Alchemy & Mysticism (Klotz) by Alexander Roob

By Alexander Roob

A fantastical trip throughout the pictorial global of alchemy and mysticism, the Cabbala and magic, freemasons and Rosicrusians. This special choice of illustrations with commentaries and resource texts courses us on a desirable trip during the representations of the key arts.

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The glass-like, gleaming area supplies the first two with nourishment from the blood. R. Fludd, Utriusque Cosmi, Vol. II, Oppenheim, 1619 "( ... ) the eye of man (is) an image ofthe world and all the colours in it are arranged in circles. The white of the eye corres­ ponds to the ocean, which surrounds the whole world on all sides; a second colour is the mainland, which the ocean sur­ rounds, or which lies between the waters; a third colour in the middle region: Jerusalem, the centre of the world.

3. Chaos. The main role in this process is p layed by the philosophical M er­ 4. The coat of arms ofthe lapis. cury, not ordinary quicksilver, but a mysterious substance whose origins are entirely shrouded in d arkness. 5. The four ele· ments. The material spirit is extracted from it. The legendary Azoth comes, as the agent of the Work, in the form of a dove. Like the 1. C. Barchusen, doves that N oah sent forth to learn whether the waters had abated, Elementa chemi· cae, Leiden, 1718 it only ends its flight when the lapis is final ly fixed.

Sun Sun Forthe mystic and astronomer Kepler, the relationship ofthe seven spheres ofthe planets in the Copernican system to their centre, the sun, was identical to "that of the various discursive thought processes to simple intellectual insight" (Harmonices Mundi, Linz, 1619, Leipzig edition, 1925) I n 1507, through his investigations into the reasons for the imprecisions of the calen­ dar of the time, Copernicus reached the 58 MACROCOSM: Sun conclusion that the calendar charts would be improved if they were produced on the basis of a heliocentric conception of the world.

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