Monday, May 14, 2018

Shaken Out Of Comfort: The Transit of Uranus in Taurus

Every new moon is a reason to celebrate a new start and brings new opportunities to manifest the life of your dreams. This month’s May 15th new moon has something extra special in store for you to add to this celebration: Uranus, the planet of great awakenings and change is preparing to move out of Aries and into Taurus on May 15, 2018, where it will remain until 2026.

While you might not think of Uranus that much (unless you're making a dirty, astrological joke), this is actually the start of momentous shifts to come. Uranus in Taurus will be guiding your life for the next seven years.

Whenever a slow moving planet like Uranus moves signs, it creates a ripple effect that is felt throughout the entire cosmos, and brings a new energy for all of us to explore.

Uranus is known as "The Great Awakener," because he provides us with situations that help shake us into awareness and realize the truths and lies that we're living. 

Generally speaking, the population is disconnected in a serious way. Uranus will challenge the false ideas of who you are, and free you from them. So, this chapter could be a new beginning for some people as they start to see their true nature, purpose, and place in the greater scheme of things.

Uranus is the planet that rules over innovation, technological advances and humanitarian achievements through the process of disruption and disassembly. The sign associated with Uranus is Aquarius, which rules over the 11th house of global consciousness. This is the human element that breaks apart old paradigms and forces growth in collective thinking, all with awareness and action. 

It is the planetary tipping point. Uranus brings revolutions which ultimately better human conditions and they need to be born from chaos. Chaos naturally inspires Order. With this transit affecting the global masses, a sobering reflection on the condition our lives will be hard to ignore. 

Uranus represents that which drives global radical action through the individual to become authorities over our own lives. It is the voice of the people, rules over humanitarian activities and challenges oppression no matter the cost.

Planet Uranus helps you break the rules, resist conformity, focus on alternative way of living, and rebel against society’s expectations. Uranus is brave and is not afraid to explore the unknown in search for a more fulfilling existence.

However, Uranus is in its “fall” (which means that his power is challenged) in Taurus since the energies are an awkward mismatch. Uranus focuses on the future while Taurus clings to the past.

To understand how this transit is going to effect you personally, think about what was happening for you around May 2010 and then again around March 2011. It was around this time that Uranus entered Aries, and now as Uranus is preparing to leave this sign, you are likely to feel a sense of completion to whatever was occurring.

While in Aries, Uranus would have been challenging you to step into a leadership position. You may have made some bold choices around this time, or there may have been significant life changes that shifted the path you were traveling on.

Uranus in Aries was all about making changes so you could step into your power and into the driver’s seat of your life. Perhaps reflect on this and see where you have stepped up in your life and where you have found more courage.

Celebrate yourself for how far you have come, and celebrate the changes that have occurred in your life so far. Try to see them with a positive mindset and just how they have shaped the person you are today.

While Uranus is all about change, growth, and awakening, Taurus is all about consistency, security, and stability. Uranus longs for change, whereas Taurus longs for things to stay the same.

These two energies are not exactly the perfect match, so there may be a push-pull feeling, and you may find it difficult to make or accept certain changes.

The ways that you seek stability and comfort are also going to be up for review under this energy. You may also find that what you once thought was secure and stable is no longer.

In fact, under this energy you may have to rework and reassess what makes you feel secure and stable. You may also have to let go and release attachments to things that once brought you comfort.

So many of us have been conditioned to receive our security and feelings of stability from material goods such as having a house, a job, money and so on. While these things do provide us with security, perhaps we are being called to dig a little deeper and learn to cultivate these feelings from within, regardless of our circumstances.

In a way, Uranus in Taurus is about letting go of your security blanket and learning to step out into the world with a little more freedom and a little more risk.

In some way, we are all going to be required to make a leap forward and to practice trusting ourselves a little more.

The ground beneath us may be shaking or unstable, or there may not be the security we once felt, but this is how we grow, this is how we learn, and this is how we discover who we really are.

On a global level, Uranus is going to create waves for the tech industry, medical research, and in all things relating to beauty and wellness. 

Taurus’ astrological rulership includes money, work, material objects, security, farming, and the food supply. All of these areas will be radically revamped as we grapple with this new cosmic conundrum.

It's in these highly Taurean areas of life, matters of material value and the natural world, that Uranus will work its magic.

Uranus in Taurus is going to be challenging all of us to pay attention to how we are treating Mother Earth. We are going to be encouraged to really think about environmental issues, and how we can protect the planet.

Some astrologists predict that Earth may rebel more than usual with a few natural disasters possible.

During the seven years of Uranus in Taurus there will be more talk and directed action in topics such as sustainability, local farming, renewable and free energies, organic agriculture, and the eco-friendly revolution that will spread into all areas of life.

More people will prioritize living healthy lifestyles. Taurus will ask you to honestly point out areas in your health that can be improved and to properly address them. You may go through a diet change or win over longtime food addictions.

Startling exposés on genetic modifications using embryos to create human and animal hybrids may horrify the world. The vast majority of world-wide scientific research in this field is keep tightly under wraps from the public. However, Uranus just loves to rip the veil of secrecy off things. The mixing of species with the animal and vegetable kingdoms may also start to have some drastic consequences for our health and the birth of incurable diseases.

Spas and massage businesses should flourish, though they will change dramatically by incorporating new cutting-edge healing modes. 

Money is Taurus' main area of expertise and because Uranus likes to break the rules, our long struggling and outdated monetary systems may go through severe shifts. 

Expect some of the biggest banking houses and financial concerns to crumble from Uranus’s lightning bolt zaps. Enormous fortunes will be lost, but new ones arise from the ashes. 

We can expect some very revolutionary ways of handling and dealing with money, both nationwide and worldwide. Many predict that digital money or cryptocurrencies will win over banks or at least start playing a bigger role in society.

Of course, this has an economic downside, as unskilled human labor will be replaced by robots and algorithms.

Novel ways to earn a living and to invest money will sprout up. Being an entrepreneur and starting up your own company will become fashionable. People will take greater risks to gain their financial independence. 

Profit- driven Taurus can help us monetize our creations in interesting new ways.

Making purchases via the internet will be the norm as opposed to physically shopping in stores.

Interestingly, the last time Uranus visited Taurus brought the invention of the first ATM machine and the physical shopping cart!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

IKEA asks kids to bully a plant in bizarre social experiment

There's an old saying, "If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all," and now IKEA are seeking to bring that into 2018 by teaching kids to be nicer to each other… and to plants.

In a bizarre experiment, the Swedish homewares chain asked school students in the United Arab Emirates to bully one of their plants, while complimenting another.

"Plants have feelings, just like people," the company wrote alongside a YouTube video of the project.

"So, what happens when you feed one plant with compliments and another with negative remarks?" they asked.

The company claims that the social experiment was used "to raise awareness on the effects of bullying," and used the hashtag #SayNoToBullying in their media.

Running over the course of a month, the experiment concluded that the plant receiving insults failed to thrive, unlike the plant getting positive attention from students.

Naturally, the video has attracted a lot of criticism online, with many questioning the legitimacy of the astounding outcome, claiming that it was a deceptive, thinly-veiled ad for IKEA.

"There is no way this is sound science. I want this repeated with more plants. This is a hoax," wrote a YouTube commenter.

"Scam ad that's obviously been rigged by the ad agency," said another, adding: "This whole 'experiment' is based on non-existent science. Kudos for doing something for a good cause but this is entirely fake. "

Another viewer wanted to know, "What languages do the plants speak? "

Many argued that because plants lack a nervous system, they do not feel physical or emotional pain like animals and humans do.

Others weren't as sceptical, however, and congratulated IKEA on their positive project, even sharing their own experiences with plant-talk.

"It's true that if you talk to your plants and even sing to them, they grow better and are healthier.  I know so coz I have done the same experiment on my own plants. The deterioration of a 'bullied' plant is the same as that of one that's attacked by pests," said a YouTuber.

"Great work IKEA UAE! Here's to more companies using their influence in positive ways! " responded another.

Another suggested that the "haters" should read the 1973 book The Secret Life of Plants, which proposed the idea that plants do react to sound, claiming that plants respond positively to classical music.

Hence, it could be said that while the insults would obviously not be understood linguistically, it's possible that their verbal delivery could have altered the plant in some way.

"Although they may seem passive, plants have their own complex sensory systems too, designed to respond to dangers or other changes in their environment," Alana Schetzer of the University of Melbourne wrote in an online paper.

"Plants may not have eyes, ears or a tongue, but their skin can perform many of the same functions," she continued, adding that plants have an awareness of their surroundings, and "can respond accordingly."

The "plants can hear us" theory was also tested in an episode of The Discovery Channel's Mythbusters.

A team of sceptics divided 60 pea plants into three greenhouses and left them to grow with identical sun exposure, soil and water.

For the duration of the 60-day project, two of the greenhouses were played recorded soundtracks, one of loving praise and one of cruel insults, while the third remained silent.

At the end of the experiment, it was determined by comparing plant masses from the three groups that there was no difference in plant quality between the nice greenhouse and the mean greenhouse.

In fact, both recorded yielding greater biomass and bigger pods than the third, silent greenhouse.

If the Mythbusters' theory is correct, talking to plants, no matter what you say, is beneficial.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Vitamin B6 may help people better recall their dreams, new research suggests

Vitamin B6, which is found in tuna, bananas and chickpeas, may help people better recall their dreams. Taking a strong dose of such supplements for just five days improves people's abilities to remember their dreams by 64 per cent, a study found.

Although unclear exactly why this occurs, one theory is vitamin B6 helps to convert an amino acid to a chemical messenger that influences emotion and sleep. 

Study author Dr Denholm Aspy, from the University of Adelaide, said: 'The average person spends around six years of their lives dreaming.

'It may be possible to use lucid dreaming for overcoming nightmares, treating phobias, creative problem solving, refining motor skills and even helping with rehabilitation from physical trauma.

'In order to have lucid dreams it is very important to first be able to recall dreams on a regular basis.'

Lucid dreaming occurs when people know they are dreaming while asleep. 

'I couldn't wait to go to bed and dream!' 

One study participant said: 'It seems as time went on my dreams were clearer and clearer and easier to remember. 

'I also did not lose fragments as the day went on.'

Another added: 'My dreams were more real, I couldn't wait to go to bed and dream!' 

Results further suggest vitamin B6 supplements do not affect dream vividness, bizareness or colour, as well as having no impact on people's sleep in general.

Dr Aspy adds further research is required to determine if dietary vitamin B6 has the same effects as supplements'.

How does vitamin B6 lead to clearer dreams? 

Additional theories include that vitamin B6 leads to higher levels of chemical messenger that suppress the REM stage of sleep. REM is characterised by rapid-eye movements, faster heart rates and more dreaming.

This suppression may then cause a rebound effect that results in more intense dreams in the last few hours of sleep.

Some also believe vitamin B6 disrupts sleep and causes people to awaken more in the night.

This may allow more opportunities for dreams to be transferred from short to long-term memories.

How the research was carried out    

The researchers analysed 100 people aged between 18 and 40 from across Australia.

At the beginning of the study, the participants claimed to rarely remember their dreams. 

They took 240mg of vitamin B6 before bed for five consecutive days; this is the equivalent of 558 bananas.

The sweet fruit contains around 0.43mg of vitamin B6. Seventy-five grams of tuna and a three-quarter cup of chickpeas both contain 0.84mg.

The findings were published in the journal Perceptual and Motor Skills. 

What is Vitamin B6? and what foods contain it? 

Vitamin B6, which is also known as pyridoxine, allows the body to use and store energy from protein and carbohydrates in food.

It is also involved in the formation of blood cells that carry oxygen around the body. Food sources include:
  • Tuna
  • Bananas
  • Potatoes 
  • Pork
  • Poultry
  • Fish
  • Whole grain cereals, such as brown rice
  • Eggs
Men need around 1.4mg a day and women approximately 1.2mg. People should be able to get all of the vitamin B6 they require from their diets. People should not take more than 10mg a day unless advised by their doctor.

Source: NHS Choices 

Less than eight hours sleep is linked to anxiety and depression 

This comes after research released last January suggested having less than eight hours sleep is linked to anxiety and depression.

Insomniacs are less able to overcome negative thoughts than those who get sufficient shut eye, a study found.

Being unable to nod off also reduces people's ability to disengage from negative emotions, the research adds.

Study author Professor Meredith Coles, from Binghamton University, said: 'We found that people in this study have some tendencies to have thoughts get stuck in their heads, and their elevated negative thinking makes it difficult for them to disengage with the negative stimuli that we exposed them to.

'We realized over time that this might be important - this repetitive negative thinking is relevant to several different disorders like anxiety, depression and many other things.' 

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Friday, April 27, 2018

What is Banishing?

Banishing is one of the core skills that all witches, sorcerers and people who do magick of any kind are required to develop early on in their journey. 

Banishing spells are designed to drive away anything the magic-user feels is a threat or a nuisance; unwanted energy, a person, an obstacle, a debt, a disease, an addiction, a bad habit, etc.

In ceremonial magic, banishing refers to one or more rituals intended to remove non-physical influences ranging from spirits to negative influences. Although banishing rituals are often used as components of more complex ceremonies, they can also be performed by themselves.

In Wicca and various forms of neopaganism, banishing is performed before casting a Circle in order to purify the area where the ritual or magic is about to take place. In his books on Nocturnal Witchcraft, for example, Konstantinos recommends performing banishings regularly, in order to keep the magical workspace free of negativity, and to become proficient in banishing before attempting acts that are much more spiritually taxing on the body, such as magical spellworking. Banishing can be viewed as one of several techniques of magick, closely related to ritual purification and a typical prerequisite for consecration and invocation.

For actual workings Aleister Crowley recommends a short, general banishing, with a comment that "in more elaborate ceremonies it is usual to banish everything by name." 

Crowley also recommended that a banishing ritual be done at least once daily by Thelema in Liber Aleph vel CXI.

In the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram (LBRP for shorthand) must be learned by the Neophyte before moving on to the next grade (Zelator).

While some traditions frown upon banishing as manipulative magic on the theory that it impacts the free will of another, if your tradition has no prohibitions against such things, then there’s no reason you can’t do a banishing to get rid of negativity.

  • A banishing can be carried out on a home, sending away unwanted energies and attendance, displeasure, stress, etc.
  • A banishing can be performed on a person to send away an addiction, negative energy or influence that another person has on him or her.
  • Banishing is also performed on items to get rid of the connection with previous owners. Or to remove and recharge the energy for a new purpose or goal.
  • The term cleansing refers to a banishing that is done to remove unwanted energies from a person, location, or object. The term exorcism is used to describe a banishing for an unwanted entity.

There are a number of different methods to accomplishing a successful banishing. Which one you choose will vary, depending on how comfortable you are with the different techniques, and what you’re trying to achieve.

For many banishing spells, an object is chosen to represent the person, idea, thing or energy to be banished. This item is then charged or programed to represent the target using various means and then symbolically sent away.  Running water, such as a river, is often utilized in this way. Use fire to burn a symbol of whatever it is you wish to be rid of, or earth to bury it.


A popular method of banishing is the use of the various elements, in particular the use of fire or water.

Fire can be used as a method of purification and cleansing by way of destruction.

Water is used in a number of religions for a variety of purposes, including banishing. You can make your own consecrated water for use in rituals.

If you are banishing energy from your person, a ritual bath may be in order.

Salt is also a great tool for banishing. In some magical traditions, it represents earth, and has been used for centuries to get rid of negative energy. In some folk magic traditions, black salt - a blend of sea salt and another item such as charcoal - is used as a protective barrier.

What is your favorite method?

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram

The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram (or LBRP) is a ceremonial magic ritual devised and used by the original order of the Golden Dawn that has become a mainstay in modern occultism. This ritual is considered by many to be a basic preliminary to any other magical work, so much that it was the only ritual, beside initiation rituals, taught to members of the Golden Dawn before they advanced to the Inner Order.

Description and structure

The ritual is highly dynamic, using gesture, visualization and the pronunciation of certain words of power, combining prayer and invocation as well as clearing and preparing a space for further magical or meditative work. The ritual is perceived as banishing any "chaotic" and "impure" forms of the elements from the magician's circle tracing the Pentagrams in the air and by the power of certain Divine names followed by an invocation of the spiritual forces ruling the elements to fortify and guard the circle.

The principal components of the Qabalistic Cross and the LBRP are drawn from the works of French occultist Eliphas Levi. The text originated as a traditional Jewish prayer said before sleeping, as documented by Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch in The Hirsch Siddur [Feldheim Publishing, 1969], which reads as follows:

In the Name of God, the God of Yisrael: may Michael be at my right hand, Gabriel at my left, Uriel before me, Raphael behind me, and above my head, the presence of God.

The ritual

Although some orders suggest that magical equipment is needed to perform the LBRP, the original Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn did not use any. However a modern approach might include the following:

  • An altar in the center of the ritual space, upon which are placed instruments representing the four Classical elements
  • A ceremonial robe (e.g. a tau robe) or other suitable ritual garb worn by the magician
  • A ritual dagger or sword (e.g. an "athame"), or a wand, used to gesture to the points of the Qabalistic Cross, and to draw the pentagrams and the magic circle connecting them.

The Golden Dawn LBRP consists of three main parts, in this order:

  1. Qabalistic Cross, sometimes repeated at the end of the LBRP. This is meant to construct an astral cross in the body of the magician, with points corresponding to Sephiroth on the Tree of Life. While constructing this cross, the magician vibrates Hebrew words from the last few lines of the Lord's Prayer (Thine is the kingdom, etc.).
  2. Formulation of the Pentagrams, in which a banishing earth pentagram (for the Banishing Ritual) or an invoking pentagram (for the Invoking Ritual) is drawn in the air at each of the four cardinal points and an associated name of God is vibrated (YHVH, ADNI, AHIH and AGLA for East, South, West and North respectively). This segment of the ritual is meant to banish or invoke the four elements (Air, Fire, Water and Earth respectively). The four pentagrams are connected by a circle, also drawn in the air.
  3. Invocation of the Archangels, during which the magician declares the Archangels Raphael, Gabriel, Michael and Uriel (or Auriel) to be present, while visualizing them at the four cardinal points.

Some traditions, in order to distance themselves from the Judeo-Christian content of the ritual, replace the Qabalistic Cross, names of God and archangels with suitable substitutes; using, for example, the chakra system instead of the Tree of Life, mantras instead of God names, etc. Magicians practising Thelemic magick will often intone the name Aiwass at the heart while performing the Qabalistic cross, as reinforcing their commitment to the presiding intelligence of Liber AL.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Scrying, The Ancient Art of Revelation

“People of Orphalese, beauty is life when life unveils her holy face. But you are life and you are the veil. Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. But you are eternity and you are the mirror.”
–Kahlil Gibran

Scrying is the occult practice of using a medium, most commonly a reflective surface or translucent body, to aid perceived psychic abilities such as clairvoyance. The media often used to "see" are water, polished precious stones, crystal balls, or mirrors. There are some who believe the art of scrying is not limited to the use of "reflective" or "translucent" bodies only, but includes other media. 

Scrying comes from the Old English word descry meaning "to make out dimly" or "to reveal." Adding the prefix/suffix 'be' (often 'gye' in Germanic languages), gives us the modern word 'describe'.

The objective might be personal guidance, prophecy, revelation, or inspiration, but down the ages, scrying in various forms also has been a prominent means of divination or fortune-telling. It remains popular in occult circles, discussed in many websites, and books; both modern and centuries old.

Scrying has been used for thousands of years by different cultures. Ancient Egypt used scrying in their Initiations. This included water scrying, dream scrying, oil scrying, and mirror scrying. One legend states that the goddess Hathor carried a shield that could reflect back all things in their true light. From this shield she allegedly fashioned the first magic mirror to "see."

One of the earliest written works of scrying comes from The Shahnameh, a historical epic work written in the late 10th century. Used in pre-Islamic Persia the epic gives a description of the Cup of Jamshid or Jaam-e Jam, as a cup of divination which, according to mythology, was long possessed by the rulers of ancient Greater Iran. The cup was filled with an elixir of immortality and was used for scrying. Ali-Akbar Dehkhoda explains that one could observe all the seven heavens of the universe by looking into the elixir and the whole world was reflected in it. In popular stories such as The Heroic Legend of Arslan, the cup is depicted as a crystal ball. Helen Zimmern's English translation of the Shahnameh uses the term "crystal globe".

Ancient Greeks practiced scrying using beryl, crystal, black glass, polished quartz, water, and other transparent or light catching bodies. 

In 1958, Classical Greek archaeologist, Sotiris Dakaris discovered a scrying center near the Dodona oracle. This temple was described by Homer and Herodotus, as a place where people would sit in complete darkness while awaiting their turn in front of the oracle. An extensive maze led to a long hallway where the 'gazing' would take place. Dakaris found the remnants of a bronze cauldron ringed with a banister which made it appear that people stand around the cauldron and gaze into it's contents for enlightenment or visions.

Dakaris also describes psychomanteums (sometimes spelled as psychomantium) used by ancient Greeks. These are mirrored rooms designed to communicate with the spiritual realm. 

Pausanias was a Greek traveler and geographer of the 2nd century AD. He is famous for his Description of Greece is a ten book series that is dedicated to some portion of Greece from firsthand observations. In his observations of Patras, he writes:

Before the Temple of Ceres at Patras, there was a fountain, separated from the temple by a wall, and there was an oracle, very truthful, not for all events, but for the sick only. The sick person let down a mirror, suspended by a thread till its based touched the surface of the water, having first prayed to the goddess and offered incense. Then looking in the mirror, he saw the presage of death or recovery, according as the face appeared fresh and healthy, or of a ghastly aspect.

One of the most detailed examples of oil scrying are written in the Greek Magical Papyri written in Egypt between 200 B.C. and A.D. 500. This method of scrying is traced back to ancient Babylonians and found its way to the Egyptians and Hebrews.

Cloud scrying was actually used by the ancient Celtic Druids in order to further their intuition. Instead of looking for specific shapes in the clouds, they would allow the clouds to spontaneously form and give spiritual images for insight in battles, spiritual rites, or the harvest.

In A.D. 312 when Emperor Constantine was marching against the army of Maxentius at Rome, both he and his entire army saw a shining cross of light amid the clouds. This form of cloud scrying has been used as a form of divination around the world. Clouds are said to be the written messages of the Heavens, foretelling the outcome of current events. This is also the predecessor to the modern childs game of seeing objects in the clouds.

There was an entire Aztec cult dedicated to the god Tezcatlipoca, which literally translated means ‘smoking mirror’ or ‘lord of the smoking mirror’, whereby priests would use flat black obsidian mirrors for obtaining their visions (black being the color of Tezcatlipoca reserved only by priests and also represented strength). 

Franciscan Friar Bernardino de Sahagún, who collected ethnographies in the New World, once commented about Tezcatlipoca, “like thewind he is invisible and, like a shadow he moves across the land.” Within the mythology itself Tezcatlipoca’s omniscient powers derived from the implementation of his obsidian mirror in which he was able to know everything and ‘see into the hearts of men.’

Native Americans used a form of scrying by way of rising smoke. This isn't just the stereotypical movie version where a blanket is draped over a small fire and then lifted to release the smoke. Rather watching the rising smoke from a flame and divining images held within the smoke stream.

Nostradamus is believed to have employed a small bowl of water as a scrying tool into which he gazed and received images of future events. 

Alchemists Edward Kelley and John Dee employed a form of scrying using a small crystal ball or shewstone - a piece of polished obsidian. The crystal ball and wax tablets used by Dee and Kelley are on display at the British Museum in London.

This powerful tool is now even being used for therapeutic purposes, as Dr. Raymond Moody has utilized scrying techniques to allow people to access an altered state of consciousness so they can connect with the spirit world and departed loved ones.

One class of methods of scrying involves a self-induced trance, with or without the aid of a medium such as a crystal ball. Some say that the sensation is drug-like, some that various drugs can potentiate the experience; others categorically exclude any connection with drug usage, claiming that it invalidates any images observed.

Many practitioners say that the scrying medium initially serves to focus attention, removing unwanted thoughts from the mind in much the same way as repetition of a mantra, concentration on a mandala, inducing the relaxation response, or possibly by hypnosis. Once this stage is achieved, the scryer may begin free association with the perceived images. The technique of deliberately looking for and declaring these initial images aloud, however trivial or irrelevant they may seem to the conscious mind, attempts to deepen the trance state. In this state some scryers hear their own disassociated voices affirming what they see, in a mental feedback loop.

Practitioners apply the process until they achieve a satisfactory state of perception in which rich visual images and dramatic stories seem to be projected within the medium itself, or in the mind's eye of the scryer. 

What each person sees is different. Some readers see only colours and light from which they can divine meaning. Others see shapes or cloudy figures in their visions. Still, others get perfectly clear images they are able to remember. It is very personal and there is no one right answer.

More than what a person sees, how they interpret the images varies as well. Depending on what you are seeing, whether colours or full scenes, will inform what you take away from it. Some people use scrying to get a feeling for a situation while others are able to read symbols and explain the meaning behind them.

You don’t have to do either. Scrying can just be a meditative process for you. This form of divination can also just help you relax your mind and find your inner self.

Scrying helps us to get in touch with our unconscious minds: the realm of the soul. As such, it can be used as a powerful form of self-understanding and psychoanalysis. If you’re struggling to find direction, meaning or purpose in life, scrying could be a wonderful way to get in touch with your core needs, dreams and goals.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

The Awakening of Consciousness

It is necessary to know that humanity lives with its Consciousness asleep. People work asleep. People walk through the streets asleep. People live and die asleep. When we come to the conclusion that the entire world lives asleep, then we comprehend the necessity of awakening. We need the awakening of the Consciousness. We want the awakening of the Consciousness.


The profound sleep in which humanity lives is caused by fascination. People are fascinated by everything in life. People forget their Selves because they are fascinated. 

The drunkard in the bar is fascinated with the alcohol, the place, the pleasures, his friends and the women. The vain woman in front of a mirror is fascinated with her own glamour. The rich avaricious person is fascinated with money and possessions. The honest worker in the factory is fascinated with the hard work. The father of the family is fascinated with his children. All human beings are fascinated and sleep profoundly.

When driving a car we are astonished when we see people dashing across the roads and streets without paying attention to the danger of the running cars. Others willfully throw themselves under the wheels of cars. Poor people... they walk asleep, they look like sleepwalkers. They walk asleep, endangering their own lives. Any clairvoyant can see their dreams. People dream with all that keeps them fascinated.


During the physical body’s sleep, the ego escapes from it. This departure of the ego is necessary so that the Vital Body can repair the physical body. However, in the Internal Worlds we can asseverate that the ego takes its dreams into the Internal Worlds. 

Thus, while in the Internal Worlds the ego occupies itself with the same things which keep it fascinated in the physical world. Therefore, during a sound sleep we see the carpenter in his carpentry shop, the policeman guarding the streets, the barber in his barbershop, the blacksmith at his forge, the drunkard in the tavern or bar, the prostitute in the house of pleasures, absorbed in lust, etc. All these people live in the Internal Worlds as if they were in the physical world.

During his sleep, not a single living being has the inkling to ask himself whether he is in the physical or Astral World. However, those who have asked themselves such a question during sleep, have awoken in the Internal Worlds. Then, with amazement, they have been able to study all the marvels of the Superior Worlds. 

It is only possible for us to ask such a question of ourselves in the Superior Worlds (during those hours of sleep) if we accustom ourselves to ask this question from moment to moment during the so-called vigil state. Evidently, during our sleep we repeat everything that we do during the day. Therefore, if during the day we accustom ourselves to asking this question, then, during our nocturnal sleep (while being outside of the body) we will consequently repeat the same question to ourselves. Thus, the outcome will be the awakening of the Consciousness.

Remembering Oneself: 

The human being in his fascinated trance does not remember his Self. We must Self-remember our Selves from moment to moment. We need to Self-remember our Selves in the presence of every representation that could fascinate us. 

Let us hold ourselves while in front of any representation and ask ourselves: Where am I? Am I in the physical plane? Am I in the Astral Plane? Then, give a little jump with the intention of floating within the surrounding atmosphere. It is logical that if you float it is because you are outside the physical body. Thus, the outcome will be the awakening of Consciousness. 

The purpose of asking this question at every instant, at every moment is with the intention of engraving it within the subconsciousness, so that it may manifest later during the hours given to sleep, hours when the ego is really outside the physical body. You must know that in the Astral Plane, things appear just as they are here in this physical plane. This is why during sleep, and after death, people see everything there in a form very similar to this physical world. This is why they do not even suspect that they are outside of their physical body. 

Therefore, no dead person ever believes himself to have died because he is fascinated and profoundly asleep. 

If the dead had made a practice of remembering themselves from moment to moment when they were alive, if they had struggled against the fascination of the things of the world, the outcome would have been the awakening of their Consciousness. They would not dream. They would walk in the Internal Worlds with awakened Consciousness.

  • Whosoever awakens the Consciousness can study all the marvels of the Superior Worlds during the hours of sleep. 
  • Whosoever awakens the Consciousness lives in the Superior Worlds as a totally awakened citizen of the cosmos. One then coexists with the great hierophants of the White Lodge.
  • Whosoever awakens the Consciousness can no longer dream here in this physical plane or in the Internal Worlds.
  • Whosoever awakens the Consciousness stops dreaming.
  • Whosoever awakens the Consciousness becomes a competent investigator of the Superior Worlds.
  • Whosoever awakens Consciousness is an illuminated one.
  • Whosoever awakens the Consciousness can study at the feet of the master.
  • Whosoever awakens the Consciousness can talk familiarly with the Gods who initiated the dawn of creation.
  • Whosoever awakens the Consciousness can remember his innumerable reincarnations.
  • Whosoever awakens the Consciousness can consciously attend his own cosmic initiations.
  • Whosoever awakens the Consciousness can study in the temples of the great White Lodge.
  • Whosoever awakens the Consciousness can know in the Superior Worlds the evolution of his Kundalini.

Every Perfect Matrimony must awaken the Consciousness in order to receive guidance and direction from the White Lodge. In the Superior Worlds the masters will wisely guide all those who really love one another. In the Superior Worlds the masters give to each one that which one needs for his inner development.

The Perfect Matrimony  by Samael Aún Weor 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Saturn, The Lord Of Time And Karma Goes Retrograde

It takes Saturn much longer to travel around the sun than Earth, about 30 years. Just as we spend about a month in each astrological sign during our solar journey, Saturn spends about three years passing through each sign. For instance, Earth just moved from Pisces into Aries. In December of 2017, Saturn entered Capricorn. And this is especially significant because Saturn rules Capricorn, and the next sign, too, which is Aquarius.

Saturn is turning retrograde, moving backward through its home sign of Capricorn from April 17 to September 6, 2018. This planet of order's retrograde period is a time to cultivate discipline, patience, and self-restraint.

Normally, Saturn is something of a celestial disciplinarian in astrology.

Saturn is known as the lord of time and karma; the embodiment of what goes around, comes around. And it’s during the retrograde period that karma is “sorted out.” Past, present, and future blur into one. If you have been bad in the past, then at a certain predestined time, an event will occur to teach you a lesson. If you been good in the past, then at a predestined time, an event will occur to reward you for your good deeds. With Saturn in retrograde motion, the karma will relate to how responsible you have been in the past.

The lessons associated with Saturn retrograde relate to your thoughts and words. Saturn retrograde 2018 will be especially challenging if you have a history of teasing or verbally abusing people. 

Saturn retrograde shows the areas of life, or the personality traits and behaviors, which specifically need extra development. It will teach us the importance of being mindful and acting correctly from the beginning, as every decision will have lasting and sometimes unexpected effects.

Saturn retrograde in your natal chart means there was a problem with self-discipline or avoiding responsibility in a former life. Due to illness, immaturity or disrespect, you may have neglected looking after your loved ones. Perhaps you failed to earn a living to support your parents, or ran out on your partner and children. There will be some lessons or extra effort required this life to pay back this karmic debt. You must learn the lessons so you don’t have to go through this difficult cycle again.

From now until Saturn direct on September 6 is the phase where you learn your lessons. The lessons you learn might be hard but they will be valuable.

The greatest Saturn nature is disciplined, responsible, stable, respectful and reliable.

Gloomy thoughts, bad news or loneliness are possible even if you have been perfectly nice to all you meet. If you are prone to low moods or depression, Saturn retrograde 2018 may intensify your negative thinking. You may find it harder to get bad thoughts out of your head.

Saturn retrograde 2018 will help you recognize your own depressive moods and negative thought patterns. This is a great opportunity to erase any negative and destructive ideas about yourself and your life that have played over and over in your brain for years.

Now is a great time to either learn or further cultivate patience, so be very deliberate in your actions and choices. There’s no rush. Feeling impulsive? Hold back a little. Go nice and easy and don’t lose your discipline. The more slowly you move, the more focused you will be. You will need that heightened sense of focus and awareness as you come to examine the nature of your karmic contracts.

Saturn also represents limitations. It is a time for us to restructure. Saturn deals with programs, organizations and all things that deal with better systems and processes. It is about duty, loyalty, perseverance, endurance, form, shape, substance, boundaries and  responsibility. It is about being  held accountable to others as well as to yourself. It is about building an empire; creating a solid foundation from which to grow from or toward. Without a solid foundation, we become unstable and cannot fulfill our soul's instruction for this lifetime. We could wander without direction, cause, goals or vision; much less have a dream to hold or work toward.

We often don’t always thinking of love as being a step by step process, but often times when we end up in shaky territory in a relationship, it’s because we didn’t take the time to properly build the foundation together.

Saturn retrograde period will assist you in completing anything that is left undone, unattended to, partially completed or not completed at all. It does not pressure you to do these things, but gives you time to do them.

Saturn going retrograde will possibly be an uncomfortable period of time. And a long one at that. But it’s also a chance to create real magic in your life. Why? Because if you can handle the lessons that Saturn will throw at you over the next few months, you will be able to take charge of your destiny. And not just in this lifetime, but across all time and space.

You are in a place of privilege. You are so close to waking up from the illusion. Seize this moment and go all the way. Deeper, more complex and infinitely glorious mysteries await you on the other side of the illusion. Are you ready?

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Iceland's first pagan temple in 1000 years ready in late 2018

The God of Thunder is making a triumphant return to Iceland. After 1,000 years without a temple of worship to the Norse gods, Iceland is resurrecting its pagan roots. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

In Iceland, the Ásatrúarfélagið, or Æsir faith, represents the contemporary continuation of Norse paganism. Named after the Norse pagan gods called the Æsir – which includes a pantheon of popular Norse gods such as Odin, Thor, Frigg, and Baldur – the spirits and entities that the folklore represents are also taken into consideration. This contemporary version of the original pagan religion was founded in Iceland in 1972, and was granted recognition as an official religion with the ability to legally conduct ceremonies and collect state tax following the year after.

The religion does not take a stance on politics, nor is there a fixed theology. However, a general pantheism is embraced. With an increase in members in the last few years, the need for an official space in which to officiate ceremonies and gather also heightened. The religion saw a 50% increase in registration of members since 2014, and is the largest non-Christian religious group in Iceland with almost 4,000 members.

In 2008, the Ásatrúarfélagið was granted a plot of land in the wooded Öskjuhlið area of Reykjavík on which to build a temple. Previously, the organisation only had a meeting office and a burial ground. The proposed plot of land is situated in an idyllic location next to a forest filled with walking paths and overlooking Nauthólsvík beach.

Members of the religion celebrated the Winter Solstice in 2017 with a ceremony and feast on the site of the new temple in Öskjuhlið. The current high chieftain, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, initiated the ceremony that’s celebrated among many different cultures and is a tradition that predates the first Icelandic settlers and even Christianity.

The architect, Magnús Jensson, has been designing the temple in a timeless aesthetic, with Viking-era connotations in a circular shape built into the surrounding natural features. The design will also take into account the significance of planetary alignments, the golden ratio, and sacred geometry, as is common in many important religious constructions around the world. The construction of the temple, although ready with a proposal since 2008, was delayed because of the financial crisis during the same year. However, construction began in 2015 with plans to complete the project in late 2018.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

People can teach themselves new skills in dreams

The idea of the surreal Hollywood blockbuster Inception, where people travel through someone's dreams to 'plant' an idea in his head may not be so out-there after all.

Researchers at Yale have found that 'lucid dreamers' - dreamers who have 'waking dreams' that they control - are able to learn new skills in their dreams. A team is now experimenting with the idea of 'training' people by telling them what to dream about.

People who can control their dreams can use the unusual ability to experience a sense of euphoria, as if they have accomplished something. But new research hints that people can actually 'use' dreaming as a tool to learn.

Being in command of dreams opens up opportunities to manipulate them for learning and training - although it may not be quite as precise as learning to play the violin while asleep.

Instead, 'lucid dreamers' can control areas of their brain to open up and 'learn' while they sleep. What's more, it seems that merely being a lucid dreamer seems to give you an advantage.

Researchers from Yale University found that lucid dreamers perform better in a gambling task, designed to test a part of the brain important to emotional decision-making and social interactions, said a report in New Scientist.

Peter Morgan at Yale University and colleagues think that this region can be trained. Him and his team are working on how to train people using dreams. Morgan hopes to be able to improve a person's social control and decision-making abilities. 

'We know that by engaging circuits in the brain we can change its architecture,' he says.

It's already been proven that people who practice tasks in dreams can be better at them in real life. 

One Swiss study, led by Daniel Erlacher of the University of Bern, showed that lucid dreamers who 'practiced throwing a coin into a cup were better at the real thing when they woke up.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Jupiter Retrograde – Purify Body & Soul

If you've been feeling like your life is non-stop chaos lately, it's probably because Mercury & Jupiter are both in retrograde. That's right, you heard me. We're experiencing not one, but two retrogrades at the same time. Gather your bearings, take a deep breath, and stay calm. You can survive this, I assure you.

Turn inward for answers as giant Jupiter turns backward.

Giant Jupiter, the planet of expansion, growth and opportunity, became the planet of introversion and spirituality -- at least temporarily! (March 8 - July 10).

Jupiter retrograde happens once a year and lasts 120 days and provides us with the time and reflection to go over a big aspect of our life before jumping in.

Jupiter retrograde represents a time of philosophical or spiritual introspection and reflection. 

Additionally, this retrograde is in the sign of Scorpio, a deep thinking sign that illuminates our own shadows, so we will be able to see our own ugly behaviors and get off our high horse to purify our own actions. You can reflect on what ignites your soul and what makes you feel purposeful during this time.

This year the main theme of Jupiter retrograde is poisoning of your personal value system and morals that affects your physical health. Jupiter retrograde 2018 signals the right time to start detoxifying. It is time to purify your body and soul.

If you have been immoral, hypocritical or deceitful, Jupiter will present opportunities to reform this area of your life. If you need to detox your body because of substance abuse or poor diet, Jupiter proves the motivation and personal power to transform your physical body. 

While Jupiter is retrograde, we'll spend much time looking inward and relying on our own personal wisdom. We'll draw on this to explore the growth and changes we feel we need to transform our lives and put us on the path toward becoming the people we really want to be.

Instead of the happy-go-lucky planet pushing us to go go go, Jupiter will now go slow slow slow -- which means it's the perfect time to take a time out and examine our personal philosophies and reevaluate the beliefs that motivate us on a daily basis.

It's also a time to look at the details that are a part of our larger plan. Because Jupiter in forward-motion promotes activity and going out into the world, Jupiter backwards is all about knowing ourselves and our emotional life. Reconsider truths you previously thought to be self-evident. Are there any lies you've been telling yourself in order to get ahead? Re-examine these, and be more loyal to who you truly are.

Even in retrograde, Jupiter is all about finding the highest version of yourself. Use this time wisely -- it's a gift!

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Millionaires Don’t Need Astrologers, Billionaires Do

Astrology has been used over the centuries by kings, Popes such as Leo X and Paul III, and historical figures from Benjamin Franklin to President Reagan, all who have consulted with astrologers. Brilliant mathematicians, astronomers and scientists were also astrologers: Aristotle, Hippocrates, Ptolemy, Copernicus, Nostradamus, Galileo, Johannes Kepler, (considered to be the father of modern astronomy), Sir Isaac Newton and psychologist, Carl Jung. 

They trusted that the practice of astrology could provide valuable information to help them manage their affairs and make important decisions. Astrological interpretation offered them insightful analysis of the past, guidance to the future, and wise counsel they could depend on as being accurate. 

Let’s take a closer look at a few of the more famous people who have used astrology. Then, ask yourself if you think that these were “ignorant” people or just intelligent, practical people, who were a little ahead of their time.

John Pierpont Morgan was a wealthy American financier at the turn of the 20th Century who consulted often with a well-known astrologer, Evangeline Adams. She gave him the best timing to make important investments in such companies as U.S. Steel Corporation and the Great Northern & Pacific Railroad, as well as the Boer War. His use of astrology for business made him a billionaire, back in the early part of that century when a million dollars was a vast fortune. 

Benjamin Franklin was one of the most respected and famous people in colonial America. As history notes, Franklin was a publisher, inventor and statesman. Franklin was also Colonial America’s greatest astrologer. Historical research indicates that both Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, (who was another all-around philosophical, scientific genius, and fellow committee drafter) conspired to have the Declaration of Independence adopted on July 4, 1776, rather than on the July 2nd date urged by their fellow committee member, John Adams. Franklin knew the importance of choosing favorable astrological timing; and July 2, 1776 was bad! Instead, he picked a fabulous “astrological day” for America’s Founding Fathers to sign the Declaration of Independence.

President Theodore Roosevelt had strong ties to the world of astrology, too, and often quoted horoscopes. During the 1930’s and 1940’s in American history, astrologers ranked socially equal and as friends to politically and socially influential people. Having an astrologer, or even a psychic/medium consult with you was quite fashionable. Interesting how the times appear to change for collective social consciousness; yet, in the world of politics and government, astrologers and remote viewers are consulted regularly.

Ronald Reagan and his wife, First Lady, Nancy Reagan consulted astrologers regularly. Reagan had two inaugurations. He had his official and privately held on an auspicious astrological time for his entering the Presidency.

Walt Disney was the creative genius who created Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Disneyland and a vast entertainment empire. It was well known that Walt Disney used astrological timing for business purposes to assure successful openings for his movies and theme parks. In the process he made millions of dollars using this information.

You know those Apple product launch events that always seem to be so randomly timed? Those dates are chosen by Astrologers.

Mansa Musa I of Mali is the richest human being in history with a personal net worth of $400 billion! Guess what he used? Astrologers. Yes, Astrologers.

There are many successful companies that use astrology for business- Apple, JP Morgan Chase, in fact there are rumors that the US government also has a few astrologers on payroll.

Astrology is one of the most ancient metaphysical arts. Entire cities were built on the principals of astrology and the planets were once worshipped as gods. In fact, so many ancient civilizations relied on the formation of the planets to execute plans such as wars, planting of seeds and harvests.

The basic principal of astrology is “as above, so below” which means that the planets in our solar system have the ability to mirror what is happening here on earth, almost like they shine their influences on the earth to create certain energetic force fields.

The day you “birth” something, whether it be a business or idea, is very important in astrology as it foretells the strengths and weaknesses of the enterprise and reveals the different energies surrounding it.

Because astrology gives us an understanding of the energies around us, we can learn to select days of action that will be more beneficial and more fruitful when it comes to business. Just the same, we can avoid days that perhaps would not be conducive to success.

Learning how to select the best astrological days goes deeper than just picking a lucky day. Choosing the best day also depends on the chart of the people behind the business and what constitution they were born with.

While this can get technical, by understanding your own astrological chart you can begin to learn what types of businesses and projects fall into your strengths and what types fall into your weaknesses.

If you are looking to Launch a Product, a Business or an Enterprise, then here is what you need to know about Astrology:

Full Moon: When the moon is full it signifies a completion of a project or the end of a cycle. During a full moon it’s the perfect time to reap your rewards and enjoy the bountiful harvest that is on offer. Launch products within a few days of the full moon.

New Moon: This is the time to start new projects or plant new “seeds”. While the full moon is good for endings, the new moon is perfect for beginnings.

Mercury Retrograde: the planet mercury rules communication, technology, moving parts and contracts. For this reason when mercury is in retrograde it is never a good time to launch a new project. Usually when a contract is signed on a mercury retrograde things are fraught with delays, things are not what they seem, or the contract is terminated earlier than expected. Mercury retrograde however, is a good time to reach out to old contacts or clients who you have worked with in the past. It’s also a good time to reconvene on old projects that perhaps were placed by the wayside.

Venus Retrograde: Venus is the goddess of beauty, love and also profits. When she is in retrograde projects launched often do not return as higher profit as expected. The same applies to making investments when Venus is retrograde.

Mars Retrograde: Mars is the god of the divine masculine, action, energy and war. When mars is in retrograde, projects are often delayed, or sluggish and perhaps don’t have the energy to get off the ground.

Jupiter Conjunct Sun: A fantastic and very abundant time for launching projects as long as mercury is not in retrograde. A fantastic day to sign contracts, make deals and to invest.

Saturn Return: This happens to everyone between the ages of 28-31. During this time we feel the urge to put our roots down and to establish ourselves in our chosen careers. The only risk here is that while Saturn gives us the power to create “roots” it also wants to ensure that we take responsibility and follow the law. For this reason, any businesses ventured to in this time that have dodgy or unfair practices could prove problematic or provide a much needed “wake up call”.

Regardless of when you choose to launch your business one thing is always for sure- it’s the energy that you put into it that achieves the results. Why not make things easier for yourself and pick the best day?

What some wise men, seers and other well known names have said about astrology:

It was in Poor Richard’s Almanac that Ben Franklin wrote about astrology, saying: “Oh the wonderful knowledge to be found in the stars. Even the smallest things are written there…if you had but skill to read.” 

President Theodore Roosevelt kept his horoscope mounted on a chess board in the oval office. When asked about it he would reply, “I always keep my weather eye on the opposition of my seventh house Moon to my first house Mars.” 

Donald Reagan, formerly Ronald Reagan’s Chief of Staff said: “It’s common knowledge that a large percentage of Wall Street brokers use astrology.”

The Philosopher Plato said: “Perhaps there is a pattern set up in the heavens for one who desires to see it, and having seen it, to find one in himself.”

Physicist Albert Einstein said: “Astrology is a science in itself and contains an illuminating body of knowledge. It taught me many things and I am greatly indebted to it.” 

 Physicist Sir Isaac Newton said in defence of astrology, to sceptic Edmund Halley: “I have studied the matter. You sir, have not”. 

 The poet Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “Astrology is astronomy brought down to earth and applied toward the affairs of man.” 

Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine said: “A physician without the knowledge of astrology has no right to call himself a physician.”

Author DH Lawrence said: “Who knows the power that Saturn has over us, or Venus? But it is a vital power, rippling exquisitely through us all the time.” 

Scientist Louis Pasteur said: “The controls of life are structured as forms and nuclear arrangements, in relation with the motions of the universe.” 

Mark Twain said: “I was born with Halley’s Comet and I expect to die upon its return,” and he did. 

Mathematician Pythagoras said: “The stars in the heavens sing a music if only we had ears to hear.” 

St. Thomas Aquinas told all who would listen: “The celestial bodies are the cause of all that takes place in the sublunar world.” 

Sir Francis Bacon, the father of modern science told us, “The natures and dispositions of men are, not without truth, distinguished from the predominance of the planets.” 

Confucius taught his followers that, “Heaven sends down its good and evil symbols and wise men act accordingly.” 

Dante called astrology, “The noblest of sciences.” 

Shakespeare said, in the person of King Lear…”The stars above govern our condition.” He follows that with “I was born sir, when the Crab was ascending: all my affairs go backwards.”

Goethe wrote an astrological description of his birth...”These auspicious aspects, which the astrologers subsequently interpreted for me, may have been the causes of my preservation.”

Dr. Carl Jung, one of the founding fathers of psychology said: “Astrology is assured recognition from psychology without further restrictions, because astrology represents the summation of all the knowledge of antiquity. The fact that it is possible to construct, in adequate fashion, a person’s character from the data of his nativity, shows the validity of astrology.” 

Astronomer Johannes Kepler, the author of Kepler’s Laws of Planetary Motion wrote, “An unfailing experience of mundane events in harmony with the changes occurring in the heavens, has instructed and compelled my unwilling belief.”

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