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Less Is Better!

As a teenager, I was fascinated by photos of mysterious initiations and rituals. Even if Internet didn’t exist at this time, books about initiatic Orders provided some photos of these Mysteries: Freemasonry, the Golden Dawn, and Wicca constituted a large part of these publications.

When you read the descriptions of Qabalistic rituals from the 18th and 19th centuries, it is obvious that symbols are omnipresent. If you want to perform a magical ritual, you must first carefully prepare ritual clothing. Robes with golden embroidery, seals, and sigils must be prepared. Hats and fancy headdresses from the Hebrew or Egyptian traditions are cut and assembled. Multicolored magical tools of many kinds are made and consecrated. Then the temple is installed with complex symbols on the walls and on the floor. Altars and columns are erected, and all this installation is consecrated. Of course, everything is justified by the law of correspondences, and any mistake or mix-up can ruin the whole preparation. However, even if the magical operation fails, at least the photos will be great!

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