Published: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:34:00 +0000
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZBecause 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZAn overview on the types of Satanism and Luciferianism, including links to more information on these different forms.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZWhile Luciferians and Satanists both employ terms commonly associated with the Devil, they are not the same.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZWhile the Church of Satan encourages individuality and the gratification of desires, it does not suggest that all actions are acceptable.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZThe 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZThe Eye of Horus symbol originates in Egypt but appears in a variety of more modern contexts, particularly within neopagan, new age, and occult circles.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZAnton 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
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZThe twelve zodiac signs were divided up among the four elements as early as the Renaissance, with three signs associated with each element.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZRastafari is an Abrahamic new religious movement that accepts Haile Selassie I, the Ethiopian emperor from 1930 to 1974 as God incarnate.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZThese statements are the opening words of the Satanic Bible, published in 1969 and written by Anton LaVey. They are basic principles guiding LaVeyan Satanists.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZAn introduction to LaVeyan Satanism, including basic beliefs and practices.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZThe orishas are the gods of Santeria, an African Diaspora religion that developed among the slaves of Cuba.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZThe 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00Zin 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZAn introduction to Zoroastrianism, including basic beliefs and practices.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZThe 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZReligions 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZDeism 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZThe orishas are the gods of Santeria. here we discuss Orunla, Osain, Oshun, Oya and Yemaya.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZPantheism 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZThe smoking of ganja and the wearing of dreadlocks are two of the most known things about Rastas. Each has specific meaning and purpose.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZThese 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZOne of the central complaints of Scientology critics is the vast amount of money required for auditing procedures. How much does it cost?
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZRitual 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZModern 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZAn introduction to Scientology, including basic beliefs and practices.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZA 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZAn introduction to Jedi Religion or Jediism, including basic beliefs and practices.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZTheistic 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZSpirals have a long history, dating back to neolithic times, that influences the way people way see spirals in religious and spiritual contexts today.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZWhile 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZTarot 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZIn alchemy, the Red King and White Queen are allegorically brought together in the great work to produce a united whole.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZChaos 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZThe 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZIt 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?
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZLearn about how to seek membership in Satanic organizations as well whether membership is even necessary for seekers.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZVodou (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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZThe 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZToday, 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZThe 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZMarijuana, 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?
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZSquaring 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZThe 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZJust 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZThe 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZCodes of conduct can vary tremendously from one religion to another. Sometimes they are rigid codes which members are expected to follow. Others are much more nebulous and personal. The rules of the Church of Satan are examples of the latter, and their list of sins is viewed quite differently than Christianity looks at sins.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZThe 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZAs a basic geometric shape, squares are used in a variety of images and symbolism. They commonly represent solidity, stability, materiality, and the physical world.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZMonotheistic 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZAn overview of Scientology beliefs concerning what happens to us after we die and how they commonly reflect these beliefs through funeral services.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZA 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZOpponents of the Church of Scientology commonly label it as a dangerous cult. Let's see how it actually stacks up.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZThe Jedi Code is a basic set of beliefs held in common by most modern Jedi. While based on works of fiction, followers find practical and spiritual meaning in its words.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZAn introduction to the new religious movement and atheistic religion, including origins, basic beliefs and practices.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZOctagrams – eight pointed stars – show up in a variety of different cultures, and modern users of the symbol borrow liberally from these sources.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZLaVeyan Satanism allegorically employs the names of dozens of demonic beings. Out of all those names, four are considered the most important of demons, the crown princes of Hell. They are Satan, Lucifer, Belial and Leviathan. These four figures correspond to the four cardinal points and the four elements, creating a Satanic framework for a common occult practice.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZSyncretism 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZSatan appears within multiple belief systems. Unfortunately, there is a common presumption that all of these Satanic figures must indeed be the same being, despite the fact that each religion has its own very unique perspective and description of him.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZThe 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZJedi 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZReligions are generally defined by one of two things: belief or practice, or the concepts of orthodoxy and orthopraxy.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZThe 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZFor 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZTaboos 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZScientologists are reticent to publicly discuss or even acknowledge the existence of Xenu. Learn about Scientology's vision of creation.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZAs shapes becomes more complex, we see them used less often and in more specific contexts. Here we mention the enneagram (9-sided), decagram (10-sided), endekagram (11-sided), and dodekagram (12-sided).
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZAlchemy is a term applied in many different contexts. In the West, it has a strong theological and philosophical component and is commonly labeled as occult. It is a metaphysical understanding of the world, interweaving the study of the physical world with understanding the spiritual one.
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2017-02-26T11:34:00ZFollowers of Santeria honor a variety of beings known as orishas. Here we discuss Aganyu, Babalu-Aye, Chango and Eleggua.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZOccult 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZZoroastrians strive for purity in their lives, and death is considered the one of the ultimate corrupting influences.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZA list of common controversies and misconceptions that have plagued the Church of Scientology for decades, including Fair Game, Snow White, and the Fishman Affidavit.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZScience 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZFind out about the Elohim, who, according to the Raelian church, are a human-like alien race that created life through scientific processes on Earth.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZThe central elements in western alchemy are mercury, sulfur and salt, used to describe spiritual processes in terms of chemical reactions.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZThe 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZNew 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZThe Persian New Year is commonly celebrated by two distinct religious groups, the Baha'is and the Zoroastrians.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZOne ultimately joins a religion because they believe in that religion. That religion may certainly also be seen as able to help believers get through life. However, religions such as Satanism are often seen as quick cheats through life - a position serious Satanists absolutely reject. Here are some bad reasons to get involved in Satanism.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZSatanic Ritual Abuse, or SRA, is essentially a myth. While self-styled Satanists occasionally commit brutal crimes, these are the result of disturbed individuals whose beliefs often have little in common with mainline Satanists.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZGnosticism refers to a very wide range of beliefs that is more a collection of beliefs than a relgion. There are two basic components, gnosis and dualism.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZThe navjote is the initiation ceremony for Zoroastrian children that welcomes them into the community.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZAll 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZDeciphering Eliphas Levi's Baphomet of Mendes, a popular 19th century occult image still used by a variety of occult traditions today.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZSanteria involves a reciprocal relationship with the orishas. While believers approach the orishas for help, guidance and good will, they are also expected to give in return. Indeed, the orishas need such offerings in order to survive. As such, sacrifices and other offerings are central practices within Santeria.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZThe Order of the Luciferian Sword put together its summary of what it means to be a Luciferian.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZPanentheism is the belief that God is both transcendent and immanent. The world is a part of God but God extends beyond the created world. Panentheism is sometimes confused with pantheism.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZLaVeyan 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZWhile 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZPurification 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZThe Force is an impersonal energy field that connects all things according to Jedi philosophy. At its most basic, there are two sides of the Force, the Light and the Dark. Some feel it is more correct to say that one's approach to the Force is either Light or Dark, as the Force is, in fact, impersonal.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZA highly controversial figure in his own time, Aleister Crowley is now considered highly influential in occult circles. Besides being held as a prophet within the religion of Thelema, his numerous writings on magic and religion are still widely read.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZWhile 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.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZThe triquetra shows up in a variety of different contexts, many of which re largely unconnected. What do various groups associated with this three-pointed symbol?
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZNon-trinitarianism is a Christian belief in which God is indivisible, rather than being comprised of the trinity of Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Non-trinitarians believe in an omnipotent, omnipresent God. They views of Jesus vary considerably, including, but not limited to, acknowledging him merely as a mortal and viewing him as a perfect but not divine creation of God.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZWhat options are open to a person, particularly a Westerner, who is interested in Zoroastrianism and the worship of Ahura Mazda?
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZThe Raelians are known in part of their very public embracing of sexuality and denouncing those who attempt to stifle and control it. However, being open about sex does not make one a sex addict, despite some people's impression of the Raelians. how do Raelians really approach sex?
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZIn New World Vodoun, the spirits (or lwa) with whom believers interact are divided into three main families, Rada, Petro, and Ghede. Lwa can be viewed as forces of nature, but they also have personalities and personal mythologies.
2017-02-26T11:34:00ZDiscordianism is a modern religion of chaos and irreverence. Some categorize it as a parody religion, although there are many adherents who draw some measure of meaning and philosophy from it's often deliberately ludicrous statements.