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Miracle

miracle An act often seen as caused by divine intervention. The word miracle comes from the Latin term miraculum, which comes from mirari, or “to wonder.” Miracles are “wonderful things.” There is no one, all-encompassing definition of a miracle; rather, the meaning of what is miraculous is shaded by perspective and worldview. There are differences between Western and Eastern ideas …

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The Shroud

The Shroud In a certain village there was a girl who was lazy and slothful, hated working, but would gossip and chatter away like anything! Well, she took it into her head to invite the other girls to a spinning party. For in the villages, as every one knows, it is the lazybones who gives the spinning-feast, and the sweet-toothed …

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Papus (Gerard Encausse)

Papus (Gerard Encausse) (1865–1916) Physician, occultist, and author, known for his work on the TAROT and the Kabbalah and his leadership in MARTINISM. Papus was his pseudonym. He was born Gerard Encausse on July 13, 1865, in La Corogne, Spain. His mother was Spanish and his father was a French chemist. When he was four, his family moved to Paris, …

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The Coffin Lid

The Coffin Lid A moujik was driving along one night with a load of pots. His horse grew tired, and all of a sudden it came to a stand-still alongside of a graveyard. The moujik unharnessed his horse and set it free to graze; meanwhile he laid himself down on one of the graves. But somehow he didn’t go to …

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The Two Corpses

A soldier had obtained leave to go home on furlough — to pray to the holy images, and to bow down before his parents. And as he was going his way, at a time when the sun had long set, and all was dark around, it chanced that he had to pass by a graveyard. Just then he heard that …

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The Soldier and the Vampire

A certain soldier was allowed to go home on furlough. Well, he walked and walked, and after a time he began to draw near to his native village. Not far off from that village lived a miller in his mill. In old times the soldier had been very intimate with him: why shouldn’t he go and see his friend? He …

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The Dog and the Corpse

The Dog and the Corpse A moujik went out in pursuit of game one day, and took a favorite dog with him. He walked and walked through woods and bogs, but got nothing for his pains. At last the darkness of night surprised him. At an uncanny hour he passed by a graveyard, and there, at a place where two …

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Odhar, Coinneach

Coinneach Odhar (17th c.) Scottish WIZARD and seer whose ability to prophesy by Scrying may have led to his execution. Coinneach Odhar was known as the Brahan Seer and Sallow Kenneth the Enchanter. Odhar was born Kenneth Mackenzie in the early 17th century on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland. Very little is known about his life. According to lore, …

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Mutus Liber

Mutus Liber (Wordless Book) Anonymous alchemical text for creating the Philosopher’s Stone. The Mutus Liber was first printed in France in 1677 and was reissued in 1702. Its origins and authorship are unknown. The content of the book consists only of 15 plates showing different stages of the Great Work, with no accompanying explanation. In true alchemical tradition, the images …

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Ibn Sina

Ibn Sina (980–1037) Persian philosopher and physician who argued against the possibility of transmutation in Alchemy. Born Abu Ali al-Husain ibn ‘Abdallah ibn Sina, he was known by his Latinized name, Avicenna, for centuries. He is one of the most important of Islamic philosophers. He enjoyed royal patronage that earned him the title “Prince of Physicians.” Ibn Sina was born …

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