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goeteia  Term Image (γοητεια) Script Image
(Language:  Greek)
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Short Description: magic
Long Description: magic; the sharp distinction is made between 1) the sinister goeteia and 2) theourgia, the sacramental divine work, by Iamblichus in De mysteriis; however, magic is sometimes interpreted as gnosis, and gnosis pertains to the secret divine names as facilitating the power of magic; the Hellenistic magic (frequently equated with the mysteries and labeled musteria, musterion, musterion tou theou) is related to the ancient mystery-cult initiation and the Egyptian doctrine of heka – the miraculous power of creation, governed by the god Heka, who distributes hekau, the cultic words of power (as Hindu mantras) that perform divine liturgies and transformations of the soul; Hermis-Thoth, Isidos pater, is regarded as the founder of the holy tradition ( paradosis) of the magic arts and the author of the secret names ‘wrote in Heliopolis with hieroglyphic letters’; therefore the magician sometimes is called the mystagogue ( mustagogos).
Source(s): The Golden Chain: An Anthology of Platonic and Pythagorean Philosophy, by Dr. Algis Uždavinys
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Provided By: Dictionary of Spiritual Terms