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Interesting look at Asherah, the tree and the snake….
Hebrew Bible scholars have long recognized that the writer who penned the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and much other narrative in the first 5 books of the Hebrew Bible (called the Pentateuch, or Torah) had a distinctly anti-Canaanite agenda, and that his anti-Canaanite polemic started in his Eden story. Focusing on this helps us to decipher the meaning of that story, as I have stressed in my new book, The Mythology of Eden, and in talks that I’ve given on the subject at scholarly conferences.
This author, known as the Yahwist (because he was the first author of the Hebrew Bible to use the name Yahweh for God), most clearly set out his anti-Canaanite views at the beginning of his version of the Ten Commandments, in Exodus 34:12-15, where Yahweh warns the Hebrews against associating with the Canaanites, intermarrying with them, and worshipping their…
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A wonderful review of the Quareia Magicians Deck…. Thank you Benebell… I know, I am a few months behind…better late than never!
The LXXXI is an 81-card esoteric deck by Josephine McCarthy, Stuart Littlejohn, and Cassandra Beanland. It’s not a tarot deck, though you’ll see cards captioned “Chariot,” “Wheel of Fate,” Hierophant,” “Luna” (Moon), “Sol” (Sun), and “Death.” You’ll see “Fellowship” with imagery that may remind you of the RWS Three of Cups.
On a technicality, some might categorize LXXXI as an oracle deck, but I’ll just stick to what it’s been named: The Magician’s Deck. The LXXXI Quareia: The Magician’s Deck “draws upon the mythic, mystical and magical powers that underpin the magical systems that tarot eventually developed out of.” See here. “It is based upon real inner realms, real inner contacts, beings and forces that the practitioner of magic is very likely to involve themselves with. Because of this approach, the deck works as a contacted deck, i.e. used magically the images can act as gateways to inner realms, inner beings…
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an interesting first impression of the Quareia deck by a magician…
In this post I would like to write about the Magicians deck published by Quareia. The deck isn’t based on traditional Tarot archetypes. Its a 81 card deck that is divided in 4 realms.
“The Divine Realm (red borders), the Inner realm (blue borders), the physical world (green borders) and the realm of death and the underworld (black borders). The further away from humanity a being or place is, the less human it becomes. This is reflected in the deck, and can teach a magician a great deal about how beings function and why.”
(from the Quareia website). The deck comes with a small booklet with a description of the cards. The illustrations are very beautiful and they are very straight forward.
The cards describe processes and beings that are connected to the path of the magician. In the booklet is a layout from 16 cards one can use…
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When you are writing a vast course, as I am doing with Quareia, one of the most vital things that keeps you looking even vaguely intelligent is a good editor. I am truly blessed in that the editor I work with, Michael Sheppard is not only good, he is bloody good. Continue reading
I have finally got to the last module in the Initiate section of the Quareia Course, and as of January 2016, there are people all over the world studying the course. While the first section of the course is complete self study, I have had some questions repeatedly asked of me, and so I thought it would be a good idea to put them in a blog post, and thus save me having to answer them repeatedly. Continue reading