John Dee's Occultism: Magical Exaltation Through Powerful Signs (Suny Series in Western Esoteric Traditions)

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For those are bins during which the magus retains sidereal forces and virtues as in a field. (Paracelsus 1589–1591, 10:376)19 the entire Renaissance magi attempted to elucidate via natural-philosophical speculations the character of that transcendental fabric, or radiation, or agent that transferred the power of the anima mundi to the talismans. those philosophers additionally strongly asserted the bidirectional nature of this The Ideology and Occult Symbolism of Dee’s usual Philosophy 173 technique: if the magus can draw the ability of the area Soul to base subject, so can he raise himself above the cloth international. within the alchemical technique the catalyzer is the natural mercury, “the celestial messenger” (Dee 1964, 177). The transmutation skill the assembly of 2 worlds, represented as a wedding, the place the “terrestrial physique” is the cloth of the Gamaaea or talisman by means of the aid of which the magus can enhance its elevation. The talisman—because of its inscription—is additionally a personality or signal of the heavenly language, the exploration of that is the final word objective of the magus. This element of metaphysical linguistics has just recently been explored: following Clulee’s educate of suggestion, Umberto Eco in his ebook looking for the precise Language attached Dee’s curiosity within the reconstruction of a magical and common language to Postel’s related goals (1995, 185–90). As he mentioned, the view that the 3 sacred languages (Hebrew, Greek, Latin) constructed from a standard geometrical-numerological base used to be recommend through Postel in his De originibus (1553). The Frenchman there claimed that “every demonstration of the area” got here from element, line, and triangle, and that sounds themselves—following the foundations of Pythagoras— should be decreased to geometry. 20 within the theorems Dee, who after all had De originibus in his library,21 exercised a variety of manipulations at the monad (rotation, dismantling, blend and permutation of its elements), no longer not like cabalistic, numerology works on and with the Hebrew characters. The preface to Emperor Maximilian basically refers to this “science”: The technology of the alphabet comprises nice mysteries, given that He, who's the one writer of all mysteries, has in comparison Himself to the first and final letter (which is to be understood not just for the Greek language, but in addition for the Hebrew and Latin ones). How nice, then, has to be the mysteries of the intermediate letters? [. . . ] we've got tested that the form of all letters are derived from issues, instantly strains and the circumferences of circles. [. . . ] through a similar approach we find truly adequate that the first people couldn't have demonstrated out of such mystical rules that very stupendous textile of the Hebrew letter and the Nekudoth had now not the afflation of the divine strength been such a lot [effectively] current. (Dee 1964, 125–27) From this it will persist with that his purpose within the development of the Monad was once not just the construction of a magical brand for contemplation, 174 JOHN DEE’S OCCULTISM a mandala, but additionally a “geometrical automaton” which could generate the alphabet of all languages and hence could symbolize the common precept of language.

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