“Further, the same occult doctrine recognizes another possibility; albeit so rare and so vague that it is really useless to mention it. Even the modern Occidental occultists deny it, though it is universally accepted in Eastern countries.
When, through vice, fearful crimes and animal passions, a disembodied spirit has fallen to the eighth sphere – the allegorical Hades, and the gehenna of the Bible – the nearest to our earth – he can, with the help of that glimpse of reason and consciousness left to him, repent; that is to say, he can, by exercising the remnants of his will-power, strive upward, and like a drowning man, struggle once more to the surface.
In the Magical and Philosophical Precepts of Psellus, we find one which, warning mankind, says: “Stoop not down, for a precipice lies below the earth, drawing under a descent of SEVEN steps, beneath which is the throne of dire necessity.”
A strong aspiration to retrieve his calamities, a pronounced desire, will draw him once more into the earth’s atmosphere. Here he will wander and suffer more or less in dreary solitude.
His instincts will make him seek with avidity contact with living persons…. These spirits are the invisible but too tangible magnetic vampires; the subject daemons so well known to mediaeval ecstatics, nuns, and monks, to the “witches” made so famous in the Witch-Hammer; and to certain sensitive clairvoyants, according to their own confessions.
They are the blood-daemons of Porphyry, the larvae and lemures of the ancients; the fiendish instruments which sent so many unfortunate and weak victims to the rack and stake.
Origen held all the daemons which possessed the demoniacs mentioned in the New Testament to be human “spirits”. It is because Moses knew so well what they say were, and how terrible were the consequences to weak persons who yielded to their influence, that he enacted the cruel, murderous law against such would-be “witches”; but Jesus, full of justice and divine love to humanity, healed instead of killing them.
Subsequently our clergy, the pretended exemplars of Christian principles, followed the law of Moses, and quietly ignored the law of Him whom they call their “one living God”, by burning dozens of thousands of such pretended “witches”.
Witch! mighty name, which in the past contained the promise of ignominious death; and in the present has but to be pronounced to raise a whirlwind of ridicule, a tornado of sarcasms! How is it then that there have always been men of intellect and learning, who never thought that it would disgrace their reputation for learning, or lower their dignity, to publicly affirm the possibility of such a thing as a “witch”, in the correct acceptation of the word.
One such fearless champion was Henry More, the learned scholar of Cambridge, of the seventeenth century. It is well worth our while to see how cleverly he handled the question.”
H. P. Blavatsky