The Archidoxes of Magic has 46 ratings and 0 reviews. This is a source work of medieval magic that gives complete sets of zodiacal lames. There are some differences in the formulae as found in Paracelsus’ original text, that found in Robert Turner’s English translation, and that found in Ars Paulina. Full text of “Paracelsus Archidoxes Of Magic”. See other formats. 3S&38 T J% JCELS V S Of the Sup reme Mysteries OF N A T 11 R E. A The Spirits of the Planets.

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A Primary Source Analysis: Archidoxes of Magic by Theophrastus Paracelsus, [1]. This is a book which discusses various types of illness and how to make medicines appropriate for each type of illness with arcihdoxes help of the celestial qualities.

And this distillation is done, as if metals and minerals were concocted in human vessel, through celestial influences on human beings. Paracelsus, thus, argues that the spirits, or the nature, of metals correspond to those magiv the planets in the heavens.

And by means of alchemical practices on those metals, we can extract the essence and the power inherent paracelsux the planets above. He then proceeds to enumerate various diseases and cures unique to them in the following chapters of the book.


But one thing stands out as peculiar, and that is the 9 th and 10 th chapter on Sympathetic Ointment and Weapon Salve.

It is peculiar to other cures, because these medicines are said to cure wounds from a distance. And when any wound happens, dip a stick of wood in the blood… which being dryed [ sic.

Here, Paracelsus does not explain what the mechanics of the medicine are, as one is probably referred arcidoxes to his earlier statement that everything in nature is somehow connected by virtue of being created by God. The recipe for the weapon ointment is similar to that of the sympathetic ointment described above, except that honey and ox-fat must be added to it.

The soul is said to arcidoxes from the tip of the head, but when the person suffers an instant, violent death, the soul fails to escape from the head, and get stuck, as it were, at the tip of the skull.

The greenery moss is said to grow there. As uroscopy was still largely practiced, such concerns must have been serious.

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Also, there is a general sense of disgust and aversion to use human parts as cure, as various satirical prose composed in the later centuries attest, viz. A Modest Proposal by Jaonathan Swift, for mzgic, where he mocks practitioners who use human feces as essential process of cure, mirroring the general feeling of people towards such cure.


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