Giordano Bruno and some of his Philosophies

Giordano Bruno and some of his Philosophies

by Ariana Clausen – Vélez


I happened upon this in one of my books when doing studies on another subject, it is in reference to Giordano Bruno and yet another reason why the Holy Sea feared him and his words of truth so very much.

Paracelsus got off the hook one more time. But Giordano Bruno, who was burned at the stake as a heretic on 17 February 1600, on the Campo de’ Fiori in Rome, did not. When one reads his statements about magic and magicians in the context of the phobia of all thoughts that did not originate in the moral-theological breeding ground, one must wonder how he was able to live to be fifty-two year old in such a climate of mutual denunciation (to which he ultimately fell victim). In his tract On Magic, written between 1586-1591, Bruno planted the term magician in a historical process of development between the wise and the miracle workers. He called such a person malefic “when he tends towards evil”. When he tends toward good, he should be considered amongst the “practitioners of medicine”. And when he causes death, he should be called “poison magician”.

The Christian dignitaries, however, could not care less about such differentiation. According to Bruno they brought the term magician to discredit: “For this reason his name does not sound as good to the wise or grammarians, because certain cowl wearers make demands of the term “magician”. Such a Capuchin monk was the author of the “Hexenhammer”. What an appropriate evaluation of heresy!

Then just a little further in within the same work, in reference to humanity and its creation is the following: In Greek sources it is said that “in life only the Moirai alone – and none of the other eternal Gods”-see and know everything about humans. Some classical authors present even Zeus as subject to will of the Morai. Such an idea is unimaginably sinful for Christians for to them God is supreme. A dialogue between Sofia and Saulin written in 1584 by Giordano Bruno (1995: 247) gives us a means for thinking about the abomination. Giordano quotes , in the figure of Saulin, the Roman poet Seneca:

“Fate leads us, we shun destiny. / The fine threads of the winding spindle / Does not premit the release of worrisome thought. / What we do and endure from above is it /Pre-determined, and from there comes everything. / The unforgiving sister of fate / Never pulls the fallen threads back up again, / According to a certain order the Parcae work, / While from us ever history swings against us which we do not know.”

To Christians, on the contrary, God alone determines human life and the order of the universe. Those, decisions are not made by elemental Goddesses. According to the Christian perspective, when the Parcae (or the witches) are able to influence the weather with their distaffs, as we have seen in pictorial examples, then the devil that God has sent to put humans to the test must be part of the game.


Mϋller-Ebeling, Claudia, Rätsch, Christian and Dieter Storl, Wolf, Translated by Annabel Lee: Witchcraft Medicine; Healing Arts, Shamanic Practices, and Forbidden Plants – 1957 and translated first edition 2003



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