Alchemy & Mysticism

By Alexander Roob

Signs and wonders: A superb trip in the course of the background of esoteric lore
The airtight Museum takes readers on a mystical secret journey spanning an arc from the medieval cosmogram and pictures of Christian mysticism, in the course of the attention-grabbing global of alchemy to the paintings of the Romantic period. The enigmatic hieroglyphs of cabalists, Rosicrucians, and freemasons are proven to be heavily associated with the early medical illustrations within the fields of medication, chemistry, optics, and colour conception. Even for people with no wisdom of the interesting historical past of alchemy, this booklet is a pride to discover. each one richly illustrated bankruptcy starts off with an creation and prices from alchemists by way of expert Alexander Roob. The roots of surrealism and plenty of different newer inventive activities are available during this treasure trove.
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Rosarium philosophorum, 1550) "No factor will be reworked into one other nature until it has formerly been made into ash, lime or earth. " (Anonymous, Nodo Sophico Enodato, 1639) "In the ash that is still atthe backside of the grave, there lies the king's diadem. " (Livre de ArtMphius, Bibliotheque des Philosophes chimiques, Paris, 1741) Aurora consurgens, early sixteenth century Aurora consurgens, early fifteenth century The outstanding winged being represents the preliminary pulverization, "philosophical renewal". Sword and arrow mark the harmful use of internal and outer fireplace. 206 OPUS MACNUM: Torment of the metals OPUS MACNUM: Torment of the metals lifeless topic is introduced again to existence with "Aquapermanens" (Mercuri us), and dis· tilled as much as twelve instances. Torment Torment of the metals of the metals The booklet of the Holy Trinity (1415-1419), attrib· uted to a wander· ing Franciscan monk by means of the identify of Ulmannus, is among the earliest and such a lot impor· tant tales to a fashion of imagine· ing that mixes the illustration of the chymical technique with Christian mysti· cism and icono­ graphy. various varied degrees intermingle within the textual content, a lot of which continues to be mysterious even this present day: "Here there are lots of crafty meanings: traditional, countless, large· common, divine human". the web· paintings of carre· spondences that Ulmannus built with a suggestive language of cyphers exhibits many remarkable simi larities to Jacob Bohme's procedure. within the representa· tion of the scene of the autumn exhibiting Adam (silver) and Eve (gold), the writer reminds us that it used to be un· chaste behaviour that positioned the met· als right into a nation of impurity. The lance indicates purification via hearth. The gallows exhibit the martyrdom of iron (Mars). copper (Venus) is beheaded, the breaking at the wheel is saturnine (Bohme's "wheel of anguish"! ). The Jupiterine pewter pot comprises satur· 9 "gall·drink", and the Mercurial cubes confer with the play of the sol· diers underneath the move. 1"" "'! l···'ltt �[It<;� I�j{'''''ot;<\1'1:' �. " '� fk'j', pi " ,\ th'IMF ! IW.. "'''�I�� �II· v",,,... r",! ", l,"I ' • -f",, '\t. (;. <1(, '1",,1\1:< ,�... <. dWt. I- "k� '"'��t t. " f IH�"" '''IS<:' f:. t .. 1<1" . '" l! . ". ,. Il tw-,,� "''{ 'i"'�1 1;. ''''"",,,,, "

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