Tuesday, October 23, 2012

[From] THE OPINIONS OF THE KABALISTS.

[...] Apollonius (Epp., xvi. 390) says that the 'followers of Orpheus should be called magicians.'
[…] First, then, let us summon Picus Mirandulanus into court (Opp., p. 206, Ed.Basil): 
Although it is not permitted us to publicly explain the secrets of magic, which we in the first place extracted from the Hymns of Orpheus, nevertheless it will be of advantage to indicate their nature by hints drawn from the leading ideas of his aphorisms, in order to engage the attention of contemplative minds. The names of the gods, of whom Orpheus sings, are not the titles of deceiving demons but the designation of divine virtues. Just as the Psalms of David are admirably designed for the 'work' of Kabalah, so are the Hymns of Orpheus for natural magic. The number of the Hymns of Orpheus is the same as the number by which the three-fold deity created the aeon, numerated under the form of the Pythagorean quaternary.... The Curetes of Orpheus are the same as the powers of Dionysius. The Orphic Typhon is the same as Zamael of he Kabalah. The Night of Orpheus is the En Suph [Ain Soph?] of the Kabalah,” etc.”
- GRS Mead, Orpheus P. 59-60

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