The Lord of Hosts

The following is a short meditation on a concept which, like many others, hasn’t been illuminated very well.

In the Jewish tradition of Kabbalah, a common epithet of IHVH, the One God, is “Tzabaoth”, or “IHVH Tzabaoth” in full. Roughly translated, it means “Lord of Hosts”.

Interestingly, we also find a similar concept in Hinduism: Lord Ganesh is the king of all spirits, and thus also called “King of Hosts”.

But what does it mean to rule over hosts, in a spiritual context? Continue reading “The Lord of Hosts”

Making an image in talismanic operations

2c4de8264f90636f9b80bb1ca91408f3In traditional treatises of talismanic magic, the concept of creating an “image” is ubiquitous. Here’s an example from Agrippa.

From the operations of Mars they made an Image in the hour of Mars, Mars being in the second face of Aries, in a Martial stone, especially in a Diamond; The form of which was a man armed, riding upon a Lyon, having in his right hand a naked sword erected, carrying in his left hand the head of a man; they report, that an Image of this kind rendreth a man powerfull in good and evill, so that he shall be feared of all; and whosoever carryeth it they give him the power of enchantment, so that he shall terrifie men by his looks when he is angry, and stupifie them;

–“Of the Images of the Planets”. In: Cornelius Agrippa, Three Books of Occult Philosophy

But what does it mean to “make an image“? As most things in occult literature, there are multiple layers of meaning to unravel. Continue reading “Making an image in talismanic operations”

Planetary foods

Presently, I am looking for ways to honor the planetary powers in a balanced fashion by honoring them on their respective days. This can be done through various means like prayer, suitable activities (e.g. physical activity for Mars or learning a language for Mercury) but also through foods. This is especially convenient because we all have to eat every day, so why not make use of it? Plus, eating that way increases the chances of having a balanced diet.
Now that we have established our goal we need to find out which common foods are associated with the planets. Here’s my list, which is by no means exhaustive, so let me know in the comments if you can think of more and I will add them to the list if I agree with your attribution.

Sun

  • oranges
  • chicken
  • sunflower seeds
  • dates
  • wheat
  • corn
  • mango
  • rosemary
  • thyme
  • honey
  • fruits in general

Dark side: neglecting other planetary foods, monotone diets

Moon

  • cheeses in general
  • water, esp. clear spring water
  • rice
  • oats
  • beer
  • mushrooms
  • tofu

Dark side: stale and moldy foods that are bereft of vital energy, or that are outright contrarian to good health

Mercury

  • millet
  • white wine with carbonated water (spritzer)
  • chicken legs and wings
  • cocktails
  • hors d’oeuvres
  • intricate dishes

Dark side: anything processed in general, eating too fastnull

Venus

  • vanilla
  • tonka beans
  • sweets, esp. pralines
  • sweet sherry
  • desserts
  • sweet fruit liquors
  • mead
  • cinnamon
  • rose-colored pepper
  • honey
  • anything with pleasant odors
  • white bread
  • haute cuisine

Dark side: overly sweet (e.g. soft drinks)

Mars

  • red meat
  • spirits (high-percentage alcoholic drinks)
  • tripe
  • ginger
  • pepper (esp. black pepper)
  • cayenne peppers
  • onion
  • garlic
  • kidney beans
  • cloves

Dark side: too much red meat, medicated meat, not caring about the origins of one’s food

Jupiter

  • big roasts, esp. turkey
  • puff pastry
  • lentils
  • chicken breast
  • turmeric
  • burgers
  • pasta
  • dumplings
  • pumpkins

Dark side: overindulgence, i.e. eating or drinking too much

Saturn

  • potatoes and other vegetables with edible roots
  • carrot
  • tomatoes
  • topinambur
  • sour and dry wines, port wine
  • black bread

Dark side: constipating foods; eating too little

What are magical faculties (siddhis)? Do they exist?

Thousand-Handed Guan Yin
Thousand-Handed Guan Yin, a Buddhist and Chinese folk goddess. Multiple pairs of hands symbolize power and wisdom.

In this post I would like to talk about magical, spiritual or mystical faculties, also called Siddhis by practitioners of certain Eastern systems, in modern terms. I hope you will not find the text too dense or hard to grasp. I would be grateful for any suggestions on how to word things better. Questions are also fair game! 🙂 Continue reading “What are magical faculties (siddhis)? Do they exist?”

They’re just people.

Over the years I’ve noticed that a lot of human folks on this planet are easily affected by glamours. I’m not saying I’m not, but I do believe I have been blessed with a certain amount of innate resistance, or protection, against them.

Other human beings will dazzle you with their money, power, looks (whether artificial or natural) or talents. A funny hat or uniform can be enough, or some deftly applied make-up. Continue reading “They’re just people.”