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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).
25th Jul '17 10:37:51 AM SantosLHalper
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See InstantRunes, MagicIsMental, and FantasticScience. Compare RitualMagic.

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A sub-trope of RitualMagic. See also InstantRunes, MagicIsMental, and FantasticScience. Compare RitualMagic.FantasticScience.
17th Jul '17 1:42:58 AM Yozzy
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* Hermeticism is one of the main traditions of magic in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'', which affects how the character has learned magic, his philosophical outlook towards magic, and how he performs rituals and spirit contracts. Hermetic mages are opposed to shamans, with the two having a TechnicianVersusPerformer sort of relationship towards magic (Hermeticism, with its focus on magic as science, research and secular learning, is the technician). Of course, when you're out on the street throwing spells on the fly, the only difference between a hermetic mage and a shaman is one different ability used to [[PowerAtAPrice resist Drain]].

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* Hermeticism The Hermetic tradition is one of the main traditions of magic in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'', which affects how the character has learned magic, his philosophical outlook towards magic, and how he performs rituals and spirit contracts. Hermetic mages are opposed to shamans, shamans (the other major tradition), with the two having a TechnicianVersusPerformer sort of relationship towards magic (Hermeticism, magic. Hermeticism, with its focus on magic as science, scientific and rational view of magic, research and secular learning, is the technician). Of course, technician. In the flavor of the game, this all comes down to philosophical differences, and mages' usage of magic comes down to [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve how they interpret magic and their influences]] (the latest edition rather famously noted that a mage's usage of magic can even be influenced by their childhood cartoons). In the mechanics, when you're out on the street throwing spells on the fly, the only major difference between a hermetic mage and a shaman is one different ability used to [[PowerAtAPrice how they [[CastFromStamina resist Drain]].
8th May '17 2:42:38 PM Derkhan
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* Magic in ''Literature/LoyalEnemies'' can do almost anything, from fireballs to creating a full-blown castle in an instant, but most of the complex things require hours upon hours of meticulous planning. Veres sums it up once:
-->''Oh, it ''(casting a castle out if thin air)'' took them maybe two minutes... And two years of theoretical calculations.''

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* Magic in ''Literature/LoyalEnemies'' can do almost anything, from fireballs teleportation to creating a full-blown castle in an instant, castles out of thin air, but most of the complex things require hours upon hours of meticulous planning. Veres sums it up once:
-->''Oh, --> '''Shelena:''' ''(referring to the villains' giant castle)'' So, how long did it ''(casting a castle out if thin air)'' took take them maybe two minutes... to build that whopper?\\
'''Veres:''' My guess is three hours.
And two a couple years of theoretical calculations.''
23rd Apr '17 2:59:14 PM nombretomado
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* The Franchise/TalesSeries is full of them especially ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''

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* The Franchise/TalesSeries ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'' is full of them them, especially ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''
31st Mar '17 12:46:20 PM eroock
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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''' 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.
29th Mar '17 8:59:33 PM SSJMagus
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* Some elements of ''Literature/HarryPotter'''s magic are hermetic. The most notable instance is probably the resurrection of Voldemort in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]''.

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* Some elements of ''Literature/HarryPotter'''s magic are hermetic. The most notable instance is probably the resurrection of Voldemort in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]''. There's also an "Ancient Runes" class taught at Hogwarts which presumably relates to this form of magic, but the subject matter is never actually depicted in either the novels or their film adaptations.



* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' and ''LightNovel/FateZero'', the two Caster-class Servants: ''LightNovel/FateZero'' 's Caster has a magic book that allow him to summon small monsters without the ritual usually necessary (bigger monsters, like ''Chtulhu'' (yes, he summoned it too), still need a ritual), while ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' 's Caster is so good as a mage that she can spam spells that would require long rituals, like her trademark [[FrickingLaserBeams Rain of Light]] (a normal mage would need a magic circle, a ten-count aria and a full minute, or thirty seconds if the mage's very good, to cast a single beam of light, she needs a single word to fire thousands of them).

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* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' and ''LightNovel/FateZero'', the two Caster-class Servants: ''LightNovel/FateZero'' 's ''LightNovel/FateZero''[='=]s Caster has a magic book that allow him to summon small monsters without the ritual usually necessary (bigger monsters, like ''Chtulhu'' (yes, he summoned it too), still need a ritual), while ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' 's ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''[='=]s Caster is so good as a mage that she can spam spells that would require long rituals, like her trademark [[FrickingLaserBeams Rain of Light]] (a normal mage would need a magic circle, a ten-count aria and a full minute, or thirty seconds if the mage's very good, to cast a single beam of light, she needs a single word to fire thousands of them).them). She can do this by speaking [[LanguageOfMagic Divine Words]], which modern humans are physically incapable of pronouncing.
25th Mar '17 9:56:38 AM KillerClowns
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* Naturally, the Hermetic Society in ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings II'' is all about this. [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane It's not clear if they're achieving anything]] -- only the Potion of Eudaiomnia, able to clear a person of stress and depression, seems especially fantastic -- but the bonuses for their ritual are quite real, [[MagicFeather whatever their cause]].
7th Feb '17 5:50:12 AM hszmv1
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2nd Jan '17 8:01:20 AM valar55
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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 Hermetcism 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 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 Hermetcism Hermeticism often a long drawn out drawn-out affair with lots of potentially flashy elements or (or in other words words, a very rich source of mystical imagery with at least some grounding in real beliefs.
beliefs).



** 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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** Furthered when a zoom out 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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