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Alchemy & Mysticism has ratings and 47 reviews. Nandakishore said: This is a magnificent compendium of alchemical symbols and the mystic thought be. Buy Alchemy & Mysticism (Hermetic Museum) by Alexander Roob (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on. Fables, folklore, and fantasy—this compendium of all things alchemical and mystical gathers centuries of esoteric mythology in the form of Alexander Roob.

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A fantastical journey through the pictorial world of alchemy and mysticism, the Cabbala and magic, freemasons and Rosicrusians. This unique selection of illustrations with commentaries and source texts guides us on a fascinating journey through the representations of the secret arts. Hardcoverpages. Published July 1st by Alcbemy first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book.

Jun 13, Nandakishore Varma rated it liked it. This is apexander magnificent compendium of alchemical symbols and the mystic thought allchemy them. Unfortunately, I was totally lost. This is not a book for the beginner which I am. Alexander Roob does not provide a sequential narrative. Those without knowledge of the development of mystical thought and alchemy would not be able to enjoy the wealth of information this book provides.

They can only enjoy the beauty of the images, and get some sort of rudimentary understanding, which itself is rewarding e This is a magnificent compendium of alchemical symbols and the mystic thought behind them. They can only enjoy the beauty of the images, and get some sort of rudimentary understanding, which itself is rewarding enough. Alchemy is the ancestor of my profession – Chemical Engineering.

It is interesting eoob note that mystical ideas about the interconnectedness of roobb, physics, chemistry, biology, psychology and art gave birth to such an unimaginative science. We chemical engineers share a common ancestor with phrenologists and palmists – not a very edifying thought! If you are well read in mysticism and the history of alchemy, this is the book for you. Otherwise, I’d suggest some preliminary reading before approaching this. Nov 11, Luda rated it it was amazing Shelves: Stunning works of art of pure symbology, fills almost every page of this mysgicism page book.

Art, Alchemy and Mysticism

Well written description for every image helped to unravel mysticksm of the complex symbolical meaning of the alchemical art. Nov 08, Anton rated it really liked it Shelves: Aug 28, Gwyndyllyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a must have for anyone interested in the alchemical arts or in occult philosophy. It is filled with illustrations, which convey immense amounts of information and meaning. It is a truly fantastic book.

Alchemy & Mysticism by Alexander Roob

Apr 15, Murray rated it really liked it. This book is over pages, and no, I have not read them all. It is mainly pictures however, and I have dipped into it widely. A good reference aand on the art associated with alchemy and to the degree it is possible with mysticism. Me han impactado muchas de las cosas que he aprendido con este libro. This is not a book to read, but to contemplate.


Alchemy & Mysticism

Just like walking around a museum for hours will cause you to walk past Van Goghs and Picasso’s in indifference, starring at these for too long will cause insensitivity or- even worse- literal laexander.

This book doesn’t go that deep into the principles of Alchemy, but it makes available unlike any other book I know of, a complete portal of sacred alchemical art both East and West. To say one has ‘read’ this book is deceiving ones self.

To say on This is not a book to read, but to contemplate. To say one has grasped the truth through one of these manifold and enigmatic images, is found Want to learn about perception? Get it, stare at it, and when it falls apart alvhemy overlove, take the pages and frame them.

The worst part about this book, well, two worst things about it, are: Many people end up with the abridged version.

Dont be one of these people. It should be around pages, any less and you’ve been cheated out of some of the best parts. The binding is extremely weak, and it WILL fall apart quickly. This book assumes you already know a lot about alchemy and don’t need any explanations, so it can be very confusing, but it was still fascinating to see how desperately people tried to make sense of the world. And while it may all seem ridiculous now, it’s still the precursor to modern science and we have to thank all these mystics for their unceasing curiosity.

Plus, the illustrations are absolutely stunning. Such a bizarre and delightful picture book. Jun 26, Jesse Bullington rated it it was amazing. This is the unabridged version that every one should track down right away. Simply gorgeous, and of the quality one expects from Taschen when they’re on top of their game.

This is a good, sort of encyclopedic, introduction to the Western alchemical tradition. Goes well beyond the facile “pre-Chemistry” treatment often lazily given in historical discussions of alchemy’s role in Western epistemology.

I’ve always been interested in these chimeric intermediary periods of history, and alchemy really does have one foot in the modern era, the other in the middle ages. Matter and spirit weren’t always so divided as they are in modernity, This is a good, sort of encyclopedic, introduction to the Western alchemical tradition. Matter and spirit weren’t always so divided as they are in modernity, which is almost entirely submerged in materialism and scientific positivism.

This purging of anything mystical, indeed seemingly anything that goes beyond explicating the mechanistic elaborations of atoms, is precisely what one of my favorite writers, Joris-Karl Huysmans, bemoaned in his seminal works of A Rebours and La Bas. Huysmans manages to contextualize the importance of this proto-Renaissance period during late medieval period in La Bas via his protagonist’s research into the infamous serial killer and comrade-in-arms of Joan D’arc, Gilles de Rais.

This is all important to epistemology, as this time can be seen through the lens of de Rais. With de Rais, that evil baron of Retz, we must reconcile his being an accomplished Latinist from a precocious age, a respected scholar with one of the largest private libraries in medieval Europe, someone widely read in the natural philosophy i. With de Rais, as with alchemy itself, we have on the one hand the development of what will become modern science and materialism, while on the other a thought process deeply soaked in medieval scholasticism.


We have both a burgeoning understanding of the ways in which chemicals interact, and a conviction in the transubstantiation of the eucharist.

I think having read Jung will help readers understand some of the archetypes in the mystical tradition, which are elaborated upon in this book. Discussions involving the divine feminine and the divine masculine, the sultry and virginal, that run through the mystical alchemical tradition seem to suggest an exposure to biblical and theological traditions in the West and their Jungian significance would allow the reader to extract more from the otherwise rather encoded symbolic language with which this subject is rife.

The book is a decent primer in alchemy, delivering a steady discussion of the bulletpoints relevant to a very weird and interesting time in the development of Western thought.

Aug 01, Michael Neal rated it it was amazing. Taschen has published a much shorter version – odd pages. Bellissimo, ma mi ha lasciata di stucco non trovare niente su Arcadia. Aug 13, Si rated it it was amazing. Beautifully illustrated and concise notes May 17, Luis rated it really liked it. It is remarkable that the root of revolution has its beginning in the tale of the salvation of the man by the man, that is the goalthe sorcerer stone of the great opus of the alchemy.

Jan 05, jose coimbra rated it really liked it. Thot era o deus da escrita e da magia Y en cuanto pueda, me hago con Atalanta fugiens de Michael Maier. Lovers of old books, Occultists, budding Templar knights. A wonderful collection, this book is mostly prints, engravings, and plates taken from centuries of Hermetic literature. It explains or perhaps,gives an interpenetration to all the various meanings of all those symbols that Alchemists, Mystics, “heretics”, and Astrologers have used throughout history.

Jan 16, Ryan Hill rated it it was amazing. A beautiful compendium of pre-modernist info graphics when the human soul, and it’s making, were thought to be a great achievement by eccentric and isolated individuals.

This is a great visual porthole into the history of metaphysical thought, the early development of scientific thinking, and the romance of symbolic image-making. A great source of inspiration and just plain weird drawings. An eclectic and vastly interesting resource. Its images takes precedence over its text, which is used mostly to catalog the pictures. A must-have for anyone interested in the intersection of mysticism and early science.

Sep 30, Jon added it Shelves: There’s a larger version of this book I remember reading, but this particularly volume trades off some detail in the individual drawing for a far more portable and convenient size. Lots of beautiful imagery and a little bit of history as well.

The one very bad thing about this book is its’ binding. It is impossible to open all the way.

This makes it difficult to view any whole pages.