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The Esoteric Conception of Divinity in the Ancient World

November 27th, 2015

The Esoteric Conception of Divinity in the Ancient World “Enki’s beloved Eridug, E-engura whose inside is full of abundance! Abzu, life of the Land, beloved of Enki! Temple built on the edge, befitting the artful divine powers!” From: ‘Enki’s journey to Nibru.’  (Black, Cunningham, Robson, Zόlyomi, The Literature of Ancient Sumer, 2004, p. 330) The […]

Jacob Boehme: mysticism, theosophy and the Hermetic tradition

November 21st, 2014

Jacob Boehme: mysticism, theosophy and the Hermetic tradition Research project by Fabrizio Di Bella The Hermetic background provides the historiographical and transcendental framework for the speculative work of Jacob Böhme. The purpose of my research is to explore the wide and many-sided phenomenon of the circulation of works that can be classified as Hermetic in […]

Painters & Playful Children: Notes on the Art & Alchemy Exhibition

September 11th, 2014

Frank van Lamoen already devoted an article on this blog to the Art and Alchemy exhibition in Düsseldorf, a very fine exhibition which ran this past spring and summer of 2014. I would like to add another contribution on this blog focusing on items that impressed me particularly. The first, historical, part of the exhibition covered […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Per Unum – Ad Unum

December 20th, 2013

Per Unum – Ad Unum The eightieth birthday, on 30 May 1996, of Gilles Quispel, the nestor of Hermetic gnosis, was the occasion of a symposium held in his honour at the University of Amsterdam. The lectures presented at the symposium by Gilles Quispel, Roelof van den Broek, Peter Kingsley, Jean-Pierre Mahé and Carlos Gilly are […]

Well Being in the Academy? – Western esotericism & Health during ESSWE4

July 5th, 2013

Last week the bi-annual international conference of The European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE) took place in the University of Gothenburg, Sweden from 26-29 June 2013. ESSWE is a scholarly society, founded in 2005 to enhance and promote the academic study of Western Esotericism. The fourth ESSWE conference focussed on issues related […]

Het Woord dat geenéén woord kent: de grondeloze Wijsheid van Tao

June 19th, 2013

Begin deze maand vond op Renova, het centrale conferentieoord in Bilthoven van het Lectorium Rosicrucianum, Internationale School van het Gouden Rozenkruis, het symposium De Grondeloze Wijsheid van Tao plaats. Het symposium is de vierde editie van een serie van zeven gewijd aan de grote wijsheid tradities, hun geschreven werken en hun relatie met de hedendaagse […]