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Asking Good Questions about Alchemy

One of my goals as a teacher is to show my students how to look into the material themselves, rather than just spout information at them. So I tend to focus on disputed points in the scholarship, especially stuff like … Continue reading

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Where are all the women?

My class was held at the most progressive school in a consortium of left coast seminaries. I was supposed to sell it as scholarship with a social-activist edge. So I was trying to ask questions to provoke my students into … Continue reading

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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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