Culture and Cosmos is a peer-reviewed academic journal in the history of astrology and cultural astronomy published in association with the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Vol 18 no 2 (Autumn/Winter 2014 will be published in July/August 2016. Vol. 19 (2015) will be a double issue featuring the proceedings of the 2013 Sophia Centre conference on Celestial Magic and is scheduled for publication in September/October 2016. Vol. 20 (2016) will be a double issue featuring the proceedings of the 2014 Sophia Centre conference on the Marriage of Heaven and Earth.


Volume 19

Bells and Spells: Rosicrucianism and the Invocation of Planetary Spirits in Early Modern Germany

Hereward Tilton

Abstract

This paper examines early modern theurgical techniques in the context of Christian anti-magical polemics and an associated marginalization of gnostic-emanationist religiosity. Particular attention is directed to the ritual invocation of planetary spirits in the Rosicrucian tradition, which involved artefacts (spirit-summoning bells, animated statues, etc.) manufactured from Paracelsian electrum magicum, a pervasive material in European ritual magical practice. Further light is cast upon this Christian Cabalistic theurgical tradition by the author's discovery of the Dutch Behmenist origins of the Gold- und Rosenkreuz.

Citation: Hereward Tilton, 'Bells and Spells: Rosicrucianism and the Invocation of Planetary Spirits in Early Modern Germany', Celestial Magic, special issue of Culture and Cosmos, Vol. 19, nos. 1 and 2, 2015, pp. 167-88.

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