Chinese Oracle Script Divination Cards

26 Aug

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While writing my forthcoming second book, tentatively titled The Tao of Craft, I had to do some intense study of oracle bone script. That’s where the knowledge for the card content comes from. All citations to the amazing references I used are in the book, but one person I want to thank right away is Richard Sears, who runs Now, as for the inspiration, that’s a little harder for me to convey.

On a morning I was to drive my parents to the airport, I thought I heard a voice speaking to me in my room, while I was sleeping in bed, and that woke me up. Then after that, no matter how hard I tried to go back to sleep, I couldn’t, so I relented, booted up my computer, and in that same sitting, a complete first draft of this deck was done. I talk more about the…

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The Kuan Yin Oracle Deck: A Review

26 Aug

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Kuan Yin Oracle Deck - 01 Box Cover

The Kuan Yin oracle deck by Alana Fairchild with art by Chinese painter Zeng Hao caught my attention as soon as it came out on the market. It’s published by Blue Angel, an affiliate partner with Llewellyn. I wanted the deck for Zeng Hao’s breathtaking artwork and also because it’s Kuan Yin.

Both my paternal and maternal grandmothers venerated Kuan Yin and so did my husband’s maternal grandmother. My mother has an altar with a god and goddess, and her goddess figure is Kuan Yin. When I was little and afraid of the dark, not wanting to go to sleep, crying out for mommy, my mother would come in to my room and tell me to recite this mantra that included Kuan Yin’s name, which would keep me protected. Kuan Yin is the energy I invoke any time I seek protection or personal fearlessness. I never really thought of her…

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The Vajra | A Planetary Weapon of the Ancient Gods

22 Aug


“As a hurled weapon the indestructible thunderbolt (the Vajra) blazed like a meteoric fireball across the heavens, in a maelstrom of thunder, fire and lightning.” — Nitin Kumar

The vajra is the most important ritual implement of Vajrayana Buddhism. In Sanskrit, the word vajra is defined as something hard or mighty, as in a diamond. It symbolizes an impenetrable, immovable and indestructible state of knowledge and enlightenment.

Our knowledge of the vajra goes back to deep antiquity. Texts indicate that the vajra was not always a symbol of peace and tranquility but something very different. It first appears in ancient India where it was the primary weapon of the Vedic sky-god Indra, the king of the Devas.

According the Hindu Puranas, the evil Asuras, Namuchi and Vritra removed all of the light and moisture from the earth. It made the land inhospitable to living beings. Indra battled the demon gods…

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Avery Morrow: The Sacred Science of Ancient Japan

22 Aug

Culture of Awareness

japanese backgroundWritten by Avery Morrow,, Waking Times, November 1, 2014 –

The hunt for the truth about ancient history has long been bound up with the exploration of esoteric symbolism. There are hundreds of books available to us today about European alchemy, hermeticism, and all aspects of Western esoterica. We also have a good body of literature in English, if a little harder to access, about the authentic practices of Sufism, Hindu asceticism, and Buddhist esoterica.

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Jiroft – Aratta?

26 Jun

Cradle of Civilization

File:Jiroft tabriz museum.JPG

Photos: 5000-years-old Jiroft artifacts – Part I

Photos: 5000-years-old Jiroft artifacts – Part II


Aratta (Sumerian) – Uratri (Hurri-Urartian) – Urartu/Ararat (Assyrian) – Armenia (Persian)



Enmerkar and the Lord of Aratta

Shengavit Settlement


Kura–Araxes culture

Origin of Early Transcaucasian Culture (aka Kura-Araxes)

Was the Garden of Eden located in Eastern Turkey in the Early Bronze Age?

The Kura-Arax Pottery Technology Database (KAPTech)



Armenian Highlands

Asia Minor



Hurrian and Urartian


Caucasus’ Early Bronze

Northeast Caucasian

Alarodian theory

Indo-European origins

Armenian hypothesis

Anatolian languages

Maykop culture

En tidlig armensk stat er Uratri, på assyrisk kjent som Urartu og på sumerisk som Aratta. Dette var et mytisk eventyrland som opptrer i sumerisk og mesopotamisk mytologi og myter, inkludert et som forteller om Enmerkar og Lugalbanda, to tidlige og antagelig legendariske konger i Uruk som også nevnes i den sumeriske kongeliste.

Det var et fabelaktig rikt sted fylt med gull, sølv, lasursteiner og andre kostbare materialer, samt dyktige håndverkere å…

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30 May



พระโพธิสัตว์กวนอิมเป็นเทพที่ชาวไทย และชาวไทยเชื้อสายจีนให้ความเคารพบูชาเป็นอันดับต้นๆ ทั้งในวัด โรงเจ และบ้านเรือนต่างมีรูปภาพ รูปวาดและรูปปั้นจำลองไว้กราบไหว้บูชาเป็นจำนวนมาก โดยเชื่อว่าพระโพธิสัตว์กวนอินจะช่วยคุ้มครองผู้ที่เคารพบูชาให้มีชีวิตที่เป็นสุข อยู่รอดปลอดภัย พร้อมประทานพร นำพาโชคลาภ ฯลฯ

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Mantras: Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padme Siddhi Hum

22 May

Sabedoria Universal


Bom dia, amados seres de luz,

Hoje, falaremos de um mantra muito especial, conhecido como mantra dourado pelos budistas, o Om Ah Hm Vajra Guru Padme Siddhi Hum. Esse mantra, que se pronuncia Om Ah Hum Benza Guru Pêma Sidi Hum, auxilia-nos a caminhar das trevas para a Luz, podendo ser utilizado para remover as camadas de impurezas que existem em nossos corpos e carma.

Este mantra é especial pois atua diretamente em três das nossas dimensões: a interna, a externa e a secreta. Ou seja, ele tem o poder de harmonizar a mente, o corpo e o espírito daqueles que o recitam, fazendo a energia fluir com maior equilíbrio.

Representação Gráfica do Vajra Guru MantraRepresentação do Mantra

Como em todos os mantras, cada um dos trechos tem um significado, como pode ser visto a seguir:

Om Ah Hum – Representa as bênçãos do corpo, da fala e da mente de todos os Budas…

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