Discussion in 'Esoterica' started by ramonmercado, Sep 28, 2005.
as a slight diversion, have you met Adam McLean?
Not in every case - I once had a friend whose grandfather fancied himself an alchemist. Had a whole big lab in his basement and everything. His obsession was attempting to transform copper pennies into gold.
I was intrigued by this and asked for more information, but my friend said he'd always considered his grandpa a raving looney, so never paid much attention during their sessions in the lab.
The weird thing (well, weirder than usual, considering the subject) was that the grandfather was a retired surgeon, so had a background in legitimate science. Odd that he should take up a discredited science as a hobby!
The cryptic engravings do look cool - puffing away at toxic fumes with a bellows, not so much.
If viewed as a science then alchemy cannot but be discredited.
But then likewise a dog viewed as an elephant.
Only via his website and videos. I recently posted a link to his three-part video on the imagery of alchemy, which is freely available on Youtube. Levity.com was one of the first websites which really seemed to take a subject further than any published book had done. His videos on alchemical imagery seek to separate the symbols from the emblems and the opportunistic use of available plates. My own introduction to the subject came with my adolescent perusal of Jung's volume and slightly later purchase of John Read's Prelude to Chemistry. I have always been fascinated by accounts by scientists who have attempted to replicate the procedures of the alchemists, sometimes reproducing the changes of colour and texture which mesmerized them. I have sometimes wondered if the fumes of the laboratory were responsible for some of the more visionary experiences - not an original thought, I admit!
Yes. The most elaborate of the manuscripts and printed volumes on the subject were clearly never used in a lab. Like the Books of Hours, which some of them resemble, they seem beautiful objects for contemplation. A bit like our most lavish cookery-books!
Adam McLean is a local boy for me some years ago I took a course he wrote on interpreting the images, ways to look for things, ground rules where known and so on. Really enjoyed it - you also got a cd full of images! - and it was so much better than the How to Look at Pictures in an Art History course I also took!
It looks like the author wishes to accuse the tomato of being a mandrake . . .
apart from that . . . chinstroke!
I love the fastidious note that it was rarely washed between uses!
Christ! You didn't want to be a blasphemer when they'd just finished questioning the homosexuals!
What a muddled article! It contains all the usual guff, though it is honest enough to state there is no contemporary evidence of its use. An editor? has chosen to spice it up by stating it was "exclusively for women!" - which contradicts what follows.
My guess? Probably a 19th Century tea-infuser!
I think it's a bulb planter!
BBC World Service, Network UK - Occult
Funny place Gloucester...Fred West country. And there's plenty of occultism in that case- ignored by most.
Yeah agreed, did you ever hear my mate's song about Fred West? That's me on the stairs,
Nice mate, trippy- I like.
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