If Western Magic is to have one document that many consider to be foundational and essential- that would be the Three Books of Occult Philosophy by Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa. The Three Books are Agrippa’s attempt to synthesize magic with religion, going from the natural world to the celestial world and beyond. Joining the discussion on this extremely important text is someone who has understood the importance of Three Books well- Wren Collier, and the man who single-handedly produced the first English translation of Three Books in nearly 400 years- Eric Purdue!
Wren Collier is a magician and Thelemite living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is a frequent contributor on the Where Did The Road Go? Podcast, as well as contributing to projects like NAEQ.IO and the Lunar Cry occult community. He also sells fine occult goods at his Etsy store, Atelier Argent, and is working on his first book, CTHONIA, an exploration of katabasis narratives. Follow Wren on Twitter and check out Wren’s Work at Liminal Room.
Eric Purdue has studied and practiced magic as well as Astrology for well over 30 years. He is a Santero/Olorisha in Afro-Cuban Lucumí as well as a noted scholar on the subjects of Medieval Astrology and Traditional Magical systems. For the last decade, Eric has taken it on himself to do the first translation into English since 1651 of Agrippa’s Three Books of Occult Philosophy. Eric is available for Astrological Consultations and more through his personal Website.
Are you aware that I’ve already done an episode about the Author of Three Books of Occult Philosophy- Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa? Should probably check that out before listening to this episode if you haven’t already.
- Three Books of Occult Philosophy by Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, Translated by Eric Purdue – Get it! Publisher’s Website
- A Scan of an original English JF Translation of Three Books
- Esoterica –Two Videos on The Three Books of Occult Philosophy – An Excellent introduction.
- Johann Reuchlin
- The Aggripean Circle
- The Language of Demons and Angels: Cornelius Agrippa’s Occult Philosophy by Christopher Lehrich
- The Transformations of Magic: Illicit Learned Magic in the Later Middle Ages and Renaissance by Frank Klaassen- The last chapter of this book deals with Agrippa’s Three Books but it is very interesting to see the kinds of Magic which came before Agrippa and how Three Books reacted to this Magic
- Auto-Initiation: Hermeneutics in Agrippa’s Three Books of Occult Philosophy
- Occult Language and How to Connect to the Divine
- Defining the Guardian Angel
- The Vanity of Arts and Sciences by Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa
- The Writings of Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa – Esoteric Archives
- The Cabalist Friar of Venice Francesco Zorzi (Giorgi)
- Wren’s Recent Interview on Spirit Box Podcast
- Eric’s Recent Appearance on Glitch Bottle where Eric elucidates much more on his translation of Three Books