By Tobias Churton
In a panoramic span of specified learn, Tobias Churton finds, with no resorting to mythology or pseudo-history, the main up to date wisdom at the improvement of Gnostic alchemy, the real origins of pre-Grand inn Freemasonry, and the mysterious Fraternity of the Rosy go (the Rosicrucians). Following the airtight non secular and philosophical circulation via 1,600 years of esoteric heritage, Churton introduces readers to nice males of magic and wisdom--spiritual heroes and masters like Paracelsus, Caspar Schwenckfeld,
Johann Valentin Andrae, and Elias Ashmole. The Golden developers is a vital addition to any critical seekers'' library.
The Golden developers is split into 3 parts:
Part 1 offers a extensive survey of the airtight present and its transmissions from Hellenistic Alexandria to the time of Paracelsus.Part 2 specializes in the Rosicrucian circulation as a automobile of the airtight present, drawing on cutting-edge examine, corresponding to the works of Spanish pupil Carlos Gilly. half three concentrates commonly on one guy, the English polymath, antiquarian, collector, alchemist, astrologer, and early Freemason, Elias Ashmole, after whom the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is termed, and one of the Renaissance figures who carried the airtight present ahead. Debunking myths whereas revealing real mysteries, The Golden developers is an attractive learn that comprises a lot non secular knowledge. discover the deeper which means of magic and human life, as printed within the documents and encouraging lives of the Golden developers.
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It is however never altogether clear in alchemical texts whether the operation of transmuting the lower metals, (viz : lead) to higher metals (silver and gold) might not simply be an analogy for a spiritual exercise or indeed vice versa. A mystical and a physical practice often seem to go hand in hand. For by the second century it was normal to think of metals as being composed of both a lifeless physical base (uniform for all metals), and an invigorating and distinguishable ‘soul’, (becoming visible through the action of fire).
One must see it for oneself; one must be reborn. The process involved here (palingenesia) purports to come from recognising, through an inner ascent experience, how far the passions of the world envelop the soul, like heavy coats of dull and dense material which hold the vision in darkness. These ‘coats’ or ‘passions’ are called “the irrational torments of matter”. The passions keep man from gnosis of his true identity. The twelve causes of “ignorance” (agnosis) are listed as follows : ignorance itself; grief; incontinence (obsession with sex); desire; injustice; covetousness; deceitfulness; envy; fraud; anger; rashness; malice.
Zosimos follows Hermes and Zoroaster in believing those philosophers to be superior who are mastered neither by grief nor joy. He says that Zoroaster asserts that man can overcome fate by magic (possibly a reference to Neoplatonic Theurgy), but that Hermes declares magic to be unnecessary for the spiritual man. ” Fate (the heimarmene, or ‘night-cloak’ of the stars), we are told, controls only the body, not the divine part of man. Man has the power to rise above the familiar sphere which is subject to zodiacal control.