A DICTIONARY OF THE OCCULT

Home Page    Divination    Magick    Spiritualism    Kabbalah    Biographies
Occult Symbols    Downloads    Shopping    Useful Links    Contact Us




Don't miss your opportunity to download the entire content of this site in a handy A4 pdf eBook to read at your leisure.  To get your personal copy of

Links 2 the Occult.

Click HERE for full details.


A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z



R
Reincarnation A belief that we live more than one lifetime.  Beliefs vary widely.  Some are of the opinion that we always return as the same sex, while others believe it is a system of punishment and reward for actions in our current/previous incarnation(s).  Many believe that we reincarnate to get a full range of every possible human experience to develop our souls.
Remote Influencing See Psychokinesis.
Retrocognition Basically the opposite of precognition, in this case being able to see into the distant past.
Right-hand Path The terms 'Right-hand Path' and 'Left-hand Path' refer to a claimed separation of two distinct types of religion, the exact meaning of these terms having varied over time.  The modern usage regards religions which value the advancement of the self over other goals are considered to belong to the Left-Hand Path (sometimes referred to as the Dark Path), while those which focus upon the worship of one or more deities and the observance of strict moral codes, as belonging to the Right-hand Path.
Ritual Any act or series of acts/movements performed on a regular basis is a ritual.  Ceremonial magicians use rituals which may include preparing an area (normally a circle), donning robes, chanting, lighting candles, arranging amulets or talismans in a certain order on an altar and/or themselves, and saying prayers prior to performing the ceremony.
Ritual Magick Ritual Magick is often referred to as Ceremonial or High Magick.  It is a form of spiritual practice performed with the intention of achieving a personal spiritual transformation, or union with the Divine (God), through specially designed ceremonies or rituals.
Rosicrucianism An occult secret society supposedly founded in 1407 in Germany by Christian Rosenkreutz, who was purported to be under the influence of Egyptian occultism.  In modern times, Rosicrucianism has fragmented into a number of competing organisations promoting variations of the same general occult themes.
Ruah The Zohar tells us that the Ruah division of the soul is considered to be the seat of moral qualities and is sometimes referred to as the ‘Intellectual Spirit’.  Because the emergence of the Ruah, as understood by Kabbalists, is an experience of ‘the spirit poured on us from on high’ (Isaiah, Chapter xxxii, verse 15) the excitement and brightness of the moment may easily mislead us into believing that the task of spiritual development has been completed.
Runes Runes are a Norse alphabet developed from characters used for magical purposes.  It was believed to have been discovered by Odin (the chief God in Norse mythology) as he hung upside down for nine days on the 'World Tree'.  There are three commonly known runic alphabets, the 'elder' and 'younger' Futhark (futhark is the transliteration of the first six letters of that alphabet), the Anglo-Saxon, and the Danish.  The Elder Futhark is the oldest of these, and consists of three sets of eight letters.

Return to top of page.


© Links 2 the Occult