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n. pl. the·ur·gies
1. Divine or supernatural intervention in human affairs.
2. Magic performed with the supposed aid of beneficent spirits, as formerly practiced by the Neoplatonists.

[Late Latin theūrgia, from Greek theourgiā, sacramental rite, mystery : theo-, theo- + -ourgiā, -urgy.]

the·ur′gic, the·ur′gi·cal adj.
the·ur′gi·cal·ly adv.
the′ur·gist n.
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wali); (2) the importance of supererogatory works in achieving divine love, as a result of which God becomes the very organs of His servant; (3) the theurgical power of the servant, who is able to invoke God and have his prayers answered (ijabat al-da'wa); and (4) the "wavering" of God in taking the life of the believer.
ecstasy and theurgy, "It is necessary to reintegrate the theurgical
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Not surprisingly, in the Barbian paraphrase, the "great Poesque accent," and "the tone of the race's weddings" played by Roderick Usher, which harmonizes the Soul with the Cosmos (an idea suggested among other things by the lines borrowed form Beranger, which serve as moto to the Poesque tale--"Son coeur est un luth suspendu; /Sitot qu'on le touche il resonne" [His heart is a poised lute; as soon as it is touched, it resounds]--defines a theurgical act.
In the opposition evinced between these two views, magic in Burack's understanding is a lower, more compromised form than the theurgical actions performed in Idel's view.
Keep in mind though that while, for Iamblichus, union with the gods was theurgical, that is, the work of the gods, to prepare oneself for theurgic ritual one must have the proper theoretical knowledge of the divine.
Alexander Scriabin's theurgical utopia, his "Mysterium," which was supposed to provoke a "cosmic event" (282) two years before 1917, shows concretely how far the idea that aesthetic activity could transform history contributed to fostering the claim that revolution was necessary.
They are the main modi operandi of the theurgical Kabbalist.
Porphyry objected to theurgy for a number of reasons: it seems to presume that the gods are passible and subject to human cajoling; ritual offerings suggest that the gods experience sense-perception; and theurgical divination smacks of the laughable excesses of the devotees of Cybele or Magna Mater (Myst.
Following a survey of models of exegesis, the author offers an alternative interpretation of Isaac of Akko's approach to symbolic readings of liturgy and emphasis on prayer and mystical contemplation techniques as theurgical actions affecting the Divine.
The paper argues against those critics of the PseudoDionysius who charge that his theology lacks an adequate account of sin that, to the contrary, his entire theurgical system depends singularly on a particular sense of human brokenness.