Mandalas have long been recognised as important tools in Eastern spiritual traditions for focusing meditation. Though various Western traditions possess such contemplative tools, they have often not been recognised as such, except by those deeply schooled in Western esotericism. Adam McLean remedies this situation by presenting and analysing in great depth, over forty beautiful engravings, reproduced as full-page illustrations, from alchemical, kabbalistic, magical, Rosicrucian and Hermetic sources.
This is the first book exclusively dedicated to the mandala tradition in the West and is an extremely valuable sourcework on account of the illustrations and commentaries. Not only is THE ALCHEMICAL MANDALA a comprehensive guide on how to "read" the cosmological and spiritual symbolism of alchemical engravings, it, also, outlines three ways for working practically with these mandalas in meditation.
Formerly handed down under oath of secrecy, this clear, concise handbook discusses: the fundamental principles of alchemy; directions for the formation of an inexpensive home laboratory, with illustrations of the necessary equipment; step-by-step instructions for the work of the Lesser Circulation, the alchemical transformation within the plant kingdom?the necessary prerequisite for any work in the mineral kingdom.
ALCHEMY AND KABBALAH IN THE TAROT The Keys of Radical Spiritual Transformation Samael Aun Weor
This book describes the transformative power of the ancient sciences of alchemy and Kabbalah. It shows how our human consciousness can expand to perceive matter and energy invisible to the flesh.
Samael Aun Weor remains largely unknown in the English-speaking world. But in his native Latin America, he is known internationally as the founder of the very widespread Gnostic Movement and writer of over seventy books about the universal cosmic religion from which all mystical and religious traditions blossomed. In recent years, due to the efforts made by a small handful of people who arrived in English-speaking countries in order to share their experience and enthusiasm for the practical and effective science of Gnosis, interest in Samael Aun Weor has been growing.
The fifteen plates of the Mutus Liber "the Mute Book," are well known, and this book without words is recognized as a classic of the seventeenth-century alchemical tradition. Although the engravings seem to outline an alchemical process in detail, their message is not immediately obvious and it really requires a commentary to make it intelligible to the present-day reader. Adam McLean's extensive commentary on this series of engravings reveals the Mutus Liber as a synthesis of spiritual, soul, and physical alchemy. While the entire secret of the physical process is not fully revealed in the plates, enough information is given to piece together details of a modus operandi; indeed, modern French alchemists like Canseliet and Barbault have found great inspiration and hints relating to the physical work in the Mutus Liber. As one of the most significant documents of the alchemical tradition, this edition of the Mutus Liber will be appreciated by all students of the Hermetic tradition, for Adam McLean's fascinating and insightful commentary throws a penetrating light on both the spiritual and physical dimensions of the Great Work.
COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO ALCHEMY The Magic and Mystery of the Ancient Craft Revealed For Today Dennis William Hauck
Where else can one combine chemistry and philosophy to turn base metal into gold while discovering a magical elixir to prolong life? Here's a simple and straightforward guide to alchemy that explains its basic principles. Written by one of the world's few practising alchemists, it's a concise reference guide that provides easy-to-follow information so that anybody can be a wizard-in-training.
This book provides an excellent introduction for the serious student of alchemy via the works of Count Michael Maier (1568 - 1622) one of the giants of the Alchemical Renaissance of the early 17th Century. Maier's Atalanta Fugiens and Themis Aurea transcend their era and continue to inspire today's students of alchemy. But Maier's many other works remain virtually unknown - to our loss for he was a champion of Rosicrucianism as well as a spiritual alchemist of the highest calibre. Reverend J.B. Craven had access to important source works on Michael Maier and his writings many of which were unavailable in English. In this collection first published in 1914 Craven provides a biography of Maier; traces his career as a physician; his associations with Dr Robert Fludd Sir William Paddy and Sir Thomas Smith; and his pursuit of alchemy as both a science for transmuting lead into gold and a metaphor for spiritual attainment. This book is the only one to analyse all of Maier's work in depth and demystify many of the alchemical symbols and allusions in Maier's texts. R.A. Gilbert's Foreword details J.B. Craven's life writings and his role in illuminating the mysterious practice of alchemy.
ELIXIR OF IMMORTALITY A Modern-Day Alchemist's Discovery of the Philosopher's Stone Robert E. Cox
In 1989, while attempting to extract precious minerals from his property, a wealthy Arizonan obtained a mysterious white material that initially defied scientific attempts to identify it. After several years of testing, this substance was revealed to consist of gold and platinum - but in a form unknown to modern science. Further research showed that this powder, which had, also, been discovered to possess marvellous healing powers, contained monatomic forms of precious metals whose electron units had been altered to no longer display the physical, chemical or electrical properties of the original elements. This substance, Robert Cox shows, bears eerie resemblance to the ultimate quest of the alchemists: the elixir of immortality.
The mysterious material-spiritual science of alchemy was once pervasive throughout the ancient world, spanning the globe from China and India to Egypt and mediaeval Europe. In THE ELIXIR OF IMMORTALITY, Robert Cox reviews the alchemical lore of these traditions and the procedures each used to produce this fabulous elixir. Using his own alchemical research, Cox then reveals secrets that have been kept hidden for millennia uncovered in his own modern-day quest to rediscover this long-sought elixir of life.
· Provides an overview of alchemical practices in the ancient world - from Europe to China · Reveals the alchemical secrets for creating this elixir in clear scientific language
EMERALD TABLET Alchemy For Personal Transformation Dennis William Hauck
THE EMERALD TABLET - an ancient document that contains the essence of the alchemical teachings - has had an important influence on many Western spiritual and religious traditions. Ostensibly concerned with turning base metals into gold, alchemy was in fact dedicated to transforming the lead of self into the gold of spirit.
This brilliant history of alchemy traces its sources back to ancient Egypt and presents alchemy as a useful, practical system of self-transformation. Each of the seven steps of alchemical transformation is explained, with hands-on techniques and exercises, treating alchemy as a living discipline for achieving a spiritual awakening.
HERBAL ALCHEMIST'S HANDBOOK A Grimoire of Philtres, Elixirs, Oils, Incense, and Formulas for Ritual Use Karen Harrison
Herbs have been used for medicine, magic and ritual for thousands of years. The ancient arts of Herbal Alchemy and Herbal Magick combine an understanding of the healing and energising effects of herbs (roots, leaves, flowers, resins and essential oils) with an understanding of the cycles of the natural world - the astrological movement of the stars and planets and the cycles of the earth's seasons.
Herbalist and magick practitioner, Karen Harrison, offers herbal formulae anyone can use to feel better, increase prosperity, attract love and actualise spiritual goals. Each chapter on Planetary/Herbal energies offers effective rituals, meditations and workings which highlight the use of magickal herbs designed to improve your life in such areas as health and success to meditation and dreamwork.
This book Features:
· A compendium of herbs and their energy associations · Instructions on how to create herbal infusions and use them in rituals · Select herbs based on their astrological associations as well as their medicinal properties · A multitude of recipes for incense, ceremonial oils, bath salts, herbal amulets, fluid condensers and herbal philtres.
"Herbal Magick" is a contemporary witch's guide to the mysterious and enchanted world of herbs. When worked correctly, the author says herbal magick can assist an individual in such matters as attracting a compatible lover, landing the right job, or changing a streak of bad luck into good.
This work represents a distinctive school of alchemy it belonged to a period that had inherited a bitter experience of the failures, impostures, and misery surrounding the "Magnum Opus" and its mystical quest. The treatises contained in this volume are by the authors of historical legend: John de Mehung, Nicholas Flamel, Basil Valentine, Eirenaeus Philalethes, Helvetius, Michael Maier, Michael Sendivogius, Nicholas Barnaud Delphinas, and Basilius Valentinus.
MIND INTO MATTER A New Alchemy of Science and Spirit Fred Alan Wolf
Alchemists of old attempted to make sense of the universe--to discover the connection between mind and matter. Some of today's scientists, in particular quantum physicists, are doing the same. In this contribution to the study of consciousness, physicist Fred Alan Wolf reveals what he calls the "new alchemy"--a melding of the ideas of the old alchemists and the new scientists to reach a fuller understanding of mind and matter.
An elegant book with short, stand-alone chapters, each framed by an alchemical symbol and its definition. Thought-provoking for scientists and lay people alike.
Among the many Platonists of the second century A.D., Albinus is one of the most important. He belongs to the period commonly known as 'Middle Platonism' which stands between the teachings of the Old Academy and the Neoplatonists.
The Platonic Doctrines is the only complete philosophical textbook surviving from the ancient world and is the only fully-preserved work of Platonism from the time of Plato until that of Plotinus (circa 205-270 A.D.). The work was clearly intended to be an introduction to Plato's writings and is presented here in a definitive English language translation for the first time.
The Platonic Doctrines surveys the topics of dialectic, metaphysics, mathematics, theology, physics, and ethics. The work provides good insights into the philosophical thinking which immediately preceded Plotinus, and anticipates some of the mystical theology of later centuries.
REAL ALCHEMY A Primer of Practical Alchemy Robert Allen Bartlett
A ground-breaking modern manual on an ancient art, REAL ALCHEMY draws on both modern scientific technology and ancient methods. A laboratory scientist and chemist, Bartlett provides an overview of the history of alchemy, as well as an exploration of the theories behind the practice. Clean, clear, simple and easy to read, REAL ALCHEMY provides excellent directions regarding producing plant products and transitions the reader-student into the basics of mineral work - what some consider the true domain of Alchemy. Bartlett, also, explains what the ancients really meant when they used the term “Philosopher's Stone” and describes several very real and practical methods for its achievement. Is the fabled Philosopher's Stone an elixir of long life or is it a method of transforming lead into gold? You can be the judge of that for yourself after reading REAL ALCHEMY. New students to practical laboratory alchemy will enjoy reading REAL ALCHEMY and hopefully will find the encouragement needed to undertake their own alchemical journey.
• New release of a highly desired, best-selling primer on alchemy by
• Thorough yet concise, covers theory and practice, including mineral,
waterworks and metallic works.
• Introduction to laboratory Alchemy, written by one of the world's
leading experts on Alchemy.
• Includes treatises on Astrology, Qabbalah, Herbalism, and minerals,
as they relate to Alchemy
TOWER OF ALCHEMY An Advanced Guide to the Great Work David Goddard
The first book published in the West to reveal the teachings and practice of the Hermetic Art in plain language. In this manual, the alchemical symbols and motifs cease to be a bewildering maze and instead become sign posts on the Path of Liberation.Goddard explains the interior practices that are the essence of the Great Work itself. He uses classical Western imagery of the tarot and the Qabalah, and traditions such as the Grail legend, Yoga, and Buddhism to give access to the Higher Mysteries.
Alchemy is the ancient sacred science concerned with the mysteries of life and consciousness as reflected through all Nature. It is a harmonious blending of physical and subtle forces which lifts the subject, whether it be man or metal, to a more evolved state of being. THE WAY OF THE CRUCIBLE is a ground-breaking modern manual on the art of Alchemy that draws on both modern scientific technology and ancient methods.
A laboratory scientist and chemist, Bartlett provides an overview of how practical alchemy works along with treatises on Astrology, Qabalah, Herbalism and minerals, as they relate to Alchemy. He, also, explains what the ancients really meant when they used the term “Philosopher's Stone” and describes practical methods toward its achievement.
THE WAY OF THE CRUCIBLE provides directions for a more advanced understanding of the mineral work - what some consider the true domain of Alchemy.