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The Hand of the Philosophers.

The emblem of the hand of the philosophers' should be quite familiar as it is often used in modern books on alchemy. This was originally an…

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1 Oct 10, 2017
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Time Spins

This image comes to me as a shock since I had three of them in a dream earlier this week. I was at a gathering (in the dream) where there w…

Started by Soren

0 Oct 6, 2017

The 'Hermetic philosophy' figure from Geheime Figuren der Rosenkreuzer.

The Geheime Figuren der Rosenkreuzer, aus dem 16ten und 17ten Jahrhundert is a book printed in 1785-88 that draws on various alchemical and…

Started by steve

0 Oct 6, 2017

The Queen in a tree.

This coloured drawing is from a 16th Century manuscript of Janus Lacinius, Pretiosa margarita novella (The new pearl of great price), no. 1…

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0 Oct 6, 2017

Book with Seven Seals.

Here is a rather strange alchemical emblem with biblical overtones found in two 18th century German manuscripts. One is in Manly Palmer Hal…

Started by steve

0 Oct 6, 2017

Two emblems from MP Hall manuscript 14.

Let us now look at the first of the four emblems in Manly Palmer Hall manuscript 14. We have already looked at two others in some detail.Th…

Started by steve

0 Oct 6, 2017

Splendor Solis woodcut illustration.

We are all familiar with the beautiful illuminated manuscripts of the Splendor Solis, the best known of which is that in the British Librar…

Started by steve

0 Oct 6, 2017

Kircher's Great Art of Light and Shadow.

As Kircher's frontispiece to his Ars magna lucis et umbrae has been brought up in a misunderstood manner, I think it best that we look at t…

Started by steve

0 Oct 6, 2017

Drawing from Neri manuscript.

Back in the 1990s I was lucky to be able to research, in some depth, the alchemical material in the Ferguson Collection in Glasgow Universi…

Started by steve

0 Oct 6, 2017

A mixed abstract and emblematic image.

Earlier we looked at an abstract alchemical emblem. Here is an example of a mixed abstract and emblematic one. This is from an 18th century…

Started by steve

0 Oct 6, 2017

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