importance, and from them, sometimes, the unexpected truth emerges. If we have toany extent succeeded in thus throwing light upon the sayings of the sages, however little it may be, we shall have more than achieved our object.
Theurgy or the Telestic Work, was the very essence of the teaching of the MysterySchools of Egypt, of Samothrace and of Eleusis; of Zoroaster, of Mithra and of Orpheus.And in Egypt, the cradle of them all, were initiated many of the outstanding men of their day, such as Pythagoras, Plato, Demokritos, Eudoxus, Archimedes, Chrysippos,Euripides, Proklos, Thales and many others.In addition many of the Fathers of the Church, such as Clement of Alexandria, Cyrillusand Synesius, were also initiated into the Mysteries and regarded them as sacred andefficacious, transferring in part the very la.nguage, rites and disciplines of them to their own forms of worship, as is even to-day apparent.Proklos tells us that "The Perfective Rite leads the way as the muesis or mysticinitiation, and after that is the epopteia or beholding."Plato calls Zoroastrian Magic "The Service of the Gods," and Psellus affirms that "Itsfunction is to initiate or perfect the human soul by the power of materials here on earth,for the supreme faculty of the soul cannot by its own guidance aspire to the sublimestintuitions, and to the comprehension of Divinity."Clement of Alexandria alludes to the Mysteries as Blessed and says: "0 Mysteries trulySacred! 0 pure light! At the light of the torches the veil that covers Deity and Heavenfalls off. I am Holy now that I am initiated." While Synesius, speaking in alchemicalterms, declares that "the Quintessence is no other than our viscous, celestial andglorious soul, drawn from its minera by our magistery."Nor are the later students and masters of the art less well known, for included amongtheir number were such men as Appollonius of Tyana, Albertus Magnus, Roger Bacon,Paracelsus, Arnold de Villa Nova, Picus di Mirandola, Trithemius, Boehme, CorneliusAgrippa and many others.But to leave the historical aspect, which, however interesting, is relatively unimportant,and to come to our subject. Theurgy is inextricably associated with Religion; is, in fact,its very kernel; for on investigation we find that beneath the exoteric and allegoricalforms of all ancient doctrines, and hidden carefully within all their sacred writings, there