CHALDAEAN ORACLES AND THEURGY PDF

Download audio file mp3 [As in the last episode, all quotations are from the translation of Majercik , and fragment numbers correspond to the edition of des Places ] In this episode we look primarily at the fragments of the Oracles, seeing what we can piece together of the ritual practices outlined therein. Inevitably, a lot of comparative material is used from later Platonist theurges, since they tell us a lot more about theurgy or their idea of theurgy than the surviving fragments of the Oracles do. Damascius: On the philosophic vs. On arming oneself for the ascent with synthemata: fr. I, , On animating statues: de myst.

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With the first part of the title he associates the notion of incoherent and only partly intelligible fragments of a collection of Greek magico-mystical poems of later antiquity which, by a strange con- version, was elevated by the Neoplatonists to the rank of a script- ure of holy revelation.

With the second part of the title, one is accustomed to associate a magical science which, in the twi- light of the Greek genius, took possession of philosophy and de- frauded it of its fruits. The task of the present work is to bring light into this darkness and to elucidate the genesis of this last spiritual discipline of Antiquity.

Thereby, some of the veils woven by its ancient transmitters and their modern adepts will be raised. These Iwo men were the founders of a religious system the principles of which they enunciated in the so-called Chaldaean Oracles, and in other writings. Ma- ny of the matters followed up in this investigation may throw light on problems of special interest to the historian of religious thought. For the rest, we shall be content, if we succeed in making clear the inner connections of the Ghaldaean system and elements.

The broader aspect of its later in- the origin of its fluence which coincides roughly with that of Neoplatonism will be viewed only in so far as it is indispensable for the comprehension of its sources.

The vagueness of the concepts currently linked with the sub- ject of this work may be explained by the fact that the classical philologists, conscious of their duty to pave the way for the under- standing of ancient tradition, have neglected their obligation in this minor domain.

They have more or less excluded the study of the Chaldaean Oracles from that of the religious documents of later Antiquity—a task which they have, in common with theolo- gians and orientalists, pursued during the last two generations with striking success.

This study was not followed up. It undubitably constitutes a vast advance on that of his predecessors whose rudimentary attempts need now no more to be recorded and has widely promoted the research in this field. Beyond that, how- ever, he succeeded neither in connecting the single parts into a coherent unity nor in Satisfactorily explaining their content or ori- gin.

One of the major rfeasons for his shortcomings has to be of the obvious relations between the theological teachings of the Oracles and the theurgical practices described by the same authors in these texts and in their other writings. Thus, Kroll not only sketched a rather one-sided picture of the character of these Ghaldsean doctrines, but he also deprived himself of one of the principal means of interpretation. Yet it would be injust to hold this or any other deficiency against him.

His work falls into the first period of the critical investigation of the religious documents of later Antiquity. The fact remains, however, that the obscurity which still veils the mean- ing of most of the Ghaldaean Oracles prevents their true import- ance from being recognized. In many respects, indeed, they are still terra incognita for the investigator 1.

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Episode 76: The Chaldæan Oracles and Theurgy

With the first part of the title he associates the notion of incoherent and only partly intelligible fragments of a collection of Greek magico-mystical poems of later antiquity which, by a strange con- version, was elevated by the Neoplatonists to the rank of a script- ure of holy revelation. With the second part of the title, one is accustomed to associate a magical science which, in the twi- light of the Greek genius, took possession of philosophy and de- frauded it of its fruits. The task of the present work is to bring light into this darkness and to elucidate the genesis of this last spiritual discipline of Antiquity. Thereby, some of the veils woven by its ancient transmitters and their modern adepts will be raised. These Iwo men were the founders of a religious system the principles of which they enunciated in the so-called Chaldaean Oracles, and in other writings. Ma- ny of the matters followed up in this investigation may throw light on problems of special interest to the historian of religious thought.

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Background for Ars Magica sagas Chaldaean Oracles and Theurgy A literature which, in contrast to the Hermetic Corpus, had nothing ecumenical about it, and whose esotericism enchanted the Neoplatonists, who made it their bible. It presented itself as a revelation of oriental origin. It must be admitted, however, that the last pagans were receptive to the apocalyptic exoticism of these Logia, which were taken to contain the ultimate in wisdom attributed to the Mesopotamian Magi. At the end of his life, Porphyry took a passionate interest in them, notably in the means they offered for liberating a part of the soul that was likely to regain the astral light.

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