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Contents: lifetime of Alphonse Louis consistent; Notes at the Mysteries of Magic as expounded within the Occult Philosophy of Eliphas Levi; Threshold of Magical technology; Doctrines of Occult strength; Written culture of Magic; Doctrine of religious Essences, or Kabbalistic Pneumatics; Ceremonial Magic; technological know-how of the Prophets; technology of Hermes; Key of Magical Phenomena; Key of recent Phenomena; faith of Magic; nice sensible secrets and techniques; Thaumaturgical studies of Eliphas Levi; Embodying the Spirit of the Author's Philosophy; 3 Credos of Eliphas Levi: Creed of the Magus; Catholic and Magical image; Philosophical Credo.
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An intensive connection with the numerous deities, magical beings, legendary locations, and historical customs of the Norse and Germanic areas of Europe • Explores the legends and origins of famous gods and figures equivalent to Odin, Thor, Krampus, and the Valkyries, in addition to a huge diversity of magical beings corresponding to the Elf King, the Lorelei, the Perchten, dwarves, trolls, and giants • attracts upon a wealth of famous and infrequent assets, reminiscent of the Poetic Edda and The Deeds of the Danes via Saxo Grammaticus • Examines folktales, myths, and magical ideals from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, and England The legends of the Norse and Germanic areas of Europe--spanning from Germany and Austria throughout Scandinavia to Iceland and England--include a extensive diversity of legendary characters and locations, from Odin and Thor, to berserkers and Valhalla, to the Valkyries and Krampus.
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If the clergy had been laboring as faithfully to impress the observance of ethical principles as they have to indoctrinate the people with the superstitions of religion, we would not now be deploring the great demoralization of society. It is a grave arraignment of the clericals to charge them with being, indirectly, the cause of this lamentable state of things; but it is a condition that might have been expected, for, when entering the ministry, they engaged themselves, not so much to teach ethics as to propagate faith in the doctrines of their respective sects.
Hence the only hope for improvement is for the people to wholly ignore the dogmatic element of religion, and refusing to longer support it, demand that moral training shall be the grand essential of education. If this course were adopted and persistently followed, it would be but a question of time when mankind would come into being with such a benign heredity that crime would be almost impossible. Then, since religion inculcates a salvation that does not save, let us rise superior to its false teachings and, accepting science as the true saviour of mankind, find our whole duty in the code of natural morality, the spirit of which is embodied in that comprehensive precept known as the golden rule, which, being the outgrowth of the discovered necessities of association, without which society could not exist, it necessarily constituted man's sole rule and guide long before priest or temple; and founded in the eternal principles of right, truth and justice must remain as man's sole rule and guide when priest and church are numbered among the things that were.
Page. ” In his Ecclesiastical History, Vol. , who flourished about the beginning of the 18th century, in his treatise entitled De Statu Mortuorum, purposely written in Latin that it might serve for the instruction of the clergy only, and not come to the knowledge of the laity, because, as he says, “too much light is hurtful for weak eyes,” not only justifies, but recommends the practice of the most consummate hypocrisy, and that, too, on the most awful of all subjects; and would have his, clergy seriously preach and maintain the reality and eternity of hell torments, even though they should believe nothing of the sort themselves.