Six Points on “Magic”: Occult Philosophy rejects Supernaturalism and Miracle

Six more points about magical control over the E l e m e n t s.

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Occultists, certainly the Theosophists have claimed, that real magical operations, stems from a thorough comprehension of the latent and potent powers in matter, especially as regards to force-correlations.

Here are some essential points made on the subject from no. 1-6, that sufficiently highlights the main idea:

“To comprehend the principles of natural law, . . . the reader must keep in mind the fundamental propositions of the Oriental philosophy which we have successively elucidated. Let us recapitulate very briefly:

1st. There is no miracle.† Everything that happens is the result of law — eternal, immutable, ever active. (…)

2nd. Nature is triune: there is a visible, objective nature; an invisible, indwelling, energizing nature, the exact model of the other, and its vital principle; and, above these two, spirit, source of all forces, alone eternal, and indestructible. The lower two constantly change; the higher third does not.

3rd. Man is also triune: he has his objective, physical body, his vitalizing astral body (or soul), the real man; and these two are brooded over and illuminated by the third — the sovereign, the immortal spirit. When the real man succeeds in merging himself with the latter, he becomes an immortal entity.

4th. Magic, as a science, is the knowledge of these principles, and of the way by which the omniscience and omnipotence of the spirit and its control over nature’s forces may be acquired by the individual while still in the body. Magic, as an art, is the application of this knowledge in practice.

5th. Arcane knowledge misapplied, is sorcery; beneficently used, true magic or WISDOM.

6th. Mediumship is the opposite of adeptship; the medium is the passive instrument of foreign influences, the adept actively controls himself and all inferior potencies.” (see Helena P. Blavatsky, Isis Unveiled, Vol. 2., pg. 587-590)

There are ten points given in Isis Unveiled, so three last ones not included, but they can be summarised—

The 7th It speaks of the astral light, a highly subtle and radiant degree of matter, said to contain the repository of all causes and effect. The initiated are said to be able to through vision, know all that has been known, or can be known.

The 8th Says that races of men differ, as in colour or stature, in spiritual gifts. Among some, seership is natural, or in others, mediumship. Some are addicted to sorcery and transmit its secret rules of practice through generations, it adds.

The 9th One phase of magical skill is separating the astral form from the physical body, and she describes it further. The logical description and explanation repudiates and discredits claims of mediums purporting to undergo aerial flight in the physical body, due to the actual limitations and magnetic conditions required.

The 10th “The corner-stone of MAGIC is an intimate practical knowledge of magnetism and electricity, their qualities, correlations, and potencies. Especially necessary is a familiarity with their effects in and upon the animal kingdom and man. There are occult properties in many other minerals, equally strange with that in the lodestone, which all practitioners of magic must know, and of which so-called exact science is wholly ignorant…” (ibid.)

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Eliphas Levi: Warning to the Impudent in ‘Dogma et Ritual’

Read Éliphas Lévi’s (Alphonso Louis Constant) warning to the impudent students rushing into
Occult Studies, translated by Arthur Edward Waite in Transcendental Magic, 1896 ed., pp. 248-50.


K.H. is responding to A.O. Hume, about his belief, that phenomena is caused by the theist God —

† “For the life of me I cannot make out how I could ever impart to you that which I know since the very A.B.C. of what I know, the rock upon which the secrets of the occult universe, whether on this or that side of the veil, are encrusted, is contradicted by you invariably and a priori. My very dear Brother, either we know something or we do not know anything. In the first case what is the use of your learning, since you think you know better? (…) Pardon me for contradicting you, but it is nothing of the kind. There are a thousand questions I will never be permitted to answer, and it would be dodging were I to answer you otherwise than I do. I tell you plainly you are unfit to learn, for your mind is too full and there is not a corner vacant from whence a previous occupant would not arise, to struggle with and drive away the newcomer. Therefore I do not evade, I only give you time to reflect and deduce and first learn well what was already given you before you seize on something else. The world of force, is the world of Occultism and the only one whither the highest initiate goes to probe the secrets of being. Hence no-one but such an initiate can know anything of these secrets. Guided by his Guru the chela first discovers this world, then its laws, then their centrifugal evolutions into the world of matter. To become a perfect adept takes him long years, but at last he becomes the master. The hidden things have become patent, and mystery and miracle have fled from his sight forever. He sees how to guide force in this direction or that — to produce desirable effects. The secret chemical, electric or odic properties of plants, herbs, roots, minerals, animal tissue, are as familiar to him as the feathers of your birds are to you. No change in the etheric vibrations can escape him. He applies his knowledge, and behold a miracle! And he who started with the repudiation of the very idea that miracle is possible, is straightway classed as a miracle worker and either worshipped by the fools as a demi-god or repudiated by still greater fools as a charlatan! And to show you how exact a science is occultism let me tell you that the means we avail ourselves of are all laid down for us in a code as old as humanity to the minutest detail, but everyone of us has to begin from the beginning, not from the end. Our laws are as immutable as those of Nature, and they were known to man and eternity before this strutting game cock, modern science, was hatched. If I have not given you the modus operandi or begun by the wrong end, I have at least shown you that we build our philosophy upon experiment and deduction — unless you choose to question and dispute this fact equally with all others. Learn first our laws and educate your perceptions, dear Brother. Control your involuntary powers and develop in the right direction your will and you will become a teacher instead of a learner. I would not refuse what I have a right to teach. Only I had to study for fifteen years before I came to the doctrines of cycles and had to learn simpler things at first.” (K.H. to A.O. Hume, The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett, Letter no. 22, 1882)

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