Thomas Vaughan ( − 27 February ) was a Welsh philosopher and alchemist, who was paying attention to Vaughan as author, and established a reputation with his book Anthroposophia Theomagica, a magico-mystical work. Anthroposophia Theomagica: A Discourse of the Nature of Man and His State After Death [Thomas Vaughan, Eugenius Philalethes] on *FREE*. : Anthroposophia Theomagica: A Discourse of the Nature of Man and His State After Death (): Thomas Vaughan, Eugenius.

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Adam saith he received his soul ” by an admirable and singular inspiration and fructification of God, if it be qnthroposophie so to call it. And when this conflict’s pass’d and I appear To answer what a patient I was here, How I did weep when Thou didst woo, repine At Thy best sweets anthroposopphie in a childish whine Refuse Thy proffer’d love, yet cry and call For rattles of my own, to play withal Look on Thy cross and let Thy blood come in.

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The element of water answers to the blood, for in it the pulse of the Great World beats: And this St Paul confirms in the words of Aratus “for we are also His generation. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. I intend not the conquest but the exercise of thy reason, not that, thou shouldst swear allegiance to my dictates but compare my conclusions with Nature and examine their correspondence.

The normal, celestial, ethereal part of man is that whereby we do move, see, feel, taste and smell, and have a commerce with all material objects whatsoever.

Again, this is more evident in the plant-animals as the vegetable lamb, Arbor casta, and several others. Thence that substance of heat, indifferently distributed through the world, is held to contain within itself a vital strength. The Peripatetics when they define the soul, or some inferior principle, describe it only by outward circumstances, which every child can do ; but they state nothing essentially. Now, he that knows these three perfectly, with their several gradations or annexed links, which differ not in substance but complexion ; he that can reduce their impurities to one sincere consistence and their multiplicities to a spiritual, essential simplicity ; he is an absolute, complete magician and in full possibility to all strange, miraculous performances.


This is that which is properly called the firmament, as it is plain out of Esdras: Thus you see that this medial soul or middle spirit is figured by the Tree of Knowledge ; but he that knows why the Tree of Life is said to be in the midst of the Garden and to grow out of the ground will more fully understand that which we have spoken.

Thomas Vaughan (philosopher)

Anthroposophia theomagica, or, A discourse of the nature of man and his state after death: When I consider how I stray, Methinks, ’tis pride in me to pray. Debus has written that a simple explanation of Vaughan’s natural philosophy, in its mature form, is as the De occulta of Cornelius Agrippain an exposition coming via the views of Michael Sendivogius. I shall therefore to avoid repetition refer the reader to the former part of this discourse, where if things be rightly understood he cannot be anthropoosophie in his material frame and composure.

I know Thy hand’s not short ; but I’m unfit A foul, unclean thing to take hold of it. Vaughan quarrelled in print with Henry More. But more commonly it descends into the ethereal, inferior portion which St Paul calls the natural man, where it is altered by the celestial influences and diversely distracted with the irregular affections and passions of the sensual nature.

As for the doctrine, it is no way hurtful, but in my opinion as it detracts not from the mercy of God so it adds much to the comfort of man. His soul is an essence not to be found in the texture of the great world and therefore merely divine and supernatural. Aquinas palps him gently, Scotus makes him wince, and he is taught like an ape to shew several tricks.

Even devotion hath its limits. This is a Piece of theomaguca most unintelligible Fustian, that was ever publish’d in any Language. Man had at anthroposoophie first and so have all souls before their entrance into the body an explicit methodical knowledge ; but they are no sooner vested but that liberty is lost and nothing remains but a vast, confused notion of the creature.

I am neither papist nor sectary but a true, resolute protestant in the best sense of the Church of England. Be pleased to consider that obstinacy enslaves the soul and clips the wings which God gave her for flight and discovery.

He that hath seen them both in the same bed will confess that love rules all. Our ordinary kitchen fire which in some measure is an enemy’ to all compositions notwithstanding doth not so much destroy as purify some parts.


Man if we look on his material parts was taken out of the great world, as woman was taken out of man. It is requisite now if we follow that method which God Himself is Author of to examine the nature and composition of man, having already described those elements or principles whereof he was made and consists.

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Neither had I committed this much to paper but out of my love to the truth, and that I would not have these thoughts altogether to perish. I do not impose this on the reader as if I sat in the infallible theomaigca, but I am confident the text of itself will speak no other sense. For antrhoposophie superior mental part of man was united to God by an essential contact and the Divine Light being received in and conveyed to the inferior portions of the soul did mortify all carnal desires, insomuch that in Adam the sensitive faculties were scarce at all employed, the spiritual prevailing over them in him, as they do over the spiritual now in us.

Who seeketh to be more than a man, or to know the harmony of the world and be born again? But in respect of my affection to truth and the dominion I wish her, I shall be somewhat more particular in the examination of Nature and proceed to a further discovery of her riches. Who sees this fire without his mask, his eye Must needs be swallow’d by the light and die.

For to think that God creates anything ex nihilo in the work of generation is a pure metaphysical whimsey.

But shall I not be counted a conjurer, seeing I follow the principles of Cornelius Agrippa, that grand Archimagus, as the antichristian Jesuits call him? Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

By means of this Medial Soul, or the ethereal nature, man is made subject to the influence of stars and is partly disposed of by the celestial. Search all the schoolmen from Ramus to Peter Hispan and they have no logic in the point. Tools Cite this Export citation file.