Papus was one of the great figures of neo-occultism. His countless books present occult abilities, the invisible powers of Nature, and how to use them.
Occultism affirms the existence of energies called “fluids” that manifest an invisible world within the visible world, seeking analogies and correspondences between visible and invisible, but also between various beings. Therefore, practical occultism presupposes the knowledge and use of magic, astrology, divination techniques, occult medicine and alchemy.
Agrippa of Nettesheim, Eliphas Levi, Papus and the initiates around him developed rituals and practices to use these invisible forces for the sake of the postulant.
As Agrippa wrote: “Magic, [occultism, occult philosophy] is a faculty that has a very great power, full of very high mysteries, and which contains a very deep knowledge of the most secret things, their essence, their power, their quality, their substance, their effects, their difference, and their relation. Whence it produces its marvelous effects by the union and application it makes of the different virtues of the higher beings with those of the inferior. (...) Theology helps us to know who God is, who are the Angels, the Intelligences, the Daïmons, the soul, the mind, the religion ... the virtue of words and figures, secret operations and mysterious signs“.
To summarize, we can say that the occultist principles are based on three main points:
1- Energies and Spirits: Occultism is based on the belief of an invisible world made of energy and inhabited by spirits. This hidden world is embedded in the visible world. The magus knows and manipulates the following “occult powers:” the influence of the stars, the power of the sounds, the hidden action of the symbols, the geniuses of the places, the spirits of the forest, etc.
2- Sympathies and antipathies: Everything around us is linked by rules of sympathy and antipathy, that is to say of friendship or hostility that the magus must know and can use. The main text is from Ostanès the Mage. As he states: “Nature in such a case charms nature, nature in such a case dominates nature, nature in such a case is defeated by nature. The magnet and the iron are in sympathy, they are charmed.
3- Analogies and Correspondences: The fundamental doctrine of occultism is that of analogies and correspondences. There are symbolic relationships between the spiritual world and the material world, vertically, from top to bottom, and horizontally, between the various elements of each world, spiritual or material. The main text stating this law is the famous Emerald Table of Hermes Trismegistus: “What is below is like what is above, and what is above is like what is below, to do the miracles of an only thing.” For example, there is an analogy, an identity of structure between God (above) and the Sun (below), between the World (macrocosm) and Man (microcosm), and correspondences, homologies, correlations, relations between the Mineral kingdom of the World and the bones of Man, between the Sun and the right eye, etc.
All the books we just mentioned (Agrippa, Eliphas Levi, Papus) are the subject of lessons in the Order. The keys found in these books are practiced under the protection of the egregore.
This is the way the initiate can progress efficiently, using all the sacred powers that the heavenly powers have placed in his soul.