Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Magical Conclusions

Magic Conclusion 9: "There is no science that assures us more of the divinity of Christ than magic and Cabala"

Magical Conclusion 3: Magic is the practical part of natural knowledge

"just as the true astrology teaches us to read in the book of God, in the same way Cabala teaches us to read in the book of the Law." Cabalist Conclusions: 72

Rabin, Sheila J. in Dougherty 157 "Among the "Theses according to His Own Opinion" in the Conclusions, Pico frequently invoked Kabbalah within the magical theses. Kabbalistic references appear in the mathematical theses (7a:67,68), Zoroastrian theses (8:14), magical theses (9: 7, 9, 15, 188, 22, 25, 26), and the Orphic theses (10: 4, 10, 13, 15, 21).

"All magic that is in use among the moderns, and which the church justly exterminates, has no firmness, no foundation, no truth, because it… depends on the enemies of the first truth, those powers of darkness, which pour the darkness of falsehood over poorly disposed intellects," but "natural magic is permitted and not prohibited." (Conclusions p.495)

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