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Today, I am joining my friend, Ponsi, at the Buddhist Meditation Temple in Huber Heights for their open meal. As this happens to be the day that I also do my Tarot Tuesday live feed, I will go early and do the live video from there. This prompted me to want to explore the Temple as a magickal tool.

Temples have long been an important part of spiritual practices. Göbekli Tepe was founded about 11,500 years ago. Its circular compounds on top of a tell are composed by massive T-shaped stone pillars decorated with abstract, enigmatic pictograms and animal reliefs. It is arguably world’s oldest temple. Mount Ecclesia’s Temple with its round 12-sided building architecture set on top of a mesa and facing east, the rising Sun. The modern-day temple is ornamented with alchemical and astrological symbols. The Temple of Hephaestus, a Doric Greek temple in Athens with the original entrance facing east, was constructed in 449 BC, and in the 9th century, Borobudur, one of the largest Buddhist structures, located in Central Java, Indonesia, was built.

A temple (from the Latin word templum) is a structure reserved for religious or spiritual rituals and activities such as prayer, meditation, and sacrifice. The term is typically used for such buildings belonging to all faiths where a more specific term such as church, mosque or synagogue is not generally used in English. These include Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism among religions with many modern followers, as well as other modern and ancient religions such as the Ancient Egyptians.

The form and function of a temple is thus very variable, though they are often considered by believers to be in some sense the “house” of one or more deities. Typically offerings of some sort are made to the deity, and other rituals enacted, and a special group of clergy maintain and operate the temple. The degree to which the whole population of believers can access the building varies significantly as well. Often parts or even the whole main building can only be accessed by the clergy. Temples typically have a main building and a larger precinct, which may contain many other buildings.

The word comes from Ancient Rome, where a templum constituted a sacred precinct as defined by a priest, or augur. It has the same root as the word “template”, a plan in preparation of the building that was marked out on the ground by the augur. Templa also became associated with the dwelling places of a god or gods. Despite the specific set of meanings associated with the word, it has now become widely used to describe a house of worship for any number of religions and is even used for time periods prior to the Romans.

The Romans usually referred to the holy place of a pagan religion as fanum; in some cases this referred to a sacred grove, in others to a temple. Medieval Latin writers also used the word templum. In some cases it is hard to determine whether it was a building or an outdoor shrine. For temple buildings of the Old Norse, the term hof is often used. In my case, I am a licensed minister of the Temple of the Divine Spirit, a loosely based Pagan organization that gathers in Nature in local parks or designated sacred groves. We have also held ‘Temple’ (ritual and/or ceremony) indoors at various locations. Beginning this November, we will be gathering at the Mystical Wellness Center for our sacred events.

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