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"Knowledge of secret things depends upon the contemplation and view of the face of the whole world," he wrote, "of the motion, state and fashion thereof, as also of the springing up, the growing and the decaying of things: For a diligent searcher of Natures works, as he seeth how Nature doth generate and corrupt all things, so doth he also learn to do." In a lengthy discussion that reminds us of Fioravanti's primitivism, Della Porta described how the natural magician "learns from living creatures, which though they have no understanding, yet their senses are far quicker then ours; and by their actions they teach us Physick, Husbandry, the art of Building, the disposing of Household affairs, and almost all the Arts and Sciences." The ancients observed, for example, that doves gather bay leaves to protect their young against enchantments.

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Dale Martin’s is a book that would generally not come to the attention of folklorists, which is a shame because so much of what Martin does is relevant to any folklorist interested in superstition, religion, and magic, and the complex interplay between the vernacular and the elite in cosmological and religious beliefs. Martin examines debates about superstition in Greek and Roman antiquity. For folklorists, the implications of these debates and the history of the term superstition are important: although few folklorists now would be content to describe “quaint beliefs” as “superstitions” (as was common only a few decades ago) or subscribe to the views of Frazer or Mauss on the subject, there is still a tendency to see religion (or science) and superstition/folk belief as oppositional.

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"I rejoice more in having found out this fraud of demons," he declared, "than in whatever else I have done in my life of seventy years, having thereby opened the way for investigators to recover other things that are manifested in the inexhaustible treasure of God." Serious, experimental study of necromancy, he thought, would lead to knowledge of "the most hidden secrets" of nature; it would eradicate superstitions; and by recovering a lost ancient science, it would clarify once and for all the real distinction between superstition and natural magic.

C. S. Lewis talks about magic and superstition as "failed science"; a belief that rubbing a toad on a wart will remove it is "magic" because it doesn't work. "Superstition" is slightly more subtle since it involves "luck" which is much more subjective; if you believe that breaking a mirror causes bad luck, this may be a self-fulfulling prophecy.
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