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The second edition contains "well over five hundred new topics,nearly one thousand completely new articles, and 1.5 million morewords than the original." In his preface, the editor provides anexcellent service to readers by clearly distinguishing thedifferences in content between the two editions. All 2,750 entriesfrom the first edition were examined for revision, 1,800 of themremaining essentially unchanged. While entries in both editions aresigned, the name of the scholar is followed by the date 1987 in thenew edition, thereby indicating the article is reprinted with fewor no changes. When entries were updated for the second edition,either by the original author or by another scholar, a single namewill be followed by two dates (1987 and 2005) or two names will belisted, each followed by one of the two years. The editorsconsidered some articles from the first edition worthy of inclusionin the second but no longer state-of-the-art (e.g., Mysticism,Rites of passage, Sexuality). Here, the entry is reprinted with thetitle qualified by "First Edition" and is then followed by acompletely new article with the same title but the qualifier"Further Considerations." Most, if not all, entries conclude withsupplemental bibliographies, often updated even if the entry itselfwas not.

Much is completely new to the second edition, most notably inthe expansion of composite entries. Employed in the first edition,these composite entries consist of related sets of articles.Beginning with a general overview, articles that explore, forexample, tradition-specific aspects of the Afterlife orgeographical differences in Buddhism follow. Significant newcomposite entries have been added for Ecology and religion andGender and religion, along with a significantly expanded compositeentry for Law and religion. New religious movements is another areawith enhanced coverage, including an expanded composite entry andnew individual entries such as Branch Davidians; Hubbard, L. Ron;UFO religions; and Wicca. The important relationship betweenreligion and science is explored in new entries for Bioethics andGenetics and religion, as well as a thoroughly revised entry forScience and religion. Each volume now contains a "visualessay"-basically plates of color illustrations with accompanyingtext on such topics as "Sacred Time" or "Efficacious Images"-thatseeks "to demonstrate how pervasively visual culture permeatesreligion." Sadly, more than 50 new biographical entries have beenadded for scholars of religion who have passed away since the firstedition was published. Included is the great Islamicist AnnemarieSchimmel, one of the editors of the first edition of theEncyclopedia of Religion and this reviewer's teacher. Requiescat inpace.

Distinguishing content between the two editions is less clearwhen entries have been omitted or incorporated into another. Acursory review of one volume of the first edition produced a coupleof examples. According to the excellent index, Muro Kyuso, aJapanese scholar of neo-Confucianism in the seventeenth andeighteenth centuries, is nowhere to be found in the second edition.The entry for Nawrz, the Persian New Year, is now given briefmention in the article on Islamic religious year. Arguably, bothare minor subjects in the greater scheme of the encyclopedia as awhole, but their omission does suggest that consideration be givento keeping both editions handy.

Academic specialists may uncover some factual errors in thissecond edition and may well quibble with the presentation ofmaterial by their colleagues. But as reviewers of the first editionremarked-an assessment equally true today-the Encyclopedia ofReligion "will indeed provide a generation of users with valuablesummaries and analyses of the best of current scholarship in thefield of religion."

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The 72 Spirits of the Goetia 1.0 APK
The Companion App to my Greater and LesserGoetic Magick apps!This app contains the 72 sigils, and the names and descriptionsof the 72 intelligences- Indispensable for the modernoccultist.The demons' names are taken from the Ars Goetia, which differsin terms of number and ranking from the Pseudomonarchia Daemonum ofJohann Weyer. As a result of multiple translations, there aremultiple spellings for some of the names, which are given in thearticles concerning them.The "72-fold name" is highly important to Sefer Raziel, and akey (but often missing) component to the magical practices in TheLesser Key of Solomon. It is derived from Exodus 14:19-21, readboustrophedonically to produce 72 names of three letters. Thismethod was expounded with no difficulty by Rashi, apparently widelyknown throughout the Geonic period. Kabbalist and occultist legendsstate that the 72-fold name was used by Moses to cross the Red Sea,and that it can grant later holymen the power to control demons,heal the sick, prevent natural disasters, and even killenemies.The 72-fold name is mentioned in Roger Bacon, who complainedabout a book titled Liber semamphoras, more specifically thelinguistic corruption that occurred in translating Hebrew to Latin.The angels of the Shemhamphorash factored heavily into thecosmology of Johann Reuchlin influencing Heinrich CorneliusAgrippa[3] and Athanasius Kircher. Thomas Rudd featured the 72angels in his magic, as a balancing force against the evil spiritsof the Ars Goetia or in isolation. Rudd's material on theShemhamphorash was later copied and expanded by Blaise de Vigenère,whose manuscripts were in turn used by Samuel Liddell MacGregorMathers in his works for the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
Liber 777 1.0 APK
777 is one of the most prominent books of theQabalah in the western esoteric tradition, alongside Samuel LiddellMacGregor Mathers' Kabbalah Unveiled, Israel Regardie's A Garden ofPomegranates and Dion Fortune's Mystical Qabalah. The Kabbalahhowever is a much earlier Jewish form of Torah commentary that wasprominent in the sixteenth century via the book the Zohar. Itintroduced the diminishing Four Worlds, God as the transcendent AinSoph, Israel as embodying the Shekinah, or "presence", as spouse ofthe male God, and most popularly the ten Sephiroth as schema of theuniverse between Israel and Jehovah. It did this by interpretingthe concrete letters of the scripture rather than, say, theuniversal parable more evident in the gospels. Through thereformation it became popular with occultists like HeinrichCornelius Agrippa, Pico della Mirandola and Eliphas Levi beforebeing formalised in popular new-age magic.Gematria was extrapolated from The Equinox vol. 1, no.5 where itwas originally titled Temple of Solomon the King continued beingthe fifth in that series. It explains the dogmatic Qabalah astaught by the original order of the Hermetic Order of the GoldenDawn. The main studies are the ten sephiroth—emanations or rungs ofa divine hierarchy between Earth and Godhead—and the three forms ofword analysis. These consist of gematria where each of thetwenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet have their own number andare added together in words to make metaphorical sympathy; aiqbaqir, also called "Qabalah of the Nine Chambers", which convertsany letter in a word to its radical equivalent. It quotes much ofthe introduction to Mathers' Kabbalah Unveiled and also Crowley'sown Qabalistic Dogma, an appendix to his Collected Works vol. I.before beginning a study of important numbers in magical art.Liber 777 Vel Prolegoma Symbolica Ad Systemam Sceptico-MysticaeViae Explicande, Fundamentum Hieroglyphicum SanctissimorumScientiae Summae is designated a "Class B" document by Crowley. Thetitle refers to a lightning flash descending the diagrammaticworlds, the zig-zag pattern suggesting three diminishing 7s. Itconsists of roughly 191 columns, with each row corresponding to aspecific Sephirah or path on the Tree of Life for a total of 35rows and is used for a quick reference for corresponding mnemonicsand factors of religion for use in magic (for instance, anevocation of Venus would have one looking across that column forthe colour corresponding to Venus that will be the colour of his orher robe, and then Venusian incense, etc.).The first appearance of 777 was published anonymously in 1909after Crowley had written it from memory in just a week. Anintroduction to one edition by "Frater N∴" states that Crowley mayhave published it anonymously because it was taken from a HermeticOrder of the Golden Dawn manuscript that was obligatory forinitiates to memorise.Within the detail of the book the column's vertical axis isnumbered from 1 to 32 signifying the 32-paths of wisdom which occurin the western Qabalah, numbers 1–10 are the sephirah of theuniverse and numbers 11–32 the paths which join them. Thehorizontal columns have many categories pertinent to religion,mythology and magick given in some 32-parts each. The Hebrewalphabet, the Tarot cards and the astrological glyphs fortunatelytotal 22-each and are given to the paths as a map of the magician'suniverse. From the 11th path onward some of these numbers have beenexemplified by appearing to the left or right in the margin foreasy reference, paths 11, 23, 31, 32-bis and 31-bis are leftwardsand denote the five astrological elements; paths 15, 16, 17, 18,19, 20, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29 are rightwards and denote the 12astrological signs, the rest are astrological planets.
Egyptian Book of the Dead 1.0 APK
The Book of the Dead is the common name forthe ancient Egyptian funerary texts known as The Book of Coming [orGoing] Forth By Day. The name "Book of the Dead" was the inventionof the German Egyptologist Karl Richard Lepsius, who published aselection of some texts in 1842.Religion guided every aspect of Egyptian life. Egyptian religionwas based on polytheism, or the worship of many deities. TheEgyptians had as many as 2000 gods and goddesses each representingcharacteristics of a specific earthly force, combined with aheavenly power. Often gods and goddesses were represented as parthuman and part animal.They considered animals such as the bull, the cat, and thecrocodile to be holy. Their two chief gods were Amon-Ra and Osiris.Amon-Ra was believed to be the sun god and the lord of theuniverse. Osiris was the god of the underworld and was the god thatmade a peaceful afterlife possible. The Egyptian "Book of the Dead"contains the major ideas and beliefs in the ancient Egyptianreligion. Because their religion stressed an afterlife, Egyptiansdevoted much time and energy into preparing for their journey tothe "next world."The text was initially carved on the exterior of the deceasedperson's sarcophagus, but was later written on papyrus now known asscrolls and buried inside the sarcophagus with the deceased,presumably so that it would be both portable and close at hand.Other texts often accompanied the primary texts including thehypocephalus (meaning 'under the head') which was a primer versionof the full text.Books of the Dead constituted as a collection of spells, charms,passwords, numbers and magical formulas for the use of the deceasedin the afterlife. This described many of the basic tenets ofEgyptian mythology. They were intended to guide the dead throughthe various trials that they would encounter before reaching theunderworld. Knowledge of the appropriate spells was consideredessential to achieving happiness after death. Spells orenchantments vary in distinctive ways between the texts ofdiffering "mummies" or sarcophagi, depending on the prominence andother class factors of the deceased.Books of the Dead were usually illustrated with pictures showingthe tests to which the deceased would be subjected. The mostimportant was the weighing of the heart of the dead person againstMa'at, or Truth (carried out by Anubis). The heart of the dead wasweighed against a feather, and if the heart was not weighed downwith sin (if it was lighter than the feather) he was allowed to goon. The god Thoth would record the results and the monster Ammitwould wait nearby to eat the heart should it prove unworthy.The earliest known versions date from the 16th century BC duringthe 18th Dynasty (ca. 1580 BC–1350 BC). It partly incorporated twoprevious collections of Egyptian religious literature, known as theCoffin Texts (ca. 2000 BC) and the Pyramid Texts (ca. 2600 BC-2300BC), both of which were eventually superseded by the Book of theDead.The text was often individualized for the deceased person - sono two copies contain the same text - however, "book" versions aregenerally categorized into four main divisions – the Heliopolitanversion, which was edited by the priests of the college of Annu(used from the 5th to the 11th dynasty and on walls of tombs untilabout 200); the Theban version, which contained hieroglyphics only(20th to the 28th dynasty); a hieroglyphic and hieratic characterversion, closely related to the Theban version, which had no fixedorder of chapters (used mainly in the 20th dynasty); and the Saiteversion which has strict order (used after the 26th dynasty).It is notable, that the Book of the Dead for Scribe Ani, thePapyrus of Ani, was originally 78 Ft, and was separated into 37sheets at appropriate chapter and topical divisions.
Mahanirvana Tantra 1.0 APK
These texts describe the esoteric teachings ofTantra, a belief system which originated in India, practiced by anumber of Hindus and Buddhists. Tantra has become a synonym in theWest for unbridled sexuality; however, sexuality is only one faucetof this elaborate spiritual practice.This is one of the best known of the Tantric scriptures. It wastranslated by Sir John Woodroffe (under the pseudonym ‘ArthurAvalon‘), one of the few Indologists to gain direct access to thisobscure and secretive branch of Hinduism. Framed as a conversationbetween the god Shiva and goddess Shaki, this text describes thechakra, or subtle energy structure of the human body, ceremonies,yogic practices and mantras for meditation, and a summary of theHindu laws (dharma) regarding sexual behavior.There are three classes of men – pashu, Vira, and Divya. Theoperation of the guna which produce these types affect, on thegross material plane, the animal tendencies, manifesting in thethree chief physical functions – eating and drinking, whereby theannamayakosha is maintained; and sexual intercourse, by which it isreproduced. These functions are the subject of the panchatattva orpanchamakara ("five m’s"), as they are vulgarly called – viz.:madya (wine)mangsa (meat)matsya (fish)mudra (parched grain)maithuna (coition).In ordinary parlance, mudra means ritual gestures or positions ofthe body in worship and hathayoga, but as one of the five elementsit is parched cereal, and is defined as Bhrishtadanyadikang yadyadchavyaniyam prachakshate, sa mudra kathita devi sarvveshangnaganam-dini.The Tantras speak of the five elements as pancha-tattva,kuladravya, kulatattva, and certain of the elements have esotericnames, such as Karanavari or tirtha-vari, for wine, the fifthelement being usually called lata-sadhana (sadhana with woman, orshakti). The five elements, moreover have various meanings,according as they form part of the tamasika (pashvachara), rajasika(virachara), or divya or sattvika sadhanas respectively.All the elements or their substitutes are purified andconsecrated, and then, with the appropriate ritual, the first fourare consumed, such consumption being followed by lata-sadhana orits symbolic equivalent. The Tantra prohibits indiscriminate use ofthe elements, which may be consumed or employed only afterpurification (sho-dhana) and during worship according to theTantric ritual. Then, also, all excess is forbidden. TheShyama-rahasya says that intemperance leads to Hell, and thisTantra condemns it in Chapter V. A well-known saying in Tantradescribes the true "hero" (vira) to be, not he who is of greatphysical strength and prowess, the great eater and drinker, or manof powerful sexual energy, but he who has controlled his senses, isa truth-seeker, ever engaged in worship, and who has sacrificedlust and all other passions. (Jitendriyah satyavadinityanushthanatatparah kamadi-validanashcha sa vira itigiyate.)
Cancer Astrology 1.0 APK
Cancer (♋) is an astrological sign, which isassociated with the constellation Cancer. It spans the 90-120thdegree of the zodiac, between 90 and 125.25 degree of celestiallongitude. Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun transits this area onaverage between June 22 to July 21, and under the sidereal zodiac,the Sun transits this area between approximately July 16 and August15.In astrology, a decan is said to be the ensign for a set of dayswithin the heliocentric phase of Cancer. Each paradigm has its ownplanetary liaison. All of this has to do with what planet isaffecting the sun's path at the time.Decan I: June 22 - July 1 (Sovereign: the Moon) "the positiveand negative traits of this sign would be more prominent."Decan II: July 2 - July 12 (Sovereign: Mars) "the strongerqualities of the Zodiac Sign Cancer are generally exhibited inthese individuals"Decan III: July 13 - July 21 (Sovereign: Jupiter) "can beassured of good fame and fortune in his life".AssociationsIn astrology, a planet's domicile is the zodiac sign over whichit has rulership. The planet said to be ruler of Cancer is theMoon.This app contains all the information you will need tounderstand the Cancer Native. It includes extensive Sun Signinformation, as well as important details regarding all Seven ofthe Sacred Planets when they are located in the sign of Cancer.This app also details the compatibility of the Cancer Sun Nativewith all 11 other Sun Natives, including Aries, Taurus, Gemini,Leo, Pisces, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, andAquarius.I will be adding more important information in futureupdates.
I Ching for Thelemites 1.0 APK
This version of the I-Ching is pertinent toall Thelemites and those interested in the works of AleisterCrowley. The comments on the Trigrams are those of AC.This application is NOT A METHOD OF DIVINATION, in and ofitself. It requires you to construct your own hexagrams, usingtraditional Chinese coins, or traditional Yarrow Stalks. Once youhave constructed your hexagram, this application will allow you tostudy in-depth, the hexagrams you've received. It is a compilationof the commentaries on the Yi Jing by The Great Beast of Thelemicphilosophy, Aleister Crowley, as well as another prominentThelemite, Marcelo Ramos Motta.These Commentaries are what Crowley published as Liber CCXVI,and which Motta subsequently published as The Equinox III, Number7.The I Ching (Wade-Giles) or "Yì Jīng" (pinyin), also known asthe Classic of Changes, Book of Changes or Zhouyi, is one of theoldest of the Chinese classic texts. The book contains a divinationsystem comparable to Western geomancy or the West African system;in Western cultures and modern East Asia, it is still widely usedfor this purpose.Traditionally, the I Ching and its hexagrams were thought topre-date recorded history, and based on traditional Chineseaccounts, its origins trace back to the 3rd to the 2nd millenniumBCE. Modern scholarship suggests that the earliest layers of thetext may date from the end of the 2nd millennium BCE, but placedoubts on the mythological aspects in the traditional accounts.Some consider the I Ching the oldest extant book of divination,dating from 1,000 BCE and before. The oldest manuscript that hasbeen found, albeit incomplete, dates back to the Warring Statesperiod (475–221 BCE).During the Warring States Period, the text was re-interpreted asa system of cosmology and philosophy that subsequently becameintrinsic to Chinese culture. It centered on the ideas of thedynamic balance of opposites, the evolution of events as a process,and acceptance of the inevitability of change.The standard text originated from the Old Text version (古文經)transmitted by Fei Zhi (费直, c. 50 BCE-10 CE) of the Han Dynasty,which survived Qin’s book-burning. During the Han Dynasty thisversion competed with the bowdlerised new text (今文經) versiontransmitted by Tian He at the beginning of the Western Han.However, by the time of the Tang Dynasty the Old Text versionbecame accepted as standard.Aleister Crowley (12 October 1875 – 1 December 1947), bornEdward Alexander Crowley, was an English occultist, ceremonialmagician, poet, and mountaineer, who was responsible for foundingthe religion of Thelema. In his role as the founder of theThelemite philosophy, he came to see himself as the prophet who wasentrusted with informing humanity that it was entering the new Aeonof Horus in the early 20th century.
Greater Goetic Magick 1.0 APK
This app is a perfect companion for the LesserGoetic Magick, available on Google Play!Looks great on a phone or a tablet.Many such grimoires attributed to King Solomon were written inthis period, ultimately influenced by earlier (High Medieval) worksof Jewish kabbalists and Arab alchemists, which in turn hark backto Greco-Roman magic of Late Antiquity.Several versions of the Key of Solomon exist, in varioustranslations, and with minor or significant differences. Thearchetype was probably a Latin or Italian text dating to the 14thor 15th century.[1] Most extant manuscripts date to the late 16th,17th or 18th centuries, but there is an early Greek manuscript,dating to the 15th century (Harleian MS. 5596) closely associatedwith the text. The Greek manuscript is referred to as The MagicalTreatise of Solomon, and was published by Armand Delatte inAnecdota Atheniensia (Liége, 1927, pp. 397–445.) Its contents arevery similar to the Clavicula, and it may in fact be the prototypeon which the Italian or Latin text was based.An important Italian manuscript is Bodleian Library Michael MS276. An early Latin text survives in printed form, dated to ca.1600 (University of Wisconsin-Madison, Memorial Library, SpecialCollections). There is a number of later (17th century) Latinmanuscripts. One of the oldest extant manuscripts (besides Harleian5596) is a text in English translation, entitled The Clavicle ofSolomon, revealed by Ptolomy the Grecian and dated to 1572. Thereare a number of French manuscripts, all dated to the 18th century,with the exception of one dated to 1641 (P1641, ed. Dumas,1980).a group of pentacles from the Hebrew manuscript (BL Oriental 14759,fol. 35a)A Hebrew text survives in two versions, one kept at the BritishLibrary, on a parchment manuscript, separated in BL Oriental MSS6360 and 14759. The BL manuscript was dated to the 16th century byits first editor Greenup (1912), but is now thought to be somewhatyounger, dating to the 17th or 18th century.[2] The discovery of asecond Hebrew text in the library of Samuel H. Gollancz waspublished by his son Hermann Gollancz in 1903, who also published afacsimile edition in 1914.[3] Gollancz' manuscript had been copiedin Amsterdam, in Sephardic cursive script, and is less legible thanthe BL text. The Hebrew text is not considered the original. It israther a late Jewish adaptation of a Latin or Italian Claviculatext. The BL manuscript is probably the archetype of the Hebrewtranslation, and Gollancz' manuscript a copy of the BL one.[2]An edition of the Latin manuscripts of the British Library waspublished by S. L. MacGregor Mathers in 1889. L. W. de Laurence in1914 published "The Greater Key of Solomon", directly based onMathers' edition, to which he made alterations in an attempt toadvertise his mail-order business (for example by insertinginstructions like "after burning one-half teaspoonful of TempleIncense" along with ordering information for the incense).
Occult Encyclopedia 1.0 APK
The occult (from the Latin word occultus"clandestine, hidden, secret") is "knowledge of the hidden". Incommon English usage, occult refers to "knowledge of theparanormal", as opposed to "knowledge of the measurable", usuallyreferred to as science. The term is sometimes taken to meanknowledge that "is meant only for certain people" or that "must bekept hidden", but for most practicing occultists it is simply thestudy of a deeper spiritual reality that extends beyond pure reasonand the physical sciences. The terms esoteric and arcane have verysimilar meanings, and in most contexts the three terms areinterchangeable.It also describes a number of magical organizations or orders,the teachings and practices taught by them, and to a large body ofcurrent and historical literature and spiritual philosophy relatedto this subject.Occultism is the study of occult practices, including (but notlimited to) magic, alchemy, extra-sensory perception, astrology,spiritualism, and divination. Interpretation of occultism and itsconcepts can be found in the belief structures of philosophies andreligions such as Gnosticism, Hermeticism, Theosophy, Wicca,Thelema and modern paganism. A broad definition is offered byNicholas Goodrick-Clarke:OCCULTISM has its basis in a religious way of thinking, theroots of which stretch back into antiquity and which may bedescribed as the Western esoteric tradition. Its principalingredients have been identified as Gnosticism, the Hermetictreatises on alchemy and magic, Neo-Platonism, and the Kabbalah,all originating in the eastern Mediterranean area during the firstfew centuries AD.From the 15th to 17th century, these ideas that arealternatively described as Western esotericism, which had a revivalfrom about 1770 onwards, due to a renewed desire for mystery, aninterest in the Middle Ages and a romantic "reaction to therationalist Enlightenment". Alchemy was common among importantseventeenth-century scientists, such as Isaac Newton, and GottfriedLeibniz. Newton was even accused of introducing occult agenciesinto natural science when he postulated gravity as a force capableof acting over vast distances. "By the eighteenth century theseunorthodox religious and philosophical concerns were well-definedas 'occult', inasmuch as they lay on the outermost fringe ofaccepted forms of knowledge and discourse". They were, however,preserved by antiquarians and mystics.Based on his research into the modern German occult revival(1890–1910), Goodrick-Clarke puts forward a thesis on the drivingforce behind occultism. Behind its many varied forms apparentlylies a uniform function, "a strong desire to reconcile the findingsof modern natural science with a religious view that could restoreman to a position of centrality and dignity in the universe". Sincethat time many authors have emphasized a syncretic approach bydrawing parallels between different disciplines.