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Author Archives: BPH

Infinite Fire Interview I – The multipersona Fernando Pessoa

September 26th, 2014

Last year, we launched our first Infinite Fire Webinar Series, that resulted in 9 webinars featuring 3 respected scholars related to the Center for the History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents  (HHP) sharing their academic know-how in relation to the library’s sources. This academic year, we kick-off with a second Infinite Fire series in a […]

And there was Light! – Part II Minerva Art Academy

July 24th, 2014

And there was Light! (En er was Licht!) is an educational project by the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica in collaboration with the Jan van Rijckenborgh School, the Hanzehogeschool Academie Minerva and the Theosophical Library Amsterdam, made possible through a grant from the Iona Foundation. And the Elohim said, let there be Light! And there was Light… On Friday May 9th, […]

Infinite Fire Webinar IX – Arthur Edward Waite: Bibliographer, Mystic and Magician of many parts

July 24th, 2014

This is the ninth and final episode of the first Infinite Fire webinar series to have been prepared in collaboration with the Center for the History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents (HHP). In this webinar, Dr. Marco Pasi focussed on the famous British poet, mystic and occultist Arthur Edward Waite (1857-1942), a major figure in […]

Infinite Fire Webinar VIII – The Theosophical Movement

May 16th, 2014

This is the second of three webinars by dr. Marco Pasi in our Infinite Fire Webinar series. In his first webinar, Marco Pasi focused on the Austrian author and occultist Gustav Meyrink (1868-1932) and his esoteric novels, such as The Golem (1915). In his second webinar, he discusses the Theosophical movement, which arose in the […]

The Earth Angel or the Body-Spirit

April 17th, 2014

THE EARTH ANGEL OR THE BODY-SPIRIT By Raimon Arola English translation by his student Hilda Takács The article is an English translation of chapter 4 of Raimon Arola’s book ‘Alquimia y religion. Los símbolos herméticos del siglo XVI‘, published by Ediciones Siruela, Madrid 2008, pp. 61-70. The body-spirit easily accomplishes everything, for it is already […]

A Rich Collection of Works On The Egyptian Humanistic Tradition

March 21st, 2014

The Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica in Amsterdam: a Rich Collection of Works on The Egyptian Humanistic Tradition by Rachad Mounir Shoucri The following article appeared in Watani International on February 23rd, 2003. The BPH The Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica (BPH) was founded in 1957 by Joost R. Ritman in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) with the aim of documenting the […]

White Radiance

February 26th, 2014

De Ketelfactory, Schiedam, January 12th 2014 Last month, Esther Ritman, director and librarian of The Ritman Library, spoke with three artists – Bernadet ten Hove (1957), Frank Sciarone (1951) and Ton Mars (1950) – about their work in De Ketelfactory in Schiedam. Below is a selection of the fragments which Esther put before the artists, and […]

Infinite Fire Webinar VII – Gustav Meyrink & His Esoteric Novels

January 17th, 2014

This is the first of three webinars by dr. Marco Pasi in our Infinite Fire Webinar series. In his first webinar Marco focuses on the Austrian author and occultist Gustav Meyrink (1868-1932). Meyrink is known for his esoteric novels, such as The Golem (1915), which created sensation upon publication and became a best-seller. His novels […]

Exploring Alchemy in the early 20th century

June 12th, 2013

This entry is a revised version of an article posted on the previous Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica website The Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica (BPH) holds the complete though short-lived runs of two alchemical periodicals that were published in England and in Germany within a few decades of each other: I. The Journal of the Alchemical Society (1913-15) […]

Dan Brown’s Inferno, A Journey to Dante’s Hell

May 15th, 2013

Yesterday Dan Brown’s latest novel was launched worldwide: Inferno, a title alluding to Dante’s La Divina Commedia. The Ritman Library was there when the Dutch translation was presented to an expectant public, early in the morning at seven a.m. in the beautiful surroundings of the Royal Waiting room at Amsterdam’s Central Station. Until that time, an absolute […]

Infinite Fire Webinar V – The Real Hermetic Tradition

May 8th, 2013

  In Infinite Fire Webinar IV, prof. dr. Wouter Hanegraaff explained that Gemistos Plethon and Marsilio Ficino are strong examples of a “Zoroastrian” interpretation of Platonic Orientalism, while Giovanni Pico della Mirandola is representative of a “Mosaic” interpretation. In this 5th Webinar he continues the narrative by discussing the “Hermetic” variant, according to which the […]

A look behind the logo of Alchemy on the Amstel

December 18th, 2012

The logo of Alchemy on the Amstel comes from a manuscript called the Tractatus artis notoriae et expositiones eius quas Apollonius flores aureos appellavit, and it’s magic! Although the manuscript was written in the middle of the 17th century, the work itself is one of the pseudo-Solomonic magical works that can roughly be dated to […]

Infinite Fire Webinar II – The Emblemata of the Atalanta Fugiens

November 30th, 2012

With the Infinite Fire Webinar Series, the Ritman Library and the Center for the History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents (GHF) of the University of Amsterdam have joined forces and are planting the seed for a Scholarly Hermetic Circle. As we announced at the beginning of September, in the coming year we will broadcast a series of […]

Infinite Fire – A virtual exhibition tour by Joost R. Ritman

November 30th, 2012

On 16 December last year the library that was closed a year before in 2010 re-opened its doors. With the exhibition Infinite Fire we wanted to show that we wish to continue with our mission: to preserve the spiritual heritage of Western culture and make it available to everyone so as to support the spirit […]

Many happy returns of the day, Spinoza!

November 24th, 2012

Amsterdam, and in particular various Spinoza societies in the Netherlands, will be celebrating the 380th anniversary of the birth of Spinoza (24 November 1632) this month. By a happy coincidence, the great philosopher features in the current exhibition Alchemy on the Amstel with the facsimile of a letter he wrote to one of his physician friends, […]