In yoga, the akasha is one of three universal principles along with prana, the universal life force, and creative mind. These three principles are immanent in all things throughout the universe and are the sources of magical and psychic power. From the akasha comes wil l , an important component of magic, which enables all manner of feats to be accomplished. In Buddhism, the akasha is not ether but space, of which there are two kinds.
One is space that is limited by the material, from which springs the manifestation of the elements of nature. The second is space that is unlimited, unbounded by the material and beyond description. The concept of the akasha was introduced to Western occultism in the early 20th century by hel ena p.
It produces mesmeric, magnetic, and psychic phenomena and is a component in all magical operations of nature. It is the equivalent of the Hebrew ruah, the wind, breath, air in motion, or moving spirit, and is identical with the spirit of God moving on the face of the waters. The Akashic. The Akashic Records are consulted for information about past lives, lost civilizations, and other planes of existence. Rudolph Steiner called the records the Akashic Chronicle.
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He consulted them to produce his detailed descriptions of the lost civilizations of Atlantis and Lemuria. See also tat t vas. Furt her Reading: Blavatsky, H. The Secret Doctrine. London: The Theosophical Publishing Co. Isis Unveiled. Pasadena, Calif.
Langley, Noel. Edgar Cayce on Reincarnation. New York: Castle Books, McDermott, Robert A. The Essential Steiner. Albertus Magnus, St. He entered the Dominican order in , advancing until he was named bishop of Ratisbon in , but resigned in in order to teach. He wrote extensively on Aristotle. In his later years, his brilliance faded. He is credited with a number of firsts in alchemy: the production of arsenic in free form; the discovery of the chemical composition of cinnibar, minium, and whitelead; and the preparation of caustic potassium.
He believed in the transmutation of base metals into gol d. In Secretum Secretorum, published in , he described his own experiments, including the testing of gold and silver produced by an alchemist.
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Nonetheless, Albertus Magnus believed in the possibility of transmutation in accordance with the principles of nature. In On Alchemy, he advised other alchemists to live a life of isolation, patience, and discretion and to have enough money to support themselves in case their experiments to create gold failed. Albertus Magnus was not a magician, as he was described by demonologists later on.
Stories of incredible magic are attributed to Albertus Magnus. According to michael maier , the disciples of St.
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Dominic gave him the secret of the stone, and Albertus Magnus in turn gave it to Aquinas. Albertus Magnus also reportedly had a magical stone marked with a serpent, which had the ability to force other serpents out of their hiding places. The count owned a piece of land which Albertus Magnus wanted to purchase for a monastery; the count did not want to sell. When the guests arrived, they were astonished to see that Albertus Magnus had set up a meal in the garden outdoors. Everything was covered with snow and the temperature was freezing.
He assured them that everything would be all right. Despite their misgivings, the guests sat down to eat. As soon as they had done so, the snow melted, the sun came out, flowers burst into bloom and birds flew about and sang. When the meal was over, the summery scene vanished, and the shivering guests had to go inside to warm by the fire. The impressed count agreed to sell Albertus Magnus the land he wanted. In another legend, Albertus Magnus, using natural magic and ast r ol ogy, created a homunc ul us which could talk and function as his servant.
But its jabbering so disturbed Thomas Aquinas in his studies that Aquinas smashed it to pieces. Albertus Magnus died on November 15, , and was buried in Cologne. He was beatified in , and was canonized in by Pope Pius XI.
Furt her Reading: Guiley, Rosemary Ellen. The Encyclopedia of Saints. New York: Facts On File, Waite, Arthur Edward. Alchemists Through the Ages. Blauvelt, N. Alchemy is more than 2, years old. One reflects the other. This transmutation was accomplished through the joining of opposites. The entire chemical process was based on the assumption that all things in nature evolve into their purest and highest form.
Thus imperfect base metals eventu-. An alchemist praying in his laboratory, in Amphitheatrum sapientiae aeternae, by Heinrich Khunrath, The word alchemy is derived from the Arabic word alkimia. Initially, alchemy was a physical art related to metallurgy, chemistry, perfumes, dyes, embalming, and so forth. Alchemy is associated with the quest to turn base metals such as lead into perfect metals such as silver and gol d. The heart of alchemy, however, is spiritual: a means of personal transformation, purification, and perfection into a state of prolonged life or immortality.
Western and Eastern systems have comparable elements, although Western alchemy later gave more emphasis to the physical transformation of metals. Western Alchemy Western alchemy is based on the Hermetic tradition, a syncretism of Egyptian metallurgy and Neoplatonism, Gnosti-.
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The impending union of opposite represented by the king and the queen, Sol and Luna. In the vessel are the lady the Mercury of the Philosophers and the youth the Sulphur of the Philosophers.
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In Anatomia auri, by Johann Daniel Mylius, Alchemy merely speeds up the process. According to early alchemy, all things have a hermaphroditic composition of two substances: sul phur , which represents the soul and the fiery male principle, and mer cury, which represents spirit and the watery female principle. Later European alchemy added a third ingredient, sal t , which corresponds to body.
The transmutation process involves separating these three essentials and recombining them into a different form. The process must be done according to astrological auspices. By the third century c. Of note is zosimos c. Zosimos traced alchemy to biblical origins, an idea that gained popularity as alchemy reached its peak in medieval times. Alchemical apparatus, in La theotechnie ergocosmique, by Annibal Barlet, Western alchemy suffered a setback in , when the Roman emperor Diocletian ordered the burning of Egyptian and Hermetic alchemical texts, thus destroying a great deal of knowledge.
However, the Emerald Tablet had by then passed into Arabic culture, where it continued to evolve. It was a highly respected science, practiced by adepts who wrote their treatises and manuals in deliberately obscure language.