Marsilio Ficino famously writes in his book of natural magic De vita libri tres, “music is almost nothing other than a spirit [i.e., a demon.” This quote is especially interesting considering some music’s origins in shamanism and possession and the relationship between the contemporary music industry and occultism as well as how music has served as a catalyst in the recent mass shootings. Finally, many exorcists have noted the music can be a source of demonic infestation. One should thus be careful what he or she listens to.
I had been well aware that Marsilio Ficino had envisioned the Renaissance as the rebirth of the ancient Egyptian religion (as prophesied in the Corpus Hermeticum) as well as the ancient Golden Age, but according to Michael Allen (a UCLA professor not a crazy conspiracy theorist), Ficino envisioned his time as a revival of “the pre-Noachian time of Enoch,” that is, possibly what Plato would call the antediluvian Atlantis civilization. Very interesting indeed.
I have discovered a gold mine of information regarding Neoplatonism in the Renaissance in a collection of essays titled Marsilio Ficino: His Theology, His Philosophy, His Legacy.
Before I share one of them, I want to make a couple of quick statements. First of all, I have no specific evidence outside of rumor or hearsay that anyone involved in the dissemination of Neoplatonism in Europe in the 15th or 16th century (including the Medici in the picture above!) engaged in sodomy, pederasty or any other degenerate behavior outside of John Dee’s famous wife swap and rumors of Giordano Bruno’s visits to prostitutes.
As far as I can tell, all of them followed traditional Christian moral teaching in regard to sins of the flesh.
Secondly, on this blog, I am by no means suggesting that everyone who utilized Plato or Neoplatonic teaching was an occultist or a heretic. In fact, I think that much of what is said by Plato and the Neoplatonists in regard to metaphysics, ethics, and even some politics is basically correct in as much as it harmonizes with traditional Catholic teaching.
Nonetheless, it is my view that Neoplatonism also provides the basis for Gnosticism or intellectual Satanism and “high magic.”
Furthermore, one of the essential ingredients of this magic is pederasty and sodomy, which flourished at one time among Socrates and his fellows and was revived in the 19th century among Plato scholars and of course practiced by Aleister Crowley and later sexual degenerates and occultists.
It was thus of some interest when I read Arthur Field’s’ sarcastic comment in regard to James Hankins’s misreading of one of Marsilio Ficino’s letters: “I would conclude from Hankins’s argument that Ficino was running some pederastic club for visiting ambassadors.”
Again, I have absolutely no evidence that Ficino was a pedophile or sodomite, but Fields’s sarcastic comment is worth probing.
Florence was known for its degeneracy and the presence of pederasty long after Dante’s famous depiction of sodomites in hell in the fourteenth century.
Pederasty was also clearly one of the steps in the ascent of love in the Symposium and Phaedrus–especially in the esoteric readings of the works as magical ascents.
Are we to believe that the arrival of Plato was greeted with only intellectual admiration in the West, and no one attempted to imitate the degeneracy promoted in the “erotic dialogues”?
Were those who revived Gnosticism, Satanism, and Neoplatonic magic, and conversing with demons really living chaste lives?
I am not making any accusations, but this issue deserves further study.
One of the Italian families most famous for the introduction of Neoplatonism and Neoplatonic magic is the Florentine Medici family. Cosimo Medici was the life long patron of Marsilio Ficino and forced Ficino to stop his famous translations of Plato’s works in order to translated the Gnostic text, the Corpus Hermeticum. The banking patriarch’s interest in the occult is not atypical for a banker: there has always been as strong of link between banking and magic as their has been between banking and sodomy. It is curious, however, to reflect on what the Florentine banking magnet exactly knew about the Corpus that maybe even Ficino did not.
Perhaps, a clue is found in the name of the namesake and descendant of Cosimo, Cosimo I de Medici’s illegitimate daughter Bia. Allegedly, the girl, who died at the age of five, was called “Bia” as an diminutive of “bambina” or “little girl.” However, there is a section in the Talmud called the Issurei Biah, which discusses forbidden sexual relations–including and especially prohibitions against sexual intercourse with the Christians.
Someone, may rightly say that just because there is a word in the Talmud that sounds like the name of the illegitimate daughter of a Medici, it does not mean that there is any connection whatsoever.
However, we do know that the Jews and the Medici were intimately intertwined in the history of Florence and Northern Italy in general. As the Jewish Virtual library notes, the Medici encouraged the growth of Jewish communities in Siena and Pisa as well as other towns. What is more, the Medici eliminated the ban on Jews in 1512 in Florence; however, the ban was reinstated in 1527 when the Medici were expelled.
It is possible that either the Medici 1). were members of the tribe themselves or 2). were thick as thieves with the Jews and thus rose and fell with them (think Trump family).
We also must remember that the identity of Bia’s mother was kept secret.
Was Cosimo’s daughter Bia nick-named as such as insider joke, revealing that she was conceived with an impure Italian, thus breaking the sacrosanct Talmudic laws of racial purity? Or was Cosimo himself actually an Italian and sincere Christian who managed to seduce one of the chosen people?
Whether or not the story is true, it is weird that the Medici who were so instrumental in the rise of paganism and the occult in the Renaissance and who caused so much harm to the reputation of the Church through their Simoniac march through the ranks of the clergy were such pals with the Jews.
Was the young girl murdered or allowed to die because of her parents misdeeds?
Here is a theory: Whether or not they had the pure seed of Abraham, the Medici may have been initiated into the upper tier of the secret society and were a conduit through which money and political power could be used to promote degenerate art and magic and attack Christianity.