Magic and Mysticism: An Introduction to Western Esoteric Traditions

By Arthur Versluis

Magic and Mysticism: An advent to Western Esoteric Traditions is a concise evaluation, from antiquity to the current, of the entire significant Western spiritual esoteric hobbies. themes lined comprise alchemy, Gnosticism, Hermeticism, Rosicrucianism, Theosophy and plenty of extra. Magic and Mysticism is perfect for college kids of Mysticism and New non secular routine, in addition to for common readers of Metaphysics and Esoterica.

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Walker, a pupil of Frances Yates, surveyed not just Ficino’s paintings but additionally that of Lazzarelli, Pico della Mirandola, and Tommaso Campanella so one can record simply how pervasive magical cosmology used to be in this interval. those figures all drew to a better or lesser volume at the Neoplatonic theurgy of Iamblichus (in specific his De Mysteriis), in addition to the works of Proclus, Porphyry, Synesius, and Plotinus, between others. Neoplatonism supplied a philosophical framework, as a way to converse, in which astrological magic will be obvious as a part of Christianity instead of as its demonically encouraged nemesis. in fact, Ficino and his colleagues or successors needed to negotiate their language and cosmology conscientiously in order to not current themselves as sorcerers, and one sees this in Ficino’s wary, even hesitant navigation via loaded phrases like magic. After outlining Ficino’s view of astrological magic—Ficino’s trust that via Orphic making a song, right vitamin and garments, and astrological knowledge, you'll influence beneficent magic with no using demons yet simply via attracting beneficent “natural” planetary powers—Walker then feedback: “It is obvious that Ficino is strongly attracted by way of this type of magic or theurgy, that he considers it important, and in addition it really is transparent that he's conscious that it really is harmful. His end appears that its hazards should be kept away from if it remained inside of a learnèd, philosophical circle, and have been saved mystery from the ignorant vulgus, who might distort it into idolatry and superstition. ”2 hence in Ficino’s viewpoint we will see either his emphasis on a cosmological gnosis and the necessity for its restrict to a relatively elite group—in short, we will be able to see that he very basically belongs to the present of esotericism. yet Ficino represents a specific circulate, that of non secular and usual, no longer demonic magic, a classy and philosophical move that evokes and depends song and the humanities. Walker memorably differentiates this philosophical move from “demonic magic [which] mixed with medieval planetary magic, ended in the brazenly demonic, recklessly unorthodox magic of Agrippa and Paracelsus. ”3 Walker’s characterization of Agrippa and Paracelsus is a little bit severe, for actually one has to ask yourself simply how nice is the adaptation among Ficino’s use of planetary magic and that espoused through Agrippa or Paracelsus, or that of Tommaso Campanella (1568-1639), who in a few respects should be obvious as Ficino’s successor. For all of those figures sought to include into Christianity the perform of planetary magic; them all observed it as a average element of a non secular worldview; briefly, them all espoused a Christian philosophy of magic. Campanella’s magic is noteworthy simply because he mixed it with a millennialist schedule that he provided in his recognized urban of the solar (1623), and since he sought to really enforce this time table by way of magical paintings with Pope city VIII with the intention to push back the unwanted effects of eclipses and to lead to a Christian millennium.

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