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Where Does the Occult Symbol Baphomet Come From?

2016-12-09T11:01:12Z

Deciphering Eliphas Levi's Baphomet of Mendes, a popular 19th century occult image still used by a variety of occult traditions today.



Is LaVeyan Satanism a Cult?

2016-12-09T11:01:12Z

All 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.



Thelema

2016-12-09T11:01:12Z

Thelema is a complicated set of magical, mystical and religious beliefs formed in the 20th century by Aleister Crowley. Thelemites might be anything from atheists to polytheists, viewing the involved beings as actual entities or primal archetypes. Today it is embraced by a variety of occult groups including the Ordo Templis Orientis (O.T.O.) and Argenteum Astrum (A:.A:.), the Order of the Silver Star.



Syncretism - What is Syncretism?

2016-12-09T11:01:12Z

Syncretism 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.



What Is a Cult?

2016-12-09T11:01:12Z

Use of the term cult can be highly complicated and problematic. Dictionary.com, for example, gives eight definitions of cult used as a noun.



A Beginner's Guide to the Western Occult...

2016-12-09T11:01:12Z

class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Rumor, conspiracy



Naw-Ruz – The Baha'i and Zoroastrian New...

2016-12-09T11:01:12Z

The Persian New Year is commonly celebrated by two distinct religious groups, the Baha'is and the Zoroastrians.



freemasonry religion freemasons occultism free...

2016-12-09T11:01:12Z

The 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.



Magic Square of Jupiter

2016-12-09T11:01:12Z

In 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 2.



Eight Poor Reasons to Become a Satanist

2016-12-09T11:01:12Z

One 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.



Who was Zoroaster (Zarathushtra)?

2016-12-09T11:01:12Z

The very early history of Zoroastrianism and it's founder, Zoroaster.



New Religions are Appealing to Many People

2016-12-09T11:01:12Z

New 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.



Magic Square of the Sun (Sol)

2016-12-09T11:01:12Z

In 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.



Planetary Occult Correspondences

2016-12-09T11:01:12Z

Correspondences 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.



Satanism FAQ

2016-12-09T11:01:12Z

For many, the term "Satanism" brings to mind many unpleasant thoughts and images. Urban legends are full



Sigillum Dei Aemeth

2016-12-09T11:01:12Z

The Sigillum Dei Aemeth, or Seal of the Truth of God, is most widely known through the writings and artifacts of John Dee, a 16th century occultist and astrologer in the court of Elizabeth I. While the sigil does appear in older texts of which Dee was probably familiar, he was not happy with them and ultimately gained guidance from angels to construct his version.



Alchemy as Metaphysical Philosophy

2016-12-09T11:01:12Z

Alchemy 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.



Complicated Polygons and Stars - Enneagram,...

2016-12-09T11:01:12Z

As 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).



Why Don't Some Religions Proselytize?

2016-12-09T11:01:12Z

While 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.



Saturn Occult Correspondences

2016-12-09T11:01:12Z

Common occult correspondences for Saturn, as recorded by Henry Cornelius Agrippa in his Three Books of Occult Philosophy, whose works are commonly referenced and reproduced.



Squaring the Circle

2016-12-09T11:01:12Z

Squaring 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.



Aleister Crowley, Thelemic Prophet

2016-12-09T11:01:12Z

A 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.



How Do Tarot Cards and Readings Work

2016-12-09T11:01:12Z

Tarot 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.



Baha'i Faith

2016-12-09T11:01:12Z

An introduction to the Baha'i Faith, including basic beliefs and practices.



Revealed Religion

2016-12-09T11:01:12Z

Revealed religion is any religion dependent upon the revelations of a few to inform the many of spiritual truths. Judaism, Christianity and Islam are all revealed religions, but they are certainly not the only ones. Revealed religions generally accept the validity of prophets and the mediums through which revelations are communicated.



Why is the Occult so Associated with Satanism?

2016-12-09T11:01:12Z

For 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.



How Does One Actually Convert to Satanism?

2016-12-09T11:01:12Z

Learn about how to seek membership in Satanic organizations as well whether membership is even necessary for seekers.



Satanic Views of Life and Death

2016-12-09T11:01:12Z

LaVeyan 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.



Understand the Alchemical Allegories of the Red...

2016-12-09T11:01:12Z

In alchemy, the Red King and White Queen are allegorically brought together in the great work to produce a united whole.