A MODERN MAGICIAN
[Lucifer, Vol. I, No. 5, January, 1888, pp. 395-397]
[This review article of J. Fitzgerald Molloy’s work entitled A Modern Magician: A Romance (3 vols. London: Ward and Downey, 1887. 8°) may not have been written by H. P. B., but it does contain certain sentences which are reminiscent of her style. It gives strong endorsement to the work and recommends it to the attention of Theosophists. We select the following sentence as being of importance:]
As regards Amerton’s character, we see the natural, born, mystic turning aside and voluntarily taking upon himself, though warned, the bonds of married life. These become intolerable to him, and the unhappiness of two persons results. Occultism is a jealous mistress, and, once launched on that path, it is necessary to resolutely refuse to recognize any attempt to draw one back from it. Amerton wanted to crush out his natural tendencies to
occultism, and failed. It is as hard to draw back from them, and turn attention solely to the things of the world, as it is, when studying occultism, to turn our attention solely to the invisible regions, and neglect absolutely the physical world.