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Author Archives: BPH

‘The Spiritual Mind’ – Lecture by Esther Ritman

September 27th, 2017

The Greatness of the Human Mind 8 October 2017 – Esther Ritman during the ‘Inner Peace Conference’ in ‘De Balie – Salon’ in Amsterdam ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’. This common phrase suggests that there’s a great inherent power in the immediacy of an image: it is able to convey complex ideas in a […]

Review: David Chaim Smith’s work on Kabbalah and Alchemy

September 19th, 2017

David Chaim Smith’s 2017 book Deep Principles of Kabbalistic Alchemy is unique in the literature of western esotericism. In my opinion, until this point, no text had directly addressed the root basis of all phenomenal appearance in such a way that the reader is introduced to the concept and how it functions in technically accurate […]

Exhibition ‘All in All’ on Jacob Böhme, Dresden – August-November 2017

August 23rd, 2017

ALL IN ALL The conceptual world of the mystic philosopher Jacob Böhme 26 August to 19 November 2017  We are proud to share that we are lending seventeen items, one of which is a very unique portrait of Jacob Böhme, to the exhibition on Jacob Böhme in the Schlosskapelle of the Residenzschloss in Dresden, Germany. One of the most important German thinkers, […]

Dutch newspaper ‘De Volkskrant’: Amsterdam not location of Robert Langdon’s new adventure

June 29th, 2017

On Tuesday 27 June, the cover and location of the story of Dan Brown’s upcoming novel called ‘Origin’ was revealed. The novel will be internationally released on 3 October 2017. The story will be themed under the following two questions: Where do we come from? Where are we going?  Dutch newspaper ‘De Volkskrant’ writes in an article […]

Exhibition ‘Hermetically Open’ 9-18 June, Harlingen

June 29th, 2017

From 9 – 18 June we organised a pop-up exhibition in the entrepôt building in the harbour of the city of Harlingen, in the north of the Netherlands. The exhibition was called “Hermetically Open” and showed unique images from books in The Ritman Library. Some of the images presented were almost 2 metres high! It was a true multimedia […]

Explore – Encounter – Enterprise

June 28th, 2017

EXPLORE – ENCOUNTER – ENTERPRISE Amsterdam is a city characterized by an amazing diversity, authenticity, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. A city with a heart big enough to embrace the whole world, a city that has been a figurehead and a haven of free thought. A city where prohibited books were printed, where free minds were given […]

Divine Wisdom – Divine Nature, Exhibition Goetheanum May 2017

April 24th, 2017

Divine Wisdom – Divine Nature Exhibition. New stop: Dornach, Switzerland! 5 – 30 May 2017 Now that the exhibition in the Országos Széchényi Könyvtár in Budapest has ended, our exhibition on the Message of the Rosicrucian Manifestoes in the visual language of the 17th century will travel to the Goetheanum in Switzerland! The opening of the […]

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 […]

Recently premiered! The Ritman Library Documentary by Artoldo

March 23rd, 2017

We are very proud to present to you… a documentary about our library! Sara Ferro and Chris Weil of Artoldo Pictures visited the library in the spring of 2016, not long before we moved out of the building on Bloemstraat. Their documentary offers a really unique view inside our previous location and the library there. The result […]

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 was 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 of the […]

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” took place in Järna, Sweden. The Symposium was organised by the Lectorium Rosicrucianum Sweden and the Swedish Anthroposophical Society. One of the presentations during the symposium was given by Esther Ritman, director and librarian of The Ritman Library. […]

Library Visits – Artists & Jacob Böhme

October 27th, 2016

In the beginning of 2016, artists Doreen Wittenbols, Heleen Wiemer, Roosmarijn Schoonewelle and curator Marjoca de Greef, visited The Ritman Library various times to study the German mystic Jacob Böhme (1575-1624). They studied Böhme’s ‘True Principles of All Things’ and the William Law edition of the works of Jacob Böhme, containing perhaps the first mystical pop-up […]

Geometry of Light at the Ritman Library

March 21st, 2016

By: Kevin Ravensberg, 16-8-2015 During my visit to the Ritman Library I encountered several familiar geometries describing light and spirit (the universal / omnipresent substance of the universe) and one illustration stood out in particular to me. This was the divine ”mirror of god” by Robert Fludd (1574 – 1637) where 2 equilateral triangles illuminated […]

“Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Book launch

May 8th, 2015

Book launch Hans Siepel’s Openbaring: “Be the change you wish to see in the world” On Wednesday afternoon, 22 April, a special event took place in the library when communications advisor and former public official Hans Siepel presented his new book Openbaring (‘Revelation’) to an invited audience. Director Esther Ritman opened the afternoon and gave the […]

Divine wisdom to inspire individuals and society – book presentation

April 1st, 2015

Hans Siepel’s new book Revelation Divine wisdom to inspire individuals and society Hans Siepel (1958) studied political science and held several communication positions in the course of his career, including the Netherlands Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, which gave him the excellent opportunity to study the socio-political fabric of Dutch society. Besides working […]

Alchemists and artists: the art of transformation

May 25th, 2014

An impression of Alchemy – Das Geheimnis der Verwandlung, an exhibition in the Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf, 5 April – 10 August 2014. The visual arts and alchemy have so much in common that we are easily inclined to take a painter for an alchemist. The earliest texts in the alchemical canon are concerned with imitating pearls, […]

“Let there be light!” – Adriaan Koerbagh’s book in modern Dutch

May 25th, 2014

“Let there be light!” Adriaan Koerbagh’s A Light Shining in Dark Places now available in modern Dutch The ‘tragic story of the brothers Koerbagh’, Jonathan Israel observed in Radical Enlightenment, ‘may very well have been the very first example in Europe of official suppression of philosophical “enlightenment” of the people, as distinct from traditional suppression […]

Word and Image: A Dancing Interplay by Alfred Bast

February 20th, 2014

Project notes. 21 December 2012 – 21 December 2013. Every day I am drawing an image or writing a text. Sometimes only a word, on the two pages of an opening in a Reclam Universal Notebook. The two pages, who are at the same time one („Doppelseite“, a double spread), are already encouraging. They correspond to […]

Via Lucis – Comenius in our Time

December 17th, 2013

On Friday 4 October members of the Comenius Gesellschaft were the guests of The Ritman Library. They were first made welcome in the Huis met de Hoofden by Esther and Joost R. Ritman. The visit was part of the programme of the international Comenius Conference 2013, ‘Keys to the thoughts of Comenius in our time’, which took […]

Louis Cattiaux and the Surreal

October 21st, 2013

A new blog on the fascinating painter Louis Cattiaux, founder of the ‘Transhylisme’ (Beyond Matter) movement in the early 1930s. The Ritman Library is grateful to have received a donation of Mrs. Jeanne Lohest-Hooghvorst of Beya Publications, Belgium. Joanne has given the following five works by or about the French painter and poet Louis Cattieux […]