The Art of Magic

AM: “In Austin Osman Spare I see a near-perfect magician, at least according to my own lights, and by the same standard at the same time see an almost perfect artist. Similarly, as with Blake, I can’t help but note and admire the fiery individual moral core that both men situated at the centre of their practice and their lives.

“As I’ve said before, we have no reason to assume that magic is a morally neutral force, like electricity. In fact, I’m not even sure about electricity

SP: …You once said you’d heard it reported that Einstein kept a copy of Blavatsky’s The Secret Doctrine open on his desk. He worked in a very imaginative way and said arrived at his theories through visualisation. Is there a barrier that needs to come down between the material and occult sciences that could benefit mainstream science?

AM: “Einstein offers us a good example. He claimed that he had received the inspiration for his work on relativity while in a kind of visionary daydream where he pictured himself running neck-and-neck beside a beam of light. James Watson, co-discoverer with Francis Crick of the DNA molecule, allegedly deduced the structure from a dream of spiral staircases.”

“Sir Isaac Newton was an alchemist who shoehorned indigo into the spectrum in accordance with the alchemical fondness for the number seven.”

“It could be argued that when science and magic were first separated, each lost something vital: science gave up its ability to address any kind of inner world, while magic to a certain extent would seem to have forfeited much of its intellectual discrimination. As outlined above, a reintegration of these divorced areas of human consideration would, I feel, be of great benefit to all parties concerned.”

The Art of Magic

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