30 April 2018

Ether: The Fifth Element ~ The Life of Apollonius of Tyana, Philostratus

I think this has been posted before, but never mind :)

Source: Art of the Initiate

“And they allowed Apollonius to ask questions; and he asked them of what they thought the cosmos was composed; but they replied; “Of elements.” “Are there then four?” he asked. “Not four,”said Larchas, “but five.” “And how can there be a fifth,” said Apollonius, “alongside of water and air and earth and fire?” “There is the ether,” replied the other, “which we must regard as the stuff of which gods are made; for just as all mortal creatures inhale the air, so do immortal and divine natures inhale the ether.” “Am I,” said Appollonius, “to regard the universe as a living creature?” “Yes,” said the other.

– The Life of Apollonius of Tyana, Philostratus, 220AD

Diagram by Robert Fludd (1574 -1637)

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