There are some who believe that Dionysius, approach to the liturgy may have been somewhat influenced by the views of the Neoplatonists, Iamblichus, and Proclus regarding theurgy
The second is entitled De sacrificio et magia and is a fragment from a treatise on theurgy
, which is known today only through the manuscript used by Ficino, registered as Vallicellianus F.
In these impenetrable texts Dee describes the theurgy
wherein angelic revelation - not experience or mathematics - became the main channel not only of apocalyptic prophecy but also of natural knowledge.
What is striking is that both rituals require the participation of a young man, in the second case, specifically a virgin boy, the classic psychopomp of late Hellenistic theurgy
For a fascinating analysis of Scriabin's literal projections of light in his music, see Anna Gawboy, "Alexander Scriabin's Theurgy
in Blue: Esotericism and the Analysis of Prometheus: Poem of Fire op.
Practicing Gnosis; ritual, magic, theurgy
and liturgy in Nag Hammadi, Manichaean and other ancient literature; essays in honor of Birger A.
Attempting to distance himself from Plotinus and Porphyry, Iamblichus believed that beyond the rationalistic work of the philosopher, who simply contemplates the divine in [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] and thereby remains separated from the object of his veneration, true prayer is a type of theurgy or godwork that divinizes the soul or makes it like the divine and thereby generates the activity of union with the gods.
20) What will become remarkable in this analysis is how Proclus advances a form of philosophical prayer, which, as Iamblichus similarly argued, is more than just [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] or simple contemplation, but is rather a kind of divine activity or work, that is, theurgy, which harmonizes one's will with the will of the divine through their acts of providential care.
To take an example: Andrew Smith discusses Porphyry and religion over the course of six pages (345-50), while John Dillon deliberately inserts only a passing note regarding theurgy
in his chapter on Iamblichus, stating that the attention garnered by that issue has in his opinion been exaggerated (373-4).
Much of the essay is concerned with the combining of Platonic Ideas, Angelic Orders, and Neoplatonic theurgy
As practiced by Iamblichus and others, theurgy
consisted of ritual incantations and other practices held to purify the philosopher's soul and assist its ascent from the realm of matter and becoming to the realm of Intellect and Being.
who assigned a pivotal role in approaching the One not to contemplation, theory, or theology, but to the magic operations of theurgy
which can reveal in a wordless and non-speculative way the signatures of the God in matter.
Noam Flinker gives a new meaning to literary theurgy
in Shakespeare and Milton.
She shows that later thinkers, building upon these insights, could take seriously theurgy
(Proclus) and relics (Victricius of Rouen), insisting that the later thinkers did not weaken early theories so much as shifted the locus where transcendence could be found.
In the spirit of his Kabbalistic predecessors, he creates a theater of theurgy
where the nature of God,