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: email@example.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."
10-10 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