Monday, April 2, 2012

Three Books of Occult Philosophy By Henry Cornelius Agrippa

This massive volume was originally published in 1531, and occultists have been drawing on it ever since. Now, Llewellyn is proud to produce the first complete reprint of the original English translation in the last 500 years.

Donald Tyson edited this work and removed the hundreds of errors that appeared in the original translation. He also fully annotated the work, to make it understandable—and usable—by people today.

  • ·Discover what the Renaissance scholar knew about astrology, medicine, history, herbs, geography, animals, angels, devils, Witches, charms, the weather, and a host of other subjects
  • ·Gain immediate reference to a vast amount of arcane, but completely annotated, magical material
  • ·Find corrected drawings of seals, sigils, and magic squares, and correctly represented geomantic figures
  • ·Explore the practical Kabbalah, geomancy, the magic squares, the elements, the humors, and the Soul of the World
  • ·Consult the new Biographical dictionary for background on each of the hundreds of writers and historical figures referred to by Agrippa
  • ·Consult the new Geographical Dictionary for data on referenced rivers, mountains, nations, cities—many of which now carry different names.

The Three Books of Occult Philosophy is the most complete repository of pagan and Neoplatonic magic ever compiled. This book is packed with material you will not find elsewhere, including copious extracts on magic from obscure or lost works by Pythagoras, Ptolemy, Plato, Aristotle, and many others. Tyson’s detailed annotations clarify difficult references and provide origins of quotations, even expanding upon them in many cases, in order to make Agrippa’s work more accessible to the modern reader.

The Three Books of Occult Philosophy is the ultimate “how-to” for magical workings. It describes how to work all manner of divinations and natural and ceremonial magic in such clear and useful detail that it is still the guide for modern techniques. The extensive new supplementary material makes this wisdom practical for use today.

The Three Books of Occult Philosophy is an essential reference tool for all students of the occult.


Book 1
Introduction Agrippa to the reader.
Agrippa to Trithemius.
Trithemius to Agrippa.
Chap. 1. How Magicians Collect vertues from the Three-fold World, is Declared in these Three Books.
Chap. 2. What Magic is, What are the Parts thereof, and How the Professors thereof must be Qualified.
Chap. 3. Of the Four Elements, their Qualities, and Mutual Mixtions.
Chap. 4. Of a Three-fold Consideration of the Elements.
Chap. 5. Of the Wonderful Natures of Fire and Earth.
Chap. 6. Of the Wonderful Natures of Water, Air and Winds.
Chap. 7. Of the Kinds of Compounds, what Relation they stand in to the Elements, and what Relation there is betwixt the Elements themselves and the Soul, Senses and Dispositions of Men.
Chap. 8. How the Elements are in the Heavens, in Stars, in Devils, in Angels, and lastly in God himself.
Chap. 9. Of the vertues of things Natural, depending immediately upon Elements.
Chap. 10. Of the Occult vertues of Things
Chap. 11. How Occult vertues are Infused into the several kinds of Things by Ideas, thrugh the Help of the Soul of the World, and Rays of the Stars; and what Things abound most with this vertue.
Chap. 12. How it is that Particular vertues are Infused into Particular Individuals, even of the same Species.
Chap. 13. Whence the Occult vertues of Things Proceed.
Chap. 14. Of the Spirit of the World, What It Is, and how by way of medium It Unites occult vertues to their Subjects.
Chap. 15. How we must Find Out and Examine the vertues of Things by way of Similitude.
Chap. 16. How the Operations of several vertues Pass from one thing into another, and are Communicated one to the other.
Chap. 17. How by Enmity and Friendship the vertues of things are to be Tried and Found Out.
Chap. 18. Of the Inclinations of Enmities.
Chap. 19. How the vertues of Things are to be Tried and Found Out, which are in them Specifically, or in any one Individual by way of Special gift.
Chap. 20. The Natural vertues are in some Things throughout their Whole Substance, and in other Things in certain Parts and Members.
Chap. 21. Of the vertues of Things which are in them only in their Life Time, and Such as Remain in them even After their Death.
Chap. 22. How Inferior Things are Subjected to Superior Bodies, and how the Bodies, the Actions, and Dispositions of Men are Ascribed to Stars and Signs.
Chap. 23. How we shall Know what Stars natural Things are Under, and what Things are under the Sun, which are called Solary.
Chap. 24. What Things are Lunary, or Under the Power of the Moon.
Chap. 25. What Things are Saturnine, or Under the Power of Saturn.
Chap. 26. What Things are Under the Power of Jupiter, and are called Jovial.
Chap. 27. What Things are Under the Power of Mars, and are called Martial.
Chap. 28. What things are Under the Power of Venus, and are called Venereal.
Chap. 29. Things are Under the Power of Mercury, and are called Mercurial.
Chap. 30. That the Whole Sublunary World, and those Things which are in It, are Distributed to Planets.
Chap. 31. How Provinces and Kingdoms are Distributed to Planets.
Chap. 32. What Things are Under the Signs, the Fixed Stars, and their Images.
Chap. 33. Of the Seals and Characters of Natural Things.
Chap. 34. How, by Natural Things and their vertues, We may Draw Forth and Attract the Influences and vertues of Celestial Bodies.
Chap. 35. Of the Mixtions of Natural Things, one with another, and their Benefits.
Chap. 36. Of the Union of Mixt Things, and the Introduction of a More Noble Form, and the Senses of Life.
Chap. 37. How, by some certain Natural and Artificial Preparations, We may Attract certain Celestial and Vital Gifts.
Chap. 38. Chapter xxxviii. How we may Draw not only Celestial and Vital but also certain Intellectual and Divine Gifts from Above.
Chap. 39. That we may, by some certain Matters of the World, Stir Up the Gods of the World and their Ministering Spirits.
Chap. 40. Of Bindings; what Sort they are of, and in what Ways they are wont to be Done.
Chap. 41. Of Sorceries, and their Power.
Chap. 42. Of the Wonderful vertues of some kinds of Sorceries.
Chap. 43. Of Perfumes or Suffumigations; their Manner and Power.
Chap. 44. The Composition of some Fumes appropriated to the Planets.
Chap. 45. Chapter xlv. Of Collyries, Unctions, Love-Medicines, and their vertues.
Chap. 46. Of natural Alligations and Suspensions.
Chap. 47. Of Magical Rings and their Composition.
Chap. 48. Of the vertue of Places, and what Places are Suitable to every Star.
Chap. 49. Of Light, Colors, Candles and Lamps, and to what Stars, Houses and Elements several Colors are Ascribed.
Chap. 50. Of Fascination, and the Art thereof.
Chap. 51. Of certain Observations, Producing wonderful vertues.
Chap. 52. Of the Countenance and Gesture, the Habit and the Figure of the Body, and to what Stars any of these do Answer — whence Physiognomy, and Metoposcopy, and Chiromancy, Arts of Divination, have their Grounds.
Chap. 53. Of Divination, and the Kinds thereof.
Chap. 54. Of divers certain Animals, and other things, which have a Signification in Auguries.
Chap. 55. How Auspicas are Verified by the Light of Natural Instinct, and of some Rules of Finding of It Out.
Chap. 56. Of the Soothsayings of Flashes and Lightnings, and how Monstrous and Prodigious Things are to be Interpreted.
Chap. 57. Of Geomancy, Hydromancy, Aeromancy, and Pyromancy, Four Divinations of Elements.
Chap. 58. Of the Reviving of the Dead, and of Sleeping or Hibernating (wanting victuals) Many Years together.
Chap. 59. Of Divination by Dreams.
Chap. 60. Of Madness, and Divinations which are made when men are awake, and of the power of a Melancholy Humor, by which Spirits are sometimes induced into Men’s Bodies.
Chap. 61. Of the Forming of Man, of the External Senses, also those Inward, and the Mind; and of the Threefold Appetite of the Soul, and Passions of the Will.
Chap. 62. Of the Passions of the Mind, their Original Source, Differences, and Kinds.
Chap. 63. How the Passions of the Mind change the proper Body by changing its Accidents and moving the Spirit.
Chap. 64. How the Passions of the Mind change the Body by way of Imitation from some Resemblance; of the Transforming and Translating of Men, and what Force the Imaginative Power hath, not only over the Body but the Soul.
Chap. 65. How the Passions of the Mind can Work of themselves upon Another’s Body.
Chap. 66. That the Passions of the Mind are Helped by a Celestial Season, and how Necessary the Constancy of the Mind is in every Work.
Chap. 67. How the Mind of Man may be Joined with the Mind of the Stars, and Intelligences of the Celestials, and, together with them, Impress certain wonderful vertues upon inferior Things.
Chap. 68. How our Mind can Change and Bind inferior Things to the Ends which we Desire.
Chap. 69. Of Speech, and the Occult vertue of Words.
Chap. 70. Of the vertue of Proper Names.
Chap. 71. Of many Words joined together, as in Sentences and Verses, and of the vertues and Astrictions of Charms.
Chap. 72. Of the wonderful Power of Enchantments.
Chap. 73. Of the vertue of Writing, and of Making Imprecations, and Inscriptions.
Chap. 74. Of the Proportion, Correspondency, and Reduction of Letters to the Celestial Signs and Planets, According to various Tongue, and a Table thereof.
Book 2
Chap. i. Of the necessity of Mathematicall learning, and of the many wonderfull works which are done by Mathematicall Arts only.
Chap. ii. Of Numbers, and their power, and vertue.
Chap. iii. How great vertues Numbers have, as well in Naturall things, as in Supernaturall.
Chap. iv. Of Unity, and the Scale thereof
Chap. v. Of the Number of Two, and the Scale thereof.
Chap. vi. Of the Number of three, and the Scale thereof.
Chap. vii. Of the Number of Four, and the Scale thereof.
Chap. viii. Of the Number Five, and the Scale thereof.
Chap. ix. Of the Number six, and the Scale thereof.
Chap. x. Of the Number Seaven, and the Scale thereof.
Chap. xi. Of the Number of Eight, and the Scale thereof.
Chap. xii. Of the Number of Nine, and the Scale thereof.
Chap. xiii. Of the Number Ten, and the Scale thereof.
Chap. xiv. Of the Number eleven, and the number twelve; with a double Scale of the Number twelve Cabilisticall, and Orphicall.
Chap. xv. Of the Numbers which are above twelve, and of their powers, and vertues.
Chap. xvi. Of the notes of numbers, placed in certain gesturings.
Chap. xvii. Of the various notes of numbers observed amongst the Romans.
Chap. xviii. Of the notes or figures of the Græcians.
Chap. xix. Of the notes of the Hebrews, and Caldeans, and certain other notes of Magicians.
Chap. xx. What numbers are attributed to letters; and of divining by the same.
Chap. xxi. What numbers are consecrated to the Gods, and which are ascribed, and to what Elements.
Chap. xxii. Of the tables of the Planets, their vertues, forms, and what Divine names, Intelligencies, and Spirits are set over them.
Chap. xxiii. Of Geometrical Figures and Bodies, by what vertue they are powerful in Magick, and which are agreeable to each Element, and the Heaven.
Chap. xxiv. Of Musicall Harmony, of the force and power thereof.
Chap. xxv. Of Sound, and Harmony, and whence their wonderfulness in operation.
Chap. xxvi. Concerning the agreement of them with the Celestial bodies, and what harmony and sound is correspondent of every Star.
Chap. xxvii. Of the proportion, measure, and Harmony of mans body.
Chap. xxviii. Of the Composition and Harmony of the humane soul.
Chap. xxix. Of the Observation of Celestials, necessary in every Magical Work.
Chap. xxx. When Planets are of most powerful influence.
Chap. xxxi. Of the Observation of the fixt Stars, and of their Natures.
Chap. xxxii. Of the Sun, and Moon, and their Magicall considerations.
Chap. xxxiii. Of the twenty eight Mansions of the Moon, and their vertues.
Chap. xxxiv. Of the true motion of the heavenly bodies to be observed in the eight sphere, and of the ground of Planetary hours.
Chap. xxxv. How some artificiall things as Images, Seals, and such like, may obtain some vertue from the Celestial bodies.
Chap. xxxvi. Of the Images of the Zodiack, what vertues they being ingraven, receive from the stars.
Chap. xxxvii. Of the Images of the Faces, and of those Images which are without the Zodiack.
Chap. xxxviii. Of the Images of Saturn.
Chap. xxxix. Of the Images of Jupiter.
Chap. xl. Of the Images of Mars.
Chap. xli. Of the Images of the Sun.
Chap. xlii. Of the Images of Venus.
Chap. xliii. Of the Images of Mercury.
Chap. xliv. Of the Images of the Moon.
Chap. xlv. Of the Images of the head and Tayle of the Dragon of the Moon.
Chap. xlvi. Of the Images of the Mansions of the Moon.
Chap. xlvii. Of the Images of the fixed Behenian Stars.
Chap. xlviii. Of Geomanticall Figures, which are the middle betwixt Images and Characters.
Chap. xlix. Of Images, the figure whereof is not after the likeness of any Celestiall figure, but after the likness of that which the mind of the worker desires.
Chap. l. Of certain Celestial observations and the practise of some Images.
Chap. li. Of Characters which are made after the rule and imitation of Celstial, and how with the table thereof they are deduced out of Geomantical figures.
Chap. lii. Of Characters which are drawn from things themselves by a certain likeness.
Chap. liii. That no Divination without Astrology is perfect.
Chap. liv. Of Lottery, when, and whence the vertue of Divining is incident to it.
Chap. lv. Of the soul of the World, and of the Celestials, according to the traditions of the Poets, and Philosophers.
Chap. lvi. The same is confirmed by reason.
Chap. lvii. That the soul of the world, and the Celestiall souls are rationall, and partake of Divine understanding.
Chap. lviii. Of the names of the Celestials, and their rule over this inferiour world, viz. Man.
Chap. lix. Of the seven governers of the world, the Planets, and of their various names serving to Magicall speeches.
Chap. lx. That humane imprecations do naturally impress their powers upon externall things; And how mans mind through each degree of dependencies ascends into the intelligible world, and becomes like to the more sublime spirits, and Intelligencies.

Book 3
Chapter i: Of the necessity, power, and profit of Religion.
Chapter ii: Of concealing of those things which are secret in religion.
Chapter iii: What dignification is required, that one may be a true magician and a worker of miracles.
Chapter iv: Of the two helps of Ceremonial magic, religion and superstition.
Chapter v: Of the three guides of Religion, which bring us to the path of truth.
Chapter vi: How by these guides the soul of man ascendeth up into the Divine nature, and is made a worker of Miracles.
Chapter vii: That the knowledge of the true God is necessary for a Magician, and what the old Magicians and Philosophers have thought concerning God.
Chapter viii: What the Ancient Philosophers have thought concerning the Divine Trinity.
Chapter ix: What the true and most Orthodox faith is concerning God and the most holy Trinity.
Chapter x: Of Divine emanations, which the Hebrews call Numerations, others attributes; The gentiles gods and Deities; and of the ten Sephiroths and ten most sacred names of God which rule them, and the interpretation of them.
Chapter xi: Of the Divine names, and their power and vertue.
Chapter xii: Of the influence of the divine names through all the middle causes into these inferior things.
Chapter xiii: Of the members of God, and of their influence on our members.
Chapter xiv: Of the Gods of the gentiles, and souls of the Celestiall bodies, and what places were consecrated in times past, and to what Deities.
Chapter xv: What our Theologians think concerning the Celestiall souls.
Chapter xvi: Of Intelligences and spirits, and of the threefold kind of them, and of their diverse names, and of Infernall and subterraneall spirits.
Chapter xvii: Of these according to the opinion of the Theologians.
Chapter xviii: Of the orders of evil spirits, and of their fall, and divers natures.
Chapter xix: Of the bodies of the Devils.
Chapter xx: Of the annoyance of evil spirits, and the preservation we have by good spirits.
Chapter xxi: Of obeying a proper Genius, and of the searching out the nature thereof.
Chapter xxii: That there is a threefold keeper of man, and from whence each of them proceed.
Chapter xxiii: Of the tongue of Angels, and of their speaking amongst themselves, and with us.
Chapter xxiv: Of the names of Spirits, and their various imposition; and of the Spirits that are set over the Stars, Signs, Corners of the Heaven, and the Elements.
Chapter xxv: How the Hebrew Mecubals draw forth the sacred names of Angels out of the sacred writ, and of the seventie two Angels, which bear the name of God, with the Tables of Ziruph, and the Commutations of letters, and numbers.
Chapter xxvi: Of finding out of the names of spirits, and Genius’s from the disposition of Celestiall bodies.
Chapter xxvii: Of the calculating Art of such names by the tradition of Cabalists.
Chapter xxviii: How sometimes names of Spirits are taken from those things over which they are set.
Chapter xxix: Of the Characters and Seals of spirits.
Chapter xxx: Another manner of making Characters, delivered by Cabalists.
Chapter xxxi: There is yet another fashion of Characters, and concerning marks of spirits which are received by revelation.
Chapter xxxii: How good spirits may be called up by us, and how evil spirits may be overcome by us.
Chapter xxxiii: Of the bonds of spirits, and of their adjurations, and castings out.
Chapter xxxiv: Of the Animasticall order, and the Heros.
Chapter xxxv: Of the Mortall and Terrestrial Gods.
Chapter xxxvi: Of Man, how he was created after the Image of God.
Chapter xxxvii: Of mans soul and through what means it is joyned [joined] to the body.
Chapter xxxviii: What Divine gifts man receiveth from above, from the severall Orders of the Intelligences and the heavens.
Chapter xxxix: How the superior Influences, seing they are good by nature, are depraved in these inferior thing, and are made causes of evil.
Chapter xl: That on every man a divine character is imprinted, by the vertue of which man can attain the working of miracles.
Chapter xli: What concerning man after death, diverse Opinions.
Chapter xlii: By what wayes the Magicians and Necromancers do think they can call forth the souls of the dead.
Chapter xliii: Of the power of mans soul, in the mind, reason and imagination.
Chapter xliv: Of the degrees of souls, and their destruction, or Immortality.
Chapter xlv: Of Soothsaying, and Phrensie [phrensy].
Chapter xlvi: Of the first kind of phrensie [phrensy] from the Muses.
Chapter xlvii: Of the second kinde from Dionysius [Dionysus].
Chapter xlviii: Of the third kind of phrensie [phrensy] from Apollo.
Chapter xlix: Of the fourth kinde of Phrensie [phrensy], from Venus.
Chapter l: Of rapture, and extasie [ecstasy], and soothsayings, which happen to them which are taken with the falling sickness, or with a swoune [swoon], or to them in an agonie [agony].
Chapter li: Of Prophetical Dreams.
Chapter lii: Of Lots and marks possessing the sure power of Oracles.
Chapter liii: How he that will receive Oracles must dispose himself.
Chapter liv: Of cleanness, and how to be observed.
Chapter lv: Of abstinence, fastings, chastity, solitariness, the tranquillity and ascent of the mind.
Chapter lvi: Of Penitency, and Almes.
Chapter lvii: Of those things which being outwardly administred conduce to Expiation.
Chapter lviii: Of Adorations, and vowes.
Chapter lix: Of sacrifices and oblations, and their kinds and manners.
Chapter lx: What imprecations, and rites the ancients were wont to use in sacrifices, and oblations.
Chapter lxi: How these things must be performed, as to God, so as to inferiour dieties [deities].
Chapter lxii: Of Consecrations, and their manner.
Chapter lxiii: What things may be called holy, what consecrated, and how these become so betwixt us and the Dieties [deities]; and of sacred times.
Chapter lxiv: Of certain Religious observations, ceremonies, and rites of perfumings, unctions, and such like.
Chapter lxv: The Conclusion of the whole Work.
To The Reverend Father, and Doctor of Divinity, …
Unto the Same Man.
To a Certain Friend of the King’s Court.
The Censure, or Retraction…

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