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Hermetica: Egyptian-Greek Wisdom Texts

By |2020-08-11T16:22:27+03:00August 11th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The Hermetica are Egyptian-Greek wisdom texts from the 2nd century or earlier, which are mostly presented as dialogues in which a teacher, generally identified as Hermes Trismegistus, enlightens a disciple. The texts form the basis of Hermeticism. The Hermetica discusses the divine, the cosmos, mind, [...]

Cantong Qi: The Seal of the Unity of the Three

By |2020-07-24T03:36:41+03:00July 24th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , |

The Cantong qi is deemed to be the earliest book on alchemy in China. The title has been variously translated as Kinship of the Three, Akinness of the Three, Triplex Unity, The Seal of the Unity of the Three, and in several other ways. The [...]

Neidan: A Part of the Chinese Alchemical Meditative Tradition

By |2020-07-19T04:03:59+03:00July 19th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , |

Neidan, or internal alchemy, is an array of esoteric doctrines and physical, mental, and spiritual practices that Taoist initiates use to prolong life and create an immortal spiritual body that would survive after death . Neidan also known as Jindan ("golden elixir"), inner alchemy combines [...]

The Alchemical Homunculus

By |2020-05-30T20:54:58+03:00May 30th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , |

A homunculus is a representation of a small human being. Popularized in sixteenth-century alchemy and nineteenth-century fiction, it has historically referred to the creation of a miniature, fully formed human. The concept has roots in preformationism as well as earlier folklore and alchemic traditions. Alchemy [...]

The Legendary Unicorn Horn

By |2020-05-17T13:31:35+03:00May 17th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , |

A unicorn horn, also known as an alicorn, is a legendary object whose reality was accepted in Europe and Asia from the earliest recorded times. The unicorn horn comes from the imaginary creature known as a unicorn, also known in the Hebrew Bible as a [...]

The Book of Healing

By |2020-03-20T00:48:08+03:00March 20th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Book of Healing is a scientific and philosophical encyclopedia written by Abu Ali ibn Sina from medieval Persia, near Bukhara in Maverounnahr. Also called The Cure it is intended to "cure" or "heal" ignorance of the soul. Despite its title, it is not concerned with [...]

Aurora Consurgens – An Alchemical Treatise of the 15th Century

By |2020-01-28T22:44:34+03:00January 28th, 2020|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , |

The Aurora consurgens is an alchemical treatise of the 15th century famous for the rich illuminations that accompany it in some manuscripts. While in the last century, the text has been more commonly referred to as "Pseudo-Aquinas", there are as well arguments in favor of [...]

Elemental: A Mythic Being in Occult and Alchemical Works

By |2019-11-07T20:13:02+03:00November 7th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , |

An elemental is a mythic being that is described in occult and alchemical works from around the time of the European Renaissance and particularly elaborated in the 16th-century works of Paracelsus. According to Paracelsus and his subsequent followers, there are four categories of elementals, which [...]

A Brief History of the Elixir of Life

By |2019-11-06T01:04:14+03:00November 6th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , |

The elixir of life, also known as the elixir of immortality and sometimes equated with the name philosopher's stone, is a potion that supposedly grants the drinker eternal life and/or eternal youth. The elixir of life was also said to cure all diseases. Alchemists in [...]

Top 12 Jakob Böhme Quotes

By |2020-07-02T01:13:45+03:00September 14th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Jakob Böhme was a German philosopher, Christian mystic, and Lutheran Protestant theologian. Jakob Böhme was considered an original thinker by many of his contemporaries within the Lutheran tradition, and his first book, commonly known as Aurora, caused a great scandal. Böhme was born on 24 [...]