Interesting post by Aaron Leitch on the historical development of Western occultism.
And while we are on the subject:
Chapter One of “Secrets of the Magickal Grimoires”:
Chapter One of Secrets of the Magickal Grimoires
by Aaron Leitch
The Medieval and Renaissance Eras
The “classical age” of the grimoiric texts is roughly equivalent to the span of the Middle (or Medieval) and Renaissance ages. The Middle Ages began roughly in the fifth century CE, when the empire of Rome was both infiltrated and violently overrun by Germanic tribes. This is when the famous sacking of Rome took place at the hands of the Vandals, in the year 455 CE. The established government was slowly inched out of power, and Italy became little more than an extension of a German kingdom. The vast Roman Republic faded away, and was replaced by a wholly agricultural society.
The Roman government, however, was not willing to simply vanish into the pages of…
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