The Tarjuman al-Ashwaq – Medieval Sufi Wisdom Text

"This text is of great interest, aside from its literary merits as delightful (but highly encoded) Sufi love poetry, because the author supplied extensive commentary for each poem. This is key to disentangling the Sufi narrative from the exterior form of the work. At this level, rather than a series of love poems to a … Continue reading The Tarjuman al-Ashwaq – Medieval Sufi Wisdom Text

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The Virga Aurea – Seventy-two magical and other related alphabets by Adam McLean

  By Adam McLean. First published in the Hermetic Journal 1980. The Virga Aurea, or to give the full title, "The Heavenly Golden Rod of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Seventy-two Praises" consists of a list of seventy two alphabets (actually seventy, plus Latin and Hebrew which are the two languages of the text of … Continue reading The Virga Aurea – Seventy-two magical and other related alphabets by Adam McLean

The Turning Sky | Lapham’s Quarterly

"The god Horus is a falcon (the word for which in hieroglyphs is qhr, the falcon’s cry). In the third surviving column of text, remarkably, the falcon is marked with a triangle, the hieroglyphic designation for the star Sirius. As if it were a mathematical proof unfolding before my eyes, I saw that if the … Continue reading The Turning Sky | Lapham’s Quarterly

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

The Vessels of Hermes – an Alchemical Album (ca.1700)

The contents of Box 14 from the Manly Palmer Hall Collection of Alchemical Manuscripts, a huge collection of esoteric works amassed by Manly Palmer Hall, a Canadian-born author and mystic, perhaps most famous for his The Secret Teachings of All Ages (1928). Most of the material in the collection was acquired from Sotheby’s auctioneers on … Continue reading The Vessels of Hermes – an Alchemical Album (ca.1700)

P.D. Ouspensky: Strange Life of Ivan Osokin – Ivan-Osokin.pdf

"At six years of age Ouspensky was reading on an adult level. Two books made a strong impression on him—Lermontov's A Hero for Our Time and Turgenev's A Sportsman's Notebook. Lermontov's book is noteworthy since the ideas it expresses—the plasticity of time and questions of predestination, fate and recurrence—are those that would occupy Ouspensky throughout … Continue reading P.D. Ouspensky: Strange Life of Ivan Osokin – Ivan-Osokin.pdf

Those heights are not conceivable or comprehensible by minds not completely free

I'm re-posting this old nugget as it is directly related to the 2 most recent that I have posted; Know Thyself: self-observation for the purpose of understanding ourselves "both as Individuals and Part of the Whole." This was Tavaglione's introduction to his tarot deck. In creating the Stairs of Gold Tarot, he was inspired by … Continue reading Those heights are not conceivable or comprehensible by minds not completely free

Rosarium Philosophorum; when you make the two into one..

When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male nor the female be female, when you make … Continue reading Rosarium Philosophorum; when you make the two into one..

The Curious Case of Hermetic Graffiti in Valladolid Cathedral

The Curious Case of Hermetic Graffiti in Valladolid Cathedral -  Eric W. Vogt "Turning now to closely examine the frontispiece of Valladolid ms. 40/8 (Figure A), the investigator meets a wonderful confluence of related hermetic symbols. The total number of sides (twelve), the interpretation of the two symbols, the title and lyrics, form a complete … Continue reading The Curious Case of Hermetic Graffiti in Valladolid Cathedral

The Tarocchi de Mantegna

The Tarocchi of Mantegna is one of the earliest known tarot or Tarocchi packs, "being dated to c.1465, contemporary with the Visconti-Sforza deck of the mid-fifteenth century which is recognised as the earliest tarot." In the words of Adam McLean: The symbolism of these cards, or perhaps we should say 'emblematic figures', would seem to … Continue reading The Tarocchi de Mantegna