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TALISMAN:A type of charm (q.v.). Any object, sacred or profane, with or without appropriate symbols, charged or consecrated toward the achieving of a specific end. For occultists today, a device that will draw something (health, money, wisdom, etc.) toward the practitioner or wearer.
TALLIT:A prayer shawl used by male Jews during prayer.
TALMUD:A huge commentary on the Jewish law, or Torah (q.v.).
TANTRA:Sanskrit for, "Warp and woof of all creation," or "that which extends knowledge." A mystical philosophy from ancient India (and later Tibet) which sees the physical world as spiritual. Also, several books about Tantrik philosophy. Tantra centers on the Great Mother, Shakti, as the fountain of all life. In the West, it is understood in a narrow sense to be the yogic practices and rituals involve piercing the seven major chakras (q.v.) of the body with awakened Kundalini (q.v.) energy. Tantra of the "left hand" advocates sexual practices that have been traditionally condemned by ascetic Christian and Buddhist priests, yet their ultimate goal is an exalted one - no less than the union of Shiva and Shakti vessels of human flesh for the purpose of transcendent enlightenment.
TAOISM:Tao means "way." The teachings of the Chinese philosopher and mystic Lao-tse, who, like the Buddha, lived in the 6th century B.C. The Tao cannot be defined. It may be inadequately described as the undivided, unknowable spiritual source that generated and continues to vitalize all manifest things. In occultism, it may be likened to Mana (q.v.).
TAROT:A mystical set of cards having an uncertain origin. Although these cards, covered with images, are most commonly used for divination, they have much more important spiritual purposes and esoteric uses. The Tarot is composed normally of seventy-eight (78) cards of two main sections, the twenty-two (22) picture cards of the Major Arcana (q.v.) of which the twenty-two Hebrew letters have been related, and the fifty-six (56) numbered cards of the Minor Arcana (q.v.). Some occultists believe that the Tarot has an Egyptian origin. Others claim an Eastern or Middle Eastern origin. The first Tarot deck known to exist is the Griginnior Deck of Italy, in the 15th Century.
TAU:Greek for the letter, "T," and a cross with the horizontal bar at the top of the vertical line. The shape of a traditional ceremonial/ritual magician's robe.
TAURUS:"The Bull." In Astrology (q.v.), the second sign of the zodiac (q.v.) having the qualities of fixed (q.v.) and earth (q.v.) and is ruled by the planet Venus (q.v.). On the Rainbow Wand (q.v.) and on the Lotus Wand Taurs is represented by the color red-orange. Keywords include: stubbornness, patience, perseverance, deliberately, practically, obstinately, possesively, reliably.
TELEKINESIS:1) From the Greek, "tele" meaning "far off or at a distance," and "kinesis" meaning "to move".
2) The psionic discipline of the movement of objects without obvious material agency. Sometimes mistakenly called Psychokinesis (q.v.). In Telekinesis, the object is not altered or changed in any way.
3) Movements of an object caused by psychic or astral (q.v.) means.
TELEMATIC:In Golden Dawn [G.D.] style magick and it's derivatives, the composite image of a spirit constructed in the astral world by the imagination through the use of visualization. Each Hebrew letter in the name of the spirit contributes part of the image through occult associations. See Images, Telesmatic.
TELEPATHY:1) From the Greek "tele" meaning "far off or at a distance," and "pathy" meaning "feeling". Thus telepathy literally means "to feel at a distance," and implies an ability to perceive via some other means what another person is feeling, thinking, or doing from a distance.
2) A term invented by noted parapsychologist F.H.W. Myers to mean the communication of impressions of any kind from one mind to another, independently of the recognized channels of sense. The original term that was later to be replaced with the term, Extra Sensory Perception, or ESP (q.v.).
3) In modern uses the term telepathy refers to the Psionic (q.v.) discipline known as "thought transference," called mind speech or mind reading for short.
TEMURAH:A system of the Literal Kabalah (q.v.) which transposes letters of the Hebrew alphabet, especially words of the Old Testament. The new words thus formed are said to be important.
TEPHILLIN:Small boxes containing scrolls with prayers written on them. They are worn by male Jews during certain prayers.
TETRAGRAMMATON:From the Greek, literally, "The name of the four letters." The four-letter name of Divinity of the Hebrew God, YHVH (q.v.) in English. In Hebrew, . It is a formula that indicates that the supreme Divine is unitary in nature, having all opposites united within itself. A name which is supposed to possess vast potency in magick.
THELEMITES:From the Greek meaning, "will." The followers of the Ninety-three (93) Current (q.v.) revealed by Aleister Crowley (q.v.) through his Book of The Law. Their motto is, "Do What thou Wilt shall be the Whole of the Law. Love is the Law, Love under Will."
THEORICUS:In the Order of the Astral Star [O.A.S.] (q.v.), a theoricus is the title of the fourth degree of membership, and correlates to the Sephiroth (q.v.) of Yesode (q.v.). The primary principle of this grade is based on mastering the element (q.v.) of water (q.v.). This grade was originally used by the Hermetic Order of The Golden Dawn (q.v.), and was related to that order as being related to the element of air (q.v.) in their initiatory pattern.
THESIS-ANTITHESIS-SYNTHESIS THEORY:A theory stating that if you have one condition (A), and wish to change to a different condition (B), you usually get a mixture of the old condition and the new condition (AB), rather than the new condition (B) that you wanted to change to.
THEURGY:From the Greek meaning, "God Magick." See High Magick.
THIRD EYE:An imaginary eye located on the forehead between the eyebrows which is said to be the location for the astral organ of psychic sight and clairvoyance (q.v.).
THOUGHT CONTROL:A form of Sex Magick (q.v.) which is a method of controlling sexual energy via the mind during sexual excitation and orgasm.
TIKUNE:Hebrew for "Correct." Pronounced, "Tee-Koon." According to Donald Michael Kraig, the word Tikoon is synonymous with the Sanskrit word, Karma (q.v.).
TIMES, OBSERVANCE OF:Traditionally in magick, it has been considered essential to take into account the arrangement of the stars and planets in the heavens when working a ritual. Even the hours of the day and night were assigned the seven ancient planets. A magician who takes astrology (q.v.) into account when working magick is said to observe the times. See Hours, Magickal.
TIPHERET:Hebrew for, "Beauty." Pronounced, "Tih-Fehr-Eht," it is the sixth Sephirah (q.v.) on the Tree of Life (q.v.).
TORAH:Hebrew for, "Law." The first five books of the Old Testament, commonly called the Pentateuch. Mystics believe that much of it is in Kabalistic codes.
TRANCE:An altered state of consciousness (q.v.), especially the more withdrawn degrees resembling sleep or sleepwalking. A "waking dream."
TRANSMIGRATION (OF SOULS):One doctrine of reincarnation. The idea that when souls reincarnate, they move up and down the evolutionary ladder or scale. I.e., people die and come back as a cat, dog, horse, or another person, depending upon their Karma (q.v.). See reincarnation.
TREASURE MAP:A drawing or collage used to help the practitioner with magick involving "creative" Visualization (q.v.).
TREE OF LIFE:A glyph (q.v.) which is a central symbol of the Kabalah (q.v.). It can help you memorize a vast amount of material by working as a sort of "filing cabinet" of ideas and concepts. It is also a way of understanding the Tarot (q.v.), Astrology (q.v.), Numerology (q.v.), psychology, and the creation of and maintaining of the Universe. It is also a map of the Astral Plane (q.v.). This glyph helps the magician understand the casual relationships that exist between all things and events, refereed to as synchronicity, by the Psychiatrist, Carl Jung.
TRIANGLE:Any geometric figure of three sides.
TRIANGLE OF THE ART:A large, three sided, equilateral, equiangular figure wherein non-physical entities appear to those trained to see them. A special scrying tool.
TRIANGLE OF MANIFESTATION:A positioning of the hands which forms a triangle. Used in Gray Magick (q.v.). The grade sign of a Philosophus (q.v.).
TRIANGLES, THREE (KABALISTIC):One perspective or method of viewing, classifying, and understanding the Tree of Life (q.v.), as if the Tree of Life was composed of three triangles plus Malkuth. These triangles are:
CELESTIAL TRIANGLE:The uppermost triangle, with one point up, composed of Kether (q.v.), Chochma (q.v.), and Binah (q.v.).
MORAL TRIANGLE:The central triangle, with one point down, composed of Geburah (q.v.), Chesed (q.v.), and Tiphereth (q.v.).
MUNDANE TRIANGLE:The bottom triangle, with one point down, composed of Hode (q.v.), Netzach (q.v.), and Yesode (q.v.).
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