Friday, 28 January 2011
Concerning the Cosmology of the Greek Magical Papyri
The verses of the Greek Magical Papyri exemplify an attitude that demonstrates how humanity is directly dependant on the energies of the universe. The gods of the Graeco-Egyptian pantheon now represent these forces of the universe, and in particular forces of nature. For example, the omnipresence of Helios in various amalgamated manifestations complies with the prominence of solar worship in that era. Selene’s prominence in many rites is evident and abstract forces of nature have become personified deities, such as Aion, Tyche, Chronos, the Moirai and Physis. Even the relationship between the living and the dead has now been transformed into a set of magical negotiations so that various human aims on earth may be achieved. Tyche appears to be a cosmic reality.