Marsilio Ficino

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Marsilio Ficino AKA Latin - Marsilius Ficinus AKA Figline Valdarno

Italy 1433 – 1499

Comment: VERY IMPORTANT bridge from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment; Neoplatonism; The Renaissance of Natural Magic begins with Ficino and his student Pico. They revive the Ancients Greeks with modern translations, and mold Neoplatonism and the Palace of Memory into a theory of Magick still widely in use today; astrology; Alchemy; Orphic Hymns and Sacred Music to strengthen the Humours which provide motivation and persistence in our lives; practiced “Spiritual” astrology and Musical Magic healing within God’s plan, not that OTHER kind of astrology or magic which was demonic, because it appealed to Infernal sources or limited God’s Plan or Men’s Will; delicate balance between Religion and it's Inquisition and Science or Natural Magic; astral body and imagination are the connection to the world. The Immortal Soul sits above it;

Teachers:Gemistus Pletho AKA George Gemistos Plethon; John Argyropoulos; Brother Leonardo da Pistoia AKA Leonardo Alberti de Candia; Iamblichus;Rabbi Mashallah ibn Athari (d. @ 813-820), astrologer; Plato; Erasmus; Thomas Lieber Erastus, author of Dispensation on New Medicine aka Diputationum de Medicina Nove , 1572; Roger Bacon; Peter Abelard; Al-Kindi; Avicenna aka Ibn Sina; 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); St. Augustine of Hippo; Hermes Trismegistus; Petrarch; Virgil; Thomas Aquinas; Proclus, especially De Sacrificiis et Magia; Iamblichus, especially De Mysteriis & Vita Pythagorae; Porphyry, especially De Abstinentia; Hermes Trismegistus, especially Asclepius in The Hermetica; Orpheus; Pythagoras; Marinus of Samaria aka Marinus of Neapolis, author of The Life of Proclus & head of the Academy at Athens in 485 BCE; Synesius of Cyrene, author of De Insomniis; Arnoldus de Villa Nova; Abraham Farissol; Aristotle; Samuel ibn Zarza; David Yom Tov ibn Billya;

Students: Paracelsus; Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Medici's grandson; Dr John Dee; Francesco Cattani da Diacceto; Giovanni di Bardo Corsi; Isaac Casaubon; Thomas Browne; Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim; Carol V. Kaske ; John R. Clark; Jean Delville, artist of L’Ecole de Platon aka the School of Plato, after the inspiration of Raphael; Daniel Pickering Walker, 1914–1985, author of Spiritual and Demonic Magic, 1958; Paul Oskar Kristeller, 1981; Daniel Pickering Walker, author of Spiritual & Demonic Magic – from Ficio to Campanella, 1958; Cornelius Agrippa; Francesco Giorgi; Paolini; Paracelsus; Pietro Pomponazzi 1462 – 1525, Bologna Italy, author of De immortalitate animae aka On the Immortality of the Soul, 1516; Lodovico Lazzarelli aka Ludovico Lazarelli, 1447-1500, author of Crater Hermetis; Francesco Da Diacetto aka Diacetto , 1466 – 1522, author of Opera Omnia; Fabio Paolini published the Hebdomades on the Seven Ideas – The Book of Seven Student, 1589 ; Gioseffo Zarlino , 1517 –1590, Italian music theory of vibrations; Nicola Vicentino , 1511 – 1575/6, , Italian music theory, author of L'antica musica ridotta alla moderna prattica aka ancient music adapted to modern practice, 1555; Claude V. Palisca; Maria Rika Maniates; Gregor Reisch, author of Margarita Philosophica; Maurice Sceve, author of Micrcosme, 1562; Jordani Bruni Nolani , author of Opera Latine Conscripta, published 1891; Jacques Gohory; Michael J. B. Allen; Mary Carruthers, author of The Book of Memory: A Study of Memory in Medieval Culture ; Jan M. Ziolkowski ; Chaim Wirszubski;

Friends: Lorenzo de' Medici; Giovanni Cavalcanti ; Alamanno Donati; patron King Matthias of Hungary;

Author: Les Trois Livres De La Vie Or De Vita Libri Tres aka Three Books on Life aka De vita libri tres, 1489;; on the immortality of the soul AKA Theologia Platonica de immortalitate animae; On Love AKA De amore 1484; translated Hermetic Corpus – particularly the "Corpus Hermeticum" of Hermes Trismegistos; Works of Porphyry, Iamblichus, Plotinus and tried to explain them in the light of Christianity; Commentaries on the Laws, 1503; Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans; The Pimander (translation/ interpretation); The Asclepii; De religione Christiana, 1476 ;

Organizations: Florentine Academy AKA Florentine Platonic Academy;

Resources;; Encyclopedia of Freemasonry by Albert Mackey; read him here -; Daniel Pickering Walker aka D. P. Walker, Spiritual & Demonic Magic – from Ficio to Campanella, 1958;