Eliphas Levy

WE have spoken of a substance extended in the infinite.

It is a type of the Wheel of Fortune. The wheel itself is erected on a wooden post, and has a crank affixed to the hub.

There is no image of Fortuna to turn it. The base of the post is held by a blunt double crescent on the ground, rounded horns slightly up and in parallel like a hot-dog bun. Two nosed serpents issue from the base, cross once and arch toward the post just below the wheel. The wheel is double, having an outer and an inner ring with eight spokes running through both rims. The spokes have a circular expansion with central hole inside and a bit short of the inner rim. These spokes appear to be riveted to the inner rim.

At the top of the wheel is the Nemesis seated on a platform as a sphinx with a sword: head cloth, stern male face and woman's breasts, winged.

The sword is hilt to wheel and up to left. "ARCHEE" is written over the wing to the left. Risking on the right of the wheel is a Hermanubus or variation of Serapis: Dog's head, human body, carries a caduceus half hidden behind head and wheel, legs before wheel. "AZOTH" is written above the head of this figure. A demon reminiscent of Proteus descends the wheel on the left. His head is bearded and horned, his legs are tentacular and finned. He carries a trident below. "HYLE" is written below his head.}

That substance is one which is heaven and earth; that is to say, according to its degrees of polarization, subtle or fixed. {108}

This substance is what Hermes Trismegistus calls the great "Telesma." When it produces splendour, it is called Light.

It is this substance which God creates before everything else, when He says, "Let there be light."

It is at once substance and movement.
It is fluid, and a perpetual vibration.
Its inherent force which set it is motion is called "magnetism."
In the infinite, this unique substance is the ether, or the etheric light.
In the stars which it magnetizes, it becomes astral light.
In organized beings, light, or magnetic fluid.
In man it forms the "astral body," or the "plastic medium."
The will of intelligent beings acts directly on this light, and by means of it on all that part of Nature which is submitted to the modifications of intelligence.

This light is the common mirror of all thoughts and all forms; it preserves the images of everything that has been, the reflections of past worlds, and, by analogy, the sketches of worlds to come. It is the instrument of thaumaturgy and divination, as remains for us to explain in the third and last part of this work. {109}