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By Alexander Roob

A fantastical trip during the pictorial global of alchemy and mysticism, the Cabbala and magic, freemasons and Rosicrusians. This specified collection of illustrations with commentaries and resource texts courses us on a desirable trip during the representations of the key arts.

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Theatrum chemicum, 1 622) "The (Philosophers') Stone i s made i n the image of the Creation of the World. For one must have its chaos and its prime m atter, in which the elements float hither and thither, all mixed together, until they are separated by the fiery spirit. " (J. d ' Espagnet, Das Ceheime Werk, Nuremberg, 1730) 1 24 OPUS MAGNUM: Genesis in the retort Opus MAGNUM: Genesis in the retort 125 Cenesis Cenesis in the retort in the retort The following series of i l lustrations is taken from the Elementa chemi­ The emblems of the lapis on the crescent moon.

Cellarius, Harmonia Macrocosmica, Amsterdam, 1660 Music of Stars the spheres "The Jesuit Rheita relates his sweet ecstasy at finding Veronica's veil depicted i n the sign of Leo, quite distinctly, brightly and clearly. The wonderful star­ painting included more than 130 stars, concentrated in the middle like a swarm of bees. " (Erasmus Franciscu5, Das eroffnete Lusthaus der Ober- und Niederwelt, Nurem· berg, 1676) A. Kircher, Iter extaticum (Ed. C. Schott), Wiirzburg, 1671 In a dream, Scipio saw the heavenly firmament with its nine plan­ etary orbits.

652-653) The tetragrammaton as a tetractys The tetractys also forms the basis of the image of the cosmic soul, to whose struc­ ture in the form of a Chi (X) Plato refers i n the 'Timaeus' _ I n line with the law ofthe proportional division of the chord, the matrix of all earthly phenomena unfolds here as a network of coordinates of frac­ tions and multiples. a � 20 15 10 5 30 • 8O 15 8 6 21 18 12 9 y .. � 20 16 6 5 • � 12 8 • 36 Painting, Rajasthan, c. 18th century 3 2 10 16 U � 9 8 1 10 It 9 8 6 5 3 The Pythagorean 'Chi' 98 MACROCOSM: Cenesis MACROCOSM: Cenesis 99 Genesis Genesis Successive utter· ances of the divine name produce the four worlds of Aziluth, Beriah, Yezirah and Assiya.

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