Marvelous Magics

Picatrix Rubeus page 128:

“The great sage Plato, however, wrote two books about magic, that is, the Greater and the Lesser. In the Greater he wrote about the effects of the figures of heaven, from which he described great marvels, such as walking upon water, and changing into the form of any animal you desire, or into some composite form never before heard of in this world, and calling down rain at times when it ought not to rain and preventing rain when it ought to rain, and making stars move and cast down rays out of their proper times, and burning down hostile cities as well as ships at sea and remote places that you wish to burn, and ascending into the air, and making stars appear at times incongruent for their appearance so that they seem to fall from heaven, and speaking with the dead, and making it appear as though the Sun and Moon were divided into many parts, and making ropes and spears appear to be serpents and dragons, eating anyone they encounter, and making long and short journeys pass in the blink of an eye.

“All the foregoing that we have described are brought about by the powers and virtues of figures and by the strong attraction of spirits that will be obedient to us, and by the strong composition of the bodies of the figures of materials brought together from this inferior world. From these come the spiritual motions that move all bodies, by which motions marvels are brought about, as well as works that are not done by human beings, but appear to belong almost to the category of miracles.”

This may be the most important passage in Picatrix, because it illustrates the most advanced forms of astrological magic and what once it was capable of, and perhaps someday again.

If you think it’s all preposterous, I can tell you I’ve seen some of those things happen– and if those are true, why not the others?

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Be Greedy

Picatrix Rubeus page 220:

“Those who intend to involve themselves in this science ought to know that it is by the works and experiments they do in this world that profound and secret sciences are known, and by works and experiments doubts are solved. This is because when anyone accomplishes his desires, his doubts are settled. You should indeed be greedy in all the things, and about all the things, that we have taught you so far, and you should be faithful in the operations themselves, and continually observe the ways of the sages and the habits of the ancients in the operations of this science.”

Though Picatrix says earlier that we should have faith in magic and not trifle with it in order to prove whether it exists to ourselves, the author urges students of magic to test individual techniques out in order to verify them. And do it as much as is possible. As he says, be greedy.

And now I’m done for the time being.