The Ars Magica

  • Magic is the business of the Ars Magica, the body of learned men that practice the Hellenistic tradition of magik.
  • The slang for the Ars Magica is the old term Cult of Mercury. This is not altogether inaccurate as it is a Hermetic tradition that originated from the Greek Cult of Hermes.
  • The present Ars Magica originally started as the Cult of Hermes, but then was romanized into the Cult of Mercury and then changed by influence from the Pythagorian texts into the present form, the Ars Magica
  • The Ars Magica relies heavily on using mathematics to explain, rationalize and then control natural phenomena and physics.
  • Magoi are expert astronomers, mathematicians, physicists, philosophers, naturalists, herbalists, apothecaries, engineers, alchemists and chemists and are employed by any noble worth their salt. They are employed to help in accounting, mixing mortar, brewing wines, interpreting the stars and a myriad of other tasks. Almost always they are found as tutors to noble children.
  • The Ars Magica is not affiliated with government like the religious groups, and therefore is not often joined by nobles. In fact, little is known of what motivates this group but they do have their own agenda to follow.
  • The Ars Magica has large academies where they gather and study called Temples of Solomon, with the biggest, called the First Temple, in Rome. They are the best libraries in the world with the exception of the Libraries at Alexandria.
  • Quaesitor: Magus who polices other magus
  • Parens/filius – Master/apprentice relationship
  • Tribunal: Group of magoi who oversee a Temple of Solomon, whom in turn oversee the magoi of a Roman State.
  • Grand Tribunal: The group that oversees the whole of Ars Magica
  • Primus Magus – the magus that oversees the Grand Tribunal.

The Ars Magica

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