Halleux and Schamp place the poem in the 2nd century at the time of the Chaldaean Oracles attributed to Julian the Chaldaean and Julian the Theurgist
There is a project that expects the descent of evil demons whereas the theurgist intends the descent of the personal daimons from the higher causal order in the form of an embodiment of the collective force of planetary manifestation on account of its assistence to bridge the inseperable gulf between human and supra--rational realms (9.
His efforts are more directed at correcting the apparent discrepancy between rational reflection and irrational ecstasia which at length becomes his painstaking construction of an undivided orientation for the theurgist.
DEGREES OF UNITY IN LEVELS OF MOTIVATION: DESPERATE WITCHES IN APULEIUS' GOLDEN ASS AND THEURGISTS IN IAMBLICHUS DE MYSTERIES
A reversal of order in the case of the theurgists whose commitment at whatever level of motivation express an ethical dimension, hence, far removed from demonic magic, are driven to experience the material component of demonic magic, viewed as evil, as a preliminary exercise of his large scale project-anagoges.
The first is the interpretation developed over the last quarter century of the late antique movement in Neoplatonic philosophy of Iamblichus as no longer demonic theurgist
, but as religious philosopher, at least in part countering growing Christian intellectual and social influence by developing the understanding of the philosopher as a pagan holy figure with sapiential sayings, miracles, and historical genealogy.
First, Porphyry questions the use of "meaningless names" (sequences of nonsense syllables) in the ritual invocations that theurgists practiced (Myst.
4) Thus Iamblichus argues that the Hellenes' desire to translate everything into their native tongue contributed to the "decline" of ancient theurgical language and the necessity of its "restoration" by theurgists (Myst.
Iamblichus's "naturalist" theory of language claims for theurgists a privileged heuristic and hermeneutic position in relation to all linguistic expression.
Who better represents these latest idolaters than Manicheans like Faustus and theurgists
like Porphyry, both of whom enjoy a common love of emptiness induced by the devil's hidden machinations?
And combined with the material letters which are the consonants as the soul to the body and the musical scale to the strings--the one producing living beings the other pitch and melody--they accomplish active and mystic powers of divine beings, [Wherefore when especially the theurgists
are worshipping such they invoke it symbolically with hissing sounds and clucking with inarticulate and foreign sounds]' (extract translated by B.
Our new astral idolaters, lost to their own humanity in their barren dreams of manipulation and control, which they share with the Hermetic theurgists of old, have a religion indeed, but one of a singularly disappointing and dangerous kind.
It was just such a period, the declining centuries of Greco-Roman civilization, that bred the original euhemerists, Hermetists, alchemists, and theurgists, as well as a swarm of other turbid irrationalities not very different from many we see around us today.