AYA Reads Agrippa: Three Books of Occult Philosophy

AYA Official

Join AYA in an online reading group to discuss planetary magic as taught by Cornelius Agrippa, famed western occultist and author of Three Books of Occult Philosophy. Across three Saturdays we’ll look at several chapters in Three Books of Occult Philosophy that teach the fundamentals of planetary magic. These chapters will cover the basic requirements for completing a planetary ritual and beginning a personal relationship with each planetary spirit.

The reading group conversations will be free and open to the entire astrological community. Below you will find the dates for each reading group, the recommended translation, and the chapters we’re planning to discuss.

Reading Group Meeting Dates

Saturday, October 6th 1pm – 3pm EST
Saturday October 27th 1pm – 3pm EST
Saturday, November 10th 1pm – 3pm EST

Recommended Translation

Each chapter listed below links to a free translation for Young Astrologers that can’t afford to, or choose not to purchase a translation.

For those that are interested in purchasing the text, Brill offers a current critical edition of the book.

Initially, it appeared possible to order the text as a paperback for $25 as an e-Book from Brill. However, it has since emerged in correspondence directly with a sales rep at Brill that there is a mistake on the flyer promoting this book and that this book has not yet been digitized and uploaded to their e-book program. So alas, the book is not available at this discounted rate as we had first been led to believe.


First Reading Session – Saturday, October 6th 1pm – 3pm

The first reading will cover:

  • Timing for planetary rituals
  • Images associated with the planets


Second Reading Session – Saturday October 27th 1pm – 3pm

The second reading will cover:

  • Materials associated with each planet (example: copper for Venus)
  • What each planet can be petitioned for (example: Sun for eminence, Mars for bravery)


Third Reading Session – Saturday, November 10th 1pm – 3pm

The third reading will cover:

  • Names of planetary spirits
  • Numbers associated with planets
  • Fumigations used for each planet
  • Colors of the planets
  • The power of mind over matter