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The writings of Henry Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim (1486-1535),commonly referred to as Agrippa influenced occultists for generations. His thinking was different and advanced for his times which frequently brought him into conflict with contemporaries and church officials. He excelled in his studies at the University of Cologne and proficiently spoke eight languages. By his early twenties he was skilled in alchemy, having read Kabbalistic and Hermetic literature extensively.

He was fascinated by alchemy and magic and is alleged to have actually found the Philosopher's Stone. He was engrossed in achieving spiritual union with the Godhead.

After a military and diplomatic career under Maximillian I, King of Germany, he became a professor of Hebrew and belles-lettres at the University of Dole in France. Also, he was a respected astrologer when they were plentiful. He likewise was knowledgeable in law, theology, medicine, and philosophy. Some may have rightly called him the Renaissance Man of the occult world. A.G.H.

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