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Who is Nicholas of Cusa?

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In my research of the Renaissance, I have come across some characteristics for determining whether a thinking was an adept of magic and/or part of the network of kabbalistic thinkers of the Early Modern period. 490 more words

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The Perennial Philosophy

The Perennial Philosophy is a book written by Aldous Huxley, author of ‘Brave new World’, amongst other works. It was published shortly after WWII in 1946. 698 more words


Our Ghosts Are Mirrors of What We Were

From Porphyry’s on Styx

“The notion explored is that the souls are like images which appear in mirrors or those on the surface of water which appear to resemble us completely and imitate our movements but have no solid matter for grasping or touching. 54 more words


Reading Out, Reading In, Or Not At All: Plato and Porphyry on Interpretation

Plato, Protagoras 347e

“Thus as well, these kinds of gatherings, if they have men the likes of which most of us claim to be, require no other voice, not even from poets, whom it is not possible to interrogate about what they mean, and when their works are introduced some people say the poet meant these things, some say they meant something different, and they dispute about a matter which they are incapable of testing.” 134 more words


The Cyclops is Part of Odysseus: More Ancient Allegory

From Porphyry’s essay, On the Cave of the Nymphs 35

“In Plato, the water, the sea and the storm are material matter. For this reason, I think, Homer named the harbor “Phorkus’” (“and this is the harbor of Phorkus”) after the sea-god whose daughter, Thoôsa, he genealogized in the first book of the… 281 more words


What is the Nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood?

We do not require mass attention, but a strong and able team. The first principle of theosophy is to build a nucleus of universal brotherhood†. Theosophical principles of an… 443 more words


Magic and Superstition in Europe

The first stop on our journey is Michael D. Bailey’s Magic and Superstition in Europe: A Concise History from Antiquity to the Present. As its title suggests, it is a single-volume overview of anything that might be called magic, witchcraft, or superstition, beginning with the Greco-Romans and ending with the late twentieth century flourishing of Wicca. 3,813 more words