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A SKEPITCAL LOOK  AT  FAMOUS OCCULTISTS
By The Notorious Doctor Zoom Zoom   

PARACELSUS (1493-1541)


  His real name was Theophrastus Philippus Aureolus Bombast von Hohenheim.  He was a contemporary of Copernicus, Leonardo da Vinci and Martin Luther. He would be an inspiration to many future occultists, such as Mesmer and Cagliostro. This man was said to be arrogant and conceited, and even his chosen name seems to bear this out. He chose the name "Paracelcus" to mean "even grater than Celsus", Celsus being a famous Pagan Roman physician and anti-Christian writer. 

    Paracelcus was an astrologer and alchemist, but considered himself a physician. Even though some occultists  tend to romanticize themselves as some sort of “scientists” and the occult a “science”. Paracelsus rejected the philosophies of Aristotle and Galen, but still acccepted the belief in the four elements of earth, water, fire and air.  Paracelsus wrote about the construction of astrological talismans for curing disease, providing talismans for various diseases and talismans for each sign of the Zodiac! He  invented a cipher called the "Alphabet of the Magi" for engraving magic names upon talismans! Paracelcus himself denounced reason and once wrote,

“Magic is wisdom. Reason is open folly”,  

...all this hardly what one expect from a scientist!  

    He spent most of his days wandering as a vagabond, getting jobs teaching at the universities and colleges of the day, and then being run off when the teachers and students had enough of his arrogance.

     He did have a few good points. He is thought to be responsible for the creation of laudanum, an opium tincture used until the late 19th century (you've prbably heard it mention on re-runs of Gunsmoke). 

    Paracelcus managed to alienate anyone who met him and lost every friend he made due to his superior attitude, though. He was said to have been an alcoholic. After a dispute in a physician's fee, he slandered opponents  and had to leave Basel secretly fearing punishment by the court. He became a tramp, wandering through Central Europe again. About 1529, he adopted the name "Paracelsus". He claims he traveled to Africa and Asia Minor in search of knoweldge, although this is in doubt. 

    Paracelcus thought magnets were magic, as do most superstitious people, and thought he could cure patients with them, and also employed astrology. 

    He published a book with illustrations resembling those used later on Tarot cards In 1536.  He never found the philosopher's stone to live forever, nor figured out how to change lead into gold (nor did any other alchemist for that matter) and died broke at the age of 51.

   
    he became a sort of conter culture figure with students in Europe during the 19th century. There are monuments devoted to him in Einsiedeln, Switzerland and Beratzhausen, Bavaria. Even though he was an inspiration for later occultists, he still was simply, an arrogant fake for the most part. 


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