Magic, White and Black - The Science on Finite and Infinite Life - Containing Practical Hints for Students of Occultism
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This vintage book contains a fascinating treatise on the subject of magic by Franz Hartmann (1838 – 1912), who was a German theosophist, doctor, geomancer, occultist, writer, and astrologer. In this volume, Hartmann maintains that 'magic' is not a supernatural concept outside of the realms of science or nature, but that it is the undeniable force behind all things responsible for the growing of a seed into a tree or a child into a man. This fascinating volume will appeal to those with an interest in magic or the occult, and it would make for a worthy addition to allied collections. Contents include: “Description Of The Frontispiece”, “Preface To The Third Edition”, “Preface”, “Preface To The Sixth Edition”, “Preface To”, “The Seventh Edition”, “Introduction the Ideal”, “The Real and the Unreal”, “Form”, “Life”, “Harmony”, “Illusion”, “Consciousness”, “Death”, “Transformations”, “Creation”, “Light”, etc. Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. It is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with the original text and artwork.



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Date de parution 06 août 2020
Nombre de lectures 19
EAN13 9781528767934
Langue English

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Magic, White and Black
The Science of Finite and Infinite Life
For in our searchings are fulfilled all our desires, and we obtain the victory over all worlds. - Khand, Upanishad.
Copyright 2018 Read Books Ltd. This book is copyright and may not be reproduced or copied in any way without the express permission of the publisher in writing
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A T the foot of the picture is a sleeping Sphinx , whose upper part (representing the higher principles) is human; while the lower parts (symbolizing the lower principles) are of an animal nature. She is dreaming of the solution of the great problem of the construction of the Universe and of the nature and destiny of Man, and her dream takes the shape of the figure above her, representing the Macrocosm and the Microcosm and their mutual interaction.
Above, around, and within all, without beginning and without an end, penetrating and pervading all, from the endless and unimaginable periphery to the invisible and incomprehensible centre, the Father of All, the supreme source of every power that ever manifested or may in the future manifest itself, and by whose activity the world was thrown into existence, being projected by the power of His own will and assuming form in His imagination.
The Omega (and the Alpha in the centre) represent the Son, the Absolute having become manifest as the Universal Logos or The Christ , the cause of the beginning and the end of every created thing. It is One with the Father , being manifested as a Trinity in a Unity , the cause of what we call Space, Motion , and Substance . The regenerated spiritual man, whose matrix is his own physical body, draws his nutriment from this universal spiritual principle as the physical foetus is nourished by means of the womb of the mother, his soul being formed from the astral influences or the soul of the world .
Out of the Universal Logos proceeds the invisible Light of the Spirit, the Truth , the Law , and the Life , embracing and penetrating the Cosmos , while the visible light of Nature is only its most material aspect or mode of manifestation, in the same sense as the visible sun is the reflex of its divine prototype, the invisible centre of power or the great spiritual Sun.
The circle with the twelve signs of the Zodiac, enclosing the space in which the planets belonging to our solar system are represented, symbolizes the Cosmos, filled with the planetary influences pervading the Astral Light . Here is the store-house of Life, the Iliaster of Paracelsus, in which the Mysterium magnum (the Spirit) is active.
The activity in the Cosmos is represented by the interlaced triangle. The two outer ones represent the great powers of creation, preservation, and destruction, or Brahama, Vishnu , and Siva , acting upon the elements of Fire, Water, and Earth-that is to say, upon the original principles out of which ethereal, fluid and solid material substances and forms are produced.
The two inner interlaced triangles refer more especially to the development of Man. B, C , and D represent Knowledge , the Knower , and the Known , which trinity constitutes Mind or Consciousness . E, F, and G represent the Physical Man (Stoola-Sharira), the Ethereal or Inner Man (Sukshma-Sharira), sidereal body of Paracelsus, astral body, Kama rupa, etc., and the Spiritual Man (Karana-Sharira, the divine Arch us, the spiritual Soul). The centre represents the divine Atma , the personal Christ , being identical with the Universal Logos . It is, like the latter, a Trinity in a Unity, * receiving its light from the Param-Atma and radiating it again from the centre. It is the spiritual seed implanted in the soul of man, through whose growth immortal life is attained. Its light is the Rose of the Cross that is formed by Wisdom and Power , being joined together into one and sending its influence through the world. But below all is the realm of Illusion , of the most gross and heavy materialized thoughts, sinking into Darkness and Death ( the Eighth Sphere or Chaos ), where they decompose and putrefy, and are resolved again into the elements out of which the Universe came into existence.
It will be noticed that the three A s form a five-pointed star in the centre of the double interlaced triangle representing the six-pointed star. The five is continually seeking to expand and to come in perfect harmony with the six, while the latter is forever striving to enter the five and to become manifest therein. In other words, the dark and corporified centre seeks for eternal freedom and light; while the unlimited light seeks for corporification and form. One has a centripetal and the other a centrifugal action, and as neither can conquer the other, there results perpetual motion; the pulsation of the eternal heart of Divinity; the law of evolution and involution. If the five-pointed star were to become a six-pointed one-if the Rosicrucian Rose had six leaves instead of five-this turning of the wheel would have an end; there would be Nirvana ,-eternal rest.
* Of the three interlaced A s only one is distinctly drawn in the figure.
T HE favor with which Magic has been received by those who are interested in the study of the hidden mysteries of Nature, made it expedient to publish a third edition of this book. From an insignificant pamphlet, written originally for the purpose of demonstrating to a few inexperienced inquirers, that the study of the occult side of nature was not identical with the vile practices of sorcery, Magic grew into a book of respectable dimensions, and now this new edition is to be still more enlarged, and I hope will also become still more useful.
The most serious objection which has been made against this book has been on account of its title; but the causes which induced me to select such a title were suggested by the purpose for which the book was intended; nor would I at present be able to find one more appropriate for it, for Magic means that divine art of exercise of spiritual power by which the awakened spirit in man may control the living elements.
But if we desire to master any forces whatever, either within or beyond our own sphere, it is above all necessary to know what these forces are, and we have no better means to study the qualities of any internal forces than by observing those which are active within ourselves, the perception of the processes. The art Magic is the exercise of spiritual power, which may be obtained by practising self-control, and this power cannot be acquired in any other way. The constitutions of all men are fundamentally the same, and in each human being are magical powers germinally or in a latent condition; but they cannot be said to exist before they become active and manifest themselves, first interiorly, and afterwards in an outward direction.
It was not my object, in composing this book, to write merely a code of ethics , and thereby to increase the already existing enormous mountain of unread moral precepts, but to assist the student of Occultism in studying the elements of which his own soul is composed, and to learn to know his own psychical organism. I want to give an impulse to the study of a science, which may be called the anatomy and physiology of the soul , which investigates the elements of which the soul is composed, and the source from which man s desires and emotions spring.
To arrive at this end the merely intellectual reading of books on Occultism is entirely insufficient. The divine mysteries of nature are above and beyond the power of conception of the semi-animal intellect. They must be intuitively grasped by the power of the spirit, which enters into the substance of which the world is formed. If we cannot perceive a spiritual truth with the eyes of the spirit, intellectual reasoning and book learning will not enable us to perceive it clearly. Books, dealing with such subjects, should not be masters to us to whom we must blindly follow; they should merely be our assistants. They are merely useful to describe the details of things which we already-although perhaps indistinctly-see with our spiritual perception; they are merely servants to hold up before our eyes magnifying mirrors, wherein we see the truths, whose presence we feel in our own soul.
Jacob Boehme , the great theosophist, says in regard to the study of Occultism: If you desire to investigate the divine mysteries of nature, investigate first your own mind, and ask yourself about the purity of your purpose. Do you desire to put the good teachings which you may receive into practice for the benefit of humanity? Are you ready to renounce all selfish desires, which cloud your mind and hinder you to see the clear light of eternal truth? Are you willing to become an instrument for the manifestation of Divine Wisdom? Do you know what it means to become united with your own higher Self, to get rid of your lower Self, to become one with the living universal power of Good, and to die to your own insignificant terrestrial personality? Or do you merely desire to obtain great knowledge, so that your curiosity may be gratified, and that you

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