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26th Jan '18 6:39:39 AM Theriocephalus
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* The "divine magic" used by the goddesses in ''Manga/AhMyGoddess''.
** Lampshaded in one episode, part of the reason spell names are recited is to warn folks that the Goddesses are casting it. In fact, outside of the more complex spells that require multiple casters and/or spell circles, they can cast most things instantly.
* Spellcasting in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' is somewhere between Hermetic and Vancian models. The basic combat spellcasting is based on Vancian-type spells, but many mages use longer Hermetic rituals with magic circles and stuff (most often these are used for summoning demons and enchanting items).
** Furthered when a zoom-out reveals the entire city of Seyruun is built in the shape of a gigantic magic circle--made so in order to weaken any black magic used within the city's walls.

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* The "divine magic" used by the goddesses in ''Manga/AhMyGoddess''.
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''Manga/AhMyGoddess''. Lampshaded in one episode, part of the reason spell names are recited is to warn folks that the Goddesses are casting it. In fact, outside of the more complex spells that require multiple casters and/or spell circles, they can cast most things instantly.
* Spellcasting in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' is somewhere between Hermetic and Vancian models. The basic combat spellcasting is based on Vancian-type spells, but many mages use longer Hermetic rituals with magic circles and stuff (most often these are used for summoning demons and enchanting items).
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items). Furthered when a zoom-out reveals the entire city of Seyruun is built in the shape of a gigantic magic circle--made so in order to weaken any black magic used within the city's walls.



* Much of ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' (primarily the [[Anime/YuGiOh first series]]) deals with ancient Egyptian magic. During the Doma [[StoryArc arc]], Dartz, the BigBad for that part of the series, uses a unicursal hexagram called the "Seal of Orichalcos", which is seen inside a circle with the Enochian alphabet spelling "Oreichalkos" twice in the border.
** Unfortunately, in the Japanese version of the anime, the runes on the Orichalcos cards do not translate into actual words (a subverted BilingualBonus).

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* Much of ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' (primarily the [[Anime/YuGiOh first series]]) deals with ancient Egyptian magic. During the Doma [[StoryArc arc]], Dartz, the BigBad for that part of the series, uses a unicursal hexagram called the "Seal of Orichalcos", which is seen inside a circle with the Enochian alphabet spelling "Oreichalkos" twice in the border.
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border. Unfortunately, in the Japanese version of the anime, the runes on the Orichalcos cards do not translate into actual words (a subverted BilingualBonus).






* This is the specific type of magic used in ''Comicbook/ArkhamAsylumASeriousHouseOnSeriousEarth''.

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* Demon-summoning in Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy is ''extremely'' complicated, primarily involving magical circles and knowing the name of the demon, but also knowing dozens of other languages, candles, incenses, not leaving the circle until you are sure the demon won't hurt you, knowing how to play various music instruments well, among other things. And that's just the basics, as demon summoning just becomes more complex from there.

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* Demon-summoning in Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy is ''extremely'' complicated, primarily involving magical circles and knowing the name of the demon, but also knowing dozens of other languages, candles, incenses, not leaving the circle until you are sure the demon won't hurt you, and knowing how to play various music instruments well, among other things. And that's just the basics, as demon summoning just becomes more complex from there.



* In many ''Author/HPLovecraft'' works, spells and summonings involve exhaustive research, intricate methods, rare materials (Some of alien origin), specifics dates of preparation and some innate abilities that few people have. The complexity and obscurity of these procedures gives them an occultist and alchemist feel, as well as explaining why the Great Old Ones are so unknown to the public (In universe, of course).
** In fact, in this universe, magic is not presented as a separate issue than science, but more as an special form of it. Mixing Sci-fi with occultism is one of the most characteristic elements of Lovecraftian literature and the Weird Science genre.

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* In many ''Author/HPLovecraft'' works, spells and summonings involve exhaustive research, intricate methods, rare materials (Some of alien origin), specifics dates of preparation and some innate abilities that few people have. The complexity and obscurity of these procedures gives them an occultist and alchemist feel, as well as explaining why the Great Old Ones are so unknown to the public (In universe, of course). \n** In fact, in this universe, magic is not presented as a separate issue than from science, but more as an special form of it. Mixing Sci-fi sci-fi with occultism is one of the most characteristic elements of Lovecraftian literature and the Weird Science genre.genre in general.



* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''

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** Similarly, ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' have the Tremere clan, who used to be ''House'' Tremere from ''TabletopGame/ArsMagica'' until they realized that magic was fading, and with it, the immortality they'd purchased through alchemy. So, they corraled a bunch of vampires, forced them to Embrace, and got a new kind of immortality. They practice potent blood sorcery, but it's ultimately a bastardized version of the magic they practiced while alive. And if that weren't enough, most of vampire kind views them as utter dicks because one of the first things they did after their formation was to ensure the destruction of one of the most ''decent'' clans in all of history, and the Order of Hermes's general philosophy for dealing with "the betrayers" is to KillItWithFire. Ironically, Tremere was trying to ''legitimize'' his clan with the destruction of the Salubri; he thought if he could diablerize Saulot and claim his power, he could get a foothold in vampiric society. However, Tremere's entire life can be summed up with "It half-worked"...
*** And in the ContinuityReboot, ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'', Tremere ''liches'' are an evil Legacy of mages that extend their lifespan by stealing souls. Same family, though. Turns out in [[TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness nWoD]], mixing your supernatural types is a bad idea, more so than before, when it was just SpecialSnowflakeSyndrome bait.
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Thaumatology'' spends several pages listing all the Hermetic decans along with discussions of how they might be invoked.
** As did its predecessor, ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Cabal''

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** Similarly, ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' have has the Tremere clan, who used to be ''House'' Tremere from ''TabletopGame/ArsMagica'' until they realized that magic was fading, and with it, the immortality they'd purchased through alchemy. So, they corraled a bunch of vampires, forced them to Embrace, and got a new kind of immortality. They practice potent blood sorcery, but it's ultimately a bastardized version of the magic they practiced while alive. And if that weren't enough, most of vampire kind views them as utter dicks because one of the first things they did after their formation was to ensure the destruction of one of the most ''decent'' clans in all of history, and the Order of Hermes's general philosophy for dealing with "the betrayers" is to KillItWithFire. Ironically, Tremere was trying to ''legitimize'' his clan with the destruction of the Salubri; he thought if he could diablerize Saulot and claim his power, he could get a foothold in vampiric society. However, Tremere's entire life can be summed up with "It half-worked"...
*** And in ** In ''Mage: the Ascension'''s ContinuityReboot, ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'', Tremere ''liches'' are an evil Legacy of mages that extend extended their lifespan by stealing souls. Same family, though. Turns out in [[TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness nWoD]], mixing your supernatural types is a bad idea, more so than before, when it was just SpecialSnowflakeSyndrome bait.
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Thaumatology'' spends several pages listing all the Hermetic decans along with discussions of how they might be invoked.
** As
invoked, as did its predecessor, ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Cabal''



* The ''Franchise/StarOcean'' games have Heraldry/Symbology/Runology, which involves etching symbols, on nearby surfaces or on the caster themselves, which can then be used to create spells. It is revealed in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'' that [[spoiler: the symbols are in fact parts of programming code for the virtual universe the characters live in, and allow them to warp reality]]. ItMakesSenseInContext.
** One should also note that: [[spoiler: It still works when the main character uses his (and his love interest's and cousin's) literal gamebreaking code to open a portal to the 4th dimension, that is, the real world, where they are part of a video game]].

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* The ''Franchise/StarOcean'' games have Heraldry/Symbology/Runology, which involves etching symbols, on nearby surfaces or on the caster themselves, which can then be used to create spells. It is revealed in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'' that [[spoiler: the symbols are in fact parts of programming code for the virtual universe the characters live in, and allow them to warp reality]]. ItMakesSenseInContext.
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ItMakesSenseInContext. One should also note that: that [[spoiler: It it still works when the main character uses his (and his love interest's and cousin's) literal gamebreaking code to open a portal to the 4th dimension, that is, the real world, where they are part of a video game]].



* Where other RealTimeStrategy games have buildings and other structures, ''VideoGame/GrimGrimoire'' has Lillet inscribing various magic circles from which she [[SummonMagic summons]] demons, ghosts, and other units to overwhelm her enemy with.
** In general RTS have hints of it if they have a middle age theme and require certain buildings to cast advanced spells.

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* Where other RealTimeStrategy games have buildings and other structures, ''VideoGame/GrimGrimoire'' has Lillet inscribing various magic circles from which she [[SummonMagic summons]] demons, ghosts, and other units to overwhelm her enemy with.
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with. In general RTS have hints of it if they have a middle age theme and require certain buildings to cast advanced spells.












** It should be noted that in the classical ("Solomonic") Western Esoteric tradition from which many of these examples (directly or not) derive from, there generally wasn't an expectation that the ritual alone could cause the spell to work; rather, practitioners believed that the ritual would [[SummonMagic summon a spirit]] that the magician would then order about.

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** * It should be noted that in the classical ("Solomonic") Western Esoteric tradition from which many of these examples (directly or not) derive from, there generally wasn't an expectation that the ritual alone could cause the spell to work; rather, practitioners believed that the ritual would [[SummonMagic summon a spirit]] that the magician would then order about.



26th Jan '18 6:35:28 AM Theriocephalus
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The origin of the phrase "As above, so below" the tradition makes ''extensive'' use of SympatheticMagic, often in more abstract ways. Thus it is heavily reliant on either visual/material symbolism or even [[MagicalIncantation spoken]] forms. Other important core elements are seeking to understand Astrology, Alchemy as previously mentioned, and [[FunctionalMagic Theurgy]]. For some of the more common imagery check out a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rider-Waite_tarot_deck Rider-Waite]] set of Tarot cards. This makes Hermeticism often a long drawn-out affair with lots of potentially flashy elements (or in other words, a very rich source of mystical imagery with at least some grounding in real beliefs).

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The origin of the phrase "As "as above, so below" below", the tradition makes ''extensive'' use of SympatheticMagic, often in more abstract ways. Thus it It is thus heavily reliant on either visual/material symbolism or even [[MagicalIncantation spoken]] forms. Other important core elements are seeking to understand Astrology, Alchemy as previously mentioned, and [[FunctionalMagic Theurgy]]. For some of the more common imagery check out a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rider-Waite_tarot_deck Rider-Waite]] set of Tarot cards. This makes Hermeticism often a long drawn-out affair with lots of potentially flashy elements (or in other words, a very rich source of mystical imagery with at least some grounding in real beliefs).
26th Jan '18 6:34:50 AM Theriocephalus
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Hermeticism is a real-world [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermetism philosophical, religious, and magical tradition]] ascribed to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermes_Trismegistus Hermes Trismegistus]], claimed to be the [[GodInHumanForm human incarnation]] of both the Egyptian God Thoth and the Greek God Hermes, a Coptic Egyptian gnostic who founded the theological and philosophical base of western alchemy. One of the oldest, most continuous, and pervasive of Western magical traditions it also [[{{Irony}} widely influenced early scientific thought]] as late as such greats as devoted alchemist [[UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton Sir Isaac Newton]]. Alchemy in particular can be almost synomous with Hermetic traditions and depictions of European, Armenian, and Islamic alchemy will usually represent these as being the same as a comparatively easy way to have ShownTheirWork.

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Hermeticism is a real-world [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermetism philosophical, religious, and magical tradition]] ascribed to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermes_Trismegistus Hermes Trismegistus]], claimed to be the [[GodInHumanForm human incarnation]] of both the Egyptian God god Thoth and the Greek God god Hermes, a Coptic Egyptian gnostic who founded the theological and philosophical base of western alchemy. One of the oldest, most continuous, and pervasive of Western magical traditions it also [[{{Irony}} widely influenced early scientific thought]] as late as such greats as devoted alchemist [[UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton Sir Isaac Newton]]. Alchemy in particular can be almost synomous with Hermetic traditions and depictions of European, Armenian, and Islamic alchemy will usually represent these as being the same as a comparatively easy way to have ShownTheirWork.



* Katsumi Liqueur's wizardry in ''Manga/SilentMoebius''.

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14th Jan '18 10:19:54 PM SantosLHalper
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* It should be noted that in the classical ("Solomonic") Western Esoteric tradition from which many of these examples (directly or not) derive from, there generally wasn't an expectation that the ritual alone could cause the spell to work; rather, practitioners believed that the ritual would [[SummonMagic summon a spirit]] that the magician would then order about.


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** It should be noted that in the classical ("Solomonic") Western Esoteric tradition from which many of these examples (directly or not) derive from, there generally wasn't an expectation that the ritual alone could cause the spell to work; rather, practitioners believed that the ritual would [[SummonMagic summon a spirit]] that the magician would then order about.
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25th Oct '17 10:11:44 AM SantosLHalper
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* It should be noted that in the classical ("Solomonic") Western Esoteric tradition from which many of these examples (directly or not) derive from, there generally wasn't an expectation that the ritual alone could cause the spell to work; rather, practitioners believed that the ritual would summon a spirit that the magician would then order about.

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* It should be noted that in the classical ("Solomonic") Western Esoteric tradition from which many of these examples (directly or not) derive from, there generally wasn't an expectation that the ritual alone could cause the spell to work; rather, practitioners believed that the ritual would [[SummonMagic summon a spirit spirit]] that the magician would then order about.
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* It should be noted that in the classical ("Solomonic") Western Esoteric tradition from which many of these examples (directly or not) derive from, there generally wasn't an expectation that the ritual alone could cause the spell to work; rather, practitioners believed that the ritual would summon a spirit that the magician would then order about.
27th Sep '17 8:26:45 PM Theriocephalus
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* Symbols of some sort light up on Mikoto's sword Miroku in ''Anime/MaiHime''.

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* %%* Symbols of some sort light up on Mikoto's sword Miroku in ''Anime/MaiHime''.



* Alchemy in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' is Hermetic, though usually in a ''much'' different way than how ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' uses it.

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* %%* Alchemy in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' is Hermetic, though usually in a ''much'' different way than how ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' uses it.



* Homura and his followers at the end of the first Manga/{{Saiyuki}} anime.

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* So does ''Anime/TsukuyomiMoonPhase''.
* And ''Anime/AyakashiAyashi''.

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* %%* So does ''Anime/TsukuyomiMoonPhase''.
* %%* And ''Anime/AyakashiAyashi''.



* ''Manga/PeacockKing''.

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* %%* ''Manga/PeacockKing''.
27th Sep '17 8:20:36 PM Theriocephalus
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Hermeticism is a real-world [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermetism philosophical, religious, and magical tradition,]] ascribed to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermes_Trismegistus Hermes Trismegistus,]] claimed to be the [[GodInHumanForm human incarnation]] of both the Egyptian God Thoth and the Greek God Hermes, a Coptic Egyptian gnostic who founded the theological and philosophical base of western alchemy. One of the oldest, most continuous, and pervasive of Western magical traditions it also [[{{Irony}} widely influenced early scientific thought]] as late as such greats as devoted alchemist [[UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton Sir Isaac Newton]]. Alchemy in particular can be almost synomous with Hermetic traditions and depictions of European, Armenian, and Islamic alchemy will usually represent these as being the same as a comparatively easy way to have ShownTheirWork.

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Hermeticism is a real-world [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermetism philosophical, religious, and magical tradition,]] tradition]] ascribed to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermes_Trismegistus Hermes Trismegistus,]] Trismegistus]], claimed to be the [[GodInHumanForm human incarnation]] of both the Egyptian God Thoth and the Greek God Hermes, a Coptic Egyptian gnostic who founded the theological and philosophical base of western alchemy. One of the oldest, most continuous, and pervasive of Western magical traditions it also [[{{Irony}} widely influenced early scientific thought]] as late as such greats as devoted alchemist [[UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton Sir Isaac Newton]]. Alchemy in particular can be almost synomous with Hermetic traditions and depictions of European, Armenian, and Islamic alchemy will usually represent these as being the same as a comparatively easy way to have ShownTheirWork.
28th Aug '17 5:31:29 AM Baggytrousers23
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Not to be confused with [[SealedIndexInACan Sealing Magic]].
25th Jul '17 10:38:45 AM SantosLHalper
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Expect to see The Seal of Solomon, the [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Qabbalah]], [[TarotMotifs Tarot cards]], and the Enochian alphabet in works featuring Hermetic magic (the Paracelsian Alphabet of the Magi, less known by name, is nevertheless also likely to make an appearance).

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Expect to see The Seal of Solomon, the [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Qabbalah]], {{UsefulNotes/Kabbalah}}, [[TarotMotifs Tarot cards]], and the Enochian alphabet in works featuring Hermetic magic (the Paracelsian Alphabet of the Magi, less known by name, is nevertheless also likely to make an appearance).
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