Studia Hermetica Journal

ISSN 2174-0399 (academic online journal published in Spain)

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Studia Hermetica Journal (SHJ) is a peer-reviewed online journal devoted to the study of Hermetism and other ancient philosophical currents, like Middle Platonism, Neoplatonism, or Theurgy. In general terms, we focus our inquiries on Late Antiquity and the reception of these ancient opuses in Renaissance and Modern Times. In addition, SHJ is opened to the rest of the fields normally involved in the so called Western Esotericism, such as Christian Theosophy, Mysticism, Masonry, Rosicrucianism, as well as History of Alchemy, Astrology, and Magic, or Occultism.

newlogo2The academic contents of the journal are strictly the published issues. We consider the rest of the online contents, the divulgator and artistic sides of the journal, prottected and identified with the rights and obligations derived from Legal Deposit, ISSN, and copyright laws, but not constricted by academic requirements.

ISSN: 2174-0399.

Year of publication: 2011.

Publisher: José Iván Elvira Sánchez.

Place of publication: Granada (Spain).

Periodicity: Annual.

Managing Editors: Miguel López Pérez, Mar Rey Bueno, José Iván Elvira Sánchez.

Editorial Board: Francisco García Bazán, Federico José Xamist, David de los Santos Juanes Muñoz, José Miguel Puerta Vílchez, Javier Castillo Colomer, Francisco de Mendonça Jr.

Proofreader for the Spanish, French, Greek and Latin texts: Ana Becerra Martínez (French philologist and teacher in Spanish Literature and grammar; teacher in Classical languages).

Languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.

Studia Hermetica Journal‘s contents are able to access in CSIC and Dialnet’s online databases. 

Los contenidos de Studia Hermetica Journal están disponibles para su libre descarga en los fondos digitales de REDIB y Dialnet:



  1. Paracelsus Hispanicus

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    He aquí un nuevo número académico de Studia Hermetica Journal, escrito íntegramente por el Dr. Miguel López Pérez, a quien debo agradecer, una vez más, su generosidad y buen hacer y, sobre todo, los cuatro excelentes artículos que aquí presentamos. La historia del paracelsismo español, una terra ignota hasta hace...
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    Iniciados es el título de nuestra nueva publicación. Iniciados en las ígneas artes de la alquimia y la teúrgia que conocen y aprecian la calaña de los doctos y románticos embaucadores. Nuestros ojos de gato se dirigen a los rincones sombríos de esos manuales generales de la historia y el...


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Ongoing projects

Studia Hermetica Journal (SHJ) is an academic project devoted to the publication of monographic issues, therefore we use to work aimed with the single purpose of highlighting certain aspects related to the History of Hermetism and some other murky regions inscribed either in the History of Science and Philosophy. Naturally, the showed scheduled dates would be changed at certain level by delaying or reducing our reserching procedures, but we will try hard to compel ourselves to obey our established deadlines. Although you may remember that SHJ is an independent undertaking not directly supported in economic terms by any public or private institution, thus we firstly have to evaluate our real possibilities of achievement before to release a new issue according to a high-leveled academic standard.

If you are an independent researcher or a scholar able to say something new in regard to the topics that we are describing below and you are willing to share your inquiries with us, just let us know and we will appraise your future participation and proposals. If you are finally included as one of the active members in the process for undertaking any of these projects, consider that all your original ideas and contributions will always belong to you. In SHJ we respect and endorse creators and we have always followed the ethics inherent to any fair research activity.


Project name: “The Egyptian Hermes (1st-5th centuries AD)”.

Scheduled publication: 2009-

Involved researchers: Dr. Francisco García Bazán, Dr. Ronaldo G. Gurgel Pereira, Iván Elvira.

Description: Hermetism is an extremely complex matter that has been treated in depth during the last three decades by a few number of researchers, with special reference to those involved in the project Hermes Latinus, which in our opinion has obtained the highest standard in the study of Hermetism in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, according to their laudable attempt to edit critically a large amount of hitherto unpublished manuscripts. Aimed by the very same inspiration for highlighting the roots of the Roman-Egyptian Hermetism upon the critical edition, specialists like Jean-Pierre Mahé, Garth Fowden, Samaranch Kirner, Iversen, García Bazán, Alberto Camplani, Ilaria Parri, or more recently, Van Den Kerchove, Gregory Shaw and Iván Elvira, have tried to elucidate some aspects regarding the Trismegistus’ doctrines during the first centuries of our era, and above all, those ones related to the gnostic and ceremonial sides thereof. In our opinion, the question is beyond to be merely a speculation based on the texts themselves, but on the contrary we firmly maintain that we must follow the path opened by Fowden, in the sense of trying to analyze in detail the geographical milieu where the hermetists grew up, in base of the archeological foundations from Roman period that we’re finding out nowadays. Hermetism in Late Antiquity is, perhaps, a “local” unresolved question that requires a more evolved and deepen perspectives.

Objectives: the elaboration of a new critical edition of the Late Antiquity Hermetica in Spanish, a new clarification of the philosophical terms and concepts contained in them, the projection of a way for collaborating with archaeological groups on the ground, the expansion of our current depiction of Hermetism during that period by integrating new perspectives and sources.


Paper: “Hermetismo, neoplatonismo y teúrgia”, Revista Internacional de Astrología y Magia antiguas, 9 (2009), pp. 5-29, by Iván Elvira.

Dissertation: The Hermetic λóγος: Reading the Corpus Hermeticum as a Reflection of Graeco-Egyptian Mentality (Universität Basel, 2010), by Ronaldo Guilherme Gurgel Pereira, PhD (Universidade Nova de Lisboa).

Paper: “La Sofía gnóstica y la concepción de la mística entre los neoplatónicos” (Studia Hermetica, 2012), by Francisco García Bazán.

-Dissertation review: “The Hermetic λóγος: Reading the Corpus Hermeticum as a Reflection of Graeco-Egyptian Mentality”, Studia Hermetica Journal, 1, IV, 2014, by Iván Elvira.

-De Umbris Idearum’s entry (02/11/14): “The Egyptian Hermes”, Azogue Journal (URL:, by Iván Elvira.


Projects name: “Paracelsus Hispanicus”

Gaspar Bravo de Sobremonte

Description: What historians call Paracelsianism today was largely absent in early modern Spain. This likely owed, as argued here, to a deep knowledge in Spain of the alchemical texts of Arnold of Villanova, (pseudo) Ramón Llull, and Johannes de Rupescissa, to the pharmacological orientation of alchemy there dating from the Middle Ages, to a long Spanish tradition of distillation, and to the gradual introduction of metals and minerals into the Spanish pharmacopeia. For all of these reasons, Paracelsian thought failed to be construed as radical in early modern Spain. There was thus no impetus in Spain for the formation of a Paracelsian movement.

Scheduled publication: 2013-

Involved researchers: Dr. Miguel López Pérez, Dra. Mar Rey Bueno.

Objectives: the expansion of our current depiction of Paracelsianism within Spanish Empire from the 15th to the 18th centuries, by integrating new perspectives and sources, the recovering of the memory of those opuses and personalities unfairly forgotten.


-Paper: Spanish Paracelsus Revisited and Decontaminated (Azogue 7, 2010-2013).

-Paper: “Paracelso en España” (SHJ VI, 2).

-Paper: “El humanista Bernardino Gómez Miedes (ca. 1515-1589) y la alquimia” (SHJ VI, 2).

-Paper: “Los hijos de Paracelso” (SHJ VI, 2).

-Paper: “Angelo D’Ainot. El falsario alquimista que quiso trabajar para Felipe II” (SHJ VI, 2).

-Essay: “Los charlatanes: vendedores de humo que todo lo curaban con sus maravillosas y curiosas medicinas”  (SHJ VI, 1).


Projects names: “Comadres” / “Midwives”

Scheduled publication: 2016-

Involved researchers: Mar Rey Bueno, (To be revealed during the first quarter of 2017).

Sofonisba Anguissola *oil on wood *19,5 x 14,5 cm *signed b.l.: Sophonisba Angussola Virgo seipsam fecit 1554

Sofonisba Anguissola
*oil on wood
*19,5 x 14,5 cm
*signed b.l.: Sophonisba Angussola Virgo seipsam fecit 1554

Description: Comadres is a personal project. A project written in feminine, destined for recovering the muted voices of so many women throughout the centuries. Inventive women. Artistic women. Women who turn out their lives into a wide inner exile, urged by a society that refused to acknowledged them. Women whose stories are intertwined, one by one, composing a big, huge thread which fades itself into the night of memento. A thread which has to be rescued. A thread urged to be brought to the light, in order to legitimize so many stories which should have never been lost.

Comadres emerged from my meeting with Remedios Varo and Leonora Carrington, both artists, Spanish and British, traditionally associated with Surrealist movement. Two women who set among them a very special climate, a creative bond capable of providing so many extraordinary tokens throughout two decades. Remedios and Leonora. Leonora and Remedios. Both bewitched witches (hechiceras hechizadas), in Octavio Paz’s own words. Both masters in magic and alchemy who suddenly reminded me to Rodrigo de Reinosa’s comadres. 15th century midwives, witches and gossipers who are the archetype of the wise woman hunted down by the establishment. Victims of a male system determined to silence female, impeding her access to the culture and knowledge.

Descripción: Comadres es un proyecto personal. Un proyecto escrito en femenino, destinado a recuperar las voces silenciadas de tantas y tantas mujeres a través de los siglos. Mujeres creadoras. Mujeres artistas. Mujeres que convirtieron sus vidas en un largo exilio interior, acuciadas por una sociedad que no quería entenderlas. Mujeres cuyas historias pueden enlazarse, una tras otra, formando un largo, larguísimo, hilo que se pierde en la noche de la memoria. Un hilo que debe ser rescatado. Un hilo que urge sacar a la luz, para legitimar tantas y tantas historias que nunca debieron perderse.

Comadres surgió de mi encuentro con Remedios Varo y Leonora Carrington, las dos artistas, española y británica, vinculadas tradicionalmente al movimiento surrealista. Dos mujeres que establecieron, entre ellas, un clima muy especial, un vínculo creativo que ofrecería tantas y tan extraordinarias muestras a lo largo de dos décadas. Remedios y Leonora. Leonora y Remedios. Las dos hechiceras hechizadas, en palabras de Octavio Paz. Las dos expertas en magia y alquimia que me recordaron, de inmediato, a las comadres de Rodrigo de Reinosa. Comadres del siglo XV, brujas y alcahuetas que son el estereotipo de mujer sabia perseguida por saber y por ser mujer. Iconos de resistencia, de lucha ante el poder establecido. Víctimas de un sistema masculino empeñado en silenciar a la mujer, impidiendo su acceso a la cultura y al conocimiento.

Objectives: the recovering of the memory of so many female authors unfairly forgotten, the publication of artistic and academic essays regarding female artists, writers and scientist.


-Essay: “Remedios Varo: la hechicera hechizada” (Studia Hermetica, 09/2016), by Mar Rey Bueno.


Projects names: “The Occultist Database (1800-1950)” / “The secret history of Psychology (19th-20th centuries)”

Scheduled publication: 2013-

Involved researchers: David de los Santos Juanes, Dr. Andreas Sommer, Iván Elvira.

Manly Palmer Hall (1901-1990)

Description: The Occultist Database is an academic initiative proposed by the scientific committee of Studia Hermetica Journal, whose main objective is to recover the memory of those authors related in one way or another with the occult currents developed between 1800 to 1950. As historians of thought, we would like to see revalued an entire episode of Western History which has been unjustly relegated to the depths of many libraries.

The historical-critical methods and the artistic expression constitute our ways to face the tons of sources, manuscripts and graphic material waiting to be rescued for the future generations. We know how to do it and we hope to acquire the resources to accomplish this daunting task.

If you like our work and want us to go ahead with our inquiries, or merely to share with you our resources, knowledge and experience, please support our crowdfunding campaign.

Objectives: the critical edition of unpublished manuscripts, the making of a taxonomy which meets the doctrines and theories related to the field, the recovering of the memory of those opuses and personalities unfairly forgotten.


-Essay: “Literature & Occultism in the Victorian Era” (N-Sphere, 10-11/2011), by Iván Elvira.

-Essay: “Zanoni, una novela rosacruz” (Studia Hermetica, 01/12), by Iván Elvira.

-Paper: “Pneumathurgy: a glimpse into the Occult” (Studia Hermetica, 12/2013), by Iván Elvira.

-De Umbris Idearum’s entry (30/12/2013): L’imagination créatrice, by Iván Elvira.

-Paper: “Jung, del Psicoanálisis a la Psicología Analítica” (Studia Hermetica, 12/2015), by David de los Santos Juanes.

-Review: “Reseña crítica de la fuente On the nightmare” (Studia Hermetica, 12/2015), by David de los Santos Juanes.

-De Umbris Idearum’s entry (26/12/2015): Símbolos de transformación, by Iván Elvira.


A previous remarks

Studia Hermetica is a project conceived to gather researchers, scholars, scientists and artists around the world with the simple purpose of highlighting those obscure fields of study normally attached to the History of Hermetism and related currents. Following this simple tenet, we do freely share our work aimed by academic purposes, but also we do not forget the rest of the world interesting in those murky regions inscribed in the so called Western Esotericism, unifying our professional tasks with the necessary labour of divulging them to the worldwide public.

In short, if you want to publish with us, it is an unavoidable principle to be aware of some of the philosophical tenets which inspire our project and our mainstream methodology:

First of all, in Studia Hermetica you decide your degree of involvement. Obviously the deadlines will be established at the proper time in regard to the academic issues, but you can contribute or not at your own discretion in them. Precisely, the laxity of SHJ’s periodical contributions is designed to be adaptable to the ordinary frenetic academic activity of many scholars. On the other hand, we deeply think that this is the optimal methodology at the time to tackle any serious approach to complex fields like Hermetism. We do properly value the time and the thoughtfulness as two of the most important tenets in intellectual and artistic projects like SHJ. And that is exactly what we want to get by giving the chance to our contributors to delay their interventions until the right moment.

Secondly, it is a must to comply the common sense, as well as a gentle behaviour and the observance of the so called research ethics in every moment. Rude manners will not be tolerated between colleagues. We can agree or disagree regarding any point of academic discussion, but this is not a valid reason for discrediting a fellow.

Thirdly, we accept papers, bibliographic reviews and essays devoted to our fields of study, mainly written in English, Spanish and French. Likewise, we accept works written in Italian and Portuguese languages. Remember that SHJ is a scientific publication, not an esoteric or “free” literary journal, and consequently we demand the observance of the requirements normally attached to any kind of academic undertaking.

Your status in SHJ

If you want to publish your work or contribution with us, you must accredit your academic condition or status: a scholar (vinculated to an official institution like a university or a private research cabinet), or an independent researcher (not attached to any private or public institution). On the other handyou can become a permanent member of SHJ or merely you can collaborate as your own (as non-permanent contributor); if you decide to participate with us as a permanent member, we will put a portrait and a curriculum of yourself in the website (concretely in the Membership section). The benefits of becoming a permanent member are to obtain the possibility of making use of the common resources (books, papers, etc.), as well as to participate in our conferences and gatherings. Nevertheless, there is an obligation for those permanent members:  the commitment of collaborating during the current year in the academic issues, or in the peer-review process.

The lenght and the framing of your contribution

The papers must be sent in word format (doc), and they must be written in Times New Roman font (size: 12), with a distance between paragraphs of 1.5. Concerning the page’s frames: 1,18″ sup. and inf., and finally, 0,98″ to the left and right sides.

The papers and essays must have a maximum of 50 pages and a minimum of 10. The reviews must have a maximum of ten pages.

The papers and essays must show an abstract of no more than fifteen lines and no more than three key words. In addition, you may include a bibliography at the end in which can be inserted those references mentioned more than once in the previous paper or essay.

The papers must display a critical apparatus; the essays on the other hand are not constricted by strong academic requirements.

The quotation method

Books (Bibliography)

LAST NAME, Name, Title of the cited bibliographical reference, Place of publication: Publisher, year of publication, page-pages.

e.g. FOWDEN, G., The Egyptian Hermes. A historical approach to the late pagan mind, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986, p. 5.

Books (Sources)

NAME OF THE AUTHOR, Title of the cited opus, the authors of the critical edition, Place of publication: Publisher, year of publication, page-pages.

e.g.  IAMBLICHUS, De anima, text, translation, and commentary by John F. Finamore and John M. Dillon, Leiden: Brill, 2002, p. 10.


LAST NAME, Name, “Title of the cited opus”, integrated in a concrete colective work, Place of publication: Publisher, year of publication, page-pages.

e.g. KALUZA, Z., “Comme une branche d’amandier en fleurs. Dieu dans le Liber viginti quattor philosophorum”, in Hermetism from Late Antiquity to Humanism, Turnhout (Belgium): Brepols, 2003, pp. 99-127.

The cited texts or references which exceed the three lines, must be written in italics and inserted in a different paragraph below.

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Azogue Journal, our twin project

Studia Hermetica is a brother in arms with Azogue Journal in the struggle for encouraging the academic study of Hermetism and related currents within Hispanic World. We began in this prestigious platform and we will continue our amazing journey together.

Studia Hermetica Journal se encuentra alojada en el fondo de revistas digitales avalado por el CSIC. SHJ cumple con todos los requisitos establecidos por Latindex para la publicación científica.

Studia Hermetica Journal se encuentra alojada en los fondos de Dialnet (Universidad de la Rioja), el mayor portal de publicación científica en el mundo hispanohablante.