In the early 18th century the Masonic fraternity emerged to change the shape of the Western esoteric tradition forever. Within a few decades the fraternity had spawned numerous esoteric societies that claimed to communicate with spirits, teach the secrets of alchemy, and to perform rituals of healing. During the next century the still-surviving Masonic Rosicrucian society was established, attracting the founders of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn – William Wynn Westcott and S.L. MacGregor Mathers – and Theodor Reuss, co-founder of the Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.), among others ... read more
Nevill Drury and Stephen Skinner
“There is an animal in man, and there is a God in man. In order to produce a harmonised microcosm these aspects of our nature have to be firstly acknowledged: it is then that the self may be transformed. Perhaps the God which best symbolises this mystical venture is the one who is both a man and a hawk; He who is of the Sun and whose legs are coiling serpents, symbol of Wisdom reaching down to Earth. He who holds the sacred shield ... and whose name is Abraxas.” ... read more
John Michael Greer
“When ritual and the relationships of meaning which underlie it are studied and used deliberately ... a whole range of possibilities opens up. These possibilities include most of the methods of magic ... symbolism and symbolic action – that is, ritual – form the most important elements of the magician’s toolkit. The mastery of ritual thus offers what is probably the single most important way to begin to make use of the immense hidden potentials of human consciousness, potentials which go far beyond the limits most people nowadays place on what it means to be human.” ... read more
Lost for more than three decades, the companion volume to In Pursuit of Gold has been found. For decades students of alchemy have believed that In Pursuit of Gold – hailed upon its 1976 publication as a rare work by one of the few practicing laboratory alchemists writing in English during the mid-to-late 20th century – constituted the sole alchemical text penned by the enigmatic alchemist Lapidus ... read more
Although they never met, the Australian witch Rosaleen Norton (1917-1979) and British visionary artist Austin Osman Spare (1886-1956) shared many points in common. As occult practitioners operating within the Western esoteric tradition, both artists were well versed in the literature of Western magic, Theosophy, kabbalah ... read more
This second volume in Rubaphilos Salfluĕre’s groundbreaking The Hermes Paradigm series builds upon the foundation laid in Book One: First Principles – with its detailed consideration of the history of Hermetism, exposition upon the core concepts and first principles of Hermetic science and initiation ... read more
Upon its publication in 1976, In Pursuit of Gold – written by the enigmatic Lapidus – was hailed as a rare work by one of the few practicing laboratory alchemists writing in English during the mid-to-late 20th century ... read more
Listen to Paul Hardacre's interview about Alchemy on PRN's Expanding Mind program
Taking the soul from plants, the gold from the earth and the long descent into the dark night of the soul. The hard road of the Alchemist is unraveled as we talk with Paul Hardacre, esoteric publisher from Salamander & Sons and laboratory Alchemy lineage holder in this episode of Expanding Mind.
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