By Alexander Roob
A fantastical trip throughout the pictorial global of alchemy and mysticism, the Cabbala and magic, freemasons and Rosicrusians. This distinctive number of illustrations with commentaries and resource texts publications us on a desirable trip during the representations of the key arts.
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3 the procreative aspect: the seed falls from the cloud. R. Fludd, Utriusque Cosmi, Vol. II, Frankfurt, 1621 R. Fludd, Utriusque Cosmi, Vol. II, Frankfurt, 1621 102 MACROCOSM: Genesis MACROCOSM: Genesis 103 Genesis Genesis Light, the inex haustible source of all things, ap pears in the dark ness and with it the watery spirits that begin to divide into near (bright) and far (dark). And so on for ever R. Fludd, Utriusque Cosmi, Vol. I, Oppenheim, 1617 For the Paracelsian Robert Fludd, the divine act of creation took on concrete and visible form as an alchemical process, in which God, as a spagyrist, divided pri mal, dark chaos, the Prima Materia, into the three divine, primary elements of light, darkness and spiritual waters_ These waters, in turn, were the roots of the four Aristotelian elements, of which earth is the coarsest and the heaviest, comparable to the dark sediment, the "raven's head" that is left on the bottom ofthe retort i n the process o f distillation.
B. Yeats, A Vision, 1925) Yeats' diagram, derived from Blake's theo ries of cycles and of the four essences (Zoas), also functions as a theory of types, in the manner of Gurdjieff's enneagram. The Great Wheel. Speculum Angelorum et Hominum, in: WB. Yeats, A Vision, London 1962 66 "As the moon passes through the whole of the zodiac in twenty eight days, the most ancient as trologers assumed that there were twenty·eight stages ( ... ) Within these twenty-eight stages lie many of the secrets of the ancients.
III. bottom: The pagan goddesses as emanations of the lunar powers: Ceres (Isis, Cybele) represents the lunar power that brings forth the the fruits ofthe earth, Persephone (Proserpina) the lunar power that promotes the growth of herbs and plants. A. " (J. Bohme, De signatura rerum) Westphalian altar, c. 1370/80 A. Kircher, Obeliscus Pamphilius, Rome, 1650 MACROCOSM: Sun MACROCOSM: Sun Moon Moon According to its position in relation to the sun and the earth, the area ofthe moon lit by the sun appears in periodically changing forms: waxing from the invisible new moon through the first quarter (half moon) to the full moon (bottom), then waning through the final quarter back to the new moon (top).
Alchemy & Mysticism (Klotz) by Alexander Roob