A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to tour Actun Tunichil Muknal, a Mayan cave discovered in 1989 in Cayo, Belize. Our tour guide likened the venture into the cave as the hero twins' journey into Xibalba as recounted in the Popul Voh.
Explore the historical evolution of the seraphim from the ancient Near East through the Bible and see how these beings transformed from winged serpents to heavenly singers.
The first chapters of Genesis contain two creation stories: one that details the creation of the cosmos and one that describes the creation and initial sin of man. This article explores the differences between the two creation stories and compares them to the Babylonian Enuma Elish.
The Hebrew Bible contains many references to supernatural beings, commonly known as angels. However, the concept of angels is not static or uniform, but rather dynamic and diverse. Angels undergo significant changes in their appearance, function, and status throughout the biblical tradition. How can we account for these changes, and what do they reveal about …
During the 15th-16thc. in Europe, many of the great occultists - Marsilio Ficino, Pica della Mirandola, Henry Cornelius Agrippa, and John Dee - flourished.
Lurianic Kabbalah, a school of Jewish mysticism founded by Rabbi Isaac Luria in the 16th century, presents a complex and intriguing cosmology that involves three demonic forces: Lilith, Samael, and Asmodeus. These three entities rule over the realms of air, fire, and water, respectively, and oppose God and humanity in various ways. They are also …
This article explores the history and practice of oil divination, a form of divination that uses oil drops on water or other liquids to reveal hidden knowledge or divine messages.
Of all the holidays, Halloween stands out as the best example of the quintessential American "melting pot," that is, a melange of beliefs, rituals, or traditions, both religious or pagan, that stem from all cultures living in America.