Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Meandering here, there and all around . . .

Today is the birthday of Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim (September 14, 1486 – February 18, 1535) was a German magician, occult writer, theologian, astrologer, and alchemist.

Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa was fascinated by alchemy and magic and is alleged to have actually found the Philosopher's Stone. He is best known for his book Three Books of Occult Philosophy.

"I confess that Magic teacheth many superfluous things, and curious prodigies for ostentation; leave them as empty things, yet be not ignorant of their causes. But those things which are for the profit of men -- for the turning away of evil events, for the destroying of sorceries, for the curing of diseases, for the exterminating of phantasms, 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."
- Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa

"Magic is a faculty of wonderful virtue, full of most high mysteries, containing the most profound contemplation of most secret things, together with the nature, power, quality, substance and virtues thereof, as also the knowledge of whole Nature, and it doth instruct us concerning the differing and agreement of things amongst themselves, whence it produceth its wonderful effects, by uniting the virtues of things through the application of them one to the other."
- Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa

"Nothing is concealed from the wise and sensible, while the unbelieving and unworthy cannot learn the secrets."
-Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa

"All things which are similar and therefore connected, are drawn to each other's power."
- Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa

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