A Brief Note on Synesius and the Chaldean Oracles

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Dear Reader,

As I have noted before, the earlier Catholic bishop Synesius was an adept of Neoplatonic magic and Gnostic thought. However, I have just discovered that he uses terminology used in the ur-text of Western magic, the Chaldean Oracles. The Oracles were originally from Babylon and are the basis of much of Western magic and occultism–especially the “thinking man’s” magic.

Synesius’s familiarity with this ancient Babylonian text is strange and could further lead to the idea that occultists hid out among the earlier Christian clergy and passed down their teaching sub rosa.

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