By Alexander Roob
A fantastical trip throughout the pictorial international of alchemy and mysticism, the Cabbala and magic, freemasons and Rosicrusians. This specific collection of illustrations with commentaries and resource texts courses us on a desirable trip throughout the representations of the key arts.
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1868 Reconstruction of the Pythagorean cos· mos according to the plan of the octave. Stanley, History of Philosophy 96 MACROCOSM: Music of the spheres MACROCOSM: Music of the spheres 97 Genesis According to Pythagoras, the structure of the world is based on the consonant inter vals of the octave, the fifth and the fourth_ The numbers of their proportions 2:1, 3:2 and 4:3 are the 'holy diversity' ofthe Pythagoreans, called the tetractys: 1+2+3+4=10- "Progress from oneness to the number four and the ten emerges, the mother of all things_" Genesis In the Tantric vi sion, an invisible power-point (bindu) produces the primal matter (prakriti), which consists of three qualities (gunas): sattva (essence, peace), rajas (en ergy, passion) and tamas (substance, inertia).
Sprung from the deep; and from her native east! To journey through the aery gloom began.! Sphered in a radiant cloud, for yet the sun! Was not ( ... ) :. (John Milton, Paradise Los( 1667) The dove is the spirit of God. The ideal final state of material is achieved when the elements are arranged accord ing to the degrees of their density: (from outside to inside) Earth, Wa ter, Air and Fire. In the centre appears the Sun, gold. "The un created light ofthe spirit reflected in the sphere ofthe fiery firmament as in a mirror, and the reflections i n their turn, are the first manifestations of created light:· R.
E. Barchusen. He had them engraved from an old manuscript "to do a great favour to the adepts of gold-making". He was of the opinion that they described the pro duction of the Phi losopher's Stone " not only in better order, but also with a more correct emphasis" than anything else that he had seen hitherto. I n order to attain the lapis, the a lchemist had to make a funda mental decision on which path to fol low: a short " dry" path, i n which the separation of the matter took place under the influence of exter 2.
Alchemy & Mysticism (Klotz) by Alexander Roob