Some of you may have heard of “The Legend of The Emerald Tablet” a.k.a. “The Secret of Hermes” and wondered, “Is there any reality to this wizardry?”
The answer is yes.
Now lets be clear. At Daft Gadgets we would like nothing more than to prove that anyone of us can turn into a Jedi Knight or some cooler version of Harry Potter, but that doesn’t mean we distort evidence to prove the existence of mythical beings.
According to “The Secret of Hermes” (based upon Hermes Trismegistus), the emerald tablet revealed the secret of the primordial substance and its transmutations. (Take That Darwin)
Hermes was said to have been clutching the emerald tablet in his arms in his death bed.
Although this legend is in fact “A legend,” there have been some true wizards through out the ages that you may not have heard of.
The frist being….
1. Roger Bacon aka Doctor Mirabilis
The name “Dr. Mirabilis” is a medieval praise meaning: “Wonderful Teacher.”
This Wonderful teacher was known as an English philosopher and Franciscan friar who studied nature through empirical methods. He is sometimes credited as one of the first European advocates of the modern scientific method that was inspired by early Greek philosophers.
As one of the first real wizards, Roger Bacon:
-revealed the role of air in burning, and
-predicted inventions of the future including cars, ships and aircrafts.
His Opus Majus contains treatments of mathematics, optics, alchemy (and the manufacture of gunpowder), the positions and sizes of the celestial bodies and how they could possibly influence the fate of humans.
He was also sent to jail at one point for being a magician or “Wizard” possibly due to his arcane knowledge of alchemy.
2. John Dee 1527-1608
John Dee was a noted English mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, occultist, navigator, imperialist who devoted much of his life to the study of alchemy, divination and Hermetic philosophy.
Basically…he was a wizard.
To some of his contemporaries, Dee was an “Evil Wizard.”
This may have been due to the fact that he was always trying to speak with angles through their universal language of creation in order to bring the apocalypse.
To be fair, Dee was actually trying to bring the Pre-Apocalyptic unity of human kind with a one world religion. Unfortunately, some saw this as just another step closer to the apocalypse, which was a pretty scary thought for most people, and may have led to his charges of treason and “calculating” in the year 1555.
The Calculating charge was for casting a horoscopes of Queen Mary and Princess Elizabeth and was just the first of many slander cases against the wizard.
Dee was an intensely pious Christian wizard who believed that the nature of the universe was an act of numbering and that mankind had the potential for divine power, if they could unlock the secrets to this number through mathematics.
His goal was to recapture the knowledge of the universe through the pure theology of the ancients and bring forth a unified world.
3. Paracelsus 1493 1541
“Many have said of Alchemy, that it is for the making of gold and silver. For me such is not the aim, but to consider only what virtue and power may lie in medicines.”
Paracelsus means equal to or greater than Celsus (Celsus being the 1st century Roman medical encyclopedist.)
The real name of this wizard was Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim (yes its a mouthful).
Paracelsus pioneered the idea of small chemicals to treat illness which was the basis for our modern day pharmacology
He is also recognized as giving Zinc its name, which is really important if you can imagine a world without zinc! (see video below)
4. Trithemius – 1462 1516
Trithemius’ most famous work is the Book Steganographia.
The book appears to be about magic at first glance, however scientists now belive the book was actually about cryptography. Now, Trithemius was accused of dealing with the occult. It was probably the view of those who couldn’t read the secret messages, that if someone is hiding something, it must be evil magic (actually all magic was evil back then)
Steganographia was the first book on secret codes.
5. Nicolas Flamel 1330-1417
According to some, Flamel was the greatist european alchemist of his time.
This posthumous reputation is mostly due to his reputed work on “the philosopher’s stone.” (no he didn’t write the Harry Potter book) Yes, that’s right, Flamel is said to have created the “elixir of life” and developed the ability to turn lead into gold!
Although no formal proof of this wizard’s claims exist, Flamel and his wife were noted for their wealth and philanthropy as have provided many other interpretations on the subject of alchemy.
He has also been referenced by great names like Victor Hugo, and Issac Newton, as well as pop culture references like Indiana Jones and Harry Potter.