Hints of serious spirituality and occultism in shoddy fiction

I don’t watch Atelier with any expectation of lofty or serious sentiments.

And yet, recently, I was surprised by the depth and emotional resonance of the following incantation.





The Western notion of Neo-Platonic magic includes the notions that the various levels of the world – from mushrooms to men to gods – are connected, and that magicians must obey the cosmic rules in order to manifest cosmic principles in daily life.

I can’t be certain, but it appears that whoever wrote the dialogue for Atelier took such ideas seriously. Perhaps it was a fluke, and the writer was just copying blindly.

Occultism tends to rouse a lot of controversies.

I am not currently prepared to delve into those controversies. Just to give a sample – the Bible discusses various forms of talking to spirits. However, if a modern person claims to talk to spirits, and cannot be conveniently confined to an asylum, the people who claim to live according to the Bible are usually unwilling to discuss whether the aforesaid conversations with spirits were permissible, much less praiseworthy.

I need to get both my intellectual and meditative practices together before I try to write about such things seriously. For the moment, I will take note of Atelier as potentially influenced by genuine spirituality.