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Welcome, weary traveller! Blessed be thy feet which have brought thee in
thy way. Through following the path of the Starred Cross, you have reached...
THE SCHOOL OF RATHOR
Digital Image Artwork, including color digital renditions of
Starred-Cross copyright © 1997 by Kaas Baichtal
Starred Cross background © Robyn King-Nitschke
Starred Cross design and Sime~Gen Universe © Jacqueline Lichtenberg
A site dealing with the philosophic, spiritual, and magickal
aspects of Jacqueline Lichtenberg's Sime~Gen Universe as well as Science
Fiction in general
The School of Rathor is an Official Site of the
Tecton Webring, the network of sites presenting the Sime~Gen Novels, the
fandom surrounding those novels, and the creative work by fans of this Science
The Sime~Gen Universe is copyright © Jacqueline Lichtenberg, all
Available Resources (Most are in
Jacqueline's Articles in The Monthly Aspectarian
The previous Geocities incarnation of this site hosted the index to
Jacqueline's Science Fiction Review column in
Aspectarian. Those are now archived at
Collection of SF&F. The following is from her first column (March
1993) where she explains some of her goals for the series:
...I will deal in more than recommending books. I am going to
create a reading program that will guide aspirants on the Path. Fiction
creation and fiction imbibing are magical exercises in the Qabalistic Sephirah
called Yesod. Yesod contains but is not composed entirely of the astral plane,
the locus of dreams, aspirations, imagination, ectoplasm -- i.e. the Foundation
of Reality, represented by the Tarot 9's. Thus fiction is the preceding cause
of all that crystallizes in Reality.
In the training of a magician, the first seriously dangerous exercise is
Rising on the Planes, and the first experience is the encounter with the
Guardian at the Gate -- your own personal Guardian. It is necessary to make an
ally of your Guardian if you would proceed further.
There are many methods of doing this, but the most effective is the
imbibing of fiction. Fiction where the background is not the "real
world" (i.e. the sephirah Malkuth represented by the Tarot 10's) can be
used by the author to reveal his/her personal understanding of the
quintessential nature of the "real world."
"Real World" Spiritual Paths
In my opinion, esoterica and occult aspects work best in science fiction and
fantasy if the author has some background in at least some of the
disciplines today. One doesn't have to believe or practice them (thought it
might arguably help), but it is part of the background research necessary for
believeable world building. You don't have to have a background in mysticism to
appreciate Jacqueline's Rathorites or Katheryn Kurtz' Deryni,
but if you do, you find yourself reading a different series of novels than the
reader who has no esoteric background.
If you acquire an education in the Occult Sciences after first reading these
novels, you will have the delight of re-reading them and finding a whole new
story, completely different from what you thought was there to begin with. And
you will learn the practical application of the rather abstract principles
learned from scholarly pursuits.
Complimentarily, when a piece of science fiction or fantasy is well written
with a good grasp of the spiritual, the work can serve as a stepping stone in
one's spiritual path.
- Qabalah & Jewish Mysticism
- Torahfax Web
- Here is a real-world glimpse of the inside of an Orthodox Rabbi's
explanation of the Bible. (He's pretty good, too.) You can subscribe to an
email newsletter that comes almost daily with tiny essays on the tidbit being
studied around the world this week. The Refuah Shleimah page at:
- The Meru Foundation
- Here is a site kept by a member of the Sime~Gen Listserve, Cynthia Tenen.
DESCRIPTION: "The Meru Project has discovered an extraordinary and
unexpected geometric metaphor in the letter-sequence of the Hebrew text of
Genesis that underlies and is held in common by the spiritual traditions of the
"This metaphor models embryonic growth and
self-organization. It applies to all whole systems, including those as
seemingly diverse as meditational practices and the mathematics fundamental to
physics and cosmology...Meru Project findings demonstrate that the relationship
between physical theory and consciousness, expressed in explicit geometric
metaphor, was understood and developed several thousand years ago."
- A Qabalah web site recommended by Jacqueline.
- Other Paths
If you have a Web Path site you like, send the URL for this
section to me and Jacqueline. The following link will send mail both to the
Rathorite site (rathorite@geocities) and Jacqueline
Other Sime~Gen Sites: The Virtual Tecton
- Tecton Central
- Householding Zeor Visitors
- Anne Pinzow's Householding
Frihill Site - the place to check for Ancient Civilization. Frihill
specializes in archeology to retrieve as much of Ancient technology as
- Cheryl Wolverton's Gen page, with some
advice for us Ancients! (Click on the strawberry...)
- The Tecton's Registry of Householdings
This is the official list of Householdings - both for currently functioning
fan groups and proprietary control over the use of fictional names, symbols,
mottos, colors, that form the identity of Householdings some of our writers are
developing. Do not do anything using any Householding Identity markers without
consulting this list for infringement on other people's rights. Protect your
exclusive right to use and develop a Householding concept by Registering your
Householding with Torun Almer, email@example.com.
- The Rimon
Farris Memorial Library - containing more stories, artwork and articles
such as you find here at the Zeor Visitor's Center.
- Kaas Baichtal's,
Controller's Hall of Fame - where we brag about those among us who
have distinguished themselves in the service of Unity.
- The Best Of Zeor Forum
- a Sime~Gen fanzine Selected stories and
background articles from the print version of this, the third fanzine devoted
to Jacqueline Lichtenberg's Sime~Gen series edited by Katie
There will be more information here as time goes on, so keep an eye out!
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