Tuesday, 31. July 2007
The Golden Sayings Of Epictetus

Epictetus (pronounced Epic-TEE-tus) was an exponent of Stoicism who flourished in the early second century C.E. about four hundred years after the Stoic school of Zeno of Citium was established in Athens. He lived and worked, first as a student in Rome, and then as a teacher with his own school in Nicopolis in Greece. Our knowledge of his philosophy and his method as a teacher comes to us via two works composed by his student Arrian, the Discourses and the Handbook.

Find out more about Epictetus (c.55 - c.135 C.E.)
by The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Of the things which are in our Power, and not in our Power

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Chapter 1:
Some things are in our control and others not. Things in our control are opinion, pursuit, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever are our own actions. Things not in our control are body, property, reputation, command, and, in one word, whatever are not our own actions.

The things in our control are by nature free, unrestrained, unhindered; but those not in our control are weak, slavish, restrained, belonging to others. Remember, then, that if you suppose that things which are slavish by nature are also free, and that what belongs to others is your own, then you will be hindered. You will lament, you will be disturbed, and you will find fault both with gods and men. But if you suppose that only to be your own which is your own, and what belongs to others such as it really is, then no one will ever compel you or restrain you. Further, you will find fault with no one or accuse no one. You will do nothing against your will. No one will hurt you, you will have no enemies, and you not be harmed.

Aiming therefore at such great things, remember that you must not allow yourself to be carried, even with a slight tendency, towards the attainment of lesser things. Instead, you must entirely quit some things and for the present postpone the rest. But if you would both have these great things, along with power and riches, then you will not gain even the latter, because you aim at the former too: but you will absolutely fail of the former, by which alone happiness and freedom are achieved.


Work, therefore to be able to say to every harsh appearance, "You are but an appearance, and not absolutely the thing you appear to be." And then examine it by those rules which you have, and first, and chiefly, by this: whether it concerns the things which are in our own control, or those which are not; and, if it concerns anything not in our control, be prepared to say that it is nothing to you.

Life - a Drama!

Chapter 17:
Remember that you are an actor in a drama of such sort as the author chooses, – if short, then in a short one; if long, then in a long one. If it be his pleasure that you should enact a poor man, see that you act it well; or a cripple, or a ruler, or a private citizen. For this is your business, to act well the given part; but to choose it, belongs to another.

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There are several translations of the Handbook available online:

The Enchiridion by Epictetus, translated by Elizabeth Carter.

Epictetus Enchiridion or Handbook. Translated by Thomas Wentworth Higginson.
First published 1865.

The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Golden Sayings of Epictetus, by Epictetus.
Translated and Arranged by Hastings Crossley.

The Discourses by Epictetus, 101 AD.
Translated by George Long. (Long translation)

Epictetus’ Discourses, Handbook and Fragments
(Long translation, including original notes)


German:
Was in unserer Macht steht und was nicht

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Kapitel 1:
Einige Dinge stehen in unserer Macht, andere hingegen nicht. In unserer Macht sind Urteil, Bestrebung, Begier und Abneigung, mit einem Wort alles das, was Produkt unseres Willens ist. Nicht in unserer Macht sind unser Leib, Besitz, Ehre, Amt, und alles was nicht unser Werk ist. Was in unserer Macht ist, ist seiner Natur gemäß frei, kann nicht verboten oder verhindert werden; was aber nicht in unserer Macht steht, ist knechtisch, kann verwehrt werden, gehört einem anderen zu.


Bemühe dich daher, jedem unangenehmen Gedanken damit zu begegnen, daß du sagst: "Du bist nicht das, was du zu sein scheinst (etwas Reelles), sondern bloß ein Gedankending (eine Einbildung)."

Das Leben - ein Schauspiel!

Kapitel 17:
Bedenke das, du bist in einem Drama der Inhaber einer bestimmten Rolle, welcher der Dichter durch dich ausführen will. Ist sie kurz, so spielst du eine kurze, ist sie lang, eine lange Rolle. Will er, daß du einen Armen vorstellest, so spiele ihn gut; ebenso einen Lahmen, oder eine obrigkeitliche Person, oder einen gewöhnlichen Bürger. Denn das ist deine Sache, die Rolle, die dir übertragen ist, gut zu spielen; sie zu wählen, ist die Sache eines andern.

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Projekt Gutenberg: Handbüchlein der Moral, Epiktet.
Übersetzt von C. Hilty, 1833-1909.

Epiktet: Handbuch der Moral. Übersetzt von Rainer Nickel.
Category: Books & Magazines | Philosophy & Metaphysic |




Monday, 30. July 2007
Shôkoku-ji

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Its famous Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku)—actually a pagoda made to house the sacred relics of the Buddha—has given this temple the popular name of Kinkaku-ji ("Temple of the Golden Pavilion"), however the official name of this temple of the Rinzai-sect Zen temple of Shôkoku-ji is Rokuon-ji. The temple was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

Photo Gallery


These falls in the Kinkaku-ji garden drop a distance of 2.3 meters before emptying into the pool below. In the pool are stones resembling carp (rigyoseki), in reference to the ancient Chinese myth that when carp climb up waterfalls they transform into dragons. The dragon itself is exemplified by the diagonal rock seeming to rise up out of the water at the base of the falls.

Kinkaku-ji Guide

The History of Kinkaku-ji

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Kinkaku-Ji is a branch temple of Shokoku-ji

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The temple of Shôkoku-ji, officially Mannenzan Shôkoku Joten Zenji, is the second of the Kyoto Gozan, the five leading Rinzai Zen temples in Kyoto during the medieval period. Tucked away into a quiet area in northern Kyoto, the silent remains of its original Entrance Gate (Sanmon) and Buddha Hall (Butsuden), now shaded with the intermingling branches of pine and cypress trees, remind the visitor of its former glory.


More
Monuments of Ancient Kyoto, World Heritage.

Kyoto was chosen as a new capital by Feng Shui (Chinese divination used in selecting safe ground). In this divination process Kyoto was selected as it is surrounded and protected by four guardian gods. The four gods are a blue dragon to the east, a white tiger to the west, a sacred bird to the south, and the water god to the north. These gods are translated to mean a river in the east, a road in the west, a lake in the south and a hill in the north; conditions that apply perfectly to Kyoto with the Kamogawa River in the east, the San-in do road in the west, Ogura pond in the south, and Mt. Funaoka in the north.

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See also: Shrines, Temples and Monuments of Japan, also World Heritage.
Category: Buildings & Places |




Sunday, 29. July 2007
5th Dimension - Ghosts

Are there such things as demons, ghosts or the devil? Following circumstantial research and in cooperation with top-calibre scholars, this film sheds light upon, unmasks and takes the magic from centuries-old superstition and also reports on breathtaking, super sensory experiences. It also shows if, and where, things that cannot be explained really do exist?

Anyone interesting in ghosts and unexplained mysteries
will enjoy this movie! Duration 50 minutes.



For more see the category Ghosts & Spirits.
Category: Ghosts & Spirits | Movies & TV |


Saturday, 28. July 2007
Techniques of Modern Shamanism

Techniques of Modern Shamanism Trilogy by Phil Hine:

This book is a collection of practical exercises, the aim of which is to enhance awareness of the world around us. The first part of this book deals with basic sensory exercises, while the second half deals with trance states, and some of the basic group dynamics involved in helping other people into them. Using these techniques will not make you a ‘shaman/shamanka’, but they are drawing on the shamanic outlook - which depends from an enhanced awareness of our environment, and the ability to mediate between the everyday, and the sacred aspects of our experience. “Walking between the Worlds” requires that we learn to extend our perceptions from the ordinary, to see the extra-ordinary which lies within it ...

Vol I. - Walking between the worlds (PDF, 44 pages)

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Our life experiences can be seen to fall into three interwovenarenas; the worlds of Social experience, Mythic experience,and Personal experience. These are of course, not separaterealms, but areas of experience which mesh together all thetime. Separating them into three regions allows us to examinethem, and in turn, gain insights into how each contributes tothe other.

The Social World: This is the everyday world of consensus reality - the conven-tions that we more or less agree to uphold with each other. Inthis world we take on various roles and play them in situationswhich are laid out to a set of ground rules. Understanding thesesocial rules and games enhances our ability to manage in thesocial world ...


The Mythic World: This is the realm of metaphor and symbol; the larger-thanlifeworld of theatre, fantasy, legend and television culture. In ev-ery era, stories & legends have provided a mythic reflection ofour hopes, fears & aspirations. Our ancestors had the deeds ofheroes & goddesses, while we have the daily diet of film andtelevision soaps. This is the world where magick is perhaps atits most obvious, in which the shaman stands as a mythic fig-ure, interceding between personal visions and social cohesion,between the worlds of spirits and gods, and the people forwhom those spirits are a reality, yet remain mysterious ...

The Personal World: This is the most intimate arena of our experience, the intrapsy-chic world of the self. Of the three worlds, this one holds themost mystery for us, and it is through the mythic world thatwe may plumb the depths of our personal experience. Knowl-edge of self is a key to all magickal development, and the exer-cises in this section begin the process of learning to look atones self and develop intuitive faculties ...

Vol II. - Two worlds & inbetween (PDF, 46 pages)


The aim of this book is to go some way towards exploring theevolving perspective of ‚Urban Shamanism. It's not really atraining manual like its predecessors, but gives one viewpoint(mine) on tackling the problem of living and acting from abroadly shamanic stance, within a city culture. Starting out withthe premise that shamanic work is less of a purely personal tripand more related to the recovery of a functional role thatindividuals may come to play in their community, I have triedto present a clear picture of my own approach, in the hope thatit may point others to explore what remains, largely, unknownterritory ...

Vol III. - Touched by fire (PDF, 44 pages)
Category: Ethno & Shamanism | Magick & Witchcraft |


What Planet Are You From?

Cool!

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Answer the following 6 questions:

What Planet Are You From?
Category: Games & Humor |


Friday, 27. July 2007
Crystal Healing

Crystals have been used through the ages to heal and bring balance. They play an important role in releasing and clearing negative energies. Each crystal has a unique vibrational resonance that can amplify, transmute, stabilise and balance the body. Their unique qualities are created by their mineral content, their inherent geometry and the colour frequency they emit.

Some examples of conditions and the crystals:

A tension headache can be relieved by placing amethyst, amber or turquoise on or around the head. Lapis lazuli can also be used and has been employed for centuries to help treat migraines. Amethyst can be placed in a healing layout on and around the head to help relieve symptoms.

If you believe tension and worry are stopping you from sleeping use a crystal such a chrysoprase, rose quartz, citrine or amethyst placed by the bed or under the pillow to calm and sooth.

If you believe your restlessness is a result of overeating, iron pyrite or moonstone can be used to calm the stomach.

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If nightmares are causing you problems, protective stones such as tourmaline or smoky quartz can promote peaceful sleep and should be placed at the foot of the bed. Labradorite may also help, as it is thought to chase away any unwelcome feelings and thoughts.

Crystal Healing by Crystal Well-Being.
Explore the healing energies of crystals, crystal meditation, crystal healing layouts and chakra balancing.

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I’m sure many, if not all, of you have heard about the cleansing of crystals and I think it would be irresponsible of me to not provide some information on this very important topic.

We collect baggage from all kinds of traumas and tragedies. Unless we go about our daily lives in an extremely conscious way, we also collect bits and pieces of ‘un-useful’ energy every day. Well, the same is true for our dear crystal friends. Some are exploded onto the surface of the Earth from deep within mines; most are thrown into a sea or road container for shipping at some stage of their journey. Some bear witness to violence and distress as well as to the wonders and bliss that we go through.


When you receive a crystal – whether gifted or bought; whether previously cleansed or not, it is a good idea to ensure that its energy is sparkling with joy and healing. There are many methods that can be used to cleanse crystals – say hello to your new friend, follow your intuition and trust that however you decide to rejuvenate your crystal will be perfect. Here are some of the methods I’ve used over the years.

Cleansing your Crystals
My aim for this website is to encourage visitors to embark on, or deepen, a journey of their own - not only with crystals, but also with their inner beings.

Gems Of Wisdom
Informations and wonderful stones.
Category: Energy & Light |


Thursday, 26. July 2007
Astrology and Stones

Stones have a long history of being used for their healing and curative powers. From ancient times, practitioners of astrology noted the relationship of the stars to metals and gems. Each stone has a different character and personality that can be easily classified in terms of astrology. Amber’s rich red and yellow colors easily link it to the fire element and to the Sun. Opal’s soft milkiness links it to the water element as well as the Moon. Stones that are darker and green or black are often connected to the earth element. Stones with a light and often yellow or pale green color are linked to the air element.

The Healing Power of Stones

When we wear stones, display them in the house or garden, or use them in ritual, we can access their healing powers. We can pick stones to heal us on a number of levels. One of the best ways is to pick a stone that will augment an element that is lacking in our chart, or will balance and fortify an element that predominates in our chart.

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For example, if there is a lack of fire in the chart, there may be problems with energy levels, passion, creativity, and “get up and go” at times in life. Certain fire stones can help to strengthen the weak fire element and give it a natural boost. Another example is someone with lots of fire in their chart who may be overly exuberant, flirtatious, dominating or have difficulty in sitting still and remaining grounded. In this case, one may decide to pick an antidote stone (perhaps a stone of water or earth to offset the fire) or pick a fire stone that is naturally in harmony. A fire stone will provide a balanced and healthy expression of fire and will temper the extremes of a fiery personality.
Fire Stones, Air Stones, Water Stones and Earth Stones:
Category: Astrology & Astronomy | Energy & Light |


Dreams

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~~~ Find Your Inspiration ~~~
Category: Poetry & Inspirations |


Wednesday, 25. July 2007
Visions of Enlightenment: Understanding the Art of Buddhism

Korea received Buddhism from China in the 4th century A.D. With the faith came Chinese Buddhist images, and throughout much of Korea's history, Korean Buddhist images have been influenced by Chinese models.

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As can be seen in this gilt bronze figure, Korean figures of the Buddha tend to be simple in form and decoration, and the Buddha's robes fall with rhythmic folds. In many Korean Buddha figures, including this example, the head is slightly oversized in relation to the body, and the face is broad and slightly squared. Their faces generally appear gentle and calm, and they often display a slight smile, often called the "enigmatic" smile of the Buddha.

One notable feature of this image is the reverse of the swastika, called a sauvastika, on his chest. In Buddhism, the swastika is the symbol of the Buddha's universality and is believed to contain within it the whole mind of the Buddha.


Even before his birth, his mother and father knew Prince Siddhartha would be remarkable. After all, his father was the king of the Sakya clan in Nepal. His mother, Queen Maya, had strange dreams of a white elephant while she was pregnant, and her son was born out of her right side as she stood grasping a teak tree branch in her right hand.

Buddhist art in Nepal often shows images of the Buddha in addition to bodhisattvas and other Buddhist deities. The Newari metalworkers of the Kathmandu Valley produced fine metalwork like this piece, often with gilt embellishment and inlaid with gems. Like Tibetan thangkas, this object served as an aid to study and devotion.

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The artworks soothe suffering, teach concepts, tell stories, aid meditation and prayer, and express devotion. Some are even designed to hasten release from the cycle of samsara, the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth.

Visions of Enlightenment: Understanding the Art of Buddhism provides educational resources that explore masterpieces of Buddhist art in the collection of the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, California.

Interactive in four parts:
• The Perfected One: The Buddha
• Compassionate Beings: Bodhisattvas, Deities,
Guartians, Holy Men
• Buddhist Places
• Signs, Symbols, Ritual Objects

Plus:
• An interactive Timeline and Map
• Multimedia Photo Essays
• Interactive Objects with Details
• A Fact or Fiction game

Have fun and explore!

Available as Flash and/or HTML version.

Eye Candy !

Category: Art & Visions | Religion & Early Cultures |


Tuesday, 24. July 2007
The World’s Mysterious Places - Part V

Other planets don't come any stranger than what we've got down here on Earth.
So let's go for another gander around the old blue dot, eh?


The Long Man of Wilmington Cerne Abbas Giant, England
Glastonbury Tor & Abbey, England
Stanton Drew Stone Circles & Boscawen-Un , England
'The Canal' / 'Spear', Pakistan/India
The Gympie Pyramid, Australia
Black Triangle, Australia
Pyramid of Sakkara,
Egypt Palace of Knossus

Written & Narrated by Jerry Glover



Related Entries:
The World's Mysterious Places - Part 1-3
The World's Mysterious Places - Part IV
Category: Buildings & Places |


Rings of the Sorcerer

Fit the tiles in the magic ring to prevent the dragon from incinerating you.

Match tiles by either color or symbol to complete a safe magic circle.

Creating special combinations of tiles gets you bonus tools and power-ups.

Have Fun:
Rings of the Sorcerer.

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Category: Games & Humor |


Monday, 23. July 2007
News & Stories

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Off the Cuff by Liverpool Confidential.
Psychic Gavin Cromwell tries on John Lennon's jacket at the Beatles Story. It's a perfect fit, but there's more....
It's not often that The Beatles Story is scene for the paranormal, but this week it wasn't so much toe-tapping as table-tapping that filled the hallowed vaults there.


Is this the proof that spirits DO exist? by Daily Mail.
At first, it seemed no more than a curious coincidence. Professor Klaus Heinemann, a researcher for NASA, the U.S. space agency, was studying a collection of photographs his wife had taken at a gathering of spiritual healers when he noticed that many of them featured the same pale but clearly defined circle of light, like a miniature moon, hovering above some of the subjects.

The Crop Circle Mystery by Gazette & Herald.

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The strongest evidence so far that some crop circles are not man made was presented to a choice gathering at the Coronation Hall in Alton Barnes yesterday. Norwegian film maker Terje Toftenes presented the DVD he has made of the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the creation of a massive crop formation in East Field, Alton Barnes, on July 7.


See also Circle spotter comes a cropper by Metro. With Pic.
This striking design in a wheat field is an illustration of chaos theory, crop circle spotters say.

Big-bird Encounter One for the Books by KRQE-TV.
Myths and legends about creatures from the Chupacabra to the Jersey Devil to Bigfoot are everywhere, but in southern New Mexico and parts of Texas people say they've seen birds so big they seem prehistoric. One man claims the rugged landscape near Las Cruces hides a mystery that's haunted him for years.

Home for Sale, Ghosts Included by Brentwood Press.
Within weeks of moving into her Antioch home, Lisa Llewellyn began to notice unusual things. At first they were little things: a thump coming from an upstairs bedroom, a shuffling sound going up and down the stairs, and sometimes a feeling of being watched. But things came into focus one night as Llewellyn stood at the kitchen sink and felt a tug on her shirt and a voice saying, “Mom.” She turned around – and found herself alone. Calling out to her children, she discovered they were all together upstairs.

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Back From the Dead by Newsweek.
Doctors are reinventing how they treat sudden cardiac arrest, which is fatal 95 percent of the time. A report from the border between life and death.

With Gallery: Patients draw images of their near-death experiences.


The Curative Power of Laughter by OhmyNews.
Sigmund Freud describes laughter as the body's way of safely releasing anxiety, aggression, fear and anger. Health professionals admit that laughing decreases stress hormones, including adrenaline, and the growth hormone, allowing them to return to normal levels. Stress hormones constrict blood vessels causing high blood pressure and heart problems. So when stress hormones are reduced, the body effectively fights against diseases.

Novel new religions find followers among Russia's disillusioned by The Boston Globe.
Thousands flock to esoteric faiths: In a voice barely louder than the rain falling on the mountaintop home his followers have built for him, Sergei Torop said it was painful to remember the end of his last life, in which he says he walked the earth as Jesus Christ. Torop, 46, is a former Siberian traffic cop who is now spiritual leader of at least 5,000 devoted followers. They have abandoned lives as artists, engineers, and professionals in other fields to move to this corner of Siberia, 2,000 miles from Moscow.


Some news-links do not last long. In this case please send me a note.
Category: News & Stories |


Sunday, 22. July 2007
Larry King Live: UFO’s - Are They Out There?

LARRY KING: "Tonight, was a UFO buzzing around the historic Apollo 11 moon mission? Astronaut Buzz Aldrin tells us what he thinks he saw.

Arizona's former governor once dismissed the Phoenix lights that stunned hundreds of eyewitnesses 10 years ago. He'll explain why he now says they could not have been military flares.

Plus, the stories behind the close encounters former Presidents Jerry Ford and Jimmy Carter allegedly had.

And a return to Roswell, New Mexico, where the UFO controversy began 60 years ago with the man who says his father showed him debris from an alien spacecraft."

Featuring:
Stanton Friedman, a nuclear physicist and Roswell researcher, Jesse Marcel Jr, author of "The Roswell Legacy and son of Col. Jesse Marcel who saw the wreckage, Buzz Aldrin, a former NASA Apollo 11 astronaut, Fife Symington, a former Governor of Arizona during the 1997 Phoenix UFO sighting, James Fox, filmmaker of "Out of the Blue", George Noory, host of Coast to Coast AM, Michael Shermer, publisher of Psychic Magazine.

UFO's - Are They Out There?
Aired on CNN July 13, 2007.
Runtime 44 minutes.

Read also the transcript (opens in a new window)


For me it was an amazing program and highly suggested watching it!

Sometimes there seemed to be no order. Most of that caused by Michael Shermer and his child-like antics. Shermer makes a direct attack on respected ufologist Stanton Friedman, suggesting he is an "incompetent researcher". I don’t agree with everything Friedman says, but he made a great (and true) comment. That Shermer is a debunker, not a skeptic. I appreciate a good skeptic and their side of it, but he was simply rehashing old tired debunker rhetoric.

Well, here is the latest eSkeptic newsletter, produced by Shermer and Skeptic magazine. In this newsletter, there's some commentary from Shermer about the show. Shermer has the gall to say that he finds participation in such shows "to be a frustrating experience". So, if he finds such events frustrating, perhaps it's time to change the job ...
Category: Movies & TV | Ufo's & Aliens |


Saturday, 21. July 2007
Egyptian Myths in Harry Potter

No matter where you live - Zurich, Switzerland, Hong Kong, China, or Ding Dong, Texas, - since it was 12:01 am in your time zone, the final Harry Potter book can become yours.

If you are - or are not - a Harry Potter fanatic, this essays by Susan Sipal aka S.P. Sipal are amazing!

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is so rich in Egyptian mythological themes and metaphors that it would take a whole book to explore them comprehensively and in-depth. This editorial, obviously, does not seek to do that. My purpose is to make a rather quick, hit-the-highlights comparison between Harry’s seven-year journey and the Egyptian deceased's journey through the Underworld, to show striking similarities, and thus help us to look at these ancient Egyptian stories to make some predictions about what is to come in Deathly Hallows.

Do I think I'm overanalyzing and seeing points of comparison that are not there? Quite definitely. However, that does not negate the overwhelming evidence that JKR knows and uses Egyptian myths and motifs to frame and enrich her series.

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Egyptian Myths in Harry Potter:

Part 1 - Harry of the Two Ways

Part 2 - The Contendings of Harry and Voldemort

Part 3 - Harry's Sacred Egyptian Triangle

S.P. Sipal prior featured editorial on MuggleNet was One Last Memory. Also very interesting! (By the way - MuggleNet is an unofficial Harry Potter fan site).

I very much enjoyed this essays and I cannot urge you enough to go to read them!
Category: Books & Magazines | Fantasy & Utopia | Mythology & Epics |


Friday, 20. July 2007
Illumination Tarot

Extracts from the site:

The tarot often shows up in movies, television shows, song lyrics, and novels. It has, in recent years, shown up in the scene of crimes, theatrical works, museum gift shops, and video games.

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The Fairy Tarot

Many of these instances (except perhaps, creative drama or thoughtful television), perpetuate a rather outdated view of tarot; a view that limits tarot to the realm of the occult, or mystical, or perhaps simply, the frivolous. Characters who use tarot are often involved in darker arts or religious practices, or they might be immature emotionally, asking questions that prove shallowness and gullability.

These portrayals miss the point. Sure, there are those who believe the tarot is a form of direct and unmistakeable communication with the divine, those who use tarot out of selfishness or the desire to have power over others, and those who limit their use of cards to focus on rather trivial issues in their personal lives. But there are also those who see the cards as a way of looking within, in a quest to know themselves more deeply, become better people, and ultimately to help improve the world they live in.


More: Tarot Today


I am a big proponent of long readings. I often spend two hours contemplating the cards as they are laid out, and will continue to ponder their meanings in my life for days after. When I do readings for others I give just as much serious attention, and often write long, in-depth reports, so the reading can be turned to again for further insight.

But sometimes (perhaps more often than we would like), it is necessary to do a much shorter reading. Can we get as much meaning from a reading that lasts only ten or twenty minutes? It may be condensed, but I have found that a short reading can be just as effective, and in fact might help us understand our first impulses about an issue better than one we dwell on for several hours.

We can get the message of a short reading as fully as we can gather the message of a television commercial or short song. Often, all we need from the tarot is that short message, something to carry around with us as a reminder, lesson, or affirmation.

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Tarot of the Secret Forest


More: The Quick Reading

Illumination Tarot is an exploration and study of tarot. It shares personal experience and wisdom on using tarot for self-discovery, spiritual growth, transformation, and divination. Created to help others find the most fulfilling way to incorporate tarot into a practice of mindful living, Illumination Tarot offers practical advice, information, and tools, as well as musings into more mystical considerations. The tarot tradition is treated with respect, as are the unique paths we all choose in our quest for understanding.

Illumination Tarot - Exploring the tarot for insight and enlightenment
by Nellie Levine.
A comprehensive site - very well done and absolute advisable.
Category: Tarot & Oracles |


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