Democratization of the Occult? Not in the Schola Italica. ARA’s ‘Massime di Scienza Iniziatica’.

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Democratization of the Occult? Not in the Schola Italica. ARA’s ‘Massime di Scienza Iniziatica’.

 

flauto3aw7Amedeo Rocco Armentano (1886-1966) was Arturo Reghini’s initiator in the practices of the Schola Italica. Author of ‘Massime di Scienza Iniziatica’, his work was published only in 1992, thanks to the efforts of Reghini biographer R. Sestito. ‘Massime’ represents a concentration of Armentano’s wisdom in short, piercing aphorisms, designed to plant a seed in the initiate’s mind, and blossom after a period of reflection and contemplation. Reading them, one realizes the extent of Armentano’s influence on the Florentine thinker. Here are some, which I find particularly significant regarding the discourse on the democratization of occultism and occult doctrines in the modern period:

 

221- ‘In order for them to bear truth, things need not be known by the common people.’

 

209 – ‘The hygiene of the common man who wants to become a man consists in taking away from his brain all veils.’

 

Scalea213 – ‘Ignorance is the normal condition of humanity… not of man.’

 

235 – ‘To know all things eternal there are no methods; there is man with his power to achieve knowledge.’

 

236 – ‘The power to achieve knowledge existent in man, only exceptionally manifests in practice.’

 

92 – ‘Man is a wolf that may become a saint.. and this is quite alright!… but all men will never be… all saints.’ 

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