Franz Bardon

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Who Was Franz Bardon ?

Born in Opava, Austrian Silesia. (1 December 1909–10 July 1958) was a Czech occultist, student, and teacher of Hermetics.

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Franz Bardon is best known as for his hermetic works  for which he wrote three volumes of. These volumes are (IIH) Initiation Into Hermetics, The Practice of Magical Evocation and The Key to the True Kabbalah.  Another book was found un unfinished version of the Fourth Tarot card. It is also purported that the occult novel Frabato the Magician, written by his secretary, Otti Votavova (although the author was named as himself) was in fact, an autobiographical account of his life.

Primarily these works were written to allow any individual who wished to learn the inner mysteries without the aid of a teacher. Since in the past, such mysteries was shielded under a veil of secrecy and sometimes under oath by death if revealed. For centuries, this knowledge was only  accessible to a few.  It is implied (within Frabato the Magician) that  Bardon was asked by Divine Providence to share these precious gifts with humanity, that cost him his life.

Franz Bardon was the oldest of 13 children, and the only son of a very devout Christian mystic, Viktor Bardon. Although his father had achieved a certain amount of spiritual advancement. He still felt that he was unable to obtain an advanced initiation, and prayed  for assistance. It is said his prayers were answered and he was blessed with an advanced soul that entered the body of his son Franz to become Viktor’s initiator.

In later life, Bardon became a stage magician who gained some fame in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s under the stage name “Frabato”.

During World War II he was captured by the Nazis who were aware of his occult abilities and tortured him to try and pressure him into demonstrating his skills. for which he refused and was then held in a concentration camp.   On the day of his execution, the area of the concentration camp where he was being held was bombed by the Russians and he was able to escape unharmed.

Bardon returned to Opava and continued his hermetic work until he was again captured again in 1958 where he was arrested and imprisoned in Brno, Czechoslovakia and died in custody within the same year.

The Origins of Franz Bardon Teachings

There is always much speculation among people who wish to discover the origins of former teachers. Martin Faulks offers his perspective on this subject.

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Please enjoy a series of interviews by Martin Faulks has he visits Franz Bardon’s home and speaks with his son, Lumir Bardon.

Martin Faulks visits Franz Bardon’s hometown Opava in the  Czech Republic.

MARTIN FAULKS MEETS WITH LUMIR BARDON ( Son of Franz Bardon) – The Alchemical World of Frabato.

  PART 1 – INTERVIEW WITH LUMIR BARDON Martin Faulks speaks with Lumir (Franz Bardon’s son) about his father and his real name. Speaking about ‘Frabato’ Franz Bardon’s stage name.

PART 2  – INTERVIEW WITH LUMIR BARDON –  Martin Faulks speaks with Lumir about Franz Bardon’s teacher.

PART 3 – INTERVIEW WITH LUMIR BARDON –   Martin Faulks discusses the art of spirit photography.

PART 4 – INTERVIEW WITH LUMIR BARDON –  Franz Bardon’s Alchemical Method of Creating Spyragic Remedies.

PART 5 – INTERVIEW WITH LUMIR BARDON – Martin Faulks discusses Franz Bardon’s medical work.

PART 6 – INTERVIEW WITH LUMIR BARDON – Martin Faulks discusses Franz Bardon and his magical ring of Isis.

PART 7 – INTERVIEW WITH LUMIR BARDON – Martin Faulks discusses with Lumir about gathering herbs for his father.

PART 8 – INTERVIEW WITH LUMIR BARDON – Martin Faulks discusses with Lumir about Franz Bardon’s apprentice.

Here is Bardon’s IIH (Initiation Into Hermetics) Foundation Book. The Curriculum outlined by  Tim  Scott

Although Bardon divides his praxis into ten steps, these are somewhat arbitrary. Here is a summary of his main points:

1. Self-Analysis & Basic Exercises

As mentioned above, the student must work diligently on understanding and harmonizing the four Elements within his own being before doing any further occult work. Bardon prescribes several weeks of minute, mercilessly honest self-observation and recording of one’s faults and failings. The student classifies each under the four Elemental categories to see which Elements are out of balance in his Self. A similar exercise classifies his virtues and strengths. Since the magician is to have control over all the Elemental worlds, he must not be unbalanced or have any obsessions that would impede his effectiveness, or allow weak spots that could cause his undoing.

2. Intermediate Concentration & Breathing

In the next step, the student strengthens his ability to concentrate and performs breathing exercises and the techniques of autosuggestion. Bardon regards these as the secret key to the subconscious. Bardon distinguishes carefully between two kinds of breathing: Pulmonary (normal) and through the skin. This second type of breathing takes practice. The body can respire automatically, but the student needs to learn to control it, combine it with voluntary pulmonary breathing and selectively inspire the various Elements and Akasha.

3. Advanced Visualization Exercises & Element Manipulation

This step entails intense concentration on and visualisation of increasingly more complex objects, and “inhaling” the Elements into the body. The student also learns the “loading,” or charging, of talismans, rooms, or objects for protection, healing, or other purposes.

4. Accumulation of Elements & Rituals

In this part of the training the student, works to perfect the balancing and concentrating of Elementary energies in the students own and other persons’s bodies. In Bardon’s system, “rituals” are not what we normally think of as such, but rather mnemonics based on hand gestures, verbal formulas or visual keys. He claims that once you understand the energies properly, can recall an energy or situation with merely a surreptitious hand gesture, a silent formula or a combination thereof.

5. Transplanting Consciousness & Levitation

This step consists of a graduated series of exercises to prepare the student for physical and astral levitation and astral travel, as a prelude to communication with astral beings. Communication with the astral world can either be active or passive. Passive techniques are simpler and safer, thus Bardon presents them first.

6. Introduction to Astral Beings & Astral Travel

Besides astral beings and travel, this chapter deals with the creation of non-physical beings for the magician’s use. Bardon also discusses the perils of accidentally creating them. This inadvertent creation of phantasms which can attach to and parasitize the operator is a great danger for the dabbler in occultism. At this point, Bardon again insists that the student not skip any step in his development, in order to avoid this serious problem.

7. Development of Clairvoyance, Clairaudience & Other Abilities: Creation of Elementaries.

Bardon gives formulas for accessories such as special eye-baths and ear-plugs to aid in the development of supersensory perception. He also discusses magick animation of pictures and statues.

8. “Fluid Condensers”

These are special tools which the magician creates to concentrate, store, and manipulate the electric and magnetic fluids. He gives fairly detailed instructions for making, charging and using these “condensers.”

First, Bardon teaches that even minute quantities gold can add enormously to the accumulative power of any condenser. Thus, he recommends preparing a gold tincture to “charge” any condensers the student makes. The easiest way is to dissolve a gramof soluble gold chloride in 20 grams of distilled water. (Gold chloride is fairly expensive – about $50 pergram).

Here is an interesting example of Bardon’s condensers: Put a handful of fresh or dry chamomile flowers into a pot. Pour enough cold water over them to cover them completely. Let the chamomile flowers boil for about 20 minutes. Cool them, but leave the lid on the pot and strain the decoction. Put this on the fire again and allow it to evaporate slowly until it weighs about 50 grams. A few drops more or less do not matter at all. Let the extract cool and, for better preservation, mix it with the same quantity (in this case 50 grams) of spirit or alcohol. (Remember to never use methyl or wood alcohol in any preparation meant to be used in or on the body.) To this mixture add about 10 drops of the gold tincture prepared above.

Bardon continues:

If you wish to use the condenser for your own purposes, you may still strengthen it, by adding a drop of your blood or sperm, if possible both together, on a swab of cotton wool, throw this afterwards without any scruples into the condenser and shake the lot well. Then, pour all, in a funnel, through filter paper or linen into a small bottle and keep it well corked in a cool and dark place, ready to use.

The magician can use these condensers in many ways: mixing them with liquids to drink, for anointing, mixing them with incense compounds, or pouring them in small bowls to collect and concentrate certain energies.

Any fluid condenser which has been prepared in this manner does not lose its efficiency even after many years. The condenser must be well shaken each time you are going to use it, the bottle is to be corked again after withdrawing some out of it. In the same way you can prepare several universal condensers from Russian or genuine Chinese tea, from lily-blossoms-best are the white ones-popular leaves, alrauneroots or mandragora roots, arnica montana, acacia flowers. Any simple fluid condenser, prepared from one plant is sufficient for normal use such as influencing through the elements,or developing the astral senses by means of the fluid condensers.

9. Magick Mirrors for Astral Travel & Healing

The magick mirror (of which the crystal ball is a species) is valuable for many experiments in clairvoyance, clairaudience and the like. After a brief description, Bardon lists many ways the magician can use it. He describes treatment of the sick using electro-magnetic fluids and the magickal loading of talismans, amulets and gems.

10. Elevation of the Spirit to Higher Levels

This chapter discusses the various ways the student should improve his spiritual qualities. Bardon wraps up with a discussion of several occult topics such as exteriorization, levitation, production of natural phenomena, suggestion, hypnosis, psychometry and long distance impregnation of rooms.