Kasper is an enigmatic figure in the poem, the wise man of the Epiphany, magician, alchemist (Mary and Kaspar also mark the syncretist interplay between alchemical hermeticism
Unlike in Europe, where Neoplatonic hermeticism
and mechanical philosophies alike had fallen under the shadow of heretical thought, (18) in Mexico the censors' fears appear to have been more attuned to the possibility of social unrest.
I would argue, however, that these poems share a relationship to figuration--in broad terms, an impulse to resist "metaphoric fullness"--that, together with a number of other qualities, justifies our speaking of the category of Italian hermeticism
is a compromise between silence and expression.
For example, Pico della Mirandola's introduction of hermeticism
and cabbalah made him a prime target of the Inquisition.
It truth, politicians and the journalists who cover them, despite the hermeticism
of their Washington milieu and their commitment to what Didion refers to as "Insider Baseball" (the title of her essay on the Bush-Dukakis race), are also Americans whose fantasies have been shaped by the same popular culture--not to mention the historical myths fashioned from the political fictions of the past--as the rest of us.
Murphy's point here is to separate the radical self-involvement of the expressionists from the quietist, affirmative hermeticism
of modernism, but his arguments are episodic and lack the intellectual rigor he displays so admirably elsewhere.
If the gnosticism of such films was un-Proustian, the hermeticism
was right in the spirit.
But he continued research into the traditions of the occult underground -- gnosticism, hermeticism
, alchemy, astrology, the Kabbalah, the Tarot, automatic writing, all forms of magic, Freemasonry, Rosticrucianism, Christian Science, and Theosophy, with the possible application of these systems by the modern psychiatric world.
But, contra Davis, Goddess feminism's preoccupations are not at all with, say, the literary idealization of femininity in Romantic literature and philosophy, with hermeticism
, Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, magicians like John Dee, and the other antiquarian matters of fringe academic interest to which Davis devotes his space.
Audiences, however, may well appreciate the contemporary-seeming scalpel taken to feelings of love and lust amid a cloistered environment that -- for all its hermeticism
-- is in no way immune to cruelty.
Renaissance Neoplatonism and the Italian natural philosophers, especially Telesio, greatly influenced him, and the monistic natural philosophy that he worked out with its elements of magic, astrology, and Hermeticism
was a far cry from the mathematical, mechanistic science of Galileo that was to win the day.