2016: Codex Gigas Or The Devil’s Bible, The World’s Largest And Strangest Mystical Manuscript

A book called the Codex Gigas is the largest and the strangest manuscript in the world. Its creation and history are steeped in a mystery that incorporates the mundane and the arcane, heaven and the inferno. Its immense size (3 feet in height by 3 feet in length, when opened) has given it the name Codex Gigas. Gigas is Latin for giant, so its name literally means Giant Book. That’s quite accurate since two people are required just to lift it and the leather it’s been made with came from no less than 160 animals. According to the legends surrounding it, the Codex Gigas was spawned as a result of a pact with the ‘devil’ and that is why it’s also known as the Devil’s Bible. Most historians agree it was created in the early 12th century in the Benedictine monastery of Podlažice in Bohemia, now located in the Czech Republic. Stories […] Read More

2015: The Antediluvian Knowledge of the Temple of Akhmim

I’m sure many of you are probably bored with the medieval pyramid myth, but I have been reading Kevin Van Bladel’s book The Arabic Hermes: From Pagan Sage to Prophet of Science (Oxford, 2009), and part of it clarified a problem that explains a good amount of how the pyramid myth developed. The short form is that it wasn’t originally a pyramid myth. The oldest version of the story that we know of was told by Abu Maʿshar, a ninth-century scholar, in his now-lost Book of Thousands. I knew his text from a quotation preserved in Al-Maqrizi, taken from Saʿid al-Andalusi, Al‐tarif bi-tabaqat al-umm 39.7-16 (1068 CE), quoting Abu Maʿshar speaking of Hermes Trismegistus: It is also said that he was the first to predict the Flood and anticipate that a celestial cataclysm would befall the earth in the form of fire or water, so, fearing the destruction of […] Read More

Yarker’s Introduction to the Golden Tractate

For the sake of accuracy, we have typed the Introductory Essay verbatim, in every respect. With Bro. Yarker’s statement regarding the Rosicrucian Societies, those who are well informed on the subject will take issue and it is clear to members of the Fraternity who have investigated the historical side of the Fraternity that Bro Yarker was not only badly informed in this particular area but also that he berates with a decided pro-Masonic leaning, conveying the idea that the Rosicrucians were a sort of appendage of Freemasonry whereas we have every reason to believe that Freemasonry owes its origin to the Rosicrucian Brotherhood. – Frank Modica. Introduction. In order to form a just estimate of the following Treatise, attributed to Hermes Trismegistus – as the Greeks termed Thoth – it will be necessary to consider that in all time there have been two opposing schools of science, or, as […] Read More

1888: “Esoteric Buddhism” And The “Secret Doctrine”

CORRESPONDENCE In reference to various remarks concerning “Esoteric Buddhism” which appear in the course of your new work, “The Secret Doctrine,” I beg to call your attention to some passages on the same subject which appeared on former occasions in the Theosophist at a time when that magazine was edited by yourself. In the Secret Doctrine you speak of Esoteric Buddhism as a work with “a very unfortunate title,” and in reference to a passage in my preface, emphasising the novelty for European readers of the teachings then given out, you say the error must have crept in through inadvertence. In the last number of LUCIFER you discuss the same point in a note appended to a correspondent’s letter. Permit me to remind you of an editorial note, evidently from your own pen, in the February Theosophist, 1884. This is in reply to an objection raised by Mr. W. […] Read More

1877: Indian Metaphysics

Two peas in the same pod are the traditional symbol of mutual resemblance, and the time-honoured simile forced itself upon me when I read the twin letters of our two masked assailants in your paper of Feb. 22nd. In substance they are so identical that one would suppose the same person had written them simultaneously with his two hands, as Paul Morphy will play you two games of chess, or Kossuth dictate two letters at once. The only difference between these two letters – lying beside each other on the same page, like two babes in one crib – is, that “M.A. Cantab’s” is brief and courteous, while “Scrutator’s” is prolix and uncivil. By a strange coincidence both these sharp-shooters fire from behind their secure ramparts a shot at a certain “learned Occultist” over the head of Mr. C. C. Massey, who quoted some of that personage’s views, in […] Read More

Psychology – The Science of the Soul

Ethics and law are, so far, only in the phases where there are as yet no theories, and barely systems, and even these, based as we find them upon à priori ideas instead of observations, are quite irreconcilable with one another. What remains then outside of physical science? We are told, “Psychology, the Science of the Soul, of the Conscious Self or Ego.” Alas, and thrice alas! Soul, the Self, or Ego, is studied by modem psychology as inductively as a piece of decayed matter by a physicist. Psychology and its mother-plant metaphysics have fared worse than any other sciences. These twin sciences have long been so separated in Europe as to have become in their ignorance mortal enemies. After faring poorly enough at the hands of mediaeval scholasticism they have been liberated therefrom only to fall into modern sophistry. Psychology in its present garb is simply a mask […] Read More

1886: The Original Programme of The Theosophical Society

The Original Programme of The Theosophical Society By H. P. Blavatsky {Words within this type of brackets are H.P.B.’s footnotes in the original.} [Words within square brackets, as well as the italicizing of certain words and sentences, in passages quoted from the Chatterji-Gebhard Statement, are H.P.B.’s own, as careful comparison with the text of the Statement will show. Throughout H.P.B.’s Pronouncement, both in the main text of it, and in some of the footnotes, the occurrence of several dots indicates no elision of words, and is apparently meant to point to the beginning of a new thought which is particularly emphasized. –– Compiler (Boris de Zirkoff).] In order to leave no room for equivocation, the members of the T. S. have to be reminded of the origin of the Society in 1875. Sent to the U.S. of America in 1873 for the purpose of organizing a group of workers […] Read More

1536: Coelum philosophorum by Paracelsus

THE COELUM PHILOSOPHORUM, OR BOOK OF VEXATIONS; By PHILIPPUS THEOPHRASTUS PARACELSUS. THE SCIENCE AND NATURE OF ALCHEMY, AND WHAT OPINION SHOULD BE FORMED THEREOF. Regulated by the Seven Rules or Fundamental Canons according to the seven commonly known Metals; and containing a Preface with certain Treatises and Appendices. THE PREFACE OF THEOPHRASTUS PARACELSUS TO ALL ALCHEMISTS AND READERS OF THIS BOOK. YOU who are skilled in Alchemy, and as many others as promise yourselves great riches or chiefly desire to make gold and silver, which Alchemy in different ways promises and teaches; equally, too, you who willingly undergo toil and vexations, and wish not to be freed from them, until you have attained your rewards, and the fulfilment of the promises made to you; experience teaches this every day, that out of thousands of you not even one accomplishes his desire. Is this a failure of Nature or of Art? I say, no; but it […] Read More

1988: Has The Philosopher’s Stone Been Found?

SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND MODERN ALCHEMY In March of 1988, David Hudson filed U.S. and worldwide patents on eleven orbitally rearranged monatomic elements, ORMES, which he discovered in a form not previously recognized. This is a totally new form of matter, the confirmation of which will be presented by Mr. Hudson with scientific references and data compiled by some of the most acclaimed research laboratories in the world. David Hudson is a fourth generation Arizona farmer who became interested in extracting gold and silver from the tailings of old mining sites near his 675-acre farm. When he began the recovery process he soon discovered that gold and silver were being lost because of the buildup of a powdery substance referred to as “ghost gold” by many miners and metallurgists. Hudson’s curiosity led him to work with spectroscopists at Cornell University and other labs to discover the elemental ingredients of this powder. […] Read More