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Cave Quest

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Excuse The Disarray
Posting This Page Even Though
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The Cave Quest and the Mystics and Madmen pages have much in common as many mystical experiences happen to humans in caves. While vision questing, doing a walkabout, while in coming of age ritual or spiritual fasting the experience brings on altered states of counciousness.
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This page is about the role of caves in the spiritual transformation process and ritual in myth, legend and science; and how it relates to the rights of passage.

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"What's in there?"
"Only what you take with you."
Yoda and Luke Skywalker at the Dark Side Cave
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Liminality
Liminal Deity
Rites of passage have three phases: separation, liminality, and incorporation
Separation, transition
Re-incorporation is characterized by elaborate rituals and ceremonies. In rites of incorporation there is widespread use of the 'sacred bond', the 'sacred cord', the knot, and of analogous forms such as the belt, the ring, the bracelet and the crown.
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How to Create Your Own Rites of Passage
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"Holley Moyes"
“Sacred Darkness: A Global Perspective on the Ritual Use of Caves" Book Preview
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Caves and the Ancient Greek Mind - Yulia Ustinova
(clicking cover image to the left takes you to the beginning)
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Enchanted Moura are magical maidens who guard caves as well as other things...
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Dark retreat A dark retreat is a solo retreat in a space that is completely absent of light.
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Personal Identity
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Isolation Tank
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Prisoner's Cinema
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The Cave of Fire
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What is the symbolic meaning of caves in literature or mythology?
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Caves/Caverns
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The Meaning of Caves in a Dream | The Dream Well
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Cave- Great Symbols Series - Theosophy Trust
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The Ladder - Masonic Initiation by W. L. Wilmshurst
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Minotaur and the Labyrinth
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Labyrinth Wikipedia ~ Labyrinths - Crystalinks ~ Celtic Maze
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The Labyrinth: A Brief Introduction to its History, Meaning and Use
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Labyrinths - A spiritual maze - occult treasures
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Life is Like a Spirangle
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Allegory of the Cave
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Caves - PhalkeFactory
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Over a period of 23 years the Archangel Gabriel came to , Muhammad and dictated the contents of the Quran.
This began in the Hira Cave
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Aornum
was an Oracle in Ancient Greece in a cave called Charonium
believed to be the entrance for Hades, the Greek Underworld
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Peru's Ancient Cave Of Dangerous Energies
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Arima
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Caves and the Ancient Greek Mind - Yulia Ustinova
(clicking cover image to the left takes you to the beginning)
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Cave Art: An Intuition of Eternity - Introduction Dr Ilse Vickers
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The Descent into the Cave Dr Ilse Vickers ~ The Descent into the Cave Spring Initiation Rites
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Caroline Myss
Caroline Myss, "Spiritual Madness: The Necessity of Meeting God in Darkness"
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http://www.bradshawfoundation.com/index.php http://www.bradshawfoundation.com/index.php
The Bradshaw Foundation provides an online learning resource. Its main areas of focus are archaeology, anthropology and genetic research, and its primary objective is to discover, document and preserve ancient rock art around the world, and promote the study of early mankind’s artistic achievements.
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The Magic of Caves by Walter Wright Arthen http://www.earthspirit.com/fireheart/fhcav.html
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Kogi people https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kogi_people
From birth the Kogi attune their priests, called Mamas (which means sun in Kogi), for guidance, healing, and leadership. The Mamas are not to be confused with shamans or curers but to be regarded as tribal priests who hold highly respected roles in Kogi society. Mamas undergo strict training to assume this role. Selected male children are taken from birth and put in a dark cave for the first nine years of their lives to begin this training.
**Mystical Caves Used Throughout Mythology http://www.novelguide.com/reportessay/literature/mythology/mystical-caves-used-throughout-mythology
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Dark Room Meditation For Accessing Higher Dimensions http://dreamcatcherreality.com/dark-room-therapy-dmt-higher-dimensions/
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Cave http://www.umich.edu/~umfandsf/symbolismproject/symbolism.html/C/cave.html
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Carl Jung on the Symbolism of the Underground Cave https://carljungdepthpsychology.wordpress.com/2015/01/17/carl-jung-on-the-symbolism-of-the-underground-cave/
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Descent to the underworld Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Descent_to_the_underworld
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Descent into the Underworld Halexandria.Org http://www.halexandria.org/dward385.htm
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Journeys to the Underworld deity JiGong https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ji_Gong to take a medium’s soul by the name of ‘Yang Sheng’ http://white-sun.com/journeys_to_the_underworld.htm
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cave of Hira http://mecca.net/pictures-and-information-about-the-mountain-of-light-and-cave-of-hira/
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A Group of Jinns https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jinn meet Prophet Muhammad http://www.islamcan.com/jinn-stories/a-group-of-jinns-meet-prophet-muhammad.shtml
Jinns that Haunted the Prophet's mind http://www.faithfreedom.org/Articles/sina/Jinns_that_haunted_mo.htm
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Greek Mythology : Journey to the underworld (and return!) http://www.omilo.com/greek-mythology-journey-to-the-underworld-and-return/
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Hell https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hell
Hades https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hades
Tartarus https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tartarus
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In the Hebrew Bible, Gehenna was initially where apostate Israelites and followers of various Ba'als and other Canaanite gods, including Moloch (or Molech), sacrificed their children by fire (2 Chr. 28:3, 33:6). Thereafter it was deemed to be cursed  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gehenna
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Sheol is a place of darkness to which all the dead go, both the righteous and the unrighteous, regardless of the moral choices made in life, a place of stillness and darkness cut off from life and from the Hebrew God.
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Apocalypse of Paul https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apocalypse_of_Paul Weslry Center Summery http://wesley.nnu.edu/sermons-essays-books/noncanonical-literature/noncanonical-literature-apocryphal-nt-apocalypse/apocalypse-of-paul-summary/
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Duat https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duat
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Subterranean fiction https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subterranean_fiction
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Resonance in Paleolithic Cave Art http://www.human-resonance.org/chauvet.html
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The Womb cave near the village of Padartsi http://newthraciangold.eu/cmspage.php?id=74&lng=2
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Ellora Caves https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellora_Caves
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Lascaux https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lascaux
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Wikipedia a list of caves of the world, sorted by Continent and then country https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_caves
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Crossing the Dark Threshold: The Epistemology of the Cave in Calderón de la Barca's Theater https://books.google.com/books?id=zHMbavvQncQC&pg=PA90&lpg=PA90&dq=caves+spiritual+transformation&source=bl&ots=3ekSnAiS0n&sig=IC74pYyhR_9tVkLYvt2m3ZKiYqU&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwigjJCxkYbKAhVR92MKHYcIBVE4ChDoAQg8MAk#v=onepage&q=caves%20spiritual%20transformation&f=false
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Cave paintings: entrancing the Otherworld http://www.philipcoppens.com/cavepaintings.html
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The Labrys and the Heart - A Chapel of Our Mother God http://www.mother-god.com/labrys.html
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Labrys s the term for a symmetrical double-bitted axe commonly associated with female divinities. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labrys
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About Sandplay | The Association for Sandplay Therapy http://sandplayassociation.com/about-sandplay-therapy/
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Transpersonal Sandplay Therapy Center http://sandplay.net/
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C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles: What is Sandplay Therapy? http://www.junginla.org/education/what_is_sandplay
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Play therapy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Play_therapy
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Dark Side Cave http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Dark_Side_Cave
Dark Side Cave on Dagaboh video selct image https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwhx2gZ5fBE
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Gmork Cave https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOPAW7Em8mE
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Mysterious Labyrinth and Ritual Caves: Archaeologists dig up the Stone Age Past on Swedish Island http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-general/mysterious-labyrinth-and-ritual-caves-archaeologists-dig-stone-age-past-swedish-island-020539
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Aztlán is the mythical home of the Aztecs. The Nahuatl "people from Aztlan" legends say that seven tribes lived in Chicomoztoc, or "the place of the seven caves". Each cave represented a different Nahua group
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RITES OF PASSAGE
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~ Vision Quest Crystalinks http://www.crystalinks.com/visionquest.html ~ Vision quest Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vision_quest
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Rites of passage in adolescence The Free Libray http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Rites+of+passage+in+adolescence.-a017856544
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Rite Of Passage Britannica http://www.britannica.com/topic/rite-of-passage ~ Rite of passage - Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rite_of_passage ~ Rites of Passage Encyclopedia.com http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Rites_of_passage.aspx
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Certificate Image http://www.themonastery.org/catalog/images/certificate-of-wiccaning-large.jpg
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Crypteia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crypteia
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Wiccaning https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiccaning  ~ A Wiccaning Ritual http://moonpathcuups.org/rituals/wiccan.htm ~ Wiccaning Universal Life Church http://www.ulc.org/training-education/guide-to-divinity/religious-ceremonies/28-wiccan-rites/wiccaning/
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Circumcision https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circumcision and Female Genital Mutilation https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Female_genital_mutilation both have been woven into the world cultures as a rite of passage as far back a ancient Egyptian Religion https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Egyptian_religion
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Mardudjara Circumcision http://www.notedfiles.com/2014/05/the-rite-of-passage-madudjara.html
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Ulwaluko https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulwaluko
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Na’ii’ees http://www.webwinds.com/yupanqui/apachesunrise.htm
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Iria Ceremony https://emilyduque9.wordpress.com/2013/09/25/iria-ritual-a-celebration-of-feminism-or-femininity/
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Festa de Mocas Nuevas http://anthro1200.blogspot.com/2011/05/festa-das-mocas-novas.html
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Fulani Tchoodi http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/photo-contest/2011/entries/121913/view/
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Quinceañera https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quincea%C3%B1era
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Aborigine Walkabout https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walkabout
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Matis Hunting Trials http://www.askmen.com/top_10/entertainment/top-10-male-initiation-rituals_3.html
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Mariwin http://pib.socioambiental.org/en/povo/matis/895 ~  Bullet Ant Initiation https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paraponera_clavata#Initiation_rites ~
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Rumspringa https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumspringa
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Maasai Ceremonies and Rituals Boys http://www.maasai-association.org/ceremonies.html ~ Emurata Males and Females http://blog.africanartonline.com/post/44031328315/circumcision-in-the-maasai-culture  
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The Ogiek Roar ~ After being ceremonially circumcised, the young boys and girls of the Okiek tribe in Kenya are secluded from the adults for several months. During their seclusion they paint themselves white using clay in order to take on the appearance of a wild creature and they are then haunted by a mythical beast whose roar can be heard at night. They become adults when the elders show them the instrument used to produce the roar and they do it for themselves.
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Vanuatu Land Divers https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_diving#Ritual
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Seijin-no-Hihttp://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2280.html
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Khatm al-Qur'an
In Malaysia, 11 is a special birthday for some Muslim girls, as it marks the time when they can celebrate Khatam Al Koran, a prestigious ritual that demonstrates their growing maturity at their local mosque. Girls spend years preparing for this day, reviewing the Koran so they can recite the final chapter before friends and family at the ceremony.
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Algonquin Wysoccan Ceremony http://ca.askmen.com/top_10/entertainment/top-10-male-initiation-rituals_6.html
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Scarification Rituals In Papua New Guinea http://www.news.com.au/travel/world-travel/crocodile-scarification-is-an-ancient-initiation-practised-by-the-chambri-tribe-of-papua-new-guinea/news-story/79973a3cfa6733ad225d94dc01db124a ~ Matausa Cleansing http://ww.itimes.com/photo/matausa-cleansing
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Mandan Okipa Ceremony: In order for a Mandan boy to become a warrior he had to fast for 4 days without sleeping. On the 5th day the boys were taken into a hut where wooden skewers were forced through their chests and they were hung from the ceiling. They had to smile through the whole, agonizing process, until they finally passed out. Immediately after the boys wake up they cut off their little fingers as an offering to the spirits and are welcomed into manhood.
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Aztlán is the mythical home of the Aztecs. The Nahuatl "people from Aztlan" legends say that seven tribes lived in Chicomoztoc, or "the place of the seven caves". Each cave represented a different Nahua group
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FireHeart A Journal of Magic and Spiritual Transformation RITES OF PASSAGE
The Magic of Caves by Walter Wright Arthen
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The Allegory of the Cave

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vision quest google
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rites of passage. - Google Search
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spiritual initiation google
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Dream Symbol: Cave http://www.dreamota.com/dream-dictionary/places/cave.html
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Womb (Symbolism:Cave/Grove,Sacred/Apple/Cherry/Pomegranate/Peach/Cauldron/Grail,Holy/Ship)  http://hobbithills.blogspot.com/2013/10/womb.html

Porphyry said before there were temples, all religious rites took place
in caves.1 The cave was universally identified with the womb of Mother
Earth, the logical place for symbolic birth and regeneration. Etruscan
and Roman temples featured a subterranean mundus, meaning both
"earth" and "womb." 2 Similarly, the Sanskrit word for a sanctuary,
garbha-grha, meant "womb."

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Notes on Womb of life Cave Myths https://japanesemythology.wordpress.com/womb-of-life-cave-myths/
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The symbolism of the Bear's cave reflects returning to the womb of Mother Earth. [A cave is an archetype for the mind - sleep - returning/flying/spiraling to higher consciousness.] This also suggests a strong feminine aspect, one of nurturing and protection. People with Bear Medicine are considered by many as self-sufficient, and would rather stand on their own two feet than rely on others. They are sometimes considered dreamers. Bear's medicine includes introspection, healing, solitude, wisdom,
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Garbhagriha

 

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FireHeart: A Journal of Magic and Spiritual Transformation http://www.earthspirit.com/fireheart/fireheartdir.html
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Dreams from endangered cultures http://www.ted.com/talks/wade_davis_on_endangered_cultures?language=en
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The Six Planes of Higher Consciousness http://www.themystic.org/print/planes.htm
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The C.G. Jung Foundation http://www.cgjungny.org/ for Analytical Psychology Myth and Psyche The Evolution of Consciousness http://www.cgjungny.org/d/d_mythpsyche.html
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Destruction as the Cause of Coming into Being PDF http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiakv-XjYLKAhVR6GMKHfTXCMQQFggdMAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.arizonapsychoanalyticsociety.com%2Fdownloads%2Fsabrina.pdf&usg=AFQjCNHyqhDtPFpo_ip-Wu02oANWhoPu_w&sig2=lJYfrgPd13OsFXJWgsjmXw by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabina_Spielrein > Sabina Spielrein
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Pistis Sophia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pistis_Sophia
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Pistis Sophia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pistis_Sophia IMAGE for God forms
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syzygy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aeon_%28Gnosticism%29
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Goetia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goetia
Ars Goetia http://www.thelemapedia.org/index.php/Goetia ontains descriptions of the seventy-two demons that King Solomon is said to have evoked
Goetia and Theurgy:magic black and white? http://heterodoxology.com/2010/03/25/goetia-and-theurgy-magic-black-and-white/
Classical Practice of Theurgy and Goetic Evocation http://fraterbarrabbas.blogspot.com/2009/08/classical-practice-of-theurgy-and.html

Preparations for the work: The would-be magician has a great deal of work to perform in order to accumulate the specialized and inscribed tools, consecrated talismans, furniture (altars, chairs, stools, kneelers, etc.), incense, charcoal, oils and ointments, wax candles or lamps, vestments, and other regalia or supplies. The location chosen for such work must be a very private place, either outdoors or in a suitable temple room.
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(Egyptian soul) Ka https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Egyptian_concept_of_the_soul ~ Ba http://www.egyptianmyths.net/ba.htm
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Dreamota http://www.dreamota.com/

JAPANESE MYTHOLOGY & FOLKLORE https://japanesemythology.wordpress.com/

The Three Circles of Existence by Kurt Almqvist, with the collaboration of Stephen Lambert http://www.studiesincomparativereligion.com/public/articles/The_Three_Circles_of_Existence-by%20Kurt_Almqvist.aspx

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About Sandplay | The Association for Sandplay Therapy http://sandplayassociation.com/about-sandplay-therapy/
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Transpersonal Sandplay Therapy Center http://sandplay.net/
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C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles: What is Sandplay Therapy? http://www.junginla.org/education/what_is_sandplay
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Play therapy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Play_therapy
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"People who have no hopes are easy to control; and whoever has the control, has the power!" ~ Gmork http://villains.wikia.com/wiki/Gmork
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Mythology of Indonesia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mythology_of_Indonesia
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Nyai Roro Kidul (goddess) page and lilith page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nyai_Roro_Kidul
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Numinous n ancient Roman religion) a "deity or spirit presiding over a thing or space" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numinous ~ Rudolf Otto https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolf_Otto
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Naturalism And Religion By Dr. Rudolf Otto http://www.gutenberg.org/files/31794/31794-h/31794-h.html
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Therianthropy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Therianthropy
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Shapeshifting https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shapeshifting
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Skin-walker https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skin-walker
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Nagual https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nagual
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Otherkin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otherkin
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Changeling https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Changeling
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Totem https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Totem
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Asena Asena is the name of a she-wolf https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asena
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Medicine bag https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medicine_bag
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Sensory deprivation https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensory_deprivation
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Apophenia the human tendency to perceive meaningful patterns within random data https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apophenia ~ Pareidolia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareidolia
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23 enigma https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/23_enigma
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Pareidolia in Art https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareidolia#Art
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Fine-tuned Universe (creationism) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fine-tuned_Universe
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Perceptions of religious imagery in natural phenomena https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perceptions_of_religious_imagery_in_natural_phenomena
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Theophany efers to the appearance of a deity to a human or other being. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theophany
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Unverified personal gnosis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unverified_personal_gnosis
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Epiphany (feeling) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epiphany_%28feeling%29
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Vision (spirituality) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vision_%28spirituality%29
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Trimurti  is a concept in Hinduism "in which the cosmic functions of creation, maintenance, and destruction are personified by the forms of Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver and Shiva the destroyer or transformer." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trimurti
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Weyekin is an occult force, and part of Native American spirituality specific to the Nez Perce found on on a vision quest.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weyekin
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Species dysphoria https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Species_dysphoria
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Zoanthropy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Therianthropy
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