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By Alexander Roob

Signs and wonders: A significant trip in the course of the background of esoteric lore
 
The airtight Museum takes readers on a mystical secret journey spanning an arc from the medieval cosmogram and pictures of Christian mysticism, during the attention-grabbing international of alchemy to the artwork of the Romantic period. The enigmatic hieroglyphs of cabalists, Rosicrucians, and freemasons are proven to be heavily associated with the early medical illustrations within the fields of drugs, chemistry, optics, and colour thought. Even for people with no wisdom of the attention-grabbing heritage of alchemy, this booklet is a satisfaction to discover. each one richly illustrated bankruptcy starts with an creation and charges from alchemists by means of expert Alexander Roob. The roots of surrealism and plenty of different more moderen creative hobbies are available during this treasure trove.
 
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The ribbons point out their compatibility within the procedure. From the lifeless physique succumbing to decay on the backside of the re­ tort, "the mercur­ ial soul, the spirit, the tincture is ex­ tracted". Accord­ ing to Gerard Dorneus, mercury is "the mineral root of the tree that nature has planted in the course of her womb". All metals emerge from it and its branches, are unfold over the entire floor ofthe global, just like the veins within the physique. (Gerardus Dorneus, "De ge­ nealogia mineral­ ium", 156B, in: Theatrum chemicum, 1602) 1. Lacinius, Pretiosa Margarita, Venice, 1546, Leipzig variation, 1714 Miscellanea d'Alchimia, Italy, fifteenth century three 06 OPUS MACNUM: Philosophical tree OPUS MACNUM: Philosophical tree three 07 Philosophical Philosophical tree tree The time period 'Azoth' is an arcane Paracel­ sian identify for mer· cury, a combina· tion of the 1st and final letters of the Latin, the Greek and the Hebrew alpha­ bets. The tree this is getting used to illustrate that Azoth refers to either the start· ning of the paintings, the mercurial root· powers, and likewise the upmost element, the philosophers' mercury, the all­ therapeutic elixir. " Plant this tree at the lapis ( ... ) that the birds of the sky come and reproduce on its branches; it really is from there that knowledge rises. " (Theatrum chemicum) Aeneas, draped in majestic purple, re­ ceives from his son Silvius a department of the tree of existence, to guard him on his trip via decay and the purifying fires of the underworld. the great finish is in sight, for accord­ ing to Trismosin the raven's head has grew to become white. Basilius Valentius, Azoth, Paris, 1659 Surrounded by way of the symbols of the 4 parts, for the needs of meditation the tree exhibits the seven stages of the paintings as an internal improvement, starting with putrefaction (left: outdated guy - Saturn) and finishing with rebirth (right: younger guy - lapis). The unicorn symbolizes the penul· timate section of whitening, from which sprout the pink roses of definitive solving. five. Trismosin, 5plendor solis, London, sixteenth century Musaeum Hermeticum, Frankfurt version, '749 308 OPUS MAGNUM: Philosophical tree OPUS MAGNUM: Philosophical tree 309 Sephiroth Sephiroth The Sephiroth tree is on the center of the Cabala, its so much i nfluential and multi-layered image . The Sephiroth are the 10, pri m a l numbers which, together with the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet, characterize the plan of construction of a l l top and reduce -­ issues. they're the 10 names, attributes or powers of God, and .. ...... - shape a pulsating organism referred to as the "mystical face of God" or the , - ,.. ..... ' '' - '''''' " physique of the universe". It stands o n the 3 pil lars of mercy (right), severity (left) and principal stability. The significant pillar kinds the backbone \ in which the divine dew flows down into the reduce womb. In construction simply the results of the seven reduce Sephiroth are noticeable, the higher triad works outdoor time and past realizing. within the - .... ... ... - process of the 4 worlds it corresponds to the divine light·world - , .....

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