Why Did the Tudors Believe Mirrors Show our Magnetic Spirit/Aura?
The Ancient Greeks knew about magnetic energy. Some Presocratic philosophers identified it as the primary building block of the cosmos. Cleopatra used the rejuvenating power of magnets, wearing one over her third eye to retain a youthful appearance. But then Rome and magnets fell from prominence. Not till the Arabs introduced Classical Greek and Latin texts discovered in Alexandria to their trading post in Venice did Europe rediscover the healing power of magnetic energy.
So why is magnetic therapy not world renowned today? The French and Versailles ruined a good thing. In the mid18th century the Bavarian Mesmer had set up a school in France to teach his widely acclaimed method of healing with ‘animal magnetism’. Unfortunately, several unscrupulous students began misusing the connection of magnetism with our emotional mind (in 2010 Rebecca Saxe of MIT located the neurological locus of our moral compass in our right brain above and to the back of our right ear) to hypnotize and manipulate people. A few years before Louis XVI was guillotined he had assembled a jury who tried Mesmer in absentia. This famously effective healer was perhaps targeted for being too egalitarian, too unwilling to prop up the aristocratic hierarchy, so his magnetic therapy fell from grace.
PreMesmer, one could have their magnetic spirit energy or aura, as revealed in a mirror, diagnosed. The Frenchman Nostradamus (1503-66) became famous for his skill at scrying, the art of seeing the future in a mirror. The court of Louis XIV conducted the first act of industrial espionage when they lured mirror makers and their trade secret from the sequestered isle of Murano outside Venice to Versailles. Here they made hundreds of mirrors for the Sun King. The Hall of Mirrors could have been the site of spiritual awakening parties, of enmasse spiritual aura readings for hundreds of courtiers at a time. Just as seances and orientalism were fashionable amongst elites of the Victorian era or fire walking lessons and musical crystal bowl chakra opening sessions are in New Age gatherings today, the ‘new’ sciences of magnetic forces and mirrors were all the rage in Renaissance Europe.
Paracelsus helped the Enlightenment rediscover magnetic therapy. He agreed with the Presocratic theory of magnetic energy being the primary building block or animating spirit of both man and the cosmos. Paracelsus’ medical texts reintroduced magnetic healing to Europe and the Swiss physician became called the ‘Luther of physicians’ for his anti-establishment medical practices. His outspoken attacks on the quackery of 16th c doctors who still followed the outdated precepts of 2nd c BC Galen that included: burning with hot cups, bleeding with leeches, and otherwise maiming patients to effect a cure gave us the word ‘bombastic’ (Bombastus was one of his surnames). Both physician and alchemist, Paracelsus achieved wondrous results by using magnets or lodestars on his patients.
Paracelsus’ training was varied. Besides having been welcomed into the court of the Great Cham (where he may have encountered Shamanic magic mirrors as well as Chinese compass technology) after being captured by Tartars, Paracelsus later received advanced medical and alchemical training from Sufi dervishes in Constantinople. On his return to Europe, he began working as an army surgeon in Italy where his wondrous cures brought him acclaim. In 1526 Erasmus invited him, then aged 32, to serve as professor of medicine and surgery at the University of Basel. He was soon run out of town by the medical establishment but his students praised him as the ‘German Hermes’ for revealing miraculous cures, many employing magnets. Paracelsus ended up in Salzburg with an alchemy loving Duke of Bavaria for a patron.
Through clinical experience, Paracelsus came to equate our magnetic body with our emotions. He recognized that the patient’s negative feelings, especially fear, were often responsible for attracting disease in the first place. Drawing on the ancient Presocratic, Gnostic, and Neoplatonic texts, Paracelsus identified magnetic energy as our first principle of life, our Aqua Vitae, that comes from the Holy Spirit. It was believed that mirrors, made by painting a pane of glass with a metallic mix of mercury and tin, could capture the magnetic body or spiritual aura of the person. In alchemy, mercury represents spirit energy. Mirrors were seen as water solidified.
For millenia people had believed in the power of mirrors to capture the soul essence. Some ancient mirrors were made from shallow blackened pottery vessels or plates filled with water, like the funereal Cycladic ‘fry pans’ from Greece of 2500 BC that ferried the soul of the deceased. In 14thc BC King Tut was buried with an ankh shaped mirror decorated with the motif of a dung beetle flying the solar disc back up into the sky at dawn after its night time journey through the underworld in Ra’s solar barque. At Roman funerals, all mirrors were covered with a cloth to speed the soul of the deceased’s journey to the realm of the dead and prevent its seeping back into the land of the living through the mirror portals.
Tudor England got in the game too. Elizabeth I had a court doctor named William Gilbert (1544-1603) who used magnets to heal. His groundbreaking treatise on magnetism, De Magnete, earned him the title of England’s father of magnetism. The belief that mirrors reflected our spiritual health or aura also crossed the channel to England along with magnetic theory.
The famous Butterfly or Rainbow Portrait of the virgin queen shown above suggests a quadripolar aura around her heart center (our sun which is basically a magnetic field went through its regular quadripolar phase in May 2012). The four points of North-South, East-West are seen in the Ankh, Christ’s cross, and the Vedic swastika. Note the alternating circle and triangle motif that edges her wings. This is a common design on the backs of Cycladic ‘frypan’ mirrors from Bronze Age Greece. The pubic triangle conveys a rebirth of the dead soul, the fish on the prow of the solar barque journeying through the female sea/night sky. This echoes Egyptian sun god Ra’s nocturnal voyage through the starry goddess of the night sky Nut.
Above is a sketch by Walter Russell, a New Age scientist and friend of Tesla. He also invented a magnetic free energy machine that was banned by Woodrow Wilson et al. [That's OK. Woodrow helped set up the precursor to the UN, that effective boon to troubled mankind everywhere, staffed by the equally effective and accountable academically trained elites Wilson so admired.] Russell identified red triangles, tetrahedra, cubes as male energy (cathode) and blue spheres as female (anode) in the cosmic magnet.
When balanced at the heart center a magnetic still point or divine light is created. The star tetrahedron/merkaba or soul ship then is activated and set to ascend. Earth is ready to go. Are You?
At age 11, Elizabeth had translated from French into English the mystic poem, “Mirror of My Sinful Soul”, written by the heretical French royal mentor of Anne Boleyn, Marguerite of Navarre, in 1531. Some believe Marguerite even gave Anne Boleyn the original manuscript. The poem begins with a plea for god to create for the writer a clean heart (the mirror of our soul). There exists a copy in the future queen’s own handwriting viewable on line.
Note that a letter of introduction from Erasmus gave the Bavarian artist Holbein entree into London and the court of Elizabeth’s father, Henry VIII, in 1526 the very same year that Erasmus had awarded Paracelsus a professorship in Basel. The royal courts were a small world for elite artists and scientists to earn patronage from so Holbein was likely familiar with Paracelsus and his magnetic therapy. Anne Boleyn commissioned many works by Holbein for her coronation including Holbein’s intriguing “The Ambassadors”. This artwork is full of cutting edge scientific knowledge such as the refracted image of a skull. Art and science were not separate disciplines then as most artists also studied alchemy, anatomy, astronomy and math. DaVinci was expert in many sciences and his art abounds with sacred geometry.
Marguerite, the highly educated authour of the Mirror poem, is known as the ‘Mother of the French Renaissance’ and had DaVinci invited to her chateau in Clos, France in 1518. She was the sister of the French king and mentor of a young Anne Boleyn, whose teenage years were spent at the French court. Marguerite’s Huguenot grandson Henry IV would become the first Bourbon king of France and grandfather of Louis XIV, the man of many mirrors. Her poetry was inspired by a woman from two centuries earlier called Marguerite of Porete. This Belgian woman was burned at the stake for heresy by the Catholic Church in 1310 because of a poem she had written in 1306, “Mirror of Simple Souls”. It was in the mystic troubador style of the Cathars. In it she stresses that the divine can only be grasped through a feminine, intuitive, emotional approach of unquestioning love so common amongst simple illiterate women; never by the rational intellect or selfish political actions of powerful learned men. Small wonder the Pope and his priests burned her.
Cathar bards drew their inspiration from the Green Language of the Birds. The red background denotes the male South pole energy, while green is female or North pole. In yoga the fiery navel center chakra has a tejas that is red and the root or tailbone chakra energy also has a red aura. The airy heart chakra has a green aura, indigo tejas.
The painting of a green parrot on the hand of Marguerite of Navarre and of the green serpent on the left sleeve of Queen Bess in her Rainbow portrait symbolize this feminine mystic Green Language. As does the green curtain that covers the left feminine face of the divine, of the crucified Christ, in Holbein’s “The Ambassadors”. But here Holbein also represents the higher level of Pythagorean initiate, the ‘Akousmatoi’, who can hear the divine harmony of the spheres and can access with telepathic intuition the real ethernet for wisdom beyond that gained by the ‘Mathematikoi’ who must rely on logic and their instruments of music, arithmetic, geometry and astronomy which line the shelves in front of the green curtain.
To paraphrase John O’Sullivan, universities are to the sale of knowledge what heroine addicted whores are to the delivery of love. Experience is best. From my own firsthand yoga experience and the practice of trataka I see the heart chakra aura as forest green in colour like Holbein’s curtain. Clairaudience or the ‘Green Language’ is associated with an open heart chakra just as clairvoyance is with deep blue and the throat chakra. By raising energy to my heart center with yogic breath I have achieved a measure of Akousmati status.
After reading Hilary Mantel’s “Wolf Hall” I wanted to learn more about Anne B. A little birdie told me she was Cathar. We know Anne Boleyn was an accomplished lute player and gifted composer and that her daughter often soothed herself by playing music alone in her room. Intuitively in my 5 Star Breath program I equated the emotional body that radiates out from our heart chakra with our magnetic field and zeroed in on cleansing, healing and strengthening that to get the swiftest spiritual boost plus protection from the electric-mental bombardment of modern life. Through researching Anne Boleyn I have been gratified to discover kindred spirits in the reform minded women of the French and English courts as well as encouraged to know that my magnetocentric emotive heart perspective is shared by such accomplished innovators as DaVinci, Paracelsus, and Mesmer.