“And now to the doctrine of Paracelsus. His incomprehensible, though lively style must be read like the biblio-rolls of Ezekiel, “within and without.”
The peril of propounding heterodox theories was great in those days; the Church was powerful, and sorcerers were burnt by the dozens. For this reason, we find Paracelsus, Agrippa, and Eugenius Philalethes as notable for their pious declarations as they were famous for their achievements in alchemy and magic.
The full views of Paracelsus on the occult properties of the magnet are explained partially in his famous book, Archidaxarum, in which he describes the wonderful tincture, a medicine extracted from the magnet and called Magisterium Magnetis, and partially in the De Ente Dei, and De Ente Astrorum, Lib. I.
But the explanations are all given in a diction unintelligible to the profane. “Every peasant sees”, said he, “that a magnet will attract iron, but a wise man must inquire for himself….I have discovered that the magnet, besides this visible power, that of attracting iron, possesses another and concealed power.”
He demonstrates further that in man lies in hidden a “sidereal force”, which is that emanation from the stars and celestial bodies of which the spiritual form of man – the astral spirit – is composed.
This identity of essence, which we may term the spirit of cometary matter, always stands in direct relation with the stars from which it was drawn, and thus there exists a mutual attraction between the two, both being magnets. The identical composition of the earth and all other planetary bodies and man’s terrestrial body was a fundamental idea in his philosophy.
“The body comes from the elements, the [astral] spirit from the stars…Man eats and drinks of the elements, for the sustenance of his blood and flesh; from the stars are the intellect and thoughts sustained in his spirit.”
The spectroscope has made good his theory as to the identical composition of man and stars; the physicists now lecture to their classes upon the magnetic attractions of the sun and planets.”
H. P. Blavatsky