By Giambattista della Porta (1658)
In twenty volumes
1. “Of the Causes of Wonderful Things”
2. “Of the Generation of Animals”
8. “Of Strange Cures”
11. “Of Perfuming”
12. “Of Artificial Fires”
16. “Of Invisible Writing”
20. “Of the Chaos”
Natural Magick was the first foray into knowledge as we know it today, eventually forming the basis for natural philosophy which eventually evolved into 'Science’.
Popular during the Renaissance, in the period following the reformation, when Protestants were leaving the strict clutches of the Catholic Church for more liberal forms of Christianity, natural magic emerged at a time when the Church held jurisdiction over supernatural forces, in the form of miracles. As well as subversively infringing on the power of the church, natural magick was anathema to the Church, a bedfellow with paganism that teetered dangerously close to demonic magic. The forbidden knowledge held in the secrets of nature were hunted out aggressively by professors of secrets, such as Giambattista della Porta, who published Natural Magick, an extremely popular book in its day, which covered a range of ’natural sciences’ from metallurgy, medicines and invisible writing to cosmetics, gunpowder, perfumery, cooking and chaos.
Via Jessie French @frenchjessie
'AURORA CONSURGEN', Medieval manuscript, 15th Century.
Excerpt from 'NATURAL MAGIK Discover the World of Natural Power in Yourself' by Francoise Strachan, 1974.