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Images of the Alchemical Art
Location:
Berkeley
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I made this community for an Alchemy class I'm teaching this fall.
lecture notes and readings coming soon.

texts:
Alexander Roob: Alchemy and Mysticism: The Hermetic Musem
Stanislaus Klossowski de Rola: The Golden Game


Images of the Alchemical Art: syllabus

Albert Hand (call me Ted)
email: ted.hand@gmail.com
office hours: by appointment (I have no office)

Requirements: There will be about 50-100 pages of reading per week

Grading:
30%: 1-2 response paper each week on topic of your choice.
20%: Attendance and class participation. Email me if you must miss a class.
50%: Final 5-10 page paper. 1-2 page proposal by 11-07

Required Books:
Stanilaus Klossowski de Rola: The Golden Game
Alexander Roob: The Hermetic Museum: Alchemy and Mysticism
The Alchemy Reader - Cambridge University Press
Course Reader, Online Reader (to save printing costs)

09-12 Lecture 1: Introduction. History.
Readings: Mircea Eliade: "The Forge and the Crucible: The Origins and Structures of Alchemy." Excerpts from Holmyard, De Rola, other summaries of alchemy

09-19: Alchemical Language and Literature
Readings: Lyndy Abraham: Dictionary of Alchemical Symbolism.

09-26: Physical and Spiritual Alchemy.
Readings: Isaac Newton's commentary on the Emerald Tablet of Hermes. P.G. Maxwell-Stuart "The Occult in Early Modern Europe" p.191-224
(alchemy section).Online reader: Corpus
Hermeticum and Emerald Table of Hermes, 12 Alchemical processes. Edward Kelley: "The
Philosopher's Stone."

10-03 Lecture 3: Islamic Alchemy
Readings: Holmyard: "Alchemy" -Islam Chapter

10-10 Lecture 4: Jewish Alchemy and the Kabbalah
Readings: Raphael Patai: "The Jewish Alchemists," Artuto Schwartz: "Kabbalah and Alchemy."

10-17: Alchemical Visual Art.
Readings: Stanislaus Klossowski de Rola: Alchemy, Alexander Roob: The Hermetic Museum
online reader links to Alchemical Images

10-31: 17th Century Alchemical Engravings
Stanislaus Klossowski de Rola: The Golden Game

10-24: no class - reading week

11-07: Christian Cabala and magical/neopagan Cabala.
Readings: Frances Yates: "The Occult Philosophy in The Elizabethan Age." Joseph Dan:
"Christian Kabbalah"

11-14: The Rosicrucian Fraternity
Readings: Rosicrucian Manifestos, Christopher McIntosh: "The Rosicrucians."

11-21 Lecture 7: Michael Maier's Atalanta Fugiens (found in de Rola "The Golden Game" and
online reader) Readings: J.B. Craven: "Michael Maier." "Joscelyn Godwin: Michael Maier:
Deepest of the Rosicrucians."

11-28 Lecture 8: 19th and 20th century occult interpretations. Readings: Adam McLean: "The
Alchemical Mandala." Richard Grossinger ed. "The Alchemical Tradition in the late 20th
century." Online Reader articles on Alchemy in the Hermetic Order of The Golden Dawn

12-05: Alchemy and Psychology. Dreamwork. Readings: Carl Jung: "Psychology and Alchemy"
online reader articles on Jung and Alchemy

12-12: Heresy, Counterculture, Psychedelia. Cyberspace
Online Reader: Alan Watts: "The New Alchemy." Terence Mckenna: "Lectures on Alchemy"
Erik Davis: Technosis. Hakim Bey: The Obelisk


online reader:

Wikipedia's List of Alchemists
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_alchemists

The Alchemy Website
http://www.alchemywebsite.com/

Corpus Hermeticum and Emerald Tablet of Hermes
http://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/herm/
http://www.levity.com/alchemy/emerald.html

The 12 Alchemical Processes + Zodiacal Correspondences
http://www.serv.net/~only1egg/science/alchproc.html
http://www.levity.com/alchemy/I-pernet.html

Alchemy and Jungian Psychology
http://zero-point.tripod.com/alchemy/alchemyclass.html

The Emblematic as a Way of Thinking and Seeing in Renaissance Culture
http://www.ecolloquia.com/issues/200301/leader_full.html

Alchemy Bibliography
http://www.compulink.co.uk/~apritchard/bibliog.htm

List of Sequences of Alchemical Emblems
http://www.levity.com/alchemy/s_images.html

Art and Alchemy and the 3rd John Dee Interdisciplinary Colloqium
http://www.esoteric.msu.edu/VolumeIV/Art-Alchemy.htm

Various Alchemical Texts
http://members.tripod.com/scottbattison/

John Reid's practical alchemy course
http://www.levity.com/alchemy/johnreid.html

Terence Mckenna's Lectures on Alchemy
http://www.well.com/user/davidu/tmalchemy.html

Golden Down Flying Roll #7: Alchemy
http://www.angelfire.com/ab6/imuhtuk/gdrolls/fly7.htm
Rosicrucian Alchemy and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn
http://meleph.free.fr/alchemy.htm

http://www.alchemylab.com/

for Bruno, Dee, Kircher, Agrippa, grimoires, and etc.
http://www.esotericarchives.com/

Ted's esoteric studies links
http://www.geocities.com/t3dyhand/myst.html

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