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Divine Wisdom 窶 Divine Nature 窶 ebook-pdf
The Message of the #Rosicrucian Manifestoes in the Visual Language of the Seventeenth Century 竄ャ 15, / $ 18,40 窶狼he #Cosmos explained by means of a Musical Instrument
The #monochord, a one-stringed instrument used in musical pedagogy since #Antiquity, here symbolizes the chain of being: the 窶徭cale窶 of levens of existence that runs from the earth to God (represented by the hand that tunes the instrument).窶
Image and explanation from 窶魯ivine Wisdom - Divine Nature窶
ソスThis lavishly illustrated work, published on the occasion of the fourth centenary of the Rosicrucian Manifestoes in 2014-2016, focusses on an extraordinary range of images which appeared in Germany in the early 17th century. The illustrations partly originated in a circle of #artists and thinkers who were directly inspired by the Rosicrucian Manifestoes and also by similar sources expressing the relationship between #God and #Nature, the #macrocosm and the #microcosm.

The images were included in the works of several authors: Heinrich #Khunrath, Daniel #Mテカgling, Stephan #Michelspacher, Robert #Fludd and Michael #Maier. The books themselves were published in various cities in #Germany: Hanau, Frankfurt, Augsburg and Oppenheim. It is probably no coincidence that the majority of the works came out in the years 1616-1618, after the publication of the Rosicrucian Manifestoes.

Divine Wisdom 窶 Divine Nature opens with a general introductory part on the people behind the Rosicrucian Manifestoes and continues with a discussion of the images in the works of these five authors, at least four of whom claimed allegiance to the ideals and aspirations of the Rosicrucian #Brotherhood.

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This e-book is also available in German, Hungarian and Polish and as a print book.
Hermetic Reads 'The Neverending Story' (Die Unendliche Geschichte) by Michael Ende (1979). This popular story takes place in the parallel universe of 'Fantasia' (Phantテ。sien in the original German story), which is under attack by the force of Nothing. The young warrior Atreyu has been asked by the Crystal Empress, ruler of the realm of #Fantastica, to go on a quest to stop the Nothing from destroying the kingdom. To protect him from harm she gives him her amulet, 'Auryn'. In another #universe, on earth, a young boy named Bastian Balthazar Bux stumbles upon the book 'Neverending story' in an old bookshop. He decides to take it with him and hides himself in the attic of his school. When he opens the book and starts reading, he becomes immersed in the story of Atreyu's mission. During his wanderings, Atreyu is told by an #Oracle to find a human being willing to provide the Princess with a new name... After having read numerous encounters and adventures, Bastian realizes he is the person they are looking for and calls the princess by her new name, thereby being transported to Fantasia where the princess gives him her amulet which he now sees carries the words "DO WHAT YOU WISH." After embarking on his own quest in Fantasia and almost forgetting his own world, he finally returns to earth. Here, he again visits again the antique bookshop and apologizes to the bookseller #Coreander for having taken away the book. Coreander then reveals he also visited Fantastica, also that the book miraculously ends up in the hands of the right person each time. But this, the book concludes, 'is another story and shall be told another time窶...
#MichaelEnde #NeverendingStory #hermeticreads
Visitors of the Embassy of the Free Mind

Mother and daughter from London visiting us last week on Valentine's day, how sweet is that! Anna and Rosemary are standing here in front of one of their favourite images, from the Splendor Solis manuscript (1532-1535) by Salomon Trismosin.

They loved the design of the house and left the following note in our guestbook:
"Free your mind and your ass will follow"
Coming all the way from London - might they be right?

Come visit and see for yourself! We're open Wednesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm with guided tours at 10.30am and 14.30pm. 
#salomontrismosin #Amsterdam #freeyourmindandyourasswillfollow
Art & Imagination

The Pre-Raphaelite painter John William #Waterhouse (1849-1917) has lately been the subject of some controversy (The #Guardian: "Gallery removes #naked nymphs painting to 'prompt conversation'"), but his work clearly shows he drew his inspiration from tragic moments in mythology, nature and beautiful women alike. In his "Nymphs finding the head of #Orpheus" (1900), these three aspects are beautifully combined.

The legendary Orpheus was seen as the initiator of the Greek #mystery cults, but he is is mostly known through the tragic story of his descent into the underworld to bring back his deceased wife Eurydice. In this painting we see a later scene from the myth, when two nymphs find the singing head of Orpheus in a riverbed after he had been decapitated by Thracian maenads (the female followers of Bacchus). His head, still singing, with his lyre, floated to #Lesbos, where an oracle of Orpheus was established. The #lyre was placed in the night sky as a constellation.
#Waterhouse #Orpheus #artandimagination
Events Calendar

Trace of light - a guided walking tour through the heart of Amsterdam
Monday 26 February 2 pm - 4.30 pm
Huis met de Hoofden - House with the Heads, Keizersgracht 123, 1015 CJ #Amsterdam

While looking around and walking, we may experience something of a deeper layer in the history of Amsterdam. Amsterdam, the broad-minded city, has for so long attracted, welcomed, supported and propelled a large diversity of individuals and groups. It is also a city where, for ages, it has
been possible to think, say and print more than in other European cities. It is a city that has become rich by giving: room for #freedom of thought.
Of this Amsterdam, we would like to show you a part, small and cherished - a trace of #light. It is an anthology of people, buildings and tablets in the north-west corner of city centre of Amsterdam. In their own way, all of them tell about a light, a #spiritual light that is hidden in everything and everyone. This light is not visible with our ordinary eyes but, in one way or another, it can be experienced or sensed by any person who is open to it. 
The tour 窶狼race of light窶 starts with a personal welcome and a slideshow presentation in the House with the Heads, once the residence of the famous #Czech philosopher, theologian and pedagogue #Comenius, and now the Embassy of the Free Mind. 竄ャ 12,50 , paying cash upon arrival | Registration: or +31 (0)23 53 23 850
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#traceoflight #walkingtour #amsterdam
Come visit our Embassy of the Free Mind 窶聾heel of Nature,窶 from #Bテカhme, 窶聾orks窶, 1764, Law-edition, one of more than two hundred beautiful and rare prints on display at the Embassy of the Free Mind.

Want to see more of our treasures? Come and visit us in the Embassy of the Free Mind - Ambassade van de Vrije Geest and browse our collection of rare prints and #art at leisure. Or take the guided tour, Wed - Sat at 10.30 and 14.30h.
#Boehme #WheelofNature #embassyofthefreemind
The Quest for the Grail

The symbol of the Grail has occupied a place in the imagination since awareness of it first dawned in the European Middle Ages, and it continues to exert a fascination upon all who come within its sphere of influence. As a sacred vessel, the grail has strong links with Celtic myth, with the #hermetic vessel and the Philosophers窶 Stone of #alchemy. Cup stone or jewel, however it is depicted, the grail has remained a #symbol of #spiritual wholeness leading to union with the #divine, which has been the aim of seekers after truth in every land and every century. It is a #symbol 窶whose home is properly in the uncharted country of the #soul窶. -Sacrifice-

Perceval窶冱 sister sacrificed her own life for that of a sick #woman, her blood flowing into a golden cup. Her body remained uncorrupted and accompanied #Galahad, #Perceval and #Bors on their final voyage to Sarras, where it was ceremonially buried. (The #Death of Perceval窶冱 Sister, #manuscript illustration, Italy, 14th c.)
#sacrifice #cup #questforthegrail
Pearls of Wisdom "These images are concerned with the relationship between God and Nature and the correspondences between the #macrocosm and the #microcosm." Robert Fludd - 'Utriusque cosmi ... historia' 1617
#Fludd #correspondences #pearlsofwisdom
Hermetic Gallery

The Hermetic Gallery presents images from printed books and #manuscripts that are part of or related to the library's collections. The images and their brief explanatory notes are taken from 'The #Hermetic #Museum - #Alchemy & #Mysticism' by Alexander #Roob, published by #Taschen Verlag in 1996.

Rotation: #Wheel 窶弋he lower snake-cycle represents the scale of the twenty-seven eternal errors, into which the transient individual imagines himself in the course of his earthly #life. This cycle is divided into three large genealogical sections: the first two, from #Adam to Lamech and from #Noah to Terah, mark the barbaric stage of religion, with #human sacrifices and punishments; the final stage, which leads back to the beginning, leads from Abraham via #Moses and #Constantine to #Luther. It represents the discordant and militant condition of the state churches.窶 (p. 663)

W. #Blake, Jerusalem, 1804-1820
#Blake #Jerusalem #hermeticgallery
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Gテカttliche Weisheit - Gテカttliche Natur 窶 ebook-pdf
Die Botschaft der Rosenkreuzer-Manifeste in der Bildsprache des 17. Jahrhunderts 竄ャ 15, / $ 18,40 窶魯er erste runde Kupferstich: 窶廢rkenne Gott窶
Das Thema des ersten Kupferstiches ist Gott und seine Beziehung zum Menschen und umgekehrt. Die Beziehung ist dynamisch: Gott und Mensch sind einander zugewandt. Dieser Kupferstich kann von innen nach auテ歹n 窶徃elesen窶 werden (Gottes Majestテ、t, die sich de Menschen entgegenstreckt) und von auテ歹n nach innen (der Mensch in seiner liebenden Zuneigung zu Gott).窶
Bild und Erklテ、rung aus 窶賂テカttliche Weisheit - Gテカttliche Natur窶
ソスDieses Buch, herausgebracht zum diesjテ、hrigen 400. Jubilテ、um der Rosenkreuzer-Manifeste von 1614-1616, lenkt den Blick auf ein auテ歹rgewテカhnliches Spektrum an Bildmaterial, das in Deutschland im frテシhen 17. Jahrhundert erschien. Es entstammt teilweise einem Kreis von Kテシnstlern und Denkern, die direkt durch die Rosenkreuzer-Manifeste inspiriert wurden, sowie anderen テ、hnlichen Quellen, die die Beziehung von Gott und Natur sowie von Makrokosmos und Mikrokosmos zum Ausdruck brachten. Die Bilder stammen aus den Werken verschiedener Autoren: Heinrich Khunrath, Daniel Mテカgling, Stephan Michelspacher, Robert Fludd und Michael Maier. Die Bテシcher wurden an verschiedenen Orten in Deutschland verテカffentlicht: in Hanau, Frankfurt, Augsburg and Oppenheim. Es ist sicherlich kein Zufall, dass der Hauptteil der Werke in den Jahren 1616-1618, nach der Verテカffentlichung der Rosenkreuzer-Manifeste, erschien.

Obwohl die Botschaft der Rosenkreuzer-Manifeste (1614-1616) auch weiterhin die Vorstellungskraft vieler Menschen anspricht, ist sie doch noch weiterhin unbekannt. Die Geschichte der Rosenkreuzer-Bruderschaft und der Manifeste in Wort und Bild zu erforschen ist daher eines der Ziele der Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica in Amsterdam. Das Rosenkreuzertum, das starke Verbindungen zu zwei anderen Hauptgebieten der Bibliothek hat, dem Hermetismus und der Alchemie, ist einer der Schwerpunkte ihrer Sammlungen.

Exhibition Highlight 窶錬eauty as imprint of the Cosmos 2013-2014窶 (17) Rudolf Steiner, 'Die Geheimwissenschaft im Umriss'. #Dornach: Philosophisch - Anthroposophischer Verlag am Goetheanum, 1925. 'Die Geheimwissenschaft im Umriss' ushers in a new era in the history of #occultism. In this work, #Steiner describes an early phase in the development of our #planet, one without liquids, gases or solids. Instead, there were conditions of hear out of which gradually man and nature evolved. This was an entirely novel #theory of evolution which also met with opposition in theosophical circles, especially because of the combination of the word 'occult' with 窶science'. View the book here:
#RudolfSteiner #Anthroposophy #Beauty
Fludd on Friday

Robert Fludd (1574-1637): Hermetic philosopher and surveyor of two worlds. Based on Joscelyn Godwin窶冱 study of 窶彝obert Fludd: #Hermetic #philosopher and surveyor of two worlds窶 (London: Thames and Hudson, 1979). The #Spiritual Brain
The three higher faculties of Reason, Intellect and Mind are associated with the upper ventricle of the brain, hence with the pituitary gland. Just as the thousand-petalled lotus at the top of the yogi窶冱 head opens up to the consciousness of the divine, so the intellectual world of God and the angelic hierarchy finds here its entry to the soul.
The #soul is also informed by the sensible world, whose five elements of light, subtle and gross air, water and earth correspond to the five senses (as the dotted lines show). Comparable to it in every respect is the imagined world which enters directly into the two lateral ventricles, here shown in the front of the brain One might align these with the principles of #Hindu #Sankhya #philosophy: five 窶藁ahabhutas窶 (sensible elements) arising from five 窶tanmatras窶 (subtle potentialities of the senses), and five 窶亘nanendryas窶 (organs of sense knowledge). Sankhya also has three higher principles, 窶弄anas窶, 窶連hamkara窶 and 窶錬uddhi窶, corresponding to an extent with Fludd窶冱 reason, intellect and mind.
In the rear of the head is the seat of memory and motion, placed in the two halves of the fourth ventricle. The whole concept was not original with Fludd, but can be seen in cruder illustrations to the works of Albertus Magnus, Gregor Reisch and others (see Manly Hall, 窶弄an窶.)
#Fludd #spiritual #brain