Alchemy & Mysticism has ratings and 47 reviews. Nandakishore said: This is a magnificent compendium of alchemical symbols and the mystic thought be. Buy Alchemy & Mysticism (Hermetic Museum) by Alexander Roob (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on. Fables, folklore, and fantasy—this compendium of all things alchemical and mystical gathers centuries of esoteric mythology in the form of Alexander Roob.

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It explains or perhaps,gives an interpenetration to all the various meanings of all those symbols that Alchemists, Mystics, “heretics”, and Astrologers have used throughout history. A good reference work on the art associated with alchemy and to the degree it is possible with mysticism.

Stunning works of art of pure symbology, fills almost every page of this over page book. And who better to play the part than a king, sweating toward better health in a sauna?

Alexanser, the illustrations are absolutely stunning. Well written description for every image helped to unravel some of the complex symbolical meaning of the alchemical art. Long before Dow and designer drugs, the alchemists of medieval Europe were already dreaming of better living through chemistry. Matter and spirit weren’t always so divided as they are in modernity, which is almost entirely submerged in materialism and scientific positivism.

A greasy substance well known in the Middle Ages, green vitriol was valued for its ability to cause, when heated, a nasty sulfuric breakdown into iron and rust.


Far from a pseudo-scientific pursuit of turning lead into gold, alchemists saw their rites of metal and fire as an occult spirituality carried on from antiquity. This book doesn’t go that deep into the principles of Alchemy, but it makes available unlike any other book I know of, a complete portal of sacred alchemical art both East and West.

Reflections On Archetypal Images. No trivia or quizzes yet. Nov 11, Luda rated it it was amazing Shelves: An eclectic and vastly interesting resource.

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Please log in, or sign up for a new account and purchase a subscription to continue reading. The Book of Symbols: Just like walking around a museum for hours will cause you to walk past Van Goghs and Picasso’s in indifference, starring at these for too long will cause insensitivity or- even worse- literal mindedness. English Choose a language for shopping.

Alchemy is the ancestor of my profession – Chemical Engineering. This is not a book to read, but to contemplate. Unfortunately, I was totally lost. To alchemists, this reaction played out, in a chemical theater, the human saga of birth and death, genesis and putrefaction.

By including the mundane alongside the glorious, Roob seeks to establish how widespread alchemical art once was and how forgotten it is today. Jan 05, Joseph rated it really liked it Shelves: With mystjcism in ancient Greece, Judea, and Egypt, alchemy spanned two millennia.

Alchemy & Mysticism

Published July 1st by Taschen first published January 1st Archive for Research in. The book is a decent primer in alchemy, delivering a steady discussion of the bulletpoints relevant to a very doob and interesting time in the development of Western thought.


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They can only enjoy the beauty of the images, and get some sort of rudimentary understanding, which itself is rewarding e This is a magnificent compendium of alchemical symbols and the mystic thought behind them. This is a good, sort of encyclopedic, introduction to the Western alchemical tradition. Want to Read saving…. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. If you are well read in mysticism and the history of alchemy, this is the book for you. Write a customer review. The binding is extremely weak, and it WILL fall apart quickly. Jan 29, Susan added it. Return to Book Page. Bellissimo, ma mi ha lasciata di stucco non trovare niente su Arcadia. Through its association with alchemy, this strange art, riddled with hidden symbols, found tacit acceptance in even the most piously Christian corners of Europe during the Middle Ages.