Black Magic in Science

    . . . Commence research where modern conjecture closes its faithless wings (Bulwer’s Zanoni).     The flat denial of yesterday has become the scientific axiom of to-day (Common Sense Aphorisms). Thousands of years ago the Phrygian Dactyls, the initiated priests, spoken of as the “magicians and exorcists of sickness,” healed diseases by magnetic processes. It was claimed that they had obtained these curative powers from the powerful breath of Cybele, the many-breasted goddess, the daughter of Cœlus and Terra. Indeed, her genealogy and the myths attached to it show Cybele as the personification and type of the vital essence, whose source was located by the ancients between the Earth and the starry sky, and who was regarded as the very fons vitæ of all that lives and breathes. The mountain air being placed nearer to that fount fortifies health and prolongs man’s existence; hence, Cybele’s life, as an infant, is […] Read More

Kabalistic Views Of “Spirits”

I beg you to again allow me a little space for the further elucidation of a very important question – that of the “Elementals” “and the “Elementaries.” It is a misfortune that our European languages do not contain a nomenclature expressive of the various grades and conditions of spiritual beings. But surely I cannot be blamed for either the above linguistic deficiency, or because some people do not choose, or are unable, to understand my meaning! I cannot too often repeat that in this matter I claim no originality. My teachings are but the substance of what many Kabalists have said before me, which to-day I mean to prove, with your kind permission. I am accused (1) of “turning somersaults” and jumping from one idea to another. The defendant pleads – not guilty. (2) Of coining not only words but Philosophies out of the depths of my consciousness. Defendant […] Read More

1650: Coelum Terrae Or The Magician’s Heavenly Chaos

Thomas Vaughan – Coelum Terrae This work was originally published under Vaughan’s pseudonym ‘Eugenius Philalethes’ as Magia Adamica: or the antiquitie of magic, and the descent thereof from Adam downwards, proved. Whereunto is added a… full discoverie of the true coelum terr�… By Eugenius Philalethes. London: T.W. for H.B, 1650. The text below is taken from A.E. Waite‘s edition. COELUM TERRAE Or The Magician’s Heavenly Chaos. By Thomas Vaughan. I have now, Reader, performed my promise and — according to my posse — proved the antiquity of magic. I am not so much a fool as to expect a general subscription to my endeavours. Every man’s placet is not the same with mine; but “the die is cast”. I have done this much, and he that will overthrow it must know, in the first place, it is his task to do more. There is just one point I can […] Read More

1536: The Aurora of the philosophers by Paracelsus

BY THEOPHRASTUS PARACELSUS. WHICH HE OTHERWISE CALLS HIS MONARCHIA.1 CHAPTER I. CONCERNING THE ORIGIN OF THE PHILOSOPHERS’ STONE. ADAM was the first inventor of arts, because he had knowledge of all things as well after the Fall as before2. Thence he predicted the world’s destruction by water. From this cause, too, it came about that his successors erected two tables of stone, on which they engraved all natural arts in hieroglyphical characters, in order that their posterity might also become acquainted with this prediction, that so it might be heeded, and provision made in the time of danger. Subsequently, Noah found one of these tables under Mount Araroth, after the Deluge. In this table were described the courses of the upper firmament and of the lower globe, and also of the planets. At length this universal knowledge was divided into several parts, and lessened in its vigour and power. […] Read More

1536: The Book Concerning The Tincture Of The Philosophers by Paracelsus

THE BOOK CONCERNING THE TINCTURE OF THE PHILOSOPHERS WRITTEN AGAINST THOSE SOPHISTS BORN SINCE THE DELUGE, IN THE AGE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD; By PH. THEOPHRASTUS BOMBAST, of HOHENHEIM, Philosopher of the Monarchia, Prince of Spagyrists, Chief Astronomer, Surpassing Physician, and Trismegistus of Mechanical Arcana.� PREFACE. SINCE you, O Sophist, everywhere abuse me with such fatuous and mendacious words, on the ground that being sprung from rude Helvetia I can understand and know nothing: and also because being a duly qualified physician I still wander from one district to another; therefore I have proposed by means of this treatise to disclose to the ignorant and inexperienced: what good arts existed in the first age; what my art avails against you and yours against me; what should be thought of each, and how my posterity in this age of grace will imitate me. Look at […] Read More

1516: The Treasure of Treasures for Alchemists by Paracelsus

�The Treasure of Treasures for Alchemists. By Philippus Theophrastus Bombast, Paracelsus the Great NATURE begets a mineral in the bowels of the earth. There are two kinds of it, which are found in many districts of Europe. The best which has been offered to me, which also has been found genuine in experimentation, is externally in the figure of the greater world, and is in the eastern part of the sphere of the Sun. The other, in the Southern Star, is now in its first efflorescence. The bowels of the earth thrust this forth through its surface. It is found red in its first coagulation, and in it lie hid all the flowers and colours of the minerals. Much has been written about it by the philosophers, for it is of a cold and moist nature, and agrees with the element of water. So far as relates to the […] Read More