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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.
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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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