A State of Mind – Psychic Development

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The Serene Dragon : Religious – Leviathan / Abyss / Rahab / Elusive Serpent / Twisting Serpent / Livyathan / Nakhask / Rahabh / Tannin / Rager / Lotan

Leviathan / Abyss / Rahab / Elusive Serpent / Twisting Serpent / Livyathan / Nakhask / Rahabh / Tannin / Rager / Lotan

Region: Sea

Time Period: Unknown

References in Literature: Bible / Christianity Verses: Job 41, 9:13, 26:12 and 3:8, Isaiah 27:1 and 51:9, Psalms 74:13-14 and 89:10, Isaiah 30:7,11, Psalms 89: 9-10, Job 9:13 and 26:12-13, Amos 9:3, Habakkuk 3:10, 2 Esdras 6:52, 2 Baruch 29:3-8, Jonah 2:1

Sources: XDrac, Windseeker, Illiana, Dragonsight, DenCity, Morgeu, Encarta, Polenth, Giants, Monsters and Dragons, Dragon Cove, and too many more.

Notes:

* When God created earth, he created Leviathan in the sea and the desert monster Behemoth and at the End of the World, he will destroy both, and thus destroy waters and land.

* Has many forms: some with many heads, chain mail and shields down his back, bright eyes like the sun, evil-smelling fog. some say was a whale or dolphin

* Swallowed Jonah and kept him for 3 days.

* Some equate it with the Oroborus, which holds its tail in its mouth and circles the earth

* Symbolizes: evil, turmoil, chaos, man’s willfullness and pride against God

* Challenged God’s supremacy

* Associated with water

* Can also be called Lotan, who has 7 heads in Canaanite myths

* In Ugaritic religion, Leviathan is the god of evil

* Will be a delicacy served on Judgement Day at the banquet

* May refer to the Draco constellations.

“[In] Hebrew myth Yahweh slays Leviathan – even though in the oldest Jewish texts Yahweh is portrayed as a serpent-god”. (Source: OzWitch).

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Tiamat

Tiamat / Tiahamtu / Baau (beneficient) / Bis-Bis / Hubar / Mammu-Tiamat / Omorca / Omoroka / Tamtu / Tauthe / Tehom / Thalass / Thalassa / Thalatth / Thamte / Thlavatth / Tiawath / Tisalat / Ummukhubar

Region: Babylon
Time Period: Dated at around 1700 BCE, but aspects of the story could go back to about 2000 BCE. See Below for notes on time period.
References in Literature: From Enuma Elish, the Babylonian story of creation.
Sources: Just About Everyone, Book of Fabulous Beasts, Dictionary of Literary Themes and Motifs, Vol. 1.

Notes:

  • 300 miles long, circumference of 100 ft, and a mouth that opens 10 ft.
  • Undulates 6 miles high. Huge scaled body, legs, forked tongue, head and forelegs of a lion, feathered wings and eagle’s hind quarters. Her skin was immune to all weapons.
  • Tiamat was the female water spirit of chaos
  • Primordial mother of all that is living and not and was
  • Occasionally referred to as a monster of Air.
  • In some sources she is given the ability to shapeshift.
  • Symbolic of salt water, in which she lived
  • Marduk himself is occasionally represented with a horned dragon at his feet. Particularly on a Babylonian cylinder seal.
  • Alexander Heidel in Babylonian Genesis questions the popular view of Tiamat as a dragon.
  • Enuma Elish was found in cuneiform on 7 clay tables. Possibly derived from Sumerian stories from 3,000 BC.
  • Enuma Elish can be translated as “War of the Gods”
  • Other dates for the work: 2225-1926 BC

This is a classic example of a male deity slaying a female dragon or serpent-like monster in an attempt to replace a cooperative, “chaotic” natural order with a hierarchical, paternal, and often monotheistic system.

Some histories have Ea as the precursor to Marduk, and Ea was supplanted in later tellings by Marduk who took over some of his histories and attributes. Ea was originally one of the chief gods of Babylon, the original Tiamat-slayer and the conqueror of the watery abyss, and became a composite dragon himself – called “the goat fish” or the “antelope of the deep”. Ea is also called Dagon.

“‘The horned dragon’, says Jastrow ‘from being the symbol of Enlil…becomes the animal of Marduk and subsequently of Ashur as the head of the Assyrian pantheon’”. (Source: Dragons and Dragon Lore pg 24.)

A small dragon often appears running alongside Tiamat and Marduk – like a dog. No explanation of this has been found. (Source: Dragons and Dragon Lore).

Tale:

In the beginning, there was nothing but two elements – Apsu, the male spirit of the fresh water and the abyss, and Tiamat, the female dragon spirit of salt water and chaos. The two had an uncountable number of children (including Lachmu and Lachamu), which became gods and goddesses, and upon looking at their numbers and boisterous ways, Apsu decided to kill them all. Tiamat was against this and refused to harm them so Apsu turned to his Vizier and others for help.

The Gods, however inadvertently, learned of the plot, and Ea (Enki), one of the gods, put a spell on them both, then killed Apsu (one source says while he was sleeping) and took the other plotters hostage. Tiamat was very upset at the death of her husband, and laid low while plotting revenge against her children. With the help of an army of twelve monsters (the viper, the shark, the scorpion man, the storm demon, the great lion, 11 dragons, the mad dog and four nameless ones), she stood up against her children.

But Marduk (or Merodach), a younger god the sun-god armed with bows and arrows, mace and lightning, fought her on the condition that he be recognized as supreme. He wove a net of the four winds, caught her, and as she opened her mouth to eat him, he drove an evil wind down her throat so she could not close her mouth.Marduk then drove arrows down her throat until she bled to death.

Marduk used her body to create the heavens and the earth, and the blood of her husband and Kingu (Quingu), Tiamat’s son and consort after Apsu and the leader of the army, to make mankind and enslave them to the gods.

Variations:

In this story it is said that before the time of the gods and the world there was nothing but a waste of chaotic waters ruled byApsu and Tiamat. As time passed gods were created in hopes of bringing order to this chaos. One of the gods, Ea, slayed Apsu, thus making Tiamat and her brood of monsters mad at the gods. Tiamat waged war against Ea and the other gods and was successful in stifling their efforts until Marduk was born. Marduk was the strongest and the wisest of the gods and was elected to deal with Tiamat once and for all. Upon summoning the powers of all of the other gods, Marduk went to war with Tiamat. Tiamat was no match for Marduk and all of his powers. Marduk caught her in his net (some sources say that only her helpers were gathered in the net after she was slain) and when she opened her mouth to breath fire at him, he let loose the four winds which filled her up rendering her defenseless.Marduk then speared her with a lightning bolt, split her in two and raised half of her body to create the sky and with the other half created the earth. Her waters came forth to form the clouds and the Tigris and Euphratus was made from her tears. Kingu’s blood created the first humans.

More Variations:

  • Another source has Tiamat performing the split into heaven and earth on her own, without Marduk. This version is not popular.
  • One source has Kinga (Qinga) with the Tablets of Destinies which he uses in his attacks and the battle will goes forever.
  • Tiamat may have swallowed Marduk.
  • Tiamat tricks Kingu by transforming into a beauty and luring him to his death

Shamelessly stolen from theserenedragon.net (which hasn’t updated since ’03)

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The Fallen

Daniel and Sebastian stood in the middle of the house and surveyed their new home. Daniel looked at Sebastian, his hands on his hips and his brow arched. “Is this better, then? Does it make you… happy?” he asked. Sebastian was full head taller than Daniel with long black hair and eyes the color of moonbeams. He had sharp, angular features, a strong Roman nose and a jaw to match. He looked older than Daniel, with his boyish features and unlined skin. Daniel had an innocent, even tempered look to him, more like a boy than a man, which Sebastian supposed was fine if you were into that kind of thing and especially so considering Daniel’s usual methods. But the boy wasn’t nearly as vulnerable as he seemed. Or as young. Sebastian’s brows were etched with thought lines giving him a more serious look. His brows were thicker and slightly less perfect than Daniel’s. All in all, Sebastian appeared to be the older and more experienced of the two. But appearances could be deceiving and no one knew that better then he did.
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Mastema

From Wikipedia

Mastema an angel who persecutes evil in Hebrew folklore. He carries out punishments for God. He tempts humans and tests their faith. He asked God to permit him to have demons as his subordinates. In the Zadokite Fragments and the Dead Sea Scrolls, he is the angel of disaster, the father of all evil, and a flatterer of God. His name is that of an arch-demon who first appears in the literature of Israel’s Second Temple Period, as a personification of the Hebrew word “mastemah” (משטמה), meaning “hatred”, “hostility”, “enmity” or “persecution”.

Hosea From Hosea 9.7-8:

7 The days of punishment are coming, the days of reckoning are at hand. Let Israel know this. Because your sins are so many and your hostility so great, the prophet is considered a fool, the inspired man a maniac. 8 The prophet, along with my God, is the watchman over Ephraim, yet snares await him on all his paths, and hostility in the house of his God.

Book of Jubilees

According to the book of Jubilees, Mastema “Hostility” is the chief of the demons engendered by the fallen Watchers/Angels with women, perhaps one of those same demons.

His actions and name indicate he is Satan, the ‘Adversary’, but much more the Satan who appears in the book of Job with a function to fulfill under God than the Satan of later tradition who is the uttermost enemy of God.  Beliar, mentioned twice in Jubilees, is likely to be identical with Mastema in this work.

When God is ready to destroy all these demons after the flood and Noah prays that his descendants be released from their attacks, Mastema intervenes, beseeching God to allow him to retain and control one tenth of these demons in order to exercise his authority because they are “intended to corrupt and lead astray before my judgement because the evil of the sons of men is great”. So Mastema is the tester of humans with God’s permission.

Mastema sends a plague of birds onto the land in the days of Terah.

Later, Mastema counsels God to test Abraham (Jubilees 17:15-16) just as Satan in the book of Job wants permission to test Job. As Abraham prepares to sacrifice his son Isaac, Mastema stands in God’s presence. On his deathbed Isaac promises that the spirits of Mastema will have no power to turn Jacob or his descendants away from Yahweh.

The strange account in Exodus 4.24 where Yahweh meets Moses by the way and tries to kill him is retold in a way that attributes the attack to Mastema instead (Jubilees 48:1-3). It is claimed that Mastema aided the Egyptian priests that opposed Moses. Mastema is also said to have been chained while the Israelites left Egypt but then let go to encourage the Egyptians to chase after the Israelites and so come to their doom in the Red Sea.

On the other hand, the deaths of the firstborn of the Egyptians are attributed to “all the powers of Mastema”.

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I Believe

I believe that all gods exist because I believe that man creates gods.

I believe that  in the beginning there was Primordial Chaos and from that the universe in it’s patterned perfection emerged.

I believe in a single, androgynous original creative force.

I believe that magick works.

I believe that intent is everything and is that which shapes actions into good or evil.

I believe that energy can be directed and manipulated to affect change in accordance to the Will by anyone with the right discipline and practice.

I believe that we make our own reality but that there are limits to what we can control.

I believe that we have limitations and challenges imposed upon us by the choices and actions made by others.

I believe that there is a divine spark within each of us.

I believe that we each have an individual destiny to fulfill and that the choices we make or control we exert might change the path we take getting there, but doesn’t prevent us from learning that which we are destined to learn.  It might rearrange the time frame, but I don’t believe that we can circumvent the lessons.

I believe in cause and effect.

I believe that there are no accidents and that everything ultimately happens for the best.

I believe that everything happens to teach us something.

I believe in Twin Flames.

I believe that every little thing has meaning.

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House Rulerships

Main Rulerships:

All matters relating to death, decay, fear, anxiety and loss. The quality and nature of death. Who shall be heir to the deceased. Unexpected inheritance, wills, legacies and testaments of the deceased (note that paternity – wealth from the parents – is also shown by the 4th house).

Money belonging to a partner, spouse or other party. Financial obligations, debts, taxes, loans, losses, money owed to others. (In seeking a good time for a loan, make sure that the ruler of the 2nd house is dignified and strong – a strong 8th house ruler is more likely to indicate favour for the lender).

Transits through this house often show a need to consolidate and accept the loss of elements of life that are no longer fruitful or have served their purpose; the nature of the planet will indicate how the loss is accepted.

Traditional astrology relates the eighth house to crisis, hidden matters, anguish of mind, poison and deadly fears; yet psychological astrology often refers to it as a house of inner transformation and growth. It should be remembered that true transformation follows the burst of creativity that occurs after the lessons of this house have been properly digested. Only by facing our innermost fears are we able to overcome them and move on with the strength of experience and wisdom. But this house is not relevant to the period of growth, its concern is the inhibiting factors that stand in our way. It is a house of personal vulnerability, albeit perhaps a necessary vulnerability from which we may eventually gain. It is wise to avoid any financial gambles or high-risk activities during periods when this house is heavily emphasised.

In Horary Astrology:
As above. Death, loss, or issues relating to these for the querent. Financial affairs of the wife or lover. Issues that bring us fear, anxiety or loss.

In Mundane Astrology:
The national debt; the collector of taxes; danger to the people through war or national disasters; the resources of the enemy.
Financial relations with foreign countries. The privy council.
Public mortality, the death rate, death duties and the kinds of people who die; Raphael notes, for example, that Mars in the 8th house shows “many sudden and terrible deaths by fire, accidents and crime. It denotes deaths of military, naval and medical men, notable people in the iron and steel industry, and those connected with trades to do with fire.” (
[MAR], p.39)

In lawsuits or conflicts:
The allies of the opponent; in lawsuits the friends and assistants of the defendant.

In Events:
Watters suggests that in events concerning crimes the 8th rules the detectives, but in cases of murder, the victim (
[JoE], p.66). She also notes that if the significator of the initiator of an event is placed in the 8th, they may not live to see the conclusion of the business.

In Medical Matters:
Sex organs (genitals); haemorrhoids, gall-stones, strangury (painful excretion of urine), bladder, groin, piles, and poisons generally.

In Commerce:
The finances of the seller or the person you trade with.

Colours
Dark green.

Qualities:
Succeedent, feminine, nocturnal. This is a ‘dark’ house which is denied the light of the ascendant by traditional aspect. Although it succeeds to an angle, its decline towards the descendant is symbolic of loss of personal strength.

Direction:
West-south-west.

Associated Planets:
No planet is said to rejoice in this house although Firmicus claims that the Moon is dignified here in nocturnal charts, because of the emphasis on nocturnal qualities, (it is worth considering that classical astrology often attached sinister qualities to the Moon).
Cosignificators are Scorpio and Saturn.

Names:
Epicataphora (‘casting down’), the House of Death.
From Skyscript

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8th House Associations

8th House Associations through History ***
Manilius: Unfortunate. The abode of Typhon.
Others (classical): Death and its nature; trial; penalty; loss; weakness.
Firmicus: The kind of death. No planet other than the Moon rejoices in this house and then only in nocturnal charts. Debilitated and passive because it does not aspect the ascendant. Called ‘Gate of Hell’ (Epicataphora).
Al-Biruni: Death; murder, poison. Inheritance. Wife’s property. Expenditure; poverty.
Lilly: Death; wills; partner’s money. Fear and anguish of mind.
Modern: Income, taxes, legacies; shared feelings, sex, birth and death. Big business. Insurance. Crime.
*** The tables of house associations outline the classical attributions of the houses. Specific mention is made of Manilius, because he represents a very ancient understanding of house meanings, and also Firmucus who lived at the end of the classical period and hence represents a more refined approach to their meanings. Other associations dating to the classical period are included, most of which are taken from Neugebauer and Van-Hoesen’s Greek Horoscopes. By way of comparison, the list also includes the main associations of Al-Biruni (11th century Arabic), William Lilly (17th century), and some of the more common modern associations

 

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The Dark Night of the Soul

The Dark Night of the Soul” is the name given to that experience of spiritual desolation that all students of the Occult pass through at one time or another. It is sometimes charcterised by feelings that your occult studies or practises are not taken you anywhere, that the initial success that one is sometimes granted after a few months of occult working, has suddenly dried up. There comes a desire to give up on everything, to abandon exercises and meditation, as nothing seems to be working. St.John of the Cross. a christian mystic, said of this experience, that it;

“…puts the sensory spiritual appetites to sleep, deadens them, and deprives them of the ability to find pleasure in anything. It binds the imagination, and impeeds it from doing any good discursive work. It makes the memory cease, the intellect become dark and unable to understand anything, and hence it causes the will to become arrid and constrained, and all the faculties empty and useless. And over this hangs a dense and burdensome cloud, which afflicts the soul, and keeps it withdrawn from the good.”

Though the beginner may view the onset of such an experience with alarm (I know I did), the “Dark Night” is not something bad or destructive. In one sense it may be seen as a trial, a test by which the Gods examine our resolve to continue with occult work, and if you are not completely whole-hearted about your magical studies, it is during this period (at its beginning) that you will give up. The Dark Night of the Soul should be welcomened, once recognised for what it is (I have always received an innate “warning” just before the onset of such a period), as a person might welcome an operation that will secure health and wellbeing. St.John of the Cross embraced the soul`s Dark Night as a Devine Appointment, calling it a period of “sheer grace” and adding;

“O guiding Night,
O Night more lovely than Dawn,
O Night that has united the lover with his beloved
Transforming the Lover in her Beloved.”

When entering the Dark Night one is overcome by a sense of spiritual dryness and depression. The notion, in some quarters, that all such experiences should be avoided, for a peaceful existence, shows up the superficiality of so much of contemporary living. The Dark Night is a way of bringing the Soul to stillness, so that deep psychic transformation may take place. All distractions must be set aside, and it is no good attempting to fight or channel the bursts of raw energy that from time to time may course through your being. This inner compulsion to set everything aside results in the outer depression, when nothing seems to excite.

The only thing to do is obey your inner voice and become still, waiting for the inner transformation, (which the “Dark Night” heralds), to take place. You may not be aware for a very long time of the results of that inner change, but when the desire to work comes againand the depression lifts, the Dark Night has (for a moment) passed. No one can help during this time, and in many cases there is hardly anyone to turn for advice. One must disregard the well-meaning advice of family and friends to “snap out of it” this is no ordinary depression, but a deep spiritual experience which only those who have passed through themselves (in other words to a magical retreat) but for many, as the routines of everyday life prohibits this, all you can do is cultivate an inner solitude, a stillness and silence of heart, and wait, (like a chrysalis waits for the inner changes that will result in a butterfly) for the Transformation to work itself out. There are many such “Dark Nights” that the occult seeker must pass through during the mysterious process of mitigation. They are all trials but experience teaches one to cope more efficiently.

With fractalic greetings and laughter * Fra.: Apfelmann *

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