Supplementary Resources


Classic Anthropological Treatments of Magic

Frazer: The Golden Bough

Excerpt on Magic from Durkheim

Malinowski: Magic, Science, and Religion

Peter Winch and the Debate Over The Rationality of Magic


Plato and Neo-Platonism

Plato: Symposium (Full Text)

Plato [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy] entries: plato entries: plato-metaphysics entries: platonism entries: plotinus.html

Proclus on the Timaeus entries: porphyry entries: pseudo-dionysius-areopagite

Dante: Paradiso 33


Other Ancient Sources

The Papyrus of Ani (Egyptian Book of the Dead)

Hesiod: Theogony

Redefining Ancient Orphism

Orphism and Bacchism

The Derveni Papyrus on Magic

Mithras Liturgy

Chaldean Oracles

Craftsmen Figures

Sallustius: On The Gods and The World 1

Sallustius: On The Gods and The World 2

Excerpts from Harrison: Themis - Social Origins of the Greek Religion

Kousoulis: Magic in Greco-Roman Egypt.pdf

Apulius and the Aesclepius

Corpus Hermeticum

Hermetic Sources

Porreca: Hermes Trisemgistus

On The Bibliothecan Philosophica Hermetica

PD Dr. Simone Michel - The magical gems in the British Museum.pdf

O'Donnell: The Demise of Paganism


Jewish Mysticism and Magic

Magic in the Bible (Bibliography)

Hamblin: Temple Motifs in Jewish Mysticism

Ezekiel, 1

Ezekiel, 2

The Ethiopian Book of Enoch, 1

Selections from The Zohar

Sepher Yetzirah

Levine: Amulets, Letter Magic, and The Golem

Drob: Basic Concepts of Kabbalah


Gnostic Christianity

The Nag Hammadi Library

The Gospel of Thomas

The Acts of John

Manichean Psalms of Thomas

Pistis Sophia


Islamic Magic

Summary of Picatrix - The Aim of the Sage

Jinn in the Koran

The World of the Jinn

Names of Allah


The Renaissance

The End of The Middle Ages

Burkhart: The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy

Hooker: The Idea of the Renaissance

Excerpts from Yates: Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition

Excerpts from Kristeller: Renaissance Thought and Its Sources

The Arab Influence on the Italian Renaissance

Cochrane: Science and Humanism in the Italian Renaissance

Excerpts from Koyre: From the Closed World to the Infinite Universe

Excerpts from Cassirer: The Individual and the Cosmos in Renaissance Philosophy


Renaissance Magi

John Baptista Porta: Natural Magic

Agrippa: Three Books on Occult Philosophy

Giordano Bruno: The Heoric Frenzies

Writings of Johannes Tritheimius

Campanella: City of the Sun

Chiromancy and Cardano

Girolamo Cardano


Magic in Elizabethan England

Writings of John Dee

Robert Fludd

Shakespeare: Tempest

Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeare: The Tragedy of Macbeth

Excerpts from Yates: The Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age

Excerpts from Cassirer: The Platonic Renaissance in England

Excerpts from Hart: Art and Magic in the Court of the Stuarts


Demonology and Witchcraft

King James I: Demonologie

Sir Walter Scott: Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft

Weyer: Psuedomonarchia Daemonum

Irish Witchcraft and Demonology

Donaldson: The Role of the Familiar in English Witch Trials

Posession at Loudin

Gaskill: The Devil in the Shape of a Man.pdf

The Devil and the Reformation

Walker: Witchcraft and History.pdf


Finnish Witch Trials

Blecourt: The Making of the Female Witch.pdf

Fra Francesco Maria Guazzo (Images)

Nicolas Remy

Schoeneman :Criticisms of the Psychopatholoical Interpretation of Witch Hunts

Ghosts, Polergeists, and Specters

Mondeville: Divine Healing.pdf

Jean Bodin

Magic of the Laplanders and Finns

Interiew With Carlo Ginzburg on the Benandanti

The Demonization of Folklore

The Condemnation of Roger Bacon.pdf

Demonic Possession



Waite: Book of Ceremonial Magic

The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage

Ars Notoria

The Lesser Key of Solomon

Arte Goetia

Sword of Moses

Testament of Solomon