Giordano Bruno

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Giordano Bruno AKA Iordanus Brunus Nolanus the Florentine AKA Filippo Bruno

Italy 1548 – 1600


Comments: Scientist and Magician ; mnemonic AKA Memory techniques based on Cicero and the Ancients; Catholic Monk eventually excommunicated by the Catholic, Lutheran and Calvinist Churches and burnt at the stake by the Inquisition, on eight charges ; Number 30 important; Gnostic; Alchemy; amazing thinker, radical for his time; Sex magick if you know how to read the Triumphant Beast; fun fact! He was very short, even for those times, and insisted on being introduced with his full name. This caused an English Dean to remark his name was longer than his body; his Memory system involved " “the first syllable as an ‘agent’ who is a mythological figure (the Egyptian Apis bull, Apollo, the witch Circe); the second syllable as an action (sailing, on the carpet, broken); the third syllable as an adjective (ignored, blind, at leisure); the fourth as an associated object (shell, serpent, fetters); the fifth as a ‘circumstance’ (a woman dressed in pearls, a man riding a sea monster)” * ( footnote - http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2008/08/25/080825crbo_books_acocella?currentPage=3) ; crater of the moon was named for him, in 1960 ; used sexual attraction and humor in his Art of memory system; Theorized about a system to control all emotions based on using sexual attraction/ disgust; Were the Golden Calf and Bronze Serpent made as astrological talismans, emphasizing the Sun and the other 7 Metals combined?;


Teachers: Raymond Lull; influenced by Erasmus; Nicolaus Copernicus; John Dee; Solomon ibn Gabirol; Valentin Weigel; Iamblichus; Giulio Camillo; Cicero; the poet Simonides; Quinctilian; Aristotle; Plato; St. Thomas Aquinas ; Arius; Nicholas of Cusa; Sir Philip Sidney ; Virgil; Homer; Hesiod ; Nicholas of Cusa; Thomas Digges; Martianus Minneus Felix Capella aka Martianus Capella, author of De nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii aka "On the Marriage of Philology and Mercury", aka De septem disciplinis aka "On the seven disciplines" aka the Satyricon, not to be confused with Petronius Arbiter's the Satyricon, which teaches Memory techniques involving the 7 Arts and Sciences as "cabinets"; Yohanan Alemanno; Franciscus Vitalis Bodianus; Hans Sebald Heham, author of The Seven Liberal Arts, 1539;


Students: Galileo Galilei; Johannes Kepler;Frances Yates; Dorothea Waley Singer; Frances Yates; Chuck Furnace; X ; Eroici Furpri; Ioan P. Culianu aka Ioan Petru Culianu  ; Umberto Eco; Hermann Ebbinghaus; Pierre Hérigone; Johann Winkelmann ; Gregor von Feinaigle; Joshua Foer; Harry Lorayne; Br. Keith Br****; Richard J. Blackwell ; Robert de Lucca; Lawrence S. Lerner ; Edward A. Gosselin; Sidney L. Sondergard; Madison U. Sowell, translator; Arthur D. Imerti; Mircea Eliade; James Joyce, who named a character in `Finnegan's Wake' after him; Geno Moliterno; Ingrid Rowland; Giovanni Mocenigo; Hilary Gatti; Victor Hugo; Herbert Spencer; Ernst Haeckel; Henrik Ibsen; Paulo Eugene Memmo, Jr; Arthur Imerti; Fr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, of COSMOS; Johann Heinrich Alsted, published the Artificium perorandi, 1610; Paul-Henri Michel, author of La Cosmologie de Giordano Bruno; R. E. W. Maddison; Wayne Shumaker, author of Natural Magic and Modern Science. Four Treatises 1590 – 1657; John Bossy, 1991; Richard J. Blackwell ; Robert de Lucca; Alfonso Ingegno; Darius Klein; author - Cantus Circaeus: Incantations of Circe, 1582; The Judiciary being the Art of Memory



Friends: Tycho Brahe; Sir Philip Sidney; Fulke Greville; William Shakespeare ; Pope Pius V; King Henry III of France, 1581;

Enemies: Robert Cardinal Bellarmine of the Inquisition; Johannes Kepler ; Galileo Galilei ;

Organizations: Catholic Church (burnt at stake); Dominican monastery of San Domenico Maggiore, in Naples;

Author: The Expulsion of the Triumphant Beast ; On The Ark of Noah; On The Shadows of Ideas, 1582; Ars Memoriae (The Art of Memory, 1582); Cantus Circaeus aka “The Song of Circe” aka Circe's Song, 1582; Magia Mathematica, Latin readers can read it at http://www.esotericarchives.com/bruno/magiamat.htm; The Thirty Lights AKA Sigillum sigillorum aka The Image of Images; De vinculis in genere (Concerning the Inborn Links); De entis descensu, lampas metaphysica aka Of the Descending Sword, metaphysical torch, 1585; The Heroic Enthusiasts AKA The Heroic Frenzies AKA Gli Eroici Furori, 1887 and 1889 (see it at http://www.sacred-texts.com/aor/bruno/the/index.htm) ; The Heroic Enthusiasts AKA (Gli Eroici Furori); Ars Reminiscendi -- Triginta Sigilli, 1583; Explicatio triginti sigillorum (1583) ; De Magia ; Theses De Magia ; De Imaginum Compositione ; "De Anima" and "De Clavis Magis" , both lost; "Spaccio della Bestia Trionfante"; "Il Candelajo" aka `Candelaio aka The Candlebearer; "Umbrae Idearum"; "L'Asino Cillenico" ; The Cabala of Pegasus aka Cabala del cavallo pegaseo aka Kabbalah of the Pegasean Horse; Cause, Principle and Unity & essays on magic; "On the Infinite Universe and Worlds" aka "Das unendliche All und die Welten"; "The Ash Wednesday Supper" aka "Das Aschermittwochmahl"; Oratio valedictoria; Oratio consolatoria ; Acrotismus Camoeracensis; De immenso et innumerabilibus ; De immenso et innumerabilibus ; De monade, numero et figura ; Articuli adversus mathematicos ; De triplici minimo et mensura; Summa terminorum metaphysicorum ; Figuratio physici auditus Aristotelis (aka Aristotle; Mordentius et de Mordentii circino; De umbris idearum ;Ars memoriae aka the Art of Memory ;Cantus circaeus ;De architectura lulliana ; Ars reminiscendi, triginta sigilli etc. ; Sigillus sigillorum ; Centum et viginti articuli de natura et mundo; De lampade combinatoria et de specierum scrutinio ; Animadversiones in lampadem lullianam ex codice augustano nunc primum editae; De lampade venatoria ;De imaginum compositione ;Artificium perorandi ; Lampas triginta statuarum ; Libri physicorum Aristotelis explanati ; De magia et theses de magia, De magia mathematica ; De principiis rerum, elementis et causis; Medicina lulliana ; De vinculis in genere; Cantus Circalus - The Incantations of Circe, together with The Judiciary, being the Art of Memory;


Quotes: The English “laugh at you . . . fart at you with their lips”; Divinity reveals herself in all things... everything has Divinity latent within itself. For she enfolds and imparts herself even unto the smallest beings, and from the smallest beings, according to their capacity. Without her presence nothing would have being, because she is the essence of the existence of the first unto the last being ; To the extent that one communicates with Nature, so one ascends to Divinity through Nature ;



Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giordano_Bruno; Great Ideas of Philosophy lecture series by Prof. Daniel N. Robinson; read him here - http://www.esotericarchives.com/bruno/home.htm ; Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition (1964) by Dame Frances Yates; http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2008/08/25/080825crbo_books_acocella ; http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/04/science/space/a-successor-to-sagan-reboots-cosmos.html?hpw&rref=science ; http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/outthere/2014/03/10/cosmos-pick-wrong-hero/#.UydOes5BbyY ; http://warburg.sas.ac.uk/library/digital-collections/giordano-bruno/download-page/ ;