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From "Astral Light" to zero point energy.

Feb 14, 2002 07:30 AM
by bri_mue

Reading "The Voice of the Silence" by Blavatsky one frequently will 
encouter the term "Astral Light."

However the source of this is not oriental at all, but comes straight 
from Parisian French occultism in the 19th century.

The French priest Eliphas Levi, developed this concept "Astral Light" 
that we find back in "The Voice of the Silence," which he however 
also called the "the Great Serpent" or the "Great Dragon," that he 
envisioned to be carrier of the cosmic life-force and was regarded by 
some as the cosmic memory of the aether, the equivalent of Akasha. 
(See Albert L.Caillet "Manuel Bibliographique des Sciences Psychique 
ou Occultes" Lucien Dorbon,1913.)

This astral light was called "Siderial Light" by earlier occultists. 
The invisible and diaphanous region around the earth corresponded to 
the astral body of man, wich Paracelsus called "ens astrale" 
or "Siderial Body" and wich he linked with the stars. Remember that 
Blavatsky called Paracelsus the first initiate of modern times. 
(Isis, II)

In 1873 Eliphas Levi, stumble upon the metal parts of a device 
called ihe Prognometer in a junk shop. The proprietor bought the 
dismantled device at an auction of the collector of handwritings and 
curios, Valette, who was executed during the revolt of the Parisian 
Commune. The proprietor paid 500 francs for it, but he sold the 
device to Levi for one fifth of the original price.(Paul 
Chacornac "Eliphas Levi, Renovateur De L'Occultisme en France"1926)

The Prognometer, built by the Polish mathematician Hodne-Wronski, was 
a mechanical device that could predict certain trends in the future 
history of mankind, or so it was claimed. "While the master lived, 
the disciple had not been allowed to see the Prognometer. Now he 
bought it, recognizing Wronski's writing in the mathematical symbols 
which covered the contrivance." "Wronski trusted his secret only to 
Marquis Sarrazin de Momferrier, whose son-in-law was the last 
grandmaster of the Templars. I heard about this secret wonder, that 
Wronski had guarded as jealously as Menelaous had Helena, but I had 
some doubt as to the reality of its existence. Besides, I knew that 
before Wronski died, he had dismantled all his machines and had sold 
the copper to people from the region of Auvergne, " explained Levi,' 
and once again, as in the case of Mesmer, we see an order of definite 
esoteric and secretive nature involved in the preservation of occult 

Joseph Maria Hodne-Wronski (1776-1853) was a remarkable man, and it 
is with him that the revival of 19th century occultism on the 
continent indirectly begins. It was Wronski who initiated Levi 
between 1850 and 1853, who then became known as the sole instrument 
of the 19th century revival of the occult sciences. After a career 
that had led Wronski from the Polish rebellion of 1794 in the Russian 
army which he left with the rank of major in 1797, he studied 
philosophy in Germany, enlisted once again in the Polish army, and 
worked in 1810 in the Observatory of Marseilles. Around this year, 
Wronski had his illumination, and as a consequence, he claimed to 
have discovered the Absolute. The Absolute is the knowledge of truth, 
which may be reached through the human reason. While Wronski claimed 
that this was achieved through rational thought, it nevertheless is 
almost impossible to understand him, since he wrote his theories down 
in dense, mathematical terms. Another important theory of Wronski was 
that man could create reality from the total of the impressions of 
his senses."

Brilliant as Wronski may have been, he was not able to communicate or 
depart with his ideas, which were steeped in occult lore. Of this, 
Webb writes that "Wronski was knowledgeable in Cabalistical matters 
as was obvious to early commentators on his work. He also knew Boehme 
and was familiar with Gnostic teachings. ...Wronski maintained that 
the goal of man was to become god-like; like other occultists, he 
veiled his meaning with an impenetrable curtain ofjargon. His 
teachings were not for the vulgar but only for those who would make 
the effort to penetrate his mathematics."

Pierre Arson met Wronski in 1812 and proceeded to take a course of 
instruction from him. He also agreed to subsidize the publication of 
Wronski's oeuvre. Around 183 1, however, the two fell apart; Arson 
seems to have been disappointed in the final revelation of the 
Absolute, and so he not only revoked his agreement, but also 
published a hostile broadside .

Wronski replied and soon the two would find themselves in court. 
Curiously, Arson never ceased to regard Wronski as a genius. Another 
never properly explained matter was the fact that during their mutual 
recriminations in pamphlet form, Arson attracted the attention of a 
secret society about whom he never was certain whether they were in 
league with or against Wronski.

There are speculations as to the identity of this secret society; 
while Webb thinks it likely that it involved a revived group of 
French Martinists, another suggestion is that it was one of the 
Saturnian Brotherhoods, said to have been revived in Warsaw by 
Wronski, with outer courts in Krakow, Poison and Thom, although these 
lodges were ultimately destroyed by various wars."
The occultist-mathematician kept turning his mind on things 
technical; in 1833, he developed a system for steam locomotives which 
he called a Dynamogenic System that allowed the engine to
dispense with rails.

Wronski also invented a tracked vehicle, and the contract that he 
signed in 1833 with the Messageries Gdn6rales de France probably was 
for its prototype. He should have been able to live comfortably from 
the monies given to him by the company; yet when he perceived further 
mechanical principles from his invention, and he decided that it was 
his duty to publish these, the company withdrew all support. The 
remaining years of his life were spent in absolute poverty, his only 
feat being Levi's initiation in the last three years of Wronski's 

It is through Levi, that a description of Wronski's Prognometer has 
survived at all, and Levi hints that this was not the only device 
that he built: Wronski "dared to involve himself with inventions, he 
constructed mathematical machines, revolving axes which were put 
together in an admirable fashion. ...Only his machines would not work 
because the copper and bronze of his devices wo ont acknowledge the 
truth of his philosophies. ...His most fevered and most kept no t 
investigation was the invention of a divinating machine, also called 
prognoscope, that calculated all probabilities and drafted equations 
of occurrence dw had happened in the past, happened now and would 
happen in the future, in order to establish all possible values. "I'
One day Wronski found out how to do this, and "he asked workmen to 
come aver and ordered them to the most extreme secrecy. Nobody saw 
the design of bis machine, but he let the workmen construct the 
machine in bits and pieces, and being a bit of a mechanic, put the 
parts together himself. All was immensely complicated but as 
harmonious as the universe itself. The construction of the 
Prognometer cost enormous amounts of money."

It consisted of two globes riveted together, which, by two crossing 
axles, turned in a large immovable circle. Two small pyramids which 
alternately opened and closed themselves contained the principles of 
all the sciences. The summary of all these sciences was engraved, 
corresponding to their analogies, on the two elobes that revolved 
around the two axles. According to Levi, the machine resembled the 
heavenly globe, covered with polished bismuth, mounted on a carriage 
of gilded copper.

"There were two smaller globes on the top of which were mounted two 
three-sided pyramids. One symbolized godly knowledge, while the other 
symbolized human knowledge. These always revolved contrary to
each other, so that the harmony was the result of the analogy of its 
counter parts," Levi writes.

One of the small globes, the one that symbolized godly knowledge, was 
also called "a polarisator" and it was adorned with a lightning flash 
and a polished compass. Around this globe four letters, A, B, X and 
Z, were fixed, corresponding with its Hebraic equivalents, that
had the value of "other Hebraic letters." From this globe two 
branches pointed, both having small compasses that indicated the 
proportion of "what was above and what was below. " The other globe, 
representing human knowledge, carried "the flamboyant star of the 
magus, " which Levi also calls "the sign of Salomo." This sign was 
viewable from "two sides, " and the flash of lightning, pointing 
towards the globe, terminated in a five pointed 
star,symbolizing "human initiative and human autonomy. " On the 
circle were the signs of the zodiac and apertures which "opened and 
closed at will." On the ports of these apertures, the names of the 
sciences were written; under the ports, Wronski wrote the names of 
the "fundamental axiomata. " There were 32 ports, on each of which 
were written "the names of three sciences." 

"The axiomatas were engraved with the greatest precision, but with a 
handwriting so small that even with a magnifying glass these were 
hardly discernible," Levi writes.

On the inside of the big globe, which was part dark and part light, 
Wronski wrote equations of the comparative sciences, and on the big 
motionless circle he wrote the fundamental principles. "All sciences 
are the degrees of a circle revolving around the same axle," and 
elsewhere stood, "The future is contained in the past but is not 
wholly contained in the present, " and "the rays of the Prognometer 
represent the summary of all knowledge." When Levi touched one of its 
parts, "the globe made out of bismuth opened itself and revealed on 
the inside another globe that was also covered with mathematical 
equations. "

It is not known what happened to Wronski's Prognometer upon Levi's 
death two years after he found the device. Except for one etching, no 
picture of the Prognometer exists. It was Wonski's Prognometer, 
the "extraordinary calculating machine" that is considered a possible 
inspiration" for another strange device, invented by French occultist 
Saint-Yves d'Alveydre (1842-1909). His fame in occult circles is 
derived mainly from his book Mission de Vinde en Europe, in which the 
19th century esoterists learned more about the subterranean realm of 
Agarttha.12 But Saint-Yves d'Alveydre did not consider this or his 
other esoteric books to be his greatest works, nor his ideas on the 
use of seaweed as a means of nurture. In the last period of his life 
Saint-Yves d'Alveydre was totally devoted to his great invention 
which he called the Archeometer. He even obtained a patent, 
no.333.393, dated June 26, 1903 for this invention.

The Archeometer was a grandiose machine, which "translated into the 
material the word, form, color, smell, sound and taste,"' it was 
the "key to all religions and all the sciences of antiquity," and 
consisted of a disc or discs of colored cardboard with some very 
complex diagrammatic arrangements. 

In the pamphlet Archioni&re. Brevet d'invention no 333.393 that was 
printed in 1903,1 Saint-Yves d'Alveydre wrote in eight pages 
everything that he wanted the public to know about his mysterious 
device. From this we learn more about the design of his Archeometer. 
The disc was divided in concentric zones. These zones or divisions 
contained the correspondences that existed between numbers, letters, 
colors and musical notes, the signs of the zodiac and of the planets.
On it was also found the invaluable alphabet of Watan that, according 
to Saint-Yves, had been used by the Atlantean race. These letters 
were held of the utmost importance since through these one could 
rediscover the elements of the symbolic and figurative signs 
developed in antiquity and the meaning of which had been lost since 
time immemorial. Also included in the Archeometer was a metric 
system, destined to reform sonometry, that could be used in the 
determination of the proportions of all the graphical

While it is suggested that Wronski's Prognometer was perhaps the 
inspiration of the Archeometer ' Saint-Yves could equally have been 
inspired by Keely's musical charts. Upon examination, one is stricken 
with the uncanny resemblance that Keely's charts have with the discs 
of Saint-Yves Archeorneter.

Saint-Yves terminology as exemplified in the parlance of the "red 
race" points towards Theosophical influences, which are also clearly 
visible in his esoteric oeuvre.

"Blavatsky wrote about that as "the whole mystery of psychical 
forces, and the esoteric significance of the 'Mundane Egg' 
symbolism. And expanded on that in her chapter in the SD on "The 
Coming Force" and in turn reffered of course also to the book of 
Bulwer-Lytton "The Coming Race."

The title of my mail is a bit symbolic of course, it started with 
E.Levi and his "Astral light" that found its way into 
Blavatsky's "The Voice of the Silence", and I ended with the .. 
dicoverred by the same E.Levi, that became one of the inspirations 
for the zero point energy research from Keely that is described in 
the SD.


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