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LUXLAPIS NEWSLETTER - FEBRUARY 2005

Although ideas never die, they exhaust their vitality after a certain time and under the prevailing circumstances. Then they sink, as it were, under the threshold of the consciousness of an age, not to be destroyed or dissolved, but to return to a dormant state, chrysalis-like, and to re-awaken when the spiral ascent of the human mind has moved one once more to a point where there ideas may resume the same place (or a similar one) as they used to occupy centuries ago. Perhaps, the ideas are never quite asleep; in some corners of civilization they live on, cherished by a small minority of minds - by esoteric circles, admirers of the past, and believers in the greater wisdom of the predecessors - the greater, the dimmer the light of history becomes.

R. Allers Microcosmus. From Anaximandros to Paracelsus, Traditio 1944, 2, pp. 385-86  


With the above thoughts in mind, here is a collection of excellent websites -  click away and enjoy....

Samten de Wet


Mnemosyne emblem project


ISLAMIC PHILOSOPHY


LEON ZELDIS - CAMPANELLA’S CITY OF THE SUN   -   An article on Campanella by a Freemason  with Spanish Hebrew links.


The Circle, The Wheel of Fortune & The Rose Window   -  Paul Calter, 1998. Dartmouth College.


The Mansions of the Moon


ELIPHAS LEVI  TRANSCENDENTAL MAGIC Its Doctrine and Ritual Translated, annotated & introduced by A. E. Waite


Rosslyn Chapel - The Official Website
Carvings, Weddings at Rosslyn Chapel, History of Rosslyn Chapel, Rosslyn Chapel Trust,   Rosslyn Chapel Online Store, History of Rosslyn Chapel, ...


THE HERMETIC ACADEMY

PORTRAITS OF PTOLEMY

BIBLIOTECA PHILOSOPHICA HERMETICA

PETER KINGSLEY  


ASK BISHOP T ALLEN GREENFIELD

THE TAROT AND THE HEBREW ALPHABET

THE ARCHETYPAL TAROT

C.C.ZAIN TAROT

Download TAROT BOOKS HERE

 AECLECTIC TAROT


Lynn Thorndike   Papers, 1902-1963 at COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, ca. 30,000 items in 123 boxes . . .

Biography:  Born July 24, 1882, in Lynn, Mass., Thorndike was an authority on medieval history and science.  He taught history at Columbia University from 1924 until 1952, when he retired as professor emeritus. He was a fellow of the Medieval Academy of America and helped to found the History of Science Society.  Thorndike was also president of the American Historical Association from 1954 to 1955. His major work, A History of Magic and Experimental Science, consists of eight volumes. Thorndike also wrote college textbooks, including The History of Medieval Europe, Place of Magic in the Intellectual History of Europe, A Short History of Civilizations, and Michael Scott, a 1965 biography of a medieval scientist.  He died in New York on 28 December 1965


Diane Donovan
"Michael Scot's rebus figure of Juppiter" by Diane O'Donovan. Article about the imagery in the Tarot. Download as Adobe Acrobat file (42 Kb. PDF).


Diane Donovan
"Shipman's Guide: early card packs and the Arcana" by Diane O'Donovan. Article about the origins of playing-cards. Download as Adobe Acrobat file (60 Kb. PDF).


Diane Donovan
A Rational Disposition: the internalised world of the medieval scholar and the pack of paper tokens.

In the world of late medieval Christendom, when and where the western card-pack of numbers and pictures emerges, the perceptible world was still considered a rational and conscious construction. Order and meaning was assumed inherent in history, in the regularity of the heavens and in the nature of earthly phenomena. Pictures were assumed to embody words and perceptible reality itself was thought to 'speak' to humankind about the nature of God.

In this short talk, we look at the card-pack as an aid to encyclopaedic memory. Its mathematical grid, emblems and imagery are briefly explained. The pack's structure is shown to represent the world as it was apprehended in ordinary, everyday usage.Illustrations and examples are drawn from monastic and from secular works of the tenth to sixteenth centuries, their once well-understood reference shown in relation to the pack as a conceptual model.Particular emphasis will be laid on the role of moralised astronomy in the three encyclical subjects.

Diane O'Donovan read Syriac and Near Eastern history and mythology under Professor Bowman in Melbourne before travelling to Japan, where she studied Japanese and Persian miniatures for two years. Upon her return to Australia, she studied Fine Arts (including semiotics), Near Eastern Studies (including Classical Hebrew), Industrial Archaeology and Ethics of Politics and Science (with emphasis on formal techniques of mass oratory and visual propaganda) at the University of Sydney. Her postgraduate research topic - 'The Host of Heaven in pre-exilic Israel' - led to a continuing interest in the religious and other popular uses for astronomy. She has worked at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney and in Administration at the University of Sydney. Happening on an image of the 'Charles VI' card 'Le Fou' in a bookshop in 1990, and recognising it as a mnenonic image for Orion, she began a 'weekend's" essay on the subject. Twelve years later, the area still offers new insights into medieval history and culture.


DON  KARR  The Study of Solomonic Magic in English    [PDF]  


THE GOLDEN ELIXIR - A Website on Chinese Alchemy
This website is maintained by Fabrizio Pregadio (e-mail: pregadio@unive.it). 

Symbiosis Institute for Comparative Studies in Science Myth Magic and Folklore

The Eye in the Hand by Frank Adair, M.D. April 18, 1999.


I have just found a classic article on the Net: Walter Pagel, Jung’s Views on Alchemy, Isis, Volume 39, Issue 1/2, May 1948, pp.44 - 48.   PAGEL ON  JUNG [click here]  And:

Panofsky, E. Galileo as a Critic of the Arts: Aesthetic Attitude and Scientific Thought, Isis, Volume 47, Issue 1, Mar. 1956, 3-15


THE NEWTON PROJECT


An excellent article Sympathy or the Devil,
by Professor Wouter Hanegraaf, of the University of Amsterdam has  been posted at the Esoterica Website: This article deals with Lodovico Lazzarelli  who is important to the history of the Tarot,  that is, the so-called Tarot of Mantegna, and with the ramifications of Renaissance magic.  Also see:
Wouter Hanegraaf, Lodovico Lazzarelli: The Hermetic Writings (Gnostica 3), Louvain. [Not online]


NEW ATLANTIS, by Francis Bacon. 1626 


The Meaning of the Rose Cross     By Christopher Bamford


Charles Zika . . Images of Circe and Discourses of Witchcraft 


Muhammad ibn Umail's HALL AR-RUMUZ ('Clearing of Enigmas'): Historical Introduction and Psychological Comment

M.-L. von Franz. 1999. In print. 
Introduction:This is the last manuscript of Dr. Marie-Louise von Franz, dictated during the last years of  her life.   
It not only contains a  brilliant historical survey of alchemy since Egyptian times, but above all a profound comment on a newly 
translated Arabic alchemical text from the 10th  century which is a "Summa" of her whole life's experience and work.  

Text Excerpt:

And he said: If the remote substance would be explained, the secret would be revealed. And Hippokrates said: The stone comes out from the sea, it grows in the sea and it germinates in the sea like the corals and it unites all together. Thus it becomes a stone and it is found on the shore of the sea. Thus you find it there, when the waves and the south wind have calmed down.

Comment:
The sea is the symbol of the unfathomable depth of the unconscious or in mystical language of the depth of the Godhead. When the dark inner world calms down, the emotions of love become quiet, one finds the stone on the shore of the sea. The secret of individuation (the stone) is washed up on the shore of the unconscious, suddenly revealed by the grace of God. This passage reminds one of the Greek saying "Go to the sources of the Nile; there you will find a stone which contains a spirit".


A quotation from a 17th century alchemical text on depression, something we all suffer from: 

The old philosophers named this work or labour their descension, their cineration, their pulverization, their death, their putrefaction of the materia of the stone, their corruption, their caput mortuum. You must not despise this blackness, or black colour, but persevere in it in patience, in suffering, and in silence, until its forty days of temptation are over, until the days of its tribulations are completed, when the seed of life shall waken to life, shall rise up, sublimate or glorify itself, transform itself into whiteness, purify and sanctify itself, give itself the redness, in other words, transfigure and fix its shape.


An important article. Americans are so abysmally dis-informed.

http://www.jungcircle.com/muse/media.html

http://www.jungcircle.com/muse/plato.htm

From The Tree of Gnosis , Ioan Couliano

The Gnostic Apostle Thomas: "Twin" of Jesus? by Herbert Christian Merillat

Theosophical Society in America: In the Beginning Was a Verb  On the Stratification of Archetypes by Alice O. Howell


BYZANT SYMBOLS


MASONIC

WORKING TOOLS  - THE WEBSITE FOR THE CORNERSTONE SOCIETY

LEON ZELDIS - The Hiramic Legend

ZENIT ITALY  - Excellent site of Maurizio Nicosia with material in English as well


GRAIL STUDIES

An Investigation into the Symbolism of Heraldry in the Legend of Tristram and Isoud

The Holy Grail: From Romance Motif to Modern Genre
Folklore,  Oct, 2000  by Juliette Wood

Medicine - Magic - Religion

SSHM ANNUAL CONFERENCE, at The University of Southampton, 17 - 18 July 2000.

The Abstracts of the PAPERS are interesting and full of information on work in this field.


World Art Treasures

Using 100,000 slides belonging to the Jacques-Edouard Berger Foundation, this site aims to promulgate art on the internet. There are a great number of ancient images in the collection. Featured programs include images to recreate Seti I's pilgrimage to Abydos, Roman portraits from Egypt, and art from Egypt, China, Japan, India, Myanmar/Burma, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand. [English]


APOCALYPTIC THEMES


The Trial of the Templars in Cyprus by Anne Gilmour-Bryson

Caves of Aracena

The Aracena hills, where the province of Huelva meets the boundary with Portugal and the region of Extremadura, are one of the areas of Spain with most Templar remains. Alongside Caravaca, Ponferrada, Monzsn and Miravet, it constitutes the core of Templar memory in the peninsula, beside Tomar in Portugal.


A CELEBRATION OF WOMEN WRITERS

THE BETHESDA FOUNDATION    for arts education and health in South Africa.

GANORA

CULURAL SURVIVAL

GRAIL BOOKS

ARCHEDREAM ALAN BELL 


STANISLAV SZUKALSKI

THE VAN WAVEREN FOUNDATION

RE-VISION

GNOSTIC GEMS


THE PARI CENTRE   - Tuscany, Italy.


The Planets and Their Children - A Blockbook of Medieval Popular Astrology (Marianne Hansen, Cornell)

Deathwalking with Diana - Shamanic Dreams & Visions of a Resurrected Grail Myth, by Maureen B. Roberts, PhD

Ibn Khaldun on the Web. Everything about the great 14th century Arab historian and philosopher of history

THE EURO-FESTIVAL INFO CENTRE

BBC Homepage

Board-games and divination in global cultural history a theoretical, comparative and historical perspective on mankala and geomancy in Africa and Asia by Wim van Binsbergen


YORUBA INDEX   -   CHAPTER V. PRIESTS AND WORSHIP.


 I would also like to draw your attention to a series of talks by Dr Terrence MacKenna, who died recently. These are unedited and contain many errors, but have been posted by Dr David Ulansey on his Website:

TERRENCE MACKENNA ON HERMETIC TRANSMISSION &C.

An Iconography of the Lute   German, Austrian and Swiss 15th - 16th century


Ayers Bagley    University of Minnesota - CHIRON THE EDUCATOR

The Vesica Piscis and the Pointed Arch

VESICA PISCES  - MID-ATLANTIC GEOMANCY

Anthony Pym  -   Attempt at a chronology of Hispanic translation history   

caractatures


 THE WARBURG INSTITUTE - PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLECTION

Description Subject Index Hours of Opening Description Subdivisions History Ordering Reproductions

Census of Antique Works of Art Known to the Renaissance


Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Journal Storage Project Materials published before 1920.


Schaff, Philip (1819-1893) German American theologian and church historian

New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge

CHRISTIAN ETHERIAL CLASSICS LIBRARY