Yesterday, 26 August, was the 221st anniversary of the death of Alessandro, the Count of Cagliostro. Magician, alchemist, doctor, charlatan, adventurer, initiate … in his 52 years of life, Cagliostro’s life has left us more legends than facts, so that much can be said about his life, but little with certainty.
Cagliostro certainly had his trickster aspects, but his medicinal cures have been studied and have been found to be effective at best, or harmless at worst. His testimony in front of the Roman Inquisition is very evocative and hints at the fact that this man was indeed a carrier of much wisdom and insight.
On a website I have found a reference to Cagliostro’s “seven magical sentences”. No source is given, and I cannot vouch for their authenticity, but they seem to have been written in the same spirit as other sayings of Cagliostro, including his well documented apology to the Inquisition.
Whether authentic or not, they are certainly worthy of being read and pondered upon. Here is my translation of these sentences from Italian:
Cagliostro’s seven magical sentences:
1. That which appears to me as external, is in reality the essence of my Heart.
2. I am enveloped in peace whenever the voice in my head is silent.
3. I have never lived before this Moment, and I will never live after this Moment.
4. The Fire that burns in my breast is that which will burn the World.
5. What I wait for is so good, that I cherish all suffering.
6. I thank all that is good and I thank all that is bad, until the ice of the mind is melted by the Fire of the Heart.
7. I am One with You and You are One with me.
The original Italian text can be found at: http://risvegliati.altervista.org/frasi-magiche-cagliostro/