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Types Of Inconsistency In The Astrology Of Ficino And Others

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The most important statement of magical theory written in this chapter was strongly influenced by the Hermetica, Ficino's Enneads commentary, Proclus, other Neoplatonists, and even Aquinas. The very last has it that &t;just as true astrology teaches us to read in the book of God, so the Cabala teaches us to read in the book of the Law&t;. We have seen internal self-contradiction within an astrological system, which may be unequivocal, its refutation requiring only reference to logic; or which may require interpretation, for its proof or disproof. Here we might say that we have an incompatibility between astrological practice and peaceable existence of a sort that Savonarola's pope feared as much as Honorius and Theodosius had done a thousand years before, when they decreed punishments of death, torture, or banishment, for divinatory acts.

Keywords:Cabala; FICINO; Hermetica; Honorius; Neoplatonists; Proclus; Savonarola; Theodosius

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