The Dictionary of Traditional Magick and Etherical Science #14

The Dictionary of Traditional Magick and Etherical Science #14

 

A column by Gerald del Campo, The Dictionary of Traditional Magic and Etherical Science features ten author-selected definitions per issue. The definitions included in Mr. del Campo’s Dictionary do not necessarily reflect the views of the administrators or other contributors of this magazine.

Ain

(Qabalah) Hebrew Literally, “no thing.” Some texts suggest that this is the condition of being that is God. Or, to put it another way, God is absolute nothingness or negative existence. No thing that can be understood. Ain represents the first Veil of Negative Existence.

Cherub

(Qabalah) Hebrew The four powers of the Universe, corresponding to the Four Worlds, the four elements, the Four Powers of the Sphinx, the four senses, and which are generally represented by the four fixed signs of the zodiac. They are elements that manufacture our world by way of unconscious delineation and discrimination. The word “Cherubims” is incorrectly given as a plural form in the King James version of the Bible, by adding the English plural termination to the Hebrew plural cherubim instead of to the singular cherub.

Griffin

(Alchemy) A mythological beast, half-lion and half-eagle, whose eggs symbolize the Conjunction of the fixed and volatile principles. The griffin egg is a reference to the Vessel of Hermes.

Lunette

(Ecclesiastic) From the Latin luna, meaning “moon.” In the Catholic Mass, a lunette is a crescent shaped clip made of gold or silver, used to hold the Host in an upright position in the monstrance.

Philosophy of Mind

(Philosophy) The branch of philosophy which studies the nature of the mind. Central questions in the philosophy of mind include: Is it possible for a machine to think? How is the mind related to the brain? Do animals have minds? How can I know that anyone else has a mind?

Premise

A principle accepted as true.

Psychological Hedonism

(Philosophy) The doctrine that a person actually pursues nothing except his or her own pleasure or happiness.

Pyx

(Ecclesiastic) A small metal container, used to house the Host while it is taken to the sick and housebound.

Reflection

(Psychology) Mental activity that concentrates on a particular content of consciousness. A spiritual trigger, or religious instinct in the search for meaning. See meditation.

Tetragrammaton

(Qabalah) Greek The four-lettered Ineffable Name of God: Yod-Heh-Vav-Heh. Its true pronunciation has been lost, and legend has it that its proper pronunciation can confer great power.

Gerald del Campo is the author of A Heretic’s Guide to Thelema, New Aeon Magick: Thelema Without Tears, and New Aeon English Qabalah Revealed, among other works. You can visit his blog at http://solis93.livejournal.com and his website at http://thelemicknights.org. Gerald formerly served as Senior Managing Editor of Rending the Veil.

©2008 Gerald del Campo
Edited by Sheta Kaey

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