"Champagne wishes and caviar dreams?" Not hardly! If you think
the occult is a shortcut to wealth, fame, and power...boy did you get a
Here are some mini-biographies of over 100
occultists, most of whom are authors of popular books on the occult.
Before you plunk down money for one of their books, see if you think
they could "make it work" first.
HERE THEY ARE! FROM MERLIN TO MANSON! FROM LAVEU TO LAVEY!
MERLIN THE WIZARD (Circa 500 A.D.)
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!
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
Later writers further embellished on
Geoffrey's stories, combining them with legends of King Arthur,
and even making Merlin the child of an earthly mother and a demon
father [The Encyclopedia of The Occult by Lewis Spence pg 274] 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.
The person known as Merlin did not have magical powers, he was
just a madman who lived in the woods...probably a psychotic or perhaps
even a schizophrenic.
JACQUES DEMOLAY (1244-1314)
leader of an order of fighting monks known as the Knights Templar.
There has been a mountain of myth that has grown up about the Templars
by both admirers and detractors alike. The Templars were an order of
monks that defended Jerusalem before being driven out by Saladin. The
Templars seemed to have escaped practically unharmed, suggesting they
had cut a deal with Saladin. Legends have grown over the years about
the Templars, including finding a treasure buried under the
Temple in Jerusalem, finding the Ark of the Covenant only to bury it
under a Church in Scotland for some reason, discovering some deep dark
secret (such as Christ being married), and blackmailing the Roman
Catholic Church with it are just a few of the myths.
Supposedly the Freemasons have retained the
mysterious secrets of the Templars, but more than likely this is just
unfounded legends and fake rituals written over the centuries to inject
some mystery into boring lives.
What we do know about the Templars, is that they did have some wealth,
but not the vast amounts writers today attribute to them.
The idea that the Templars were the equivalent to billionaires is
ludicrous! The Templars became skillful and shrewd traders with their
Arab neighbors, which is how they made their wealth. There’s really no
mystery to it.
After the fall of Jerusalem, Jacques DeMolay and the
Templars returned to France in disgrace. During this time the Roman
Catholic Church had moved it’s headquarters to France, under a Pope who
is known in history as the “Anti-Pope”. Since Jerusalem had
fallen into Muslim hands, and would remain so until the British Empire
acquired it briefly after WWI, there was no real reason for the Templar
Order to continue. King Philip wanted to merge the Templars with the
Hospitalers, which would have put them under his control. Demolay, not
wanting to cede his authority, balked at this idea and refused to do
so. There were many rumors circulating around France the Templars had
become heretics, and the charges may not have been completely unfounded.
Among the charges leveled against the Templars was
that they engaged in homosexual acts. Historians have concluded that
this charge was probably true, considering it sometimes happens when
members of the same sex must live together for very extended periods of
time. DeMolay confessed to engaging in homosexuality as well, but it is
most unlikely that it was done as part of a “sex magic” ritual as
modern day occult groups would have us believe.
Before DeMolay was arrested on charges of
heresy, his spies tipped him off, and he then immediately burned a
large pile of documents. If this account is true, it shows he must have
had something to hide...but one will ever know what exactly that might
have been. Under torture, DeMolay confessed to heresy, and later
publically admitted it. Later DeMolay recanted his confession
however, angering the King. Since people have been known to confess to
anything under torture, it’s impossible to know which version of
Demolay’s confession to believe.
Among the things the Templars confessed to was
worshiping something called “Baphomet”. But what Baphomet was is a
mystery. Some said it was a black cat, others said it was a human skull
with the number 314 painted on it. Freemasons have a secret
initiation ritual that takes place upon entrance into the 33rd
degree in Scottish Rite, and the 10th degree of York Rite in which wine
is drunk from a human skull, and apparently this is inspired by
the Templar legend of skull worship.
What we know for certain is that Baphomet was
not the goat head inside the pentagram with Hebrew letters on each
point spelling out “Leviathan”. This was an invention of occult writers
of the 19th century. You may also see a “crusaders cross” called
Baphomet, but this too is wishful thinking.
Scholars have discovered Baphomet is actually
a linguistic corruption of “Mohammed”, and believe the Templars
may have become clandestine Muslims. This theory would certainly
explain a lot, including why the Templars escaped Saladin unscathed.
While the Templars lived in Acre,
a sacred relic to Muslims...the skull of Al-Hussein ibn Ali ibn Abi
Talib (the nephew of Muhammed) was in Palestine during the same period
the Templars were in Palestine. This relic is sacred to Muslims, both
Suni and Shia, and it is an object of venberation. It's quite possible
this is where the stories of Templars worshiping a skull called
Baphomet (Muhammed) originated from. Whether the Templars
actually participated in venerating the skull of Al-Hussein ibn Ali ibn
Abi Talib, we will never know for sure, but we do know from accounts of
other Christians in the area at that time that the Templars did pray
Bedouin Muslims seem to have tolerance
for homosexual sex (although lesbians are killed on the spot), which
possibly could be a reason the Templars would want to have become
Muslims, if accounts of their homosexuality are true. Many of the
Templars fled to Muslim controlled Spanish Cordova, which would suggest
they were indeed Muslims, and perhaps that is the solution to the
enigma. It’s also possible they escaped to Cordova thinking that
could blend in with the Muslims, having knowledge of their language and
If the Templar/Muslim theory was true, then we may
owe a debt to King Phillip for not allowing the Templars to continue.
If the Templars had gained control of France and the French Vatican,
then they could have installed a Templar Pope who could have forced all
of Europe to convert to Islam.
At any rate, DeMolay was not the possessor of some
mysterious occult secret, and people belonging to modern day “Templar”
orders (such as the O.T.O) have no direct connection to the original
order at all.
ABRA-MELIN [ b.
1362? d. 1458? ] Supposedly an Egyptian mystic who instructed a certain
"Abraham The Jew" in the ways of sorcery. Abraham the Jew
supposedly entertained the kings of Europe with feats of magic,
suggesting he was merely a stage magician.
More than likely, Abra-Melin and Abraham the
Jew were simply literary inventions, and there’s no real evidence to
suggest either actually existed. The only known account appears in the
book The Sacred Magic of Abramelin The Mage...a book claimed to have
been translated directly from Hebrew, although scholars doubt this
completely. The book supposedly dates from the 12th century, but
appears to have been written in the 18th century by a Frenchman,
judging from the handwriting style and grammatical errors. It’s a
common trick among occultists to claim an occult book is centuries
older than it actually is.
In the book, Abraham supposedly travels the
world and studies magic and meets a mysterious Egyptian mystic named
Abra-Melin who gives him the ultimate secrets. The story of traveling
around the world and into the Middle East to study the occult sounds
similar to that of the Christian Rozenkrutz legend, and must have
been a popular theme among occult legends of the day. The book’s
system of magic isn’t Egyptian at all, and appears to be European
Ceremonial magic. The book claims to give the invocations for
Satan, Lucifer, Belial, and Leviathan, and the whole thing is obviously
black magic under a thin veil. Abra-Melin was a popular form of magic
with Aleister Crowley, who died a penniless drug adict, and this alone
should convince most people it doesn’t work!
HENREICH CORNIELIUS AGRIPPA VON NETTESHEIM (1486-1535)
He wrote Three
Books of Occult Philosophy (and possibly a fourth book) which was the
basis for other works like The Magus by Barrett and to some degree
rituals recorded in Regardie's book The Golden Dawn practiced by the
now defunct order of the same name. Agrippa’s creaky book has been
reprinted today and read by people thinking they can have magic powers.
Aggrippa claimed he had all sorts of
knowledge about summoning the spirits and how to compel them to do
one’s bidding, including finding buried treasure. In fact that’s about
the only reason people got into the occult in those days; to find
buried treasure. The occult was the get rich quick scheme of ancient
times, and still is even modern times among some ethnic groups.
Even though many occultists today get
excited about Agrippa’s book, it’s really nothing more than a book of
silly superstitions. Aggrippa mentions the things you might expect to
read in such a book, such as the correct way to remove the tongue from
a frog for magic spells...while the poor frog is still alive (pg. 69 of
the Llewellyn edition)! The tooth of a mole is also to be taken out
while the mole is still alive, poor thing, and allegedly cures
toothache (only it doesn’t really work). Hopefully the mole gets in a
few good bites to whoever’s dumb enough to try it. If you see an ox
treading corn, that’s good luck, seeing a mouse means danger, and
seeing a snake means an enemy is talking abut you. (Pg. 163) It’s hard
to believe anyone nowadays would take such silly superstition
seriously, and yet some apparently still do!
While some might consider Agrippa a man of
education, keep in mind he was educated 500 years ago, and that the
world has gotten much more advanced since then. I’ve heard
superstitious people who basically had no education from Third World
countries tell me they believe in similar things as Agrippa.
Agrippa was employed by the Emperor Maximilian
I, but as a soldier and not as an astrologer as later writers have
tried to claim. His reputation as an occultist seemed to cause
him to lose positions he was appointed to, rather than acting as an
asset. Despite all this occult knowledge, he died at age 48 in 1532.
Toward the end of his life, Agrippa rejected
the occult and returned to the Christian faith. Perhaps it was
his loss of honors and income that made him relize the occult was
geting him nowhere.
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