In Transcendental Magic, Eliphas Levi quotes from a “Hebrew manuscript of the 16th century” regarding the powers and privileges of the Mage. They are grouped in three septenaries, with a conclusion, corresponding to the 22 Hebrew letters of the alphabet.
- He beholds God face to face, without dying, and converses familiarly with the seven genii who command the entire celestial army.
- He is above all griefs and all fears.
- He reigns with all heaven and is served by all hell.
- He can neither be surprised by misfortune nor overwhelmed by disasters, nor can he be conquered by his enemies.
- He knows the reason of the past, present and future.
- He possesses the secret of the resurrection of the dead and the key of immortality.
He enjoys the privilege …
- To find the Philosopher’s Stone
- To possess the Elixer of Life
- To know the laws of perpetual motion and to square the circle
- To transmute base metals into gold
- To subdue ferocious animals and to paralyse and charm serpents
- To possess the Ars Notoria
- To speak learnedly on all subjects without preparation or study
The seven least powers are …
- To know at a glance the deep things of the souls of men and the mysteries of the hearts of women
- To force Nature to make him free at his pleasure
- To foresee all future events which do no depend on a superior free will or an indiscernible cause
- To give the most efficacious consolations and the most wholesome counsels
- To triumph over adversities
- To conquer love and hate
- To have the secret of wealth, to be always its master and never its slave. To enjoy even poverty and never become abject or miserable.
Last but not Least
The Mage rules the elements, stills tempests, cures the diseased by his touch and raises the dead.