Monthly Archives: October 2012

Status of Women in the Hermetica

Joyce Pijnenburg recently posted a fantastic article on feminism in the renaissance. Focusing on Cornelius Agrippa, she deftly shows how he advanced a proto-feminist agenda in a time when women had few rights. One thing Pijnenburg remarks on is Agrippa’s … Continue reading

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Mysteria Misc. Maxima: October 26th, 2012

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. Please enjoy this special Halloween edition. Ancient Roman rulers were frequently made into gods after death, except Claudius, who became a … Continue reading

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Wouter Hanegraaff on the Religious Studies Project Podcast

Knut Melvær of The Religious Studies Project recently interviewed Wouter Hanegraaff for their podcast. Professor Hanegraaff is a heavyweight in the field of Western esotericism. A pioneer of the field, he currently heads up the History of Hermetic Philosophy and … Continue reading

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Mysteria Misc. Maxima: October 19th, 2012

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. Kateri Tekakwitha is the Catholic Church’s first First Nations saint. (CBC) Meanwhile, Catholics still don’t understand what the deal was with … Continue reading

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Mysteria Misc. Maxima: October 12th, 2012

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. Canada axes all its non-Christian prison chaplains. If you keep this up, Canada, I swear I’m going to move to America. … Continue reading

Posted in Academic, Ancient, Christianity, Culture, Feminist Theory, Freemasonry, Funny, Hinduism, Judaism, Kabbalah, M.M.M., mysticism, NRMs, Occult, Thelema

Porphyry: Ancient Philosopher, Modern Perspective on Magic and Religion

Some modern theories on religion and magic posit that these are not objective phenomena. Rather, any occurrences generated through the use of ritual are actually the result of a change in the practitioner’s psychological state. This psychologicalization model suggests that … Continue reading

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Mysteria Misc. Maxima: October 5th, 2012

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. Origen was on a mission to neutralize the eroticism of the Song of Songs, but in the process made god deliciously … Continue reading

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