Alchemy & Mysticism (Klotz) by Alexander Roob

By Alexander Roob

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

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Particularly his optics. In Blake's view the physical eye is dull and dim "like a black pebble in a churning sea". and the optic nerve. to which Newton pays homage. "builds stone bulwarks against the raging sea". (Blake, Milton. 1804) Blake instead turned to the work of Jacob Bohme, and attempted to develop an optics ofthe visionary. --I-----+ ULRO LINES OF I'[R,CHTION AS VORTEX "The egg-shaped world of Los", which swells from the swirling centre of chaos, forms the illusory three­ dimensional space defined by the two boundaries of opacity (Satan) and material con­ densation (Adam).

Yeats, A Vision, 1925) Yeats' diagram, derived from Blake's theo­ ries of cycles and of the four essences (Zoas), also functions as a theory of types, in the manner of Gurdjieff's enneagram. The Great Wheel. Speculum Angelorum et Hominum, in: WB. Yeats, A Vision, London 1962 66 "As the moon passes through the whole of the zodiac in twenty­ eight days, the most ancient as­ trologers assumed that there were twenty·eight stages ( ... ) Within these twenty-eight stages lie many of the secrets of the ancients.

N. Copernicus, De revolutionibus orbium caelestium, 1543) A. Cellarius, Harmonia Macrocosmica, Amsterdam, 1660 A. Cellarius, Harmonia Macrocosmica, Amsterdam, 1660 MACROCOSM: Sun 59 Sun Sun I n the Renaissance, the translations by Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499) of the Corpus Her­ meticum revived the cult ofthe sun based on the an­ cient Egyptian mys­ teries. For Ficino the sun embodied, in descending or­ der, God, divine light, spiritual en­ lightenment and physical warmth. In this illustration, Fludd shows God placing his taber­ nacle in the sun at the beginning of creation, and thus illuminating and breathing life into the entire cosmos.

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