Titus Burckhardt: Alchemy – Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul

I thought I'd share a link where you can download pdf files of 7 works by Titus Burckhardt. (or you can read them online, as above) Titus Burckhardt at Archive.org edit: This is currently offline but you can read his Introduction To Sufi Doctrine here: https://newbooksinpolitics.com/political/introduction-to-sufi-doctrine/   As an example, here's the Table of Contents … Continue reading Titus Burckhardt: Alchemy – Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul

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The Universal Ouroboros

This was one of the first sites I returned to again and again in the early days of the net. I haven't revisited it for years, but came across the link in one of my old blogs, and realised I'd been lucky to find these reference to the Ouroboros in the years before the net … Continue reading The Universal Ouroboros

The Secret Alchemy of Poetry – Percy Bysshe Shelley

  "Their language is vitally metaphorical; that is, it marks the before unapprehended relations of things and perpetuates their apprehension, until the words which represent them, become, through time, signs for portions or classes of thoughts instead of pictures of integral thoughts; and then if no new poets should arise to create afresh the associations … Continue reading The Secret Alchemy of Poetry – Percy Bysshe Shelley

Working through Depression with Alchemy

"More than a school of thought, alchemy is a gnosis, a "way" of knowing. It is a deliberate attempt to grasp immortality in which the process is paramount. We all embody the archetypal journey of life, consciously or unconsciously. We are born in our essential nature but it quickly becomes covered with a hard-shelled core … Continue reading Working through Depression with Alchemy

We are bees of the invisible… Rilke from a letter to Halewicz

"We are bees of the invisible. We wildly collect the honey of the invisible, to store it in the great golden hives of the invisible." Rilke often refers to the invisible, especially in his Duino Elegies, which he wrote during a particularly mystical period of his life. In a letter to his Polish translator Witold … Continue reading We are bees of the invisible… Rilke from a letter to Halewicz

Visualization in Medieval Alchemy – alchemy as a science and an art aimed at the transformation of species

In Arabic classifications of science and philosophy, which were adapted in the twelfth century, alchemy was defined as a sub-branch of natural philosophy (scientia naturalis), sharing this definition, above all, with medicine. Thus, about ten years after the first translation of an alchemical text into Latin (Morienus, De compositione alchimie), Dominic Gundissalinus described alchemy as … Continue reading Visualization in Medieval Alchemy – alchemy as a science and an art aimed at the transformation of species

Introduction to Boehme’s Threefold Life of Man. By George W. Allen

Introduction to Boehme's Threefold Life of Man. By George W. Allen "There is a way, a wisdom, an operation which, taken, searched out and attempted, will lead him, teach him and form him so that he will not only reach the eternal (which all must do), but reach it to find himself in rightful relation … Continue reading Introduction to Boehme’s Threefold Life of Man. By George W. Allen

Conciatore: Primordial Matter

I feel that the more perfect the art the most simple it is; so the authors [of alchemy] most unanimously agree that the ‘primordial material’ [prima materia] of the [philosopher’s] stone is something vile [base] and not bought with money, but easy to find. Moreover, the manner of work must imitate nature, which in order … Continue reading Conciatore: Primordial Matter

The Hermetic Papers of A. E. Waite and his idea for The Hermetic Text Society

  ‘The Hermetic Text Society was a pipe-dream of Waite’s that never proceeded further than the issuing of this breathtaking prospectus’, A.E. Waite’s bio-bibliographer R.A. Gilbert intriguingly observed with reference to a 14-page pamphlet issued by Waite in 1907.  Searching the Internet for ‘The Hermetic Text Society’ only yields a few references, all to the … Continue reading The Hermetic Papers of A. E. Waite and his idea for The Hermetic Text Society

August Strindberg: Playwright, Artist, Author – and his “Celestographs” (Alchemical Shots of the Night Sky)

Johan August Strindberg (January 1849 – 14 May 1912) was a Swedish playwright, novelist, poet, essayist and painter. In the 1890s, he photographed the night sky without a camera or even a lens. These “Celestographs,” as he called them, were both a folly and an innovative work of experimental art. The National Library of Sweden has … Continue reading August Strindberg: Playwright, Artist, Author – and his “Celestographs” (Alchemical Shots of the Night Sky)