Three Books of Occult Philosophy (De Occulta Philosophia libri III) is Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa's study of occult philosophy, acknowledged as a significant contribution to the Renaissance philosophical discussion concerning the powers of ritual magic, and its relationship with religion. The first book was printed in 1531 in Paris, Cologne, and Antwerp, while the full three volumes first appeared in Cologne in 1533.
The three books deal with Elemental, Celestial and Intellectual magic. The books outline the four elements, astrology, kabbalah, numbers, angels, God's names, the virtues and relationships with each other as well as methods of utilizing these relationships and laws in medicine, scrying, alchemy, ceremonies, origins of what are from the Hebrew, Greek and Chaldean context.
These arguments were common amongst other hermetic philosophers at the time and before. In fact, Agrippa's interpretation of magic is similar to the authors Marsilio Ficino, Pico della Mirandola and Johann Reuchlin's synthesis of magic and religion, and emphasize an exploration of nature. Unlike many grimoires of the time, these books are more scholarly and intellectual than mysterious and foreboding.
- Van Der Poel, Marc (1997). Cornelius Agrippa: The Humanist Theologian and His Declamations. Brill. p. 44.
- The Philosophy of Natural Magic, written by Henry Cornelius Agrippa, Translated by James Freake, Edited by L. W. de Laurence (1913). (Only book one)
- The Philosophy of Natural Magic, written by Henry Cornelius Agrippa, Translated by James Freake, Edited by Leslie Shepherd (1974). University Books. ((ISBN 0-82160-218-7, Only book one; reprint of the Laurence edition)
- Three Books of Occult Philosophy, written by Henry Cornelius Agrippa, Translated by James Freake, Annotated by Donald Tyson (2005). Llewelyn Worldwide. (ISBN 0-87542-832-0)
- Three Books of Occult Philosophy Book One: A Modern Translation, written by Henry Cornelius Agrippa, Translated by Eric Purdue (2012). Renaissance Astrology Press. (ISBN 1-10589-879-2)
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