Saturday, December 25, 2010

4. Of the making of the Chrystal and the Form of Preparation for a Vision. - Trithemius

Now the most pure and simple way of calling the spirits or spirit is by a short oration to the spirit himself, which is more effectual and easy to perform than composing a table of letters; for all celestial operations, the more pure and unmixed they are, the more they are agreable to the celestial spirits: therefore, after the circle is drawn, the book, perfumes, rod, &c. in readiness, proceed as follows:
(After noticing the exact hour of the day, and what angel rules that hour, thou shalt say,)
"In the name of the blessed and holy Trinity, I do desire thee, thou strong and mighty angel  1, Michæl, that if it be the divine will of him who is called Tetragrammaton, &c. the Holy God, the Father, that thou take upon thee some shape as best becometh thy celestial nature, and appear to us visibly here in this crystal, and answer our demands in as far as we shall not transgress the bounds of the divine mercy and goodness, by requesting unlawful knowledge; but that thou wilt graciously shew us what things are most profitable for us to know and do, to the glory and honour of his divine Majesty, who liveth and reigneth, world without end. Amen.
"Lord, thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven;--make clean our hearts within us, and take not thy Holy Spirit from us.
"O Lord, by thy name, we have called him, suffer him to administer unto us. And that all things may work together for thy honour and glory, to whom with thee, the Son, and blessed Spirit, be ascribed all might, majesty and dominion. Amen."

[S. R. Driver.]
In the Khorsabad inscription of Sargon1, that monarch names, among those who had attempted insurrection against him, one Ya-u-bi-'i-di, king of Hamath; the word is accompanied by an indication that part of the compound is the name of a deity: and the supposition that this name is Yahu is confirmed by the remarkable fact that in a parallel inscription the same king bears the name Ilubid. A Hamathite king, it appears, could be called indifferently Yahubid or Ilubid, much in the same way that the king of Judah who before he came to the throne bore the name of Eliakim, was known afterwards as Jehoiakim. The discovery that the name Yahu was thus not confined to the Israelites led Schrader, in 1872, to the conjecture that it may have come to both Hebrews and Hamathites alike from Assyria; and the conjecture was adopted, and supported with positive arguments, by Friedrich Delitzsch, son of the well-known commentator, in his book What was the Site of Paradise? published in 1881.

Studia Biblica et ecclesiastica, Volume 1 By University of Oxford


A Nation dressed in black, a city wreathed in purple hangings, woe upon every face, and grief in every heart. A troop of horses in the streets ridden by kings; a fleet of ships from every nation upon earth; all the world's business stilled for three long days to mourn the passing of her who was the mother of her people, even of the poorest of her people in the land. The newspapers all diapered in black, the clouds darkgrey and sullen, and a hush upon the islands, and upon all their vast dependencies throughout the world. Not only for the passing of the Queen, the virtuous woman, the good mother, the slave of duty; but because she was the mother of her people, even the poorest of her people in the land. Sixty odd years of full prosperity; England advancing towards universal Empire; an advance in the material arts of progress such as the world has never
known; and yet to-day she who was to most Englishmen the concentration of the national idea, borne on a gun-carriage through the same streets which she had so often passed through in the full joy of life. Full sixty years of progress; wages at least thrice higher than, when a girl, she mounted on her throne; England's dominions more than thrice extended; arts, sciences, and everything that tends to bridge space over, a thousand times advanced, and a new era brought about by steam and electricity, all in the lifetime of her who passed so silently through the once well-known streets.

Success By Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham

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