Main idea underlying belief in magical control over E l e m e n t s.
†Modern science fundamentally abandoned any hypothesis of vitalism, as well as hylozoism, which underlie these positions. This is even related, in ways to Plasma cosmology, under the electric universe positions. The idea, that man is so connected to the elements, that they have hidden capabilities of observing the inner structure of the microcosmos, or manipulating it, is just not possible, according to current science. Read more about it in the: Six Points on “Magic”: Occult Philosophy rejects Supernaturalism and Miracle.
The scientist, might say, “very well then, there may be some-thing there; but what about these beliefs and superstitions in magic?” Certain Christians, thankfully not all, do attribute phenomena it deems, not from God, to the influence of demons. Now, what is it the ancient philosophers and metaphysicians believed, that is the source and ultimate cause, of all the ancient magic? The source of the operations are attributable to one Force and all-pervading vital power.
It was believed, that man could exercise a certain power over the “Elements,” since we were linked to them, through their principles, mirrored in us. We were seen as a mini-cosmos.
(i.) Magic is commonly associated with super-naturalism. We are taught, that any phenomena should be reducible to natural law. It is neither super-naturalism, accidental magical causes, nor is there a supernatural “God” behind the phenomena.
(ii.) The Mahatma Letters speak of an illimitable Force in the universe; though adding, this is not a God of the Mosaic-type, since, this force can be utilised, or manipulated. They repeatedly state, that the knowledge of certain phenomena, are the result of a knowledge of the laws of nature. As stated: “Space is infinity itself. It is formless, immutable and absolute. Like the human mind, which is the exhaustless generator of ideas, the Universal Mind or Space has its ideation which is projected into objectivity at the appointed time; but space itself is not affected thereby.” (K.H., The Mahatma Letters, Letter no. 119) “What things are co-existent with space?” Morya answers in the Cosmological Notes: (1) duration; (2) matter; and (3) motion.
iii.) Everything in the hidden universe, it adds, that embraces all the primary causes, are based on two principles: Kosmic energy (rendered in the English as the “breath of wisdom”), and Kosmic ideation. This energy is the one fundamental energy in the universe, whose varying manifestations, include much of the physical phenomena we are familiar with. All forms of energy, therefore, known to science, are but the different expressions of this one fundamental principle, electrifying primordial matter into life. Fohat is not a mechanical force, but an intellectual force. It is exactly, the force, physicists and astro-physicists are trying to discover, but they disregard metaphysics. “There is a force as limitless as thought, as potent as boundless will, as subtle as the essence of life, so inconceivably awful in its rending force as to convulse the universe to its centre, were it but used as a lever” (The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett, Letter no. 90). “The life-principle, or life energy, which is omnipresent, eternal, indestructible, is a force and a PRINCIPLE as noumenon, atoms, as phenomenon. It is one and the same thing, and cannot be considered as separate except in materialism.” (The Secret Doctrine, Vol. 2, pp. 672-673) “In other words we believe in Matter alone, in matter as visible nature and matter in its invisibility as the invisible omnipresent omnipotent Proteus with its unceasing motion which is its life…” K.H. says in Letter no. 10. In addition, adding of Fohat, that: “there is an illimitable Force in the universe, but even this Force is not God, since man may learn to bend it to his will. It is simply the visible and objective expression of the absolute substance in its invisible and subjective form.”
It is the knowledge of this force, referred to, that is said to be the source of real MAGICAL KNOWLEDGE.
“For the old Grecian Sage there was a single object of attainment: REAL KNOWLEDGE. He considered those only to be genuine Philosophers, or students of truth, who possess the knowledge of the really-existing, in opposition to mere objects of perception; of the always-existing, in opposition to the transitory; and of that which exists permanently, in opposition to that which waxes, wanes, and is alternately developed and destroyed.” (H.P. Blavatsky, Lucifer, July, 1892)
“Everything is relative in this Universe, everything is an illusion. But the experience of any plane is an actuality for the percipient being, whose consciousness is on that plane; though the said experience, regarded from the purely metaphysical standpoint, may be conceived to have no objective reality. But it is not against metaphysicians, but against physicists and materialists that Esoteric teachings have to fight (…)” (H.P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine, Vol. 1, 1888, pp. 295-296.)
“The problem of life is man. Magic, or rather Wisdom, is the evolved knowledge of the potencies of man’s interior being; which forces are Divine emanations, as intuition is the perception of their origin, and initiation our induction into that knowledge (…) We begin with instinct: the end is OMNISCIENCE”. (Alexander Wilder, see The Secret Doctrine, Vol. 2., pg. 587)