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Franz Bardon—true guide or deceiver? A critical review of the teachings and books of the Czech occultist and magician Introduction Due to the number of questions we have received about Franz Bardon from concerned readers over the years we have taken the unusual step of writing about a specific occultist—something we have deliberately avoided until now.
One reason for this is our cordial dislike of argument which invariably convinces no one and leads nowhere. Another is that we never tell people what they should or should not read, think or do, as this would be an unwarrantable interference with their personal freedom—including the freedom to make mistakes!
Finally, it is far better to learn to distinguish the difference between truth, half-truths and downright lies through our own efforts rather than by having it explained to us by others, however well-meaning or knowledgeable. We are familiar with the teachings of all these orders which include some very dangerous exercises that can do untold damage to body, mind and spirit —or Higher Self in our terminology.
We would add that the leaders of such orders are generally unaware of the forces they meddle with in their dire ignorance of the true laws and principles of occult science. Such are the blind leaders of the blind mentioned in Matthew "And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the pit.
We suggest that you read the foreword first so as to familiarise yourself with the author and his teachings. In addition an occult novel was published after his death in English entitled Frabato the Magician Many readers will be under the impression that the tarot is a means of telling fortunes. Others—as the author declares—a book of initiation in which are concealed the greatest occult secrets in a symbolical and allegorical manner.
Should you doubt us, let us consider the three tarot cards Bardon chose as the foundation of his teachings. Bardon tells us that this card "represents the mastery of the elements and offers the key to the first Arcanum, the secret of the ineffable name Tetragrammaton, the qabbalistic Yod-He-Vau-He.
Blavatsky in The Secret Doctrine. As Blavatsky explains, there are actually two Tetragrammatons: The first is symbolised by the perfect Square, the Tetractys of Pythagoras which expresses the evolution of all things from the great First Cause, called by the Kabbalists Ain—or Non-being, i. This alone tells us that Bardon possessed a very limited and distorted understanding of the Jewish Qabbalah , in which the double and triple nature of the Tetragrammaton is discussed.
Well, well, well Probably because this deck was designed by A. Do it yourself books like Initiation into Hermetics expose the student to all manner of dangers in the mental and psychic sphere which he or she may be totally unprepared to deal with. When the occult student does get into difficulty who is he to turn to? An online forum? Without the presence of a trained teacher who can provide the student with personal support and guidance any course of study in practical magic is fraught with perils of all kinds.
This must be evident to all thinking occultists. But there are other reasons too, which we shall come to later. It may not be without significance that the German title of this book is substantially different to the English translation of it.
What the book actually provides is a course of practical instruction in magic which is based on the Western Mystery Tradition taught by the Order of the Golden Dawn and others rather than the metaphysical wisdom of ancient Egypt. Moreover, we are of the firm opinion that the magical path described in the book is grey at best and that, if the exercises Bardon gives are completely mastered, the student stands every chance of becoming an Adept—but not of white magic!
Superficially it looks very appealing, does it not? Here at last it seems is an authentic picture of the path to Adeptship so fervently sought by many seekers after occult knowledge. Such is the first impression this image arouses in the viewer, for it contains all the elements many believe form the true Arcanum of Magic.
But let us look a little deeper. Those of you who have some knowledge of the chakras will know that this centre is closely associated with the generative organs, to which it supplies the energy necessary for procreation. Those of you who do not must take our word for this for we know what we are talking about. Frankly, meditation on this centre and the arousal of the sex-force which it controls is one of the principle teachings of the worst kind of black magic.
What are we to make of this? Let us put it another way and ask whether YOU can imagine Jesus, Gautama Buddha, or any other genuine spiritual Master making the generative organs the centre of their secret teachings to their disciples?
Let us look at the rest of the picture. At the bottom we see three naked, human figures. The one on the right is clearly male, the one on the left, female, whilst the central figure is a hermaphrodite.
What does this tell us? That sex is the key to enlightenment? Saying that "above the lotus flower, creation is symbolized by a sphere, which in its interior represents the symbol of the procreative plus and minus powers Please do not misunderstand us. We are not prudes, nor do we denigrate the importance of a healthy, normal sex life.
But the desires and rights of the body are one thing, the aspirations of the spirit quite another. Moreover, as Hermes tells us , "Sex is a thing of bodies, not of souls.
It must be clear to all thinking seekers after Truth that liberation from the bonds of the flesh cannot be obtained by indulging the desires and appetites of the flesh; this is simply common sense. Let us now turn to the main chapters in the book to discover whether it is what it purports to be or something quite different. This training consists of a theoretical section devoted to the five occult elements, the nature of the soul—which Bardon confuses with the astral body—the astral planes , the nature of the spirit or mental body, the mental planes, religion and God.
Nothing in this list is new. Let us pass on to the practical side of the book to see whether this is any more enlightening. What do we find? Chapters on auto-suggestion, concentration exercises, visualisation, diet, magical equilibrium, astral projection, the manufacture of talismans, breath control and bio-magnetism.
Similar exercises are given in all the major occult orders, many of which have either leaked out, or been deliberately published by ex-members of such fraternities over the years. The danger in publishing material of this nature is two-fold. Firstly because without the personal guidance of a genuine teacher the pupil is left largely to his own devices and may make any number of blunders, some of which might undermine his physical or mental well-being.
Secondly, because very few occult students have the self-discipline, concentration or patience to work at such occult exercises with regularity and consistency. Moreover, we live in an age when people want and expect instant results for little or no effort. Occult and magical studies are no exception to this expectation. This is the principal reason we have not, nor ever will publish any articles that deal with the practical occult sciences. Among the more ambiguous and therefore dangerous suggestions to be found in the book is the following.
The whole aim of the training of a genuine Initiate is to control the body and its senses, which cannot be accomplished by concentrating on the body, but only by rising above it and bringing the powers of the Higher Self into conscious activity.
Similar misstatements—whether deliberate or accidental—occur throughout the book. But here, as well as with any other problems, the key of the four-pole magnet will be a great help for us. The fiery principle, the impulsive part, means the will volition. The airy principle shows up in the intellect mind , the watery principle respectively in the life and the feeling, and the earthy principle is representing the union of all the three elements in the consciousness of the ego.
Later on Bardon tells us that "Only he who knows and masters the absolute laws of the microcosm and the macrocosm is entitled to speak of an absolute truth. This is another half-truth which encourages the dangerous notion that man can apprehend absolute truth.
Absolute Truth by its very nature must be God, as there can be no higher truth than the Source from which all that exists has arisen, however we may regard that Divine Principle. This is self-evident. And he who presumes to know the mind of God is either a fool or a charlatan.
We leave you to decide which, or both, apply to the author of this priceless piece of nonsense. The problem, dear reader, is that statements like this sound so very reasonable until we begin to dissect them. For all these reasons Initiation into Hermetics is not a book we would recommend to anyone who seriously wishes to learn the practical occult sciences.
If you wish to read it in a general way, to enlarge your knowledge of magic, that is a different matter and we have no quarrel with those who do. The Practice of Magical Evocation As the title suggests, this book is concerned with the evocation of spirits of all kinds and grades. Why stop at ? Why not 5,, or 5,,? The author does not tell us! The author has chosen another tarot card upon which to hang the teachings in this book, that of the High Priestess.
The Priestess herself is relegated to the left-hand side of the altar, where she sits meekly, much like a secretary awaiting dictation! Is this deliberate? Very probably. In the Rider-Waite card, the figure of the High Priestess is clearly intended to symbolise Wisdom in the form of the Goddess Isis enthroned between the two pillars of positive and negative polarity.
Moreover, the moon is at her feet, showing that she presides over generation as the symbol of Divine, not human, motherhood. Upon her breast is a cross, emblematic of the Love of God lighting up the heart of Spiritual Man—the Christ within. Bardon also discusses rituals, rites, magical formulae, summoning, familiar spirits and serving demons.
Aladdin would be green with envy! Frankly, if only a fraction of this Harry Potter wizardry were true and the wizards who claim to practise it genuine, we would long ago have ditched our Hoovers and dishwashers in favour of our own personal elemental helpers. We are sorry for introducing a note of uncharacteristic levity at this point in our review, but the subject is so very distasteful to us that humour is the only way we know to deal with the nonsensical rigmarole contained in this book.
That is not to say that it is impossible to summon spirits of all kinds, or that doing so is just a bit of fun. On the contrary, the process is fraught with danger and not to be undertaken by anyone who values either their sanity or their hope of liberation from continual rebirth on earth.
An impressive curriculum, you will agree! Fortunately we can dismiss these teachings as a farrago of utter nonsense. The plain fact of the matter is that Bardon has simply re-hashed the contents of previous grimoires such as the Clavicula Salomonis, added a few new ingredients of his own drawn from Tibetan demonolatry, given the whole unsavoury potion a good stir and sugared it with the prospect of dining on forbidden fruit and the promise of supernatural powers.
This is the ABC of occultism. Nor do we dispute that they can be contacted, though it is our personal experience that this requires far greater abilities, discipline, and purity of body, heart and mind than the average reader of this book is likely to possess. One critic has pointed out that some of the spirits named and described by Bardon are the same as those found in mediaeval grimoires, yet some names are oddly changed.
Born in Opava, Austrian Silesia. Another book was found un unfinished version of the Fourth Tarot card. Primarily these works were written to allow any individual who wished to learn the inner mysteries without the aid of a teacher. Franz Bardon was the oldest of 13 children, and the only son of a very devout Christian mystic, Viktor Bardon. Although his father had achieved a certain amount of spiritual advancement.
Frabato the Magician
Shelves: fiction , occult-fiction Based on the life of Franz Bardon Sep 02, Jakey rated it it was amazing Its an interesting read for bardonists However, take it with a tablespoon of salt and use your highest level of discernment when reading. Its an interesting read for bardonists——— However, take it with a tablespoon of salt and use your highest level of discernment when reading. It is a quick read and Im happy to have read it but it doesnt really contain anything practical or useful.
Initiation Into Hermetics Pdf – Franz Bardon
Bardon was rescued by Soviet soldiers who raided the camp. Bardon continued his work in the fields of Hermetics until when he was arrested and imprisoned in Brno , Czechoslovakia. Bardon died from pancreatitis on 10 July while in the custody of police. An additional fourth work attributed to him by the title of Frabato the Magician, supposed by many of his students to be a disguised autobiography. Though the book lists its author as Bardon, it was actually written by his secretary, Otti Votavova. Students of his, such as Emil Stejnar, Walter Ogris, Martin Faulks, William Mistele and Rawn Clark consider him to have written the best training programs of any magician of the 20th century.