Encountering the Teachings of Gurdjieff: A Young Man’s Search, by David Ulrich | Parabola

"What Gurdjieff calls the magnetic center represents an inner formation that helps orient us in the right direction, toward what can serve our individual evolution and inner development. Our search is often born from contact with certain kinds of influences—books that may help show the way, other people that touch us in a deeper fashion, … Continue reading Encountering the Teachings of Gurdjieff: A Young Man’s Search, by David Ulrich | Parabola

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

Gerald Massey – Wikipedia

In regard to Ancient Egypt, Massey first published The Book of the Beginnings, followed by The Natural Genesis. His most prolific work is Ancient Egypt: The Light of the World, published shortly before his death. Like Godfrey Higgins a half-century earlier, Massey believed that Western religions had Egyptian roots. Massey wrote: The human mind has … Continue reading Gerald Massey – Wikipedia

RERE RER – Fulcanelli

(auto-translation from the French) Here is a large excerpt of commentary on Fulcanelli RERE RER, in his first book "The Mystery of the Cathedrals" ... The puzzle itself consists of two terms: RERE, RER, which seem to have no meaning and are both, repeated three times on the concave bottom of the niche. We already … Continue reading RERE RER – Fulcanelli

PH Runge’s Der Kleine Morgen, 1808 and Jakob Boehme’s Aurora

"..for a lily blossoms upon the mountains and valleys in all the ends of the earth..” Jakob Bohme – Signatura Rerum (The Signature of All Things) Fig. 2. Der Kleine Morgen. Collection Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg "The painting consists of two separate parts, an interior and an exterior painting or “frame” that are connected to each … Continue reading PH Runge’s Der Kleine Morgen, 1808 and Jakob Boehme’s Aurora

The Language of Birds in Old Norse Tradition

Special individuals capable of understanding the language of birds are spread throughout the medieval Icelandic literary corpus.This phenomenon has received surprisingly little academic attention and is deserving of detailed, extensive, and interdisciplinary study. Capable of flight and song, birds universally hold a special place in human experience. Their effective communication to people in Old Norse … Continue reading The Language of Birds in Old Norse Tradition

The kabbalistic-alchemical altarpiece in Bad Teinach

The kabbalistic-alchemical altarpiece in Bad Teinach - Copyright Adam McLean From the Hermetic Journal 12, Summer, 1981, pages 21-26. "The Kabbalistic-Alchemical Altarpiece in a small church in the town of Bad Teinach near Calw in Germany, is, I believe, of the greatest esoteric value. I have at present little information on its outward history, though … Continue reading The kabbalistic-alchemical altarpiece in Bad Teinach

The Virga Aurea – Seventy-two magical and other related alphabets.

"In order to bring all this mass of material together, Hepburn must have had a wide range of source material to study, and it seems most likely that this material was available in the Vatican Library itself. As to what Hepburn's motives were for publishing such a collection of alphabets, we can only speculate. He … Continue reading The Virga Aurea – Seventy-two magical and other related alphabets.

Alchemical Psychology – Old Recipes for Living in a New World

"An alchemist is seen in physical form below this magnificent scene wearing a coat of stars, white one side and dark on the other. He stands in a grove of trees, each of which bears a symbol of the planetary metals and twelve fundamental substances. The alchemist holds a twin-bladed axe in either hand reinforcing … Continue reading Alchemical Psychology – Old Recipes for Living in a New World

Hand Symbolism & Beliefs

Lots of information on Hand Symbolism on this page, from various cultures and belief systems. "The ancients attached special occult significance to every part of the human body. The symbolism of the human hand alone may fill several volumes. Symbols may signify abstract or concrete concepts, imaginative or real events, natural or "supernatural" phenomena, spiritual … Continue reading Hand Symbolism & Beliefs