Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Power of the Magic Circle

Continuing my research to gain more insight into the context which Hermeticism developed in the West, I was compelled to read Michael Baigent & Richard Leigh's "The Elixir and the Stone", 1997, page 335. The title is very intriguing and suggestive. The book is a very comprehensive view of influence of the Hermetic thought in the Western culture. However, I stopped in my tracks when I read the following bold statement:

"Metaphorically and often literally, the medieval Renaissance magician would draw a magic circle around himself. From within this protective perimeter, he could then, as he believe, proceed to conjure up, channel and control powers or forces from celestial and infernal sources. Such forces were regarded as potentially dangerous. (...) powers he cannot effectively control - powers which (might) breach his protective circle and destroy him. But even if the magician does retain control over the forces he has invoked, the very circle that affords him protection also imposes on him restriction. He cannot step outside his circle without risking some harm from the what he has loosed. And the magic circle thus becomes a prison, insulating but also isolating the magician from the reality that lies beyond it - a reality in which newly unleashed and potent principles now move unpredictably at large." (pages 335-336)

Worth to mention, that that chapter (The Magical Circle) had only three entries on his bibliographical references on pages 399-400, and not references related to the citation above, so it reflects the author's opinion on the subject.

Do you agree with that?

I would like to open a discussion regarding the concept of an Adept and its required preparation in an esoteric school settings like the Rosicrucian orders, not only AMORC but other Rosicrucian schools or orders as well

Note: This is not a work of fiction but a deep research into the subject supported by many years of study and practices and directed to sincere students of the Rosicrucian Traditions. 

For that I would like to recommend further studies on the Rosicrucian Tradition provided in my eBooks:

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