Giusto di gand, pietro d'abano

Portrait of Peter of Abano

1. Place of Birth/DeathEdit

B: 1257, Abano Terme

D: 1315, in prison (or 1316?)

2. Metaphysical AbilityEdit

Knew ritual magic rites that would summon specific angels for the seven days of the week.

3. HistoryEdit

Philosopher, astrologer, professor of medicine and mage. These words were used to describe Peter of Abano. He studied in Constantinople between 1270 to 1290. Around the year 1300, he moved to Paris. Where he again studied, gaining both degrees in philosophy and medicine. Medicine was where he truly thrived, although his fees were quite large.

He published a book Conciliator differentiarum quae inter philosophos et medicos versantur (Mantua, 1472; Venice, 1476) in which he tried to reconcile Arabian medicine and Greek natural philosophy. It was considered authoritative as late as the 16th century.

This led to his getting a chair at University of Padua, as Professor of Medicine. A chair specially made just for him. He went on to write six more books.

It has been alleged that he wrote a grimoire called the Heptameron, which showed how to summon angels for the seven days of the week.

Taken before the The Inquisition twice, he was acquitted the first time, but died before his second trial ended. He was found guilty and sentenced to burn at the stake for heresy. But a friend secretly removed his body, the Inquisition therefore burned an effigy in his image. He died at the age of 66, and was eventually buried St. Augustin's Church, without epitaph or any mark of honor.

4. Evidence of Metaphysical AbilitiesEdit

In the Heptameron, Agrippa refers to Peter of Abano saying that he was the source for the Theban alphabet of Honorius of Thebes. This alphabet has been used widely by modern Wicca.

5. Possibility of Metaphysical AbilitiesEdit

0. None: There is no evidence of Peter of Abano being able to actually summon angels. At most he probably wrote the Heptameron; intending philosophy and not magic.

6. SourcesEdit

  • Pietro d'Abano from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  • Peter de Abano: Heptameron, or Magical Elements

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