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Zayin The seventh letter of the Sacred Alphabet.  It literally means sword, has the phonetic value of Z, and has a numerical value of 7.  It is further attributed to the Zodiacal sign of Gemini and the Tarot Trump The Magician.
Zener Cards These consisted of five designs (now generally described as ESP symbols) being a plus sign, a square, a circle, a set of three wavy lines and a five-pointed star.  The symbols were printed in black ink, on cards similar in size to, and resembling, playing cards.  Joseph Banks Rhine (1895-1980), Professor of Psychology at Duke University in the USA, used Zener cards (designed in the early 1930s by a colleague, perceptual psychologist Karl Zener) when conducting his experiments.
Zodiac The zodiac refers to the twelve constellations that ring the apparent path the sun takes throughout the year.  As the sun passes through the location of each constellation we say that the sun is in the house of its associated signs of the zodiac.
Zohar See Sefer Zohar.
Zoroastrianism A religion of the Persian Empire founded by the sage Zoroaster c. 600 BC, Zoroastrianism is a system based on the concept of a struggle between a 'god of light' and a 'god of darkness' striving for influence over humanity.  Zoroastrianism assumes adherents have free-will, and as such can choose between the god of light and the god of darkness.
Zener Cards These consisted of five designs (now generally described as ESP symbols) being a plus sign, a square, a circle, a set of three wavy lines and a five-pointed star.  The symbols were printed in black ink, on cards similar in size to, and resembling, playing cards.  Joseph Banks Rhine (1895-1980), Professor of Psychology at Duke University in the USA, used Zener cards (designed in the early 1930s by a colleague, perceptual psychologist Karl Zener) when conducting his experiments.
Zayin The seventh letter of the Sacred Alphabet.  It literally means sword, has the phonetic value of Z, and has a numerical value of 7.  It is further attributed to the Zodiacal sign of Gemini and the Tarot Trump The Magician.

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