amongst the masses, and because it is only three letters long. I would wager that most of the above names of this force were not even known to the reader until now, though Iwould equally bet that every reader at this point has some understanding of what “God”makes reference to. Semantics concerning such things are only detrimental and shall thusbe ignored.While my readers will ultimately judge the value of this treatise on elementalmagic, I will leave you with this much of my own thought: I believe that this compilationhas the potential to be one of the first well-written subjects on practical elemental magicto be found in one place. Until the present date I have not seen any suitable essay, articleor book dealing with this matter, and so I have set out to remedy this; I believe that withthis essay I indeed have. In the words of Regardie, “My work is now done.”
The Synthesis: Hermetic and Elemental Magic
It should be known first and foremost to the aspiring reader of this potentiallylengthy essay that the author is a follower of the hermetic tradition, and therein this paperwill likely be stacked high with characteristics, properties and theorems that the lay-manmay care little for. If the psychological and consequently magical associations of theelements bother you to an unendurable degree then it is just as easy for you to ceasereading this, as this paper shall be of little use in your hands. If, however, you wish toinvestigate the potential occult virtues of the elements as they have been studied forcenturies, I invite you to read on. Regardless, I would hope that there is at leastsomething of value in here for any reader, new-age or archaic; ceremonial or direct.I will not, by any means, reveal the exact methods by which the variousmiraculous feats attributed to elemental magic have been oft accomplished in the past.Not only would this process be altogether time consuming, but it would also infringeupon the development of your own intuition and dampen the fervor which this pathdemands. None the less I shall provide certain practicalities, such as the harmonizing of the elements within the magician, the expression and externalization of the elementalqualities, the interaction with and creation of elemental spirits, and a few instructions formanifesting comparatively small but infinitely faith-strengthening feats(such as firemanipulation, calling the wind, etc). The higher knowledge, such as by what means themagician may refine an element to its purest existence, is left to the study and pursuit of the reader.What you are about to read is indeed a synthesis in which the beliefs of HeinrichCornellius, Aleister Crowley, Franz Bardon, Eliphas Levi, Hermes Trismegistus, DomAntoine-Joseph Pernety, Valentinus the Benedictine, Paracelsus, Trithemius and so manyother great authors of the occult are brought together to be expressed as a single unit:Elemental magic. It bears mentioning early on that elemental magic is my largest field of both study and practice, and such is to explain the potential length of this essay. Havingwritten pieces of it here and there over the course of the last year it is only after greatreflection that I have decided to publish this work. I hope that all with open minds cancome together to enjoy its contents, and perhaps be enlightened a little thereof.