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For the English translation (Global Grey PDF, epub, Kindle), click here. Three Books of Occult Philosophy (De Occulta Philosophia libri III) is Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa's study of occult philosophy, acknowledged as a significant contribution to the Renaissance philosophical. De Occulta Philosophia by Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim; 19 editions; Subjects: Occultism, Magic, Early works to , Early. De occulta philosophia, libri tres The critical edition of De occulta philosophia clarifies a number of controversies about the View PDF Flyer.
However, they only do so when the magician has the intention to let them signify. The interchangeability of these terms seems to be common: Numbers represent the language that links the divine sphere to the natural world, the celestial sphere working as an intermediary. As we saw in the introduction, Pico thought that names that could not be understood are the only names that can be effective in magic. The Hebrew mecubals found another way of discovering sacred names.
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Scheible in German. Weiser in English. Three books of occult philosophy , Chthonios in English. Brill in Latin. Words therefore are the fittest medium betwixt the speaker and the hearer, carrying with them not only the conception of the mind, but also the virtue of the speaker with a certain efficacy unto the hearers, and this oftentimes with so great a power, that oftentimes they change not only the hearers, but also other bodies, and things that have no life. Spoken language is the language form belonging to the natural world, while writing is connected to the celestial sphere.
Now writing is the last expression of the mind, and is the number of speech and voice, as also the collection, state, end, continuing, and iteration, making a habit, which is not perfected with 58 Sapir, Language, 15 speech here is meant as internal speech: He can only perform magic up to the level that his worthiness and purity of soul allows: Three Books of Occult Philosophy I: And whatsoever is in the mind, in voice, in word, in oration, and in speech, the whole, and all of this is in writing also.
It is the fulfilment of language, and the crucial magical ingredient. The language form of the divine sphere is even more elevated: This is a view very common in the Middle Ages and afterwards. Among others, Saint Benedict praises silent prayer as the best way of communicating with God.
He quotes from De Occulta Philosophia: Now that is the best prayer, which is not uttered in words, but that which with a religious silence and sincere cogitation is offered up to God, and that which with the voice of the mind and words of the intellectual world, is offered to him. He attempted to develop a method to become one with God. As said earlier, Adam named the creatures according to the celestial influences working upon them, and according to their natural properties.
This gives them a double virtue, as Agrippa explains: Every voice therefore that is significative, first of all signifies by the influence of the celestial harmony; secondly, by the imposition of man, although oftentimes otherwise by this, then by that.
But when both significations meet in any voice or name, which are put upon them by the said harmony of man, then that name is with a double virtue, viz. Agrippa says of the names of spirits that they are only known to God, and that by divine revelation God can make them known to man, or it can be imposed upon the demon by a man who has authority to do so. On the contrary, they will be very powerful, as we will see later.
It only means that these names, if they are being used, should be written down. The Hebrew mecubals found another way of discovering sacred names.
They knew how to draw them forth from Scripture: The general rule of these is, that wheresoever anything of divine essence is expressed in the Scripture, from that place the name of God may rightly be gathered; but in what place soever in the Scripture the name of God is found expressed, there mark what office lies under that name. These are derived from Psalms The combinations hereof, with the ending —el or — iah, constitute the names of the 68 Agrippa, Three Books of Occult Philosophy I: The first letter of the first verse, the last letter of the second verse and the first letter of the last verse together form the name VHV.
The second name is obtained by working the other way around, i. These names express something of God: YHVH equals seventy-two: Y means ten, H five, V six, H five again.
Now add ten, fifteen, twenty-one and twenty-six, and the answer is seventy-two. The magician looks at the astrological disposition that is most fit for the purpose of the ritual, and then translates the stars that are in the right position, into the Hebrew characters corresponding to these constellations.
The letters are combined into a name, and —el or — iah is added. The names are calculated with a table, with in the upper and lower horizontal row the signs of the planets, and in the right vertical row the Hebrew alphabet, which is reversed in the left column.
The upper and right side are the lines of the good, the left and bottom are the lines of evil. This table can be used for converting any name into the name of a planetary being. Here too an affix is added: El, On, Jah or Jod for good angels, and El for both good and evil spirits: There are two kinds of these names: In the second case the name derives from the things that the spirit rules over.
For example, the spirit of Venus in the first case is Haniel residing over Venus, because she represents the grace of God, one of the divine attributes.
She is called after her activity: In the Kabbalah, this attribute is linked with Venus. In the latter case, the name of the spirit of Venus is Nogahel, because he rules over Venus, and in Hebrew Venus is called Nogah. Agrippa explains this issue with an example from the Bible: Tyson mentions two Bible verses as examples: John 3: As we saw in the introduction, Pico thought that names that could not be understood are the only names that can be effective in magic.
Agrippa takes a less extreme position. These names are still very powerful in magic, and sometimes even more than names that can be understood: And these names being thus distributed Although there are various number systems, one plus one is always two.
For Agrippa and his contemporaries the numerical system and the mathematical rules are universal and unequivocal. As such, it is a language in its own right, and even a transparent and clear one.
In Kabbalah in general and in De Occulta Philosophia in particular, numbers do not only represent numerical values. Because there are seven planetary bodies, for example, the number seven can represent the planets. Magical squares Every planet in De Occulta Philosophia has a corresponding number, depending on its place in the universe, counting from far to near.
The farthest planet, Saturn, get the number three, and not one, because there are no possible magical squares for one and two. A Saturnine square consists of nine fields; three columns and three rows. Each field has one number, from one to nine, and the sum of each column and row is the same. By connecting the fields representing certain letters, you can write a name in lines on the square, producing seals, or characters. In this way you can make characters for the planets, for their intelligences good or their demons evil.
Images, Characters and Figures The making of images is common practice in magic. This theory holds that certain objects are interconnected by rays, and by these rays they can influence one another. The classical example is the string of a harp that resonates with another string that has the same tuning. Also the figures, of which we have spoken, and what characters soever conceive88 the virtues of the celestial figures as they shall be opportunely impressed upon things, those ruling, or be rightly framed, as one figure is of affinity with, and doth express another.
When two objects in the natural world correspond, their correspondence is reciprocal. Correspondences from the celestial world to the natural work only one way: The sun affects sunflowers, for example, but not the other way around.
However, one may use a gold tablet a natural object to draw down solar virtues. Usually, inscriptions are added to make the image more powerful. Lehrich gives a helpful example of how such an image is made. This image is made more powerful with names and signs inscribed in it, representing planets and spirits that may be useful for obtaining the purpose.
In cases of planetary spirits, it is not clear whether one should write the names with letters, or apply the seal obtained from the magical square representing the spirit. Lehrich suggests inscribing the character of the sun on the back of the flat object on which the image is made, and inscribing the seal of the intelligence on the image itself.
There are several kinds of characters that can be used for drawing down celestial or intellectual virtues: One of these methods is combining all the letters of the name into one sign.
Besides, they receive their power from divine arbitrariness: God has appointed the signs a certain meaning. We quoted this passage earlier: Whitefish, Montana: Kessinger Publishing, These three levels do not operate separately: However, they only do so when the magician has the intention to let them signify.
These can be endless, depending on the creativity of the interpreter. Single characters can represent numbers, words, or sentences. Now we can understand why the Hebrew characters were so important to Agrippa, Pico, and Reuchlin: Numbers represent the language that links the divine sphere to the natural world, the celestial sphere working as an intermediary.
Lehrich argues that this language is effective in magic because it has not fallen with man: The reason that Divinely arbitrary signs are not transparent signifiers is that humanity no longer exist in Paradise, and thus divine language is no more obvious to us than the Divine Will. Magical language, that would make no sense in ordinary speech, is still connected to the higher spheres. It continued to contain its link with reality and is not just arbitrary This language is unambiguous and transparent, at least to the ones who understand it.
Presenting lists of names which is language , and at the same time showing the fallibility of language, is not self-contradictory: The language of higher spheres escapes the inadequacy of spoken language. This explains why wonders can be done in other languages than Hebrew: As we have seen earlier, names are linked to their referents both celestial and conventional.
They represent, they symbolize, they refer, and they form a canal of power transmission from the higher to the lower levels of reality. This piling up of modes of reference brings into memory the story of Babel, where humans attempted to challenge God by piling up bricks to build a tower that would reach into the heaven. The Summit of the Tower Above we treated three layers of Hebrew letters, in matter, form and spirit.
As matter is the physical appearance, and form the numerical value, the number part is connected with the mathematical sphere. There is yet a higher sphere of reality, that is the one of the soul, to which the third dimension of the Hebrew characters belong. Even if the magician can impress his will upon heaven through the It is still arbitrary, but it is an arbitrariness established by God himself, and it has multiple levels of signification.
To get to God Himself, he needs something else. In the chapter on abstinence, Agrippa stresses the importance of not getting distracted by the multitude of the exterior world. The Divine Frenzies Mysticism can do what language cannot: When a mystical experience is expressed by humans, it sometimes takes the form of poetry. Mystical experiences come in various forms, as we can see in Agrippa. The frenzies are attributed to different gods and the higher the god, the higher the frenzy.
The first frenzy is from the muses, of which there are nine, each corresponding to a planet. This means that there is a hierarchy of muses, the lunar being the lowest and the Saturnine being the highest.
A frenzy from the muses enables the magician to draw down celestial power into the natural world: The second frenzy comes from Dionysus. For getting into contact with lesser spirits, there are directions on how to use symbols in order to get there: Hence Jamblichus and Porphyry teach that he that calls upon sacred demons must observe them, with their proper honour, and to distribute to each what is convenient to every one, as thanks, oblations, gifts, sacrifices, with words, characters suitable to their conditions, and most like unto them Symbols are language and thus would prevent the unity from being established: The link between God and humanity was as close as it could be.
However, after the Fall language lost the capacity to connect with the Divine, and after the disaster of Babel, God deprived language of its direct reference. The pursuit of Agrippa was finding a way to overcome original sin and re-establish the link with God. He grew very disappointed by the limits of language to accomplish this. Even the exalted Hebrew language did not seem to live up to his expectations. Still, language was not completely lost: This was the mathematical language, as we have encountered.
Sadly enough, this language was only capable of restoring language to its pre-Babel state.
Reason in itself is not a bad thing, as long as you use it as a servant only of religious endeavours instead of an end in itself. Reason can be useful up to some degree, but divine truths escape reason and can only be revealed by God, a position held by Reuchlin as well as by Agrippa, as Compagni points out: Llywellyn Publications Bonner, Anthony.
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