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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.
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** 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.
2nd Dec '16 12:08:44 PM Kakai
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* ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'' calls its FunctionalMagic hermeticism and utilizes some of the principles, most notably like-to-like and extensive use of geometry. This being said, it's augmented by VancianMagic to some extent to make it more useful for combat.
29th Oct '16 7:03:31 PM WillKeaton
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* The 'mindslave' spell Hekate uses in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse story "Christmas Elves". For that matter, humans with the time and inclination can learn and practice this style of magic without necessarily requiring innate superpowers in this universe; Wizard-class mutants just have a natural knack (and may, at higher levels, be able to work more comic-book style spontaneous magic as well).

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* The 'mindslave' spell Hekate uses in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' story "Christmas Elves". For that matter, humans with the time and inclination can learn and practice this style of magic without necessarily requiring innate superpowers in this universe; Wizard-class mutants just have a natural knack (and may, at higher levels, be able to work more comic-book style spontaneous magic as well).
29th Oct '16 7:03:07 PM WillKeaton
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* [[TruthInTelevision There are a number of groups still practicing Hermeticism]], despite many occultists going over to the less intense/time consuming Chaos Magic and Wicca-influenced stuff. Creator/AleisterCrowley, the Ordo Templi Orientis, and the Rosicrucians fall under this umbrella; two out of the three are still around, and the third was kind of just one guy, so you can excuse him for not living forever.
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* [[TruthInTelevision There are a number of groups still practicing Hermeticism]], despite many occultists going over to the less intense/time consuming Chaos Magic and Wicca-influenced stuff. Creator/AleisterCrowley, the Ordo Templi Orientis, and the Rosicrucians fall under this umbrella; two out of the three are still around, and the third was kind of just one guy, so you can excuse him for not living forever.
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29th Oct '16 7:01:57 PM WillKeaton
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* TruthInTelevision: There are a number of groups still practicing Hermeticism, despite many occultists going over to the less intense/time consuming Chaos Magic and Wicca-influenced stuff. Creator/AleisterCrowley, the Ordo Templi Orientis, and the Rosicrucians fall under this umbrella; two out of the three are still around, and the third was kind of just one guy, so you can excuse him for not living forever.
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* [[TruthInTelevision There are a number of groups still practicing Hermeticism]], despite many occultists going over to the less intense/time consuming Chaos Magic and Wicca-influenced stuff. Creator/AleisterCrowley, the Ordo Templi Orientis, and the Rosicrucians fall under this umbrella; two out of the three are still around, and the third was kind of just one guy, so you can excuse him for not living forever.
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29th Oct '16 7:00:42 PM WillKeaton
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* Alchemy in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!,'' though usually in a ''much'' different way than how ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' uses it.

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* Alchemy in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!,'' ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' is Hermetic, though usually in a ''much'' different way than how ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' uses it.
29th Oct '16 6:58:47 PM WillKeaton
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* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' the symbols on Alucards glove, the [[http://www.levity.com/alchemy/rscroll.html recurring invocation to Hermes]], and a couple other points indicate is in use. This is never explained in any depth nor is any true user depicted explicitly.

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* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' the symbols on Alucards glove, the [[http://www.levity.com/alchemy/rscroll.html recurring invocation to Hermes]], Hermes,]] and a couple other points indicate is in use. This is never explained in any depth nor is any true user depicted explicitly.
29th Oct '16 6:57:52 PM WillKeaton
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These days, Hermetic magic is perhaps used/more likely found in anime than in Western works. Either to provide a comparatively exotic European flair to contrast with local mysticism... or just because [[FauxSymbolism it looks cool]]. While in the West magic is often whitewashed to just a basic spell and effect with maybe one line of chanting and a circle of candles. This may be because talking about magic in too much detail might incite the MoralGuardians to launch a WitchHunt accusing you of Satanism, or just because Western media is more likely to be live action. It being a pain in the butt to depict those fancy geometric designs when you can't just [[StockFootage recycle animation]] and not end up with ObviousCGI. That said, Hermeticism has been around long enough to influence almost every aspect of Western magic, or at least share it with others such as use of pentagrams.

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These days, Hermetic magic is perhaps used/more likely found in anime than in Western works. Either to provide a comparatively exotic European flair to contrast with local mysticism... or just because [[FauxSymbolism it looks cool]]. While cool]], while in the West magic is often whitewashed to just a basic spell and effect with maybe one line of chanting and a circle of candles. This may be because talking about magic in too much detail might incite the MoralGuardians to launch a WitchHunt accusing you of Satanism, or just because Western media is more likely to be live action. It being a pain in the butt to depict those fancy geometric designs when you can't just [[StockFootage recycle animation]] and not end up with ObviousCGI. That said, Hermeticism has been around long enough to influence almost every aspect of Western magic, or at least share it with others such as use of pentagrams.
29th Oct '16 6:57:25 PM WillKeaton
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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 as so being 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 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 so being the same as a comparatively easy way to have ShownTheirWork.
29th Oct '16 6:54:48 PM WillKeaton
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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 as so being 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 as so being a comparatively easy way to have ShownTheirWork.
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