christianity. Central to its practices is the use of the drug peyote, which comes from a particular cactus plant.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZZoroastrians celebrate a variety of holidays celebrating solar events, dedicated to particular spirits and marking historic events.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZThe Freemasons are a fraternal order dating back at least four centuries and have likely roots in medieval mason guilds. Questions abound today as to what exactly Freemasons do, believe, and expect from members, thanks in part to hoaxes, gossip, misunderstanding and a distrust of anything that offers even the notion of secrecy.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZTheistic Satanism encompasses a variety of related beliefs honoring a figure addresses as Satan or associated with Satan. In contrast to LaVeyan Satanism, which is atheistic and considers Satan merely a symbol for what their faith encourages, theistic Satanists view Satan as an actual being. Theistic Satanism is largely a development of the 20th century.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZA list of common controversies and misconceptions that have plagued the Church of Scientology for decades, including Fair Game, Snow White, and the Fishman Affidavit.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZMarijuana, commonly known as ganja among Rastas, is illegal in most countries, including the US. However, as an important part of the Rastafari religion, is ganja smoking protected by the First Amendment, which guarantees religious freedom?
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZAll forms of Satanism are commonly labeled as cultish by those unfamiliar with specific practices and teachings, thanks to rumor, folklore, and a hefty collection of B-movies. Let's see how LaVeyan Satanism actually stacks up.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZThe Persian New Year is commonly celebrated by two distinct religious groups, the Baha'is and the Zoroastrians.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZDeciphering Eliphas Levi's Baphomet of Mendes, a popular 19th century occult image still used by a variety of occult traditions today.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZWhile the swastika is almost entirely associated in the West today with the Nazis, the symbol actually has a long history across the globe representing concepts very different from those given by the Nazis.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZIn the Western Occult Tradition, each planet has traditionally been associated with a series of numbers and particular organizations of those numbers. One such method of numerological arrangement is the magic square. Page 4.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZThe Baphomet Pentagram is the official, copyrighted symbol of the Church of Satan. While similar images existed previous to the Church, which didn't form until 1966, this precise image is of relatively new construction. It is featured here with the Church's permission. Page 2.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZWhile people generally consider their religion a good aspect of their life, many do not feel a need to introduce others to it. While they may be open to teaching outsiders who seek them out, they frequently will not seek out potential new converts.
2016-12-05T11:09:51ZItal cooking is a healthy approach to food that evolved out of the Rastafari Movement. It rejects a variety of things considered impure or unhealthy including preservatives and artificial flavorings. Many also avoid oils and meat, focusing on fruits and vegetables.