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A SKEPITCAL LOOK  AT  FAMOUS OCCULTISTS    

 HENREICH CORNIELIUS AGRIPPA VON NETTESHEIM 

(1486-1535)

    Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim was born in 1486 in Cologne, Germany. He was a soldier, a physician, a Theologian, and author. He also claimed to be an alchemist, although he never changed lead into gold or discovered the Philospher's stone so he could live forever...but niether did any other alchemist in history. 


    In 1510 he wrote his first book of "Occult Philosophy", and would write two more (and possibly a fourth book, although it's authorship is in doubt). They circulated in manuscript form before they were published for several years, and Agrippa revised the books from time to time. Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy became the basis for other works like The Magus by Barrett and to some degree rituals recorded in Regardie's book The Golden Dawn practiced by the now defunct order of the same name. 

    Agrippa’s creaky books have been combined into one volume, and have been reprinted over the years. Even today it's read by people thinking they can have magic powers. In fact, there are several editions for sale on Amazon. Thank goodness scientists invented the Internet in 1968 for such super duper scientific stuff like that.


      Aggrippa claimed he had all sorts of knowledge about summoning the spirits and how to compel them to do one’s bidding, including finding buried treasure. In fact that’s about the only reason people got into the occult in those days; to find buried treasure. Agrippa was no different in that respect. The occult was the get rich quick scheme of ancient times, and still is even modern times among some ethnic groups.

...such as White people for instance.  


      Even though many occultists today get excited about Agrippa’s book, it’s really nothing more than a book of silly superstitions. Aggrippa mentions the things you might expect to read in such a book, such as the correct way to remove the tongue from a frog for magic spells...while the poor frog is still alive (pg. 69 of the Llewellyn edition)! The tooth of a mole is also to be taken out while the mole is still alive, poor thing, and allegedly cures toothache (only it doesn’t really work). Hopefully the mole gets in a few good bites to whoever’s dumb enough to try it. If you see an ox treading corn, that’s good luck, seeing a mouse means danger, and seeing a snake means an enemy is talking abut you. (Pg. 163) It’s hard to believe anyone nowadays would take such silly superstition seriously, and yet some apparently still do!

     While some might consider Agrippa a man of education, keep in mind he was educated 500 years ago, and that the world has gotten much more advanced since then. I’ve heard superstitious people who basically had no education from Third World countries tell me they believe in similar things as Agrippa. 


     Agrippa was employed by the Emperor Maximilian I, but as a soldier and not as an astrologer as later writers have tried to claim.  His reputation as an occultist seemed to cause him to lose positions he was appointed to, rather than acting as an asset. Despite all this occult knowledge, he died at age 48 in 1532.


     Toward the end of his life, Agrippa rejected the occult and returned to the Christian faith.  Perhaps it was his loss of honors and income that made him relize the occult was geting him nowhere. In later editions of the third book of Occult Philosophy, Agrippa concluded, 

"But of magic I wrote whilst I was very young three large books, which I called Of Occult Philosophy, in which what was then through the curiosity of my youth erroneous, I now being more advised, am willing to have retracted, by this recantation; I formerly spent much time and costs in these vanities. At last I grew so wise as to be able to dissuade others from this destruction." 

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