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RAPHIEL:Pronounced, "Rah-Fay-Ehl," the Archangel (q.v.) and Cosmic Guardian of the East and elemental (q.v.) air (q.v.). In the tradition of Christian Mysticism, Raphiel is the "Healer, guardian of wind and tempest."
REDUCTION, THEOSOPHICAL:A method of numerology (q.v.) where the digits of a number are added together to form a new number. This is repeated until the sum is one digit, or is a "same" two digit number, i.e., a master number such as 11, 22, 33, 44, etc.
REFLEXOLOGY:Based on the notion that the body is one inter-dependent whole, it is a form of remote massage. By massaging certain points on the hands or feet, therapeutic effects are assumed for the internal organs and other parts of the body that are connected to these points via the nervous system.
REGARDIE, FRANCIS ISRAEL (nee ISRAEL REGUTY):A magician of the 20th Century. After serving as Aleister Crowley's (q.v.) personal secretary, he joined the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn [G.D.] (q.v.). He found the group almost moribund, so in order to save the Order's secret teachings from oblivion, he broke his vows of silence and revealed them in the four volume (now one volume) book entitled, The Golden Dawn. As a result, more people than ever have studied the teachings of that famous Order.
REGRESSION, PAST LIFE:A hypnotic [see hypnosis (q.v.)] technique in which a person in trance (q.v.) is led to remember or imagine that he or she is remembering events that occurred in previous past lives, when the soul of the person inhabited other physical bodies. Often the regressed person and even the therapist conducting the regression do not realize that a trance state has been induced or that suggestions are being given.
REINCARNATION:The doctrine that souls are born, live, die and are re-born into other bodies, either human or animal [see transmigration of souls (q.v.)] after death.
RELAXATION:The first step of true meditation (q.v.).
REMANENCE:Occurrence of reactions relating to a bygone material object or condition, as if the object or condition were still present. A term used in dowsing (q.v.).
RETORT:In alchemy (q.v.), a type of container. In Sex Magick (q.v.), the vagina.
RESULTS, LUSTING FOR:Being focused on results rather than on the ritual to obtain the results. It un-centers the practitioner, diminishing his/her focus and chances for success. A practice to be avoided.
RITUAL:A formalized series of actions both mental and physical, by which magickal and psychic potency is released and directed toward the fulfillment of a specific desire or goal.
ROSE CROSS:1) A symbol of Adeptship in the Hermetic Order of The Golden Dawn (q.v.) and
2) a ritual of protection and invisibility.
R.R. ET A.C.; ROSEAE RUBEAE et AUREAE CRUCIS:From the Latin, it translates in English, "Red Rose and Cross of Gold." The second or inner order of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn [G.D.] (q.v.). The R.R. et A.C. was composed of all members of the G.D. who had attained the grade Adeptus Minor (q.v.) and above. Members of this inner Order practiced Ritual and Ceremonial magick (q.v.) while the outer Order of the G.D. did not.
RUACH:1) The psychic energy; similar to Praña (q.v.) and Kundalini (q.v.).
2) The conscious, consisting of the will, memory, imagination, reason, and desire. The Ruach corresponds with the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth Sephiroth (q.v.) on the Tree of Life (q.v.). Also corresponds to the psychic center at the solar plexus.
RUACH, ELOHEEM:The Spirit of Divinity. Similar to Ruach (q.v.), but on a cosmic scale. Became the Christian notion of the Holy Ghost, or Holy Spirit by early church fathers.
RUNES:Angular glyphs used both as magickal symbols and as letters of writing by ancient peoples of northern Europe. A method of divination (q.v.).
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