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Paracelsus (born Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, November 11 or December 17, 1493 – September 24, 1541) was a Swiss German Renaissance physician, botanist, alchemist, astrologer, and occultist.

According to Mme. Blavatsky he was an "Adept-Initiate"[1]. She calls him "the great and unfortunate physician-Occultist . . . the greatest Alchemist of the age".[2] In 1541 Paracelsus settled in Salzburg where he eventually died. Although the actual cause of his death remains unknown, Mme. Blavatsky claims he was killed. She wrote: "Had not a criminal hand put an end to his life, years before the time allotted him by Nature, physiological Magic would have fewer secrets for the civilized world than it now has".[3]

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  1. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Collected Writings vol. XI (Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1973), 546.
  2. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Collected Writings vol. XII (Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1980), 215.
  3. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine vol. I, (Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1993), 263.