30 Apr 2017

Seeking the Numinous? Hunting the Manticore?

Did you wonder where Numen Books went? Or did you lose track of the elusive Manticore Press? Rest in peace – your quest is over. Hadean Pty Ltd was incorporated in April 2017 as a merger of Numen Books, Manticore Press, and our eBay shop front.  As result of this incorporation, all products (books, music, jewellery, & imports) will now be distributed via Hadean Pty Ltd. Future publications will now be under the new  label also. The new website is almost complete, but there are some new features which are currently still under construction, and the shopping cart will be offline until mid-May. We look forward to working with you and value our loyal

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Pysanky Egg
30 Mar 2017

Psanky Eggs—The Transcendent Spring Gift

Juleigh Howard-Hobson With their intricately wrought designs and deepset colors, Ukrainian Psanky eggs are as fascinating as they are lovely. Pronounced “peh-san-keh”, these decorated eggs are considered Easter Eggs these days, and/or seen as examples of Eastern European folk art by collectors and tourists alike. But Psanky (singular Psanka) are far more numinous than that. Psanky have roots that stretch far back to Ancient European pagan spirituality. Indeed, traces of Trypillian symbology (Neolithic Era) can be still seen in many Psanka designs. Although best known, Ukraine is not unique in its indigenous European egg decorating. From the Polish pisanka, over to the Hungarian hímestojás, eggs have been decorated with dye and wax every

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25 Mar 2017

Shedding Light on Candles

Juleigh Howard-Hobson Most rituals — whether they take place in front of an altar or a harrow, in the middle of a circle or a shrine, or outdoors in a holy spot — incorporate candles. While candles can serve a very specific purpose in certain magical ritual, usually their presence is part of an overall ambiance of an event, burning away warmly in the background, hardly noticed by most. This disregard doesn’t mean they aren’t working, though. Candles are very powerful, and candle magic has a long and illustrious history. Most candles these days are not white, although white is a profoundly divine color and always right to use, there is an abundance of

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four leafed clover
16 Mar 2017

The Magical Revery of Clover

“To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, One clover, and a bee, And revery. The revery alone will do, If bees are few.” ― Emily Dickinson Juleigh Howard-Hobson Common garden-variety clover (officially known as trifolium repens, within which we find the shamrock…or, as they say in Gaelic: seamróg) is one of the oldest and widespread of the arcane plants. Used by the Druids and Ancient Celts to pierce the veil between worlds, and regarded from Ireland to Turkey as a source of Apotropaic magic (that is, magic to keep evil away) historical accounts of this plant being a source of magical power go as far back as the ancient Egyptians,

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The Golden Magic of Eggs
12 Mar 2017

The Golden Magic of Eggs

Juleigh Howard-Hobson Made up, as it is, of shell and that which is inside the shell, the numinous duality of the humble bird egg has been put to folk magical use for centuries. Because the egg has the magical ability to either bring forth good energy or to absorb negativity, it is often found in folk ritual used in conjunction with the phases of the moon (waxing moons bring, waning moons take away). As the round bright moon holds the sunny-side of reflected solar light, so the round bright egg holds the ‘sunny side’ of the contained yolk. I will keep to hens’ eggs for the purposes of this article but be

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hindu temple australia
03 Mar 2017

Forthcoming Title – The Indian Diaspora: Hindus and Sikhs in Australia

Purushottama Bilimoria, Jayant Bhalchandra Bapat, Rev. Dr. Philip Hughes Since the late 1990s, the Indian community in Australia has grown faster than any other immigrant community. The Indian Diaspora has made substantial contributions to the multi-ethnic and multi-religious diversity within Australia. The growth of Hinduism and Sikhism through gurus, temples, yoga and ritual of many kinds has brought new colours, images, customs and practices to the profile of Australian religion, and the Australian landscape more widely. At the same time, Hinduism and Sikhism have themselves been transformed as Hindus and Sikhs from different parts of India as well as Fiji, Malaysia and other parts of the world have come together to establish a pan-Indian ethos. Hindus and Sikhs

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02 Mar 2017

Coming in on a Wing and a Paw: the Odd Survival of the Mythic Griffin

  Juleigh Howard-Hobson Hatched from an agate, instead of an egg, the Griffin (alternatively called Gryphon, Griffen, Griffon, Grýps, Gryphus, or if you prefer an ancient term: γρύφων) is a particularly numinous being. Having the head, front talons and wings of an eagle and the body and tail of a lion, it is part earthly and part astral. Which suits this creature well. Legends after legends have it that it was the Griffin which pulled the chariot of such divine beings as Apollo (the sun god), Nemesis, the Egyptian Pharoahs, Dionysus, and Alexander the Great. The mighty power of the lion, teamed with the aerial strength of the eagle, make the

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quartz, crystal
21 Feb 2017

It’s Elementary: Spring Cleaning for Crystals

Juleigh Howard-Hobson   Crystals absorb all sorts of energies over a year’s time—particularly in the winter months when we tend to keep everything closed in—so a spring cleaning to make sure that they are cleansed of negative or overpowering vibrations is one way to keep your crystals clear and potent.  The basic elements of earth, air, fire, and water are perfect for simply and completely ‘spring-cleaning’ any and all of your crystals, making them clear, pure and ready for another year’s workings.  Burying crystals, carefully, in the dirt for at least an hour allows the earth to draw away and absorb old energies contained in the crystals. You can use a pot of dirt, making

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wolf, berserker, vedic, norse, mythology, vratya
15 Feb 2017

Of Wolves and Men: The Berserker and the Vrātya

Gwendolyn Taunton   Lupine symbolism is said to be one of the defining points of the Indo-European Traditions, and it is hard to cite an Indo-European civilization in which the wolf did not occupy a role of prominence. From the birth of Romulus and Remus and the foundation of Rome through to modern times, the wolf has always occupied an eminent position of privilege in the mind of the Indo-European. This is still evident today – even Hollywood cannot bypass the lonely figure of the wolf at night, for the werewolf has survived on in popular myth to this day. A number of important deities, ranging from Óðin to

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11 Feb 2017

Introduction and Welcome to the 2017 Symposium of the Sydney Traditionalist Forum

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