The third and last Book of Magick, or Occult Philosophy - Written that Famous Man Henry Cornelius Agrippa, Knight, And Doctor of both Laws, Counsellor to Caesars Sacred Majesty, and Judge of the Prerogative Court. by Cornelius Agrippa

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The third and last Book of Magick, or Occult Philosophy - Written  by  that Famous Man Henry Cornelius Agrippa, Knight, And Doctor of both Laws, Counsellor to Caesars Sacred Majesty, and Judge of the Prerogative Court. by Cornelius Agrippa

The third and last Book of Magick, or Occult Philosophy - Written by that Famous Man Henry Cornelius Agrippa, Knight, And Doctor of both Laws, Counsellor to Caesars Sacred Majesty, and Judge of the Prerogative Court. by Cornelius Agrippa
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SNEAK PEAK:Book III.Chapter i. Of the necessity, power, and profit of Religion.Ow it is time to turn our pen to higher matters, and to that part of Magick which teacheth us to know and perfectly understand the rules of Religion, and how we ought toMoreSNEAK PEAK:Book III.Chapter i. Of the necessity, power, and profit of Religion.Ow it is time to turn our pen to higher matters, and to that part of Magick which teacheth us to know and perfectly understand the rules of Religion, and how we ought to obtain the truth by Divine Religion, and how rightly to prepare our mind and spirit, by which only we can comprehend the truth- for it is a common opinion of the Magicians, that unless the mind and spirit be in good case, the body cannot be in good health: But then a man to be truly sound when body and soul are so coupled, and agree together, that the firmness of the mind and spirit be not inferior to the powers of the body- But a firm and stout mind (saith Hermes) can we not otherwise obtain, than by integrity of life, by piety, and last of all, by Divine Religion: for holy Religion purgeth the mind, and maketh it Divine, it helpeth nature, and strengtheneth naturall powers, as a Physitian [physician] helpeth the health of the body, and a Husbandman the strength of the earth.

Whosoever therefore, Religion being laid aside, do consider only in naturall things, are wont very oft to be deceived by evill spirits- but from the knowledge of Religion, the contempt and cure of vices ariseth, and a safeguard against evil spirits- To conclude, nothing is more pleasant and acceptable to God than a man perfectly pious, and truly Religious, who so far excelleth other men, as he himself is distant from the Immortall gods. Therefore we ought, being first purged, to offer and commend our selves to divine piety and Religion- and then our senses being asleep, with a quiet mind to expect that Divine Ambrosian Nectar (Nectar I say, which Zachary the prophet calleth Wine making maids merry) praising and adoring that supercelestiiall Bacchus, the chiefest ruler of the gods and priests, the author of regeneration, whom the old poets sang was twice born, from whom rivers most Divine flow into our hearts.Chapter ii.

Of concealing of those things which are secret in Religion.Whosoever therefore thou art that now desireth to study thisd science, keep silence and constantly conceal within the secret closets of your Religious breast, so holy a determination- for (as Mercury saith) to publish to the knowledge of many a speech throughly filled with so great majesty of the Deity, is a sign of an irreligious spirit- and Divine Plato commanded, that holy and secret mysteries should not be divulged to the people- Pythagoras also and Porphyrius consecrated their followers to a Religious silence- Orpheus also, which a certain terrible authority of Religion did exact an oath of silence, and from those he did initiate to the Ceremonies of holy things: Whence in the verses concerning the holy word he sings,You, that Admirers are of vertue, stay,Consider well what I to you shall say.But you, that sacred laws contemn, prophane?

Away from hence, return no more again. But thou O Museus whose mind is high, Observe my words, and read them with thine eye, And them within thy sacred breast repone, And in thy journey, think of God aloneThe Author of all things, that cannot dye, Of whom we shall not treate --So in Virgil we read of the SybillThe goddess comes, hence, hence, all ye prophane, The Prophet cries, and from her grove refrain.Hence also in celebrating the holy mysteries of Ceres Eleusine, they only were admitted to be initiated, the cryer proclaiming the prophane vulgar to depart- and in Esdras we read this precept concerning the Cabalisticall secret of the Hebrews, declared in these verses, Thou shalt deliver those books to the wise men of the people, whose hearts thou knowest can comprehend them, and keep those secrets.

Therefore the Religious volumes of the Egyptians & those belonging to the secrets of their ceremonies, were made of consecrated paper- in these they did write down leters [letters] which might not easily be known, which they call holy. Macrobius Marcellinus and others say, they were called Hieroglyphics, least perchance the writings of this kind should be known to the prophane, which also Apuleius testifies in these words, saying, The sacrifice being ended, from a secret retyred closet he bringeth forth certain books noted with obscure letters, affording compendious words of the conceived speech, partly by the figures of beasts of this kind, partly by figures full of knots, and crooked in the manner of a wheel & set thick, twining about like vine tendrels, the reading thereby being defended from the curiosity of the prophane- Therefore we shall be worthy scholars of this science, if we be silent and hide those things which are secret in religion, for the promise of silence (as saith Tertullian) is due to Religion- but they which do otherwise are in very great danger, whence Apuleius saith concerning secrets of holy Writs-TO BE CONTINUED...

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