Conclusion of the Work

“Scire, Potere, Audere, Tacere”

– Zoroaster

Nature does not open the door of the sanctuary indiscriminately to everyone.

In these pages, the uninitiated will perhaps discover some proof of a genuine and positive science. I do not, however, flatter myself that I shall convert them, for I know full well the obstinacy of prejudice and the great strength of preconceived opinions. The disciple will derive greater benefit from this book, provided always that he does not despise the works of the old Philosophers and that he studies with care and penetration the classical text, until he has acquired sufficient perception to understand obscure points of the practice.

No one may aspire to possess the great secret, if he does not direct his life in accordance with the researches he has undertaken.

It is not enough to be studious, active and persevering, if one has no firm principles, no solid basis, if immoderate enthusiasm blinds one to reason, if pride overrules judgement, if greed expands before the prospect of a golden future.

The mysterious science requires great precision, accuracy and perspicacity in observing the facts, a healthy, logical and reflective mind, a lively but not over-excitable imagination, a warm and pure heart. It also demands the greatest simplicity and complete indifference with regards to theories, systems and hypotheses, which are generally accepted without question on the testimony of books or the reputation of their authors. It requires its candidates to learn to think more with their own brains and less with those of others. Finally, it insists that they should check the truth of its principles, the knowledge of its doctrine and the practice of its operations from nature, the mother of us all.

By constant exercise of the faculties of observation and reasoning and by meditation, the novice will climb the steps leading to


A simple imitation of natural process, skill combined with ingenuity, the insight born of long experience will secure for him the


Having obtained that, he will still have need of patience, constancy and unshakeable will. Brave and resolute, he will be enabled by the certainty and confidence born of a strong faith to


Finally, when success has crowned so many years of labour, when his desires have been accomplished, the Wise Man, despising the vanities of the world, will draw near to the humble, the disinherited, to all those who work, suffer, struggle and weep here below. As an anonymous and dumb disciple of eternal Nature, an apostle of eternal Charity, he will remain faithful to his vow of silence.

In Science, in Goodness, the Adept must evermore


Conclusion to, The Mystery of the Cathedrals by Fulcanelli

Letter Addressed to Fulcanelli’s “Initiator” after his access to adeptship

(Excerpts from Eugene Canseliet’s second preface to Le Mystere des Cathedrales, 1957)

As quoted by Parick Riviere in Fulcanelli – His True Identity Revealed

‘My old friend.
This time you have really had the Gift of God; it is a great blessing and, for the first time, I understand how rare this favour is. Indeed, I believe that, in its unfathomable depth of simplicity, the arcanum cannot be found by the force of reason alone, however subtle and well trained it may be. At last you possess the Treasure of Treasures. Let us give thanks to the Divine Light which made you a participant in it. Moreover, you have richly deserved it on account of your unshakeable belief in Truth, the constancy of your effort, your perseverance in sacrifice and also, let us not forget. .. your good works.

‘When my wife told me the good news, I was stunned with surprise and joy and was so happy that I could hardly contain myself. So much so, that I said to myself; let us hope that we shall not have to pay for this hour of intoxication with some terrible aftermath. But, although I was only briefly informed about the matter, I believed that I understood it, and what confirms me in my certainty is that the fire goes out only when the Work is accomplished and the whole tinctorial mass impregnates the glass, which, from decantation to decantation, remains absolutely saturated and becomes luminous like the sun.

‘You have extended generosity to the point of associating us with’ this high and occult knowledge, to which you have full right and which is entirely personal to you. We, more than any, can appreciate its worth and we, more than any, are capable of being eternally grateful to you for it. You know that the finest phrases, the most eloquent protestations, are not worth as much as the moving simplicity of this single utterance: you are good, and it is for this great virtue that God has crowned you with the diadem of true royalty. He knows that you will make noble use of the sceptre and of the priceless endowment which it provides. We have for a long time known you as the blue mantle of your friends in trouble. This charitable cloak has suddenly grown larger and your noble shoulders are now covered by the whole azure of the sky and its great sun. May you long enjoy this great and rare good fortune, to the joy and consolation of your friends, and even of your enemies, for misfortune cancels out everything. From henceforth you will have at your disposal the magic ring which works all miracles.

‘My wife, with the inexplicable intuition of sensitives, had a really strange dream. She saw a man enveloped in all the colours of the rainbow and raised up to the sun. We did not have long to wait for the explanation. What a miracle! What a beautiful and triumphant reply to my letter, so crammed with arguments and—theoretically—so exact; but yet how far from the Truth, from Reality. Ah! One can almost say that he, who has greeted the morning star has for ever lost the use of his sight and his reason, because he is fascinated by this false light and cast into the abyss. . . . Unless, as in your case, a great stroke of fate comes to pull him unexpectedly from the edge of the precipice.

‘I am longing to see you, my old friend, to hear you tell me about the last hours of anguish and of triumph. But be assured that I shall never to able to express in words the great joy that we have felt and all the gratitude we have at the bottom of our hearts. Alleluia!

‘I send you my love and congratulations’

‘Your old….

‘He who knows how to do the Work by the one and only mercury has found the most perfect thing—that is to say he has received the light and accomplished the Magistery.’

One comment

  1. Entirely encouraging, edifying.


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