Download PDF by Joseph Peterson: Arbatel: Concerning the Magic of Ancients

By Joseph Peterson

ISBN-10: 0892541520

ISBN-13: 9780892541522

In lots of methods, Arbatel is exclusive between texts on magic. in contrast to nearly all of writings, it's transparent, concise, and assuredly written. the sensible directions are common and uncomplicated. while it first seemed in 1575, it attracted the eye of individuals with an incredibly extensive diversity of agendas, together with many of the best minds of the time. usually quoted and reprinted, either praised and condemned, its impression on western esoteric philosophy has been referred to as "overwhelming." Arbatel's magic is stuffed with ask yourself and unfastened from the sinister components often linked to texts at the topic. however it is set greater than magic; jam-packed with gnomic knowledge, it urges us to aid our associates, be optimistic and thankful, and use time properly. primarily, it teaches us to concentrate, searching for the wondrous and superb. actually, to the writer this almost defines the magus. incorporated are illustrations, bibliography, index, and unique Latin textual content.

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SECVNDA, Cui vitro spiritus fide­ liter seruiunt. TERTIA, qua: propria est CHRISTlANORVM, qua: Ii CHRISTI potestate, quam habet in crelo & in terra, dependet. Concerning Magic The FIFTH division is, that some are able to deal openly with spirits in person, face to face, but this arr is given to few. ) The SIXTH DIVISION IS, that some work through immortal creatures, and others through magical creatures which are morral, such as nymphs, satyrs, and similar inhab­ itants of the elements such as pygmies.

Indeed it is GOD alone who enables them to accomplish it. All things obey God the creator, whether supercelestial, celestial, sublunary, or infernal. Therefore strive for this, that GOD LEADS YOll in all everything you undertake, and EVERY­ THING WILL COME TO A HAPPY AND DESIRED OUT­ COME, as the history of the whole world testifies, and daily experience shows. With the pious there is peace, but '''there is no PEACE fot the wicked,' the Lord says. "" Septem sunt gubernatores seu officiorum differentire Olympi, quibus Deus voluit vniuersam hanc mundi machinam admi­ nistrari.

And this circle so divided is the SEAL OF SECRETS of the whole universe, which emanates from a single center A, that is, from the indivisible God into the whole creation. THE PRINCE OF THE EASTERN SECRETS resides in the middle, and has three governors on each side. There are four [secrets] under each of these governors, plus four under the prince himself. Similarly, the remaining quarters (North, West, and South) have their own princes and governors, with four secrets each written. In each of the four quarters, the following are to be stud­ ied or sought: East-all wisdom; West-strength; South­ caretaking;" North-a more rigid life.

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