Thus did the devil present to the soul the Vulcan in the Mercury, the power that is in the fiery root of the creature, that is, the fiery wheel of essence or substance, in the form of a serpent. Upon which The Soul said: Behold, this is the power which can do all things — What must I do to get it?
It is as a Chaos, a complexion of great wonders, where all colors, powers, and virtues are contained in this only Chaos, or wonder-eye; which Chaos is God himself – the Being of all beings, who thus manifests himself in particular beings with the eyes of eternity.
Tolkien, Magic, and Ensoulment
To believe in the soul as animating the body is to declare the body as an ensouled object, which is what is required for an object to be magical. It is only because the body is ensouled that the human soul is able to supposedly ensoul something without itself. The puppet has no life but what is imparted through it by the marionette.
Thoughts and Prayers
The declarations against magic are abundant in the Bible. Sure, there are very problematic aspects to this condemnation, which we will be discussing. To begin with, we can appreciate why this anti-magic stance within the Bible is problematic by envisioning a debate between a Christian and a Mage while an atheist watches. From the perspective … Continue reading Thoughts and Prayers
Heisenberg and Atwood Compared
Here are some remarkable points of identity between Heisenberg's Physics and Philosophy (1954) and Mary Atwood's Suggestive Inquiry (1850). It is worth pointing out that Heisenberg is no minor figure in modern physics, but contemporaneous with the remaining eminent figureheads of 20th century physics, i.e. Einstein, Bohr, Schrödinger, Planck, Bohm, etc. Atwood is known for … Continue reading Heisenberg and Atwood Compared
All things are thus arisen through the divine imagination, and do yet stand in such a birth, station, or government. The four elements likewise have such a ground [birth or original] from the imagination of the Eternal One; this visible world with all its host and being is nothing but an objective representation of the spiritual world, which spiritual world is hidden in this material, elemental world, and the elements are nothing but an image-like, moving existence of what is invisible and immobile.
At the Ashtray of Madness
"I remember once sitting on a sofa smoking and looking at an ashtray. It was an ordinary copper ash-tray. Suddenly I felt that I was beginning to understand what the ash-tray was, and at the same time, with a certain wonder and almost with fear, I felt that I had never understood it before and … Continue reading At the Ashtray of Madness
There and Back Again
The connection between this world and the other-world is obviously wound up in the relationship between dream, perception, and reality. The substance of the spiritual is wound up in the question of the mind apart from the physical world, which is unmistakably proven by the adequate characterization of hell as a living nightmare and heaven as a dream come true.
"Neils Bohr, Hans Kramers and John Slater revealed one essential feature of the correct interpretation of quantum theory. This concept of the probability wave was something entirely new in theoretical physics since Newton. Probability in mathematics or in statistical mechanics means a statement about our degree of knowledge of the actual situation. In throwing dice … Continue reading Alma Mater
Now THAT!…was unexpected.
"If a priest, O priests, should frame a wish, as follows: 'Let me exercise the various magical powers,--let me being one become multiform, let me being multiform become one, let me become visible, become invisible, go without hindrance through walls, ramparts, or mountains, as if through air, let me rise and sink in the ground as if in the water, let me walk on the water as if on unyielding ground, let me travel cross-legged through the air like a winged bird, let me touch and feel with my hand the moon and the sun, mighty and powerful though they are, and let me go with my body even up to the Brahma-world,' -- then must he be perfect in the precepts, bring his thoughts to a state of quiescence, practise diligently the trances, attain to insight, and be a frequenter of lonely places."