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    Agrippa’s Christian Cabala

    Agrippa’s Christian Cabala

    Finally, after a short hiatus, here is part eight of our exploration of Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy. The previous episodes of this podcast dealt primarily with material from books 1 and 2, but now it's time to dive into book 3, The Divine World. Joining me for this discussion is Dr. Justin Sledge of the Esoterica YouTube channel! We will specifically be discussing the Cabala of Occult Philosophy and Agrippa's place in the birth and propagation of Christian Cabala.

    If you would like to do some reading before listening to this episode, I think you can get a pretty good overview of Agrippa's take on this topic by reading book 3, chapters 10 through 25. However, note that references to Cabala, the Hebrew language and alphabet, and Jewish mysticism crop up throughout book 3.

    You can't really deny that Kabbalah is one of the cornerstones of Western occultism. It crops up everywhere from Solomonic magic to Tarot to the Golden Dawn. If you've looked into it at all, you've probably come across the concept that Kabbalah is usually split into three main branches, differentiated in the way they are transliterated into English.


    Christian Cabala, spelled with a C, is our main topic in this episode.
    Hermetic Qabalah, spelled with a Q, is the variety used by modern ceremonial magicians.
    Jewish Kabbalah, spelled with a K, is the original strain of Jewish mysticism that the others pull from.


    And always remember, if you want to catch up with the rest of the Agrippa series, you can visit the home page for the series.


    Links


    Esoterica on YouTube
    About Dr. Justin Sledge
    Dr. Sledge's list of Kabbalah sources
    Dr. Sledge's Introduction to Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism
    Dan Attrell's video on the Reuchlin-Pfefferkorn Affair (The Modern Hermeticist)
    On the Art of the Kabbalah by Johann Reuchlin (De arte cabalistica trans. by Sarah and Martin Goodman)
    The Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age by Frances Yates
    Matt and Erik discuss Kabbalah on My Alchemical Bromance (Be kind, it was the second podcast episode I'd ever made!)
    My review of the modern translations of Occult Philosophy
    J.F.'s translation, online for free!





    Credits

    Many thanks to Dr. Justin Sledge for giving us so much incredible information on the history, philosophy, and influence of Christian Cabala.

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    • 36 min
    Astrological and Planetary Magic

    Astrological and Planetary Magic

    It's finally time for part seven of our exploration of Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy. In previous episodes, we have examined both the structure of Occult Philosophy and the worldview it attempts to explain. We are finally ready to take a closer look at one of the topics that this massive work is best known for: planetary and astrological magic!

    This episode will cover a lot of material from across book 2 of Occult Philosophy. If you are looking for sections to read before listening to this episode, I would suggest starting with book 2, chapter 29, and reading through chapter 50. You'll also want to read chapters 58 and 59, as I reference them specifically. However, after this episode, I believe you will want to spend some serious time studying all of book 2, especially going back over the parts about planets and spirits from earlier on.

    As we will discover, both planetary and astrological magic cover a wide range of practices that occultists of all varieties are likely familiar with. You will find sigils, prayers, petitions, spirits, and hymns. In fact, this type of magic also leans heavily on occult correspondences, which can include metals, stones, crystals, herbs, foods, and animals.

    And always remember, if you want to catch up with the rest of the Agrippa series, you can visit the home page for the series.


    Links


    Astral Magic by ɔ. Martiana at SARTRIX
    36 Secrets with T. Susan Chang (more on Decans)
    Astrological Magic with Josh Proto
    J Swofford's Picatrix Decans
    Andrew B. Watt's Decan articles
    The Moon and Stars with Ryhan Butler (more on Lunar Mansions)
    My review of the modern translations of Occult Philosophy
    J.F.'s translation, online for free!
    Ted Hand and I discuss Atalanta Fugiens in this podcast episode.





    Credits


    Thanks to Tuomo Sipola for his translation of the First Emblem from Michael Maier's Atalanta Fugiens. Tuomo and others in the #languages-and-linguistics channel in the Hermetic House of Life Discord server all helped to figure out the mystery of this poem.
    Thanks also to Josh Proto and J Swofford for their help in explaining and untangling the numerous mysteries of astrological magic and electional astrology.
    Thanks also to Eric Purdue, who helped quite a bit with this episode behind the scenes.




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    • 37 min
    Friends of the Spirit with Michael Sanborn

    Friends of the Spirit with Michael Sanborn

    Greetings, listeners! For the past few months, we have been enjoying a deep exploration of Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy, and now it's time for us to make a brief detour. This bonus episode is an interview with my friend Michael Sanborn, who is releasing a translation of a new book, Letters to Friends of the Spirit by Sylvie Boyer-Camax and Rémi Boyer. This is a book about mysticism, Martinism, and modern Rosicrucianism, and I am certain you will find the interview quite interesting.

    Michael Sanborn is a book designer and translator specializing in contemporary European esoterica. He participates in several esoteric traditions, including Neoplatonism, and Templarism. He is also a gnostic bishop and a member of Azoth Temple in Portland, Oregon.

    Rémi Boyer has explored at length the world of the avant-garde, initiatory traditions, and philosophies of enlightenment. He works within the setting of the House of Surrealists in Cordes-sur-Ciel, for a new alliance between traditions, philosophies of awakening, and the artistic avant-garde. He is the author of some twenty specialized works, particularly on Western initiatory movements.

    Letters to Friends of the Spirit, like the previous three translations of works by Rémi Boyer, is published through Rose Circle Publications, the imprint founded by noted esoteric author and translator Piers A. Vaughan.

    We will be returning to Occult Philosophy next episode, so for now, please enjoy this bonus interview.


    Links


    Letters to Friends of the Spirit: Martinist Views & Others (the book should be available by May 27th)
    Freemasonry as a Way of Awakening (buy it here)
    Mask Cloak Silence: Martinism as a Way of Awakening (buy it here)
    Beneath the Veil of Elias Artista: The Rose-Croix as a Way of Awakening, An Oral Tradition (buy it here)
    Michael Sanborn's lecture on YouTube: "French Illuminism: A Modern Approach"
    Rémi Boyer's homepage (in French)




    The art for this episode is a detail from O milagre das rosas by Lima de Freitas, acrylic on wood, 1987.

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    • 55 min
    Planetary Spirits and Intelligences

    Planetary Spirits and Intelligences

    Here we are, at part six of our deep dive into Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy. We're over halfway done! I know it's been a weird ride, but hold on, because we haven't gotten to the strangest stuff yet.

    At this point in our exploration, we have developed a strong idea of Agrippa's world and some of the basic premises of Occult Philosophy. We have looked at history, the nature of light and the cosmos, and the mathematical underpinnings of Renaissance magic. Now it is time to finally explore one of the strangest and most exciting elements in Occult Philosophy: spirits!

    Discussion of spirits occurs throughout this enormous work, but if you want some reading to get into before listening to this episode, first re-read book 2, chapter 22, and then read book 2, chapters 55 through 57.

    Daemons, daimones, angels, demons, and intelligences—these are all words that describe spirits. Sometimes they are various categories of spirits, other times they are words for "spirit" in another language. From time to time, even the gods are referred to as spirits. In this episode, we explore why that is, and maybe we even look at some ideas surrounding how you can communicate with them. I warned you that we hadn't gotten to the strangest stuff yet!


    Links


    The Difference Between Thaumaturgy and Theurgy
    The Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy
    Conjuring the Planetary Intelligences: Explorations in Practical Rosicrucianism, a lecture by Rob Gordon
    Seven Spheres by Rufus Opus
    Drawing Spirits Into Crystals (DSIC) by Pseudo-Trithemius. Check out Sam Block's exhaustive exploration of this technique or get the whole thing as a free ebook!
    Conjuring the Planetary Intelligences by David Rankine (this is Sloane MS 3821)
    My review of the modern translations of Occult Philosophy
    J.F.'s translation, online for free!





    Credits


    Prospero was played by the incomparable Coleman Stevenson, the author of many books of poetry and Tarot lore, and the creator of multiple decks, including The Dark Exact Tarot.
    Joshua Proto has created over 100 astrological talismans according to traditional sources like the Picatrix, Three Books of Occult Philosophy, and the oral teachings of select Buddhist Texts. Josh frequently helps clients find talismanic and ritual solutions to a variety of astrological and magical problems through his website.
    Epic storm recording by Placidplace from Pixabay.
    The episode art is based on detail from The Annunciation by El Greco, c. 1590–1603.




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    • 29 min
    Math and Magic

    Math and Magic

    Let me congratulate you on having both the courage and curiosity to listen to this episode! This is part five of our deep dive into Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy. If you feel lost and would like to catch up with earlier episodes in the series, you can find them on the series page.

    Why are courage and curiosity so important for this episode? Because we're going to be talking about math. Math and magic. I have been looking forward to this episode for a long time, but I know that for a lot of people, the idea of reading about and learning about math is pretty miserable. When occultists discover how much Agrippa loved math, and how central math is to Agrippa's Occult Philosophy, they sometimes seem pretty disappointed.

    Much of book two of Occult Philosophy deals with numbers and mathematics. If you would like to really get an amazing head start on this episode, read books 2, chapters 1 through 23. However, if that is too much, I think you can be pretty well prepared for this episode by just reading book 2, chapters 1, 2, 21, 22, and 23.

    Some of the math topics we will be talking about in this episode are the philosophical concept of number, the relationship between math and occult correspondences, magic squares, and sacred geometry. There is a lot of great material, and I hope you give it a listen even though math might seem like it's a bummer!


    Links


    Do Numbers Exist?
    The Theology of Arithmetic by Pseudo-Iamblichus
    Martianus Capella
    Magic squares on Wikipedia
    Melencholia I by Albrecht Dürer
    A previous discussion involving math and magic in Agrippa
    My review of the modern translations of Occult Philosophy
    J.F.'s translation, online for free!





    Credits


    Eric Purdue has studied metaphysics and the occult and has practiced magic and astrology for more than thirty years, with a particular focus on practical folk and astrological magic.
    Andrew B. Watt is known to long-time listeners of the Arnemancy show. He's an astrologer and textile artist living in western Massachusetts, and an enthusiast of geometry and number theory.




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    • 36 min
    Divine Light and the Senses

    Divine Light and the Senses

    Finally, here is part four of our deep dive into Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy! If you feel lost and would like to catch up with the first two episodes, you can find them on the page for this series.

    In this episode, we will be taking a look at some pretty big topics: divine light and the senses. These form a pretty important core for the vision of magic outlined in this book, and I did as best I could trying to cover these topics and make sense of them. However, they are tricky, so I encourage feedback and questions if you feel like the topic hasn't been covered in enough depth.

    To understand how Agrippa believed that the senses work, we have to begin by examining his ideas on light. For this, we take a trip through the Ptolemaic worldview, explore the imagination, and look at some really bizarre and outdated scientific concepts. But all is not lost! Come with me on a strange trip—no need to bring your own flashlight!

    If you want to get a jump start on these topics, I would advise reading book one, chapters 49, 60, and 61.


    Links


    The Six Enneads by Plotinus
    Eros and Magic in the Renaissance by Ioan P. Culianu
    The Practical Art of Divine Magic: Contemporary & Ancient Techniques of Theurgy by Patrick Dunn
    My classes and lectures on the Art of Memory
    Art of Memory articles and episodes on this website
    My review of the modern translations of Occult Philosophy
    J.F.'s translation, online for free!





    Credits


    Victor Frankenstein was played by Charlie Claire Burgess, the infamous Word Witch!
    The background piano music is Sonata Number 48 in D minor by Domenico Scarlatti, performed by Andrew Fort. Go check out HOCUS!
    The artwork for this episode is a detail from the Aurora Borealis from the Trouvelot astronomical drawings (1881-1882) by E. L. Trouvelot.




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