isis unveiled: chapter x (outside the walls…)

"Another Russian appellation for witch and wizard, the former being purely Slavonian, is znahar and znaharka (feminine) from the same verb znat to know. Thus Dr. More's definition of the word, given in 1678, is perfectly correct, and coincides in every particular with modern philology. "Use", says this scholar, "questionless had appropriated the word to [...]

isis unveiled: chapter x (outside the walls…)

"It appears that about the year 1678, a certain divine, named John Webster, wrote Criticisms and Interpretations of Scripture, against the existence of witches, and other "superstitions". Finding the work "a weak and impertinent piece", Dr. More criticized it in a latter to Glanvil, the author of Sadducismus Triumphatus, and as an appendix sent a [...]

isis unveiled: chapter x (outside the walls…)

"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 - [...]

isis unveiled: chapter x (outside the walls…)

"We will now present a few fragments of this mysterious doctrine of reincarnation - as distinct from metempsychosis - which we have from an authority. Reincarnation, i.e., the appearances of the same individual, or rather of his astral monad, twice on the same planet, is not a rule in nature; it is an exception, like [...]

isis unveiled: chapter x (outside the walls…)

"Even remains of architectural relics of the earliest races have been sadly neglected by antiquarians, until now. The caverns of Ajunta, which are but 200 miles from Bombay, in the Chandor range, and the ruins of the ancient city of Aurungabad, whose crumbling palaces and curious tombs have lain in desolate solitude for many centuries, [...]

isis unveiled: chapter x (outside the walls…)

"An Eastern artist has attempted to give pictorial expression to the kabalistic doctrine of the cycles. The picture covers a whole inner wall of a subterranean temple in the neighborhood of a great Buddhistic pagoda, and strikingly suggestive. Let us attempt to convey some idea of the design, as we recall it. Imagine a given [...]

isis unveiled: chapter x (outside the walls…)

"The speculations of Dupuis, Volney, and Godfrey Higgins on the secret meaning of the cycles, or the kalpas and the yugs of the Brahmans and Buddhists, amounted to little, as they did not have the key to the esoteric, spiritual doctrine therein contained. No philosophy ever speculated on God as an abstraction, but considered Him [...]