A SKEPITCAL LOOK AT FAMOUS OCCULTISTS
MERLIN THE WIZARD (Circa 500 A.D.)
His legend inspired occultists of future generations for centuries, and still does today. Merlin was the legendary "wizard" who supposedly aided the equally legendary King Arthur. In reality, the two never actually met. Arthur was probably a Saxon Chieftain who lived a century after Merlin, and their legends were combined centuries later.
The earliest legends of Merlin are far removed from the romantic legends most people are familiar with. One of the earliest accounts of Merlin is preserved in a late 15th century manuscript. In that account, Merlin is a naked, hairy madman (not a wizard) who declares he has been condemned for his sins to wander in the company of wild animals because he caused all the deaths in the battle fought "on the plain between Liddel and Carwannok." Toward the end of his life, Merlin was granted one last sacrament from a priest named Kentigern, and then later that day Merlin dies a horrible death at the hands of King Meldred's men. That’s a far cry from the long beards and pointy hats of later romantic legends!
Merlin supposedly tried his hand at prophecy, which always a career choice for the insane. His prophecies are the usual doom and gloom you might expect. There are of course, no specific dates or places, or anything like that. Here's an example:
“The Giant will climb on the Dragon, throw off all his clothes, and then ride upon it naked. The Dragon will rear the Giant up in the air and lash his naked body with its erected tail, but the Giant will recover his strength and cut the Dragon’s throat with his sword. Finally, the Dragon will become entangled in its own tail and die of poison. “
Blinky the Baphomet says,
"So in other words, it's a prophecy about a typical night at Lindsay Lohan's house?"
Geoffrey of Monmouth invented the Merlin legend in his Historia Regum Britanniae writtten in 1130 A.D. Geoffrey combined existing legends of a northern madman named Myrddin Wyllt (or Merlinus Caledonensis), with a bard named of Aurelius Ambrosius, who went mad after seeing the horrors of war and fled to live in the woods. Poor Merlin was probably suffering from what psychologists would now call “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder”, rather than possessing magic powers.
Later writers further embellished on Geoffrey's stories, and in
addition to teaming him up with King Arthur, they even made Merlin the
child of an earthly mother and a demon father giving him magical
powers. But none of these stories are true, and the people who inspired
the Merlin legend were actually a madman (or possibly even legends of
two different madmen) who lived in the wilderness. Of course, this
doesn't stop occult book publishers like Llewellyn Publications from
shamelessly publishing books like The 21 Lessons of Merlin, which have
no direct connections whatsoever to Myrddin Wyll or Aurelius Ambrosius,
and are just simply made up out of thin air! Such books are fakes, and
people who buy them are only fooling themselves while they make the
people who sell such books a little richer.
You may live in an imperfect world but the frontiers are not closed and the doors are not all shut.
- Dr. Maxwell Maltz