Monthly Archives: December 2010

Introducing Atalanta Fugiens

My class mascot was that brilliant multimedia alchemical text, Michael Maier’s Atalanta Fugiens. We used De Rola’s “Golden Game” which has the advantage of presenting just the emblems in high quality, but doesn’t give the poetry or music. My strategy … Continue reading

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Things to Emphasize Early On

When I prepared my first lecture for “Images of the Alchemical Art” class I hoped to make clear my focus on looking at what it means to call alchemy an art. Next time I want to put more class structure … Continue reading

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Key to Reading Alchemical texts?

There is no secret key to reading alchemical texts. Each must be read in its own language. The histori cal context must be taken into account. It is amazing how many books on “alchemy” claim to offer some deep or … Continue reading

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On Teaching Alchemy

I’m not the kind of alchemy teacher that claims to be able to initiate you into some secret mystery. I’m interested in alchemy from an academic point of view, and my goal as a teacher is to initiate my students … Continue reading

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