Psychic, Occult and Mystical Definitions

Letter: J








Also Jachin and Boaz. The names of the two symbolical pillars of Solomon's Kabalistic temple, and which were believed to explain all mysteries.

One of the pillars was black and the other white, and they represented the powers of good and evil. It is said that they symbolize the need of "two" in the world: Human equilibrium requires two feet; the worlds gravitate by means of two forces; generation needs two sexes.

Jakin and Boas


Jacob's Ladder

The ladder leading up to heaven seen by Jacob (Genesis 28:12) in a dream, when on his way to the town of Haran he laid his head on a stone by the side of the road, falling asleep.

A universal constant of the religious consciousness is the idea of a specific place where heaven and earth come together. It seems that, by accident, Jacob stumbled upon this sacred spot. Convinced that that was the right place, he erected a stone marker, naming it Beth-el (House of God).

According to the kabalistic view, Jacob's Ladder is a metaphorical representation of the powers of alchemy, operating through visible nature.


The name adopted by an unknown murderer that, from Aug. 7 to Nov. 10, 1888, killed at least seven women, all prostitutes, in the East End of London, England.

These murders constitute one of the most notorious unsolved criminal cases of modern times. The name Jack the Ripper was signed to a series of taunting notes sent to police authorities, presumably by the murderer. That the murders were all committed by the same person is likely. Each victim's throat was slashed, and each body was mutilated in a manner suggesting that the killer had a considerable knowledge of anatomy.

Jack the Ripper


Jackdaw of Rheims

One of the best known of The Ingoldsby Legends (Rev. Richard Harris Barham, 1788-1845), in which the cardinal's ring mysteriously vanishes. He solemnly curses the thief by bell, book and candle, and the jackdaw's bedraggled appearance, caused by the curse, reveals him as the culprit.


Also Hyacinth. A supposedly magical stone which allegedly preserves from plague and from lightning, strengthens the heart, and brings wealth, honor, prudence, and wisdom. It was recommended by Albertus Magnus as a soporific, on account of its coldness, and was ordered by Psellus in cases of coughs, ruptures, and melancholy, to be drunk in vinegar.