During the Renaissance, roughly 1350-1527 CE, the Neo-Platonic revival initiated by the Qabalists of Provence swept Christian society. Though suspicion of Witchcraft was punishable by death, a mixed classical/Christian style replete with occult imagery, astrology, classical deities, alchemical medicine, and Neo-Platonic cosmological speculation was the norm among the educated classes of Europe. Many esoteric writers of the day still influence modern esotericism, such as Agrippa, Dee, Bruno, Rabelais, Trithemius, and the various Qabalists. In addition, the Renaissance brought a revival to the study of classical writers and works on theurgy and related subjects, such as Plotinus, Iamblichus, the Sepher Yetzirah, Merkabah mysticism, the Chaldean Oracles, and the Corpus Hermeticum, which have continued to exert a strong influence to the present day.

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Twilit Grotto -- Esoteric Archives
A collection of various esoteric writers from the Renaissance.
Ficino Venus Talisman
Venus talisman example with astrological election, construction, ritual and results using methods of Marsilio Ficino.
The Impact of Freemasonry on Elizabethan Literature
Article by Ron Heisler from the Hermetic Journal.
The Kabbala of Shakespeare
Article by Paul T. Olson exploring the possible influence of Qabalistic themes on Shakespeare's works.
Picatrix
Resource for key text used in Renaissance magic. Contains history, translations and examples.
Renaissance Astrological Magic
Introduction to theory and history of traditional magical astrology.
Sympathy or the Devil
Excellent resource. Discusses hermetic tradition in Renaissance talismanic magic.
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