Alchemy & Mysticism (Klotz) by Alexander Roob

By Alexander Roob

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

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Fludd. Urriusque Cosmi. Vol. I. Oppenheim. 1617 94 MACROCOSM: Music of the spheres MACROCOSM: Music of the spheres 95 Music of Music of the spheres the spheres "The ancient philosophers assumed that the world consisted of a perfect harmony, namely, from the earth to the starry heavens is a perfect octave. " (A. Kircher, Musurgia universalis). The seven steps of the octave were seen as containing the world, for it is the number seven that links the divine trinity to the quadernity of the elements.

J. d ' Espagnet, Das Ceheime Werk, Nuremberg, 1730) 1 24 OPUS MAGNUM: Genesis in the retort Opus MAGNUM: Genesis in the retort 125 Cenesis Cenesis in the retort in the retort The following series of i l lustrations is taken from the Elementa chemi­ The emblems of the lapis on the crescent moon. Normal gold (lion) must be twice d riven byanti· many (WOlf) in order to lose its impurities. The dragon is philo· sophical quick· silver (Mercury). cae of the Leiden chemistry professor J . e. Barchusen.

P. R. Easson, A hypothetical model for the visionary geography in 'Milton', from: W. Blake, Milton, London. 1979 The astronomer and mathematician John Dee (1 527-1608) used the egg as a glyph for the ethereal heavens, because the orbit of the planets within it forms an oval. ) W. Blake, Milton, 1B04-1808 For Paracelsus "the sky is a shell which separates the world and God's heaven from one another, as does the shell the egg". "The yolk represents the lower sphere. the white the upper; the yolk: earth and water, the white: air and fire".

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