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[[ Download Kindle ]] ä Marsilio Ficino ¶ A selection of writings by the fifteenth century philosopher and magus Marsilio Ficino, on the subject of astrology and natural magic The editor s introduction provides a substantial historical and philosophical context for this figure and explains Ficino s astrology in relation to his Christian Platonic convictionsMarsilio Ficino was one of the most influential humanist philosophers of the early Italian Renaissance Though an ordained priest, he was also a practicing astrologer and magician whose daunting life s work was to reconcile religious faith with philosophical reason which included integrating pagan magical practice with Christianity In a lengthy introduction, editor Angela Voss puts Ficino s achievement in context as a complete re visioning of traditional astrological practice and the beginning of a humanistic and psychological approach that prefigured contemporary holistic approaches to astrology as therapy Retroland on the subject of astrology and natural magic The editor s introduction provides a substantial historical and philosophical context for this figure and explains Ficino s astrology in relation to his Christian Platonic convictionsMarsilio Ficino was one of the most influential humanist philosophers of the early Italian Renaissance Though an ordained priest Contract Marital, Vol. II: Damian he was also a practicing astrologer and magician whose daunting life s work was to reconcile religious faith with philosophical reason which included integrating pagan magical practice with Christianity In a lengthy introduction Vara în care mama a avut ochii verzi editor Angela Voss puts Ficino s achievement in context as a complete re visioning of traditional astrological practice and the beginning of a humanistic and psychological approach that prefigured contemporary holistic approaches to astrology as therapy This was a great way to finish the year.The Esoteric Masters Series is a very interesting collection of books Each of the books focus on an important western esoteric thinker, introducing their ideas and presenting a collection of texts This one focuses on Ficino, a 15th century humanist philosopher.The introduction is written by Angela Voss, an expert on Ficino, and gives a rich overview of his ideas and of the most important classical philosophers that influenced the Renaissance It touches This was a great way to finish the year.The Esoteric Masters Series is a very interesting collection of books Each of the books focus on an important western esoteric thinker, introducing their ideas and presenting a collection of texts This one focuses on Ficino, a 15th century humanist philosopher.The introduction is written by Angela Voss, an expert on Ficino, and gives a rich overview of his ideas and of the most important classical philosophers that influenced the Renaissance It touches on Plato, Plotinus and Hermes Trimegistus Its introduction to the Ptolomaic cosmos is also great It s quite accessible in terms of writing and it helps understanding the selected texts It s also useful to understand the context of Ficino s time and some of the apparent contradictions in his work mainly his position regarding Astrology and pagan deities.The book focus mostly on Ficino s work on Astrology.Regarding Ficino s writings, I would say that it is very rare to find a philosopher that creates such a deep resonance in us like the resonance Ficino creates in me He himself reflects my own struggles with faith, with the love of both pagan and christian imagery, and my own haunting doubts regarding Astrology His thinking his clear and quite clever The synthesis he is able to create of christianity and paganism is not small intellectual feat and reveals his genius I would say that the only reason this is not the most important philosopher I have come across in a long time is because I also got acquainted with Iamblichus last month But their effects on me are similar.Although I tend to disagree with is views on natural magic I think they were not only important but also necessary for his ideas to survive in his context By attributing the magic abilities to nature creation he shifts the focus from spirits or daemons allowing magic and christianity to co occur I am fascinated by his approach to music to the point that I am even considering studying music at some point The book of the Sun is also a fascinating piece, bringing the anagogic level of God into the literal level of the Sun.Ficino is one of those philosophers whose writings transform your perception of reality It has a great introduction on the western esoteric tradition in general and how Ficino fits in it all in particular Voss style is very pleasant to read and informative from Hermes Trimegistus to Plotinus, it gives an overview of how ancient philosophers have shaped western esotericism It is also worth to reread it after finishing the book to better understand the contents of the book Ficino s writing in itself at its highest transmits very powerful symbolic understanding of the heavens an It has a great introduction on the western esoteric tradition in general and how Ficino fits in it all in particular Voss style is very pleasant to read and informative from Hermes Trimegistus to Plotinus, it gives an overview of how ancient philosophers have shaped western esotericism It is also worth to reread it after finishing the book to better understand the contents of the book Ficino s writing in itself at its highest transmits very powerful symbolic understanding of the heavens and shows the author s incredibly sensitive mind Although it might seem that Ficino contradicts himself why write a book on the sun and denounce astrology at the same time , it is fruit of his effort to bring together christianity and paganism in a fertile synthesis of what both has to offer.It is not an easy read for those who do not have at least a basic grasp of astrological theory I, for myself, did not understand much of the chapter on The Principles of Music being completely laic in those matters But it is a good book for anyone interested in astrology, for Ficino provides much dept in his astrological interpretations and that will certainly resonate with any enthusiastic student of the craft Ficino in these texts incorporates astrology into the Christian paradigm Platonically, as a metaphorical discourse The motion of the planets is not the creator of fate, but rather a model for how fate is manifested It is wonderful to explore the labyrinthine exposition of Ficino s thought, even if the whole is a shaggy dog story capped by his disingenuous disavowal of celestial philosophy in the final letter.