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De Mantel der Liefde

We leven in onrustige tijden vol met maatschappelijke spanningen. Juist dan is het belangrijk om onze verbindingen te voeden en onze onderlinge samenhang te versterken. Op zaterdag 8 juni gaan we verder bouwen aan onze Mantel der Liefde: Wat is de Mantel der Liefde? De Mantel der Liefde is een voorwerp wat we gemaakt hebben…

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You are fired!

Thanks to all my critical reviewers. I have news for you; you are all fired! Your opinion is not inspiring, soul searching or even interesting. You can give your opinion about me, but I choose not to listen. Your critical reviews are your private projections: your public outcries of your personal incompetence to contribute to…

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Window Dressing

Staring at my smartphone I surf over the internet, searching a solution for my emptiness. Reading all the tempting articles of smart marketeers, I get sooo tired! I put away my cell phone and go to bed. I am done! I pull the blankets over my head, hoping for a decent night of sleep: I…

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Schone Schijn

Turend op mij smartphone surf ik over internet naar een oplossing voor mijn leegte. Als ik stuit op het zoveelste wervende artikel van een slimme marketeer zakt de moed me in de schoenen. Ik word hier zó moe van. Ik leg mijn smartphone weg en ga naar bed; ik ben er klaar mee! Ik trek…

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The Tarot and the Earthlight

While I am developing the Tarot Cards, I collect notes from everywhere. I have got several notebooks full with drawings, exercises and realizations. While I am working at each card I do experiments, I test every working. It is a very inspiring journey for me, with a lot of unexpected adventures and realizations. I discover…

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Copycats

As an author I regularly notice how other people sometimes use my texts without giving me the credits for it. In some cases complete pages are copied and pasted without naming me as the source. The copycats think they are smart but they don’t realise that the energy is not the same when they re-use…

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Don’t look back!

Today I am preparing the upcoming Temple Training. It is such a joy to be able to dig so intensively in beauty, because coming Sunday we will be investigating the Orphic Path; the Orphic Path is the spiritual path that works with beauty, nature symbolism and art. Among the Western Mysteries there are beautiful mythological…

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The start of my pilgrimage

At this moment I am working at the Magical Treasures of the Cave of the Fool – The Child from the Deep Waters. I am gathering my information, desciding on the material to create the Fool’s magical pouch. Everything is quiet around me, I experience a serene rest, the right circumstances to do creative work and…

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More about Bees

Today I am contemplating the quality of the materials I am going to use for my products in the Magical Treasure Boxes. I am looking at my stock of beeswax. This is such an interesting material; by choosing this for some of the items, I support the bees and the people who take care of them. The question…

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The Golden Veil

Today I will be working at the development of the tarotcard the Fool. The Cave of the Fool is connected to Air of the Wise. I always associate Air of the Wise to the Golden Breath. The Golden Breath is an experience; you experience it at those moments, that it is as if a golden…

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The Child from the Deep Waters

I am very happy with wat came with the post. I ordered some super high quality prints of my tarot card The Fool. The images are printed on alluminium and are going to serve as votive images in my second Magical Treasure Box. One by one I peel off the protecting foil and I take…

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Inspiration comes from the Deep Within

Awaken from the dull state: Collect your peak moments daily, as if they are precious flowers. This will turn your life into a place of beauty, and you become aware Of the Presence of the Spirit of the Deep. Ina Custers-van Bergen     [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

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How to create your way?

QUESTION TO YOU; I am very curious; what are your sources of inspiration and power? For me personally it is digging into the old mysteries and live them. Every day – no matter what I need to do – I spend half an hour to meditate upon the old Wisdom Texts and I integrate the…

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The Doors of Wonder

DO YOU RECOGNISE THIS? I experience these moments as true divine gifts: suddenly the world shows its beauty. I have those moments when I am writing, when I am creating art, in ritual, outside in nature. .. Do you recognise this, when the doors of beauty open? I am really curious to learn how you…

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Superheroes and superpowers

As I wrote earlier, the emphasis on historical research causes us to underestimate the influence of art in modern magic. Nowadays …we regard the great myths as fantasies and children’s stories. But these great stories of the past and present are full of applied magic and teach us about the superpowers one can activate during…

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Are you a Seeker or a Finder?

In a previous blog I told my most important tip for a spiritual training: Find a spiritual trainer who works within a tradition. But there are some pitfalls along the way. How to avoid these?   When you take your spiritual quest seriously, you don’t want to waste time and money by getting lost on…

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Experiencing the Mysterious

I hear a lot of people who long to have ‘something more’ in their lives. They are unable to explain what exactly is lacking; but there is that longing, that desire to get more from your life than working, eating and sleeping. In order to experience this mysterious depth you need to develop some skills…

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The Vision behind the Temple of Starlight

Years ago I was trained in a spiritual organization by a teacher that was loved intensely by the students. I found that a privilege, and I learned very much. Then the time came to continue my journey. With all the spiritual fruits I had harvested, I raised the Temple of Starlight as an independent training…

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Frog logics

Are you curious to learn how frogs try to reach Illumination? Then read my parable … enjoy! It is silent in the frog pool, nothing happens there. Frogs live in murky muddy pools with standing water. But when there is no flow, the plants start to rot and the air begins to stink! The problem…

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Our debute at Dutch National TV – Iedereen Verlicht – NPO2

Voor mensen die de uitzending van onze samenwerking met NPO2 televisie gemist hebben: hier kun je de opname voor het programma Iedereen Verlicht nogmaals bekijken. For everyone who wants to see our cooperation with the Dutch National Television (NPO2), here is the video. It will be translated to English soon.  

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The Dance of the Opposites

People constantly try to influence us. In families, in social environments. In electiontime you only need to push a button of some digital screen and the same heads pop up, starting to convince you to vote for them and they try to touch you emotionally. Between religions and philosophical groups the same thing happens; if…

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The Battle for your Mind

Nowadays the Power of Magic is ridiculed by the media and by the masses. But this in itself is a dangerous development because it puts people to sleep while the biggest battle that we will be facing in the coming decennia is starting right now; the Battle for your Mind! I will explain you why.…

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The Multicolored Feathered Horus

In our modern worldview people can easily be manipulated, because they think there is only one truth possible, based on ‘facts’. But people are emotional beings who experience the world differently based on feelings. Trying to find our way in a confusing world we point our fingers towards others, using old monotheistic concepts of virtues…

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Magic isn’t real, or is it?

The famous Paracelsus thought that epilepsy could be cured magically by grinding the horn of a unicorn in a mortar. That is quackery, isn’t it? For a very long time, important magical books of great scientists gathered dust in the libraries of the World. The magical grimoires from the Middle Ages until the Renaissance lie…

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The Deep – a place that …

The Deep … a place that is not a place. A force that reacts on our behaviour, desires and dreams. The Deep organizes the world around us, creates events based on blockages, suppressed emotions and fears on wishes, dreams and ideals.

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A world loaded with … Magic

A world in which unknown forces cause the next events to happen, A world loaded with … Magic. When you know how that hidden creative force works, you can master its rules. Then the Deep will illuminate the wasteland around you, reveal it’s enchanting beauty and unlock its hidden mysteries.

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David Bowie on Magic

Bowie writes about his experiences with Magic, and tells joking that it actually works 😉 Q: “So were you involved in actual devil worship?” A: “Not devil worship, no, it was pure straightforward, old-fashioned magic.” Q: “The Aleister Crowley variety?” A: “No, I always thought Crowley was a charlatan. But there was a guy called…

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The Mages

The temple community consists of trainees and initiates of different degrees. Initiates serve as models for every member of the group to create awareness of ideal archetypes. The functions – not the people themselves – serve as transpersonal models for development of every member. These projections are part of the initiation process, called the “Illumination…

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Deep Night

While the World sleeps I float through the streets at night Throwing billions of sparks around me Bejewel the blackened sky sew them as diamonds on my black mantle. Thus I create that Mystical Space to give the Inner Self a Universe to fill: with expectations, ripenings and potential. For I am the Keeper of…

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The Deep

How do you experience your life? As a wasteland, a barren place where nothing can flourish? A place of constant trauma where you roll every day into the next drama? Then come with me on a journey; I invite you to visit the Deep. The Deep… a place that is not a place. A force…

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White Lady

Flying away from the world I meet twilight’s dream; The White Lady leads me to the forest fen Illuminates my face and reflects me in Moonlight. Where does she come from and where does she lead me? She is neither human, nor night itself, woven from ancestral memories and veils of fog. She floats in…

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Eternal Eye

I am the Everlight, the Eye of Timeless Space, Constant and immortal, white and bright. No shade has force to bind down my might. I reclaim my Throne, and poor down a golden beam Create the Shining Stairway seen by Jacob in his dream. Set foot on that path of light, I open it in…

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Light

When the world is still In the darkness, I lay on my dewy bed My rosy cheeks glister with early morning dew. I feel the blood-dimmed tide is loosed and the ceremony of innocence begins: The darkness drops and birth blood fills the sky. I feel It is moving slowly now, passing the gate in…

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Silence

I am the Priest of Harpocrates and the Servant of Silence I open the Realm of the Sun at Midnight! I call upon the Blue Lotus of Eternity as the wordless speaker in the Land of Stars (Ina Custers-van Bergen – The Opening of the Mouth Ceremony, drawing from the Temple of High Magic)

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THE DREAM

This morning I had a lucid dream. A very familiar voice was talking to me: it was the voice of the Inner Plane Teacher that I work with most often. He took me to a very special place and started a very serious conversation with me… You have to understand that the teachings of the…

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THE TABOO ON PRACTICAL MAGIC

In esoteric circles there exist strong cultural blockages … that make spiritual people powerless. To what extend are these ideas helpful? Or are they blocking us?  A common idea that I hear very often in spiritual circles is; You are not allowed to use spiritual energy for yourself or to achieve mundane goals. Spiritual forces…

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MEETING THE INNER PLANE CONTACTS IN THE FLESH

There are written reports of magicians who met Inner Plane Contacts ‘in the flesh’. Other magicians dismiss the idea and regard it to be fraud; ‘What Fortune appears to have ruled out completely was the idea of physical secret chiefs? Anything on earth that was special was an initiate and she did not appear to…

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THE TRAINING OF AN INITIATE

The training modules of the Magical Order Temple of Starlight prepare you for initiation. During that training you will develop your psychism. As Dion Fortune and Ernest Butler emphasize; there is ‘wild’ psychism and trained psychism. Ernest Butler states ‘Fantasy is the ass that carries the arch’. The challenge is to find out exactly where…

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CONTACTING THE INNER PLANE CONTACTS

Some schools call them the Secret Chiefs, others call the  Masters, in the Western Mystery Tradition we work with the ‘Inner Plane Contacts’. What are they, and why do we work with them? ‘The ideas of secret chiefs evolved under the British mistress of magic Dion Fortune into something which was more elaborate than had…

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VACANCY: HIGH PRIEST M/F

Within the Western Mystery Tradition priest offices of all levels are accessible to both men and women. Both sexes work together in lodges as equals. They both hold all offices up to the highest level. And what is even more interesting: there is not only God, but he has the Goddess for a spouse. I…

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RECLAIMING FEMALE PRIESTHOOD

In our society women are still not able to hold the same offices as men. In religious societies the backlog is even greater. Women are excluded from priestly functions in many established religions. Was this always the case? No, this discrimination dates from about 1200 AD! And that has been scientifically proven. In his book…

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TURNING LEAD INTO GOLD

With the increasing popularity of Magic through the internet a lot of people are drawn to the mystery schools with ideas of their own what Magic is about. They try to dominate the discussion in groups and press their ideas onto the community. But Magic is Magic, its rules cannot be altered and that means…

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TRANSPERSONAL PSYCHOLOGY

A few days ago I wrote about my vision on the role of the teacher/trainer in the Western Mystery School. But what do the trainers train? How does the trainer use the ancient legacy of Mythology, Astrology, Magic and Alchemy? And what are the results? Dion Fortune was one of the great teachers of the…

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