The life of Catholic reformer Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples, 1455-1536, spanned the threshold between Medieval and Renaissance eras.Like other humanists, Lefèvre synthesized philosophical, theologicaland scientific theories and practices — of such is his unpublishedtreatise De Magia naturali, On Natural Magic. I elucidate Lefèvre’sfocus on universal mystical metaphors of divine union, in order tooffer a simpler view into the evolution of his writings. Engaginghistoric-intellectual background in critical analysis of Book II, Iaddress the conflicting political, religious, and academic opinionsof natural magic, demonstrating that current Academia is poised toexpand the historical, “theoretical” treatment of natural magic toengage it as a phenomenological, “practical” human experience.In De Magia naturali Book II, Lefèvre decloaks mythology,philosophy, astrology, literature and religion to a scientifictheory, practice and experience of number as Idea. He reveals howthe limit of metaphorical imagery is duality, the binary Coincidenceof Opposites, symbolized by the number 2. The magic in Lefèvre’snumber mysticism is human experience of numerical ascension from manto God, achieved through the number 3, the love-nexus re-uniting 2into One, duality into unity. Renaissance humanists conceived ofthis
, pristine or ancient theology, as embodied inthe Christian Trinity through the Spirit of Christ. Current Academiais responsible to teach this wisdom tradition from a multicultural,interdisciplinary worldview, as I posit the humanists intended.Number Mysticism; Numerical Ascension; Christian Kabbalah;Renaissance Humanism; Theology; Mythology; Literary Theory.