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 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

Harmonices Mundi (Harmony of the World) by Johannes Kepler, 1619

"Nature, which is never not lavish of herself, after a lying-in of two thousand years, has finally brought you forth in these last generations, the first true images of the universe. By means of your concords of various voices, and through your ears, she has whispered to the human mind, the favorite daughter of God … Continue reading Harmonices Mundi (Harmony of the World) by Johannes Kepler, 1619

The Beatus of Facundus, or Beatus of Liebana

Towards the end of the eighth century Beatus, a monk in the monastery of San Martin de Turieno, near present day Santander, compiled a Commentary on the Book of Revelation, or Apocalypse, from the writings dedicated to the topic by such patristic authors as Jerome, Augustine, Ambrose and Irenaeus. Recognition of Beatus of Liébana has … Continue reading The Beatus of Facundus, or Beatus of Liebana

Kitab al-Bulhan, or the Book of Wonders

(flick through the readable version above) Kitab al-Bulhan, or Book of Wonders, is an Arabic manuscript dating mainly from the late 14th century A.D. and probably bound together in Baghdad during the reign of Jalayirid Sultan Ahmad (1382-1410). The manuscript is made up of astrological, astronomical and geomantic texts compiled by Abd al-Hasan Al-Isfahani, as … Continue reading Kitab al-Bulhan, or the Book of Wonders

The Sabians and their role in the development of astrological, alchemical and magical traditions

"In what is now southern Turkey stand the remnants of a city called Harran. Part of long ago Babylon, Harran was once the site of the Temple of the Moon god-Sin, one of seven temples in seven cities sacred to the seven classical planets.  Unlike the other great celestial temples, though, the Temple of the … Continue reading The Sabians and their role in the development of astrological, alchemical and magical traditions

Kometenbuch (1587)

Kometenbuch, a handwritten and handpainted book with beautiful illustrations and explanations on the meaning of comets, from 1587 http://orka.bibliothek.uni-kassel.de/viewer/!thumbs/1336039708836/1/