Isis Unveiled: chapter I (an axiom of hermetic philosophy)

“Magic is as old as man. It is as impossible to name the time when it sprang into existence as to indicate on what day the first man himself was born.

 
Whenever a writer has started with the idea of connecting its first foundation in a country with some historical character, further research has proved his views groundless.

 
Odin, the Scandinavian priest and monarch, was thought by many to have originated the practice of magic some seventy years B.C. But it was easily demonstrated that the mysterious rites of the priestesses called Voilers, Valas, were greatly anterior to his age.

 
Some modern authors were bent on proving that Zoroaster was the founder of magic, because he was the founder of the Magian religion. Ammianus Marcellinus, Arnobius, Pliny, and other ancient historians demonstrated conclusively that he was but a reformer of Magic as practiced by the Chaldeans and Egyptians.”

 
H. P. Blavatsky

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