As one of the most significant documents of the alchemical tradition, this edition of the Mutus Liber will be appreciated by all students of the Hermetic tradition, for Adam McLean's fascinating and insightful commentary throws a ...
Author: Adam McLean
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
The fifteen plates of the Mutus Liber "the Mute Book," are well known, and this book without words is recognized as a classic of the seventeenth-century alchemical tradition. Although the engravings seem to outline an alchemical process in detail, their message is not immediately obvious and it really requires a commentary to make it intelligible to the present-day reader. Adam McLean's extensive commentary on this series of engravings reveals the Mutus Liber as a synthesis of spiritual, soul, and physical alchemy. While the entire secret of the physical process is not fully revealed in the plates, enough information is given to piece together details of a modus operandi/ indeed, modern French alchemists like Canseliet and Barbault have found great inspiration and hints relating to the physical work in the Mutus Liber. As one of the most significant documents of the alchemical tradition, this edition of the Mutus Liber will be appreciated by all students of the Hermetic tradition, for Adam McLean's fascinating and insightful commentary throws a penetrating light on both the spiritual and physical dimensions of the Great Work.
Canseliet may not quite touch upon the innermost secrets of the book, as becomes obvious from the preface of Br. Exoslius, yet this book still offers a most formidable insight in the Visual Language of the Alchemists of old.
Author: Eugène Canseliet F.C.H.
Publisher: Inner Garden Press
ALCHEMY AND ITS MUTE BOOK. In the year of foundation in 2010, we published Br. Magaphon’s commentary on the Mutus Liber – the Book Without Words. This year we offer commentary on the Mutus Liber from Magaphon’s friend and associate: Eugène Canseliet. Canseliet had a most pivotal role in the transmission of the alchemical tradition in Europe in the 20th century. Canseliet may not quite touch upon the innermost secrets of the book, as becomes obvious from the preface of Br. Exoslius, yet this book still offers a most formidable insight in the Visual Language of the Alchemists of old.
The Mutus Liber of the Hermeticists is literally the ' mute book ' , a book , that is ,
without verbal commentary ; but it is also , at the same time , a book of symbols
insofar as symbolism can truly be regarded as the ' language of silence ' .
Author: Rene Guenon
Publisher: Sophia Perennis
The present volume, first published at the close of World War II, and based on a series of articles on initiation originally written between 1932 and 1938 for Le Voile d'Isis (later renamed Études Traditionnelles), is unique in giving a comprehensive account both of the conditions of initiation and of the characteristics of organizations qualified to transmit it. Guénon's distinction between the initiatic and the mystical paths-the first requiring a formal relationship with a master, a set of specific contemplative techniques, and a chain-of-transmission stretching back to the origin of the tradition in question, the second generally lacking these elements-led to some controversy between those who accept this distinction and others who believe that initiatory and mystical spirituality are one and the same. The book presents such central principles as the dangers and barrenness of syncretism, the often dire consequences of fostering 'psychic powers', and the superiority of sacerdotal initiation (into the Greater Mysteries) over 'royal' initiation (into the Lesser Mysteries), though both are necessary parts of the initiatic path. This last point precisely defines the rift between Guénon and Julius Evola, whose elevation of royal initiation over sacerdotal must be seen, according to Guénon's criteria, as a modern-day echo of the ancient revolt of the warrior caste against the priestly one. Whoever follows Guénon's argument will realize that a romantic warrior mysticism held no fascination for him, and is in fact explicitly contrary to his principles. But pre-eminently, Perspectives on Initiation provides indispensable points of reference for anyone attempting to distinguish between 'initiatic', 'pseudo-initiatic', and 'countert-initiatic' spiritualities in these profoundly uncertain times.
The Mutus Liber is an epistemological treatise. The alchemical laboratory is the mind. In it, thoughts are chemical compounds and their processes are reactions producing knowledge. The operation works on the mind.
The Mutus Liber is an epistemological treatise. The alchemical laboratory is the mind. In it, thoughts are chemical compounds and their processes are reactions producing knowledge. The operation works on the mind. The alchemical transmutation takes place in the mind, by the mind and through the mind in all its stages, conscious, subconscious, unconscious and beyond. Therefore, the key to interpret the plates and to open the mouth of the Mute Book is gnoseological. The chemical elements, consequently, are only metaphors to describe the epistemic process.
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The Mushaf aș - șuwar and One of the Mutus liber Also in one of the Mutus liber
( a ' mute book ' without words ) , called here the Mutus liber 1 , printed in
Mangetus ' Biblitheca curiosa , we find clear parallels to the Mushaf aș - șuwar.
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Author: Zosimos (of Panopolis.)
Publisher: Daimon Verlag
"The images published here are from the almost complete manuscript of the Musḥaf as-ṣuwar, one of the oldest available manuscripts of perhaps the first Greek alchemist. In different places, Zosimos advises the female student Theosebeia to ponder the meaning of his symbolic explanations, through which he answers her questions. His images complement the dialogue and clarify the meaning of his teaching. We have here a highly interesting transmission of knowledge in the form of image and word"--
... Adam , A Commentary on the Mutus Liber , York Beach , Maine : Phanes Press
, 1991 Paracelsus , Selected Writings ( Ed . Jolande Jacobi ) , New Jersey :
Princeton , 1995 Hermetic and Alchemical Writings , Washington : Alchemical
Author: Sean Martin
Alchemy has traditionally been viewed as 'the history of an error', an example of medieval gullibility and greed, in which alchemists tried to turn lead into gold, create fabulous wealth and find the elixir of life. But alchemy has also been described as 'the mightiest secret that a man can possess', and it obsessed the likes of Isaac Newton, Robert Boyle and many of the founders of modern science. Book jacket.
As the title makes clear , the Mutus liber is silent : Without a single line of
commentary , it illustrates the phases of the alchemical process in fifteen plates .
Let us look at the second , the eighth , and the last plates . The second plate ( fig .
Author: Arturo Schwarz
Publisher: Jason Aronson
This remarkable and groundbreaking study explores the author's view that there is a close correspondence between the basic tenets of alchemy and those of Jewish esoteric tradition, generally known as Kabbalah.
Author: Adam McLean
A beautifully illustrated volume designed for the student and practitioner of Natural Magic.
Author: Stanislas Klossowski de Rola
Publisher: George Braziller
Shows a variety of engravings illustrating alchemical writings from the seventeenth century, and discusses the symbolism of the pictures