A Taxonomy of magicks derived from Timayenis’s A History of the Art of Magic
This name was given to divination through certain appearances in the air. Besides the observation of meteors it included the study of the clouds, both those in process of formation and those that assume a variety of shapes; for it was believed that the cloud-forms foretold the happy and unhappy aspect of the planets. It was claimed that the
four elements were peopled with spirits called sylphs, nymphs, gnomes, salamanders, etc. The gnomes were demons which lodged in the earth and were always intent upon
doing mischief. Water was the home of the nymphs, while fire was that of the salamanders. The sylphs, peopling the air, were the most beautiful and lovable creatures in the world. We are told that one could easily approach them, yet on one condition, which rendered it well-nigh impossible —it was, to be absolutely chaste. Continue reading →
“Wondrous Lady of the Moon You who greets the dark with silvered kisses Mistress of the night and all magicks, who rides the clouds in blackened skies and spills light upon cold Earth. Oh Lunar Goddess, Crescent one, Shadow maker and shadow breaker, Revealer of mysteries past and present, All-wise Lunar Mother Puller of seas and ruler of women, I greet your celestial jewel at the waxing of its powers with a rite in Your honor I pray by the moon .“
~Excerpts from The Magical and Ritual Use of Herbs by Richard Alan Miller~
In psychology, ritual is considered the celebration of a myth, which is achieved through a carefully constructed enactment of the myth. Because ritual is the externalization of something internal, myth has a more archetypal than logical structure to it. Rituals reveal values at their most fundamental level. Man expresses in ritual what moves him most. Therefore: The symbol always originates on the inside and is projected outward.