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Do YOU Believe In Magical Creatures?

 


How Did Magical Creatures Come to Be?

Magical and mythical creatures have been around for a long time. Do you remember the first time you saw or heard about a dragon? Was it on the television screen or in a movie theater? Or was it from a children’s book or bedtime story?

    Every culture has tales and folklore surrounding mystical and magical animals. These animals often inhabited stories as a way to explain and make sense of life on earth and act as a kind of spiritual doorway into the realm of the unknown. These stories told of how the world came to be.

    Aboriginal people related stories visually through paintings on rocks and inside caves. Such paintings can be found in Australia, Africa, parts of Europe, and the Americas. According to many Native American legends, these animals came from the underworld, the sky world, and the Four Sacred Directions. In ancient Egypt, it was believed that the gods created both humans and animals and they were interdependent on each other. The Egyptians also believed that when the gods came to earth, they took on the animal forms whose qualities they shared. Likewise, many ancient Greek gods were also part beast, and the Greek legends tell of strange beasts defeated by heroes.

The Supreme All-Powerful Dragon

    The dragon is probably the most supreme of all mythical creatures. In the West, dragons conjure up powerful images of a mythical beast to be feared for its destructive capabilities. Dragons often appear in fairytales and folklore, challenging a heroic knight or warrior, and quite often, the dragon is defeated in a struggle of good versus evil. However, there are also times when the dragon symbolizes good and uses its strength to terrorize evil and offers protection against evil forces. Attributes of the dragon include power, strength, luck, and good fortune.

    In the East, the dragon is the most important symbol of wealth and luck. This magical creature assumed chief importance in China, where it represents goodness. Dragons are worshipped there in temples and are strongly associated with emperors. The Chinese have many theories about how dragons came to be. One theory suggests that the early dragon evolved from an ancient, giant crocodile. It is said that dragons can sense changes in air pressure and can detect the coming rain. Another theory about dragons is based upon the findings of dinosaur fossils. And according to yet another theory, the legendary Emperor of China, Huang Di, initially used the figure of a snake on his royal emblem. Every time he conquered another tribe, he incorporated their animal into his own emblem, and that was how the fantastical dragon was born.

The Eternal Phoenix

    The term “phoenix” actually comes from the Greek word for “red,” which is not surprising as the phoenix is associated with both fire and the sun. Its attributes are rebirth, rejuvenation, invincibility, and regeneration. Many cultures have their legends about this famous bird, which has become a symbol for immortality, as it literally “rises from the ashes.” In Egypt, the phoenix was known as the “Bennu,” and was a symbol of the sun god and associated with Osiris, the ruler of the underworld, who himself was resurrected.

    Interestingly, only one phoenix exists in the world at a time. According to legend, after the passing of 500 or so years, the phoenix gathers aromatic herbs, woods, and spices and builds its own funeral pyre. Sitting on this nest of cinnamon, frankincense, myrrh, and other magical herbs and spices, the phoenix then ignites a fire, either by fanning its wings or with the help of the sun’s rays. Its body is then consumed, and among the ashes an egg is found, which will hatch a new phoenix.

The Sacred Turtle

    Turtles are among the most ancient and enduring of animals. They saw dinosaurs evolve and become extinct. They survived the Ice Age. Not surprisingly, endurance, persistence, strength, longevity, and success are attributes associated with turtles. Cultures around the world seem to have found something sacred in this animal, which seems to embody the earth itself and unite with heaven. The rounded, curved shell spreads like the heavens over the earth and the turtle seems to represent a model of the world itself, with its four feet being the four corners of the earth. Some believe that the future can be read in the pattern of the turtle shell.

    In the Hindu religion, the turtle is the second incarnation of the god Vishnu. It was said that a great flood occurs every four billion years and covers the earth, which is when Vishnu transforms himself into a great turtle. He carries a vessel on his back containing all the elements necessary to replenish the earth. After a thousand years, when the earth has been reborn, the turtle remains in place, with a large elephant on his back, to support the planet.

The Importance of Magical Creatures

    Magical creatures are creations evolved from the human mind. These mythical creatures originated from a variety of sources: oral histories, folklore, travelers’ tales of exotic animals in faraway exotic lands and the imagination. Some of these mythical creatures represented powerful natural forces early humans could not understand and dangers they had to contend with, while others embodied mankind’s deepest desires and wishes to exude power over life. Either way, these creatures are beautiful and mesmerizing and their strong universal presence speaks of the power of their existence.

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What will Tarot Cards reveal for you in 2012?

The Mystical, Magical Tarot

What is the Tarot?

What could noted historical figures from the Renaissance, such as the Duke of Milan and Duke of Ferrara as well as French author Rabelais, possibly have in common with renowned 20th century icons Salvador Dali, Carl Jung and Timothy Leary? The answer: Tarot Cards. They all used Tarot Cards.

In our popular culture, the mention of Tarot Cards is likely to conjure up images of gypsy-like fortunetellers spreading out their cards, while they motion to a client to cross their palms with golden coins. At one time, there may have been some truth to that image, but today Tarot cards are taken more seriously. To those knowledgeable in this beautiful tradition with its rich imagery, the Tarot is a serious divination tool, used by psychics as a way to interpret the future, as well as a symbolic and psychological guide to help us understand our inner journey.

A Little Tarot History

Little is known as to the specific origin of Tarot. The first recorded written mention of it dates back to mid-fifteenth century Milan in Northern Italy, when the Duke of Milan was presented with a hand-painted Tarot deck. However, the word “Tarot” might have derived from a medieval Italian playing card deck called tarrochi, or even from the northern Italian river, the Taro. There is speculation about the source of the symbolic imagery, which has been said to trace back to Celtic, Norse and even Egyptian origins.

How the Cards Work

A Tarot Card deck is more complicated than regular playing cards, even though there are some similarities. First of all, the deck consists of 78 cards, which are divided into two different types of cards, the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana. The Major Arcana is made up of 22 special cards that are said to represent major events in life. In this numbered sequence, the first card is The Fool and the last one is The World. The Minor Arcana is made up of four suits that are similar to playing cards with each suit containing 14 different cards and representing a different side of life. The suit of rods represents our spirituality or creativity; cups, our emotions; swords, our intellect; and pentacles, our material side of life.

A Multitude of Tarot Decks

Over the past 500 years, a multitude of Tarot decks have been created, varying in interpretations, themes and designs. The Fool from the Major Arcana is a popular symbol for seeking the truth, and the Empress and Emperor appear in the Renaissance Tarot as symbols of fertility and power respectively. For cat lovers, there is the Tarot of the Cat People with its wand symbol of creativity. The cup, the symbol of love and dreams, is a strong symbol on the Mythic Tarot. One of the most popular Tarot decks is the Rider-Waite Tarot created by English editor and mystic Arthur Edward Waite and American artist Pamela Coleman Smith. It features the sword symbol, which eptimizes the logical mind and struggle. There is also the Troth Tarot, which is very strong in cabalistic and astrological symbolism.

The Magic of Tarot

This ancient form of divination, at once beautiful and mysterious, is used by psychics as well as novices who appreciate and seek knowledge from esoteric arts. The Tarot seems especially powerful and magical with the connection it creates between the unconscious mind and the strong symbolic imagery. Frequent users of the Tarot say that the more you use the cards, the stronger their message calls to you. If you are familiar with the Tarot, you have probably already benefited from its mystical messages, and if not, there is a whole new world for you to discover.

 

ESP’s Mysterious Powers

ESP’s Mysterious Powers

People have long spoken of the mysterious phenomenon of the sixth sense, also known as the second sight, the third eye, and even the gift. There is no logical explanation to describe the origin or impetus of these curious communications. But it is certain that prophetic wisdom extends beyond our normal sensory paths and ordinary, day-to-day reality. Throughout history, these powerful messages and visions, communicated to oracles, shamans and saints, and once in awhile, to seemingly ordinary people, have prophesized the rise and fall of rulers and kingdoms and other unforeseen events, sometimes on a universal scale and others focusing on an individual’s life.

 

 

    In many ways, ESP faculties are unexplained in medical terms. However, science has studied this type of perception and the term, ESP, which stands for extrasensory perception. This term is attributed to botanist Joseph B. Rhine, who developed an interest in the parapsychology later in his career. He described ESP as a mental ability that allows one to receive or send information without the use of the five main senses.

    To understand the sixth sense, let’s take the example of a television that has five main sensory channels: sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. You can look at one channel at a time, which allows the viewer to access that sense’s individual function, primarily in the present time fame. ESP can be likened to a new kind of television that offers a sixth channel and a whole new world that you can sense in the past, present and future. In addition, the sixth sense allows you to access several senses at a time.

    You pick up thoughts, feelings or emotions, subtle echoes from the past, future events, the energy of people and places, etc. which is what makes it so rich. Let’s take a look at three specific ESP categories:

  • Telepathy: When you “see” or “sense” a thought, it’s called telepathy. This involves the transmission of information from one mind to another without using body language, words, or other known senses. References to telepathy are frequently seen in popular culture and entertainment. For example, the Jedi in Star Wars and the Vulcans and Borg in Star Trek all were able to communicate at times simply by picking up thoughts with their minds.

  • Clairvoyance: Clairvoyance, a term that means, “clear seeing,” is the ability to perceive information that nobody else knows through you mind’s eye or “inner vision.” With Clairvoyance you are opening up or letting yourself go into a trance state, opening your psychic channels to receive information from entities on the “other side” or messages from the universe. This is what most psychics and medium do. A very vivid example of a second sight prediction came from the noted psychic Jean Dixon, who in 1977 told Oprah Winfrey that one day she would be very famous with an audience of millions.

  • Precognition: Precognition refers to receiving information about an event before it takes place. There are many manifestations of precognition: those who dream about winning the lottery or a contest and later do so, those who hear voices and later discover those voices are real people, and there are those who dream of tragic political events, disasters and natural calamities.

    There are numerous instances where individuals have had their own ESP experiences. Winston Churchill, England’s wartime leader operated on certain premonitions during his long illustrious career as the British Prime Minister. While hosting a dinner party one night at 10 Downing Street, the Luftwaffe launched an aerial assault on London. So commonplace had these attacks become that no one thought of interrupting the dinner, except Churchill. He had a premonition.

    He rose from the table and went into the kitchen and ordered the staff to put the meal on a hotplate. Churchill then instructed his guests and staff to go down to the bomb shelter, and proceed with the dinner. Minutes later, a bomb hit the back of the residence, destroying the kitchen, but thankfully, missing all staff and guests alike. All lived to tell the tale.

    In the end, we all can have psychic experiences at some point in our life. To some people, it’s a natural born gift. Others develop their psychic abilities, becoming more and more aware of their dreams and hunches over the course of time. And finally others may hear that little voice, once in a while, sending them a message.