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Edie Sedgwick at the Factory photographed by Billy Name, 1965

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“…Nature praises me. Of her I am born; her I follow. She knows me, and I know her. The light which is in her I have beheld in her; outside, too, I have proved the same in the figure of the microcosm, and found it in that universe.”
- Paracelsus, The Treasure of Treasures for Alchemists

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To gain Occult Knowledge and the lights of Power obtaining full mastery of many of nature’s hidden things, man must devote his better life and all the nobler impulses of the heart to it, giving it full obligation of obedience and faithful allegiance free from all conventional life, nor strained to suit any material desire. All Pilgrims of the Light who have reached that glorious threshold of Eternal Loves clothed in the calm of perfect peace, white and radiant with the glorious sunlight of Truth, like a mountain in its snows standing out alone in silence and repose against the sunset sky, attained these heights through guidance by the Inner Light


"The Qabbalists divided the uses of their sacred science into five sections. The Natural Qabbalah was used solely to assist the investigator in his study of Nature’s mysteries. The Analogical Qabbalah was formulated to exhibit the relationship which exists between all things in Nature, and it revealed to the wise that all creatures and substances were one in essence, and that man—the Little Universe—was a replica in miniature of God—the Great Universe. The Contemplative Qabbalah was evolved for the purpose of revealing through the higher intellectual faculties the mysteries of the celestial spheres. By its aid the abstract reasoning faculties cognized the measureless planes of infinity and learned to know the creatures existing within them. The Astrological Qabbalah instructed those who studied its lore in the power, magnitude, and actual substance of the sidereal bodies, and also revealed the mystical constitution of the planet itself. The fifth, or Magical Qabbalah, was studied by such as desired to gain control over the spirits and subhuman intelligences of the invisible worlds. It was also highly valued as a method of healing the sick by talismans, amulets, charms, and invocations.

The origin of Qabbalism is a legitimate subject for controversy. Early initiates of the Qabbalistic Mysteries believed that its principles were first taught by God to a school of His angels before the fall of man. The Angels later communicated the secrets to Adam, so that through the knowledge gained from an understanding of its principles fallen humanity might regain its lost a estate. 

The theories of Qabbalism are inextricably interwoven with the tenets of alchemy, Hermeticism, Rosicrucianism, and Freemasonry. 

The words Qabbalism and Hermeticism are now considered as synonymous terms covering all the arcana and esotericism of antiquity.” 

- Manly P. Hall


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