From "Astral Light" to zero point energy.
Feb 14, 2002 07:30 AM
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.
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
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
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
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