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Books are constantly in dialogue with each other in the Embassy of the Free Mind

March 23rd, 2017

Translation from an article in the Dutch Speakers Academy 2017 magazine. BIBLIOTHECA PHILOSOPHICA HERMETICA Books are constantly in dialogue with each other in the Embassy of the Free Mind The Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, The Ritman Library for short, was once described by the Dutch man of letters and political scientist Aad Nuis (†2007) as a house of […]

A first! The Ritman Library Documentary by Artoldo

March 23rd, 2017

We are very proud to present you… the first documentary ever about our library! Sara Ferro and Chris Weil from Artoldo Pictures visited the library in the Spring of 2016, just before we moved out of the Bloemstraat. So it’s really a unique view inside our previous location and how the library was there. All […]

Conference 18 February 2017 – A Hermetic Reformation. The silent language of Alchemy, Magic, Christian Kabbala and Rosicrucians

February 5th, 2017

A Hermetic Reformation. The silent language of Alchemy, Magic, Christian Kabbalah and Rosicrucians A conference held to mark the opening of The Ritman Library’s travelling exhibition ‘Divine Wisdom – Divine Nature. The Message of the Rosicrucian Manifestoes in the Visual Language of the Seventeenth Century’ on 18 February 2017 in the National Széchényi Library in Budapest. This […]

12 Reasons You’ll Want To Celebrate New Year’s Eve In Amsterdam

February 4th, 2017

Every year, The Worldheart Foundation offers a firework show to the city of Amsterdam on New Year’s Eve. And it’s not a regular kind of show; every show is dedicated to a special theme, expressing a special symbolism. For 2016/2017 the theme was “The Fire of the Free Mind”. After reading the meaning behind it and […]

Giordano Bruno and the Rosicrucians

January 24th, 2017

Giordano Bruno and the Rosicrucians A mystery unveiled, among magic, alchemy and philosophy. by Guido del Giudice The research aiming to create the first Italian translation of Summa terminorum metaphysicorum [1] helped me in enlightening a six-month period of Giordano Bruno’s uneven peregrinatio which had been too long in the shadow. There have been found some clear […]

Divine Wisdom – Divine Nature, Exhibition Budapest 2017

December 4th, 2016

Divine Wisdom – Divine Nature. The Message of the Rosicrucian Manifestoes in the Visual Language of the Seventeenth Century This exhibition will be on show in the National Library in Budapest, Hungary from 20 February until 20 April 2017. Divine Wisdom – Divine Nature is a travelling exhibition to celebrate the fourth centenary of the publication […]

The Relevance of Spinoza’s Political Philosophy Today

December 3rd, 2016

Spinoza, being a prime exponent of the Embassy of the Free Mind with his thoughts on freedom of conscience and freedom to philosophise, will be a key figure in the House with the Heads when it opens. Chaired by Karianne Marx and introduced by Peter Paul van Loon, the Amsterdamse Spinoza Kring held its ninth […]

‘Paradise is Green’: Tradition & Modernity in Ets Haim

December 3rd, 2016

On Thursday 24 November, the Menasseh ben Israel Institute and the Jewish Historical Museum organized a symposium to celebrate the fact that Portuguese Jews who had settled in Amsterdam to escape oppression in their native country founded a Talmud Torah school and the Ets Haim Library in their new homeland, in 1616. The director of […]

Event – Comenius’ Pansophy, Amsterdam NOV 2016

November 4th, 2016

Symposium – Comenius’ Pansophy If you are in the Netherlands you are very welcome to join us at our next event: a  symposium (in Dutch) on Comenius. Orphaned at a young age, the highly gifted Comenius was sent to the University of Herborn by the Bohemian Brethren, where he was introduced to the concept of ‘Pansophia’ […]

Chymical Wedding – symposium Järna, Sweden NOV 2016

November 4th, 2016

Chymical Wedding – symposium Järna, Sweden From 25-27 November 2016, a symposium entitled “New Time, New Consciousness – Chymical Wedding” is taking place in Järna, Sweden. The Symposium is organised by the Lectorium Rosicrucianum Sweden and the Swedish Antroposophical Society. One of the presentations during the symposium will be given by Esther Ritman, director and […]