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Necromancy Communication with the dead, believed to be a repulsive practice in many cultures.  The spirits of the dead are sought because they can supposedly access information beyond that available to the living.
Necronomicon Supposedly written in Damascus in 730 AD by the 'Mad Arab' Abdul Alhazred, it is reputed to be the most evil of the Black Magick grimoires.  However, many others claim it was originally conceived by the horror writer Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890 – 1937) as a background for his story The Hound.
Nefesh The Zohar tells us that the grossest and lowest element of the three divisions of the soul, known as Nefesh, is the only grade capable of committing sin.  When Kabbalists speak of man’s vital principle, they refer to the Nefesh.
Neopagan/Wiccan Symbols See Other Symbols.
Neoplatonism/Neo-Platonism The modern term for a school of religious and mystical philosophy which took shape in the 3rd century AD, founded by Plotinus (205–270 AD), a major Greek philosopher, and based on the teachings of Plato and earlier Platonists.
Neptune The 8th planet from the sun, Neptune was named after the Roman god of the sea, its counterpart in Greek mythology being Poseidon.  Astrologically, Neptune rules Pisces.
Neshamah The Zohar tells us that the Neshamah is the highest of the three grades of the soul, and even when it is not consciously realised it dominates the path that a man’s life takes.  Kabbalists say that a man cannot know the Neshamah until he dies, and yet they also tell us that the perfect devotee may come to know her.
Netzach Netzach is the seventh Sphere (Sephirah) of divine emanation according to Kabbalah.  The word Netzach means victory.  See also The Sephiroth.
Notarikon Notarikon is a Kabbalistic methodology whereby deeper meanings are sought in words or phrases by taking the first or last letters of those words or phrases to make new words.
Nuit See Nut below.
Numerology The system of divination where words, names and numbers are reduced to single digits which correspond with certain occult characteristics that influence one’s life.  Numerology is used to analyse a person’s character.
Nut Usually depicted nude, her body made of stars arching over the world, she is the Egyptian Goddess of the sky who swallowed the sun each evening and gave birth to it each morning.  In Thelemic practice, Nut revealed herself to Aleister Crowley in her manifestation as Nuit (see the Book of the Law).

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