“As pointed out by Pelagius the hermit, according to his Late Medieval worldview every object of creation had its assigned angel. And these beings were not to be mistaken with ‘energies’ or abstract ideas; they were living beings in their own right, as ontologically real and unique as a stone on the street or a cloud in the sky. Thus creating communion with them was neither a psychological nor a mechanical process, yet one of establishing proper relationship. Pelagius and his fellow magicians lived in a world steeped in animism. That means, to them every object of creation was animated: it held soul as well as cognitive life in its own right. The principle according to which they then orientated themselves in this world was not one of psychological introspection, but one of dialogic encounter. That is why language (and scripture accordingly) was not only of utmost importance, but of a deeply magical nature. In a world where anything could be spoken to and anything could speak back at us, enabling a shared set of symbols, i.e. the ability to share a common language was the key to open the gates of knowledge.”

— Frater Acher