Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The Magician's Advice

A    L    O    H    A   !
To practice magic is to be a quack; 
to know magic is to be a sage.
                  Éliphas Lévi 

We CAN possess that which we seek, 
namely, profound peace. 

Regret nothing which must end, 
but remember with satisfaction 
that we meet with good in all. 

Hope is a certitude, for we know 
that good is eternal and evil transitory. 

Enjoy solitude but do not fly
the society of people; 
Be a child with children, 
joyous with the young, 
staid with the old, 
patient with the foolish, 
happy with the wise. 

Smile with all who smile, 
and mourn with all who weep; 
applauding strength, yet be
indulgent to weakness; offending no one.

Have no need to pardon, simply 
never think yourself offended! 
Pity those who misconceive you,
 and seek an opportunity to serve them; 
by the force of kindness only 
avenge yourself on the ungrateful...
Judge not; speak hardly at all; 
love and act.
                     Éliphas Lévi 

We look on the wicked as invalids 
whom one must pity and cure; 
the world, with its errors and vices, is 
God's hospital, and we wish to serve in it.
Without fears and without desires, 
dominated by no falsehood, sharing no error, 
loving without illusion, suffering 
without impatience, reposing in 
the quietude of eternal thought...
                     Éliphas Lévi 
born Alphonse Louis Constant 
(February 8, 1810 – May 31, 1875) 
"French occult author and ceremonial magician."

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