Friday, 05. September 2008
Kybalion

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Die Hermetik stammt aus der alt-ägyptischen Lehre des Hermes Trismegistos – so nannten die Griechen den ägyptischen Gott Thot, Hermes, Gott der Weisheit und Hermes der Götterbote. Dass die "wirklichen" Bücher, welche als Corpus Hermeticum bezeichnet werden, nicht früher als im 1. vorchristlichen Jahrhundert entstanden sein konnten, wurde von Isaac Casaubon 1614 durch philologische Argumente nachgewiesen.


Die grossen Werke, welche die Hermetik beschreiben, sind die Tabula Smaragdina, das Picatrix, das Corpus Hermeticum und das Kybalion.
Heute bringe ich Euch das Kybalium. Hier ein Auszug:

"Alles ist zweifach, altes ist Pole; alles hat seine zwei Gegensätze; Gleich und Ungleich ist dasselbe. Gegensätze sind ihrer Natur nach identisch, nur im Grad verschieden; Extreme begegnen einander; alle Wahrheiten sind nur Halb-Wahrheiten; alle Paradoxa können in Übereinstimmung gebraucht wenden." -- Das Kybalion

Dieses Prinzip enthält die Wahrheit, dass "alles zweifach ist", dass "alles zwei Pole hat", dass "alles seine zwei Gegensätze hat". Alle diese Sätze sind alte hermetische Axiome. Das Prinzip erklärt die alten Paradoxe, die so viele Menschen verblüfft haben, indem sie feststellen, "Thesis und Antithesis sind ihrer Natur nach identisch, nur im


Grad verschieden"; "Gegensätze sind dasselbe, sie unterscheiden sich nur im Grad"; "Jedes Paar von Gegensätzen kann in Übereinstimmung gebracht werden"; "Extreme begegnen sich"; "Alles ist und ist nicht zu gleicher Zeit"; "Alle Wahrheiten sind nur Halbwahrheiten"; "Jede Wahrheit ist halb falsch"; "Jedes Ding hat zwei Seiten" usw. usw.

Hier das ganze Buch:

Das Kybalion - PDF (German)

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The Hermetic comes from the old-Egyptian apprenticeship of the Hermes Trismegistos. Hermes Trismegistos (Greek for "Hermes the thrice-greatest") is the syncretism of the Greek god Hermes and the Egyptian Thoth. That the "actual" books which are designated as Corpus Hermeticum could not have emerged earlier than in the 1st century BC was proved of Isaac Casaubon 1614 through philological arguments.

The series which describe the Hermetik are The Tabula Smaragdina, The Picatrix, The Corpus Hermeticum and The Kybalion. Today I bring you the Kybalium. An Extract:

"Everything is Dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled." -- The Kybalion.

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This Principle embodies the truth that "everything is dual"; "everything has two poles"; "everything has its pair of opposites," all of which were old Hermetic axioms. It explains the old paradoxes, that have perplexed so many, which have been stated as follows: "Thesis and antithesis are identical in nature, but different in degree"; "opposites are the same, differing only in degree"; "the pairs of opposites may be reconciled"; "extremes meet"; "everything is and isn't, at the same time"; "all truths are but half truths"; "every truth is half-false"; "there are two sides to everything," etc., etc., etc.


The complete book:

The Kybalion - PDF (English)
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Friday, 04. July 2008
The Museum Of Lost Wonder

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Jeff Hoke, curator of the Museum of Lost Wonder and author of the book bearing the same title (also senior exhibition designer at California's Monterey Bay Aquarium), had a mission: To illuminate life's mysteries.

He writes that the eclectic museums and curiosity cabinets of the 1600s inspired him, and that he wants to return us to a time before "science became a belief system unto itself," a time when artist-alchemist-scientists were able to search for inner truth via mystical experiences and experiments without being ridiculed.

The museum is arranged with 7 halls (representing the seven stages of alchemical process) in which the questions of the universe unfold. It begins with The Calcinatio Hall where the featured exhibit is The Beginning of Everything and leads us into halls like The Sublimatio Hall, with the exhibit How To Have Visions. In The Separatio Hall the exhibit Where Are You Going challenges us in our own journey. Through each hall we are led into an exhibit that questions our own understanding of life and urges us into new ways of thinking.


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There is more information about the book on his website. Once there, you can also take an interactive tour of the Museum of Lost Wonder. Just click on the 'Tour' tab.

Step inside and discover your lost wonder!
The Museum Of Lost Wonder by Jeff Hoke.


Meet Jeff Hoke and The Museum Of Lost Wonder here:

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Monday, 04. February 2008
Esoterica - The Journal

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Esoterica - The Journal of esoteric studies by Collge of Arts and Letters - Michigan State University.

Our primary emphasis in Esoterica is the scholarly investigation of esoteric spiritual traditions, with a special emphasis on Western esotericism. Western esoteric traditions are of a remarkable variety, ranging from Gnosticism and Hermeticism to alchemy, magic, Christian mysticism, Kabbala, Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, and other secret or semi-secret societies. Investigation in this field is by nature transdisciplinary, drawing upon such diverse disciplines as history, religious studies, and literature, without belonging solely to any of these.

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Sunday, 04. November 2007
Sex, The Secret Gate to Eden - Alchemy, Tantra, and Kabbalah

This 75-minute film is a rich tapestry of sacred sex symbolism from around the world, including the Kabbala, Western Europeans alchemy symbols, Tantra, Mayan carvings, Tibetan Buddhism, and various Christian gospels. It is inspiring to see the parallels between these traditions, even if they have been interpreted radically differently over the years.

The film is very hard to describe or summarize. A few technical qualms aside, I found that this documentary was very well done. The topic was treated with the utmost respect, the narration was accessible and tantalizing, and the logical use of so many excerpts, citations, and beautiful works of art from across the globe made every moment a pleasurable and highly informative learning experience.

One symbol traced throughout the film is the theme of the serpent, or double serpent. We learn that the double serpent represents the sexual energy or kundalini of male and female rising in synergistic exchange. The serpent, or sexual energy, can either be raised to reconnect us with the Divine, or used to pursue physical gratification.

The film also distinguishes between three types of tantra: black, gray and white. It explains that black tantra emphasizes orgasmic release, thus leading to cravings and suffering. Gray tantra teaches that some orgasms are appropriate, which puts one on a slippery slope toward black tantra. White tantra, on the other hand, teaches the value of consistently channeling the sexual energy upward where it facilitates union with the Divine. White tantra is the "secret gate to Eden".

'Sex, The Secret Gate to Eden - Alchemy, Tantra, and Kabbalah' was produced by Glorian Publishing (formerly known as Thelema Press) in 2006.

For those of you not familiar with Thelema Press, it is an organization devoted to sharing the teachings of Samael Aun Weor (see below).





Glorian is a non-profit organization translating and publishing the Gnostic books of Víctor Manuel Gómez Rodríguez (March 6, 1917 - December 24, 1977), born in Bogotá, Colombia. He took the spiritual name "Samael Aun Weor", and also referred to himself as "Kalki Avatar". From an early age, he was interested in the occult. He referred to his teachings as the synthesis of all religions, cultures and mysteries. Therefore his writings cite teachings contained within Buddhism, Hinduism, Rosicrucianism, Christianity, Islam (Sufi), Kabbalah, Theosophy, Aztec, Mayan and ancient Egyptian tradition constituting the base of his contemporary Gnosticism.

There are numerous websites in many languages devoted to Samael Aun Weor’s teachings. One is Gnostic Teachings by Glorian features lectures, online courses, discussion forums and more. Glorian has also Gnostic Radio, free audio lectures and podcasts.
Category: Movies & TV | Mystics & Alchemy | People & Organisations | Symbols & Geometry | Tantra & Kamasutra |


Saturday, 25. August 2007
Alchemy: Ancient and Modern

The Aim of Alchemy:

Alchemy is generally understood to have been that art whose end was the transmutation of the so-called base metals into gold by means of an ill-defined something called the Philosopher's Stone; but even from a purely physical standpoint, this is a somewhat superficial view. Alchemy was both a philosophy and an experimental science, and the transmutation of the metals was its end only in that this would give the final proof of the alchemistic hypotheses; in other words, Alchemy, considered from the physical standpoint, was the attempt to demonstrate experimentally on the material plane the validity of a certain philosophical view of the Cosmos. We see the genuine scientific spirit in the saying of one of the alchemists: "Would to God ... all men might become adepts in our Art - for then gold, the great idol of mankind, would lose its value, and we should prize it only for its scientific teaching." Unfortunately, however, not many alchemists came up to this ideal; and for the majority of them, Alchemy did mean merely the possibility of making gold cheaply and gaining untold wealth.

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Sybolical Illustration
Representing the Trinity of Body, Soul and Spirit


The Transcendental Theory of Alchemy:

By some mystics, however, the opinion has been expressed that Alchemy was not a physical art or science at all, that in no sense was its object the manufacture of material gold, and that its processes were not carried of Alchemy out on the physical plane. According to this transcendental theory, Alchemy was concerned with man's soul, its object was the perfection, not of material substances, but of man in a spiritual sense. Those who hold this view identify Alchemy with, or at least regard it as a branch of, Mysticism, from which it is supposed to differ merely by the employment of a special language; and they hold that the writings of the alchemists must not be understood literally as dealing with chemical operations, with furnaces, retorts, alembics, pelicans and the like, with salt, sulphur, mercury, gold and other material substances, but must be understood as grand allegories dealing with spiritual truths. According to this view, the figure of the transmutation of the "base" metals into gold symbolised the salvation of man -- the transmutation of his soul into spiritual gold -- which was to be obtained by the elimination of evil and the development of good by the grace of God; and the realisation of which salvation or spiritual transmutation may be described as the New Birth, or that condition of being known as union with the Divine. It would follow, of course, if this theory were true that the genuine alchemists were pure mystics, and hence, that the development of chemical science was not due to their labours, but to pseudo-alchemists who so far misunderstood their writings as to have interpreted them in a literal sense.

Alchemy: Ancient and Modern by Herbert Stanley Redgrove (PDF with pictures)

Alchemy: Ancient and Modern by Herbert Stanley Redgrove (PDF text only)
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Wednesday, 11. July 2007
Neville Goddard: Imagining Creates Reality

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The twentieth Century marked a period of spiritual awakening in Western society, as traditional Christian teachings were freed from literal interpretation to reveal the compelling power of their greater truth.

Nobody was more influential to this transformation than Neville Goddard (1905 - 1972). Indies, Neville began writing and lecturing on metaphysics in the United States in the 1930s, sharing his profound insight into the power of consciousness to pierce the veil that hides our true natures.


The resulting body of work, which includes books as well as lectures, many of which are available in audio as well as text form, stands as perhaps the most potent self-transformational techniques ever offered to the lay public.

In his simple yet elegant style, Neville teaches that man's awareness of being is the Divine Being in action. By cultivating and directing this awareness, we assume the capacity to consciously enliven inner Imaginal Realities, which in turn become the foundation of our physical experience. Unlike many lesser teachers, Neville drew on his own personal experience rather than theory or supposition, leading us on an amazing inward journey that culminates in the ultimate discovery of our own Godhood.

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Neville Goddard Lectures
Neville Goddard see the Bible as a grand metaphor for our personal connection with the Universe. He speaks about imagination, what is prayer and makes a lot of enlightening Bible interpretations. Imagination is his favourite tool for reality creation. A vivid way of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and feeling reality.

Read also this article Searching for Neville Goddard by Mitch Horowitz
Neville Goddard was among the last century’s most articulate and charismatic purveyors of the philosophy generally called New Thought. He wrote ten books under the solitary penname Neville, and was a popular speaker on metaphysical themes from the late 1930s until his death in 1972. Possessed of a self-educated and uncommonly sharp intellect, Neville captured the sheer logic of creative-mind principles as perhaps no other figure of his era.
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Friday, 18. May 2007
The Pictorial Symbols of Alchemy

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THE Hermetic Mystery- upon the higher interpretation of which I have spoken at considerable length in the previous paper and have created an analogy between its hidden meaning and that which I should term the centre of the Religions Mystery in Christendom- is the only branch of mystic and occult literature which lent itself to the decorative sense. I suppose that there are few people comparatively who at this day have any notion of the extent to which that sense was developed in the books of the adepts. It will be understood that in speaking now upon this subject I am leaving my proper path, but though the fact does not seem to have been registered, it is so utterly curious to note how a literature which is most dark and inscrutable of all has at the same time its lighter side- a side, indeed, of pleasant inventions, of apologue, of parable, of explicit enigma, above all of poetry. The fact is that alchemy presented itself as an art, its books were the work of artists; and for the sympathetic reader, even when he may understand them least, they will read sometimes like enchanting fables or legends. When in this manner some of the writers had exhausted their resources in language, they had recourse to illustrations, and I wonder almost that no one has thought to collect the amazing copper-plates which literally did adorn the Latin and other tracts of the seventeenth century.


It is a matter of common report that the old Hermetic adepts were the chemists of their time and that, as such, they made numerous and valuable discoveries. This is true in a general sense, but under what is also a general and an exceedingly grave reserve. There is little need to say in the first place, that the spiritual alchemists made no researches and could have had no findings in the world of metals and minerals.

Secondly, there was a great concourse of witnesses in secret literature, who were adepts of neither branch; but they expressed their dreams and speculations in terms of spurious certitude, and were often sincere in the sense that they deceived themselves. They produced sophistications in the physical work and believed that their tinctures and colorations were the work of philosophy; these discovered nothing, and misled nearly every one.

The Pictorial Symbols of Alchemy
by Arthur Edward Waite.
(PDF, 9 pages)

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Originally published in the periodical "Occult Review", vol. 8 / no. 5,
November 1908.
Category: Articles & Essays | Mystics & Alchemy |


Sunday, 06. May 2007
Voyage into the Next Dimension

Experience the fascinating world of the Alchemists, faith healers and shamans. We see them in the whole world. Do they have any special abilities? What is real? What is magic?

Clemens Kuby, director of award-winning films, like 'Living Buddha' travels again around the world and films phenomena, that remains hidden for us. He observes unusual healing therapies and healing traditions in Peru, Russia, the Philippines, Nepal, Burma and Korea.

This German production with English voice-over shows the various voyages to spirit healer around the world including interviews with healed patients.

Runtime of "Voyage into the next dimension" aka "Unterwegs in die nächste Dimension": 80 minutes.


Category: Body & Health | Ethno & Shamanism | Movies & TV | Mystics & Alchemy |


Saturday, 18. November 2006
Secrets of Alchemy - The Great Cross and the End of Time

In this visually compelling and thought-provoking documentary, author and modern-day Indiana Jones, Jay Weidner uncovers some of the deepest secrets of the ancient western tradition of Alchemy - the knowledge of the fatal season of the apocalypse, the end of time and the great and imminent transformation of humanity.

Using the work of the mysterious twentieth century French Alchemist, Fulcanelli, as his foundation, and his discovery of a three hundred fifty year old Alchemical Cross in the South of France, Jay Weidner describes the experiences, insights and powerful evidence that opens the door to a new view of the intimate relationship between myth, history, science and the true destiny of humanity. In doing so, he reveals the ultimate meaning underlying the resurrection of Christ, the message of the Book of the Revelations, the vision of Ezekiel and the Kabbalistic concept of the "Restoration of the World."

Join him on this remarkable adventure as Jay Weidner journeys from the shores of Southern France through Alchemical Europe, Ancient Egypt and Peru, to decode the powerful and haunting message of the Great Cross of Hendaye.


Much better than the Da Vinci Code ...
Secrets of Alchemy - The Great Cross and the End of Time (2004) by Jay Weidner.



Total duration of this video is 59 minutes.


See also:

The Official Web site for Jay Weidner

More about the theories of French alchemist Fulcanelli:
Is the end of time approaching?

The Alchemy of Time: Understanding the Great Year & the Cycles of Existence by Jay Weidner (New Dawn Magazine, July-August 2005)
Category: Movies & TV | Mystics & Alchemy | New Legends & Claims | Prophecies & Mediums |


Saturday, 23. September 2006
Alchemy Electronic Dictionary

To find out the meaning of a word or a symbol in the world of Alchemy:

Alchemy Electronic Dictionary

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Category: Lexica & Overviews | Mystics & Alchemy |


Thursday, 02. June 2005
Alchemical and Hermetic Prints

830 unique coloured prints of alchemical and Hermetic emblems:

Coloured prints - 17 Galleries of individual alchemical and hermetic emblems.

Coloured prints - 9 series of 140 alchemical emblems.

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Wednesday, 25. May 2005
Alchemy Lab Directory

This website is dedicated to helping individuals understand and apply the principles of alchemy. The most basic tenet of alchemy is that there are two primary ways of knowing reality, and learning to work with both of them is how we must begin the journey of transformation.
The first way of knowing is the rational, deductive, argumentative, intellectual thinking that is the hallmark of science and our patriarchal Western culture. The alchemists called this Solar Consciousness and assigned it many code words, such as the Sun, Sulfur, the King, the Father, Spirit, and ultimately, the One Mind of the universe.

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Throughout this website, whenever the material involves left-brain activity like lists, linear thought, schematics, formulae, arguments and logic, the icon used will be Solar.
The alchemists called the other way of knowing Lunar Consciousness. This intelligence of the heart is a non-linear, image-driven, intuitive way of thinking that is an accepted tool of the arts and religion. Among its many symbols are the Moon, Mercury, the Queen, the Holy Ghost, Soul, and ultimately, the One Thing of the universe. Throughout this website, whenever the material involves right-brain activity dealing with drawings, paintings, mandalas, symbols, music, and meditation, the icon will be the Lunar glyph.
Whenever possible, material will be presented from both the King's and the Queen's viewpoints.


Alchemy Lab Directory by Dennis William Hauck
Highly recommended - you find an Introduction to Alchemy, The Emerald Tablet, Famous Alchemists, Original Alchemy Texts, an Alchemy Art Gallery (beautiful!) and much more.
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Friday, 08. April 2005
Heinrich Khunrath - Amphitheatrum sapientiae aeternae

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Heinrich Khunrath, Amphitheatrum sapientiae aeternae [Hamburg: s.n., 1595] is an alchemical classic, the best known of Heinrich Khunrath's works. The work is infused with a strange combination of Christianity and magic, illustrated with elaborate, hand-colored, engraved plates heightened with gold and silver. The tension between spirituality and experiment, and the rich symbolism of Khunrath's writings and their engravings brought condemnation of the book by the Sorbonne in 1625, and now attracts attention from scholars.


Alchemist's Laboratory: This section leads to images of the engraved plates and transcriptions of the text surrounding the circular images on those plates, as well as images of the letterpress pages.

Die hochauflösenden Bilder (1750 Pixel) zeigen jedes Detail!
Click the 1750 pixel wide image there!
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Monday, 04. April 2005
The Alchemy Web Site

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You can find information on alchemy and all its facets, with over 1300 sections, 1700 images, and 200 complete alchemical texts in
The Alchemy Web Site.

I choosed for this post a illustration from Robert Fludd first book "Utriusque Cosmi Historia", 1619. Here is a very big view with all details:
"The mind of the microcosm".

More beautiful illustrations you will find here:
Adam McLean's Gallery of alchemical images.


The Alchemy Web Site is a very big one. You will need a lot of time to study all the content there!
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