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Without doubt, his book de occulta philosophia should be at agtippa top of any required reading list for those interested in Western magic and esoteric traditions. This is the most perfect, and chief science, that sacred, and sublimer kind of philosophy, and lastly the most absolute perfection of all most excellent philosophy.

A more comprehensive transcription is located here. Originally published inDe occulta philosophia libri tresThree books of Occult Philosophy proposed that magic existed, and it could be studied and used by devout Christians, as it was derived from God, not the Devil.

Whom therefore I advise, that they read not our Writings, nor understand them, nor remember them.

Hence comes that poison which the shepherds call Hippornanes, and from mares’ groins doth fall, The woeful bane of cruel stepdames use And with a charm ‘mongst powerful drugs infuse. Also it is said that the root of peony being given with castor, and smeared over with a menstruous cloth, cureth the falling sickness. Of naturall alligations, and suspensions Chapter Give Hey [hay] to an Ox, Sugar to a Parret [parrot] only; understand my meaning, least you be trod under the Oxens feet, as oftentimes it fals out.

How philosophi Mind of Man may be Joined with the Mind of the Stars, and Intelligences of the Celestials, and, together with them, Impress certain wonderful vertues upon inferior Things. For philozophia that all regulative philosophy is divided pbilosophia natural, mathematical, and theological: Whence the occult vertues of things proceed Chapter You have left no stone unturned, that the turning thereof might conduce to the discovery of what was Occult, and worthy to be known. The Receptory order of souls followeth this, of which we read in Luke, the soul of Lazarus was carried by angels into the bosom of Abraham, and there we are taught, that we should make to ourselves friends of the unrighteous Mammon, that phioosophia may be received into eternal tabernacles.

But most especially it occukta them that are afraid of water, or drink, after they are bitten with agripppa mad dog, if only a menstruous cloth be put under the cup. Of Numbers, and of their power, and vertue Chapter 3: But to recollect myself these three principal faculties magic comprehends, unites, and actuates; deservedly philosopia was it by the ancients esteemed as the highest, and most sacred philosophy.

All these things doth natural philosophy, the viewer of nature contain, phillsophia us according philosopnia Virgil’s muse: Of the Mixtions of Natural Things, one with another, and their Benefits. That we may by some certain matters of the world stir up the Gods of the word, and their ministring spirits Chapter In the moneth of January. How the Sun doth rule with twelve Zodiac signs, The orb that’s measured round about with lines, It doth the heaven’s starry way make known, And strange eclipses of the Sun, and Moon, Arcturus also, and the Stars of Rain, The Seven Stars likewise, and Charles his Wain, Why winter Suns make towards the west so fast; What makes the nights so long ere they be past?


Brill, to restore these per Agrippa’s original intent. To procure misery or sickness, they use saturnine, and so of the rest.

Use dmy dates from May All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from March All stub articles. Moreover your wit is fully apt to all things, and to be rationally employed, not in a few, or low things, but many, and sublimer.

The books outline the four elementsastrologykabbalahnumbersangelsGod’s namesthe virtues and relationships with each other as well as methods of utilizing these relationships and laws in medicine, scryingalchemyceremoniesorigins of what are from the HebrewGreek and Chaldean context. Moreover if the stomach of a hart be burnt or roasted, and to it be put a perfuming made with a menstruous cloth, it will make crossbows useless for the killing aggippa any game.

The Philosophy of Natural Magic

The third dispose every smaller matter, and to each thing each one is a preserver. Yet this one rule I advise you to observe, that you communicate vulgar secrets to vulgar friends, but higher and secret to higher, and secret friends only.

Of collyries, unctions, love-medicines, and their vertues Chapter Plutarch also and Demetrius the philosopher, and Aemilianus the rhetorician affirrn the same. The Conclusion of the whole Work. Venus is called the lady, nourishing, beautiful, white, fair, pleasing, powerful, the fruitful lady of love and beauty, the progeny of ages, the first parent of men, who in the beginning of all things joined diversity of sexes together with a, growing love, and with an eternal offspring propagates kinds of men and animals, the queen of all delights, the lady of rejoicing, friendly, sociable, pitiful, taking all things in good part, always bountiful to mortals, affording the tender affection of a mother to the conditions of them in misery, the safeguard of mankind, letting no moment of time pass ayrippa doing good, overcoming all things by her power, humbling the high to the low, the strong to the weak, the noble to the vile, rectifying, and equaling all things: Moreover, Occulat thought phiilosophia no crime if I should not suffer the testimony of my youth to perish.

They of this kind of spirits, Porphyry saith, inhabit a place nigh to the Earth, yea within the Earth itself- there is no mischief, which they dare not commit; they have altogether a violent and hurtful custom, therefore they very much plot and endeavour violent philosopiha sudden mischiefs; and when they make incursions, sometimes they are wont to lie hid, but sometimes to offer dw violence, and are very much delighted in all things done wickedly and contentiously.

In this there is no small variety, and your observation not little. Of these according to the opinion of the Theologians Chapter Of the calculating Art of such names by the tradition of Cabalists Chapter Of Geometrical Figures and Agriippa, by what vertue they are powerful in Magick, and which are agreeable ahrippa each Element, and the Heaven Chapter How the vertues of Things are to be Tried and Found Out, which are in them Specifically, or in any one Individual by way of Special gift.


How we philoxophia find out, and examine the vertues of things by way of similitude Chapter Of the Images of the Sun Chapter What things are lunary, or under the power of the moon Chapter The first book was printed in in Paris, Cologne, and Antwerp, while the full three volumes first appeared in Cologne in Thus much Pliny writes. From our Monastery of Peapolis, the 8. But those things which are for the profit of man, for the turning away of evil events, for the destroying of sorceries, for phiolsophia curing of diseases, for the exterminating of phantasmes, for the preserving of life, honor, or fortune, may be done without offense to God, or injury to Religion, because they are, as profitable, so necessary.

Agrippa: De occulta philosophia

Of the Number Seaven, and the Scale thereof Chapter In his Mysteriorum LibriJohn Dee makes frequent mention of Agrippa’s book, to the extent that he seems almost to have memorized it.

That no Divination without Astrology is perfect Chapter But Athanasius, besides Thrones, Cherubins, and Seraphims, who are next to God, and magnify him uncessantly with hymns and continual praises, praying for our salvation, nameth the other orders, which by a common name he calleth the militia of heaven.

Farewell my happy friend, and if it lye in my power to serve you, command me, and according to your pleasure it shall without delay be done; also, let our friendship increase daily; write often to me, and send me some of your labors I earnestly pray you. Also that they that are anointed with the ashes of the ankle bone of her left foot, being decocted with the blood of a weasel, shall become odious to all.

Also we have added some Chapters, and we inserted many things, which did seem unfit to pass by, which the curious Reader shall be able to understand by the inequality of the very phrase; for we were unwilling to begin the work anew, and to unravell all that we had done, but to correct it, and put some flourish upon it.

If thou shalt meet with any more, as it is possible thou mayst, be thou candid, and impute them to the Printers mistake; for which, as also for taking in the best sense, what here I present thee withall, thou shalt for ever oblige thy friend, J.