Mercury, Animism, and the Axis Mundi | Rubedo Press

These are selected extracts from a longer article that appeared on September 21st 2017 on Rubedo Press - link can be found at the bottom of this page Mercury, Animism, and the Axis Mundi GARY P. CATON. ANTHROPOLOGISTS suggest it was a “creative explosion” of primal art, such as cave paintings and figurines, which formally … Continue reading Mercury, Animism, and the Axis Mundi | Rubedo Press

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The Remains of Elmet: a collaboration by Ted Hughes & Fay Godwin

The Ancient Kingdom of Elmet witnessed "Druidism; Britons, their fight against Rome and their adoption of Romanism; the start of Christianity and the clash with Rome's catholic Christianity; a Bardic tradition in a Brythonic tongue and then in the highest quality Latin, the struggle against the English; the struggle against the Norse; the coming of … Continue reading The Remains of Elmet: a collaboration by Ted Hughes & Fay Godwin

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

Hermetic Rebirth and the Cave of Initiation

  Hermetism is often and wrongly confused with Gnosticism, which similarly originated in Egypt in roughly the same era. For present purposes, a few salient points of contrast will suffice. Like the God of Stoicism, the Hermetic God was omnipresent and omniscient through the material cosmos. In Gnosticism, by contrast, God was transcendent, and the … Continue reading Hermetic Rebirth and the Cave of Initiation

Chirologia, or The Natural Language of the Hand (1644) | The Public Domain Review

Is gesture a universal language? When lost for words, we point, wave, motion and otherwise use our hands to attempt to indicate meaning. However, much of this form of communication is intuitive and is not generally seen to be, by itself, an effective substitution for speech. John Bulwer (1606 – 1656), an English doctor and … Continue reading Chirologia, or The Natural Language of the Hand (1644) | The Public Domain Review

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

The Romantic Symbolism of Trees

Caspar David Friedrich, “Abbey among Oak Trees” (1809-10) The Romantic Symbolism of Trees by Allison Meier "As with the Victorian language of flowers, specific trees have their own symbolism. Reverend William Gilpin, an artist and cleric, stated it “is no exaggerated praise to call a tree the grandest, and most beautiful of all products of the earth.” In … Continue reading The Romantic Symbolism of Trees