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Music and the Occult

To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.magick,
From: nagasiva 
Subject: Re: Music and the Occult
Date: Sat, 20 Apr 2002 07:48:52 GMT

50020419 VI om (Lady Duvessa):
> ...I found a book on the internet. "Music and the occult - French 
> musical philosophies 1750-1950" It's written by Joscelyn Godwin.
> Has anyone here had the chance to read this book? Is it worth buying?

I can't imagine it would be anything less than excellent given Godwin's
reputation and prior works.

in fact I have "Music, Mysticism and Magic: A Sourcebook", by 
Joscelyn Godwin, and I suggest it is not only an essential addition
to one's library on music and ancient writings on it, but also on 
the subjects of mysticism and magic (predominantly Hermetic). 
notable mentions are: Corpus Hermeticum's "True Knowledge of Music",
Plotinus' "An Explanation of Magic" (to which I shall return later),
Iamblichus' "Pythagorus' Use of Music" and "Music in the Mysteries",
Capella's "The Marvellous Powers of Music", Isaac Loeb Peretz' "The
Kabbalists", Ficino's "The Magical Use of Music", Agrippa's "The Magic
of Words" and "The Magic of Tone", Fludd's "Rosicrucian Music",
Kepler's "The Metaphysics of Harmony", Kircher's "The Ultimate Music",
Kosegarten's "The Harmony of the Spheres", Schopenhauer's "Music as
the Cosmic Will Revealed", Fourier's "The Making of a Talisman" (one
I made for Divination Web but didn't know he'd created it too!),
Steiner's "Music, the Astral World, and Devachan", and Cyril Scott's
"The Beginnings of Music and Religion".

>Talking about books.....An author named R.J. Stewart has written some
>books about music and spirituality. I have read one of his books that
>was about music and magick. He explains all kinds of occult systems
>with music. Music and the tree of life...etc etc. Quite interesting.

I like Stewart's texts on Merlin and the Underworld. he's quite an
entertaining and thoughtful writer.

>And what about Mozart? He was a member of a Masonic lodge. "Die
>Zauberflöte" is in the opera-scene well known as being 'the Masonic

is Masonry occultism?


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