Picatrix 3.6 – On Perfect Nature

Read by: Dan Attrell

This is a reading of Picatrix Book 3, Chapter 6 which pertains to the Hermetic/pseudo-Aristotelian concept of the “Perfect Nature” which according to Maslama al-Qurtubi, the 10th century Andalusian magus and author of the work, is a kind of illumination experienced by the perfected sage at the summit of all learning in both the sciences and in philosophy, or in modern parlance, the knowledge and conversation with one’s higher genius. The passage draws on texts from the pseudo-Aristotelian Hermetica and describes a peculiar magical incubation ritual followed by another invocation ritual and a communal feast, with some speculations on what exactly is Perfect Nature and how it connects to the science of astral magic.

Dan Attrell and David Porreca. Picatrix: A Medieval Treatise on Astral Magic. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2019. (https://amzn.to/2TcdBnA) [affiliate link]

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