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I Ching See Book of Changes.
IAO This formula is the principal and most characteristic formula of Osiris, of the Redemption of Mankind.  I is Isis, Nature, ruined by A, Apophis the Destroyer, and restored to life by O the Redeemer Osiris.  An alternative formula is where I is Father, O the Mother, and A the Child.  In the true formula of the Beast 666, I and O are the opposites which form the field for the operation of A.  See Liber Samekh, Point II, Section J.  The Greek Iao Sabaoth stems from the Hebrew YHVH Tzaviot, normally translated as Lord of Hosts, a name of God in the Old Testament.
Iddhi See Siddhi.
IHVH See YHVH.
Imbolc One of the eight traditional Wiccan Sabbats, Imbolc is sometimes referred to as the Festival of Brigid.  Held on 2nd February, it celebrates the growing strength of the God, still in His childlike form, and also the return of the 'Maiden' aspect of the Goddess.  It is also a time for blessing agricultural implements such as the plough, as well as livestock.  See also Sabbat.
Imperator Latin for leader or commander.  The Imperator is one of three governing offices at a temple.  This office is further symbolised by the Egyptian godform of Nephthys.
Imperatrix Feminine form of Imperator.
Initiate Someone who has undergone, or is about to undergo, the primary rite of entry into a magical order or Pagan/Neo-pagan organisation.
Initiation A rite of passage ceremony marking entrance or acceptance into a group or society.  In the context of Ritual Magick and esotericism, initiation is considered to cause a fundamental process of change to begin within the person being initiated.  The initiator, being in possession of a certain power or state of being, transfers this power or state to the person being initiated, the Initiate.
Inverted Cross The Inverted Cross or Crucifix was historically a symbol of humility depicting St. Peter's refusal to be crucified in the same manner as his Master, feeling himself unfit to die in that way, preferring to be hung upside down instead.  It was therefore a symbol of unworthiness showing great respect for one's superiors, representing failure and reverence of Christ.  Nowadays, the symbol has come to represent an opposition to Christian dogma, this concept having been borrowed from Christian writers who originally mistook the emblem of St. Peter to be an anti-Christian symbol!  Although the Goat of Mendes is the official symbol of the Church Of Satan, the Inverted Cross is now worn by many Satanists, or people who call themselves Satanists.
Inverted Pentagram The Inverted Pentagram now symbolises the Horned God.  Satanists also use it to represent the 'Satan' of the Bible, who, believe it or not, had never actually been depicted as horned until the Christian Church used that symbolism to 'demonise' the ancient Pagan Horned God by equating Him with the Devil of The Bible.
Invocation Invocation is the ‘bringing in’ or identifying with a particular deity or spirit.  Crowley wrote of two main keys to success in this arena: to enflame thyself in praying and to invoke often.  Bear in mind that for Crowley, the single most important invocation, or any act of magick for that matter, was the invocation of one's Holy Guardian Angel, or Secret Self, thus allowing the adept to know his True Will.  See also Crowley's experience of invocation.  See also Evocation.
Ipsissimus The Ipsissimus is beyond all comprehension of those of lower degrees.  The Ipsissimus is wholly free from all limitations, and exists in the nature of all things without discriminations of quantity or quality between them.  He has identified Being and non-Being and Becoming, action, non-action and tendency to action, with all other such triplicities, not distinguishing between any one thing and any other thing as to whether it is with or without conditions.  He is sworn to accept this Grade in the presence of a witness (in Crowley's case this was Leah Hirsig at the Abbey of Thelema), and to express its nature in word and deed, but to withdraw Himself at once within the veils of his natural manifestation as a man, and to keep silence during his human life as to the fact of his attainment, even to all other members of the Order.  The Ipsissimus is pre-eminently the Master of all modes of existence, i.e., his Being is entirely free from internal and external necessity.  His work is to destroy all tendencies to construct or to cancel such necessities.
Isa See Asar and Isa.
Isaac Luria After whom Lurianic Kabbalah is named.
Isis Isis was the first daughter of Geb (god of the Earth) and Nut (the goddess of the Overarching Sky).  At some time Isis absorbed some of the characteristics of Hathor a powerful deity who was the mother of Horus.  She represented the pharaohs and provided them with protection.  In later myths about Isis, she had a brother, Osiris, who became her husband, after which she was said to have conceived Horus.  Isis was instrumental in the resurrection of Osiris when he was murdered by Set.  Her magical skills restored his body to life after she gathered the body parts that had been strewn about the earth by Set.
Isopsephy The practice of converting Greek letters into Greek numerals.  See also Gematria.

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