Cornelius Agrippa

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Cornelius Agrippa AKA Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim, Knight

Germany 1486 - 1535

Comments: Magician ;Rosicrucian; Alchemy; Qabalist; Ceremonial Magick; "Christianized Cabalism of the pioneering German Hebraist Johann Reuchlin, whose De verbo mirifico (1494) was nearly the only source of knowledge about Jewish Cabalism available to Agrippa in 1510" *; Female Pre-eminence is perhaps the 1st "feminist" or Females are Human Too book in Europe, 1529; quotes Marsilio Ficino without attribution; at death released a big black dog reputed to be his familiar, leading to stories of the “ “schwarze Püdel” Mephistopheles”; baptism of bells by magic spells; treated Catholic, Christina, Pagan and Jewish magic all the same, not favoring Christianity, and getting in trouble along the way. Started as a Catholic, became an Evangelical; Distinguished between the different NAMEs of God in the Bible, and suggested which to use for cursing rather than blessing; unlike Marsilio Ficino’s belief incantations worked on the Operator, Agrippa believed they entered the Soul of Planetary and other Spirits and compelled compliance; Taught Johann Reuchlin’s De verbo mirifico, 1509, was accused of liking the Jews and being a heretic;


Teachers: Paracelsus; Johannes Trithemius aka Abbot Trithemius of Sponheim, friend and mentor; Julius Sperber; Johann Reuchlin (author of De verbo mirifico, 1494); John Colet; Marsilio Ficino; Giovanni Pico della Mirandola; his nephew Gianfrancesco Pico della Mirandola; Raymond Lull; influenced by Pliny the Elder; Plato; Aristotle; Plotinus; Porphyry; Iamblichus; Proclus; Pythagoras; Diogenes the Cynic; Zoroaster ; Democritus; Hermes Trismegistus; Arnoldus de Villa Nova aka Arnold of Villanova; Al-Kindi; Ibn Sina Avicenna; Roger Bacon; Agostino Ricci; Paolo Ricci; Francesco Giorgio (or Zorzi) of Venice; Nicholas of Cusa; Pietro d'Abano; Albertus Magnus; psudo - Albertus Magnus author of Liber de mirabilibus mundi; al-Majriti aka al-Madjriti, author of the Picatrix (aka The Aim of the Sage aka The Goal of the Wise aka Ghajat al Hakim) ; Alphonso the Wise, King of Castille; Villinganus; Friar Aurelius de Aqualpendente Austin; Sir George Ripley; Dr. Isaac of Holland AKA Isaac Hollandus,; Johann Isaac Hollandus; Johann Rudolf Glauber; Lodovico Lazzarelli , author of Epistola Enoch & De gentilium deorum imaginibus, 1447 –1500; Giovanni da Correggio aka Iohannes Mercurius de Corigio aka "Poimandres"; Macario Muzio; Peter Ravenna; Raymond Lull; Della Porta, author of Natural Magic; Dr. Johann Isaac Hollandus;


Students: Francis Barrett; Eliphas Levi; Johann Weyer AKA in Dutch Jan/Johan/Johannes Wier, AKA in Latin Ioannes Wierus and AKA Piscinarius; Ercole Quadrelli; Michael Hillenius; Vittoria Perrone Compagni; Willy Schrodter; Donald Tyson; Robert Fludd; Johannes Theodorus de Bry, illustrator; Johann Baptista Großchedel; Simon Forman; Richard Napier; Elias Ashmole ; William Lilly ; Hellmut Ritter; Martin Plessner; John French; William De Laurence, who created a 'Hindoo' part by replacing certain of the Hebrew names with pseudo-Sanskrit; Gregory Moule ; Willis F. Whitehead; Dr. Robert Childe, Doctor of Physick; Eric Purdue; Christopher Warnock; Albert Rabil Jr.; Stephen Skinner; Robert Turner; John Michael Greer; Frederick W. Shipley; Daniel R. Schwartz; Richard Popkin; Charles Garfield Nauer; Willy Schrodter; M. G. M. Van Der Poel ; Marc Van Der Poel; Christopher I. Lehrich ; I. Lehrich; Joseph H. Peterson;Frederick Morgan; V. Perrone Compagni; Maggie Mack; Gustav Davidson, author of A Dictionary of Angels: Including the Fallen Angels; Michelle Belanger, author of The Dictionary of Demons: Names of the Damned; Lewis Spence; Henry Morley; Rudolf Steiner; Philippe Pissier, translator of A Grimoire to Conjure the Spirit of a Place aka Grimoire Pour Conjurer L'esprit D'un Lieu; Jo. (Joseph) Wierus de Magis; Albert Caillet, author of Manuel bibliographique des sciences psychiques ou occultes, 1912; William Newman, author of "Thomas Vaughan aka AKA Eugenius Philalethes as an interpreter of Agrippa von Nettesheim; del savio Re Salmone; James Freake ; Robert Blanchard aka Rozette Kryla-Budde ; Jacques Gohory aka Leo Suavius;



Friends: Louise of Savoy; Marguerite of Alençon ; Hermann von Wied; Johannes Soter; Erasmus;

Enemies: Sisto da Siena ; Dominican inquisitors; Francis I of Lyons; Jean Bodin, 1530–1596, author of De la démonomanie des sorciers aka Of the Demon-mania of the Sorcerers;


Organizations: Guild of Mages, 1510;


Quotes: "Magick is a faculty of wonderfull vertue, full of most high mysteries, containing the most profound Contemplation of most secret things., together with the nature, power, quality, substance and vertues therof, as also the knowledge of whole nature, and it doth instruct us concerning the differing and agreement of things among themselves, when it produceth its wonderful effects, by uniting the virtues of all things through the application of them one to another, and to their inferior suitable subjects, joining and knitting them together thoroughly by the powers and virtues of the superior bodies";



Author:Occult Philosophy, De occulta philosophia libri tres, including Natural Magic, Celestial Magic, Ceremonial Magic, manuscript 1510, Book 1 printed 1531; Books 1-3 in 1533; Female Pre-eminence -- Declamatio de nobilitate et precellentia Foeminei sexus, 1529; De incertitudine et vanitate scientiarum et artium, atque excellentia Verbi Dei, declamatio invectiva / On the Uncertainty and Vanity of the Arts and Sciences: An Invective Declamation, written 1526, printed 1527; Dialogus de homine; De triplici ratione cognoscendi Deum; De beatissimae Annae monogamia; De vanitate; Querela ; Apologia ; Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy; translates Arbatel De magia veterum (Arbatel: Of the Magic of the Ancients) (see http://www.esotericarchives.com/solomon/arbatel.htm); translated the Heptameron of Pietro d'Abano; The Ladies Oracle (Geomancy) AKA Of Geomancy; Ars Brevis of Raymundus Lully aka Raymond Lull aka A Commentary on the Art of Raimundus Lullius ; A Dissertation on the Original of Sin; Vanitiy of the Arts and Sciences; Did not write Of Magical Ceremonies, has also been attributed to him; this book first appeared in Marburg in 1559, there attributed to him; Opera Omnia, @ 1600



References:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinrich_Cornelius_Agrippa; http://www.esotericarchives.com/agrippa/index.html, his writings; *http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/agrippa-nettesheim/ or read him here - http://darkbooks.org/collection/Henry-Cornelius-Agrippa.html ; http://dla.library.upenn.edu/dla/franklin/record.html?filter.subject_facet.val=Alchemy%20Early%20works%20to%201800&q=alchemy&id=FRANKLIN_3884653& ; Daniel Pickering Walker, author of Spiritual & Demonic Magic – from Ficio to Campanella, 1958; http://www.faust.com/legend/heinrich-cornelius-agrippa/;