Category Archives: alchemy

The Great Mystery: Dreaming… Stuart France

* The mysterium conspires with the animal world whose souls so resemble the purity and innocence of a human child. * It recognises the miracle of life in both seed and egg and the wonder of a harvest which springs … Continue reading

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The Great Mystery: Crowds ~ Stuart France

* The mysterium needs no shrines or temples save those that nature provides. * It may be met in the shadowy heights and aisles of a primeval forest, on the sunlit expanse of virgin prairie, the dizzy spires and pinnacles … Continue reading

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The Great Mystery… Stuart France

* Approach to the mysterium is silent, solitary and free from all self-seeking. * It is silent because in comparison with the mysterium all speech is feeble and imperfect. * Continue reading at Stuart France

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Ars Geometrica: Ask… Stuart France

* ‘…We shall all be changed for this mortal, must put on immortality.’ – The ‘Eleventh’ Leaf. …Our respect for the stranger at our door grew. This little device appeared to effectively marry the elements and directions in a four-fold … Continue reading

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Ars Geometrica: Red Rock… Stuart France

* We are reminded of an ‘old’ Poem: THE CONVERSION OF ADAM We call you Red-Rock Rain-Stone Mud-Man… We breathe and you move Amazed and wondrous Made ponderous and slow by millennia… How can you Adam When naming beasts of … Continue reading

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Dear Wen: Romans…

Dear Wen… Yeah, yeah… Romans! I can’t get overly enthused, myself, despite the copious lectures I have had to endure… Celts versus Romans is, for me, a little like Spartans versus Athenians… No contest. And my time in Chester contemplating … Continue reading

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Ars Geometrica: Many Tongues… Stuart France

* Leaves ‘Seven’ and ‘Eight’: * ‘…What is sown ingloriously is raised in glory…’ * ‘…What is sown in corruption is raised incorrupt…’ * But no, as it turned out, many were the tongues and many the hands employed in … Continue reading

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Dear Wen: Jonah…

Dear Wen… The dichotomy is between devouring or eating and swallowing whole… The Moon cycle… being devoured or eaten symbolises ‘earthly time’… The Sun cycle… being swallowed whole symbolises ‘cosmic time’… There are some specific iconographies for this. I am … Continue reading

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Dear Wen: Norman…

Dear Wen, ‘Even in a little church not five miles from where I am sitting there is a thirteenth century font with a panel on which is sculptured in low relief the diabolical boar trying to uproot the True Vine … Continue reading

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Dear Don: Norman…

Dear Don, Yes, The Legend seems to have caught fire somewhat… which is rather nice. It will be interesting to see what happens when the copies hit the dancing ground. I’ve been thinking about this whole Devouring Beast malarkey. We’re … Continue reading

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