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Franz Bardon (December 1, 1909 July 10, 1958), was a


Czech stage magician and student and teacher of Hermetics.
He was born in Opava, Austrian Silesia. During World War II
Bardon was held in a concentration camp for refusing to
participate in Nazi mysticism. Bardon was rescued by
Russian soldiers who raided the camp. Bardon continued his
work in the fields of Hermetics until 1958 when he was
arrested and imprisoned in Brno Czechoslovakia. Bardon
died on July 10, 1958 while in the custody of police.[1]

Franz Bardon
Born

December 1, 1909
Opava, Austrian Silesia

Died

July 10, 1958 (aged 48)

Cause of death

Pancreatitis

Citizenship

Czechoslovakia

Contents
1 Works
1.1 Initiation Into Hermetics
1.2 The Practice of Magical Evocation
1.3 The Key to the True Kabbalah
1.4 The Golden Book of Wisdom
1.5 Frabato the Magician
2 Metaphysics
3 Notes
4 References
5 External links

Works
Bardon is best known for his three volumes on Hermetic magic. These volumes are Initiation Into Hermetics,
The Practice of Magical Evocation and The Key to the True Quabbalah.
An additional fourth work attributed to him by the title of Frabato the Magician, supposed by many of his
students to be a disguised autobiography. Though the book lists its author as Bardon, it was actually written by
his secretary, Otti Votavova. While some elements of the story are based on Bardon's real life experience, most
of the book was written as an occult novel with much embellishment on the part of Votavova.[2]
Bardon's works are most notable for their simplicity, their relatively small theoretical sections, and heavy
emphasis on practice with many exercises. Students of his, such as William Mistele and Rawn Clark consider
him to have written the best training programs of any magician of the 20th century. They were written with the
intention of allowing students who wished to practice magic the means to do so if they could not study under a
teacher.

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Initiation Into Hermetics


Initiation into Hermetics provides step-by-step instruction in the form of practical exercises. These exercises are
aimed at developing body, soul and spirit. The result of the practical exercises is the development of occult
abilities which can be of benefit to the student, in as far as changing his existence for the better.
Bardon's training system is comprehensive. Initiation into Hermetics is divided into 10 practical steps. The
program further subdivides each step into three areas mental, astral, and physical with the intent of
developing all areas of the self simultaneously and in a balanced way. This is to ensure that the student maintain
a balance of the three bodies, which accelerates progress in the long run and minimizes injury to oneself in the
process of growth. Also, there occurs a purification of the personality, where the magician should become
incapable of wishing harm to his fellow man. This is an important point, as the power of the magician increases,
so his ability to do harm even unintentionally, increases.
Mental exercises begin with simple observation of the mental contents and progress from there, with each
subsequent exercise building on the previous. The Astral exercises focus on systematically cataloging the
positive and negative aspects of the self and, later, transforming and purifying the negative aspects into positive.
The Physical exercises stress physical health and development as well as the integration and use of the physical
body and physical environment.

The Practice of Magical Evocation


The Practice of Magical Evocation is Franz Bardon's second volume of The Holy Mysteries. In magical terms,
the book is a practical guide to the proper evocation of and communication with divine entities existing in the
atmospheric zones surrounding planets, stars, and moon as well as in the earth itself. It is a modern study of
direct contact with the universal teachers the other major works in the field are products of the Medieval,
Renaissance, and Reformation periods. Beyond that it offers a glimpse into a complete magical universe.
Bardon outlines a totally new and original hierarchy of magic, from the spirits of the four elements to those of
the various planets, and even to each degree of the Zodiac. Included with the names and descriptions of the
various entities are a collection of entirely unknown magical sigils, as well as an account of ancient Kabbalistic
astrology.
Bardon's second work, dealing with the evocation of spirits, outlined first the symbolic meaning of the
traditional ritual tools and temple designs, then goes on to describe a method of evoking spirits. In essence, the
magician creates an environment hospitable to the entity in the temple or other medium of contact. They then
enter a trance, projecting their consciousness into the sphere of the entity in question, and call it back. Bardon
emphasized two points about doing this sort of thing: first, that one must complete the necessary prerequisites
of the training program or no success was possible; secondly, that the magician must call the spirit back under
their "divine authority", not as a peer, otherwise they are liable to be manipulated by the entity.

The Key to the True Kabbalah


In The Key to the True Kabbalah, Bardon demonstrates that mysticism of letters and numbers the "true
Kabbalah" is a universal teaching of great antiquity and depth. Throughout the ages, adepts of every time and
place have achieved the highest levels of magical attainment through the understanding of sound, color, number
and vibration as embodied in the Kabbalah. This book, the third in Bardon's texts of Hermetic magic, is a
practical guide to attainment.
The first two works, addressing the first two tarots, are pre-requisite to understanding and making use of the
third work. Bardon himself says that it is
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...quite up to the reader to study my books merely theoretically. In doing so, he will acquire a
knowledge which he would not be able to get from any philosophical book. But knowledge is not
yet wisdom. Knowledge depends on the development of the intellectual features of the spirit;
wisdom, on the other side, necessitates the equable development of all four aspects of the spirit.
Therefore knowledge is mere philosophy, which by itself alone can make a man neither a magician
nor a Quabbalist. A learned man will be able to say a lot about magic, Quaballah, etc., but he will
never be able to understand the powers and faculties rightly. With these few words I have explained
to the reader the difference between the philosopher and the sage. Franz Bardon, The Key to The
True Kaballah, 1975, pages 12-13
The idea is that the True Kabbalah is not a mantic art, as some perceptions of it (primarily relating to gematria)
suggest, but a method of empowering the letters of the alphabet to create magical effects through their
combination. Bardon links this to the Tantra of the East, but the basis of this comparison is not quite clear. Like
his second book on evocation, the student must finish at least the first eight steps of IIH to get any valid results
or have equivalent training in a different system and avoid damage to the psyche which "...can cause a splitting
of the personality, schizophrenia, with all its serious consequences." (Bardon, 1975, Page 55). Bardon expands
on this real possibility with the following advice "
...someone who wants to apply the methods on the use of genuine kabbalah at once, out of mere
curiosity or inconsiderateness, exposes himself to various dangers. For in practice he would get into
contact with various powers which he would not be able to control and thus he would be in danger
of ruining his health. Therefore, anyone not sufficiently prepared for this step is herewith warned in
time. The Key to The True Kaballah, Franz Bardon, copyright 1975, page 62
This damage to the psyche "...clearly shows how inexcusable it is if writings of Oriental origin are interpreted
incorrectly and translated literally in an intellectual language" as Bardon has "...put the greatest secret into the
kabbalist's hands, as in the practical application of the fourfold key, the key of realization by the word.
Thousands of years this secret has been guarded." (Bardon, 1975, page 55 and page 112)

The Golden Book of Wisdom


This is only a fragment of a manuscript Bardon was working on but never completed. This book was supposed
to have concerned the fourth leaf or trump card of the Tarot (the Emperor). There remains no complete
transcript of the work.

Frabato the Magician


Frabato the Magician is a novelised biography of Franz Bardon written by Bardon's secretary Otti Votavova,
though attributed to Bardon himself.[2] The name of the protagonist, Frabato, was Bardon's stage name during
his career as a performing magician. Set in Dresden, Germany, in the early 1930s, the story describes Frabato's
magical battles with the members of a powerful and dangerous black lodge, his escape from Germany during
the final days of the Weimar Republic, and the beginning of the spiritual mission which was to culminate in his
writing a series of classic books on Hermetic magic. It also describes sinister occult forces which lay behind the
rise of the Third Reich.

Metaphysics
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Bardon's metaphysical system commences with Initiation Into Hermetics and is expanded on in the subsequent
volumes. The highest reality is the akasha, which is associated with both God and the platonic "world of ideas",
and which gives rise to (and binds/balances) the four elements of earth, fire, air, and water. These four elements
make up the sum of all forces and processes in each of the three worlds. Bardon also posited "electric" and
"magnetic" forces, which are used more as terms for the universal active and passive forces, respectively. These
are expressed in the positive and negative aspects of the four elements. Air and earth are both considered
pseudo-elements as they arise only out of the interaction of fire and water.
The three worlds or "planes" are as follows: the mental plane is the highest reality, save for the undivided
akasha, and is the true and eternal ego. Where the akasha is in a sense the world of ideas, it is the mental plane
that sets these ideas in motion. The astral plane is the next one down and contains the archetypes of the physical
world and to some extent the vital energy behind it; the physical world is the lowest of the planes and requires
little explanation. Each of these worlds forms a matrix for the world below it. Since humans also have three
bodies corresponding to their presence in each of the three worlds, severing the link between any two of these
bodies will cause the dissolution of the lower forms (or death). Such things as astral projection are still possible
as they only involve loosening the hold between the bodies.
Humans are considered to be special because they alone are "tetrapolar", or inherently containing all four
elements, plus the fifth, the Akasha or Divine element. This concept is the basis of much of Bardon's training,
which requires developing deficiencies and coming to a proper tetrapolar balanceonly then could the initiate
progress spiritually. Bardon repeatedly emphasizes that the initiate can only develop an understanding of
himself and his universe within the scope of their awareness and spiritual maturity. Thus the more balanced,
more evolved student has access to a more comprehensive reality. And because of that, more magical power as
a side effect.

Notes
1. ^ "In Memoriam" in Frabato the Magician, page 79.
2. ^ a b Dieter Ruggeberg. "Foreword" in Frabato the Magician.

References
Franz Bardon; Gerhard Hanswille (translator) (2002). Kenneth Johnson, ed. Frabato the Magician: An
Occult Novel. Salt Lake City, UT: Merkur Pub. ISBN 1-885928-15-7.

External links
Franz Bardon (https://www.dmoz.org/Society/Religion_and_Spirituality/Esoteric_and_Occult
/Personalities/Bardon,_Franz) at DMOZ
Quotations related to Franz Bardon at Wikiquote
Media related to Franz Bardon at Wikimedia Commons

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